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Yuval Noah Harari

The Sapiens Secret of Success: How Humans Conquered the World

Hay Festival 2015, 

How did humans turn themselves from insignificant African apes into the rulers of planet earth? Our secret of success is that we are the only animals that can talk about things that exist purely in our own imagination, such as gods, nations, money, and human rights.

Yuval Noah Harari

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Yasmeen Ismail

Specs for Rex

Hay Festival 2015, 
Time for Bed, Fred! is Yasmeen Ismail’s award-wining debut picture book. Join her for storytelling and find out how to draw Rex, a young lion character from her newest book Specs for Rex.

Photo: Olivia Hemmingway

4+ years
Yasmeen Ismail

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Jo Brand talks to Stephanie Merritt

Born Lippy: How to Do Female

Hay Festival 2019, 

Once upon a (very, very) long time ago Jo Brand was what you might describe as ‘a nice little girl’. Of course, that was before the values of cynicism, misogyny and the societal expectation that Jo would be thin, feminine and demure sent her off down Arsey Avenue. Now she’s considerably further along life’s inevitable bloody ‘journey’ – and she’s fucked up enough times to feel confident she has no wisdom to offer anyone. But who cares? She’s going to do it anyway...

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Holly Smale

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Holly Smale, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and creator of the bestselling Geek Girl series, talking to Damian Kelleher about smart and funny fiction for smart and funny readers. Guaranteed to get your geek on!

11+ years

Holly Smale

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Tom Anderson and Eurig Salisbury

A Brief History of Welsh Rhyme

Hay Festival 2011, 
The travel writer and the poet discuss the legacy of Welsh rhyme and its influence today.

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Harriet Walter talks to Rosie Boycott

Facing It

Hay Festival 2011, 
The actor and photographer shows and discusses her portraits – Reflections on the Images of Older Women.

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Jaroslav Kalfar and Dorthe Nors

Fictions: Visionaries

Hay Festival 2017, 

Kalfar’s The Spaceman of Bohemia is an extraordinary vision of the endless human capacity to persist and risk everything in the name of love and home. Nors’ Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a witty, gut wrenching, lyrical tale of one woman’s journey in search of herself when there’s no-one to ask for directions. The Danish novelist is longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. They talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

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David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

The Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam, an editor at Nature, explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works – to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers, and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.

David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

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Jokha Alharthi and Marilyn Booth in conversation with Bettany Hughes

The Man Booker International Prize 2019

Hay Festival 2019, 

The winning author and translator of Celestial Bodies join us for a conversation with the chair of the jury. Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present. 

Bettany Hughes says: “Through the different tentacles of people’s lives and loves and losses we come to learn about this society – all its degrees, from the very poorest of the slave families working there to those making money through the advent of a new wealth in Oman and Muscat. It starts in a room and ends in a world. We felt we were getting access to ideas and thoughts and experiences you aren’t normally given in English. It avoids every stereotype you might expect in its analysis of gender and race and social distinction and slavery. There are surprises throughout. We fell in love with it.”

Jokha Alharthi and Marilyn Booth in conversation with Bettany Hughes

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Simon Hoggart

Life’s too Short to Drink Bad Wine

Hay Festival 2012, 
A delightful tasting of wines for the discerning drinker.

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Dannie Abse talks to Gwyneth Lewis

Hay Festival 2007, 
The writer discusses his latest collection of poetry Running Late and his memoir The Presence. After his wife Joan died in a car accident in June 2005, he began to write a diary which is both a record of present grief, and a portrait of a marriage which lasted more than fifty years.

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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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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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Christopher Stocks talks to John Mitchinson

Forgotten Fruits

Hay Festival 2008, 
Christopher Stocks talks to John Mitchinson about his Guide to Britain’s traditional fruit and vegetables, from Kelvedon King Leeks to White Princess Tomatoes.

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Hay on Earth 4

A Market Place for Innovation

Hay Festival 2010, 
Groups participating by invitation in the Hay on Earth 4 social enterprise and business sustainability workshop taking place earlier this morning have the opportunity here to engage members of the public in discussion and sharing of ideas that make their projects stronger and more likely to succeed.

Entry to this event is free, and no need to reserve a ticket – just drop in.

