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Dennis the Menace with Steven Butler

Hay Festival 2015, 
Becoming the master of menacing is not easy. If you want to learn the rules, join the author of the hilarious Diary of Dennis the Menace series for a sneak peek into the mischievous life of the naughtiest boy in The Beano (and therefore the World’s wildest boy!). Expect lots of fun and games and maybe even a prank or two!
7+ years
Dennis the Menace with Steven Butler

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Kamila Shamsie and Louisa Young

Fictions – After The War

Hay Festival 2014, 

Shamsie’s epic story A God In Every Stone starts in 1914 and carries us across the globe, into the heart of empires fallen and conquered, from Ypres to Peshawar. Young’s The Heroes’ Welcome is a sequel to My Dear, I Wanted To Tell You. For those who fought, those who healed and those left behind, 1919 is a year freighted with perilous beginnings, unavoidable realities and gleams of indestructible hope. The authors talk to Ted Hodgkinson.

Kamila Shamsie and Louisa Young

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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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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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Philippa Semper

Who Wants to Live Forever? Mortals, Immortals and the Undead

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Medievalist and Fantasy scholar considers our interest in life without death – as vampires, zombies or in other forms, and as it appears in myth, folklore, literary novels and popular culture. What can these stories tell us about the desire for immortality?

Philippa Semper

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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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Claire Garabedian

Using the Creative Arts to Help People With Dementia to Live Well - University of Worcester Series 1

Hay Festival 2017, 

There are estimated to be 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Garabedian is a musician and a researcher within the Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester. She discusses ways in which the creative arts can help unlock memories and encourage communication.

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Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

Establishment and Meritocracy

Hay Festival 2015, 

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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Gareth P Jones

Steam Punk Pirates

Hay Festival 2015, 
Attack of the Giant Sea Spiders is the second in the gloriously daft series The Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates by Blue Peter Award-winner, Gareth P Jones. Dropping anchor in Hay with his trusty ukulele, his musty accordion and his rusty cutlass, Gareth gives us an event like no other. Prepare for clashing cutlasses, rowdy readings, raucous sea shanties, and other such shenanigans. Piratical attire optional.
6+ years
Gareth P Jones

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Peter James talks to Peter Guttridge

Dead Like You

Hay Festival 2010, 
His new serial rapist tale marks James as one of the most compelling and successful crime novelists in the world.

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Guy Bass

Dinkin Dings

Hay Festival 2011, 
Dinkin is afraid of everything (and we mean everything, not just scary things). Join his infectiously enthusiastic creator and learn how to protect yourself from Zombaliens and whatnot.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

Sex, Lies and Brain Scans

Hay Festival 2017, 

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has proved to be game-changing for understanding the brain. Through fMRI, patients in a persistent vegetative states have been able to communicate, and unconscious biases have been uncovered. Join Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald as they explore how this technique could be used, and abused, in the future. Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge; Gottwald is a PhD student.

Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

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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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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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Gabriele Finaldi and Laszlo Baan

Crisis and museums, a forward flight?

Segovia 2013, 

Two directors  —Gabriele Finaldi and Laszlo Baan— of two benchmark museums in Europe — The Prado Museum of Madrid and the Fine Arts Museum of Budapest, respectively—, examine the role of culture in times of crisis and the possibilities of maintaining, or even increasing an interest in art. Chaired by The Telegraph's assistant comments editor, Tom Chivers.

 

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.


With the collaboration of the Embassy of Hungary in Spain and the Tourist Office of Hungary in Spain.

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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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Landmarc 100 Workshops

Professionals – Delivery and Innovation: Workshop 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

How do professionals across all sectors develop the survival skills for a resilient future? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

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Mike Goldsmith

Discord: The Story Of Noise

Hay Festival 2013, 

An intriguing journey of dissonance in science, in nature and in music: how composers have employed it from Baroque music to Rock feedback; how medicine harnesses it to shatter kidney stones and treat cancer; and even how the military uses it in (real and rumoured) weapons. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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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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Gwynfor: Portrait of A Patriot

Hay Festival 2008, 
Biographer Rhys Evans launches his study of Gwynfor Evans, the great Welsh politician, Plaid Cymru president for 36 years, pacifist and language rights campaigner. He talks to Guto Harri.

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Maddy Abbas, Chris Bickerton, Katharina Karcher and Brendan Simms

Cambridge Series 9: The Future of Europe

Hay Festival 2016, 

As support for the extremes of the political spectrum increases across Europe, and Britain threatens to pull out of the EU, what does the future hold for our continent? Abbas is a research associate at the University of Cambridge, Bickerton is a lecturer in politics and Karcher is a research associate in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. Simms is the author of Britain's Europe: A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation.

Maddy Abbas, Chris Bickerton, Katharina Karcher and Brendan Simms

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Robin Ince and Christopher Edge

Science in Stories: The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the stand-up comedian and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, and the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, as they tackle questions of science and creativity, puzzling over mysteries such as black holes, the Big Bang and the nature of reality as explored in their books The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I.

9+

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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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Gary Northfield

Julius Zebra. Rumble with the Romans!

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet the cartoonist and graphic novelist who created The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs! graphic novel and is a cartoonist for phenomenally successful comics and series including The Phoenix, The Beano, The Dandy and Horrible Histories. 

Join in this interactive family event full of tips for budding young cartoonists, illustrators and writers. Gary introduces his hilarious brand new series Julius ZebraRumble with the Romans! and dazzles with lots of images, live drawing and plenty of Roman facts.
7+ years
Gary Northfield

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John Swenson-Wright

Cambridge University Series 11

Hay Festival 2014, 

North Korea: The Perennial Crisis State

What does North Korea want? The Head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House talks about the developing crisis surrounding the government rhetoric and the military activities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

John Swenson-Wright