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Wangari Maathai talks to Rosie Boycott

The Hamlin Lecture: Unbowed

Hay Festival 2007, 
The heroic and inspiring Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of the African development Green Belt Movement talks about her life and work. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Lemn Sissay

Reformations 17: Care

Hay Festival 2017, 

The passionate and powerful poet re-imagines the way in which the State might raise children placed in its care. Sissay is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His foster parents placed him into care at the age of 12. He lived in care homes until he was 18. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Lemn Sissay

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David Crystal

By Hook or by Crook: A Journey in Search of English

Hay Festival 2007, 
The vaudevillian Linguistics Prof browses Britain celebrating the treasures of our language and culture.

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Tim Bowler, Sam Hepburn and Ken Oppel

Adventure, Thrills and Terror

Hay Festival 2015, 
Carnegie Medal-winner Tim Bowler’s new novel Game Changer is a tense thriller, as is Sam Hepburn’s If You Were Me. They are joined by the internationally-acclaimed Ken Oppel on a rare visit to the UK to promote his new adventure The Boundless. They share with us the secret of keeping their readers turning the pages.
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Tim Bowler, Sam Hepburn and Ken Oppel

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Saci Lloyd

Quantum Drop

Hay Festival 2013, 

Writer and activist Saci Lloyd’s acclaimed Carbon Diaries is in development with the BBC. Quantum Drop lurches between a shadowy urban sprawl and a dangerous cyberworld. Which is real?

13+ years

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Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Anatomies

Hay Festival 2013, 

A delightful tour of the art, science and literature of The Human Body, Its Parts And The Stories They Tell – from the first finger-printing to the physiology of angels; from the death-mask of Isaac Newton to the afterlife of Einstein’s brain. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

We Know All About You: The Story of Surveillance in Britain and America

Hay Festival 2017, 

The deep story of wire-tapping and interception by the NSA and GCHQ. Who ordered it? How it was done? How it’s done now. Jeffreys-Jones is one of the world’s most distinguished espionage and security experts.

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

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Tim Pritchard

Street Boys

Hay Festival 2008, 
Tim Pritchard and Elijah Kerr (JaJa) tell the inspiring and terrifying tale of abandoned children on the Angell Estate in South London and their remaking of family.

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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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The Guardian Debate: Further Investigation into Tony Blair's War is Pointless

Jonathan Freedland, Phillipe Sands QC

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘Further investigation into Tony Blair’s decision to go to war in Iraq is pointless. It is time to move on.’ Jonathan Freedland chairs a debate featuring a panel of first-rank speakers, including Philippe Sands QC.

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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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Concurso de Cuentos RCN – Ministerio de Educación

Cartagena 2014, 
Los jurados del Concurso de Cuentos RCN – Ministerio de Educación, Pilar Lozano, Élmer Mendoza, Gonzalo Moure, Fernando Quiroz y Andrés Felipe Solano, todos grandes escritores y conocedores de la tradición literaria y en especial de los cuentos, conversarán con Juan Gossaín. A continuación se hará entrega de un diploma a los jóvenes narradores.

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Mike Savage, John Hills, Laura Bear

The LSE Platform: Communicating Inequalities

Hay Festival 2016, 

If we are to increase social mobility, redress economic inequality and create a balanced and fair distribution of wealth and opportunity, we need to understand the roots of the problems. Three recent books by members of the LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute aim to do this. Mike Savage is the author of Social Class in the 21st Century, looking at the way new class divides have opened up in the UK, with his work generating the Class Calculator that became a viral phenomenon in 2013. John Hills is the author of Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us, which uses vignettes of families and how they are affected by inequality, the welfare state and austerity over their lives alongside results of large-scale data analysis. Laura Bear specialises in the anthropology of the economy, and is the author of Navigating Austerity, which tells the story of how austerity policies resulting from seemingly technocratic accounting decisions have dramatically changed the lives of those living and working on the Hooghly River in India.  The authors  discuss parallels between their findings, and exchange thoughts on how inequality can be challenged by public debate and policy.

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Robert Irwin and Azar Nafisi

Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange

Hay Festival 2015, 

On the shrouded corpse hung a tablet of green topaz with the inscription: ‘I am Shaddad the Great. I conquered a thousand cities; a thousand white elephants were collected for me; I lived for a thousand years and my kingdom covered both east and west, but when death came to me nothing of all that I had gathered was of any avail. You who see me take heed: for Time is not to be trusted.’

Dating from at least a millennium ago, these are the earliest known Arabic short stories, surviving in a single, ragged manuscript in a library in Istanbul. Some found their way into The Arabian Nights but most have never been read in English before. Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange has monsters, lost princes, jewels beyond price, a princess turned into a gazelle, sword-wielding statues and shocking reversals of fortune.

