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Patrick Bishop

Target Tirpitz

Hay Festival 2012, 
An intriguing tale from WWII of X-Craft, Agents and Dambusters - The Epic Quest to Destroy Hitler’s Mightiest Warship.

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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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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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Jonathon Porritt - The World We Made

THE JOSEPH ROTBLAT LECTURE

Hay Festival 2014, 

The environmentalist presents a credible, positive vision of our planet that is green, fair, connected and collaborative and reveals how it is possible to reach a genuinely sustainable world by 2050. He describes the key events, technological breakthroughs and lifestyle revolutions that will transform our planet. Chaired by Rosie Boycott

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Alexander Todorov

Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions

Hay Festival 2017, 

We make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second –and these snap judgments predict all kinds of important decisions. Yet the character judgments we make from faces are as inaccurate as they are irresistible. Using cutting-edge research, the Princeton psychologist describes how we have evolved the ability to read basic social signals and momentary emotional states, using a network of brain regions dedicated to the processing of faces. 

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Jonathan Bate

The British Academy Lecture: William Shakespeare 1616-2116

Hay Festival 2016, 

Why are we celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death? Who and what are we celebrating? How did Shakespeare get from there (the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage) to here (the global icon) and where will he go in the next hundred years? The eminent Shakespeare scholar is the author of The Genius of Shakespeare and Soul of the Age: The Life, Mind and World of William Shakespeare. He is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Jerry Brotton.

Jonathan Bate

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Poetry Masterclass 2

Ben Okri and Keguro Macharia

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
The second poetry masterclass is led by Nigerian-born poet Ben Okri (An African Elegy and Mental Flight) and Kenyan poet Keguro Macharia, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.

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Beast Quest Duel

Hay Festival 2011, 
Calling all valiant knights and questors! Six mystical beasts are guarding magical golden armour for the evil wizard Malvel. Help the good wizard Aduro, in this interactive event, to solve cryptic puzzles and free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell. Exclusive goodies for all participants...
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Susana Baca en conversación con Iván Benavides

Cartagena 2013, 
La gran exponente de la música afroperuana conversará sobre su fascinante carrera con el músico, productor y compositor Iván Benavides. Susana Baca, junto con su marido Ricardo Pereira, se ha dedicado a rescatar sonidos afroperuanos que estaban a punto de caer en el olvido. En su larga trayectoria ha recibido numerosos premios, pero el más destacado llegó en 2002 al ganar el Grammy en la categoría de Best Folk Album por su disco Lamento Negro, grabado en 1986. Susana ocupó el cargo de Ministra de Cultura de Perú desde el 28 de julio de 2011 al 10 de diciembre de ese mismo año.

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Cressida Cowell

Vikings, Pirates and Dragonese

Hay Festival 2007, 
A lively journey through the slapstick adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, helmed by his creator Cressida Cowell.

Hay Fever 7–9 yrs

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Mary Warnock and Elisabeth McDonald

Easeful Death

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mary Warnock and Elisabeth McDonald examine the philosophical and ethical issues around assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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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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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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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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Francine Stock chairs Herefordshire students

Concern Universal?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Should we cut Overseas Development when climate change, religious fundamentalism, resource scarcity and the crunch are all global problems? Young advocates lead a debate on priorities for our national purse, and tell the new government what they think.
Francine Stock chairs Herefordshire students

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Fred Pearce

The Landgrabbers

Hay Festival 2012, 
A superb piece of investigative journalism that reveals the unprecedented land grab from the plains of Africa to the jungles and prairies of South America, as Wall Street speculators, Gulf oil sheiks, Chinese entrepreneurs and robber barons raid the last fertile corners of the world.

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Peter Bazalgette talks to Bryony Gordon

The Empathy Instinct

Hay Festival 2017, 

Empathy is the power of understanding others, imaginatively entering into their feelings. It is a fundamental human attribute without which mutually co-operative societies cannot function. In a revolutionary development, we now know who has it, who lacks it and why. With the MRI scanner, we are mapping the human brain. This is a new frontier that reveals a host of beneficial ideas for childcare, teens challenged by the internet, the justice system, decent healthcare, tackling racism and resolving conflicts.

Peter Bazalgette talks to Bryony Gordon

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Ciaran Murtagh

A Prehistoric Poo Party

Hay Festival 2011, 
Star of CBBC’s The Slammer joins us for comedy, capers and cave-boy antics with his latest Charlie Flint adventure.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers

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Wole Soyinka talks to Nik Gowing

Writing on the Wall of Silence

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Nigerian Nobel Laureate talks about freedom of expression, the need to articulate truths and the power of literature.

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Peter Horrocks, AC Grayling, Sarah Churchwell and Karen Usher

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? The Best Universities

Hay Festival 2015, 

More people are going to university in Britain than ever before, and they’re paying to do so. But are the institutions themselves fit for purpose? How could they be better? Horrocks is the new Vice Chancellor of the Open University, Grayling is Master of the independent New College of the Humanities in London, Churchwell is Professor for the Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA, Usher is the co-leader of the newest university in Britain, the New Model in Technology and Engineering in Hereford.

Peter Horrocks, AC Grayling, Sarah Churchwell and Karen Usher

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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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Michelle de Kretser and Amy Sackville talk to Lisa Dwan

Fictions – Boy Meets Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

De Kretser’s Questions Of Travel conjures people displaced by love and longing, and by disaster. It is infused with wit, imagination, and a deep understanding. Sackville’s Orkney plays out a curiously-matched honeymoon couple on a remote island in the north.

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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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Jan Blake with Kouame and Raymond Sereba

The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and the Lion of Manding – Part 1

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire in West Africa, is one of the most exciting birth-of-a-hero tales in the world. Featuring hunters, kings, prophecy, a buffalo woman, a jealous first wife, curses, insults, and acts of honour, this passionate and inspiring tale is the beloved story of the origin of a nation. Part 2 tomorrow - see event 393.

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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