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Henrietta L. Moore and Ricken Patel

Cambridge University Series 9: The Future of Civic Activism

Hay Festival 2014, 

Relationships between state and society have undergone a significant shift over the last decade. On both sides promises have been made and broken, expectations raised and shattered, partnerships brokered and roles reversed. Moreover, the influence of non-state actors has become impossible to discount. Professor Moore will talk about changes in ‘politics from below’ and ask whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating. She is joined by video link by the co-founder of the global protest movement AVAAZ. 

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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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Lauren St John

Laura Marlin Mysteries

Hay Festival 2011, 
Messages in bottles, forbidden caves; adventure is never far away when Laura moves to Cornwall in this new Blue Peter award winning series from the beloved creator of White Giraffe.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Emily Maitlis talks to Hannah MacInnes

Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Newsnight presenter takes us behind the camera and onto the newsroom floor: “The things that are said on camera are only part of the story. Behind every interview there is a backstory. How it came about. How it ended. The compromises that were made. The regrets, the rows, the deeply inappropriate comedy. Making news is an essential but imperfect art. It rarely goes according to plan.

I never expected to find myself wandering around the Maharani of Jaipur’s bedroom with Bill Clinton or invited to the Miss USA beauty pageant by its owner, Donald Trump. I never expected to be thrown into a provincial Cuban jail, or to be drinking red wine at Steve Bannon’s kitchen table or spend three hours in a lift with Alan Partridge. I certainly didn’t expect the Dalai Lama to tell me the story of his most memorable poo. 

The beauty of television is its ability to simplify. That’s also its weakness: it can distil everything down to one snapshot, one sound bite. Then the news cycle moves on.”

Emily Maitlis talks to Hannah MacInnes

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Holly Webb

The Water Horse

Hay Festival 2015, 
When the waters start to rise, flooding the streets of Venice and causing chaos, Princess Olivia realizes that only her magic can prevent disaster befalling the city. Join bestselling author Holly Webb as she introduces her new book and takes you on a magical tour of historic Venice.
7+ years
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Jo Smith

The Shape We’re In: Building Good Mental and Emotional Health

Hay Festival 2016, 

University of Worcester Series

The hyper-accelerated culture of the C21st presents many challenges for our mental and physical wellbeing. The consultant clinical psychologist explores positive strategies for handling life’s challenges, from taking care of your physical health to building strong relationships with those around you and developing coping strategies for negative moments.

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Joseph O’Connor and Maggie Shipstead

Fictions – Performers

Hay Festival 2014, 

O’Connor’s The Thrill Of It All charts twenty-five years of friendship and music for the members of the band The Ships in the Night. Shipstead’s Astonish Me is the story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star to defect in 1975. It’s a fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. They read and talk to the actress and writer Lisa Dwan.

Joseph O’Connor and Maggie Shipstead

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John Boyne

This House Is Haunted

Kells 2013, 

The author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist introduces his new novel. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night… He talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

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Katherine Quarmby

Scapegoat – Why We Are Failing Disabled People

Hay Festival 2011, 
The campaigning journalist traces the history of disability and our discomfort with disabled people, from Greek and Roman culture through the Industrial Revolution and the origins of Britain’s asylum system to the eugenics movement and the Holocaust, ‘Ugly Laws’ and ‘Community Care’.

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Bryan Webb

Michelin Wales: Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Chef-patron, formerly of Hilaire in London, was awarded his first Michelin star this year. He introduces some of his signature dishes.
Bryan Webb

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Tony Hawks

Once Upon a Time in the West Country

Hay Festival 2015, 

The comedian and bestselling author gives an hilarious account of his move from London life to deepest Devon. Hawks is a townie but, as we know from his entertaining exploits hitchhiking around Ireland with a fridge and taking on the Moldovan football team one by one at tennis, he is up for a challenge. He takes part in a calamitous tractor run, chairs a village meeting, and finds time for one last adventure as fatherdom beckons – cycling coast to coast with a mini pig called Titch.

Tony Hawks

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Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Transport Futures

Hay Festival 2017, 

Spowers is the Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple, whose goal is simple – to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport. Spowers, Clancy and their team have created Rasa, a super-efficient, hydrogen-powered car. They are joined by Will Vaughan, CEO of Hereford Pedicabs and Cargo, who provide financially and environmentally sustainable services by bike – including parcel delivery, trade waste recycling, inner city advertising and pedicab hire.

