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The Story of God

Robert Winston

Hay Festival 2006, 
The eminent medic and broadcaster discusses the relationship between religion and science from primitive times to our multi-faith world.

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Jan Zalasiewicz

The Planet in a Pebble: A Journey into Earth’s Deep History

Hay Festival 2011, 
Many events in the earth’s ancient past can be deciphered from a pebble: volcanic eruptions; the lives and deaths of extinct animals and plants; the alien nature of long-vanished oceans; and transformations deep underground, including the creations of fool’s gold and of oil...

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Ally Kennan & Tim Bowler

Quarry, Buried Thunder

Hay Festival 2011, 
Dangerous secrets and deadly traps from two award-winning writers who know exactly what makes a page-turning thriller. Chaired by Pete Hurley
 
12+ years Goosebumps 

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David Safier talks to Ramon Arangüena

Segovia 2012, 
David Safier, the world-renowned German humour writer and author of Bad Karma and Jesus Loves Me talks to journalist Ramón Arangüena.
 
Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish. Co-organized with the Fundación Lara and in collaboration with the Goethe Institut and the Embassy of Germany in Spain.

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James Holland

The Battle of Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian tells the stories of the few who did so much for the many in the five months in 1940 that saved Britain.

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Richard Perceval Graves

The 2010 Housman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2010, 
This year’s lecture is given by the historian and biographer of Robert Graves, TE Lawrence and AE Housman.
Richard Perceval Graves

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Francesca Martinez talks to Jasper Rees

What the **** is Normal?

Hay Festival 2014, 

What do you do when you’re labelled abnormal in a world obsessed with normality? If you grow up in a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, cellulite is cause for a mental breakdown and women over a size ten are encouraged to shoot themselves (immediately), what the **** do you do if you’re, gasp, disabled? The comedian discusses her memoir of growing up with cerebral palsy.

Francesca Martinez talks to Jasper Rees

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Richard Cohen

Chasing The Sun

Hay Festival 2011, 
From Galileo and Homer to macro astronomy and bird migration – a brilliant tour of the cultural and scientific history of The Star That Gives Us Life.
 
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By the Sword - Richard Cohen

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Gillian Clarke

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the 70th birthday of the great poet and teacher, whose collections include Selected Poems, The King of Britain’s Daughter and Making the Beds for the Dead.

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Adam Zamoyski

Rights of Peace

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian exposes the chaos, corruption and sexual depravity of the 1815 Congress of Vienna, at which Europe was scrambled by Napoleon’s vanquishers.

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Green Dragons’ Den Final 2

Build It

Hay Festival 2013, 

Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a £15,000 cash award and one-to-one support from UnLtd.

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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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Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Patrick Kingsley and Ben Rawlence

Refuge and Redemption

Hay Festival 2016, 

In this 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia three writers tell the stories of people escaping horrors and seeking a better world elsewhere. These are the inside stories of refuge and migrations. McDonald-Gibson is the author of Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Kingsley is the author of The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Rawlence’s book is City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp. Chaired by Oliver Balch.


In association with Wales Pen Cymru

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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.

Paul Mason

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Tilly And Friends

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join picture-book genius Polly Dunbar to find out what Tilly’s friends Hector, Doodle, Tumpty, Tiptoe and Pru have been up to.

4+ years

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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

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Janine di Giovanni talks to Alex Clark

The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria

Hay Festival 2016, 

Delivered with passion, fearlessness and sensitivity, The Morning They Came for Us is an unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, charting an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war. It is an unforgettable testament to human resilience in the face of devastating, barely imaginable horrors.  Di Giovanni is Middle East editor of Newsweek and the author of Madness Visible.

Janine di Giovanni talks to Alex Clark

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Mark Goldring, Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi, K Anis Ahmed

Made in Bangladesh

Hay Festival 2014, 

Goldring was posted in Bangladesh before returning to the UK to become CEO of Oxfam. He is joined by the cultural producer, writer and entrepreneur Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi and K Anis Ahmed, author of The World in My Hands. They discuss the crises and opportunities of one of the world’s most dynamic countries.

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Elif Shafak and Anjali Joseph talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Migrations

Hay Festival 2012, 
Honour is a powerful, brilliant and moving account of murder, love and family set in Kurdistan, Istanbul and London; Another Country charts a young woman’s twenties in Bombay, Paris and London.

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Mark Hudson

Titian: The Last Days

Hay Festival 2010, 
Towards the end of his life the artist didn’t finish his paintings. Created with the fingers as much as the brush, the last paintings are imbued with a sense of final desperate effort – a rawness and immediacy that weren’t to be seen again in art for centuries. How did it come to this? And what happened to the paintings?
Mark Hudson

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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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Billy Bragg, Henry Porter, Philippe Sands

Power Inquiry 1

Hay Festival 2007, 
In this first Power Inquiry session examining the nature of democracy in Britain, the singer Billy Bragg, author of The Progressive Patriot, is joined by Observer and Vanity Fair journalist Henry Porter and Professor Philippe Sands QC. Chaired by New Statesman editor John Kampfner.

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Fiona Reynolds and Simon Jenkins talk to Revel Guest

Octavia Hill’s Grand Idea

Hay Festival 2012, 
The National Trust Director General and Chair celebrate the centenary of Octavia Hill, the social reformer and founder of the National Trust, and discuss her legacy in the work of the Trust today.
 

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Richard Sennett

Together- The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation

Hay Festival 2012, 
The thinker discusses one of the most difficult challenges facing us today: living with people who are different – racially, ethnically, religiously or economically.
 
Richard Sennett is unable to come to Hay, as he needs to be in close proximity to the hospital in London where he is being treated, but he is - heroically - adamant he wants to do his session so we are going to beam him on a live video link..

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Hay on Earth 4

A Market Place for Innovation

Hay Festival 2010, 
Groups participating by invitation in the Hay on Earth 4 social enterprise and business sustainability workshop taking place earlier this morning have the opportunity here to engage members of the public in discussion and sharing of ideas that make their projects stronger and more likely to succeed.

Entry to this event is free, and no need to reserve a ticket – just drop in.