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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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Stig Abell talks to Amol Rajan

How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

Hay Festival 2018, 

Britain is a State that chose Brexit, rejects immigration but is dependent on it, is getting older but less healthy, is more demanding of public services but less willing to pay for them, is tired of intervention abroad but wants to remain a global authority. We have an over-stretched, free health service (an idea from the 1940s that may not survive the 2020s), overcrowded prisons, a military without an evident purpose, an education system the envy of none of the Western world. How did we get here and where are we going? Abell is editor of the Times Literary Supplement. Rajan is the BBC's Media Editor.

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Meg Rosoff

Hay Festival 2008, 
The multi-award-winning author of How I Live Now and Just In Case introduces her new tale of solitude and passion What I Was.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Maggie O’Farrell and Barbara Trapido talk to Claire Armitstead

Fiction: Readers’ Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hand That First Held Mine is a tale of love and motherhood; Sex and Stravinsky conjures dreaming, exotica and the mesh of life.

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Simon Blackburn and Chris Blackhurst

Cambridge University Series 4: Do Nice Guys Finish Last – Or First?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Trust in British public life has now reached catastrophically low levels for parliament, the press, the banks, the police and the NHS. Just as the National Rifle Association in the USA claims that the solution to gun crime lies in more guns, our government preaches that the cure for decline in trust lies in less public service and more profit motive...

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Marian Keyes

This Charming Man

Hay Festival 2008, 
‘Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married’…

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Paul Mason

PostCapitalism: A Guide to our Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone economic cycles that veer from boom to bust. The campaigning economist and broadcaster argues that we are on the brink of a change so big and profound that this time capitalism itself will mutate into something wholly new. Chaired by Jane Davidson.

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Ben Miller

The Aliens Are Coming!

Hay Festival 2016, 

Ben Miller is, like you, a mutant ape living through an Ice Age on a ball of molten iron, orbiting a supermassive black hole. He is also an actor, comedian and approximately one half of Armstrong and Miller. He explores The Exciting and Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe.

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Start the Day

Hay Festival 2008, 
Daniel Start explores the best lakes, rivers and waterfalls for Wild Swimming. In This Little Britain Harry Bingham hymns the eccentricities of the countries that gave the world football, Shakespeare, Churchill and Yorkshire pudding.

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The Funny Panel

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winner Jamie Thomson is joined by two top funny talents, Mark Lowery and Sarah McIntyre. Come and share the jokes!

Duration 60 mins.

9+ years

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John Harrison talks to Kathryn Gray

Antarctica - Forgotten Footprints

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award-winning author of Cloud Road presents his history of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the Weddell Sea, introducing the merchantmen, navy men, sealers, whalers and aviators who, with scientists and adventurers drew the first ghostly maps of the white continent.

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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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Kate Fox

Watching the English

Hay Festival 2014, 

The anthropologist takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. Fox has deciphered yet more enigmatic behaviour codes, adding new rules, new subcultures, new chapters and over a hundred updates. She talks to Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Governing the Environment

Hay Festival 2008, 
Does the current emphasis on individual choice allow policy makers to duck out of difficult decisions when trying to put in place climate change solutions? Environment Ministers John Gormley (Eire) and Jane Davidson (Wales) debate how far they could and should go in directing and guiding. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Joan Bakewell, Kerry Fowler and Guests

The Good Housekeeping Awards

Hay Festival 2007, 
Two judges are joined by winners of the inaugural awards that celebrate intelligent, entertaining and provocative fiction.

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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.

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Sadakat Kadri talks to Helena Kennedy

Heaven on Earth

Hay Festival 2012, 
A timely and eye-opening investigation into one of the most disputed but least understood topics of recent times - the history and reality of shari’a law.

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Brendan Burchell and Richard Sennett

Cambridge Series 5 - The Future of Work

Hay Festival 2012, 
What will our working lives be like in the future? Will new technology liberate us or lead to longer hours and increasing social isolation? Chaired by Jesse Norman.
 

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Peter Atkins

On Being

Hay Festival 2011, 
While acknowledging the comfort some find in belief, and with his usual economy, wit and elegance, unswerving before awkward realities, the Professor of Chemistry presents A Scientist’s Exploration of the Great Questions of Existence.

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Joumana Haddad, Ben Okri, Alejandro Zambra, Gustavo Guerrero, Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda chaired by Guido Tamayo

Poetry gala

Cartagena 2012, 
Welcome to the festival’s grand poetry event, where a number of authors who are well known in Colombia and abroad will recite some of their own poems, and their favourite poems by other authors. Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Ben Okri (Nigeria), Alejandro Zambra (Chile), Gustavo Guerrero (Venezuela), Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda (Colombia), presented by the Colombian writer, Guido Tamayo. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Marc du Bois talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of Médecins Sans Frontières analyses the political transactions and balances of power and interests that allow aid activities to move forward, but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of humanitarian principles.

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Edward Hirsch en conversación con Jonathan Bastian

Leer poesía

Cartagena 2013, 
Edward Hirsch es un poeta y crítico norteamericano que cautivó al público con el aclamado ‘bestseller’ How to Read a Poem: And Fall in Love with Poetry (Cómo leer un poema y enamorarse de la poesía), en el que acercaba el placer de la poesía a los lectores. Autor de ocho compilaciones de poemas y seis libros sobre poesía, actualmente Hirsch es el presidente de la John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Su último trabajo en español es la antología Aligeren la Oscuridad. El periodista Jonathan Bastian le entrevistará sobre su dedicación a la escritura lírica.

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Helen Rappaport

Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ninety years on, and just as the recently discovered bodies of Alexei and Mariya are re-interred with the family in St Petersburg, Helen Rappaport reviews the murder of the Russian imperial family. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Ian Goldin talks to Bronwen Maddox

Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of our New Renaissance

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great names of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Copernicus, Raphael and Michelangelo were the mark of an age that saw a rush of discovery, the breaking down of barriers of ignorance and a newly connected world both politically and economically. Today we have better education and resources, the rate of innovation is doubling every year and there are great leaps in science, trade, migration and technology. Goldin argues that the results this time could be greater, but the world faces many of the same dangers as Renaissance man: warring ideologies, fundamentalism, climate change and pandemic.

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Janine di Giovanni talks to Alex Clark

The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria

Hay Festival 2016, 

Delivered with passion, fearlessness and sensitivity, The Morning They Came for Us is an unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, charting an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war. It is an unforgettable testament to human resilience in the face of devastating, barely imaginable horrors.  Di Giovanni is Middle East editor of Newsweek and the author of Madness Visible.

Janine di Giovanni talks to Alex Clark