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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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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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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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Kiran Desai and Stevie Davies talk to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Indian novelist discusses her 2006 Man Booker-winning novel The Inheritance of Loss. Davies introduces her beautiful and politically passionate The Eyrie. They talk to The Guardian's Literary Editor.

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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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Edmundo Paz Soldán, Jordi Puntí, Bruno Arpaia and Juan Carlos Botero with Juan David Correa

Literary lives

Cartagena 2012, 
The Bolivian writer Edmundo Paz Soldán has won the Juan Rulfo Story Prize (1997) and the Bolivian National Novel Prize (2002). His latest novel is entitled Los vivos y los muertos. Jordi Puntí is a writer and columnist who writes in Catalan and Spanish, contributes to the newspaper El Periódico and has won a number of literary prizes. His latest novel is called Maletas perdidas. The Italian writer and journalist Bruno Arpaia is author of the novels Tempo perso and The Angel of History. He has won a number of prizes in Italy, such as the Selezione Campiello Prize and the Giovanni Comisso Literary Prize. Juan Carlos Botero is the author of El arte de Fernando Botero, he has contributed articles to El Tiempo and El Espectador, and has won awards such as the Juan Rulfo Prize for his work as a storyteller. They will talk about their relationship with literature with the writer and journalist Juan David Correa.

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Anthea Bell talks to Daniel Hahn

The BCLT Interview - From Sebald to Asterix

Hay Festival 2012, 
The pre-eminent literary translator discusses her work on a great range of European books from WG Sebald to Asterix with the Programme Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
 

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Dan Smith

The State Of The World Atlas

Hay Festival 2013, 

A revelatory way of imagining the world. The revered International Relations guru and revolutionary cartographer updates his seminal 1970s work that graphically analyses every indicator and vital statistic of modern life, from wealth and power, war and peace through to rights, health and the environment. Chaired by Mark Ellingham.

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Matthew Haley

Electrifying The Art Business

Hay Festival 2013, 

Bonhams’ Head of Books, Maps and Manuscripts appreciates books as artefacts and looks at the effect of the electronification of books.

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Josh Lacey

The Dragonsitter

Hay Festival 2013, 

Josh Lacey packs a huge amount of fun and adventure into his stories, including the latest – The Dragonsitter Takes Off.

6+ years

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Melissa Cole

Let Me Tell You About Beer

Hay Festival 2015, 

An hour of beer tasting with one of Britain’s most entertaining connoisseurs.

The author of Let Me Tell You About Beer is living the beer dream. Not only does she write extensively about the world's favourite drink, she also works with chefs to create beer and food extravaganzas in venues as diverse as Michelin-starred restaurants to local pubs, and is invited to judge at beer competitions from London to Brussels and Amsterdam to America.

Her reputation for having a fine palate and fun approach to all things brewed also translates to actually making beer, and some of her collaborative beers have gone on to become huge successes for the breweries Melissa made them with, never profiting herself.

Melissa Cole

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Devi Sridhar

Governing Global Health

Hay Festival 2017, 

Governments, NGOs and corporations collaborate across the world on campaigns to respond to global health issues such as AIDS, Ebola, SARS and malaria. But how do you regulate these PPPs (private-public partnerships)? The Edinburgh academic and her co-author, Chelsea Clinton, analyse the accountability, effectiveness and sustainability of the biggest campaigns. Chaired by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera.

Devi Sridhar

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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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Kate Humble talks to Miles Jupp

Friend For Life: The Extraordinary Partnership Between Humans and Dogs

Hay Festival 2016, 

The wildlife broadcaster and smallholder uses her journey with her sheepdog puppy Teg to frame her examination of this very special relationship. Written with warmth and love, and packed full of stories about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs, this event is a joy for anyone with a four-legged friend. In conversation with host of The News Quiz, Miles Jupp.

Kate Humble talks to Miles Jupp

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Karrie Fransman, Zeina Bassil and Joumana Medlej in conversation with Lana Asfour

Beirut 2012, 
Karrie Fransman (UK) came into the public eye with her autobiographical comic strips My Peculiar Life, published in The Guardian, and The Night I Lost My Love, printed in The Times, and who is author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel The House that Groaned. Zeina Bassil (Lebanon) is a freelance illustrator, editor of La Furie des Glandeurs, an illustration and comic fanzine that tackles social related issues in Lebanon, she also has a column in the monthly French literary supplement L’Orient Littéraire. Joumana Medlej (Lebanon) is a designer, calligrapher and illustrator that has created and published her own graphic novels, works with calligraphy and designs desktop icons and computer games. The three participants will discuss the wonders of comic writing, picture making and storytelling with the journalist Lana Asfour.
 
Event in English
With the support of the British Council

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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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Leigh Hodgkinson and YOU!

Magical Mix-ups

Hay Festival 2012, 
There’s a party to plan, but there’s been a mix-up in Fairyland. Bring coloured pencils and glitter pens to help Emerald and Sapphire put everything right.
 
7+ years

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Marcos Giralt Torrente, Rodrigo Rey Rosa and Joumana Haddad with Guido Tamayo

What we talk about when we talk about love

Cartagena 2012, 
Love is a concept with a thousand and one definitions, and probably the subject most written about in the history of literature. However, we keep asking ourselves, again and again, about its meaning and relevance. Taking as a starting point the famous Raymond Carver story, we ask three writers from three different countries to talk to us about a matter that unites them: Marcos Giralt Torrente, Spanish winner of the 2011 National Narrative Prize for his work Tiempo de vida; Joumana Haddad, Lebanese poet, writer and editor whose latest book is I Killed Scheherazade; and Rodrigo Rey Rosa, the Guatemalan author, translated into English by Paul Bowles and whose latest work is Severina. Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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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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Philippa Gregory, Anthony Mason

Dispatches From the Sex Wars

Hay Festival 2000, 
A double-headed examination of the writing by men and women on men and women from troubadours to tarts from the best-selling author of Earthly Joys, Virgin Earth, and A Respectable Trade. Even-handedly savage and wildly entertaining.

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Storytelling Workshop with Nick Hennessey

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
A passionate advocate of the spoken word, Hennessey is a master of the ancient European storytelling tradition exploring Celtic and British myths and the great Finnish epic The Kalevala.

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Mark Watson is Crap at the Environment

Hay Festival 2008, 
And he's one of the funniest stand-ups around - acute, surprising and conveying a sense of delight - a real pleasure.

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Leo Hickman

Will Jellyfish Rule The World?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Calling all mini eco-worriers! There is no getting away from it, you are the future. No pressure. But fear not, help is at hand from green guru Leo Hickman.  Come and quiz him on how we can save the planet one step at a time.

9 years +

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Javier Cercas

The Raymond Williams Lecture: The Anatomy of a Moment

Hay Festival 2011, 
In February 1981, just as Spain was finally leaving Franco’s dictatorship and during the first democratic vote in parliament for a new prime minister, Colonel Tejero and a band of right-wing soldiers burst into the Spanish parliament and began firing shots. Only three members of Congress defied the incursion and did not dive for cover. The pre-eminent Spanish novelist discusses the relationship between history and fiction. Chaired by Jon Gower.
 
Read a recent interview with Javier Cercas www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jun/15/fiction.culture

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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...