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Event 254

Paddy Ashdown

The Cruel Victory

Venue: The Tata Tent

As the Allied troops stormed the D-Day beaches, the Vercors rose up to fight the Nazis in a planned rearguard action. It was to prove not only the largest Resistance action of the entire war but also, in the severity of the German response, the most brutal slaughter of resistance forces in Western Europe.

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Paddy Ashdown

Event 255

Jon Butterworth

Smashing Physics

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

On 4 July 2012, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN announced the discovery of a new particle – the Higgs boson, intimately involved with the unification of two fundamental forces and with the origin of mass itself. This is the story of that discovery: the amazing machines, the people, the science, the politics, and the consequences.

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Event 256

Julian Baggini and Shaun Hill

The Virtues of the Table

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Our choices regarding what we eat involve every essential aspect of our human nature: the animal, the sensuous, the social, the cultural, the creative, the emotional and the intellectual. Thinking seriously about food requires us to consider our relationship to nature, to our fellow animals, to each other and to ourselves. So can thinking about food teach us about being virtuous, and can what we eat help us to decide how to live? The philosopher is joined by the Michelin-starred chef-patron of The Walnut Tree. They talk to John Mitchinson.

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Event 257

Philipp Meyer and Linda Spalding talk to Kirsty Wark

Fictions – Once Upon a Time in the West

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, Meyer’s The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. In Spalding’s The Purchase a young Quaker father and widower leaves his home in Pennsylvania to establish a new life. He sets out with two horses, a wagon full of belongings, his five children, a 15-year-old orphan wife, and a few land warrants for his future homestead. When Daniel suddenly trades a horse for a young slave, Onesimus, it sets in motion a struggle in his conscience that will taint his life forever.

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Event 258

Future Dragons’ Den Final 2

Do It

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a £5,000 cash award and one-to-one support from UnLtd.

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Future Dragons’ Den Final 2

Event 259

Social Enterprise Series: Mike Mackenzie

From Brewer to Plumber to Pagan Memorabilia

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub

Sixty businesses have been launched in the last three months. What are the common challenges new businesses face? Mike is a former RN Officer (Submarine Service) and has helped set up three businesses.

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Social Enterprise Series: Mike Mackenzie

Event HF85

Chris Haughton

Shh! We Have a Plan

Venue: The Cube

A favourite of art and design aficionados as well as of parents, Chris is the award-winning creator of picture books A Little Bit Lost and Oh No, George! A mixture of stories, pictures, puppets and participation will delight young readers, and he may even draw your ideas.

4–7 years

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Chris Haughton

Event HF84

Holly Smale

Venue: Starlight Stage

Join Holly Smale, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and creator of the bestselling Geek Girl series, talking to Damian Kelleher about smart and funny fiction for smart and funny readers. Guaranteed to get your geek on!

11+ years

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Holly Smale

Event HF83

Marcus Moore and Sara-Jane Arbury

Oxford Word Wizards

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage
Get the gift of the gab and add vim to your vocab as these lively linguists dip into dictionaries and provide top tips on becoming a word wizard. There’ll be lots of silly games in the playground of puns. A must for all budding young writers.
7+ years
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Marcus Moore and Sara-Jane Arbury

Event 260

Toni Morrison talks to Razia Iqbal

In Conversation

Venue: The Tata Tent

A wide-ranging interview with the American Nobel Laureate, author of Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Jazz and Home.

Also see events 211 and 235

 

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Event 262

Julia Peyton-Jones, Roger Scruton, William Packer and Shani Rhys James chaired by Will Gompertz

The Welsh Academy of Art Debate

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

‘The supreme tragedy is when theory outstrips performance’ – Leonardo da Vinci. Does contemporary art celebrate concept without skill? What is the value of a Fine Art degree? The Welsh Academy of Art presents a debate on the state of contemporary art and art education.

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Event 263

Averil Cameron

Byzantine Matters

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage

Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization, often reducing it to a poor relation of Rome and the rest of the classical world. Cameron suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilisation into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods.

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Event 264

David Edgar

The 2014 Housman Lecture

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

With illustrations ranging from Shakespeare to Sheridan, from Caryl Churchill and Howard Brenton to Oscar Wilde and Brian Friel, playwright David Edgar explores the poetry of plays.

David Edgar's plays include Destiny, Nicholas Nickleby, Pentecost and Written on the Heart for the RSC, and The Shape of the Table, Albert Speer and Playing with Fire for the National Theatre. He founded Britain's first postgraduate course in playwriting studies (at the University of Birmingham in 1989) and is the author of How Plays Work.

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Event 265

Stefan Collini

Two Cultures? The Significance of CP Snow

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The academic presents his annotated edition of FR Leavis’ famous critique of CP Snow’s theory of the ‘two cultures’ of arts and sciences. Collini describes what was at stake in the dispute, reappraises its literary tactics and evaluates the purpose of Leavis’ brand of cultural criticism.

