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Science Museum

Super High-tech Robot Show

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ever wondered how robots work, what they do and why we even have them? Join the Science Museum as they take you on an amazing interactive journey into the world of robots. Discover how we program them, how they’re engineered and which is better – robot technology or human biology. This exciting and engaging science show features incredible live robot demonstrations and experiments that will blow your circuits.

9+
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Adrian Tinniswood

The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War and Madness in 17th-Century England

Hay Festival 2007, 
To know the Verney family is to know the C17th. And as Tinniswood demonstrates, we know the Verneys very well indeed.

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Iván Benavides, Andrés Cepeda, Fonseca y William Ospina en conversación con Fernando Gaitán

La poética popular: escribir música

Cartagena 2013, 
Tres grandes intérpretes, pero sobre todo compositores, hablarán sobre el acto de componer y escribir música para interpretar. Iván Benavides es músico, compositor y productor del proyectoSidestepper, pionero en la internacionalización de la cumbia colombiana; Andrés Cepeda es actualmenteuno de los más reconocidos cantantes y compositores del bolero a nivel nacional; y Fonseca, merecedor de dos premios Grammy Latinos y quien ha alcanzado el éxito internacional con su música, una mezcla de pop y ritmos folclóricos colombianos, con una trayectoria definida por la versatilidad. Conversarán sobre poesía y música con el libretista y escritor FernandoGaitán, actual vicepresidente de producto de RCN.

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Dui Banglar Shahitter Halchal

Dhaka 2012, 
Syed Shamsul Haq, Hassan Azizul Haq and Debesh Ray discuss Bangla fiction from both sides of the border. Chaired by Prothom Alo's Sajjad Sharif.

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Animal Adventures

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join animal experts and top writers Nicola Davies and Gill Lewis to find out all about their latest animal adventure stories. Unmissable for animal fans!

7+ years

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Aarhus 39 with Michael Rosen

Hay Festival 2017, 

Michael Rosen discusses different journeys through life with writers whose stories have been selected for the Hay Aarhus 39 anthologies QUEST and ODYSSEY: stories of journeys from around Europe. Selected by three of Europe’s top authors – Matt Haig (UK), Kim Fupz Aakeson (Denmark) and Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain) – some of the best emerging writers for young people from across wider Europe have contributed to the collections. Rosen will talk to Dy Plambeck and Sanne Munk Jensen from Denmark, Sandrine Kao from France and Maria Turtschaninoff from Finland. The event will explore how stories can bring people together through shared experiences.

11+
Aarhus 39 with Michael Rosen

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Ken Thompson

Where Do Camels Belong?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Where do camels belong? ‘In the Arab world’ may seem the obvious answer, but they are relative newcomers there. They evolved in North America, retain their greatest diversity in South America, and the only remaining wild dromedaries are in Australia. Thompson examines The Story and Science of Invasive Species.

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Simon Garfield

Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed With Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. The timetable arrives by steam train. A woman designs a 10-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister becomes stuck in the same four minutes for ever. Garfield offers a vivid and compelling exploration of the ways we have perceived, contained and saved time over the past 250 years. Chaired by Olivia Cole.

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Xiaolu Guo and Tash Aw talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions – China

Hay Festival 2014, 

Guo’s love story I Am China explores ideas of translation and exile and the role of the artist. Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, Aw’s Five Star Billionaire maps the overlapping lives of five newcomers to Shanghai.

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CJ Busby

Frogspell

Hay Festival 2013, 

Discover more about Max and Olivia and their pet dragon Adolphus as they help protect King Arthur from dastardly plots. Find out how to create a spell using ‘magical’ words.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Will Chase, Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Jane Scotter and Stephen Jones

Farming With A Difference

Hay Festival 2016, 

Meet four producers who have identified a specialist market and are making farming pay. Will Chase re-invented himself from potato grower to purveyor of posh crisps, Tyrrell’s, then sold the company to form Williams Chase Distillery, making gin and vodka. Illtud Llyr Dunsford of Charcuterie Ltd is a seventh-generation farmer flying the flag for home-cured meats and reviving a taste for veal. Jane Scotter of Fern Verrow farms fruit and veg biodynamically, and Stephen Jones is growing quinoa, the new superfood previously chalking up thousands of food miles from South America. Chaired by Dan Saladino of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

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Mairi Kidd

Breaking Down The Barriers

Hay Festival 2015, 
Mairi Kidd is MD of Barrington Stoke, which commissions and publishes a wide range of books intended to help kids ‘crack’ reading. What can be done to help young people who may be dyslexic or appear to be ‘reluctant’ to read? How can we help every child develop a love of reading? Mairi is joined by guest panellists to discuss why our children don’t want to read and what to do about it.
11+ years
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Time for One More Question

A BBC Radio Drama Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

A lights-down-and-listen session and Q&A with writer Glyn Maxwell and BBC Radio Drama producer Nadia Molinari. Love is put through the toughest Q&A in Glyn Maxwell’s comedy of festival manners. Come and listen to this 45-minute original drama recorded on location at this year’s Hay Festival, followed by a discussion about how it was created.

This session is not for broadcast, but the original recording of Time for One More Question will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 29 May at 2.15pm.

