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Peter Oswald

Three Folktales

Hay Festival 2015, 

In a magical evening of storytelling, the playwright and poet performs his fabulous tales: ‘Indeed the world is two worlds – one for lovers, / Another for the loveless altogether…’

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Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

A Monster Calls

Hay Festival 2016, 

Described by John Green as “an insanely beautiful writer”, the award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy has just completed the screenplay for a major motion picture of A Monster Calls. Join him and enjoy a first preview of scenes from the film.

12+
Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

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Clive Gifford and Anil Seth

Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing and Believing

Hay Festival 2015, 
Astound your eyes and boggle your brain, as award-winning author Clive Gifford and neuroscientist Anil Seth take you on a journey through fascinating optical illusions and the science behind them. They talk to Martin Chilton.
9+ years
Clive Gifford and Anil Seth

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Simon Armitage

The Poet

Hay Festival 2009, 
Reading and conversation with the poet whose recent publications include The Not Dead, Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid, Out of the Blue and Gawainand the Green Knight.

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George Monbiot

Heat

Hay Festival 2007, 
How to Stop the Planet Burning analyses the issue of carbon emission with ruthless rigour and elegant clarity. The action and commitments Monbiot proposes are politically compelling and define how we might all move forward.

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Emma Darwin talks to Ruth Padel

A Secret Alchemy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The biologist’s great-great-granddaughter discusses her historical novel about the Princes in the Tower.

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Hanif Kureishi

Collected

Hay Festival 2011, 
We celebrate the publication of the novelist and screenwriter’s Collected Essays and Collected Stories. Chaired by Ariane Koek.
 
More about Hanif Kureishi www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/

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Mark Radcliffe talks to Tiffany Murray

Thank You for the Days

Hay Festival 2009, 
A Boys’ Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond told between the DJ’s choice of ‘Life Tracks’.

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Peter Bazalgette talks to Bryony Gordon

The Empathy Instinct

Hay Festival 2017, 

Empathy is the power of understanding others, imaginatively entering into their feelings. It is a fundamental human attribute without which mutually co-operative societies cannot function. In a revolutionary development, we now know who has it, who lacks it and why. With the MRI scanner, we are mapping the human brain. This is a new frontier that reveals a host of beneficial ideas for childcare, teens challenged by the internet, the justice system, decent healthcare, tackling racism and resolving conflicts.

Peter Bazalgette talks to Bryony Gordon

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John Julius Norwich and Patricia Hodge

Darling Monster

Hay Festival 2014, 

Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, Jazz Age society darling and actress of stage and screen. Sharing the letters she wrote to her only son, John Julius Norwich discusses the dazzling life his mother led as the original ‘It’ girl. He’s joined by the actress who played Lady Diana in the original 1970s TV drama, to bring to life some of the most moving and entertaining of the letters.

John Julius Norwich and Patricia Hodge

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Open Mic 1

Unpublished Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join in a brand new venture to share your work with an audience. All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you'd like to read, please email boxoffice@hayfestival.com with 'Open Mic' in the title line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry. This event will be repeated (with different participants) on 5 June. Paul Blezard MCs.

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Julia Neuberger

Not Dead Yet

Hay Festival 2008, 
Julia Neuberger lays out her thinking for our changing demography with A Manifesto for Old Age. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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Liz Pichon

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Hay Festival 2012, 
Tom Gates is a master of excuses, expert doodler, comic story writer extraordinaire. His wonderful creator returns to Hay to introduce the brand new episode, Everything’s amazing (sort of). Bring a pad and pencil.
 
Duration 45 mins.   7+ years

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Venetia Williams, Revel Guest, Elizabeth Haycox and Tiffany Murray

Crossing Borders

Hay Festival 2014, 

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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Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment about its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true and that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Penrose is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists.

Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

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Greg Hannon and Josephine Bunch talk to Ed Cervantes-Watson

New Perspectives on Beating Cancer Sooner

Hay Festival 2017, 

Thanks to a £35 million investment from Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge, Hannon’s and Bunch’s teams of scientists are forming international research collaborations to map tumours at a level of detail that has never previously been imaginable. Using cutting edge biology, chemistry and even astrophysics, they are tackling the challenge from two angles: Bunch is building a ‘Google Maps’ of cancer, whilst Professor Hannon’s use of virtual reality will allow scientists, doctors and patients to walk within tumours. These new perspectives could transform how we understand and treat all types of cancer. Cervantes-Watson is CRUK’s Director of Funding Innovation.

Greg Hannon and Josephine Bunch talk to Ed Cervantes-Watson

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Joanna Coles in conversation with Peter Florence

Running in heels, or how to direct Marie Claire

Cartagena 2010, 
Since editing the magazine More and working as correspondent on The Guardian and The Times in New York, the editor in chief of the North American edition of Marie Claire has given the publication a mixture of politics, fashion, articles on the rights of women and art. The television programme Running in heels, on the publication process of the magazine, and in which Coles is one of the main characters, has been received with great acclaim both in the US and UK. Joanna Coles talks about journalism, television and fashion with the director of Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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BBVA Debate: Juan José Millás in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

Cartagena 2011, 
Juan José Millás, one of the best known Spanish writers and journalists, will talk to the writer and contributor to El Espectador, Juan Esteban Constaín, about his literary career and, particularly, about his latest novel Lo que sé de los hombrecillos, a fable that treads a fine line between delirium and reality. There will also be mention of his recent interview with Felipe González.
BBVA Debate: Juan José Millás in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

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Robert Minhinnick

Fairground Music

Hay Festival 2010, 
Prepare for hallucinatory encounters with Margaret Thatcher, Dylan Thomas and Elvis Presley, and every guilty pleasure a fairground might offer as the writer collaborates with photographer Eamon Bourke to celebrate Porthcawl’s iconic attraction.
Robert Minhinnick

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Rick Stroud

The New Space Race

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Book of the Moon celebrates the anniversary of the first moon walk and examines what it is that has held our imagination for decades.

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Robert Skidelsky

Keynes: The Return of the Master

Hay Festival 2010, 
How and why we’re reaching back to the great economist in this turbulent time. Chaired by Jesse Norman.
Robert Skidelsky

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Chris Lowe

Cambridge 800 Series: Biosensors

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Director of the Institute of Biotechnology brings life to sensors and sensors to life. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Daniel Swift

Shakespeare’s Common Prayers: The Book Of Common Prayer And The Elizabethan Age

Hay Festival 2013, 

The prayer book’s history is one of passionately contested revision and of manic sensitivity to a verb or a turn of phrase. In the book’s ambiguities and fierce contestations, Swift argues, William Shakespeare found the ready elements of drama. Tracing the prayer book’s lines and motions through As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Measure For Measure, Othello, and particularly Macbeth, he redirects scholarly attention to the religious heart of Shakespeare’s work and time.

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Korky Paul

Winnie’s Dinosaur Day

Hay Festival 2013, 

Winnie The Witch gets involved in a prehistoric adventure with a rather surprised Triceratops, brought to life with Korky Paul’s high-energy live drawing.

5+ years

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Felipe Fernandez Armesto

1492 – The Year Our World Began

Hay Festival 2010, 
The historian surveys the globe at the moment when the Medieval world gave onto modernity, from the Alhambra and Timbuktu to the poets of the Indian Ocean, the Aztecs and Incas. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.
Felipe Fernandez Armesto