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Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant and Beyond

Hay Festival 2015, 
The brilliant series created by Derek Landy has sales to date of five million copies worldwide and left fans heartbroken as it ended with The Dying of the Light. Derek has recently revealed that his next book, Demon Road, will be out later this year and is the first in a YA trilogy of supernatural thrillers. Come along and find out more.
11+ years
Derek Landy

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Charlie Higson

The Sacrifice

Hay Festival 2013, 

The fourth in the nail-biting series described as ‘Lord Of The Flies With Zombies’ is every bit as tense, bloody and action-packed as fans could wish.

13+ years

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David Crystal

Begat

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Linguistics Prof plays with the extraordinary impact and influence of the King James Bible on the English language.
 
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Atinuke

Traditional African Tales

Hay Festival 2013, 

Atinuke, author of the Anna Hibiscus and No 1 Car Spotter books is also a Nigerian storyteller. Don’t miss the chance to share her stories.

7+ years

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Marc Morris

A Great and Terrible King

Hay Festival 2009, 
A magisterial account of the Plantagenet ruler Edward I, conqueror of Wales, Hammer of the Scots.

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Gurinder Chadha

Chaired by Hannah Rothschild

Hay Festival 2008, 
An interview with the film director of Bhaji on the Beach, Bend it like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice. and the forthcoming adaptation of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

Hay Fever 12 yrs+

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Jamie Bartlett talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Dark Net

Hay Festival 2015, 

The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the most innovative and dangerous subcultures of the online world: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers and self-harmers, libertarians and vigilantes. Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos.

Jamie Bartlett talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Ffion Hague, John Kampfner and Kenneth O Morgan

Lloyd George in 1914

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of The Pain and the Privilege: The Women in Lloyd George’s Life recounts Lloyd George’s turbulent time as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1914, preparing Britain for war and discusses Britain's political, diplomatic and industrial reactions to the beginning of the Great War with the journalist John Kampfner and the historian Kenneth O Morgan, author of The Age of Lloyd George, The Oxford History of Britain, Rebirth of a Nation and the forthcoming Revolution to Devolution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Ffion Hague, John Kampfner and Kenneth O Morgan

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Rachel Lewis and Polly Ghazi

The Low Carbon Diet

Hay Festival 2007, 
What we all can do towards carbon reduction, offset trading and getting fit for the planet.

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Clive Oppenheimer

Cambridge Series 9: Eruptions That Shook The World

Hay Festival 2011, 
The volcanologist explores geological, historical and archaeological records to ask how volcanic eruptions have shaped the trajectory of human society through prehistory and history. He looks at the evidence for volcanic cataclysm and considers how we can prepare ourselves for future catastrophes.

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Kate Williams

England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

Hay Festival 2007, 
The spectacular trajectory of our first supernova celebrity, from Northern slums to Nelson’s bedchamber. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

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Martin Driscoll, John Perkins, Daphne O'Doherty and Alec Ross

Innovation and Skills

Hay Festival 2015, 

New challenges need new skills. How do we ensure that we provide young people with the skills they’ll need to deal with the rapid developments in engineering? How can we help them adapt to unforeseen innovations? John Perkins is the Government's Chief Scientific Advisor for Business, Innovation and Skills, Martin Driscoll is HR Director for Tata Steel and Daphne O’Doherty is Director of Learning and Teaching at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University. Chaired by Secretary Hilary Clinton's senior advisor on innovation.

Martin Driscoll, John Perkins, Daphne O'Doherty and Alec Ross

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Professor Robert Winston

Utterly Amazing Science

Hay Festival 2016, 
From rocket launches to erupting volcanoes, magnets and electricity, and forces in motion, Winston explains what makes the world go round. Utterly Amazing Science won The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2015 and captures the imagination of children and adults alike with mind-blowing information.
8+
Professor Robert Winston

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John McNally

Infinity Drake

Hay Festival 2014, 

Weird science facts combine with one key question: ‘what would Clarkson do?’ in this highly engaging session introducing sci-fi adventure series Infinity Drake, a debut from scriptwriter John McNally.
10+ years

John McNally

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Peter Melchett and Julian Rose

Heart to Heart 2007: Farming for a Future

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Penrhos Trust’s annual symposium on organic food production is led by the Soil Association’s pioneering agronomists.

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Faramerz Dabhoiwala

The Origins of Sex

Hay Festival 2012, 
The first sexual revolution in Western Europe was a central part of the Enlightenment, intertwined with the era’s major social, political and intellectual trends. It helped create a new model of Western civilization, whose principles of privacy, equality and freedom of the individual remain distinctive to this day.

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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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Olivia And The Great Escape

Hay Festival 2013, 

Lyn Gardner’s popular series set in the Swan Academy is perfect for theatre and circus lovers and aspiring performers.

9+ years

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Sarah McIntyre

Hay Festival 2013, 

Superkid is the brilliant Sarah McIntyre’s latest creation – the cartoon kid with superspeed, x-ray vision and bravery by the bagload. Find out if you have special secret powers too…

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Peter Moore talks to Daniel Hahn

The Weather Experiment

Hay Festival 2015, 

In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of God’s great wrath, C19th meteorologists had to fight against convention and religious dogma. But buoyed by the achievements of the Enlightenment, a generation of mavericks set out to explain the secrets of the atmosphere and learned to predict the future. Among them were Luke Howard, the first to classify the clouds, Francis Beaufort who quantified the winds, James Glaisher who explored the upper atmosphere in a hot-air balloon, Samuel Morse whose electric telegraph gave scientists the means by which to transmit weather warnings, and Admiral Robert FitzRoy himself, master sailor, scientific pioneer and founder of the Met Office.

Photo: Ula Soltys

Peter Moore talks to Daniel Hahn

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Philippe Sands

Reformations 8: Citizenship

Hay Festival 2017, 

Where do we belong? What passport and what papers do we carry? The international human rights lawyer proposes a new form of internationalist identity, and the adoption of the Tobin Tax that would help fund a universally available Citizenship of the World. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Philippe Sands

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Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

A BBC Four Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 2007 Sophie Lancaster was attacked in a park because of her appearance. Writer and poet Simon Armitage was so affected by her story that he and his producer Susan Roberts decided to make it into a drama documentary for Radio Four. The result was a profoundly moving piece of work combining specially written poems with an interview with Sylvia, Sophie’s mother. Black Roses was met with critical and public acclaim and subsequently turned into a play for Manchester Royal Exchange. Now in its third incarnation it has been turned into a film and will feature in the BBC’s forthcoming poetry season. Cassian Harrison, controller of BBC Four, talks to Simon and Susan about the challenges of making the film and its journey from radio to stage and now to screen.

Not for broadcast.

BBC4
12+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years.
Duration: 1 hour
Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

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Roger Bootle, Liam Fox, Nick Herbert, Allison Pearson, Roland Rudd and Alan Johnson

The Telegraph Debate: Does Britain Need the EU?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Three weeks before the 23 June referendum, a panel of politicians, business leaders and journalists weigh up the pros and cons of membership of the EU.

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Heart to Heart 2008

Terry Jones, Martin Orbach and Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2008, 
Python and gastro-pioneer Terry Jones joins Abergavenny Food Festival founder Martin Orbach and broadcaster Jon Snow to discuss marketing for small farmers.

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Jim Saunders

Hay: Landscape, Literature and the Town of Books

Hay Festival 2014, 

Jim Saunders has lived and worked for 25 years in the border country around Hay. In this, his third book, he homes in on the town itself, along with the landscapes, literature and people of this most beautiful part of Britain.