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Arianna Huffington

THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Happier Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Huffington Post founder argues that a successful life is made up of more than just money and success and must also include what she calls The Third Metric: personal care, health, and fulfillment. She talks to Georgina Godwin.

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Jennifer Saunders talks to Francine Stock

Bonkers – My Life in Laughs

Hay Festival 2014, 

The writer and actor’s life is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, and touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn.

 

Jennifer Saunders talks to Francine Stock

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Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

Hay Festival 2014, 

An intimate and personal decoding of the nature and nurture of the famous and infamous geneticist, author of The Selfish Gene, Unweaving the Rainbow, The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker.

Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

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John Bishop talks to Dylan Jones

How Did All This Happen?

Hay Festival 2014, 

The late-onset superstar and stadium-rocking comedian discusses his extraordinarily happy memoir How Did All This Happen?

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Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James

Prisonomics

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Prisonomics provides a compelling analysis of the cost to the economy, as well as the human cost, of keeping women in prison. Convicted for taking her former husband Chris Huhne’s speeding points, Pryce uses her personal experiences and professional understanding to look at how prison works, and should work, from an economist’s perspective. She talks to journalist Erwin James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James

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Ella Hickson in conversation with Francine Stock

Wendy and Peter Pan

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The RSC’s Christmas production is JM Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grows up, adapted in a spectacular new version by Ella Hickson. Here Ella talks about how she approached the story, what new twists she has brought to it and some of the things that happen to Wendy during the story.

Ella Hickson in conversation with Francine Stock

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Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

This Boy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former Home Secretary’s marvellous memoir plays out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing. The story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging Sixties, and on to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father while still in his teens.

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Joan Bakewell and Alan Walker talk to Nicholas Stern

The British Academy Platform: Our Ageing Population – Benefit or Burden?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Is the welfare generation a myth? What can our economy gain from an older workforce, and how can our politicians and policy makers harness the potential in an ageing population?

Joan Bakewell and Alan Walker talk to Nicholas Stern

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Laura Bates talks to Anita Anand

Everyday Sexism: The Project That Inspired a Worldwide Movement

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 2012 after being sexually harassed on London public transport a young journalist started to collect stories for a piece she was writing on the issue. Astounded by the response she received and the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, she quickly realised that the situation was far worse than she’d initially thought. Sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. And enough is enough. Welcome to the fourth wave of feminism.

Laura Bates talks to Anita Anand

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Charles Moore talks to Damian Barr

Margaret Thatcher

Hay Festival 2014, 

Moore’s first volume covers the Prime Minister’s early life and her political journey to power, drawing on unrestricted access to unpublished material. It is hailed as a masterpiece of biography. He talks with the author of the fabulous, award-winning memoir Maggie and Me.

 

Charles Moore talks to Damian Barr

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Simon Schama, Philippe Sands, Barbara Winton

Honouring Nicholas Winton

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are proud to launch Barbara Winton’s book about her father, the 105-year-old British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Chaired by Alan Yentob.

Simon Schama, Philippe Sands, Barbara Winton

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Alan McGee talks to Dylan Jones

Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label

Hay Festival 2014, 

The charismatic Glaswegian co-founded the Creation label at the age of 23 and brought us acts like My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and, of course, Primal Scream. In Manchester the label leapt into the big time with Screamadelica and then went global with Oasis.

Alan McGee talks to Dylan Jones

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Suggs

That Close

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of pop music’s most enduring figures talks about his life, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the Eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells us what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park. He talks to Martin Chilton.

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Charlotte Hill, Justin Davis-Smith, Chloe Donovan and Caroline Killeavy

Bridging the Volunteer Age Gap

Hay Festival 2014, 

The younger generation often gets a bad rap and yet around a third of young people volunteer regularly. What does society need to do to make use of its greatest asset – its youth – to inspire the next generation of community activists? Charlotte Hill (Step Up To Serve), Justin Davis-Smith (NCVO) and Chloe Donovan (Chair of the Canal and River Trust's youth advisory panel) discuss with Caroline Killeavy from the Canal and River Trust.

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Ian McEwan

Preview: The Children Act

Hay Festival 2014, 

Ian McEwan’s recent work displays his interest in science and public affairs. His latest novels tackle climate change (Solar) and espionage (Sweet Tooth). In talks and articles he articulates a strong humanist position on the issues of the day. In a rare pre-publication conversation, he discusses his fiction in progress. His forthcoming novel highlights the ethical dilemmas when religious conviction seeks to prevent medical intervention. He talks to Raymond Tallis.

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Tracey Thorn talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Bedsit Disco Queen

Hay Festival 2014, 

Everything But The Girl made nine albums and sold nine million records. One half of the band (with her husband Ben Watt), Thorn gives a wry look at the realities of a pop career. There are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes. Also see event 67

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Mark Moody-Stuart

Responsible Leadership: Lessons From the Front Line of Sustainability and Ethics

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group from 1991 to 2001 and of Anglo American Plc from 2002 to 2009 discusses the realities, dilemmas and lessons to be learnt from the last 20 years of corporate engagement with sustainability, ethics and responsibility. He tells a tale of corruption and conflict, of extractive industries and intractable governments from Syria and Nigeria to Downing Street and Beijing. In a tough world, how can business do the right thing?

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Liz Davies talks to Francine Stock

Growing Old Outrageously

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The co-author discusses her delightful memoir of a later-life friendship and what happens when two ladies of a certain age decide to test Graham Greene’s maxim: Leap and the net will appear! This is a book for thrill-seekers, the adventurous and armchair travellers alike, a celebration of friendship, laughter and all that’s good in the world. 

Liz Davies talks to Francine Stock

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John Eliot Gardiner

Music in the Castle of Heaven

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the world’s leading conductors presents his portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque – and occasionally so intemperate? Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

John Eliot Gardiner

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Arianna Huffington, John Lloyd and Deborah Moggach

We’re not done yet! What’s next for Baby Boomers?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Three of the best of the luckiest generation in history are still learning, still leading the way and still at the top of their game. They talk with Emma Soames.

Arianna Huffington, John Lloyd and Deborah Moggach

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Ranulph Fiennes

Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Coldest Temperatures on Earth

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Cold is a celebration of lives dedicated to researching and exploring some of the most hostile and brutally cold places on Earth. Documenting both his own explorations and those of others such as Shackleton, Cook and Amundsen, the famous adventurer and explorer reveals the chequered history of man’s attempts to discover and understand these remote areas of the planet.

Ranulph Fiennes

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John Browne

The Glass Closet

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former BP boss, now chairman of Cuadrilla, launches his frank examination of sexuality and leadership The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good for Business. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Raymond Tallis, Lesley Close and Richard Harries talk to Rosie Boycott

Assisted Dying

Hay Festival 2014, 

Our panel examine the ethics and legalities of assisted dying and ask – who makes the final decision? 

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Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

The Aftermath

Winter Weekend 2013, 
The novelist discusses his superbly controlled emotional thriller – a tale of passion, betrayal and conscience set in post-war Germany.  'My fiction of the year. Perfect for anyone who loved Atonement, Captain Corelli's Mandolin or Anna Karenina' – Peter Florence
 
 
Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

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John Carey talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Unexpected Professor

Hay Festival 2014, 

Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, Carey’s warm and funny memoirdescribes the events that formed him: an escape from the London Blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that saw him elected, aged 40, to Oxford’s oldest English Literature professorship.

John Carey talks to Rosie Goldsmith