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Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

Establishment and Meritocracy

Winter Weekend 2014, 

The interlocking themes of Establishment and Meritocracy form a crucial part of the intellectual compost that made Hennessy’s generation of post-war Britons. The Establishment and the concept of a growing and eventually self-propelling meritocracy were always at odds, and the policies that brought it about dramatically altered British society. He talks to economist Susie Symes, Chair of 19 Princelet Street.

Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

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Russell Stannard

The End of Discovery

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Open University’s Emeritus Professor of Physics explores the scientific frontiers and the limitations of the human brain. He asks whether we are approaching the boundaries of the knowable.

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Jonny Duddle

Pirate Cruncher

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ahoy there me hearties! Join this salty sea dog of an illustrator as he tells monsterish tales inspired by his role as an artist for Pirates of the Caribbean. Don’t forget to dress the part, or you may have to walk the plank!
 
5–7 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Andrew O’Hagan

The Atlantic Ocean

Hay Festival 2008, 
Andrew O’Hagan makes an argument for the personal essay as the great British form of writing, a form that once described the world back to itself in the eras of William Hazlitt and George Orwell. More argumentative than film, more risky than the novel, can the essay tell us how the culture of British life has become enslaved to the commercial and military dreams of America?

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Emma Rothschild

The Inner Life of Empires

Hay Festival 2011, 
Tracing the lives of a single Scottish family whose eleven siblings roamed the globe to seek their fortunes, the historian explores the great elements of the C18th world: empire, politics, slavery, warfare and Enlightenment thought and sensibility. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Allison Pearson talks to Tiffany Murray

I Think I Love You

Hay Festival 2011, 
Bestselling author and award-winning columnist Allison Pearson's first novel I Don't Know How She Does It is a lively social comedy about working motherhood, shortly to be made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan.
 
Her new novel I Think I Love You is a witty and poignant story about a young girl who falls hopelessly in love with her teenage pin-up and some twenty years later, with her life in pieces all around her, finally gets to meet him...

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Matthew Green

Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace

Hay Festival 2016, 

Over the past decade, we have sent thousands of people to fight on our behalf. But what happens when these soldiers come back home, having lost their friends and killed their enemies, having seen and done things that have no place in civilian life? Through wide-ranging interviews with former combatants, the war correspondent tells the story of our veterans’ journey from the frontline to the reality of return and asks: why do people who are trained to thrive within the theatre of war so often find themselves ill-prepared for peace? He talks to Jamie Hacker Hughes, the PTSD and trauma specialist, Visiting Professor of Military Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University.

Matthew Green

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Holly Smale

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Holly Smale, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and creator of the bestselling Geek Girl series, talking to Damian Kelleher about smart and funny fiction for smart and funny readers. Guaranteed to get your geek on!

11+ years

Holly Smale

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Charles Jencks

The Architecture of Hope: Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres

Hay Festival 2010, 
Since the mid-1990s an exciting building project has been underway, new cancer caring centres that offer a fresh approach in architecture and health.
Charles Jencks

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Catherine Bailey

Black Diamonds

Hay Festival 2007, 
The decline and fall of Wentworth, the finest Georgian house in England, and the dynastic seat of the Fitzwilliam family. A cautionary tale of industrial wealth and social change.

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Simon Pearson

The Great Escaper

Hay Festival 2014, 

Roger Bushell was ‘Big X’, mastermind of the mass breakout from Stalag Luft III in March 1944, immortalised in the Hollywood film The Great Escape. Through exclusive access to his private papers – as well as fascinating new research from other sources – journalist Pearson has now written the first biography of this iconic figure. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Joseph Coelho

Performance Poetry and Werewolf Club Rules

Hay Festival 2015, 
Performance poet Joseph Coelho (CBeebies Rhyme Rocket) reveals the mysterious rules of the Werewolf Club, how to look like a rainbow, and how to fold up your gran, in a dynamic session sure to delight the whole family.
8+ years
Joseph Coelho

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Melvyn Bragg

William Tyndale

Hay Festival 2018, 

On the morning of 6 October 1536, a frail scholar was taken from a dungeon in the castle at Vilvoorde, just north of Brussels. Armed guards kept the crowds at bay as he was led through the streets of the small town. He was to be burned. He was allowed a few moments of prayer. As a priest, prayer had been the keystone of his faith. After the brief pause, he walked up the steps to be tied to the cross. As he waited for the flames, he called out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” This was Willi Tyndale, the man whose translation of the New Testament and much of the Old Testament was to bring about more profound changes to the English-speaking world over the next five centuries than the works of any other man in its history.

