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Ed Stourton

Diary of a Dog Walker

Hay Festival 2011, 
The journalist considers his Time Spent Following a Lead – and the conversations, engagements and digressions that he and his best friend encounter.

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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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Monty Halls

The Fisherman's Apprentice

Hay Festival 2012, 
The story of our fishermen's fight for survival, told from firsthand experience. Accompanying the BBC 2 series of the same name, Monty spends a year working as a fisherman from Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall, the last defiant outpost of Britain's traditional fishing industry. Through relentless labour of working on his own boat and the drama of great spiralling storms, Monty experiences a way of life that is quietly dying. Exploring the impact of industrial scale trawling on our small-scale fishing industry, with consumer advice on how we can save it and sustain it for the future, this is the story of British fishing today.

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Lucy Hawking

Science and Imagination

Hay Festival 2014, 
Author of the out-of-this-world adventure series co-written with her father, the world famous Stephen Hawking, Lucy takes the audience on a cosmic adventure through the universe and beyond. George and Annie travel further into space than ever before in the latest book George and the Unbreakable Code.
8+ years
Lucy Hawking

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Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

The Size of Herefordshire

Hay Festival 2017, 

Among the bravest fighters for the Amazon rainforest are the Wampis people from Peru.  They’re supported by the Size of Herefordshire, a local group, who are just back from visiting them and join us with photographs, films and stories.

Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

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Luke Harding

A Very Expensive Poison

Hay Festival 2016, 

1 November 2006, Alexander Litvinenko is brazenly poisoned in central London. Twenty-two days later he dies, killed from the inside. The poison? Polonium; a rare, lethal and highly radioactive substance. His crime? He had made some powerful enemies in Russia. Harding, foreign correspondent of the Guardian, argues that Litvinenko’s assassination marked the beginning of the deterioration of Moscow’s relations with the west and a decade of geo-political disruptions: from the war in Ukraine, a civilian plane shot down, at least 7,000 dead, two million people displaced and a Russian president’s defiant rejection of a law-based international order. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Luke Harding

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Tallulah Swirls Theatre Company

When Eggy Met Peggy

Hay Festival 2012, 
What happens when the lonely egg sat on a wall meets the sparkling pea from under that huge pile of mattresses? Join Eggy and Peggy the pea, a rock-n-rolling raspberry and cha-cha-cha-ing carrots in this funny and original twist on The Princess And The Pea.
 
3+ years

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Theresa Marteau

Cambridge Series: The Force is Not With You

Hay Festival 2017, 

Many of us would like to lead healthier lives, so what stops us? The Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit explains why risk information doesn’t change our unhealthy behaviour. Chaired by Hugh Muir.

Theresa Marteau

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Nick Harkaway talks to Georgina Godwin

The Blind Giant

Hay Festival 2013, 

An age of isolation, warped communication, disintegrating community, where unfiltered and unregulated information pours relentlessly into our lives, destroying what it means to be human; or an age of marvels, where there is a world of wonder at our fingertips? Ultimately, the choice is ours – engage with the machines that we have created, or risk creating a world designed for corporations and computers rather than people.

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Rowan Williams, Neil MacGregor and friends

The Michael Ramsey Prize Lunch

Hay Festival 2013, 

The presentation of the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing, hosted by the former Archbishop of Canterbury and the Director of the British Museum.

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Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

Good Energy Series 3: Where Are All The God Damn Operas?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Arts have played a major role in changing views around gender, racial equality, poverty, etc. – but what have they done to change views about climate change? What role should the Arts play in telling stories, raising awareness and challenging the status quo? Smith – co-founder of Emergence, Neal – author and theatre-maker, and Davenport – director of Good Energy discuss with Marcus Brigstocke.

Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

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Ben Okri

Wild

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Booker Prize-winning author of The Famished Road presents his first book of poems for 13 years. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Sarah Churchwell

Reformations 4: Expertise

Hay Festival 2017, 

Everyone has experience, and the deeper your experience of a given subject or area, the greater your expertise. In a culture that trumpets anti-intellectualism, how might we reconcile and re-present academic expertise and practical experience? Churchwell is professorial fellow in American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Sarah Churchwell

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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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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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Andrew Hussey

The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and its Arabs

Hay Festival 2014, 

The strange and complex story of the relationship between secular, republican France and the Muslim world of North Africa: a guerrilla war between the French state and the former subjects of its Empire, for whom the mantra of ‘liberty, equality, fraternity’ conceals a bitter history of domination, oppression and brutality.

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Meg Rosoff

Hay Festival 2014, 

How I Live Now was published in 2004 to huge critical acclaim and has been made into a major feature film, starring Saoirse Ronan. Since then, the novelist has produced a spectacular body of work for teenagers and adults, and won numerous awards. She will talk about her writing including her latest novel, the highly acclaimed Picture Me Gone.
12+ years (YA)

Meg Rosoff

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Jonathon Porritt in conversation with Andy Fryers

The World Wildlife Fund at 50

Hay Festival 2011, 
The WWF ambassador examines the evolution of conservation. What have we learnt, and how do we address the challenges facing us for a sustainable future where people and nature thrive?
 
Read more by and about Jonathon Porritt www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jonathonporritt

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Barbara Erskine and Sandra Howard

Chaired by Phil Rickman

Hay Festival 2007, 
Lady of Hay creator Erskine discusses her new novel Daughters of Fire. Howard talks about her political romance Glass Houses. Chaired by Phil Rickman.

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Dave Eggers with Valentino Achak Deng

What is the What

Hay Festival 2007, 
The true story of the courage and endurance of a boy wrenched by conflict from his Sudanese family home and joining thousands of other orphans on the exodus to Ethiopia. Chaired by David Freeman.

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Gilbert & George talk to Michael Bracewell

Hay Festival 2011, 
The artists discuss their pictures with the author of the text for The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert & George.

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Discover The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 1

Hay Festival 2009, 
Back by popular demand, authors long listed for this prestigious award share the secrets of their success with Julia Eccleshare. Previous winners include Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness, Jacqueline Wilson and Meg Rosoff.

Participating authors announced in May at: www.hayfestival.com/hayfever

10 years +

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Katherine Quarmby

Scapegoat – Why We Are Failing Disabled People

Hay Festival 2011, 
The campaigning journalist traces the history of disability and our discomfort with disabled people, from Greek and Roman culture through the Industrial Revolution and the origins of Britain’s asylum system to the eugenics movement and the Holocaust, ‘Ugly Laws’ and ‘Community Care’.

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Sarah Thomas, Darragh Martin, Justina Hart and David Thorpe talk to Mark Goldthorpe

Realistic Utopias: Imagining The World Changed by Climate

Hay Festival 2017, 

What can the worlds of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama contribute to how we understand and respond to climate change? Do humans respond to stories more than facts? The work stems from a project called Weatherfronts: climate change and the stories we tell. The pieces referenced here were commissioned by TippingPoint, Free Word and partners 2014-2016. Weatherfronts brought together writers and leading climate change experts to inspire new writing that would encourage people to act to help our environment. 

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The Great Big Animal Quiz

Hay Festival 2012, 
Do you know why bees dance or the colour of a giraffe’s tongue? Come and give yourself a noggin workout - there are prizes to be won. Bring pad and pencil. Hosted by quizmasters extraordinaire Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow.
 
8+ years