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David Remnick

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

Hay Festival 2010, 
The New Yorker editor narrates and analyses this defining story of American history.

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Tim Smit

The Eden Project at Ten

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and join us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cornwall’s iconic centre for horticulture and biodiversity with its director.

Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 
Learn more about the Eden Project www.edenproject.com

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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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Oliver James

Office Politics

Hay Festival 2013, 

The psychologist cuts a fascinating exposé of modern office life and suggests How To Thrive In A World Of Lying, Backstabbing And Dirty Tricks.

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Robert McCrum

Globish

Hay Festival 2010, 
The editor and writer re-examines the linguistic power of the Anglo-American imperium, and stacks up his C21st equation: English + Microsoft = Globish.

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Carl Bernstein talks to Jim Naughtie

The Hamlin Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary reporter and Watergate-breaker is the author of A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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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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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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Antonia Fraser

Love and Louis XIV

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian examines the women in the life of the Sun King.

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Joe Queenan talks to Tiffany Murray

Closing Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
The witty commentator and critic portrays his childhood in a Philadelphia housing project. He talks to the author of Happy Accidents.

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Liz Pichon

Oodles of Doodles

Hay Festival 2011, 
Meet Tom Gates – master of excuses, expert doodler and comic story writer extraordinaire. His journal (The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – obviously!) is pretty awesome and his creator is going to show you how yours can be too. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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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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Frank Cottrell Boyce and Joe Berger

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Hay Festival 2012, 
A turbo-charged new adventure for Ian Fleming’s fantastical flying car, with the fabulous author of Millions and Framed and the artist behind Bridget Fidget and Berger & Wyse.
 
9+ years

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Kyung-Sook Shin and Jaishree Misra

Fictions: Mothers and Daughters

Hay Festival 2011, 
A special preview reading of the beautiful and multi-million-selling Korean novel Please Look After Mother spinning four perspectives on the central character Son-yo, a mother and wife. And introducing the Keralan bestseller of Indian revelation A Scandalous Secret. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Jake Arnott talks to Peter Guttridge

Story: The Devil’s Paintbrush

Hay Festival 2009, 
Scandal, black magic and Islamic revolution on the battlefields of Sudan and the backstreets of Edinburgh teem around the character of Brit hero Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald.

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Laura Bates, Nimko Ali, Sonia Faleiro and guests

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? Equality

Hay Festival 2015, 

Is equality law working to deliver equality for women? If not, what’s it going to take? Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism project. Nimko Ali is a social activist, an FGM survivor and campaigner, co-founder of Daughters of Eve. Journalist and writer Sonia Faleiro is the author of Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay's Dance Bars and 13 Men.

Laura Bates, Nimko Ali, Sonia Faleiro and guests

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Catherine Fieschi, Simon Hoggart, and Oliver James

The Demos Debate: Hearts and Minds

Hay Festival 2008, 
Catherine Fieschi, Simon Hoggart, and Oliver James explore how emotions operate in the political sphere, or affect issues like citizenship, which are normally thought of in terms of impartial rationality.

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Bernardo Atxaga y Ignacio Martínez de Pisón en conversación con Luis Alemany

Segovia 2008, 
Bernardo Atxaga, el galardonado autor de Obabakoak y El hijo del acordeonista, y Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, autor de más de una docena de obras, entre las que destacan las novelas Carreteras secundarias y Dientes de leche, conversarán con el periodista Luis Alemany y leerán fragmentos de sus respectivas obras.

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Michael Nyman talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2007, 
The prodigious composer discusses his international cinema work and collaborations with Peter Greenaway and Michael Winterbottom.

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Simon Callow, Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Alexa Huang

Global Shakespeare: Protest, dissent and slipping by the censors

Hay Festival 2016, 

All over the world, Shakespeare’s plays find an audience, but often hidden within productions are thought-provoking, often controversial themes, about corruption, overthrowing power or teenage love. These areas of debate might rarely get staged, were it not for the cloak of Shakespeare’s ‘respectability’.  This session discusses how Shakespeare slips by the censors, both historically and today. Simon Callow is an actor and writer.  David Aaronovitch is a journalist who writers for The Times. Rachel Jolley is the editor of Index on Censorship. Alexa Huang teaches at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C

Simon Callow, Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Alexa Huang

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Simon Scarrow

Gladiator: Son of Spartacus

Hay Festival 2013, 

Roman history through the eyes of Marcus, newly freed from slavery, whom Julius Caesar tasks with overthrowing a rebel army. Third in the series from the Number 1 bestselling author.

10+ years

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Rebecca Stott

Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists

Hay Festival 2012, 
The story of Darwin’s many predecessors back to Leonardo and Aristotle, who advanced theories of evolution in times when it was exceptionally dangerous to do so.

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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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Colin Tudge

The Secret Life of Trees

Hay Festival 2008, 
Biologist Colin Tudge reveals trees as the key to humanity’s evolutionary past—and our future.