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Paulo Coelho talks to Mick Brown

Hay Festival 2002, 
A rare opportunity to meet the author of The Alchemist, The Devil and Miss Prym, The Fifth Mountain, By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, and Veronika Decides to Die. The Brazilian novelist talks to Mick Brown, author of The Spiritual Tourist.

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Sarah Churchwell

The 2018 Raymond Williams Lecture: Behold America

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer and academic offers a history of America First, one of Donald Trump’s campaign slogans. Although popular wisdom attributes the phrase to Charles Lindbergh and the isolationist America First Committee of 1940-1941, in fact the expression has a longer, and darker, history than that, a story of nativism and the Ku Klux Klan, of 100 % Americanism and isolationism, and of a homegrown fascism that America continues to pretend “can’t happen here.”

Sarah Churchwell

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Lord Levy talks to John Harris

Hay Festival 2008, 
Blair’s fundraiser, Middle East envoy and confidant was cleared of all charges relating to the cash for peerages scandal. He discusses his political career and his memoir A Question of Honour.

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Libby Purves

Shadow Child

Hay Festival 2009, 
There is no right way to deal with the loss of a beloved son. Against her husband’s wishes, Marion determines to find out more about her son’s life away from home. The broadcaster’s novel subtly and brilliantly explores a modern family in crisis.

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Jonathan Fenby

The Great Wonders of China

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Fenby ranges across 3,000 years of continuous civilization to show and discuss treasures from the earliest forms of writing and bronze work to the towering urban development of the C21st.

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Emma Kennedy – The Killing Handbook

Winter Weekend 2012, 
The actress, broadcaster and Celebrity Masterchef winner offers an hilarious and essential guide to the Danish supercult crime thriller The Killing. The superfan guide to Sarah Lund with all the crucial information on the characters, the plot holes and the politics, the language, the jumpers and dating the Danish way...

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Robert Llewellyn, Jesse Norman, Fiona Howarth, Mike Hawes and Tony Whitehorn

Electric Vehicles: How Low Can We Go?

Hay Festival 2018, 
With reductions in air pollution, managing climate change and improving fuel security becoming more urgent, how is government policy meeting these priorities and what are vehicle manufacturers doing to design vehicles that help to achieve the same goals? How do we plan for the future in a society which has been so reliant on the internal combustion engine car? Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Jesse Norman, Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Fiona Howarth is the CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles and Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai UK. Chaired by TV presenter, author and electric vehicle expert Robert Llewellyn.

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Bodyguard: Hostage

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Chris Bradford, author of the bestselling Young Samurai books introduces his brand new series, Bodyguard, aimed at fans of Cherub and Alex Rider.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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Frank Close

Neutrino

Hay Festival 2011, 
What are these most enigmatic particles in the universe? And how may they have shaped the balance between matter and anti-matter?

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Timothy Phillips and Åsne Seierstad

Beslan

Hay Festival 2007, 
330 parents and children died in the siege, which ended in a terrible gun battle on 3 September 2004. The author of The Tragedy of School No.1 discusses the human story and its wider context in the Caucasus with the Norwegian foreign correspondent. Chaired by Julie Etchingham who covered the news story for Sky News.

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Sheila Hancock talks to Francine Stock

Fictions – Miss Carter’s War

Hay Festival 2015, 

It is 1948 and the young and beautiful Marguerite Carter has lost her parents and survived a terrifying war, working for the SOE behind enemy lines. She returns to England to be one of the first women to receive a degree from the University of Cambridge. Now she pins back her unruly auburn curls, draws a pencil seam up her legs, ties the laces on her sensible black shoes, and sets out towards her future as an English teacher in a girls’ grammar school. Outside the classroom Britain is changing fast, and Miss Carter finds herself caught up in social upheaval, swept in and out of love and forging deep, enduring friendships. The first novel from the actress and award-winning author of The Two of Us and Just Me.

Sheila Hancock talks to Francine Stock

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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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Pamela Butchart

To Wee or Not to Wee!

Hay Festival 2016, 

Take a fresh look at Shakespeare with the Blue Peter Award-winning author  as she gives action-packed retellings of Macbeth, HamletA Midsummer’s Night Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

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Pamela Butchart

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Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

The Index Debate: Diss My Mother: Expect a Punch

Hay Festival 2015, 

What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer?

Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

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Lord Butler talks to Philippe Sands QC

Power Inquiry 2

Hay Festival 2007, 
A conversation about governance with the country’s senior civil servant, and author of the Butler Inquiry, into the intelligence relating to Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

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The Collector of Worlds

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ilya Troyanov considers the extraordinary life of Sir Richard Burton, the first westerner to make the hajj to Mecca, discoverer of the source of the Nile, and translator of The Arabian Nights.

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Mitchell Symons

Don’t Wipe Your Bum on a Hedgehog

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ‘revolting reference’ expert and twice Blue Peter Book Prize- winner makes his debut at Hay to take a weird and wonderful look at life.
 
8+ years

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Marcus Sedgwick

The Raven Mysteries

Hay Festival 2012, 
Enter the barking world of the Otherhand family with all its oddballs, lunatics and fruitcakes - not forgetting the lethal cabbages…
 
9+ years

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Stella Tillyard and Andrew Miller talk to Peter Guttridge

Fictions: Then and Now

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian’s first fiction Tides of War is an epic, panoramic novel about love and war, set in Regency England and Spain during the Peninsular War; Miller’s Pure is set in 1785, as a young engineer is charged with demolishing Paris’ oldest cemetery.
 

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Stefan Collini

Cambridge Series 10 - What Are Universities For?

Hay Festival 2012, 
When the future of higher education lies in the balance, a discussion of just why universities matter – to everyone.
 

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Jacqueline Mitton

The John Maddox Lecture – From Dust to Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

The origin and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. The astronomer explains how the celestial objects that make up the solar system arose from common beginnings billions of years ago, and how scientists and philosophers have sought to unravel this mystery, piecing together the clues that enabled them to deduce the solar system’s layout, its age, and the most likely way it formed.

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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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Katherine Quarmby and Damian Le Bas

Challenging Romaphobia

Hay Festival 2014, 

The award-winning non-fiction writer Quarmby introduces her book No Place to Call Home – Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies & Travellers. Le Bas is editor of the national magazine and website for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, Travellers’ Times, and author of All Change: Romani Studies through Romani Eyes. They talk to Guto Harri.

Katherine Quarmby and Damian Le Bas

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón in conversation with Ana Gavín

Segovia 2014, 

Ignacio Martínez de Pisón talks to Ana Gavín about his latest novel La buena reputación, a family history that covers a number of generations and takes the reader through different Spanish cities, up to the present day. A panorama of relationships and experiences to make the reader reflect on life.

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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.