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Marcus Brigstocke and David Pitt-Watson

What They Do With Your Money

Hay Festival 2018, 

An interactive exploration of how the finance industry delivers slim pickings and creates fat cats with financial expert Pitt-Watson and his willing stooge, comedian Brigstocke. The finance industry is often viewed with suspicion: complicated, greedy, and institutionally corrupt. But its origins were often inspired by social reformers because its purposes are so fundamental to individual and communal prosperity. They will discuss the expensive (but useless) things the finance industry does, and some of the (useful and) practical things it should do, but doesn’t. Reform is difficult, because the flaws in the industry are hard-wired into the way we think about economics, but they'll have it licked within the hour.

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Ewan Fernie, Simon Palfrey and Tom de Freston

A reading of Macbeth, Macbeth - University of Birmingham Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Macbeth, Macbeth is by Fernie and Palfrey, with stunning original pictures by de Freston.  The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams of national revival, smaller lives are seeding. In the ruins of Dunsinane, the Porter tries to keep his three young boys safe from the nightmare of history. In a nunnery deep in Birnam Wood, a girl attempts to forget what she lost in war. Flitting between them, a tortured clairvoyant shakes with the knowledge of what’s to come. An unprecedented collaboration between two leading Shakespeareans, Macbeth, Macbeth sparks a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare’s darkest play.

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Gary Northfield and Alex Milway

Hay Festival 2016, 

Learn about the art of cartooning and comic illustration from two top creators of characterful creatures. Northfield’s Julius Zebra is back with a new mad-cap adventure in Bundle with the Britons and Milway’s adventurous pig and his hamster sidekick return in Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure.

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Matthew Engel

Engel’s England

Hay Festival 2015, 

England is the most complicated place in the world. And, as the journalist and humorist travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that’s just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity.

He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county – from Yorkshire’s broad acres to the microdot of Rutland – Engel always finds the unexpected. Chaired by Justin Albert.

Matthew Engel

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Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

Hedgerow Handbook

Hay Festival 2012, 
Recipes, Remedies and Rituals. With drawings by Lizzie Harper.
 
Join Adele for foraging trips throughout the week.

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Dragon Frontier

Hay Festival 2013, 

Dan Abnett, who has written some of the most famous superhero comics in the world, introduces a fantasy adventure series set in the wild west – with added dragons!

8+ years

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Michael Axworthy

Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic

Hay Festival 2014, 

For over 30 years the Islamic Republic has resisted widespread condemnation, sanctions, and sustained attacks by Iraq in an eight-year war. With Iran’s continuing commitment to a nuclear programme and its reputation as a trouble-maker in Afghanistan, Lebanon and elsewhere, it’s unlikely that the ‘rogue state’ problem is going to go away anytime soon. The distinguished Persian scholar was Head of the Iran Section at the FCO.

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César Molinas and Gerard Riemen

Segovia 2013, 

Gerard Riemen, director of the Dutch Federation of Retirement, and the economist César Molinas, author of the book ¿Qué hacer con España? (Destino), in which he suggests re-launching our political structure as well as our governmental system, debate this challenge in Europe, where the percentage of señor citizens is getting ever bigger than the working population.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

 

Co-organised with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Spain, Nederlands letternfonds dutch foundation for literature and Fundación Lara.

 

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Julian Richards

The Viking Great Army and the Winter of AD 872–3

Hay Festival 2014, 

Recent discoveries have allowed archaeologists to locate the site, near Torksey in Lincolnshire, where the Viking Great Army wintered in AD 872–3. Richards describes what archaeological fieldwork can tell about the Great Army and their camp.

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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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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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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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Dominic Sandbrook

A BBC Two Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

The cultural historian talks about and shows clips from his latest BBC Two series on post-war culture, Let Us Entertain You. In it he argues that Britain’s cultural contribution has been second to none, from music and fashion to art, film, literature and theatre, James Bond to Agatha Christie, Andrew Lloyd Webber to John Lennon, and it is through our culture that the world now sees us.

