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Joan Bakewell

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture: Is Life Worth Living? It Depends on the Liver!

Hay Festival 2016, 

The chair of the Wellcome Book Prize jury reflects on how we share what we know, and how science progresses. The shortlist for this year’s prize is The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss, It’s All In Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan, Playthings by Alex Pheby, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink and NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman. The winner is announced on 25 April.

Joan Bakewell

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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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Charles Chesshire

Japanese Gardens

Hay Festival 2007, 
The garden designer explains the influence of Shinto, Chinese art and Zen Buddhism on the development of this distinctive garden style.

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Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write

Hay Festival 2017, 

Mahfouz introduces her vibrant anthology with two of her star contributors. Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.

Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

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Huw Bowen, Chris Williams, Huw Pryce

New History of Wales 2: Wales – Nation, Region, Province, Principality

Hay Festival 2011, 
Where is Wales and what is Wales? What’s the relationship with England, Europe and the world?


Duration 45 minutes.

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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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Nick Stern talks to Alok Jha

The British Academy Lecture: Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change

Hay Festival 2015, 

The risks and costs of climate change are worse than estimated in the landmark Stern Review in 2006; and far worse than implied by standard economic models. The science warns of the dangers of neglect; the economics and technology show what we can do and the great benefits that will follow; an examination of the ethics points strongly to a moral imperative for action. Why are we waiting? Chaired by the science correspondent of ITV News.

Nick Stern talks to Alok Jha

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Michael Dibdin talks to Peter Kemp

Hay Festival 1998, 
The creator of the Venetian detective Aurelio Zen talks to the Sunday Times Fiction Editior about crime, canals and Europe. Dibdin is the winner of the Crime Writers Asscciation Gold Dagger.

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Tristram Hunt

The World, by Design: The Victoria & Albert Museum in an age of Brexit, BRICS and Netflix

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new Director of the V&A explores the role of culture and curation in a world turning on a new axis, where intelligence is artificial and some pots are still priceless; where a common wealth of resources and makers can fashion global treasures.

Tristram Hunt

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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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Graham Swift

Making an Elephant: Writing from Within

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Booker-winner offers a varied and brilliantly realised version of a writer’s life, work and friends. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Tahir Shah

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

Hay Festival 2008, 
As Tahir Shah makes his way through the medinas of Fez and Marrakech, traverses the Saharan sands and tastes the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, he collects a dazzling treasury of traditional stories, gleaned from the heritage of the Thousand and One Nights. Chaired by Palash Dave.

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James Ward

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, like who is Mr Pritt, and what are the thousands of uses claimed for Blu-Tack?

James Ward

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Shirin Ebadi talks to Helena Kennedy

The Annual Hamlin Lecture: Until We Are Free

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Iranian human rights lawyer and activist tells of her fight for reform inside Iran, and the devastating backlash she faced after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Having fought tirelessly for democracy, equality before the law and freedom of speech, Ebadi became a global voice of inspiration. Yet, inside her own country, her life has been plagued by surveillance, intimidation and violence

Shirin Ebadi talks to Helena Kennedy

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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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Crime Pays

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paul Blezard meets the authors of two of the whitest-knuckle reads of the year. Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 tracks a serial killer at the height of Stalin’s Terror. Philip Kerr’s latest mystery A Quiet Flame sends Bernie Gunther to Peron’s Argentina.

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Christopher de Bellaigue and Gilles Kepel talk to Abdul Rehman-Malik

Enlightenment and Jihad

Hay Festival 2017, 

Bellaigue tells the forgotten stories of key figures and reformers of Islam’s past 200 years in The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason; from Egypt’s visionary ruler Muhammad Ali to brave radicals such as Iran’s first feminist Qurrat al-Ayn. Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West by Gilles Kepel is the explosive account of the radicalisation of a segment of Muslim youth that led to the 2016 atrocities at Bataclan and in Nice, and of the failure of governments in France and across Europe to address it.

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BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

A BBC Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Screenwriter Emma Reeves talks to BBC producer Simon Nelson about the challenges of writing drama for children. She has been responsible for some of CBBC’s most prestigious and popular programmes including Tracy Beaker, Young Dracula and The Dumping Ground. She will also discuss the development of her own series Eve. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session.

Not for broadcast.

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Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

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Festivals and Carbon Reduction

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Martin Orbach (Abergavenny Food Festival), Penny Kemp (Big Green Gathering), Andy Fryers (Hay) and Alan Gwynant (National Eisteddfod) propose greener ways to manage power, waste and visitors' travel. Chaired by Sky News Environment Correspondent Robert Nisbit.

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Stuart Prebble talks to Tam Dalyell

Secrets Of The Conqueror: The Untold Story Of Britain’s Most Famous Submarine

Hay Festival 2013, 

As a young TV producer Prebble scooped the story of how HMS Conqueror came to sink the Belgrano. He has waited thirty years to reveal what else he discovered about the sub’s secret activities.

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Bill Davies, Chris Monaghan, Penny Darbyshire, David Shaw and Toby Hooper

Enemies of the People? - University of Worcester Series 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

Judges have blocked Presidential executive orders in the US and corrected the legality of the Prime Minister’s parliamentary Article 50 procedures in the UK. What should the constitutional role of the courts be in maintaining a proper balance of power in a modern democracy? Professor Penny Darbyshire is from Kingston Law School, Bill Davies is Head of the School of Law and Chris Monaghan is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Worcester, David Shaw is the former Chief Constable of West Mercia Police and they are joined by retired judge, Toby Hooper QC.

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Marcus Brigstocke talks to Peter Florence

God Collar

Hay Festival 2011, 
A special preview of the comedian’s book questioning atheism, faith and the meaning of life.

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Lauren St John

The One Dollar Horse

Hay Festival 2012, 
The creator of the White Giraffe series introduces her new equestrian thriller series, about making the impossible possible and reaching the top on a one dollar horse.
 
10+ years

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Michael Frayn talks to Sarah Crompton

My Father’s Fortune

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist and playwright (whose Noises Off is currently playing in London) discusses his childhood memoir and his exploration of his father’s story My Father's Fortune. His new novel Skios is a story of mislaid identity, misdirected passion and miscalculated consequences set on a Greek Island.

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Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones

BBC Talking Books 4: Days Without End

Hay Festival 2017, 

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and in which they are complicit. But when a young Indian girl crosses their path, Thomas and John must decide on the best way of life for them all in the face of dangerous odds. Barry’s novel won the 2016 Costa Book of the Year award. His previous fiction includes The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture.

Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones