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Johnny O'Brien

Time-twists And Tudors

Hay Festival 2011, 
Jack Christie is back in The Day of Deliverance, but can he foil the plot to assassinate Elizabeth I? Travel back in time and for the ultimate espionage challenge. Have you got what it takes?
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Don Paterson talks to Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2011, 
A conversation with the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, whose latest award-winning collections have been Rain, Orpheus, Nil Nil and God’s Gift To Women.

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Andrew Weale

Nora: The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate

Hay Festival 2012, 
Nora Fatima Buffet is a little greedy-guts. Join her creator for a revoltingly rumbustious event of rhymes and rockets.
 
5-7 years

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Stuart Maconie talks to Paul Blezard

Hope and Glory

Hay Festival 2012, 
Starting with the death of Queen Victoria, to the Battle of the Somme and the General Strike, and on to the docking of the Empire Windrush and Bobby Moore raising the Jules Rimet trophy, the broadcaster chooses a defining moment in our nation’s story from each decade of the last century and explores its legacy today.

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Terri Apter

Cambridge Series: Sisters

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Sister Knot discusses Why We Fight, Why We’re Jealous and Why We’ll Love Each Other No Matter What. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.
Terri Apter

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Misha Glenny

McMafia: Crime Without Frontiers

Hay Festival 2008, 
Misha Glenny investigates the global crime boom - Bombay gangs, sex slavery in Israel, Canadian dope, Nigerian investment scams, Brazilian cyber-crime. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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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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Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow

The Shed That Fed a Million Children

Hay Festival 2015, 

The extraordinary story of Mary’s Meals: after watching a news bulletin about war-torn Bosnia, two brothers agreed to take a week’s hiatus from work to help. What neither of them expected is that what began as a one-off road trip in a beaten-up Land Rover rapidly grew to become Magnus’s life’s work – leading him to leave his job, sell his house and direct all his efforts into feeding thousands of the world’s poorest children. He talks to Sarah Crompton.

Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow

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Myrrha Stanford-Smith talks to David Crystal

The Great Lie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The octogenarian novelist’s first novel features a young buck getting tangled in webs of spies, actors, intrigue and adventure in Christopher Marlowe’s London.

Duration 45 minutes.

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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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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor talks to Rosie Boycott

In conversation

Hay Festival 2015, 
At the age of 68, with the Catholic Church worldwide engulfed by the sexual abuse crisis, Murphy-O’Connor was a surprise appointment as Archbishop of Westminster. He reflects frankly on the mistakes he himself made and on how he responded to the crisis, and he speaks poignantly of how he navigated the tempestuous first decade of the twenty-first century, offering his opinion on the future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis. His memoir is entitled An English Spring.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor talks to Rosie Boycott

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Edmund de Waal

The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author of The Hare With The Amber Eyes sets out on a quest – a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Along the way he meets the witnesses to its creation; those who were inspired, made rich or heartsick by it, and the many whose livelihoods, minds and bodies were broken by this obsession. It spans a thousand years and reaches into some of the most tragic moments of recent times.

Edmund de Waal

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Meghnad Desai

LSE Lecture 1: The Rediscovery of India

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘How an old civilisation became a new nation after four thousand years of history and four centuries’ engagement with Europe; why it has succeeded as a democracy and why it is a miracle economy.’
 
More information about Meghnad Desai in this online profile

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Jerry A Coyne talks to Rosie Boycott

Why Evolution is True

Hay Festival 2010, 
The evidence for natural selection is vast, varied and magnificent, and drawn from many disparate fields of science. Latest research is uncovering a stream of evidence revealing evolution in action – from the actual observation of a species splitting into two, to new fossil discoveries and the deciphering of the evidence stored in our genome.

