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Sarah McIntyre

Hay Festival 2015, 
Dinosaurs, pizza, police! The wonderful Sarah McIntyre brings her new picture book Dinosaur Police to Hay. Dinoville Police Station was having a perfectly quiet morning until the phone rang. ‘Red alert!’ hollered Sergeant Stig O’Saurus. ‘There’s a rampaging T-Rex at the pizza factory!’ So join Sarah as she solves the case and gets the audience drawing, roaring and laughing!
6+ years
Sarah McIntyre

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Diane Coyle

GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History

Hay Festival 2014, 

Why did the size of the US economy increase by three percent on one day in mid-2013? Or Ghana’s balloon by 60 percent overnight in 2010? Why did the UK financial industry show its fastest expansion ever at the end of 2008 – just as the world’s financial system went into meltdown? The answers to all these questions lie in the way we define and measure national economies around the world: Gross Domestic Product.

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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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Shashi Tharoor

Tagore 150

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Indian novelist and politician celebrates the 150th anniversary of the great Nobel Prize-winning Bengali poet, musician and painter.

Read more about Shashi Tharoor

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Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

Hard Was The Struggle

Hay Festival 2013, 

To commemorate the centenary of the death of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, who was killed by King George V’s horse during the Derby, the historian and author of March, Women, March explores the women’s movement in Britain, from the passing of the Marriage and Divorce Act in 1857 to women attaining the vote in 1928. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Charles Jencks

The Architecture of Hope

Hay Festival 2015, 

The architect introduces the Maggie’s Centres, a revolutionary building project providing new cancer caring centres designed by some of the world’s greatest architects that offer a fresh approach to both architecture and health. Complementary to NHS hospitals, they present an environment that is welcoming, risk-taking, aesthetic and life affirming; and with their commitment to the other arts, including landscape, they bring in the full panoply of constructive means.

Charles Jencks

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Liz Pichon

Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky

Hay Festival 2014, 

This brilliant and bestselling creation is laugh-out-loud funny, from the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Tom Gates is back in a brand new must-read adventure. Not to be missed!
9+ years

Liz Pichon

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Akala

Natives: Race and Class in The Ruins of Empire

Hay Festival 2018, 

A searing modern polemic on race in the UK, from the MOBO award-winning poet, musician and outspoken political commentator, founder of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. In his memoir Natives he speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain’s racialised empire. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Akala

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Helena Kennedy

Reformations: Human Rights Law

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The Reformations project is the programming spine of the Hay Festival’s 30th anniversary year.  Great writers and thinkers have been invited to reform authorities and institutions in the spirit of Martin Luther, whose 95 Theses were published 500 years ago in 1517. In this powerful polemic, the leading civil rights lawyer proposes radical progress in international Human Rights and Equality law. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Helena Kennedy

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Colin Javens talks to Oliver Balch

Dream Drive Love

Winter Weekend 2013, 

After a serious spinal injury at the age of 19, Colin’s life was drastically changed forever, and the dreams he had intended to pursue then seemed impossible. But rather than despairing and accepting the limitations of his wheelchair, he chose a path of quiet determination – and has since driven across the world, encountered endless adventures and found friendship, laughter and love.

There will be a charity collection following the event.

Colin Javens talks to Oliver Balch

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Paul Mason

PostCapitalism: A Guide to our Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone economic cycles that veer from boom to bust. The campaigning economist and broadcaster argues that we are on the brink of a change so big and profound that this time capitalism itself will mutate into something wholly new. Chaired by Jane Davidson.

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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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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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Mark Wallinger talks to Alastair Sooke

Hay Festival 2012, 
The artist and 2007 Turner Prize-winner’s work is not only brilliantly accessible and witty, but also conscientious and politically incisive.

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Everything Will Be Fine (and other lies I tell myself)

Hay Festival 2013, 

Cathy Brett’s stylish, funny and thought-provoking graphic novels include Verity Fibbs and Scarlett Dedd. The design lecturer and former fashion illustrator will tell you how she does it.

Duration 60 mins.

13+ years

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Martin Kemp

La Bella Principessa

Hay Festival 2010, 
The story of how his team pieced together the evidence, detailed historical research and technical analysis to uncover the New Masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci in October 2009.
Martin Kemp

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James Fergusson

The Vitamin Murders: Who Killed Healthy Eating in Britain?

Hay Festival 2007, 
How a British scientist taught the nation how to eat well, then taught the food industry how to trick consumers, and paid for the paradox with his life.

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Mick Ebeling

Not Impossible: Technology for the Sake of Humanity

Hay Festival 2015, 

Project Daniel was launched in January 2014 in Sudan with the establishment of the world’s first 3D-printing prosthetic limb lab, creating artificial limbs for victims of war.

As Mohammed Ali Humanitarian of the Year and named in the Top 50 Most Creative People 2014, Mick Ebeling is the founder and driving force of Not Impossible; making DIY, accessible, tech-based solutions for people around the world and powerfully telling those stories to inspire others to do the same.

Mick Ebeling

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AF Harrold and Emily Gravett

The Imaginary

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join AF Harrold and Emily Gravett as they tell you all about their brilliant, somewhat creepy book: The Imaginary. Pictures will be drawn. Words will be spoken. Imaginary Friends welcome.
9+ years
AF Harrold and Emily Gravett

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Eric Hobsbawm: The Age of Extremes

The Raymond Williams Lectures

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Historian Eric Hobsbawm talks to Dai Smith about his histroy of the Twentieth Century. "It takes far greater gifts - and far greater nerve - to simplify and scintillate than to criticise and to complicate. This book displays both these admirable qualities in abundance." - New Society.

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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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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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Justin Gregg

Are Dolphins Really Smart?

Hay Festival 2014, 

A clear-headed look at the mammal behind the myth. How intelligent are dolphins in comparison with crows, apes or chickens? Is their communication system really as complex as human language? And are they as friendly and peaceful as they are made out to be?

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Emma Rothschild

Family Histories and Social Networks

Hay Festival 2015, 

An exploration of C18th social networks looking at the Johnstone family, the Scottish siblings at the heart of her book The Inner Life Of Empires, and an interconnected group of French families in the first ‘age of information’. Rothschild is Professor of History and Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Emma Rothschild

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David Mitchell and Tiffany Murray

Fictions – Halloween Comes Early

Hay Festival 2015, 

A late-night reading of ghost stories as Mitchell previews his new story to be published in October, Slade House, and Murray reads from her acclaimed Sugar Hall. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

David Mitchell and Tiffany Murray