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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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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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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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Jack Andraka

Breakthrough

Hay Festival 2015, 

The multi-award-winning teen innovator and scientist overcame the skepticism of the academic world, depression and homophobic bullying to invent, at the age of 15, an early-detection test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. It has the potential to be over four hundred times more effective than the medical standard and it costs only 5p per use. Chaired by Alice Key.

Photo: Mark Tucker

Jack Andraka

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G R Gemin

Sweet Pizza

Hay Festival 2016, 

The writer’s new novel has immigration at its heart. It is the story of Joe’s struggle to save the family-run café in Bryn Mawr that was started before the war by his Italian great-great grandfather. He vows to keep it open, and find out more about his past at the same time, as well as trying to bring a diverse town together through good food and fine times.

8+

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David Aaronovitch

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture

Hay Festival 2016, 

The journalist interrogates the ideas of safe space on campus, the psychology of “vindictive protectionism” and the practice of “no-platforming” speakers. In a political culture that is susceptible to polarisation, where social media amplifies grievance and offence, how do we wield free speech? Aaronovitch discusses his lecture with Clemency Burton-Hill. He talks about his memoir Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists on Sunday 

David Aaronovitch

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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

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Beth Shapiro

How To Clone a Mammoth

Hay Festival 2015, 

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. The evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ‘ancient DNA’ research guides us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used to resurrect the past.

Beth Shapiro

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Clive James

Cultural Amnesia

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Australian polymath maps his influences and heroes who’ve formed contemporary civilization, from Satchmo to Kafka.

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Roy Ackerman, Edwina Currie, Ed Richards and Alan Yentob

The Society of Authors Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Media moguls, independents and watchdogs pick over the bones of the Reithian ideals.

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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

We Know All About You: The Story of Surveillance in Britain and America

Hay Festival 2017, 

The deep story of wire-tapping and interception by the NSA and GCHQ. Who ordered it? How it was done? How it’s done now. Jeffreys-Jones is one of the world’s most distinguished espionage and security experts.

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

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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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Vanessa Feltz – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio 2 Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Vanessa Feltz will be presenting the Jeremy Vine Show live from Hay Festival. As well as reporting on the highlights of the festival she will be interviewing a leading author as part of the popular series What Makes Us Human.

Broadcast weekdays on BBC Radio 2.

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Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 2 hours
Vanessa Feltz – LIVE ON AIR

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Karrie Fransman

The Power and Potential of Graphic Novels

Hay Festival 2015, 
Following her TEDx talk on the power of comics, join Karrie Fransman to look at why graphic novels are one of the fastest growing categories in publishing. Explore stunning, printed graphic novels, digital, interactive comics and Fransman’s own experimental comics including her book Death of the Artist, in which she embodies five different hedonistic artists to tell their story across watercolour, digital art, photography and collage, taking the graphic novel into entirely new realms. She tells Stephanie Merritt why visual storytelling is entering a golden age.
Karrie Fransman

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Brian Blessed talks to John Mitchinson

Absolute Pandemonium

Hay Festival 2016, 

The big actor yarns a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars. He falls for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffers wires strapped around his wotsits as he was hoisted into the heavens on Flash Gordon, almost causes an international incident when meeting the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and wins round George Lucas to get the role of Boss Nass on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He punches Harold Pinter, loves and hates Peter O’Toole, woos his beautiful wife Hildegard Neil and braves the shocking death toll on cosy TV drama My Family and Other Animals. Then he climbs Everest.

Brian Blessed talks to John Mitchinson

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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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Julian Orbach

Market Halls: The Civic Cinderellas

Hay Festival 2013, 

The architectural historian and Pevsner Guide author gives an illustrated talk about these most workaday public spaces. Followed by an update on the Heritage Lottery-supported Hay Cheesemarket project by Director Juliet Noble and Heritage Activities Manager Clare Purcell.

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Nicky Clayton

Cambridge Series 16: The Ape On Your Bird Table

Hay Festival 2011, 
Crows are as smart as apes. They manufacture tools, they are socially sophisticated, and they plan where to cache tomorrow’s breakfast. These findings have led to a re-evaluation of avian cognition, and resulted in a theory that intelligence evolved independently in apes and crows.

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David Crystal and Vicente Molina Foix

Talking About Shakespeare: Language

Hay Festival 2016, 

What did performances of Shakespeare’s plays sound like in his day? Linguistics professor David Crystal introduces OP (original pronunciation) and marvels at the wonders of the playwright’s revolutionary vocabulary. Molina Foix (who translates Shakespeare for contemporary Spanish theatre) considers the reality that most people in the world discover the great writer’s work in translation.

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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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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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Susan Gathercole

Cambridge Series 5: Working Memory in the Here and Now

Hay Festival 2016, 

Working memory allows us to hold information in mind. How does this influence our everyday lives? Professor Gathercole is Unit Director at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

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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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Harry Belafonte

Sing Your Song – Screening

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor, singer and Civil Rights activist introduces a screening of Susanne Rostock’s documentary about his life. Followed by Q&A with Francine Stock. US 2011 (107')
 

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Fumiya Iida

Cambridge Series 7: Robot Intelligence Versus Human Intelligence

Hay Festival 2016, 

How intelligent (or otherwise) are robots? Is it a good thing that they can steal our jobs? And will robots ever take over the world? Dr Iida is a Lecturer in Mechatronics at Cambridge.

Fumiya Iida