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Robert Winston

A Child Against All Odds

Hay Festival 2007, 
Compared to the rabbit, for whom a single act of coitus has a 90% chance of creating a litter of up to 12 kittens, humans are very infertile animals. Here in the UK the average chance of conception is about 18% per month. The fertility expert examines the human condition.

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Nicholas Parsons

How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedy legend presents a delightful portrait of the nonsensical genius and creator of The Owl and the Pussycat, The Jumblies and The Dong with the Luminous Nose.

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Leo Hickman

Will Jellyfish Rule The World?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Calling all mini eco-worriers! There is no getting away from it, you are the future. No pressure. But fear not, help is at hand from green guru Leo Hickman.  Come and quiz him on how we can save the planet one step at a time.

9 years +

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Bill McGuire

Waking The Giant

Hay Festival 2012, 
How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 

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Lord Levy talks to John Harris

Hay Festival 2008, 
Blair’s fundraiser, Middle East envoy and confidant was cleared of all charges relating to the cash for peerages scandal. He discusses his political career and his memoir A Question of Honour.

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Tara Westover talks to David Runciman

Educated

Hay Festival 2018, 

Westover’s memoir Educated is fast achieving the status of a contemporary classic. She grew up in a remote corner of the American West preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government she didn’t exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At 16 Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from the Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.

Tara Westover talks to David Runciman

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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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John Cassy in conversation with Carolina Angarita

The future of television

Cartagena 2011, 
The journalist John Cassy is the director of the British TV channel Sky Arts, after a career working for The Guardian, The Express and the Wall Street Journal; this channel provides an innovative approach to information. John will speak about the possibility of innovation played by the media in the treatment of information, and its future within a context of tecnological advances and new consumer patterns, with Carolina Angarita, journalist and executive producer of RCN. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Tishani Doshi in conversation with Malcom Otero Barral

Segovia 2010, 
The prize-winning Indian poet Tishani Doshi, who made her debut as a novelist with The Pleasure Seekers (recently published in Spanish as Los buscadores de placer), will talk to the publisher Malcom Otero Barral about the influence of her Indo-Welsh origins on her novel and about the experience of her first foray into the field of novel writing.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Mark Watson is Crap at the Environment

Hay Festival 2008, 
And he's one of the funniest stand-ups around - acute, surprising and conveying a sense of delight - a real pleasure.

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The Collector of Worlds

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ilya Troyanov considers the extraordinary life of Sir Richard Burton, the first westerner to make the hajj to Mecca, discoverer of the source of the Nile, and translator of The Arabian Nights.

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Victoria Hislop talks to Lisa Dwan

The Thread

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist discusses her epic Greek romance set across C20th Thessaloniki. Hislop is the best-selling author of The Island, The Return and One Cretan Evening.

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Mark Thompson

A Down To Earth Guide To The Cosmos

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Stargazing Live presenter takes us on a journey through space, tackling the key concepts of astronomy and unlocking the secrets of the sky, from the origins of our Universe to the ever-evolving techniques used to explore deep space. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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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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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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The Economist Debate: Political reform, not aid or trade, is the key to Africa’s development

Chaired by Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2007, 
Much of Africa remains crippled by famine, war, disease and underdevelopment. Many complain of lack of aid and unfair trade terms, but is Africa destined to be impoverished because of the venality and corruption in the nations’ governance? Or are the political leaders doing the best they can in a continent still devastated by the legacy of slavery and colonialism? Jon Snow chairs, speakers include June Arunga, Richard Cockett, Professor Tunde Zack-Williams and Michael Gidney (Chair of the Fairtrade Foundation's Board and Director of Policy for the NGO Traidcraft Exchange).

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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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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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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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Authors & Authorities: Who Do We Trust?

Kells 2013, 

Are the main institutions that structure our lives still trustworthy? The media, the church, major financial institutions – and politicians’ confidence in these institutions – are in serious decline. Hay Festival authors including Francine Stock, Gabriel Rosenstock and Lisa Dwan discuss with Google’s John Kampfner.

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Michael Gove talks to Rosie Boycott

The Future of Farming and Food

Hay Festival 2018, 

An opportunity to discuss the immediate and longer-term challenges that range across his brief with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Boycott is chair of the London Food Board.

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Lord Butler talks to Philippe Sands QC

Power Inquiry 2

Hay Festival 2007, 
A conversation about governance with the country’s senior civil servant, and author of the Butler Inquiry, into the intelligence relating to Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

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Howard Jacobson talks to Peter Florence

The Act of Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comic master pushes obsessional love to a crazy extreme in his outrageous novel. He discusses passion, neurosis and transgression.

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Jonathan Fenby

The Great Wonders of China

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Fenby ranges across 3,000 years of continuous civilization to show and discuss treasures from the earliest forms of writing and bronze work to the towering urban development of the C21st.

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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.