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Ian Cobain

Cruel Britannia: A Secret History Of Torture

Hay Festival 2013, 

The official line is clear: the UK does not ‘participate in, solicit, encourage or condone’ torture. And yet, the evidence is irrefutable: when it comes to dealing with potential threats to our national security, the gloves always come off. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

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Stewart Pollens

Stradivari

Hay Festival 2010, 
The tools, techniques and flourishes of the greatest violin-maker of all time – Antonio Stradivari of Cremona (1644–1737).
Stewart Pollens

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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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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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Axel Scheffler

Pip & Posy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The beloved illustrator of The Gruffalo joins us to launch the adorable Pip & Posy:The Big Balloon. Storytelling, live-drawing and a very special visit from best friends Pip and Posy. A complete treat.
 
Duration 45 mins.  3-5 years  

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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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Ghislaine Wood

The V&A Lecture: British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

Hay Festival 2012, 
To coincide with the V&A’s major exhibition, the curator will explore the shifting nature of Britain’s design culture over the last 60 years.
 

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Max Hastings talks to Anne Robinson

Did You Really Shoot the Television?

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist discusses his new family memoir.

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Gordon Newman in conversation with Peter Florence

Segovia 2010, 
The British television producer and writer, best known for the series Law and Order, Judge John Deed and The Nation’s Health, based on some of his written works, will talk to Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, about his books and television series.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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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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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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Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

Bletchley and Enigma

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historians reveal unknown secrets of Bletchley’s wartime operation and the Enigma, and discuss the code-breaking challenges we face in today’s rapidly changing and technologically complex world. McKay is the author of the bestselling The Lost World of Bletchley Park and Bletchley Park - The Secret Archives. Bletchley Park’s Enigma expert, Thomas Briggs, brings a genuine, working Enigma machine to the Festival.

Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

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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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Martin Vander Weyer talks to John Mitchinson

Fortune’s Spear

Hay Festival 2012, 
The intriguing and compelling Story of the Blue-Blooded Rogue Behind the Most Notorious City Scandal of the 1920s.

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Digby Jones

Fixing Business

Hay Festival 2017, 

The entrepreneur examines the relationship between business, government and society. He discusses Britain in a post-Brexit world, Donald Trump’s America, and the ‘elephant in the boardroom’ – executive pay.  Lord Jones was Director General of the CBI. In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment. He talks to Jesse Norman.

Digby Jones

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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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David Nicholls and David Trueba talk to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist and screenwriter discusses his utterly compelling and funny twenty-year love story One Day (shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction) and the process of its adaptation for the screen. Trueba introduces his contemporary masterpiece about three generations of a Madrid family and the arrival of an Argentinian footballer, Learning to Lose.
David Nicholls and David Trueba talk to Peter Florence

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Adam Parr

The Art Of War: Five Years In Formula One

Hay Festival 2013, 

A graphic novel that gives a unique insight into the world of motor sport, from the former CEO of the Williams F1 Team.

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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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Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

What if Money Grew on Trees…?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Consider a world where gold is worthless, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted?

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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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Geoff Dyer talks to Gaby Wood

Zona - A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room

Hay Festival 2012, 
A homage to Tarkovsky’s masterpiece Stalker, cut with clips; and a mesmerising account of a writer’s obsession with cinema.

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David Ross

Mayhem in the Marches - Ambushes, Battles and Sieges of the Civil War

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian recounts the C17 conflicts in Herefordshire and the Marches: Hopton Castle massacre, the destruction of Brampton Bryan, the battle at Stokesay, the siege of Cwm Hir Abbey, and Lingen’s Last Stand for King Charles in Radnorshire after the battle of Preston in 1648.

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James Sommerin

Michelin Wales: The Crown at Whitebrook

Hay Festival 2010, 
Trained at Farleyer House, the chef won his first Michelin star in 2007 which he has retained ever since. He talks to John Mitchinson.
James Sommerin