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Sadaf Farooqi

Cambridge University Series 5: What Makes Us Fat?

Hay Festival 2013, 

In an age of obesity where sugary, fatty food is available 24/7, will it ever be possible to control our appetites? The Professor of Metabolism and Medicine describes how the brain and not the stomach controls what and how much we eat; and how scientists are working to conquer the many triggers for overeating. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Mike Hulme

Why We Disagree About Climate Change

Hay Festival 2010, 
From the standpoints of science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and development the UEA Prof explains why we disagree about climate change and shows how it can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
Mike Hulme

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Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

The Best for Wales Project

Hay Festival 2017, 

How can we shift from ‘doing better’ to ‘doing what’s needed’ and doing it now across Wales? Best for Wales will celebrate and inspire sustainable innovation. Hill is CEO of B Lab UK; Jones is Founder of Welsh ICE and Davies is founder of Neighbourly. Chaired by maverick thinker Andy Middleton from TYF.

Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

Previous Convictions: Assignments from Here and There

Hay Festival 2007, 
A conversation with the spectacularly provocative and delightfully acerbic Sunday Times journalist.

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Fireman Sam

Happy Birthday, Sam!

Hay Festival 2012, 
It's time for a Pontypandy party to celebrate Sam and Hay turning 25 together. Meet your favourite fireman and hear all about his exciting adventures from the fabulous storyteller Liz Fost.
 
3+ yrs

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Luke Clements and Anne Cottringer

Cardiff University Series 4: Does Your Carer Take Sugar?

Hay Festival 2015, 

There are 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK. There’ll be more soon as the demography changes. The Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Law examines the reality of today and the implications for the future with film-maker Anne Cottringer.

Watch the YouTube video here

Luke Clements and Anne Cottringer

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Javier del Pino, Tomás Alcoverro y Giles Tremlett en conversación con Aurelio Martín

Cronistas del planeta

Segovia 2008, 
Los corresponsales tienen la habilidad de profundizar tanto en el conocimiento del lugar en el que trabajan, que terminan sabiendo más que muchos nativos. Reunidos por la Asociación de la Prensa de Segovia, que convoca el prestigioso premio de periodismo en memoria de Cirilo Rodríguez (la voz que narró en España la llegada del hombre a la luna) hablarán de su experiencia Javier del Pino, de la Cadena SER en Washington y colaborador de El País, el decano de los corresponsales españoles, Tomás Alcoverro, corresponsal de La Vanguardia en Oriente Próximo, con sede en Beirut, y Giles Tremlett, corresponsal de The Guardian en España y colaborador habitual de The Economist.

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Daniel Blythe

How to write Dr Who

Hay Festival 2012, 
Discover how to pen the exciting and dangerous worlds with the creator of Shadow Runners.
 
12+ years

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Owen Sheers talks to Alex Clark

Fictions – I Saw a Man

Hay Festival 2015, 

The event that changed all of their lives happened on a Saturday afternoon in June, just minutes after Michael Turner – thinking the Nelsons’ house was empty – stepped through their back door.

Moving from London and New York to the deserts of Nevada, Sheers’ new novel is a brilliant exploration of violence, guilt and attempted redemption, written with the pace and grip of a thriller. He takes the reader from close observation of the domestic sphere to some of the most important questions and dilemmas of the contemporary world.

Sheers is a poet and playwright whose latest works include the National Theatre of Wales’ Mametz, the award-winning poem Pink Mist and Calon.

Owen Sheers talks to Alex Clark

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Irvine Welsh in conversation with Marlon James

The Blade Artist

Hay Festival 2016, 

Welsh introduces his elegant, electrifying novel, which marks the return of one of modern fiction’s most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting. Welsh talks about gangland violence, drug culture and the vitality of language with the Man Booker prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Irvine Welsh in conversation with Marlon James

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Cornelia Parker talks to Jacky Klein

Matter

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation with the artist whose sculpture and installation touches on the fragility of human experience and is rich with visual and literary allusions. Projects which have included blowing up a shed, steamrolling musical instruments and sending meteorites back into space have captured the public imagination since she first came to prominence in the 1990s.

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Michael Berkeley

The Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The composer and broadcaster discusses AE Housman’s original subject The Name and Nature of Poetry.
 

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Anne Michaels talks to John Mullan

Guardian Book Club: Fugitive Pieces

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist discusses her Orange Prize-winning book. Numbers limited.

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Roger Bootle talks to Bob Ayling

The Trouble With Markets

Hay Festival 2010, 
A conversation with one of the few economists to correctly forecast the downturn.
Roger Bootle talks to Bob Ayling

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Chris Laoutaris

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle That Gave Birth to The Globe

Hay Festival 2015, 

In November 1596 a woman signed a document which would nearly destroy the career of William Shakespeare… Who was the woman who played such an instrumental, yet little known, role in Shakespeare’s life? Never far from controversy when she was alive – she sparked numerous riots and indulged in acts of bribery, breaking-and-entering, and kidnapping – Elizabeth Russell has been edited out of public memory, yet the chain of events she set in motion would be the making of Shakespeare as we all know him today.

Chris Laoutaris

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Simon Armitage

Seeing Stars

Hay Festival 2010, 
The poet introduces his new collection.
Simon Armitage

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Fiona McFarlane talks to Dai Smith

The 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under, as Fiona McFarlane, 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize winner talks to Dai Smith, Chair of the judges. The shortlist for this year’s prize is: Anuk Arudpragasm The Story of a Brief Marriage; Alys Conran Pigeon; Luke Kennard Cain; Fiona McFarlane The High Places; Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent; Callan Wink Dog Run Moon: Stories.

Fiona McFarlane talks to Dai Smith

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Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

The Size of Herefordshire

Hay Festival 2017, 

Among the bravest fighters for the Amazon rainforest are the Wampis people from Peru.  They’re supported by the Size of Herefordshire, a local group, who are just back from visiting them and join us with photographs, films and stories.

Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

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Tristram Hunt

The Frock-Coated Communist

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels, huntsman and author of The Communist Manifesto.

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Anthony Horowitz talks to Paul Blezard

Screenwriting

Hay Festival 2009, 
The screenwriter discusses his work on Foyle’s War, Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Murder in Mind.

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Jon Klassen

This Is Not My Hat

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creator of the indubitably hip New York Times #1 bestseller I Want My Hat Back is here on tour to share his latest, This Is Not My Hat. Hat-wearers especially welcome.

4+ years

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Green Dragons’ Den: The Final 4

Hay Festival 2011, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books, and win a chance of £10,000 for their project.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
There will be a collection for the Festival’s Greenprint charity.

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Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

The Lost Words

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The creators of this year’s most staggeringly beautiful book read and present their collaboration. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – dandelion, otter, bramble, acorn – all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Macfarlane and Morris offer a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustrations by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

The Lost Words is our Hay Festival Book of the Year 2017

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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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Simon Wessely

The Mental Health Of The UK Armed Forces After Iraq And Afghanistan: Myths And Realities

Hay Festival 2013, 

It’s now ten years since the invasion of Iraq, and the UK Armed Forces have been fully engaged in a decade of war. What has been the mental health impact? If you listen to many media accounts you might conclude that nearly everyone who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan ends up in a psychiatric clinic, on the streets or in prison. But what are the facts? What do we know about the actual impact of deployment now, and what can we expect in the future?