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TJ Hughes in conversation with Simon Jenkins

Wales's Best One Hundred Churches

Hay Festival 2007, 
Often in a landscape spiritually charged, Welsh churches tell us about medieval times, the Age of Saints that came before, and of the pagan Celtic times before that.

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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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Emma Rothschild

Family Histories and Social Networks

Hay Festival 2015, 

An exploration of C18th social networks looking at the Johnstone family, the Scottish siblings at the heart of her book The Inner Life Of Empires, and an interconnected group of French families in the first ‘age of information’. Rothschild is Professor of History and Economics at the University of Cambridge.

Emma Rothschild

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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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Katrine Marçal

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?

Hay Festival 2015, 

When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life ‘economic man’. But every night Adam Smith’s mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that’s because their labour is worth less. How could it be otherwise? Marçal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.

Katrine Marçal

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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

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Guinea Pigs Online

Hay Festival 2013, 

Jennifer Gray and Amanda Swift introduce you to the antics of a cast of fun-loving guinea pigs and their latest adventure Viking Victory.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Martin Rowson

Gulliver’s Travels

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award-winning cartoonist’s homage to the original masterpiece is a contemporary indictment of the same enduring human idiocies that enraged Swift so magnificently and memorably in the first place.

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Raffaello Pantucci

We Love Death as You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Terrorists

Hay Festival 2015, 

As Mohammed Siddique Khan led his group of fellow-believers into London on the morning of 7 July 2005 it is unlikely that they were thinking much beyond the immediate impact of their actions. Driven by anger at the West’s treatment of Muslims worldwide, ideas fed to them by foreign extremists, and a sense of extreme rejection of the society in which they were born, they sought to reshape the world in an image they thought would be pleasing to God. Pantucci offers an insight into the motivations behind Khan and his group, as well as the hundreds of young British Muslims who have been drawn by jihadist ideas to fight on battlefields at home and abroad. Pantucci is Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

Raffaello Pantucci

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John Bercow vs Rosie Boycott

Tennis Maestros

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Speaker of the House, a former Junior competitor and LTA-qualified coach, argues the case for his ranking of the twenty greatest male tennis stars of all time, surface by surface, era by era. Rafa vs Bill Tilden? Perry vs Murray? Federer vs Lacoste? Anyone for an hour of nostalgic fanaticism?

John Bercow vs Rosie Boycott

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Archie Miles

The British Oak

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Archie Miles has been a professional photographer for forty years. With an abiding passion for the British landscape, he has carved a specialist niche in the world of trees. He has written and photographed eight books on the subject and his latest, The British Oak, is a stunning reflection of Archie’s particular love of our ancient oak trees, profiling fifty of the most famous in Britain and celebrating the diverse array of fascinating stories and historic associations that have made them so remarkable.

Archie Miles

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Charlie English

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2017, 

A medieval centre of learning, Hay’s twin-town was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology to astronomy. When al-Qaeda–linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. This is their story. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Anthony Horowitz

Never Say Die

Hay Festival 2017, 

Alex Rider is back. Join the author as he reveals what’s in store in the next chapter of his legendary character’s life as he is forced to leave his home in San Francisco and head back east. There are some old friends and old enemies and, above all, there is plenty of action, adrenaline and adventure.

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Anthony Horowitz

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Steve Cole

Magic Ink

Hay Festival 2013, 

Hear all about Magic Ink, the brand-new comic strip adventure from the madcap mind of Steve Cole, bestselling author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action and Slime Squad.

8+ years

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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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Gary Northfield

The Big Draw

Hay Festival 2015, 
Gary Northfield, cartoonist for The Phoenix, Beano, Dandy and Horrible Histories, is joined by special guests to stage a Big Draw with plenty of noisy audience interaction.
7+ years
Gary Northfield

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Mark Lynas

The 2050 Pathways Show

Hay Festival 2012, 
What would 2050 look like if you had your hands on the energy and lifestyle tiller? Join in a live experiment to crowdsource the future with the author and climate change advisor.

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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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Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow

Action Dogs

Hay Festival 2012, 
When killer cats are clawing for world domination it’s time to unleash man’s best friend. Join this dastardly duo to discover all about killer kitty Katmanchew and the brave Action Dogs with gadgets galore to hand (or paw).
 
8+ years

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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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Jacek Dehnel

Kells 2014, 

Jacek Dehnel is a poet, novelist, painter and translator. In 2005 he was one of the youngest ever winners of Poland’s Koscielski Prize for promising writers and was also awarded the prestigious Paszport Polityki prize. He talks to RTE's Zbyszek Zalinski.

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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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Daniel Samper Ospina in conversation with Rodrigo Pardo

Political comedy

Cartagena 2012, 
It could be said that this kind of comedy is the art of social and political commitment that reaches the truth through humour and the absurd. In this way, Daniel Samper Ospina approaches Colombian life with a large dose of humour and sarcasm in his column for Semana. He will talk about political satire in its different contexts with the journalist Rodrigo Pardo.

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Robert Winston

Help Your Kids With Growing Up

Hay Festival 2017, 

A crucial guide for parents and teens to the big issues of adolescence: from physical development, sexuality and sociability to cyberbullying and sexting. Professor Winston is the author of The Human Body, Superhuman, Walking with Cavemen and The Human Mind.

Robert Winston

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Oliver Jeffers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Award-winner Jeffers returns to Hay Festival to entertain his many fans with stories and live drawing from his recent titles including A Child of Books, as well as giving an insight into his future titles. A  Child of Books is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Fiction Award.

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Oliver Jeffers