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Philip Hook

Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A–Z of the Art World

Hay Festival 2014, 

When you stand in front of a work of art in a museum or exhibition, the first two questions you normally ask yourself are 1) do I like it? and 2) who’s it by? When you stand in front of a work of art in an auction room or dealer’s gallery, you ask these two questions followed by others: how much is it worth? how much will it be worth in five or ten years’ time? and what will people think of me if they see it hanging on my wall? A wry, intimate, and revealing exploration of how art acquires its financial value, from a senior director at Sotheby’s. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Frank Gardner talks to Peter Florence

Crisis

Hay Festival 2016, 

The renowned BBC Security Correspondent, author of Blood and Sand, launches his debut novel, a hi-tech thriller that involves South American drug cartels and a terrorist attack on London.

Frank Gardner talks to Peter Florence

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Marian Keyes

The Woman Who Stole My Life

Kells 2015, 

Keyes’ stunning new novel The Woman Who Stole My Life is about losing the life you had and finding a better one. Her internationally bestselling novels include Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky and The Mystery of Mercy Close.

Marian Keyes

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Ladybird Live

Hay Festival 2011, 
Stories, songs and rhymes galore for tinies from a professional storyteller.
 
Duration 20 mins.
 
0–3 years
 
Entry to this event is free but you need to reserve a ticket.

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Matt Dickinson

The Everest Files: A Short (and Turbulent!) Trip to the Top of the World

Hay Festival 2014, 

Is chaos descending on Mount Everest? Why are Sherpas and Westerners fighting on the slopes? How come the Nepalese authorities have had to put an army post at base camp? And what about the ever-younger age of climbers? Do 13-year-olds really belong in this lethal place? Everest Summiteer Matt Dickinson discusses these dramatic changes and presents a fact-filled journey to the top of the world’s highest mountain. He also discusses his new teen novel The Everest Files, which follows an Everest expedition from the point of view of a 16-year-old Sherpa climber.
8+ years

Matt Dickinson

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Janine di Giovanni talks to Alex Clark

The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria

Hay Festival 2016, 

Delivered with passion, fearlessness and sensitivity, The Morning They Came for Us is an unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, charting an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war. It is an unforgettable testament to human resilience in the face of devastating, barely imaginable horrors.  Di Giovanni is Middle East editor of Newsweek and the author of Madness Visible.

Janine di Giovanni talks to Alex Clark

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Austen Bicentenary Series 3

Austentatious: Literary Mischief

Hay Festival 2013, 

An hour-long comedy play spun in the style of Jane Austen. A seasoned cast including fast-rising comics Cariad Lloyd and Rachel Parris present an eloquent, irreverent and 100% improvised take on Britain’s best-loved novelist. Swooning guaranteed.

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Richard Parks

Extreme Adventuring

Hay Festival 2017, 

Parks describes his inspiring recovery from the shattering injury that ended his international rugby career. He tells of his commitment to his pioneering and world-first expeditions in the most extreme environments on earth.

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Lawrence Krauss

The Greatest Story Ever Told...So Far

Hay Festival 2017, 

Krauss takes us on a tour of science and the brilliant personalities who shaped it, often against political and religious indoctrination, enduring persecution and ostracism. He explains our current understanding of nature and the struggle to construct, and then to understand the greatest theoretical edifice ever assembled: the Standard Model of Particle Physics.  Krauss is the author of the classic A Universe From Nothing and The Physics of Star Trek.

Lawrence Krauss

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Edith Grossman in conversation with Daniel Hahn

Why Translation Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

The doyenne of literary translators, the English voice of García Márquez, Cervantes, Vargas Llosa and Roncagliolo discusses her craft.

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Janne Teller and Kamila Shamsie in conversation with John Kampfner

Beirut 2012, 
Two acclaimed international writers discuss their recent works with John Kampfner. Janne Teller (Denmark) is an author who has worked in conflict resolution for many years. Her much-lauded, multi awardwinning children’s novel Nothing tackles the meaning of life and the limits of tolerance and has provoked vigorous debate in europe since its publication in 2000. Teller will also discuss If Scandinavia Were at War a thrilling, chilling depiction of life as a refugee. Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan) is the author of five novels, including Burnt Shadows, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and translated into more than 20 languages. She has also written a book of non-fiction, Offence: The Muslim Case. She is a trustee of the english Pen, and writes for the International Herald Tribune and The Guardian.
 
