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Neil Gaiman and Stephen Fry

Myth Makers

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the enduring tales and myths of Northern and Mediterranean Europe that ask, brutally and beautifully – what it means to be human. Gaiman’s newly published Norse Mythology reaches back to the source stories that have inspired Tolkien, the Marvel comics and many others. His gods are irascible, visceral, playful, and passionate. The tales carry us from the beginning of everything, to Odin, Thor, Loki and Freya through to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods. Fry is reimagining versions of the Greek myths with their contrary Olympian gods, tragic human heroes and ruinous family curses.

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Tom Daley

Tom’s Daily Plan

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Olympian diving star shares what he’s learned about how to stay fit, healthy and positive. His secrets include delicious food, workouts anyone can do (he promises!) and invaluable motivational and lifestyle tips. He talks to the award-winning sports writer Carolyn Hitt.

Tom Daley

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John Sulston

The Royal Society Lecture; The People And The Planet

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Nobel Laureate discusses the links between global population, consumption and the environment, and the implications for sustainable development. How can we all live and flourish on a finite Earth?

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Michael Sheen

The Aneurin Bevan Lecture

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Welsh actor has made some of the most articulate interventions in political debates of the past years. Now returned home from Hollywood to Port Talbot, he talks about culture and society and the humane vision and tradition that Bevan inspires. Chaired by Phil George.

Michael Sheen

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Judi Dench talks to Richard Eyre

Shakespeare 450 – Exits and Entrances

Hay Festival 2014, 

The actress talks about her Shakespearean work and celebrates her album of great speeches, Exits and Entrances.

Judi Dench talks to Richard Eyre

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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.

Arianna Huffington

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Stephen Fry

Shakespeare 450 – Shakespeare and Love

Hay Festival 2014, 

The writer and actor, hailed in the West End and on Broadway for his Malvolio, talks about the Bard and Love.

Stephen Fry

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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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Tom Holland

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture: De-radicalising Muhammad

Hay Festival 2015, 

What do the Charlie Hebdo murders and the rise of the Islamic State owe to Islam? It would be comforting to insist, as many have done, that they owe nothing at all; but Holland, in the inaugural Christopher Hitchens Lecture, argues that the truth is more complex. The best way to combat jihadism, he proposes, is to recognise the centrality of Muhammad to Islam – and that he comes in many forms. There is the moral leader who swallowed abuse peaceably; and there is the war leader who ordered people who insulted him put to death. How best, then, to de-radicalise the Prophet? Tom Holland is author of In The Shadow of the Sword, Rubicon, Persian Fire, Millennium and the new translation of The Histories by Herodotus. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold of the New York Times.

Tom Holland

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Bernie Sanders

The 2017 Eric Hobsbawm Lecture

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In

The US Senator’s brand of populism has galvanised new generations to engage with politics. 

Bernie Sanders

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Sarah Millican and Hannah Dunleavy talk to Marcus Brigstocke

Standard Issue

Hay Festival 2016, 

Working with a team of talented women, the multi-award-winning comedian wanted to create something different to add to the mix of women’s magazines that were failing to inspire her. The result was Standard Issue Magazine, an online publication for all women. And men, too, if they fancied it. After their first year, millions of page views and having been shortlisted for a Book/Publishing award by comedy website Chortle, how does the future look? Hannah Dunleavy is the Deputy Editor.

Sarah Millican and Hannah Dunleavy talk to Marcus Brigstocke

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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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Bill Bryson

At Home: An Informal History of Private Life

Hay Festival 2010, 
We are delighted to launch the first book in seven years from one of the world's great humourists, examining human life through a domestic lens.

