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George Peterken, Fiona Stafford and Christiana Payne

Living Landscapes – Tree Charter Series 1

Hay Festival 2017, 

The changing ‘treescape’ of the UK holds clues to social, political and natural events throughout history. From agriculture to boat building, Dutch elm disease and the great storm of 1987, the state of trees and woods in our landscape tell a story of our past and hold lessons for our future. Author Fiona Stafford and woodland ecologist George Peterken, both featured in Arboreal, a Common Ground collection of woodland writing, talk to Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.

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Nick Arnold

Horrible Science

Hay Festival 2017, 

This is science with all the squishy bits left in. Join the author of Horrible Science for funny facts, scary stories and explosive experiments on stage. Horrible Science has amazed children for more than 20 yucky years with blood-curdling biology, frightful physics and crazy chemistry.

9+
Nick Arnold

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Robin Hanson

The Age of Em: Work, Love and Life when Robots Rule the Earth

Hay Festival 2017, 

A dazzling vision of the future. Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or ‘ems’: scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer and you have a robot brain but recognisably human. Applying decades of expertise in physics, computer science and economics, Hanson uses standard theories to paint a detailed picture of a world dominated by ems. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

Robin Hanson

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Simon Blackburn talks to Rosie Boycott

Cambridge University Series 7

Hay Festival 2014, 

Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love

Everyone deplores narcissism, especially in others. The vain are by turns annoying or absurd, offending us whether they are blissfully oblivious or proudly aware of their behaviour. But are narcissism and vanity really as bad as they seem? Can we avoid them even if we try?

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Pilar del Río talks to Ezequiel Martínez

Writers’ Legacy: José Saramago and Tomás Eloy Martínez

Segovia 2011, 
Before their deaths in 2010, both José Saramago and Tomás Eloy Martínez laid down the ideological bases for the creation of foundations that now carry their names. Pilar del Río, wife of the Portuguese Nobel laureate, and Margarita Garcia Robayo, have the task of preserving the message and the legacy each of these authors, who maintained an endearing friendship throughout their lives. 

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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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Chris Bradford

Bodyguard

Hay Festival 2015, 
Following his phenomenally successful Young Samurai events, Chris Bradford returns to the stage for his Bodyguard series with an adrenaline-fuelled show. Chris brings the action in his books to life with an interactive performance and explosive content linked to his own research and training. During his bodyguard training, Chris acquired skills in unarmed combat, defensive driving, tactical firearms, threat assessments, surveillance, and even anti-ambush exercises; all of which he relates in one breath-taking, high-energy event.

Photo: Donny Fitzpatrick

9+ years
Chris Bradford

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Sue Clifford

The Apple Source Book

Hay Festival 2008, 
Sue Clifford of Common Ground offers an illustrated insight into orchards as exemplars of how we can live well with nature whilst enriching both our culinary and cultural landscapes.

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Holly Webb

The Secret Kitten

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join author Holly Webb for an event based on her bestselling animal stories. Find out all about the real kittens, puppies and other animals behind the books, and take part in a craft activity based on the series.
6+ years
Holly Webb

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Dieter Helm talks to Horatio Clare

Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet

Hay Festival 2015, 

The trailblazing economist, author of The Carbon Crunch, shows the commonly held view that environmental protection poses obstacles to economic progress to be false. He explains why the environment must be at the very core of economic planning. He presents the first real attempt to calibrate, measure and value ‘natural capital’ from an economic perspective and goes on to outline a stable new framework for sustainable growth.

Dieter Helm talks to Horatio Clare

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Green Dragons’ Den 3

Hay on Earth 3

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from today’s Hay on Earth sustainability workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Green Dragons’ Den 3

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Kjetil Bjørnstad in conversation with Hugo Chaparro

Cartagena 2011, 
Kjetil Bjørnstad is a well-known Norwegian jazz pianist, who combines his work as a musician with writing, having published more than 30 novels and poetry and essay collections. He has received the Norwegian Riksmål Prize and the French Prix des Lecteurs in 2008. He will talk about his varied career with Hugo Chaparro, with particular attention paid to his recently published book To Music. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Behind the Scenes: Broadcasting House

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Presenter Paddy O’Connell talks about life behind the scenes at the BBC and programme-making. Plus he’ll give the audience a chance to contribute and influence the running orders of future editions of Broadcasting House.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Behind the Scenes: Broadcasting House

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Tom Bower talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Broken Vows: Tony Blair, The Tragedy of Power

Hay Festival 2016, 

When Tony Blair became prime minister in May 1997, he was, at 43, the youngest person to hold that office since 1812. With a landslide majority, his approval rating was 93% and he went on to become Labour’s longest-serving premier. What went wrong? #Corruptiooptimipessima. The Chilcot report is expected in June.

