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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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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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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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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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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 6

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian takes apart the day’s papers and media.

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William Hague

William Wilberforce

Hay Festival 2007, 
The charismatic Parliamentarian celebrates the great abolitionist.

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Hanif Kureishi talks to Tiffany Murray

Budapest 2012, 
The playwright, novelist (The Buddha of Suburbia, Something to Tell You) and film-maker (The Mother, The Black Album, My Son the Fanatic, Venus) discusses his work with the author of Diamond Star Halo.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Stephen Bourne

Cambridge Series 7: Panda-monium – Social Responsibility in China

Hay Festival 2011, 
Cambridge University Press has adopted the young giant panda Jian Qiao at the Chengdu Research Foundation in China. The CEO reports on the practicalities and symbolism of this new relationship, and we’ll meet Jian Qiao on the big screen.
 

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Julie Summers

Fashion on the Ration: Style in the Second World War

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the young woman who avoided the dreaded ‘forces bloomers’ by making knickers from military-issue silk maps, to Vogue’s indomitable editor Audrey Withers, who balanced lobbying government on behalf of her readers with driving lorries for the war effort, Julie Summers weaves together stories from ordinary lives and high society to provide a unique picture of life during the Second World War. As a nation went into uniform and women took on traditional male roles, clothing and beauty began to reflect changing social attitudes. For the first time, fashion was influenced not only by Hollywood and high society but by the demands of industrial production and the pressing need to ‘make-do-and-mend’.

Julie Summers

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Lars Mytting talks to Rob Penn

Norwegian Wood

Hay Festival 2016, 

Part guide to the best practice in every aspect of working with this renewable energy source, part meditation on the human instinct for survival, Mytting’s definitive handbook on the art of chopping, stacking and drying wood in the Scandinavian way has resonated across the world.

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GF Newman talks to Peter Florence

Dark Heart

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The story of Jake Mann, a Jesuit priest who is posted to Nigeria where he suppresses his obsessive desire for women but proves too radical for both the Church and the local security forces, getting involved in campaigns against Big Oil, and discovering a talent for exorcism. A series of bizarre killings follow, both in Nigeria and back in the UK. Most terrifying for Jake is when he realises the identity of the darkest heart behind these killings…

GF Newman talks to Peter Florence

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Anabel Hernández, Dina Meza y Jorge Ángel Pérez en conversación con María Jimena Duzán

Literatura y estado

Cartagena 2014, 
Tres distinguidos escritores latinoamericanos comprometidos con la libertad de expresión hablarán de literatura, política y las responsabilidades éticas que debe afrontar un escritor en la Latinoamérica de hoy en día. Anabel Hernández (México), Dina Meza (Honduras) y Jorge Ángel Pérez (Cuba) en conversación con María Jimena Duzán (Colombia). Con el apoyo de PEN International. Un evento ¡Libera la Palabra!

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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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Charity Gala

Hay Festival 2008, 
Festival favourite Sandi Toksvig MCs this year’s Variety rattle-bag of ideas, arguments, stories and poetry. Full line-up will be announced on 24 May.

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Daniel Swift

Bomber County

Hay Festival 2011, 
In early June 1943, James Eric Swift, a pilot with 83 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, boarded his Lancaster bomber for a night raid on Münster and disappeared. Searching for his grandfather, the author examines the relationship between the bombing campaigns of the Second World War and poetry.
 
Read a review of Bomber County www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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Stig Abell, Bronwen Maddox, David Olusoga, Keir Starmer and Nick Robinson

The Establishment in Crisis

Hay Festival 2019, 

Britain’s institutions and democracy have been envied around the world for centuries – the mother of parliaments, the centre of an administrative empire that pinked in the world. Are parliament, Whitehall, the City of London, the devolved assemblies, the press, the political parties, the Trades Unions and the traditional powers of the land still fit for purpose? Who runs Britain? How’s that going? Abell is editor of the TLS and author of How Britain Really Works. Olusoga is a broadcaster and Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester. He is the author of Black and British: A Forgotten History.  Maddox is Director of the Institute for Government. She has been Foreign Editor of The Times and Editor of Prospect.

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Jonathon Porritt in conversation with Andy Fryers

The World Wildlife Fund at 50

Hay Festival 2011, 
The WWF ambassador examines the evolution of conservation. What have we learnt, and how do we address the challenges facing us for a sustainable future where people and nature thrive?
 
Read more by and about Jonathon Porritt www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jonathonporritt

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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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Helen Fulton

Troy in Wales: Commemorating the Past in Medieval Britain

Hay Festival 2014, 

In medieval Wales, the Trojan legend became a symbol of Wales’ independent past before its colonisation by the Norman and English kings. This illustrated lecture by one of Britain’s leading medievalists reveals the nationalist agenda behind the Welsh version of the Troy story.

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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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Peter Stothard talks to Francine Stock

Alexandria: The Last Nights Of Cleopatra

Hay Festival 2013, 

Stranded in Alexandria in 2010, the TLS editor explores his lifelong fascination with Cleopatra, amid the fracturing police state of Hosni Mubarak, before the uprising in Tahrir Square changed everything.

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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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Robert Winston

Help Your Kids With Growing Up

Hay Festival 2017, 

A crucial guide for parents and teens to the big issues of adolescence: from physical development, sexuality and sociability to cyberbullying and sexting. Professor Winston is the author of The Human Body, Superhuman, Walking with Cavemen and The Human Mind.

Robert Winston

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Adam Rutherford

Creation: Past And Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

The geneticist decodes a four-billion-year journey of discovery to explain what life is, where it came from and in what form it first appeared. Now, our mastery of genetics allows us to create entirely new life-forms within the laboratory – goats that produce spider silk in their milk, bacteria that excrete diesel, cells that identify and destroy tumours.

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Peter Fallon and Vona Groarke

Kells 2013, 

Poet, editor and publisher, founder of The Gallery Press, Peter Fallon reads poems from his published works alongside award-winning poet Vona Groarke, whose collections include Spindrift, Juniper Street and Flight.