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Kathy Lette and John Mortimer

Murder - A Beginner's Guide

Hay Festival 2007, 
Lette (married to Geoffrey Robertson) wrote How To Murder Your Husband. Mortimer created Rumpole. Chaired by meettheauthor.com’s David Freeman.

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Armando Iannucci

Interviewed by Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2007, 
The entertainer, comedy writer and producer (Alan Partridge, The Day Today, The Thick Of It) talks to Francine Stock.

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Nick Rosen

How to Live Off-Grid

Hay Festival 2007, 
From survivalist and hippy homes to new environmental adventurers, Rosen takes a journey outside the system of telephone, water and power.

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Gillian Cross, Emma Carroll and Linda Coggin

Hay Festival 2015, 
Three fantastic writers of quality adventure fiction will share their stories. Poet, writer and performer Linda Coggin’s debut novel The Boy With The Tiger’s Heart explores our relationship with nature and animals in an unusual fantasy adventure. The Girl Who Walked on Air is an historical adventure with a circus theme from Emma Carroll, who wrote the highly-acclaimed Frost Hollow Hall. Multiple award-winner Gillian Cross has written yet another thrilling and thought-provoking adventure with Shadow Cat. Join them for what is sure to be an entertaining and interesting conversation about writing adventure stories.
10+ years
Gillian Cross, Emma Carroll and Linda Coggin

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Erica Whyman talks to Francine Stock

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC discusses her current production. As a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and his great legacy, the production features local amateur companies in all 12 regions and nations of the UK playing Shakespeare’s Mechanicals alongside the professional cast. Erica shares her thoughts as the tour concludes in Cardiff and Belfast, and the company prepares to return to Stratford-upon-Avon for a final run featuring performances from all the amateur companies.

Erica Whyman 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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Deyan Sudjic

Norman Foster

Hay Festival 2010, 
A study of the global architect who designed the Reichstag, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks headquarters in London and China, the new Wembley stadium and the British Museum’s new court.

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James Scott

AIQ: How Artificial Intelligence Works and how we can Harness its Power for a Better World

Hay Festival 2018, 

The statistician and data scientist offers an up-close and user-friendly look at artificial intelligence: what it is, how it works, where it came from and how to harness its power for a better world. A revolution of intelligent machines, from self-driving cars to smart digital assistants, is now remaking our world, just as the Industrial Revolution remade the world of the 19th century. Doctors use AI to diagnose and treat cancer. Banks use it to detect fraud. Power companies use it to save energy. AI is changing our lives at lightning speed. Many of these changes offer great promise, including freedom from drudgery, safer workplaces, better health care and fewer language barriers. But others elicit worry - whether about jobs, data privacy, political manipulation or the prospect of machines making biased decisions with no accountability. Scott shows how intelligent machines operating on massive data sets are changing the world around you, and how you can use this knowledge to make better decisions in your own life. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

James Scott

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Alex Voorhoeve

LSE Lecture 2: Can We Trust Our Moral Intuitions?

Hay Festival 2011, 
In 2008, Dr Hootan Roozrokh was charged with hastening the death of a patient in order to extract his organs for transplantation before these organs deteriorated. The author of Conversations on Ethics explores how far we can trust our judgments and intuitive and emotional responses to such crises.

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Philip Ball

Serving The Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler

Hay Festival 2014, 

While some scientists in Nazi Germany tried to create an Aryan physics that excluded any ‘Jewish ideas’, many others made compromises and concessions as they continued to work under the regime. Ball examines the records of Max Planck, Peter Debye and Werner Heisenberg.

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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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Joanna Trollope talks to Rosie Boycott

Daughters in Law

Hay Festival 2011, 
The acute chronicler of English mores and manners scrutinizes mother-love in her new novel.

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Peter Mandler

Cambridge Series 6: Does Education Cause Social Mobility? If not, What Does?

Hay Festival 2016, 

It’s common sense that the best stimulus to social mobility is education. But the facts of the past 50 years – a period of unprecedented social mobility – suggest that people may be just as mobile however much or little education they have.  So what does cause social mobility, if not education?  And what, if anything, can governments do to promote it?

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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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Green Dragons Den Final 4 - Sustainable Community Futures

Hay Festival 2012, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books, with a chance to win £10,000 for their project.
 
Supported by the Welsh Government

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition: The News Review Revue 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

The comedians read the papers for laughs. A little breakfast-time mockery may be in order as they hunt for the news that makes the biggest splash and the least sense. Not for the easily offended or the politically confident. #factcheck #funcheck

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

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John Bolton talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 2008, 
President Bush's Ambassador to the UN (2005-06) discussed international relations.

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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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John Banville talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker winner discusses his story of obsessive young love and the power of grief, Ancient Light, and previews clips from the forthcoming film of The Sea.

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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).
 
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John France

The Battle of Hattin 1187-2016

Hay Festival 2016, 

On 4 July 1187 Saladin destroyed the Crusader army of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in a terrible slaughter at the battle of Hattin. He went on to restore the Holy City of Jerusalem to Islamic rule. The carnage at Hattin was the culmination of almost a century of religious wars between Christian and Muslim in the Holy Land. In the C20th the battle was revived as a symbol of Arab hope for liberation from Crusader-Imperialism, and in the C21st it has become a rallying cry for radical Muslim fundamentalists in their struggle for the soul of Islam. Chaired by Peter Florence.

John France

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Alison Weir

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obssession

Hay Festival 2017, 

The second novel in the popular historian’s Six Tudor Queens series mines the story of Anne Boleyn, the young woman who changed the course of history. Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game.

Chaired by Phil Rickman.

Alison Weir

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Gaby Wood, Philippe Sands, Elif Shafak, Juan Gabriel Vasquez

The Golden Man Booker Prize

Hay Festival 2018, 

What is the best Booker winner? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fiction prize, five judges have each selected what they think is the best winner of each decade since 1968. The shortlist result will be announced at Hay on 26 May. Wood, the Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, hosts an all-star panel who will have read the shortlisted books and will pick a Hay winner. Sands won the non-fiction Baillie Gifford Prize for East West Street. Turkish author Shafak’s novels include Honour, The Forty Rules of Love and Three Daughters of Eve.  The Colombian novelist Gabriel Vasquez won the Premio Alfaguara and the IMPAC award for The Sound of Things Falling. His latest novel is The Shape of the Ruins.

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Patrick Barkham

Coastlines

Hay Festival 2015, 

Barkham reflects on the long campaign to protect our shoreline from tidal erosion and human damage. He weaves together fascinating tales about every aspect of the coast – from ancient conquests and smugglers’ routes, to exotic migratory birds and bucket-and-spade holidays – to tell a more profound story about our island nation and the way we are shaped by our shores. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

Patrick Barkham

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Roy Strong talks to Peter Florence

Self Portrait As A Young Man

Hay Festival 2013, 

The makings of the man from a North London suburb into one of the most charismatic, voluptuary sensibilities of the C20th arts world. Strong has a revolutionary style of museum directing, ahead-of-trend fashion elegance, a wicked diary style and an inspiring way with history.