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Raymond Tallis

The John Maddox Lecture: Michaelangelo’s Finger

Hay Festival 2010, 
The ability of the human index finger to point is truly unique in the animal world. Observing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the hugely familiar and awkward encounter between Michelangelo’s God and Man through their index fingers, Tallis identifies an intuitive indication of the central role of the index finger in our evolutionary pathway.
Raymond Tallis

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Graham Robb

The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author made plans to cycle the legendary Via Heraklea. It was an ancient path that took him deep into the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science. Gradually, a lost map revealed itself, of an empire constructed with precision and beauty across vast tracts of Europe. Oriented according to the movements of the Celtic sun god, the map had been forgotten for almost two millennia.

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Anthony Holden

The Housman Lecture 2015: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2015, 

This year’s lecture is given by the editor of the best-selling and fabulous anthology Poems That Make Grown Men Cry. 100 men – distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theatre and human rights – confess to being moved to tears by poems that haunt them. Representing twenty nationalities and ranging in age from their early 20s to their late 80s they admit to breaking down when ambushed by great art, often in words as powerful as the poems themselves.

Anthony Holden

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MG Harris and Jamie Anderson

Gemini Force 1

Hay Festival 2015, 
In Beyond Gemini Force One, MG Harris and Jamie Anderson present an audio-visual tour of the background, design and influences behind GF1. This is your chance to hear all the behind-the-scenes publishing secrets, including the exciting story of how the worldwide community of Thunderbirds fans helped to bring the final Gerry Anderson project to the page.
8+ years
MG Harris and Jamie Anderson

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Susie Dent

Words of the Year

Hay Festival 2009, 
Do you know your kettlebell from your knork? Countdown’s cult language guru parses the patois.

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Andrea Wulf

The Brother Gardeners

Hay Festival 2008, 
Andrea Wulf tells the tale of the C18th friends who fired the origins of modern horticulture in her magnificent study Botany, Empire and the Birth of An Obsession.

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Geza Vermes

Searching for the Real Jesus

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Scrolls scholar examines perceptions of Jesus Christ through the prism of contemporary cultural representations – from The Da Vinci Code and Mel Gibson’s The Passion to Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth.
Geza Vermes

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Alex Monroe

Two Turtle Doves: A History of Making Things

Hay Festival 2014, 

Growing up in 1970s Suffolk in a crumbling giant of a house with wild, tangled gardens, the celebrated jeweller was left to wreak havoc by invention. Without visible parental influence but with sisters to love him and brothers to fight for him, he made nature into his world. Creation became a compulsion, whether it was go-karts and guns, cross-bows and booby-traps, boats, bikes or scooters. And then it was jewellery. He talks to Georgina Godwin.

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Ben MacIntyre

SAS: Rogue Heroes –The Authorised Wartime History

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, has a vision for a new kind of war: attacking the enemy where they least expect it – from behind their own lines. Despite the intense opposition of many in British High Command, Winston Churchill personally gives Stirling permission to recruit the toughest, brightest and most ruthless soldiers he can find. With unprecedented access to the SAS secret files, unseen footage and exclusive interviews with its founder members, the author of Operation Mincemeat, A Spy Amongst Friends and Agent Zigzag tells the remarkable early story of the Herefordshire Regiment.

Ben MacIntyre

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Ben Cort

Aliens in Underpants

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the star illustrator of this series, and enjoy a visit from a very special extraterrestrial guest. Sport your best pants over your clothes - there will be prizes!
 
5-7 years

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Martín Caparrós, Wojciech Jagielski and Vaiju Naravane talk to Guillermo Altares

50th Anniversary of Amnesty International: On freedom of expression

Segovia 2011, 
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression” and this right includes the “freedom to hold opinions without interference.” The journalists Martín Caparrós (Argentina), Wojciech Jagielski (Poland) and Vaiju Naravane (India) will put forward their professional experiences and their points of view regarding the exercise of this right, which has many times been ignored or not respected. The event will be moderated by Guillermo Altares, editor of Elpais.com.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Harry Belafonte

Sing Your Song – Screening

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor, singer and Civil Rights activist introduces a screening of Susanne Rostock’s documentary about his life. Followed by Q&A with Francine Stock. US 2011 (107')
 

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Lyn Gardner

Stage School, Theatre and Circuses

Hay Festival 2015, 
Stage school – it’s got it all! Drama (both on and off stage), pushy parents, fiercely competitive pupils and sooooo much more. Come and hear Lyn Gardner talk all about her best-selling Olivia series. Forget your stage-fright; with all the movie stars, circus skills, drama and excitement, you’ll be shouting ‘encore’!
9+ years
Lyn Gardner

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Paul Magrs and Moira Young

Epic Science Fiction Dystopia

Hay Festival 2015, 
Blood Red Road, the first part of Moira Young’s famous Dustlands trilogy, has been described as ‘The Hunger Games meets The Road’ and has won numerous awards including the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Cybils Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction. It is being developed for film by Ridley Scott. Moira is joined by Paul Magrs, who has written a number of critically acclaimed stand-alone YA novels including Exchange and Diary of a Dr Who Addict. With the scale and scope of the great science fiction epics, his new novel Lost on Mars tells the story of Lora and her family, third generation human settlers on the red planet living in increasingly bleak and hostile circumstances.