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Noah Charney

The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers

Hay Festival 2015, 

To mark the release of his new book, join art crime expert and investigative journalist Noah Charney as he tells explores the stories, dramas and human intrigues surrounding the world’s most famous forgeries – investigating the motivations of the artists and criminals who have faked great works of art, and in doing so conned the public and the art establishment alike. Chaired by Francine Stock

Photo: Urska Charney

Noah Charney

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Diarmaid MacCulloch

The British Academy Platform: Sex and the West

Hay Festival 2015, 

As society becomes more liberal, the Churches often seem more entrenched. The Oxford historian explores how Western Christianity’s complex and often divisive ideas about sex, marriage and gender have their roots in a story that began 3,000 years ago. Chaired by Anita Anand.

Diarmaid MacCulloch

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Harold Pinter

The PEN Reading

Hay Festival 1997, 
The playwright reads from his own work.

P.E.N. is an international organisation of playwrights, poets, essayists and novelists who defend and champion free speech throughout the world.

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Cinnamon Press Presents New Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
The launch of Holly Howitt’s brilliantly inventive debut collection of ‘micro-fictions’ Dinner Time and the novella The Fugitive Three by award- winning poet and short story writer Mike Jenkins; they are joined by Kate North, author of the startlingly original Eva Shell.

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Gerry Stembridge

Kells 2013, 

The writer, director and actor, co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his novels, The Effect of Her and Unspoken, his tales of Ireland in the 60's and 70's.

‘Extraordinarily vivid, knowing and satisfyingly irreverent’ – John Banville. ‘Gerry Stembridge is an outstanding Irish artist’ – Irish Independent.

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John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

Politics and the Arts

Hay Festival 2014, 

How should culture be valued by politicians? What does it contribute to the GDP and Britain’s sense of identity? Tusa, the former Barbican chief, is the author of Pain in the Arts. Norman, a director of Hay Festival and the Roundhouse, is writing Soul Food – The Conservative Case for the Arts. Lammy was Minister for the Arts in the last Labour government and is a prospective candidate for London Mayor. Kampfner is Director of the Creative Industries Federation. Chaired by Liz Hunt.

John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

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Alec Ross

The Industries of the Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

Hillary Clinton’s innovation advisor examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future over the next ten years, including robotics, artificial intelligence, the commercialisation of genomics, cybercrime and the impact of digital technology.

Alec Ross

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Jane Shilling talks to Sarah Crompton

The Stranger in the Mirror

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘I looked in the mirror one morning, and saw the face of a stranger. Who was she, this haggard, bun-faced woman with the softening jawline, the downturned mouth, the world-weary air of a woman who hasn’t had what she wanted from life, and knows she isn’t going to get it now? Why, it was no one else but me, myself and I.’

Duration 45 minutes.
 

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David O’Doherty and Chris Judge

Danger is Everywhere

Hay Festival 2015, 
Do you enjoy enjoyment? Do you find danger dangerous? Come and join award-winning comedian David O’Doherty and illustrator Chris Judge for a hilarious lesson in Dangerology. Inspired by the notebooks of the enigmatic and ultra-cautious Dangerologist, David and Chris prepare you for many of life’s dangers through Docter Noel Zone’s unique BSTs (Basic Safety Tips) and many other useful acronyms. Come and discover what to do if a shark comes out of the loo or a volcano erupts underneath your house. Perfect for worriers, young and old.
7+ years
David O’Doherty and Chris Judge

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Andrew Scull

Madness in Civilisation

Hay Festival 2015, 

A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine examines the human encounter with Unreason in all its manifestations, the challenges it poses to society and our responses to it. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

Andrew Scull

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Thomas Buergenthal, Brian Leveson, Richard Goldstone talk to Philippe Sands

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? International Law

Hay Festival 2015, 

Four internationally acclaimed jurists discuss which rights might be argued into a new charter for the C21st. Buergenthal serves as a judge at the ICJ in the Hague; Goldstone served as a prosecutor at the ICT after running the Goldstone Commission in South Africa; Leveson is President of the Queens Bench Division and chaired the public inquiry into press ethics in the UK; Sands is Professor of Law at UCL.

Thomas Buergenthal, Brian Leveson, Richard Goldstone talk to Philippe Sands