It struck Bill Bryson one day that we devote a lot more time to the Wars of the Roses or the Normandy Landings than considering what most of history really consists of: centuries upon centuries of people quietly going about their daily business – eating, sleeping, having sex, endeavouring to be amused. So he started a journey around his house, an old rectory in Norfolk, wandering from room to room considering how the ordinary things in life came to be. Along the way he allowed himself delightful digressions on the history of everything from architecture to epidemics, from food preservation to the discovery of electricity, and from crinolines to toilets. And to his dismay, he also encountered a terrifying variety of dangers to our health and happiness. Where the prizewinning A Short History of Nearly Everything was a sweeping survey of Earth, the universe and everything, At Home is an inwards look at all human life through a domestic telescope. Because, as Bryson says, our homes aren't refuges from history. They are where history begins and ends.

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Stephen Fry, Christopher Hitchens and Joan Bakewell

The Blasphemy Debate

Hay Festival 2005, 
Joan Bakewell chairs a debate on the boundaries of freedom of speech, religious tolerance, multiculturalism and orthodoxy.

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John le Carré

Hay Festival 2013, 

In an unprecedented double-length interview, the creator of George Smiley and author of spy masterpieces such as The Constant Gardener, The Honourable Schoolboy, The Russia House and The Tailor of Panama makes his first visit to the festival and talks about his work A Delicate Truth to Philippe Sands.

The video of the event is offered for sale, by John le Carré to raise money to keep Hay Library open.

Words of John le Carré (David Cornwell) ©David Cornwell, 2013

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Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Fiennes, Jay Sanders, Philippe Sands, Gillian Anderson

Hay Festival and The Tricycle Theatre, London present: Torture Team

Hay Festival 2011, 
An inquiry into the interrogation techniques used by the American administration and military in Guantanamo and beyond. When do lawyers who authorise abuse cross a line into criminality? Directed by Indhu Rubasingham.

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Toni Morrison talks to Razia Iqbal

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2014, 

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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Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

Plenty

Hay Festival 2010, 
The co-authors of the spectacular Mediterranean cookbook conduct a demonstration masterclass and Q&A.
Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

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Stephen Fry

Reformations 2: The Internet

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writer and tech-geek reimagines Tim Berners-Lee’s invention and asks how the mantra 'This is for Everyone' can play now in a digital sphere of social media, hacking and global connectivity. With BBC Click's Spencer Kelly.

Stephen Fry

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Jacqueline Wilson

Paws and Whiskers

Hay Festival 2014, 

Hear Jacqueline Wilson talk about this anthology of cat and dog stories. As well as a new story from Jacqueline herself, it includes stories from contemporary authors and treasured classics such as Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat and 101 Dalmatians.
8+ years

Jacqueline Wilson

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Terry Pratchett talks to Rob Wilkins

Hay Festival 2012, 
The brilliantly inventive creator of Discworld discusses his work and life

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John Paul Rathbone in conversation with Mauricio Rodríguez

The Sugar King of Havana

Cartagena 2011, 
The writer and journalist John Paul Rathbone, currently the Financial Times’ Latin America editor, presents his latest novel The Sugar King of Havana: the Rise and Fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba’s Last Tycoon, highly praised by The New York Times. It tells the story of Julio Lobo, considered the richest man in pre-Castro Cuba; educated, art collector and a magician of finance, Julio Lobo helped Che Guevara to bring down the Batista dictatorship. He will talk about the exciting life of this man with Mauricio Rodríguez, Colombian ambassador to the UK, as well as giving his view as a journalist about the current situation in Latin America. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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David Simon talks to Mark Lawson

The Corner

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Baltimore creator of The Corner, The Wire and Generation Kill in conversation.
David Simon talks to Mark Lawson

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Kathleen Taylor

The Brain Supremacy: Notes From The Frontiers Of Neuroscience

Hay Festival 2013, 

Funds are pouring into brain research, but what does this relatively new science mean for us? Taylor looks at the promise of drugs that could boost our brain-power, at the potential for more subtle marketing techniques and even at the prospect of machines that could read our minds. She looks at the science behind these claims and at how scientists look inside the human brain.

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Tony Fadell talks to Stephen Fry

The Podfather

Hay Festival 2014, 

The founder of Nest and creator of Apple’s iconic iPod talks with the writer, actor and renowned technophile about the future of technology, design, unloved devices and staying comfortable. 

Tony Fadell talks to Stephen Fry