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David Beerling

Fossil Forests and Climate Crisis

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paleoclimatology Prof David Beerling, author of Emerald Planet, examines the impact of mankind’s fossil fuel burning on climate change, and maps the action needed to arrest the damage done.

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Jonathan Fenby

The Dragon Throne: A History of Imperial China

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Fenby charts the history and nature of China’s imperial system, 221BC–1912AD, which set the template for the way the world’s most populous (and often richest) nation was ruled, with a heritage still felt today.

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Jesús Carrasco and Gerbrand Bakker

Segovia 2014, 
The author of Intemperie, Jesús Carrasco, talks to Dutch novelist Gerbrand Bakker who wrote It’s Quiet Upstairs and Ten White Geese.

With simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the acclaimed actress and anthologist for a sizzling reading of some of the joyous, magical and humorous poems from her anthology. In a dazzling display of poetry, the show journeys through a calendar year, with poems celebrating events such as Martin Luther King Day and the first day of Spring before ending with Michael Rosen’s The Car Trip.
Sir Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney of Poldark will be performing alongside Allie Esiri.

Chris Riddell will be live drawing the event. 
Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney will be performing poems. 

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Allie Esiri

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Monique Roffey and Mitch Cullin

Fictions – Inventions

Hay Festival 2014, 

Set on the fictional Caribbean island of Sans Amen, Roffey’s House of Ashes tells the story of three characters, a gunman, a hostage and a boy soldier, caught up in a botched coup d’etat. Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the Mind introduces a nonagenarian Sherlock Holmes. In the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking – about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know. The authors talk to Georgina Godwin.

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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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Marcus Berkmann

A Shed of One’s Own - Midlife Without The Crisis

Hay Festival 2012, 
An hilarious book about male midlife, from the inimitable humorist - author of Rain Men and Zimmer Men.

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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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RSPB Cymru Lecture: Operation Osprey

Peter Holden

Hay Festival 2007, 
The return of the Osprey to Wales has captured the public's imagination. Holden looks at past history, the current success and, just possibly, ventures a look into the future.

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Jennifer Clement and Cristina Henríquez

The PEN International Fiction Platform

Hay Festival 2014, 

Jennifer Clement (former president of PEN Mexico) and Cristina Henríquez discuss their work.

‘The theme of Prayers for the Stolen is the wanton violence inflicted on women and the destruction of communities as a result of the drug trade in Mexico, but Clement’s eye for the revealing detail, the simple poetry of her language and the visceral authenticity of her characters turn that deadening reality into a compelling, tragically beautiful novel’ – Yann Martel. Henríquez tells the passionate and powerful love story of a Panamanian boy and Mexican girl living the brutal reality of the immigrant’s American dream.

Jennifer Clement and Cristina Henríquez

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John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Hay Festival 2015, 

Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

The author revisits his 2008 novel, which is now read around the world. His latest book Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is the moving story of a boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.

10+ years
John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

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Jonathan Porritt, Claire Fox, Ed Gillespie and Martin Wright

Sustainability in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

How does the green movement best respond to the collapse of the liberal consensus and the defunding of the American EPA? Is it a useful slap in the face to a movement that may have become a little too comfortably ensconced in the mainstream? Veteran environmentalist Jonathan Porritt joins Claire Fox from the Institute of Ideas and sustainability expert Ed Gillespie to talk with Forum for the Future’s Martin Wright.

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Jordi Punti and Francesc Serés talk to Colm Tóibín

Fictions – Homage

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two leading Catalan novelists discuss their work. The disappearance of a truck driver in Punti’s Lost Luggage introduces and brings together from across Europe his four sons, previously unaware of each other’s existence. Serés’ 21 miniature masterpieces in Russian Stories sketch the nation.

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Carolin Crawford

Cambridge Series 12 - Turbulence: the Birth and Death of Stars

Hay Festival 2012, 
The astronomer explores the science behind the glorious and complex nebulae that inhabit interstellar space.
 
In association with Cambridge University

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Luciano Floridi

The Royal Society Platform: The Fourth Revolution

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere Is Reshaping Human Reality

As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects. We are all becoming integrated into an ‘infosphere’. Personas we adopt on social media, for example, feed into our real lives so that we begin to live in ‘onlife’. Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution. Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Timandra Harkness.

Luciano Floridi

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Jess Phillips

Everywoman: One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth

Hay Festival 2017, 

“You might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about. Because I’m a woman with a cause, I have been called a feminazi witch, a murderer and threatened with rape. The internet attracts a classy crowd. So, speaking the truth isn’t always easy but I believe it’s worth it. And I want you to believe it too.” #absolutehero

Jess Phillips

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Andrew Hammond

Another Case For CRYPT

Hay Festival 2013, 

The elite teenage agents who use their extra-sensory perception and high-tech gadgets to investigate unsolvable crimes are back in Traitor’s Revenge.

10+ years

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Sinclair McKay talks to Mark Skipworth

The Secret History of Bletchley Park

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author discusses his History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There.

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Jonny Duddle

The King of Space

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Pirates Next Door creator is back with a new bestseller in which Rex plots to be the King of Space. Luckily, when he goes too far with his dung-blasters, Mum is nearby…

5+ years

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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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Glyn Maxwell and Catherine O’Flynn

Hay Festival 2008, 
Maxwell presents his chilling satire of our media-culture obssession The Girl Who Was Going To Die. O’Flynn ntroduces her multi-award-winning debut What Was Lost. Chaired by Jon Gower.

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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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John Harvey talks to Marcel Berlins

Darkness, Darkness

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are thrilled to launch the final DI Charlie Resnick novel, by the Cartier Diamond Dagger-winning crime novelist, which brings Harvey’s hero face to face with his past in the miners’ strike of thirty years ago.

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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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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