Robert Irwin’s books include For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies, The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion and (as editor) The Penguin Anthology of Classical Arabian Literature. Azar Nafisi taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She is the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About.

Robert Irwin and Azar Nafisi

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John Boyne talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

This House Is Haunted

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist introduces his new novel. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night…

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Dan Rhodes, Helen Oyeyemi and Lucy Eyre

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
Challenging and inspiring new fiction with Eyre’s philosophical adventures in If Minds Had Toes, the wry comedy of Rhodes’ Gold and the Nigerian-London-Cuban dislocations of Oyeyemi’s The Opposite House. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Marcus du Sautoy

Symmetry

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy takes A Journey Into the Patterns of Nature and maps the contours of evolutionary biology, physics and chemistry.

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Tim Parker talks to Francine Stock

Trust

Hay Festival 2015, 

What and who do we trust with our sense of nationhood? The NHS, the BBC, the PM, the EU? The new chair of the National Trust has been a CEO and board director of many of Britain’s most successful international companies, and he owns the British Pathé Film Archive. He discusses the ideas of ownership, national identity, the interplay of the public, private and third sectors, and the ethical concerns that drive business in an age of social media.

Tim Parker talks to Francine Stock

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Jeremy Farrar

The Future of Global Health

Hay Festival 2016, 

The recent Ebola outbreak highlights the serious threat that emerging infectious diseases can pose to global public health. Despite years of apparent preparations for a devastating pandemic, responses to outbreaks are cumbersome and delayed, and opportunities to save lives are missed. Over the past 15 years, the systematic failure to collect and share clinical data during epidemics, including zoonotic viruses such as SARS, H5N1, Nipah, and MERSCoV, has been a recurring problem. Understanding the inter-relationships between human behaviour, animal health and the environment is essential for mobilising successful responses to future spillover events. Professor Farrar is the Director of the Wellcome Trust.

Jeremy Farrar

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Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby, Nigel Williams

English Fictions

Hay Festival 1995, 
Faulks' best-selling WWI novel Birdsong is "an amazing book - among the most stirringly erotic I have read for years" - Daily Mail and "a book with the power to reveal the unimagined" - Time Out. Hornby's first novel High Fidelity follows the success of Fever Pitch - "a sophisticated study of obsession, families, masculinity, class, identity, growing-up, loyalty, depression and joy" - The Observer. Williams' new novel From Wimbledon to Waco is the hilarious sequel to Two and a Half men in a Boat and continues the success of The Wimbledon Poisoner and They Came From SW19. It confirms his status as "The best comic novelist in the country" - The Times. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox

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Julian Glover

Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain

Hay Festival 2017, 

Thomas Telford invented the modern road. A stonemason turned architect turned engineer, he built churches, harbours, canals, docks, the famously vertiginous Pontcysyllte aqueduct and the exquisite Menai Bridge in Wales. He created the backbone of our national road network. His constructions were the most stupendous in Europe for a thousand years, and astonishingly, almost everything he ever built remains in use today.

Julian Glover

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Robert Llewellyn, Jesse Norman, Fiona Howarth, Mike Hawes and Tony Whitehorn

Electric Vehicles: How Low Can We Go?

Hay Festival 2018, 
With reductions in air pollution, managing climate change and improving fuel security becoming more urgent, how is government policy meeting these priorities and what are vehicle manufacturers doing to design vehicles that help to achieve the same goals? How do we plan for the future in a society which has been so reliant on the internal combustion engine car? Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Jesse Norman, Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Fiona Howarth is the CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles and Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai UK. Chaired by TV presenter, author and electric vehicle expert Robert Llewellyn.

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Daniel Morden

Secret Tales from Wales

Hay Festival 2017, 

This writer tells ancient folktales with the wit of a stand-up and the turn of phrase of a poet. Come and be enthralled as he launches his latest collection. Expect secrets, riddles, mysterious strangers, awful jokes and beautiful lies.

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Daniel Morden

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Publishing Trends In South Asia

Dhaka 2012, 
Editors, agents and publishers from India and Bangladesh talk about the fiction and non-fiction making waves in South Asia. With Khademul Islam, editor of Bengal Lights, VK Karthika, Publisher and Chief Editor of HarperCollins India, Sivapriya Ramasary, Managing Editor, Penguin Books India, Diya Kar Hazra, Publisher (Trade), Bloomsbury India, and UPL's Mahrukh Mohiuddin. Chaired by Rubana Huq.

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Adam Nicolson

The Gentry

Hay Festival 2012, 
The writer introduces his sweeping, epic history of England told through the stories of 14 families down 700 years.