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John Gray

The Soul of a Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom

Hay Festival 2015, 

We flatter ourselves about the nature of free will. And yet the most enormous forces – biological, physical, metaphysical – constrain our every action. Instead of embracing our condition we battle against it, with everyone from world conquerors to modern scientists dreaming of a ‘human dominion’ almost comically at odds with our true state. The philosopher talks to Francine Stock.

John Gray

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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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Meriel Larken talks to Revel Guest

The Ship, The Lady and The Lake

Hay Festival 2012, 
The recovery and restoration of the steamboat Yavari, built on the Thames 150 years ago, then dismantled and carried in thousands of pieces 12,500 ft up the Andes to Lake Titicaca - where she was used by traders until 1985.

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Sherard Cowper-Coles talks to Anne Robinson

Cables From Kabul

Hay Festival 2011, 
The grandee diplomat was Britain’s Afghan Envoy and special representative for Pakistan 2007–2010. He argues for constructive engagement in the pursuit of conflict resolution.

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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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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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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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Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

Do it Like a Woman

Hay Festival 2015, 

From Chilean revolutionaries and Russian punks to Iranian journalists, one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation introduces inspiring stories from all around the world. Women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male.

Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

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Abigail Brundin

Cambridge University Series 14: Only A Pen Can Ease My Pain

Hay Festival 2013, 

In C17th Italy, the number of girls and young women entering convents rose rapidly as dowries became increasingly expensive. Not all the girls went willingly and some left powerful written accounts of their experiences.


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Jeremy Strong

The Cartoon Kid

Hay Festival 2011, 
Wham-bam-jelly-and-jam! I think it’s about time you became a superhero, don’t you? Join the comic maestro behind The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog and My Brother’s Hots Cross Bottom as he introduces his brand new series.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Joris Luyendijk

Hello Everybody! One Journalist’s Search for Truth in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2010, 
But the more he witnesses, the less he understands as again and again the media favours those stories that will confirm and reinforce the oversimplified beliefs of the West.
Joris Luyendijk

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Jon Ronson

Hay Festival 2008, 
The humorist selects and riffs on the best bits from his Guardian columns, collected and published as What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness.

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Michael Hodges

AK47

Hay Festival 2007, 
General Kalashnikov’s iconic weapon: The Story of The People’s Gun.

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Chris Boardman talks to William Fotheringham

Triumph and Turbulence

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation with the legendary British cyclist, gold medallist in the Barcelona Olympics, Tour de France hero, and latterly the backroom ‘marginal gains’  genius of British cycling in his role as head of the R&D team, The Secret Squirrels.

Chris Boardman talks to William Fotheringham

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IM Glynn

Cambridge Series: Elegance in Science

Hay Festival 2010, 
From Kepler’s Laws to the Double Helix, elegance is a fundamental aspect of the beauty and imagination involved in scientific activity.

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Rob Penn

It’s All About The Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

Hay Festival 2011, 
This is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike of perfect components – parts that set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty – and of how the bicycle has changed the course of human history.

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Phil Grabsky and Tom Morris

Adaptation

Hay Festival 2011, 
Theatre director Tom Morris has been the creative force behind two of the most fantastic stage adaptations of recent times – the National Theatre’s War Horse and Bristol Old Vic’s Swallows and Amazons. Tom will be in conversation with film-maker Phil Grabsky, director of award-winning films such as In Search of Beethoven, The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan and also the behind-the-scenes documentaries Making War Horse and Swallows and Amazons at the Bristol Old Vic, where he worked closely with Tom for broadcast on More4. Clips of both documentaries will be shown.
 
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Pamela Butchart

Blue Peter Best Story Award Winner

Hay Festival 2015, 
Pamela will share the brilliantly bonkers world of Izzy in a lively session based on her book The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award. The latest in the series is My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat.
7+ years
Pamela Butchart

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Steve Jones

Did God Evolve?

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of The Serpent’s Promise, Almost Like A Whale, The Language of the Genes and In the Blood conducts an evolutionist’s exploration.

Steve Jones

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Barbara Stocking

Cambridge University Series 12

Hay Festival 2014, 

Women Today, Women Tomorrow
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, a college for women, recently surveyed its alumnae over its 60-year existence. The 1,000 respondents were women from all backgrounds but with a common University experience. The women described the biggest challenge in their careers, whether they were in their twenties or fifties, to be an unsupportive work environment. The college President and several alumnae will explore what women are experiencing, and most of all what changes are needed and what young women need to face the challenges in the workplace. She is joined by Telegraph fashion journalist Ellie Pithers (matriculated 2008), singer-songwriter Polly Paulusma (1994) and the author and comms expert Frances Edmonds (1970).

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Geoffrey Robertson

Mullahs Without Mercy: Human Rights And Nuclear Weapons

Hay Festival 2013, 

The lawyer examines the options that the world faces as it stumbles like a sleepwalker into the perils of a new nuclear age, while Iran, Israel and America face-off over nuclear capability. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Jilly Cooper talks to Phil Rickman

Wicked! A Tale of Two Schools

Hay Festival 2006, 
The high mistress of Rutshire sex comedy takes on the education system.

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Audrey Niffenegger talks to Sarah Crompton

Raven Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new dark fairytale by the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife is being produced as a Royal Ballet show by legendary choreographer Wayne McGregor. The work premièred on 24 May.

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Helen Peters

The Farm Beneath the Water

Hay Festival 2015, 
Helen Peters is author of The Secret Hen House Theatre and its sequel, The Farm Beneath the Water. As well as sharing the story of how Hannah has to save the family farm with her theatrical talents, she explains how her real-life experiences growing up on a family farm inspire her stories and how she turns the farm itself into a ‘character’ in her novels – with lots of authentic mud-squelching, pig-oinking, and chicken-clucking happening in the background.
7+ years
Helen Peters

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Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

Misogynation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Everyday Sexism founder reflects on the true scale of the challenge to our aspirations to equality. From Weinstein to Westminster, from banter to consent, and from the President’s Club to equal pay, she makes a passionate argument for stepping back, opening our eyes and allowing ourselves to address the bigger picture.

She talks to the writer Owen Sheers, author of The Men You'll Meet.

Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers