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Simon Blackburn and Chris Blackhurst

Cambridge University Series 4: Do Nice Guys Finish Last – Or First?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Trust in British public life has now reached catastrophically low levels for parliament, the press, the banks, the police and the NHS. Just as the National Rifle Association in the USA claims that the solution to gun crime lies in more guns, our government preaches that the cure for decline in trust lies in less public service and more profit motive...

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Margaret Anstee talks to Daniel Hahn

An Unlikely Spanish Don: The Life And Times Of Professor John Brande Trend

Hay Festival 2013, 

The extraordinary life of Cambridge’s first professor of Spanish; an undergraduate peer of Keynes and Rupert Brooke, he fought at Ypres before falling in love with Spain in the ’20s and ’30s, where he became a close friend of Manuel de Falla, Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel.

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Mahmood Mamdani

Saviors and Survivors: Darfur, Politics, and the War on Terror

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Ugandan-born scholar weighs the claims of counter-insurgency and genocide and examines the reporting and understanding of the Sudanese conflicts.

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Menna Elfyn talks to Dafydd Elis Thomas

Hay Festival 2008, 
The poet and playwright, whose latest bilingual collection is Perffaith Nam/Perfect Blemish, discusses her work.

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Jerry A Coyne talks to Rosie Boycott

Why Evolution is True

Hay Festival 2010, 
The evidence for natural selection is vast, varied and magnificent, and drawn from many disparate fields of science. Latest research is uncovering a stream of evidence revealing evolution in action – from the actual observation of a species splitting into two, to new fossil discoveries and the deciphering of the evidence stored in our genome.

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Alok Jha

The Water Book

Hay Festival 2015, 
Water may seem the most ordinary of substances – it pours from our taps and falls from the sky – but you would be surprised at what a profoundly strange substance it is. It bends the rules of chemistry and defies easy scientific understanding. Without this rebel behaviour, however, none of us would exist. Alok Jha will change the way you look at water – showing how it has shaped life on earth, and how this molecule connects you and everyone else to the birth (and death) of the universe.
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Chris Wells and Ian Ridpath

Navigating By The Stars

Hay Festival 2013, 

How did our mariners manage without digital GPS? Captain Wells, master of Cunard’s QM2, traces the history of navigating the oceans by measuring the heavens using sextants and astrolabes; and author and broadcaster Ridpath, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, explores the mythology surrounding key constellations.

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Charles Emmerson

1913: The World Before The Great War – Second Acts In A New World

Hay Festival 2013, 

Told through the stories of 23 cities – Europe’s capitals at the height of their global reach, the emerging metropolises of America, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, the boomtowns of Australia and the Americas – the historian presents a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, from St Petersburg to Shanghai and from Los Angeles to Jerusalem.

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James Attlee

Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight

Hay Festival 2011, 
Moonlight and its meanings, from the kitsch to the sublime – in the modern world, the ancient world, in art, books, music and in science.

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Julian Barnes y Mario Vargas Llosa en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Siempre Flaubert

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos grandes escritores contemporáneos, el británico Julian Barnes, ganador de premios como el Booker Prize (Reino Unido), el Prix Fémina (Francia) o el David Cohen Prize (Reino Unido); y el escritor peruano más internacional, el premio Nobel Mario Vargas Llosa, reflexionan sobre su compartida admiración por Gustave Flaubert, el autor francés más universal. Conversan con Marianne Ponsford, directora de Arcadia.

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Austin J Stevens talks to Hannah Rothschild

The Last Snakeman

Hay Festival 2007, 
Meet the intrepid South African wildlife photographer and his reptilian friends. Charmed by Hannah Rothschild.

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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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Henrietta Bowden-Jones

The Art of Science

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the structure of clouds to shopping-trolley helices of DNA and sculpting in stardust, the Consultant Psychiatrist examines artworks by established artists who, wittingly or not, have conveyed scientific concepts through their art. Henrietta will be joined for a Q&A by artist Angela Palmer. Chaired by Emilie Glazer.

Henrietta Bowden-Jones

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Chris Yates

How to Fish

Hay Festival 2007, 
A celebration of the joys of sitting on a riverbank with rod and line.

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Roger Crowley

City of Fortune - How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire

Hay Festival 2012, 
A magisterial history charting the rise and fall of the world’s superpower city from the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 to the calamitous news that the Portuguese had pioneered a sea route to India.

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Peter Sawyer

Vikings

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this sumptuously illustrated lecture the historian asks: were the Vikings, as contemporary description had it, a ‘valiant, wrathful and purely pagan people’ who swept in from the sea to plunder and slaughter? Or, in the words of a Manx folksong, ‘ware-wolves keen in hungry quest’, who lived and died by the sea and the sword? Or were they unusually successful merchants, extortionists and pioneer explorers?

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Julia Hailes, Ben Law, Janet Cotterell

Greening Buildings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Grand Designs icon Ben Law discusses a more sustainable approach to buildings with Passivhaus expert Janet Cotterell and Green Consumer guru, Julia Hailes. Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

 

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The Funny Panel

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winner Jamie Thomson is joined by two top funny talents, Mark Lowery and Sarah McIntyre. Come and share the jokes!

Duration 60 mins.

9+ years

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Graeme Gibson

The Bedside Book of Birds

Hay Festival 2006, 
Folktales, stories and excerpts from a naturalist's journal where creation myths, recipes, and the most stunning illustrations lace Gibson's own graceful and erudite essays telling of the pleasure, fear, confusion, or hope that birds inspire, and their imperiled place in nature.

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Ian Jenkins

Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art

Hay Festival 2015, 

For centuries the ancient Greeks experimented with ways of representing the human body, both as an object of beauty and a bearer of meaning. The remarkable works of art in the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition range from the abstract simplicity of prehistoric figurines to breathtaking realism in the age of Alexander the Great. The exhibition’s curator introduces the images and sculptures, with co-curator Celeste Farge.

Ian Jenkins

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Hugh Kennedy

The Great Arab Conquests

Hay Festival 2007, 
How, within a generation, Arab armies had overrun Persian and Byzantine civilizations and created an empire that reached from Spain to China.

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Iain Hutchison: What’s in a Face?

Segovia 2010, 
From face transplants to plastic surgery, facial reconstruction surgeon Ian Hutchison will talk about the challenges, and identity-related and ethical questions arising from such innovative work. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Simon Armitage

Walking Home

Hay Festival 2012, 
The poet travels south down the Pennine Way to Yorkshire as a troubadour without a penny in his pocket.

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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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David Tong

Cambridge Series: The Building Blocks of the Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

According to our best theories of physics, the fundamental building blocks of matter are not particles, but continuous, fluid-like substances known as ‘quantum fields’. The professor of theoretical physics explains what we know about these fields, and how they fit into our understanding of the universe.

David Tong