Tom Bower talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Simon Armitage

Pearl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Armitage’s acclaimed version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight confirmed his reputation as a leading poetry translator. This new work is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love. The narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved, Pearl. Retaining all the alliterative music of the original, a Medieval English poem thought to be by the same anonymous author responsible for Gawain, Pearl is here brought to vivid and intricate life.

Simon Armitage

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Per Petterson and Gerbrand Bakker talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions – The Prizewinners

Hay Festival 2015, 

A conversation with two giants of European Literature, both of whom have won both the IMPAC Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Petterson follows Out Stealing Horses with his new novel I Refuse. Tommy’s mother has gone. She walked out into the snow one night, leaving him and his sisters with their violent father. Without his best friend Jim, Tommy would be in trouble. But Jim has challenges of his own which will disrupt their precious friendship. Bakker follows The Detour with June. On a hot summer’s day in June 1969 everyone is gathered to welcome Queen Juliana. The young boys and girls wave their flags enthusiastically. But just as the monarch is getting into her car to leave, little Hanne Kaan and her mother arrive late – the Queen strokes the little girl’s cheek and regally offers Anna Kaan her hand. It would have been an unforgettable day of celebration if only the baker hadn’t been running late with his deliveries and knocked down Hanne, playing on the roadside, with his brand-new VW van…

Per Petterson and Gerbrand Bakker talk to Daniel Hahn

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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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Andres Neuman, Juan Villoro and Carolina Sanin talk to Richard Gwyn

Gabo & Bolaño

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation about Gabriel García Márquez and Roberto Bolaño, two great, dead Latin American writers whose work has been read around the world, with three great contemporary writers: the Argentinian novelist Andres Neuman (pictured) is joined by his Colombian colleague Carolina Sanin and the Mexican writer Juan Villoro.

Andres Neuman, Juan Villoro and Carolina Sanin talk to Richard Gwyn

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Terri Apter

Cambridge Series 8: Passing Judgment – Praise and Blame in Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

It is as old as Adam and Eve: who’s to blame?  Who’s innocent and praiseworthy? Apter discusses why these questions are not reserved just for big moral issues, but inform daily interactions with our family, our partner, our best friends and our bosses. She also shows that how we praise and blame our children, our colleagues, our friends and our partners may sustain or break our relationships with them. Apter is a psychologist, writer and Fellow of Newnham College. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect magazine.

Terri Apter

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Nikalas Catlow, Tim Wesson and YOU!

Hay Festival 2012, 
What happens when aliens meet a mad scientist under the ocean, or secret agents take on giant slugs in the jungle? Well, that’s up to you… Bring a pad and pencil.
 
7+ years

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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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Frances Borzello

The Naked Nude

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this illustrated lecture the art historian explores our obsession with the human body and compares the classical perfection of the nude with the raw, intensely human representation of the C20th and C21st. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

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Adam Rutherford

Creation, Synthetic Biology and Hip-Hop

Hay Festival 2016, 

The geneticist, author of Creation: The Origin of Life/The Future of Life explains how the evolution of music is notably similar to biological evolution: sampling closely mimics synthetic biology, as wholesale pieces of other organisms are swapped to add functions and behaviours for our purposes. And now, as with the copyright issues that strangled creativity in hip-hop, patents in genetics act as crippling hindrances to scientific progress.

Adam Rutherford

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Jonathan Dimbleby

The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Battle of the Atlantic was crucial to victory in the Second World War. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed. Mass hunger would have consumed Britain, and the Allied armies would have been prevented from joining in the invasion of Europe. There would have been no D-Day. Using fascinating contemporary diaries and letters, from the leaders and the sailors on all sides, Dimbleby maps the human stories, the intelligence breakthroughs and the strategic daring of this turning point in European history.

Jonathan Dimbleby

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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.