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Peter Hain

Back to the Future of Socialism

Hay Festival 2015, 

What’s gone wrong with capitalism and how should governments respond? Did Big Government or Big Banking cause the global financial crisis? Is the answer austerity or investment in growth; untrammelled market forces or regulating for the common good? Hain revisits Anthony Crosland’s classic text and presents a stimulating political prospectus for today.

Peter Hain

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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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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.

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Geekhood And Geek Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

Former actor Andy Robb and former model Holly Smale are seriously geeky at heart. Hear about their books Geekhood and Geek Girl and discover where you figure on the geek spectrum.

9+ years

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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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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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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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Hugh Aldersey Williams

Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements

Hay Festival 2011, 
A wondrous tour and cultural history of the elements. Popular chemistry as a dazzling entertainment.

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Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Hay Festival 2011, 
Hop along to this charming storytelling show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. Help Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and send him on his journey.
 
3–5 years

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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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Richard Wyn Jones, Guy Lodge and Charlie Jeffery

Cardiff University Series 4; England And Its Two Unions

Hay Festival 2013, 

With an increasingly distinct English identity and growing demand for the political recognition of Englishness, this conversation examines English views about both the unions – UK and EU – and considers whether either or both remain sustainable. Wyn Jones, Director of Wales Governance Centre, leads a discussion with IPPR’s Guy Lodge and Charlie Jeffery, Director of Academy of Government at Edinburgh University.

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Stig Abell talks to Amol Rajan

How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

Hay Festival 2018, 

Britain is a State that chose Brexit, rejects immigration but is dependent on it, is getting older but less healthy, is more demanding of public services but less willing to pay for them, is tired of intervention abroad but wants to remain a global authority. We have an over-stretched, free health service (an idea from the 1940s that may not survive the 2020s), overcrowded prisons, a military without an evident purpose, an education system the envy of none of the Western world. How did we get here and where are we going? Abell is editor of the Times Literary Supplement. Rajan is the BBC's Media Editor.

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Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

The Sorrows of Mexico

Hay Festival 2017, 

Veering between carnival and apocalypse, Mexico has in the past ten years become the epicentre of the international drug trade. The so-called war on drugs has been a brutal and chaotic failure: more than 160,000 lives have been lost. The drug cartels and the forces of law and order are often in collusion; corruption is everywhere. Life is cheap, and inconvenient people – the poor, the unlucky, the honest or the inquisitive – become the ‘disappeared’, leaving not a trace behind. In September 2015, more than 26,798 were officially registered as ‘not located’. Yet people in all walks of life have refused to give up. Hernandez gives a chilling account of the ‘disappearance'” of 43 students. Cacho describes what it’s like to live every day as a journalist under threat of death.

Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

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Juliet Davenport, Sanjeev Gupta, David Phillips and Mark Linder

Close to the Brink: Our Energy Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

A UK energy crisis is looming. 38 Gigawatts is going off-line and only 18GW is currently available to replace it. That includes Hinkley Nuclear and Swansea Tidal Bay. With climate change requiring a low-carbon future, where will our energy come from? Davenport is CEO of Good Energy, Gupta is owner of Uskmouth Power Station, Phillips is National Grid's UK Generator and Asset Compliance Manager and Linder is Energy Futures Partner at Bell Pottinger PR.

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Monty Don and Derry Moore

Japanese Gardens

Hay Festival 2019, 

Traditional Japanese gardens combine aesthetics with ethics, beauty with philosophy in a perfectly curated celebration of the natural world. A Japanese garden is the world in miniature: rocks represent mountains, ponds represent seas. Natural and man-made elements combine to create a garden that, while natural, is not wild. The gardener and photographer look at the traditions and culture which inform some of the most beautiful and famous gardens from all over Japan, from Kenroku-en to the Zen gardens of Tokyo and the historic beauty of Kyoto, and from the famous cherry blossom celebration hanami to the autumnal crimson magnificence of momijigari.

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Siri Hustvedt talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Living, Thinking, Looking

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation based on the novelist’s book of essays that is framed around: Living, which draws on her own life; Thinking, on memory, emotion and the imagination; and Looking, on art and artists. She explores how we see, remember, feel and interact with others; what it means to sleep, dream and speak; and what we mean by ‘self’.

Siri Hustvedt talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Peter Furtado talks to Oliver Balch

Histories Of Nations: How Their Identities Were Forged

Hay Festival 2013, 

An extraordinary illustrated synthesis of essays by the world’s leading historians about their own countries’ forging of identities. Each one attempts to define the characteristics that embody its sense of nationhood. The countries, large and small, have been selected to represent every continent and every type of state, and range from mature democracies to religious autocracies and one-party states.

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Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Hay Festival 2012, 
Happy 110th Birthday, Peter! Hop along to this charming storytelling party where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. Help Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and send him on his journey home.
 
3+ years

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The War of the World 1914–1989

Niall Ferguson

Hay Festival 2006, 
The twentieth century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalized in history, with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War. What went wrong? Chaired by Hamish Mykura.

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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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Neil MacGregor

The British Museum: A Global Treasure

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Director of the British Museum gives the annual lecture. Chaired by Festival President Tom Bingham.

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Marina Lewycka, Patience Agbabi, David Herd and Anna Pincus

Fictions: Refugee Tales

Hay Festival 2016, 

Offered as a modern day reworking of The Canterbury Tales, this book brings together the stories of 14 refugees whose voyage to the UK has not been a journey of spiritual salvation, rather one of sheer, physical survival. The tales are retold by writers including Marina Lewycka and Patience Agbabi, and the tales are edited by the poet and teacher David Herd and Anna Pincus of the Gatwick Detainee Welfare Group.

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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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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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Thomas Keneally talks to Damian Barr

Fictions – The Great War

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker-winner’s The Daughters Of Mars vividly experiences the Dardanelles and the Western Front in the First World War through the eyes of two Australian nurses.