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Event HF87

Matt Brown

Compton Valance: The Most Powerful Boy In The Universe (well sort of)

Venue: The Cube

A fantastically funny and delightfully disgusting time-travelling adventure from Heart Radio DJ and former TV presenter Matt Brown. Perfect for fans of Jeff Kinney and David Walliams.
7+ years

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Matt Brown

Event HF86

Matt Haig and Alyssa Brugman

Closed Doors, Open Minds

Venue: Starlight Stage

Echo Boy is the first novel for young adults from acclaimed author Matt Haig and is a poignant and beautifully-written story about love, loss and what makes us truly human, set in a future world where humans are served by ‘echoes’ – sophisticated, emotionless machines. He is joined by Alyssa Brugman whose groundbreaking novel Alex As Well is a confronting and heartfelt story of adolescent experience – of questioning identity, discovering sexuality, navigating friendships and finding a place to belong.
12+ years (YA)

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Matt Haig and Alyssa Brugman

Event 538

Arts Show

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Tent

Nicola Heywood-Thomas presents reviews, reports and analysis from the festival  in Radio Wales’s weekly round up of the arts scene.  Guests include Gillian Clarke, Marcus Brigstocke, Shani Rhys James and a live acoustic performance from BBC Horizons band The People The Poet

Broadcast live on Wednesdays, 6.30pm–7pm.

 
12+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.

FREE BUT TICKETED
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Arts Show

Event 267

Jonathan Yeo talks to Will Gompertz

Portraits

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

An interview with the leading painter whose work in portraiture and collage has established him as one of the most treasured contemporary artists. He discusses his relationship with his subjects and the way he builds his understanding of their portraits.

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Event 268

Philip Ball

Serving The Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler

Venue: Elmley Foundation Stage

While some scientists in Nazi Germany tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ‘Jewish ideas’, many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the regime. Ball examines the records of Max Planck, Peter Debye and Werner Heisenberg.

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Event 269

Henrietta L. Moore and Ricken Patel

Cambridge University Series 9: The Future of Civic Activism

Venue: The Oxfam Moot

Relationships between state and society have undergone a significant shift over the last decade. On both sides promises have been made and broken, expectations raised and shattered, partnerships brokered and roles reversed. Moreover, the influence of non-state actors has become impossible to discount. Professor Moore will talk about changes in ‘politics from below’ and ask whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating. She is joined by video link by the co-founder of the global protest movement AVAAZ. 

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Event 270

Venetia Williams, Revel Guest, Elizabeth Haycox and Tiffany Murray

Crossing Borders

Venue: Starlight Stage

A wide-ranging conversation about ambitions and opportunities with several of the remarkable women living and working here in the Border Country as profiled by writer Julia Gregson and photographer Alex Pownall in their book Crossing Borders. Horse trainer Venetia Williams has won over £1m in prize-money this year. Revel Guest is a film-maker and chair of the Hay Festival. Elizabeth Haycox is the owner of Richard Booth’s Bookshop and a Trustee of Hay Castle. Tiffany Murray is a novelist, author of Diamond Star Halo. The session will include a tribute to the late Jean Miller.

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Event 271

Manuel Rivas and Jane Lythell talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – Between the Lines

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Rivas’ All is Silence is a literary masterpiece about three young friends growing up in a Galician community which is bound by a conspiracy of silence. Lythell’s The Lie of You – I Will Have What is Mine is a chilling psychological thriller about obsession, jealousy and lying to those you love.

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Event W49

Young Entrepreneurs Workshop 1

Modwenna Rees-Mogg and Heather Gorringe: The Entrepreneur Journey

Venue: Landmarc Innovation Hub

As an entrepreneur, building and developing your business can follow many different paths, three entrepreneurs describe their journeys. Modwenna is founder and CEO of Angel News and Heather is founder of Wiggly Wigglers. They are joined by Jacob Hill, Young Entrepreneur of the Year for his business, Lazy Camper.

Hosted by Barclays' Richard Heggie.

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Event 272

Barry Cryer

Twitter Titters

Venue: The Telegraph Stage

In yet another farewell tour, Baz returns, having been charged with persistent joking and asks for 20 other shows to be taken into consideration. You are the judge and jury – be merciful to the aged accused King of the One-liners. He merely seeks to bring a ray of sunshine amid the dark clouds of life.
He’ll be enjoying himself – do join him. With Colin Sell at the piano.

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Event 274

Lewis Pugh

21 Yaks and a Speedo

Venue: The Oxfam Moot
What does it feel like to stand on the edge of the sea ice at the North Pole in nothing more than a Speedo swimming costume? What kind of man dives into that freezing ocean and swims a full kilometre? And why? The intrepid environmentalist, endurance swimmer and inspirational UN Patron of the Oceans has swum as far north and as far south as a body can get, as well as on the earth's highest mountain. He's learned a few things about the extremes of human nature, and our fragile blue planet, along the way. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
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Lewis Pugh

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