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James Campbell

Boyface

Hay Festival 2014, 
The children’s comedian talks about his hilarious children’s book Boyface and the Quantum Chromatic Disruption Machine. Boyface Antelope is the son of a stripemonger. What’s a stripemonger? Well, it’s someone who rearranges patterns of course! Giggles guaranteed.
Duration 45 minutes
8+ years
James Campbell

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Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

Love, Laughter and Finding Your ‘Lobster’

Hay Festival 2014, 

Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison are the co-authors of hilarious teen debut Lobsters. Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find The One. Their ‘lobster’. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins forever, to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love. Tom and Lucy met in the sixth form and have been friends ever since. Lucy runs online teen magazine Whatever After, as well as teaching in girls’ schools across London specialising in building confidence and creativity. Tom is a journalist and has written for ShortList, TimeOut, Vice, TalkSPORT, ESPN and Viz. Are they lobsters? You’ll have to come along to find out…
13+ years (YA)

Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

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Anthony Giddens

Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Reform in Europe for its 500 million citizens must go far beyond stabilising the euro, formidable and fraught though that task may be. Introducing an array of new ideas, Giddens suggests this is the time for a far-reaching rethink of the European project as a whole.

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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

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Tristram Hunt

The World, by Design: The Victoria & Albert Museum in an age of Brexit, BRICS and Netflix

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new Director of the V&A explores the role of culture and curation in a world turning on a new axis, where intelligence is artificial and some pots are still priceless; where a common wealth of resources and makers can fashion global treasures.

Tristram Hunt

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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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Brendan Simms

Europe: The Struggle For Supremacy, 1453 To The Present

Hay Festival 2013, 

The story of Europe’s constantly shifting geopolitics and the peculiar circumstances that have made it both so impossible to dominate, and also so dynamic and ferocious. It is the story of a group of highly competitive and mutually suspicious dynasties, but also of a continent uniquely prone to interference from ‘semi-detached’ elements, such as Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Britain and (just as centrally to Simms’ argument) the United States. chaired by Jonathan Derbyshire.

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Rosie Boycott

Reformations 13: Food

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our food system is in crisis: soaring rates of obesity and diet related ill-health, environmental degradation and escalating greenhouse gas emissions as well as record levels of waste which deny food to the hungry. How do we create a system that enables all citizens to eat affordable, healthy food regardless of where they live and what they earn?  Could Brexit create a solution? Is a Food Act an answer?  Boycott proposes a complete reimagining of how we farm, how we shop and how we eat. Rosie Boycott chairs the Mayor of London’s food policy unit. Chaired by Dan Saladino, presenter/producer of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

Rosie Boycott

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Mark Redknap talks to Sian Lloyd

Discovered in Time

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Keeper of Archaeology at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales talks to the BBC journalist, examining the relationship between casual or amateur archaeologists and the role of museums and curators in shaping the national ‘story’.
 
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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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Ursula Martin

The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace, a Victorian Computing Visionary

Hay Festival 2016, 

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is famous as  “The first programmer” for her prescient writings about Charles Babbage’s unbuilt mechanical computer, the Analytical Engine. Biographers have focused on her tragically short life and her supposed poetic approach – in this talk we unpick the myths and look at her scientific education, what she really did, and why it is important, placing her in the rich context of nineteenth century science, and the contemporary misremembering of  female scientists.

Ursula Martin CBE is a Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science in the University of Oxford, and leads Oxford’s project to digitize Lovelace’s mathematics.

Ursula Martin

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Yoani Sánchez en conversación con Jon Lee Anderson

Cartagena 2014, 
La periodista cubana Yoani Sánchez lleva desde 2007 documentando la vida en Cuba a través de su blog Generación Y. Galardonado con el Premio de Periodismo Digital Ortega y Gasset que otorga el diario español El País, el blog de Yoani es el más visitado del país y es regularmente traducido por un equipo de voluntarios a catorce lenguas. Conversa con el periodista y escritor Jon Lee Anderson sobre su trabajo diario por la libertad de expresión. Patrocinado por kienyke.com
Yoani Sánchez en conversación con Jon Lee Anderson

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Margaret Atwood

The Tent

Hay Festival 2006, 
A conversation and reading from her new short story collection.

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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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Zaiba Malik talks to Jo Glanville

We Are A Muslim Please

Hay Festival 2011, 
The award-winning investigative journalist analyses her British and Muslim identities, growing up in Bradford in the 70s and 80s and working undercover and in extreme circumstances in Bangladesh and in the heart of her family.
(Also see event 118)

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Abi Morgan talks to Francine Stock

Screenwriter

Hay Festival 2012, 
An interview with the screenwriter of Shame, The Iron Lady, The Hour and Birdsong.

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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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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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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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Averil Cameron

Byzantine Matters

Hay Festival 2014, 

Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization, often reducing it to a poor relation of Rome and the rest of the classical world. Cameron suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilisation into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods.

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Tale of Two Treasures

Hay Festival 2013, 

Fiendish foes are after the treasure and all manner of tricks, traps and medieval puzzles are in store for Sir Charlie.

5+ years

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Phil Hammond

Staying Alive: How To Get the Best Out of the NHS – Advice From a Doctor

Hay Festival 2015, 

The NHS is our most treasured institution, but even caring doctors have too many patients and too little time, while patients often feel too overwhelmed, embarrassed, intimidated or ill to ask the right questions. Dr Hammond will show you how to get your GP to listen to you and take your symptoms seriously, how to get hold of your patient records so you can ensure they’re correct, how to get a second opinion and, most importantly, how to get better (and in turn help make the NHS better too).

Phil Hammond

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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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Patrick de Witt and Tom Bullough talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – Not the C19th Novel

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Man Booker-shortlisted The Sisters Brothers is a noiradventure set in Gold Rush America; Konstantin tells the story of the first man in Russia to reveal how travel into space might be possible. It is a story of man, nature, and the limitless power of the imagination.

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Richard Suggett

From Castell Cricieth to Penarth Fawr

Hay Festival 2012, 
The architectural historian celebrates the poets and carpenters of late-medieval Wales.