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Faramerz Dabhoiwala

The Origins of Sex

Hay Festival 2012, 
The first sexual revolution in Western Europe was a central part of the Enlightenment, intertwined with the era’s major social, political and intellectual trends. It helped create a new model of Western civilization, whose principles of privacy, equality and freedom of the individual remain distinctive to this day.

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Amanda Foreman talks to Philip Bobbitt

A World on Fire

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian looks at the American civil war and the role of the Britons caught up on both sides of the conflict.
 
More by and about Amanda Foreman www.guardian.co.uk/profile/amanda-foreman
 
 
 

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Peter Korn

Why We Make Things and Why it Matters

Hay Festival 2015, 

An introspective and revealing look at the nature of the creative process. This is not a ‘how to’ book in any sense: Peter Korn wants to get at the ‘why’ of craft in particular and the satisfactions of creative work in general to understand their essential nature. Korn is a furniture-maker and is founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Peter Korn

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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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Jonathan Porritt, Claire Fox, Ed Gillespie and Martin Wright

Sustainability in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

How does the green movement best respond to the collapse of the liberal consensus and the defunding of the American EPA? Is it a useful slap in the face to a movement that may have become a little too comfortably ensconced in the mainstream? Veteran environmentalist Jonathan Porritt joins Claire Fox from the Institute of Ideas and sustainability expert Ed Gillespie to talk with Forum for the Future’s Martin Wright.

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Alexander McCall Smith talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
The creator of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency celebrates the eighth novel in the series, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive.

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Jackie Morris

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join one of Wales’ most acclaimed artists for an intimate illustration masterclass.

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Alain George

The Rise of Islamic Calligraphy

Hay Festival 2010, 
How a craft based on pen, parchment and ink came to convey the divine character of the Qur’anic text, in the emerging civilisation of Islam.

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Chang-Rae Lee and Santiago Roncagliolo talk to Ariane Koek

Fiction: Investigations

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Surrendered is an epic of war and redemption set in Korea, Italy and America. Red April is a classic noir thriller set in Lima, and won the Alfaguara Prize.
Chang-Rae Lee and Santiago Roncagliolo talk to Ariane Koek

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Signe Johansen

The Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking

Hay Festival 2011, 
Scandilicious treats. The young chef is steeped in Scandinavian traditions and modern British cuisine, having worked for Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck at Bray.
 
Find out more about Signe Johansen at her website

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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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Gillian Clarke

A Recipe For Water

Hay Festival 2009, 
The National Poet of Wales launches her new collection of poetry with a reading.

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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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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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Prue Leith talks to Sarah Crompton

Relish: My Life on a Plate

Hay Festival 2012, 
The extraordinary, zestful life of the celebrated cook, restaurateur, food writer, businesswoman and lover.

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Ciaran Murtagh

Hay Festival 2012, 
The star of CBBC’s The Slammer returns to Hay for comedy, capers and magic carpet antics with his brand new adventure Genie in Training.
 
7+years

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John Keane

Tom Paine

Hay Festival 1995, 
Keane introduces his life of the great c18th radical, scourge of the monarchy, the church, and the houses of parliament, who wrote the defining articles of faith for both the American and French Revolutions - "Common Sense" and "The Age of Reason." Paine's extraordinary treaty Rights of Man identifies and argues many of the causes closest to contemporary political life, and marks him as Britain's most orginal and influential political thinker. 

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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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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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Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

Hay Festival 2013, 

Wyrmeweald is a land where fabulous dragon-like beasts roam wild and man is both hunter and hunted. Immersive epic fantasy from the incredibly talented duo behind The Edge Chronicles.

9+ years

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Julian Baggini

The Ego Trick

Hay Festival 2011, 
Are you still the person who lived fifteen, ten or five years ago? Fifteen, ten or five minutes ago? What and who is the real you? Does it remain constant over time and place, or is it something much more fragmented and fluid?

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The Etherington Brothers

Comic Capers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Back by popular demand, this dynamic duo will have you penning your very own storyboards and comic strips in seconds. 
 
9+ years

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Robert Scourfield

The Inaugural Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture – The Buildings of Wales: Powys

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Detailing all the buildings of significance in the historic counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire, this final volume of the Pevsner Buildings of Wales series details hill-forts, ruined castles, medieval churches, manor houses and industrial buildings. In conversation with Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.


Due to popular demand, a repeat of this event will take place on Sunday 1 December at 3.30pm – please see event 52.

Robert Scourfield

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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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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