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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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Jill Paton-Welsh and John Rowe Townsend

The Double Audience

Hay Festival 1995, 
Children's books are written and bought by adults. The writer must somehow smuggle the goods to the true audience of children past an intervening reception committee of grown ups. The trick is to get them involved on the way. John Rowe Townsend is the author of the definitive history of Children's Literature Written For Children. Jill Paton-Walsh has won the Whitbread Prize, Smarties Award and Universe Prizes for her children's books. Her latest is Grace.

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Stephen Moss

Wonderland: A Year of Britain’s Wildlife, Day by Day

Hay Festival 2017, 

From blackbirds, beavers and beetles to tawny owls, natterjack toads and lemon slugs,  every  day of the year, winter or summer, in every corner of the British Isles, there's plenty to see if you know where -- and how -- to look. The Springwatch star’s books include The Bumper Book of Nature and Tweet of the Day.

Stephen Moss

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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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Adelaida Sourdis, Roberto Burgos Cantor and Wieldler Guerra with Ernesto McCausland

A History of Multiculturalism on the Colombian Coast

Cartagena 2011, 
Adelaida Sourdis, historian and author of El Registro Oculto: los sefardíes del Caribe en la formación de la nación colombiana 1813-1886; Roberto Burgos Cantor, the Cartagenan writer of Rutas de Libertad, a story about the afros -people of African origin- in Colombia; and the Wayuu anthropologist Wielder Guerra, who has been Secretary of Indigenous Affairs for La Guajira region, Senator of the Republic and Director of the Colombian Caribbean Observatory. They will talk to the editor of the Heraldo newspaper, Ernesto McCausland, about the great social riches of the Caribbean coast.

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Douglas Hurd

Sir Robert Peel

Hay Festival 2007, 
The life of the one-nation Tory Prime Minister who gave us Corn Laws, Canada, Catholic Emancipation, the Conservative Party and the Constabulary.

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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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Julia Fan Li, Alexandra Grigore and Divya Venkatesh

Cambridge University Series 9: Global Health in the Twenty-first Century

Hay Festival 2015, 

Three young female scientists who are recipients of the University of Cambridge’s most prestigious scholarship, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, talk about their research. Julia Fan Li is director of the Global Health Investment Fund, which funds research and development for some of the most pressing global health challenges; Divya Venkatesh researches African sleeping sickness and does cross-disciplinary work in biotechnology; Alexandra Grigore works on an innovative fingerprint identity system for accessing medical records in developing countries.

Julia Fan Li, Alexandra Grigore and Divya Venkatesh

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Hugh Johnson

Wine Writer

Hay Festival 2014, 

The peerless connoisseur and wine writer, author of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and co-author of The World Atlas of Wine,savours his craft and tastes and introduces Royal Tokaji.

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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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Ali Sparkes

S.W.I.T.C.H

Hay Festival 2012, 
Boy or insect? Josh and Danny are in big bug trouble. Learn how to write creepy crawly adventures and why you might want to think twice before squishing ants in future.
 
7+ years

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Helen Rappaport

Magnificent Obsession

Hay Festival 2012, 
Victoria, Albert and the Death That Changed the Monarchy.

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Gill Lewis and Julia Green

Animal Adventures

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Gill Lewis, bestselling author of Skyhawk and Moonbear, and novelist Julia Green as they talk about their new books, Scarlet Ibis and Seal Island. They share lots of interesting animal facts and stories about how animals bring people together in some very special places.
7+ years

Gill Lewis and Julia Green

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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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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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Luciano Floridi

The Royal Society Platform: The Fourth Revolution

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere Is Reshaping Human Reality

As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects. We are all becoming integrated into an ‘infosphere’. Personas we adopt on social media, for example, feed into our real lives so that we begin to live in ‘onlife’. Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution. Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Timandra Harkness.

Luciano Floridi

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Tahmima Anam

Reformations 12: Borders

Hay Festival 2017, 

In a time of international turbulence and insecurity; a time when the world is seeing migrations of people escaping from the immediate terrors of war and the disruptions of climate change; at a time of multiple and fluid identities, the novelist from Bangladesh interrogates the notion of national borders. Where do you draw the line? She re-imagines the walls and checkpoints as places of welcome and refuge. Anam is the author of A Golden Age, The Good Muslim and The Bones of Grace. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Tahmima Anam

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Helen Fielding talks to Viv Groskop

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Hay Festival 2017, 

The world’s favourite singleton is back with a bump. Fielding discusses the (gloriously different) book and film versions of her comic masterpiece.

Helen Fielding talks to Viv Groskop

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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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Nicholas Allan

My Dad’s the Best

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nicholas Allan, author and illustrator of The Queen’s Knickers and Father Christmas Needs a Wee, reads from his latest book, My Dad’s the Best. This warm and witty story is a celebration of dads everywhere. Nicholas also performs magic tricks… Don’t forget to bring your dad.
4+ years
Nicholas Allan

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Gareth Stedman Jones

Cambridge University Series 12: Inventing Necessity - The Strange Genesis of C20th Political Authori

Hay Festival 2015, 

Ideas about states of emergency went back to the politics of Ancient Rome in which it was said that ‘necessity knows no law’. This idea took on a series of different meanings during the early modern period and was employed by the Jacobins during the invasion scare of 1793–94. In 1848 the idea was employed again to justify emergency rule after the June uprising in Paris, but in its later usages, particularly by Marx, the idea was inverted. It was no longer emergency that justified dictatorship. Rather, dictatorship was posited as a desirable outcome in a transition to new forms of society.

Gareth Stedman Jones

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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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Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Beirut 2013, 

Hanif Kureishi, CBE, is an English playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker, novelist and short story writer. In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of ‘50 greatest British writers since 1945’. The themes of his work have touched on topics of race, nationalism, immigration and sexuality. He is the author of many celebrated books such as The Buddha Of Suburbia, the script of the film My Beautiful Laundrette and his recent novel Something To Tell You. He talks to Rosie Boycott.

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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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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