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Bruno Ganz talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Hay Festival 2008, 
The peerless Swiss actor’s films include Wings of Desire, Downfall, Nosferatu, Strapless and Bread and Tulips.

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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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Beth Singler

Cambridge Series: Could and Should Robots Feel Pain?

Hay Festival 2017, 

Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence and robotics demonstrate that we are aiming towards creating something that is ‘human-like’ in various ways. What sort of experiences should these beings have? And what does the answer to that question tell us about ourselves? Anthropologist Dr Beth Singler is Research Associate on the Human Identity in an age of Nearly-Human Machines project at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

Beth Singler

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Edmund de Waal

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture Memory and Memorial: Writing About the End of Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

There is a burgeoning literature on end-of-life writing, on grief, bereavement and memorial. Edmund de Waal talks about mortality and how it is reflected across different genres and art-forms from the poetry of Anne Carson and Max Porter, the memoirs of Paul Kalanithi and Marion Coutts, to the writings of Atul Gawande and Julia Samuel.  He will also discuss his own porcelain installations and collaborations that explore ideas of memorial. The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature, arts and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human. Edmund De Waal, chair of judges for the 2018 prize, is an artist and writer, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes and The White Road.

Edmund de Waal

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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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John Crace & John Sutherland

The Two Johnnies

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Guardian’s master satirist and the Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature indulge in a little light flyting, roasting, and joshing at the expense of literary pretension and solemnity. This event may be recorded and used in evidence for blackmail.

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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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Rageh Omaar talks to George Osborne

Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Somali-born journalist discusses his own experience, and that of other British Muslims with the shadow Chancellor.

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Meg Rosoff

Hay Festival 2008, 
The multi-award-winning author of How I Live Now and Just In Case introduces her new tale of solitude and passion What I Was.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Hay Festival 2012, 
Laugh your tights off with the wickedly fabulous creator of Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging, as Tallulah Casey and her mates return for a new term at Dother Hall Performing Arts College. Chaired by Paul Blezard
 
12+ years

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Chris Morgan Jones talks to Marcel Berlins

Fictions – Spying And Thrilling

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new thriller writer tipped as one of le Carré’s heirs discusses his Iranian industrial espionage story The Jackal’s Share.

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Brian Paddick talks to Rosie Boycott

Line of Fire

Hay Festival 2008, 
The inside story of the Met from the Brixton riots to Jean Charles de Menezes, from its most senior openly gay officer, now a Liberal politician.

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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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Damian Walford Davies, Siwan Rosser, Carrie Smith and Tomos Owen

The Gwyn Jones Event - Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected

Hay Festival 2016, 

Contributors to a ground-breaking new book, Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected, discuss the vital presence of Wales in the work of ‘the world’s number one storyteller’. This is Dahl wonderfully defamiliarised in his centenary year through the lens of the country of his birth and early life.

Presented by The Welsh Academy 

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Alasdair Coles

Cambridge Series: Body, Brain and Behaviour

Hay Festival 2017, 

Once considered separate and independent, it is now clear that the there is an intimate, two-way connection between the two most complex body systems: the immune system and the brain. So our behaviour can affect inflammation in the body, and immune cells can alter our behaviour. Reverend Alasdair Coles, Professor of Neuroimmunology examines the implications. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

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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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Ben Goldacre

Bad Science

Hay Festival 2008, 
Satirist and doctor Ben Goldacre exposes fakery, pseudoscience and quackery in consumer marekting and in the media. Chaired by Rachel Holmes.

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AL Kennedy talks to Jon Gower

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses her awesome account of a second world war Lancaster tail-gunner, Day, which won the Costa Book of the Year.

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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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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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Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

Hay Festival 2015, 

 Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation?

Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, they show how photosynthesis relies on subatomic particles existing in many places at once, while inside enzymes, those workhorses of life that make every molecule within our cells, particles vanish from one point in space and instantly materialize in another.

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden

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Sigrid Rausing, Oliver Bullough and Nick Butler talk to Bronwen Maddox

Prospect Platform 1

Hay Festival 2014, 

Ukraine: What Should The West Do?

150 years on, Crimea is again the centre of a geo-political crisis that threatens to destabilize East–West relations. How should the West react to Putin’s decisive intervention? Rausing works in the human rights field around the Caucasus, Butler is an energy expert, frontline journalist Bullough has newly returned from Ukraine. They talk to the editor of Prospect.

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Jo Malone talks to Bryony Gordon

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jo Malone has created a globally renowned fragrance and beauty business and, more recently, her new brand Jo Loves. She talks about her incredible journey from modest beginnings as a teenager struggling with dyslexia and leaving school with no qualifications, to being diagnosed with breast cancer at 37 and becoming an international brand name and one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Jo Malone talks to Bryony Gordon

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Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson

The Fiery Dragon: Storytelling and Fiddle

Hay Festival 2015, 
Daniel, one of the most popular storytellers in the UK, tells traditional stories with passion, wit and gusto. Accompanied by Oliver on fiddle, he will tell a hair-raising Welsh gypsy tale featuring giants, dragons and dwarves. Storytelling for the stout of heart!
7+ years
Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson

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Matthew Engel talks to Peter Florence

Eleven Minutes Late

Hay Festival 2009, 
An enraptured paean to a national obsession. Britain gave railways to the world, yet its own network is the dearest (definitely) and the worst (probably) in Western Europe.