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Margaret Atwood

The Waterstone's Lecture

Hay Festival 1995, 
To celebrate the publication of her first collection of new poetry for over a decade, the Canadian writer talks about her writing and the Genesis of her poems in Morning in the Burned House, which draw on classical and popular myth and the more personal concerns of love and the death of her father. "Atwiid brings all the violence of mythology into the present world...she is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent... who pits herself against the ordered, too clean world like an arsonist" - Michael Ondaatje."

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Journalists Read Bolaño: Antonio Lucas, Peio H. Riaño, Fernando R. Lafuente and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Segovia 2013, 

Antonio Lucas is a consummate poet, as well as a columnist of El Mundo; Peio H. Riaño has displayed his professional insight in the most prominent cultural publications in the country; Fernando R. Lafuente, former director of the Instituto Cervantes; and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla, with five novels in the bookshops, all declare their passion for Roberto Bolaño —already a legend—, justifying and even criticizing it.

 

Co-organised and produced by AC/E (Acción Cultural Española)

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Simon Thurley

Men From The Ministry

Hay Festival 2013, 

Between 1900 and 1950, Britain amassed a huge collection of over 800 historic buildings, monuments and sites and opened them to the public – a programme that established a modern state on deep historical and rural foundations.

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Timothy Brook

The Troubled Empire

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Vermeer’s Hat uses environmental crises to re-narrate China’s history from the time of Khubilai Khan down to the collapse of the Ming dynasty. His unique environmental indicator? Dragon sightings! Just because the Chinese saw dragons, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Felipe González en conversación con Rodrigo Pardo

El liderazgo en el siglo XXI

Cartagena 2014, 
Presidente de España entre 1982 y 1996, Felipe González ha sido uno de los políticos más influyentes de la historia democrática del país. Presenta su libro En busca de respuestas. El liderazgo en el siglo XXI, en el que analiza la profunda crisis española, económica y social, pero también de liderazgo. A partir de su experiencia en momentos muy complicados de la historia reciente de España, Felipe González realiza una amplia reflexión sobre qué significa hoy el liderazgo político, empresarial y social, y cómo se pueden afrontar los desafíos del presente para sentar las bases de un futuro mejor. En conversación con el periodista Rodrigo Pardo.

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Juan Campanella en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2014, 
Juan Campanella es el director y guionista de cine argentino con mayor proyección internacional del momento. Director de El secreto de sus ojos (Óscar a la mejor película extranjera en 2009), ha dirigido películas tan exitosas como El hijo de la novia o El mismo amor, la misma lluvia. Campanella ha trabajado para series de televisión como Dr. House o Ley y Orden. Su último trabajo es la película de animación Metegol, estrenada en 2013. En conversación con Roberto Pombo.

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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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Maxine Peake

Shelley’s The Masque of Anarchy 200

Hay Festival 2019, 

The actor gives a reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s radical 1819 poem, written in response to the Peterloo Massacre. The reading is introduced by John Mullan.

Maxine Peake was originally commissioned to perform The Masque of Anarchy in a full performance by Manchester International Festival.

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Lavinia Greenlaw

Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland

Hay Festival 2017, 

Morris’ intimate journals unconsciously explore questions of travel, noting his reaction to the idea of leaving or arriving, to hurry and delay, what it means to dread a place you’ve never been to or to encounter the actuality of a long-held vision. Poet Lavinia Greenlaw draws out these questions as she follows in the footprints of Morris’ prose, responding to its surfaces and undercurrents, extending its horizons. The result is a new and composite work, which brilliantly explores our conflicted reasons for not staying at home. Chaired by William Sieghart.

Lavinia Greenlaw

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Raja Shehadeh talks to Hugh Muir

Where the Line is Drawn: Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine

Hay Festival 2017, 

Brave, intelligent and deeply controversial, the award-winning author of A Rift in Time, Occupation Diaries, Language of War ~ Language of Peace and Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape explores the devastating effect of Occupation on even the most intimate aspects of life. Looking back over decades of political turmoil, Shehadeh traces the impact on the fragile bonds of friendship across the Israel-Palestine border, and asks whether those considered bitter enemies can come together to forge a common future.

Raja Shehadeh talks to Hugh Muir