Event in English
With the support of the Danish Arts Council and the British Council

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Paul Fischer

A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Incredible True Story of North Korea and the Most Audacious Kidnapping in History

Hay Festival 2015, 

Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's film industry. He directed every film made in the country but knew they were nothing compared to Hollywood. Then he hit on the perfect solution: order the kidnapping of South Korea's most famous actress and her ex-husband, the country's most acclaimed director.

In a jaw-dropping mission the couple were kidnapped, held hostage and then 'employed' to make films for the Dear Leader, including a remake of Godzilla. They gained Kim's trust – but could they escape?

Paul Fischer

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Caroline Ingraham

How Animals Heal Themselves

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the humble caterpillar to mighty elephants, animals have innate ability to forage for plant and mineral extracts, in order to look after their own emotional and physical health. If, however, an animal’s environment is devoid of these substances you can enrich their lives by offering many of these extracts for self-selection.

Caroline Ingraham

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tim Telling

The Early Edition

Hay Festival 2015, 

Sub-editors and journos beware…the comedians mock facts and folly in today’s papers. The home team is joined by Daily Mash editor Tim Telling.

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tim Telling

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Katherine Freese

The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter

Hay Festival 2015, 

The ordinary atoms that make up the known universe, from our bodies and the air we breathe to the planets and stars, constitute only five percent of all matter and energy in the cosmos. The rest is known as dark matter and dark energy, because their precise identities are unknown. The Cosmic Cocktail is the inside story of the epic quest to solve one of the most compelling enigmas of modern science: what is the universe made of? Freese is Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan and one of today’s foremost pioneers in the study of dark matter.

Katherine Freese

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Donna Mullen in conversation

Law And The Environment

Kells 2013, 

What are the benefits to society of an unpolluted environment? Donna Mullen, a director at The Irish Environmental Network discusses this and their current Constitutional Campaign.

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Melanie Challenger

On Extinction: How We Became Estranged From Nature

Hay Festival 2012, 
The destruction of nature as a consequence of modern human lifestyles, industry and agriculture is leading to the Earth’s sixth great extinction of species, an extinction thousands of times more extensive than that counted in the fossil record before the emergence of modern man.

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The British Academy Warton Poetry Lecture 2008

Hay Festival 2008, 
Poet and professor Tony Curtis: ‘We keep the bread and wine for show’: Consistent irony and reluctant faith in the poetry of Dannie Abse. Chaired by Professor Christopher Morgan.

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Liz Kessler & Hilary McKay

Seaside Stories

Hay Festival 2013, 

North of Nowhere and Binny For Short are both set in seaside towns. These two acclaimed writers discuss the differences and similarities in their stories.

9+ years

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Ian Rankin talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rebus series.

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Farah Faizal and Ahmed Shaheed talk to Philippe Sands

Paradise Lost: The Maldives Experience

Hay Festival 2015, 

When long-standing dictatorships fall and democracies are born, without economic support these countries will struggle. And when they do, it can breed extremism. We need a Marshall Plan for these countries to ensure that they are economically supported. Former Maldives High Commissioner Farah Faizal and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran talk to international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands.

Farah Faizal and Ahmed Shaheed talk to Philippe Sands

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George Zarkadakis

Artificial Intelligence

Hay Festival 2015, 

We explore AI’s history, technology and potential; its manifestations in intelligent machines; its connections to neurology and consciousness, as well as – perhaps most tellingly – what AI reveals about us as human beings. Zarkadakis is the author of In Our Own Image: Will Artificial Intelligence Save or Destroy Us?

George Zarkadakis

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Paul Murray

Kells 2015, 

The author of the inspired tragi-comic novel Skippy Dies (long-listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize) reads from that book and from his soon-to-be-published The Mark and the Void. He talks to Sinead Gleeson, presenter of The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

Paul Murray

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Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Astounding Broccoli Boy

Hay Festival 2015, 
What would you do if your skin suddenly turned a bright, broccoli shade of green? Join multi-award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce as he introduces the colourful cast of characters in his fantastic new book, The Astounding Broccoli Boy. Frank is a successful scriptwriter who, along with Danny Boyle, devised the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Super-powers, suspicious vegetables and penguin sidekicks all play a part in this not-to-be-missed event.
9+ years
Frank Cottrell Boyce

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Gael García Bernal en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2014, 
Gael García Bernal es probablemente el actor mexicano más internacional del momento. Desde Amores Perros a No, pasando por Y tu mamá también, Diarios de motocicleta o La ciencia del sueño, Gael ha protagonizado películas que han cautivado la imaginación de millones de espectadores. Hablará con Roberto Pombo, director de El Tiempo, sobre su carrera artística en español y en inglés y sus facetas menos conocidas como productor y promotor de cine documental.