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Francine Stock chairs Herefordshire students

Concern Universal?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Should we cut Overseas Development when climate change, religious fundamentalism, resource scarcity and the crunch are all global problems? Young advocates lead a debate on priorities for our national purse, and tell the new government what they think.
Francine Stock chairs Herefordshire students

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Bryn Williams

True Taste Chefs of Wales 4

Hay Festival 2011, 
The chef patron of Odette’s and author of Bryn’s Kitchen discusses his cooking with QI gastronome John Mitchinson.

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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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Kathleen Taylor

The Fragile Brain: The Strange, Hopeful Science of Dementia

Hay Festival 2017, 

Taylor presents the newest research into the cause and cure of the life-changing neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and dementia. She focuses on insights arising from the relatively new field of neuro-immunology: the increasing recognition of the important role of the immune system in the brain. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Kathleen Taylor

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Hannah Rothschild, Elif Shafak, Bryony Gordon, Sabrina Mahfouz and Gabrielle Walker

Question Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

An all-star cast will take questions from anyone on any topic in or out of the news. Shafak is a Turkish novelist and public intellectual, Rothschild is chair of the National Gallery, Walker is a climate scientist and broadcaster, Mahfouz is an award-winning poet and playwright and Gordon writes for the Telegraph and is a mental health campaigner.

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Catherine Barnard

Cambridge Series: Me, You and the EU

Hay Festival 2017, 

The EU legal expert, Professor Catherine Barnard, explains the complexity of the Brexit negotiations and how they might work.

Catherine Barnard

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Is Islam Incompatible With Democracy?

Michael Gove, Rageh Omaar, Ziauddin Sardar, Martin Bright, Tahmina Anam

Hay Festival 2007, 
From the beleaguered Iraqi parliament and Sharia courts in Karachi to Westminster’s ‘hearts and minds’ projects in Preston and East London, can Islam and democracy ever find common ground?

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Andrea Wulf

The Brother Gardeners

Hay Festival 2008, 
Andrea Wulf tells the tale of the C18th friends who fired the origins of modern horticulture in her magnificent study Botany, Empire and the Birth of An Obsession.

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Susie Dent

Words of the Year

Hay Festival 2009, 
Do you know your kettlebell from your knork? Countdown’s cult language guru parses the patois.

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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Hay Festival 2011, 
The hilarious and inspiring story of one man’s unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book. A comic masterpiece.

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Adrian Edmondson

Tilly and the Time Machine

Hay Festival 2017, 

The comedian, actor and writer introduces his debut story about a little girl who gets lost in time. Learn what inspired him to write it and help him to create a time machine in this fun-filled interactive event.

6+
Adrian Edmondson

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Lily Ashley, Grace Pilkington, James Massiah

Little Grape Jelly–in Performance

Hay Festival 2017, 

The trio of poets bill themselves asconversations between a recovering love addict, a born again nihilist and an emotionally naked feminist’.They’re clever and inventive and they give good show.

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Joanna Nadin & Tamsyn Murray

Ghosts, Gossip & Glee

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the lovely authors of Buttercup Mash and My So-Called Phantom Lovelife for a chat about their new characters Buttercup Jones and Skye Thackery.
 
10+ years Rib Ticklers

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Wendy Cope

Hay Festival 2008, 
The poet reads from her magical collection Two Cures For Love.

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Steve Jones

Why Intelligent Design is Stupid

Hay Festival 2007, 
Scientists are professional pessimists, always dubious about what they find. Believers, in contrast, are certain: full of joy that their own Big Book contains the truth. The geneticist talks about science and faith as conflicting explanations of what we are; and how biology, in the end, is blind.

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Derek Niemann

Birds In A Cage

Hay Festival 2013, 

The remarkable untold story of a group of POWs who, through a shared love of birds, overcame hunger, hardship and boredom to bring purpose and dignity to their lives behind barbed wire. Under the gaze of Nazi guards, they founded a secret bird-watching society, and their legacy lives on in institutions such as the RSPB and the British Wildlife Trust.

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Debbie Moon and Leona Vaughan

Wolfblood

Hay Festival 2016, 

Meet the creators, producers and stars of hot CBBC drama Wolfblood, an award-winning combination of thrilling action and intrigue entwined with stories of secrets and friendships surrounding the mysterious race of Wolfbloods who live among us.

12+

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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.
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Germaine Greer

The Sidney Nolan Centenary

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the great Australian artist who settled at The Rodd in Kington. Nolan exhibited at our very first Festival 30 years ago.

Image: Sidney Nolan, Moon Garden, 1977, oil on canvas, ©Sidney Nolan Trust

For further information about the public opening of Sidney Nolan’s studio and the exhibition of his paintings, please visit sidneynolantrust.org

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Robbert Dijkgraaf

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton replays and updates his predecessor, Abraham Flexner’s classic 1939 treatise, which describes a great paradox of scientific research: the search for answers to deep questions, motivated solely by curiosity and without concern for applications, often leads not only to the greatest scientific discoveries but also to the most revolutionary technological breakthroughs.

Robbert Dijkgraaf

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Kevin McCloud, Solitaire Townsend, and Juliet Davenport

Small is Beautiful…Or is it Anymore?

Hay Festival 2018, 

‘Small is beautiful’ was the rallying cry of the early environmental movement, whilst cynics dismissed it as a lot of hippy dreaming. Now small, it seems, is back and going Big. Small scale renewable energy technologies like solar and wind, along with the huge progress in battery storage, are now fast becoming some of the cheapest sources of electricity on the planet. How long before every home becomes its own power plant, every home owner their own power company? And how long before local green energy sources combine with digital technologies and 3-D printing to revive local manufacturing? Can small really stay beautiful, or will big prove to be best? Chaired by Writer and Green Futurist, Martin Wright.

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Gilbert & George talk to Michael Bracewell

Hay Festival 2011, 
The artists discuss their pictures with the author of the text for The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert & George.

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Cricket

Shehan Karunatikala, Kamila Shamsie and Khademul Islam chaired by Sandip Roy

Dhaka 2012, 
Shehan Karunatikala's novel Chinaman is about a legendary cricketer; Kamila Shamsie is a member of the Author's Cricket Club, and Khademul Islam is a lifelong fan of the sport. They talk about the allure of the game with Sandip Roy.

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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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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