Paul was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, running their famous MA course; while Moira was a comedian and then an opera singer before she became a writer. Join them for a wide-ranging conversation about their lives, their writing and whether they are true science fiction geeks.
12+ years/YA
Paul Magrs and Moira Young

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Penelope Vogler

Great Food

Hay Festival 2011, 
Penguin’s Great Food series brings together the sharpest, funniest, most delicious food writing from the past four hundred years. The editor discusses cooking from old recipes and invites the audience to try some tastes from the past. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

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Kevin Crossley Holland

Bracelet of Bones

Hay Festival 2011, 
The captivating author of the Arthur trilogy returns to Hay with his new Viking Saga. Chaired by Peter Florence.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Emily Gravett

Wolf Won't Bite!

Hay Festival 2011, 
A whistle-stop tour of the two-time Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator’s favourite creations; from her adventurous meerkat to her three new cheeky little circus pigs.
 
5–7 years

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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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Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

Geek Girl and Tabitha Baird

Hay Festival 2015, 
Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks about All That Glitters, the latest in the series starring accident-prone heroine Harriet Manners. She is joined by actress, writer and comedian Arabella Weir whose novel The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird, second in this popular series, has also recently been published. A lively and irreverent discussion guaranteed.
10+ years
Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

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Rob Biddulph, Rebecca Cobb, Sophy Henn and Ed Vere

Words and Pictures

Hay Festival 2015, 
Four of the most exciting names in picture books discuss the similarities and differences in the way they work and give us an insight into how they make their words and pictures work together to tell a story. Do they use computers to make art? Do the words or the pictures come first? Will they all agree? Highly recommended for anyone interested in art, design and illustration.
10+ years
Rob Biddulph, Rebecca Cobb, Sophy Henn and Ed Vere

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Sibylla Brodzinsky y Max Schoening en conversación con María Teresa Ronderos

Tirando Piedras a la Luna: Narrativas de Colombianos Desplazados por la Violencia.

Cartagena 2013, 
Voice of Witness (McSweeney’s Books) es una colección de libros sobre derechos humanos centrada en las historias personales de aquellos que sufren como resultado de crisis humanitarias. El libro Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence (Tirando piedras a la luna: Historias de colombianos desplazados por la violencia) reúne los testimonios en primera persona de colombianos de muy diversas procedencias que se han visto afectados por el conflicto armado. Sibylla Brodzinsky y Max Schoening, los editores, conversarán con la periodista colombiana María Teresa Ronderos, directora de VerdadAbierta.com, sobre los protagonistas involuntarios de una situación que todavía afecta a Colombia.

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Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

Arguing that string theory has veered away from physical reality by positing six extra hidden dimensions, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgment about its plausibility. In the case of quantum mechanics, its stunning success in explaining the atomic universe has led to an uncritical faith that it must also apply to reasonably massive objects. Turning to cosmology, he argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true and that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Penrose is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists.

Roger Penrose talks to Marcus du Sautoy

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Qué es la felicidad. Con Paul Dolan

Cartagena 2013, 
Todos deseamos ser más felices. A veces parece que conseguirlo requiere mucho esfuerzo. Y otras veces ni siquiera sabemos qué es eso de sentirse mejor. Así, ¿no sería estupendo tener una idea clara de lo que es la felicidad y cómo alcanzarla? Y, ¿no sería incluso mejor si pudiéramos ser más felices sin tener que cambiar nuestra vida? En A Head For Happiness (Una mente para la felicidad), Paul Dolan explora todos estos asuntos. Paul Dolan es profesor de Ciencias del Comportamiento en el Departamento de Política Social en la London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Tony Parsons talks to Stephanie Merritt

Men from the Boys

Hay Festival 2010, 
We’re delighted to launch the concluding part of the Harry Silver trilogy: ‘The love between a father and his son. Plus all the other stuff.’
Tony Parsons talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Lisa Jones, Ian Jones and Clare Dolman

Exploring the Poles: In Search of a Deeper Understanding of Bipolar Disorder

Hay Festival 2016, 

University of Worcester Series

Our ability to treat bipolar disorder is hampered by the limits of our understanding of its causes. In conversation with Clare Dolman of Bipolar UK, The Professors of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry who lead the Bipolar Disorder Research Network explore the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. They consider factors that can lead to both mania and depression, and examines recent and future advances in the treatment of this mental illness.

Lisa Jones, Ian Jones and Clare Dolman