Melvyn Bragg

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Kuldip Nayar

Dhaka 2012, 
Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, syndicated columnist, human rights activist and author, noted for his long career as a left-wing political commentator. His memoir, Beyond The Lines, is newly published in Dhaka. Panel discussion chaired by Mahfuz Anam. 

Beyond The Lines is the debut publication of The Daily Star's new publishing venture, Daily Star Books.

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Robin Lustig talks to Philippe Sands

Sign-Off

Hay Festival 2013, 

The veteran broadcaster, anchor of The World Tonight, reflects on his 23 years at the BBC, the management of news, and the Corporation in crisis.

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David Lammy talks to Adam Boulton

Out of the Ashes

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Tottenham MP looks at Britain After the Riots.

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Dixie O’Day in the Fast Lane

Hay Festival 2014, 
Clara Vulliamy reads and draws from Dixie O’Day in the Fast Lane, her first collaboration with her mother Shirley Hughes. Design your own crazy vehicle and join the marvellous motors game. Perfect for budding artists and car fans alike.

4–7 years
Dixie O’Day in the Fast Lane

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Mitchell Symons

Happily Never After: Modern Cautionary Tales

Hay Festival 2014, 

Mitchell has won the Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Awards twice, for Why Eating Bogeys Is Good For You and Do Igloos Have Loos? Here, the revolting rhymes expert treats his audience to a wickedly funny retelling of Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for Children.

9+ years

Mitchell Symons

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David and Ben Crystal

You Say Potato: A Book About Accents

Winter Weekend 2014, 

From reconstructing Shakespeare’s accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken – and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.

David and Ben Crystal

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George Monbiot

In the Green Corner 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
Eco-firebrand George Monbiot develops his conversation with the audience about global sustainability and political accountability.

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Frank Pope

Dragon Sea

Hay Festival 2007, 
The project’s archeological manager tells the intriguing and thrilling story of the excavation of the An Hoi wreck, embedded deep beneath a typhoon-prone stretch of the Vietnamese coast, known as the Dragon Sea.

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Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

Sober: Football. My Story. My Life

Hay Festival 2017, 

The great Arsenal and England defender explains the struggles he’s faced to stay sober for 20 years and why he set up Sporting Chance, the charity which provides treatment and support for sports stars suffering from addictions. He gives his incisive thoughts on England’s continued failings in major tournaments and assesses why Arsenal has struggled to repeat the title-winning formula of his own time there.

Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

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Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the acclaimed actress and anthologist for a sizzling reading of some of the joyous, magical and humorous poems from her anthology. In a dazzling display of poetry, the show journeys through a calendar year, with poems celebrating events such as Martin Luther King Day and the first day of Spring before ending with Michael Rosen’s The Car Trip.
Sir Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney of Poldark will be performing alongside Allie Esiri.

Chris Riddell will be live drawing the event. 
Tony Robinson and Beatie Edney will be performing poems. 

9+
Allie Esiri

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Frank Gardner talks to Rosie Boycott

Blood and Sand

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Arabist, BBC Security Correspondent, gunned down in Riyadh, whose deep engagement with Islam and the Middle East offers a unique perspective on The War On Terror.

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David Wilson talks to Mark Skipworth

Scott Centenary - Winter Journey

Hay Festival 2012, 
Edward Wilson, Chief of the Scientific Staff and Expedition Artist to Captain Scott’s final expedition, died with his comrades on the Great Ice Barrier while returning from the South Pole. He also led one of the greatest scientific quests of the era, ‘The Worst Journey in the World’ through the Antarctic winter-night to find proof of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in the eggs of the Emperor Penguin. The explorer’s great nephew, author of The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott and Edward Wilson’s Antarctic Notebooks tells the tales.