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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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Göran Rosenberg talks to Philippe Sands

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz

Hay Festival 2015, 

On 2 August 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having survived the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the harrowing slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival. In his intelligent and deeply moving book, Rosenberg returns to his own childhood in order to tell the story of his father; walking at his side, holding his hand, trying to get close to him again. It is also the story of the chasm that soon opens between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past.

Göran Rosenberg talks to Philippe Sands

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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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Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ece Temelkuran talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: The Journey

Hay Festival 2017, 

Nguyen’s The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of 20 years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love and family. Temelkuran’s Women who Blow on Knots about three women on a road trip from Tunisia to Lebanon has become a controversial classic of Turkish literature.

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ece Temelkuran talk to Daniel Hahn

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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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Howard Marks talks to Jon Gower

Hay Festival 2011, 
Mr Nice talks nasty with the launch of his Cardiff-set crime novel Sympathy for the Devil.

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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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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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Sol Campbell talks to Jasper Rees

Not a Normal Memoir

Hay Festival 2014, 

The authorised biography of the Tottenham, Arsenal and England defender is a frank and often blistering account of a life lived between the soaring heights of celebrity football and the despairing depths of personal trauma. He talks to the author of Wenger.

Sol Campbell talks to Jasper Rees

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William Grill and Katherine Rundell

The Wolves of Currumpaw and The Wolf Wilder

Hay Festival 2017, 

Wolves are the stuff of children’s fiction. Join award-winning illustrator William Grill and author Katherine Rundell as they discuss their respective books and the enduring fictional appeal of wolves. The Wolves of Currumpaw is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Non-Fiction Award. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, director of National Literacy Trust

9+

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Emma Dodd

Cinderelephant

Hay Festival 2013, 

Emma Dodd shares her beautifully executed story, in which the well-known fairy tale is retold with a pachyderm heroine and a trunk-load of charm.

4+ years

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Alison and Laurence Matthews

Zoom Control

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Reimagine life and work and look again at your preconceptions. Learn to spot Trojan Horse assumptions by looking at the really big picture. It’s liberating, simple and inspiring – and might unlock a saner future. ‘Hopeful, realistic and original’ – Rowan Williams.

Alison and Laurence Matthews

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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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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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Rebecca F. John and Jake Arnott talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: London Tales

Hay Festival 2017, 

John presents her novel The Haunting of Henry Twist – a mysterious love story set in 1926 that recalls the power and strangeness of Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Arnott’s The Fatal Tree is set 200 years earlier and is about the true story of Edgeworth Bess, which mesmerised C18th society: a riveting, artful tale of crime and rough justice, love and betrayal. Rich in the street slang of the era, it vividly conjures up a murky world of illicit dens and molly-houses; a world where life was lived on the edge, in the shadow of that fatal tree – the gallows.

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Polly Samson and Kate Hamer

Fictions – Truths

Hay Festival 2015, 

Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Samson’s second novel The Kindness explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. The result is an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told. In Hamer’s The Girl in the Red Coat Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. The authors talk to Georgina Godwin.

Polly Samson and Kate Hamer

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Andy Rouse

RSPB Cymru Lecture

Hay Festival 2011, 
The charismatic and irreverent superstar wildlife photographer talks about his work and shows some of his astounding images.