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

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Zoe Williams, Amelia Womack, David Boyle, Andrew Simms

The Alternative – Is it Time for a new Progressive Politics to Arise in Britain?

Hay Festival 2017, 

With old British political alignments shifting, sharp divisions within government and at least as much in the official opposition, is a very different, new, progressive alliance the way ahead? Contributors to the book ‘The Alternative,’ debate including Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist, David Boyle, author of How to be English, and Andrew Simms of the New Weather Institute.

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Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Ways of Curating

Hay Festival 2014, 

The co-director of the Serpentine Gallery is one of the art world’s most colourful characters, with an encyclopedic knowledge of art practice and history. He offers a riveting and inspiring understanding of the role of the curator in shaping culture. He talks to Hannah Rothschild.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Antifragile

Hay Festival 2013, 

The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How To Live In A World We Don’t Understand.

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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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Paul Murray

Kells 2015, 

The author of the inspired tragi-comic novel Skippy Dies (long-listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize) reads from that book and from his soon-to-be-published The Mark and the Void. He talks to Sinead Gleeson, presenter of The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

Paul Murray

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Julia Fan Li, Alexandra Grigore and Divya Venkatesh

Cambridge University Series 9: Global Health in the Twenty-first Century

Hay Festival 2015, 

Three young female scientists who are recipients of the University of Cambridge’s most prestigious scholarship, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, talk about their research. Julia Fan Li is director of the Global Health Investment Fund, which funds research and development for some of the most pressing global health challenges; Divya Venkatesh researches African sleeping sickness and does cross-disciplinary work in biotechnology; Alexandra Grigore works on an innovative fingerprint identity system for accessing medical records in developing countries.

Julia Fan Li, Alexandra Grigore and Divya Venkatesh

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Nicholas Clee

Eclipse

Hay Festival 2010, 
The astounding tale of the C18th champion racehorse who still dominates the global bloodstock market today. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
Nicholas Clee

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Rory Maclean

The Traveller

Hay Festival 2009, 
The intrepid wanderer charts the evolution of travel writing from the fall of the Wall to the rise of the Taliban. His books, including Magic Bus, Stalin’s Nose, and Under The Dragon, have invited realistic comparisons with Chatwin and Kapuscinski.

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Discover The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 1

Hay Festival 2009, 
Back by popular demand, authors long listed for this prestigious award share the secrets of their success with Julia Eccleshare. Previous winners include Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness, Jacqueline Wilson and Meg Rosoff.

Participating authors announced in May at: www.hayfestival.com/hayfever

10 years +

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Lauren Child and Sara Fanelli

Words and Pictures

Hay Festival 2014, 

Sara Fanelli divides her time between self-generated projects and commercial illustration commissions from clients including the New Yorker, Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She has written and illustrated a number of highly original and acclaimed children’s books, including The Onion’s Great Escape and has twice been the winner of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s illustration award. Lauren Child is one of the most remarkable and original children’s book author/illustrators working today. Creator of Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and most recently her new Ruby Redfort series, she has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Gold Award. Her books have been a huge success around the world. Join Sara and Lauren for a thought-provoking, informative and engaging conversation about words and pictures. Chaired by Alison Gwynn.

11+ years

Lauren Child and Sara Fanelli

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Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Firehoses to Fashion – Elvis & Kresse

Hay Festival 2017, 

Elvis & Kresse was founded after co-owner Kresse Wesling fell in love with a fire hose. When she found out that the London Fire Brigade threw tons of damaged fire hoses into landfill, she knew there must be a use for them. From bags and belts, purses to phone covers, the business now creates lifestyle accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless waste. It has seen phenomenal growth, saving tonnes of waste from landfill and opening outlets in ten countries.

Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

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Tony Juniper talks to Rosie Boycott

How many lightbulbs does it take to change the planet?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Director of Friends of the Earth presents his 95 ways to save the planet with missionary zeal.

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Stephen Daldry talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2009, 
The film director discusses his work on Billy Elliott, The Hours and The Reader.