Not for broadcast.

BBC2
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Dominic Sandbrook

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Richard and Daniel Susskind

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

Hay Festival 2016, 

In a digital society we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the C20th.  The Oxford thinkers explain how “increasingly capable systems’, from tele-presence to artificial intelligence will bring fundamental change in the way that the practical expertise of specialists is made available in society. The authors argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of the best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

Perfect

Hay Festival 2017, 

Author and zoologist Nicola Davies and illustrator/artist Cathy Fisher introduce swifts – amazing birds that sleep and eat on the wing and never stop flying. Learn how to look out for them, listen for their cries and how to tell if they might be nesting where you live. Help Cathy draw a swift, see how she made the stunning artwork for Perfect, and listen to a story about how swifts helped a boy to understand his new baby sister.

3+
Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

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Raymond Tallis

The Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

Tallis is inspired by EM Forster’s thought that ‘Death destroys a man but the idea of it saves him’. He looks back on his world from the standpoint of his future corpse. He reflects on the senses that opened up his late world, the elements they reveal, the distances, divisions and intimacies of space, the multifarious activities that occupied his days; his possessions, his utterances, his relationship to others, the extinguished flame that was his self, his journey towards the end, and his afterlife either side of the grave.

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Raymond Tallis

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John Mullan, Nell Leyshon, Marcus du Sautoy and Ben Okri

Talking About Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about Shakespeare’s greatest plays and roles, his fondness for prime numbers and his stagecraft. The UCL English Prof is joined by the first woman to write a play for the main stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Oxford Maths professor and the Booker-winning novelist and poet.

 

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Germaine Greer

The Uses of Poetry

Hay Festival 2003, 
The celebrated teacher and Shakespearean communicates her passion for great poetry with her customary provocative and inspirational brilliance. Greer has edited two collections of poetry by women, Kissing the Rod and 101 Poems. She runs her own press, Stump Cross Books, which has published editions of work by Katherine Philips, Anne Wharton and other neglected poets.

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Hay Writers Circle

Hay Festival 2012, 
New Work from the local creative writing group
 
FREE BUT TICKETED

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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.

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Jody Williams talks to Francine Stock

A Vermont Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

The dynamic and inspiring activist, advocate and hero won the Nobel Peace Prize for her International Campaign To Ban Landmines. She describes her life and work in My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path To The Nobel Peace Prize.

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Mary Aiken

The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behaviour Changes Online

Hay Festival 2017, 

The world’s leading expert in forensic cyberpsychology analyses everything from the impact of screens on the developing child to the explosion of teen sexting. She examines the acceleration of compulsive and addictive online behaviours (gaming, shopping, pornography) and the escalation in cyberchondria (self-diagnosis online), cyberstalking and organised crime in the Deep Web. Cyberspace is an environment full of surveillance, but who is looking out for us?

Mary Aiken

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Laurence Lessig

The Director's Lecture

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Stanford Law Professor, author of Free Culture, The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace examines the questions of copyright, ownership and access, to determine whether and how the western literary tradition is being imperilled in the digital age. Chaired by Damian Tambini.

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Simon Jenkins

England’s 100 Best Views

Hay Festival 2014, 

The National Trust chairman presents his rhapsodic celebration of the landscapes and cityscapes of England, informed with his insightful historical, geographical and architectural commentary. Chaired by Justin Albert.

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Emily Bell, Richard Sambrook, Tony Phillips and guests

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? A Free Press

Hay Festival 2015, 

Do we need a First Amendment? What’s the best we can argue for in terms of independence, regulation, ownership, and authority? Bell is a member of the Scott Trust and Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism; Sambrook was Director of the BBC World Service and now runs Cardiff School of Journalism. Tony Phillips is Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, World Service. Chaired by Jon Snow.

Emily Bell, Richard Sambrook, Tony Phillips and guests