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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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Caroline Lucas

Honourable Friends

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the NHS to corporate tax evasion, from climate change to immigration, Honourable Friends? tells the story of five years in Westminster and offers bold and practical suggestions for a fairer British political system. Caroline Lucas is MP for Brighton Pavilion. She was the leader of the Green Party from 2008 to 2012 and was voted MP of the Year in 2014. Caroline talks to Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

Caroline Lucas

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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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Richard Holmes

Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Romantic biographer floats across the world following the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, from the first heroic experiments of the Montgolfiers in the 1780s to the tragic attempt to fly a balloon to the North Pole in the 1890s.

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Roger Hermiston and Sinclair McKay talk to Chris Morgan Jones

Secrets And Lies

Hay Festival 2013, 

We kick off this day devoted to espionage with two revealed stories that changed the course of the C20th – The Greatest Traitor: The Secret Lives Of Agent George Blake and The Secret Listeners: How The Y Service Intercepted The German Codes For Bletchley Park.

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Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo

King James Authorised Version 3

Hay Festival 2011, 
In this third Good Read session on the Bible the writers enjoy The Song of Solomon, Job and Ecclesiastes.
 
More by and about today's authors: Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo

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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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David Bainbridge

Cambridge University Series 6: Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape

Hay Festival 2015, 

Why is the human female the only female animal to have curves, and how do these curves rule our lives by influencing not only sexual selection but also social hierarchy and self-image? The Clinical Veterinary Anatomist at the University of Cambridge applies the science of evolutionary biology and cutting-edge psychology to the female shape. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

David Bainbridge

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Jesse Norman

Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet

Hay Festival 2013, 

A compelling analysis and portrait of the C18th theorist, subversive and founder of modern conservatism, from the 2012 Parliamentarian of the Year. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Matilde Asensi talks to Montserrat Domínguez

Segovia 2012, 
Matilde Asensi’s novel La Conjura de Cortes brings to a close the trilogy based on Spain’s Golden Age, in which Catalina Solís has to make her way through life as a man, Martin Ojo de Plata, in Spanish-speaking America. She talks to Montserrat Domínguez, director of the Huffington Post in Spain.
 
Co-organized with the Fundación Lara.

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Rachel Hewitt

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

Winter Weekend 2010, 
‘An endlessly absorbing, lively and informative narrative that highlights the Ordnance project's legion of draughtsmen, surveyors, dreamers and eccentrics' – The Observer.
Rachel Hewitt

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Michael Pawlyn

Architecture and Biomimicry

Hay Festival 2009, 
As part of the ‘RIBA Trust International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change’ Programme.

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Robin Hanbury-Tenison

The Oxford Book of Exploration

Hay Festival 2010, 
The adventurer gathers the words of those who changed the world through their pioneering search for new lands, new peoples and new experiences, from Vasco de Gama, Magellan and Cook to Thesiger and Livingstone.

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Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

Why Does it Happen?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The sexual abuse of children by adult men is a global problem. It appears to happen in every sector of society and the exposure of paedophile rings is a daily news story. But why does it happen at all? Batmanghelidjh runs Kids Company, Kennedy is a human rights lawyer, Berelowitz is Chair, national inquiry into child sexual abuse linked to the family.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

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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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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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Karlin Lillington, John Maher, TJ McIntyre and John Kampfner

Blog And Be Damned: Social Media And Libel In Ireland

Kells 2013, 

What constitutes fair comment, as opposed to defamation, on social media and should the standard be the same as for traditional media? Is the freedom inherent in social media threatened by the chilling effect of potential claims for libel? To what extent should tweeters and bloggers be as aware of the dangers of libel as are professional journalists? Karlin Lillington of The Irish Times, barrister John Maher, TJ McIntyre, Lecturer in Law at University College Dublin, and Google’s John Kampfner discuss with Myles Dungan.

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Roger Bootle, Liam Fox, Nick Herbert, Allison Pearson, Roland Rudd and Alan Johnson

The Telegraph Debate: Does Britain Need the EU?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Three weeks before the 23 June referendum, a panel of politicians, business leaders and journalists weigh up the pros and cons of membership of the EU.

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Kevin Greenbank and Annamaria Motrescu

Cambridge Series 11: The Reel Raj – Cinefilm and Audio Archive

Hay Festival 2011, 
An overview of the digital holdings of the Centre of South Asian Studies and their potential in the teaching of British and South Asian imperial history. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.
 
More information about Annamaria Motrescu's research and Kevin Greenbank

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Will Self talks to Sarah Crown

Fictions: Phone

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are delighted to be launching the new novel by one of the most daring and incisive prose writers. Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns: from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos; from the horror of modern war, to the end of privacy, Phone is a stunning novel that combines the high-concept bravura of Self’s Great Apes and The Butt with the deep literary scope and scale of Umbrella and Shark.

Will Self talks to Sarah Crown

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Hisham Matar talks to Bronwen Maddox

Fiction: Anatomy of a Disappearance

Hay Festival 2011, 
When a loved one disappears how does their absence shape the lives of those who are left? The Booker-shortlisted (In the Country of Men) Libyan-born novelist in conversation with the editor of Prospect.
 
Read a review of Anatomy of Disappearance

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Michelle Paver

Hay Festival 2013, 

Gods And Warriors is the meticulously researched new Bronze Age adventure series from the internationally-acclaimed author of Wolf Brother.

Duration 60 mins.

10+ years

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Gerry Gilmore

Cambridge Series 12: Past, Present and Infinite Future?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Was there anything before the beginning? Why does science claim to know the apparently unknowable? Where do I come from? What do we know about the infinite future?

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks

Hay Festival 2012, 
An all-singing, some dancing show with this fabulous author/illustrator. So gather all your pluck and help the gallant knight put things right.
 
5-7 years

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Karl Miller

Tretower to Clyro

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great essayist examines the writings about the Black Mountains by local writers such as Francis Kilvert and Raymond Williams.