BBC Radio Drama
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Time for One More Question

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José María Lassalle and Jorge Edwards read Bolaño

Segovia 2013, 

José María Lasalle, State Secretary of Culture, begins the Hay Festival Segovia tribute to the literary figure of Roberto Bolaño with the reading of Nocturno de Chile (Anagrama), punctuated by the anecdotes about the author made by his compatriot, the Chilean Jorge Edwards, the most “persona grata” and a Premio Cervantes winner who never shies away from controversy, despite knowing the intricacies of diplomacy.

 

Co-organised and produced by ACE (Acción Cultural Española)

 

 

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Jez Alborough

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creator of the Eddy And The Bear stories, which became a Bafta Award-winning television series, is here to bring you Nat The Cat’s Sunny Smile.

4+ years

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Ed Vulliamy

The War is Dead, Long Live the War - Bosnia: the Reckoning

Hay Festival 2012, 
The journalist bears witness to the Serbian death camps he uncovered in 1992 and examines the aftermath of the catastrophic Bosnian war and its terrible human consequences.

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Tom Dyckhoff

The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City

Hay Festival 2017, 

In Dubai, a luxury apartment block is built in the shape of a giant iPod. In China, President Xi Jinping denounces the trend of constructing ‘bizarre’ new buildings in wacky shapes and colours. In Cincinnati, celebrity architect Zaha Hadid is paid millions to design a single ‘iconic’ structure – with the hope of single-handedly transforming the region’s ailing fortunes. These incidents are all part of the same story: the rise of the age of spectacle. Chaired by Simon Jenkins.

Tom Dyckhoff

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Andrea Wulf

Reformations: The distinction between the arts and science

Querétaro 2017, 

The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. In order to celebrate this important milestone in Western critical thinking, we have asked a number of thinkers to give us a “reform” that would be applicable now. Andrea Wulf will talk about the traditional distinction between the arts and the sciences, proposing a reformation of this classic separation of disciplines and questioning why the imagination is not present in science. Followed by a question and answer session with Peter Florence.

Andrea Wulf

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Simon Schama

The Power of Art

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘The power of the greatest art is the power to shake us into revelation, and rip us from our default mode of seeing … We don’t look at a face, a colour, a sky, a body in the same way again.’

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Heather Hurley, Nigel Baker, Chris Pullin

The Story of Hereford

Hay Festival 2016, 

Three contributors to the new Logaston anthology charting the history of the Cathedral City recover stories from its past. Heather Hurley recounts the boatbuilding industry and the Wye river trade; archaeologist Nigel Baker introduces new discoveries about the Saxon period; Chris Pullin talks about Hereford as a C12th centre of learning with links to the Arab world. Chaired by Nicola Goodwin of BBC Hereford and Worcester.

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Erwin James talks to Claire Armitstead

Redeemable

Hay Festival 2016, 

James lost his mother when he was seven. Shipped from home to home and subject to the whims of various care-givers after his father turned to alcohol and violence, he committed his first crime of breaking and entering when he was ten. His teenage and early adult years were spent drifting, and his petty crime turned increasingly violent, culminating in the terrible events for which he was jailed for life in 1984. Entering prison at 27, James struggled to come to terms with the enormity of his crimes and a future without purpose or hope. Then he met Joan, a prison psychologist, who helped him to confront the painful truth of his past, and to understand how it had shaped him from such a young age. Encouraged to read and to educate himself, over the next 20 years Erwin James would go on to receive a BA in History and become a regular columnist for the Guardian.

Erwin James talks to Claire Armitstead

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Steve Antony

Pandas, Doughnuts, and the Queen’s Handbag

Hay Festival 2015, 
Steve Antony is one of the hottest talents around – his first book, The Queen’s Hat, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize. Learn to draw a panda who loves good manners (and doughnuts!), read stories together, and get a sneak peek of Steve’s next book, The Queen’s Handbag.
3+ years
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Marc Rees, Owen Morgan Roberts, Owen Griffiths and Owen Sheers

Now The Hero - Preview

Hay Festival 2018, 
 
Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero is an immersive theatrical experience that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey through three intertwining narratives of war; from Celtic history, the First World War, and today’s conflicts.  Marc Rees’ bold production was inspired by Frank Brangwyn’s rejected WW1 memorial paintings, the exuberant British Empire Panels, housed in Swansea’s Guildhall.

Also drawing upon an epic poem and an intimate portrait of a serving Swansea soldier, Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero brings the stories of war to life but counterpoints the tragic telling with hope.  At its heart is a site specific  Requiem, realised from a collaboration between the late Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhansson and Owen Morgan Roberts; with a libretto by BAFTA nominated writer Owen Sheers. Artist Owen Griffiths (Arts Council of Wales Creative Ambassador) will also join the conversation to discuss his contribution to the project – the creation of an edible landscape and harvest gathering, as featured in Brangwyn's paintings.

Rees introduces the concepts of Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero and discusses Sheers’ response to the ancient Celtic poem Y Gododdin; Roberts’ interpretation of this in musical form in a specific setting; and Griffiths unique interpretation of paintings as war memorials in contemporary landscape.

 Chaired by Jasper Rees.

Now The Hero is the highlight in Wales for the final year of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Marc Rees, Owen Morgan Roberts, Owen Griffiths and Owen Sheers

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Kate Saunders

Five Children on the Western Front

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join the Costa Award-winning author to hear all about her sequel to E. Nesbit’s classic Five Children and It stories. Witty, tender and full of insights into life, love and politics, this is a brilliant book in its own right as well as a worthy tribute. Find out about Kate’s inspirations for the book and her love for the original novels. She talks to literary critic Julia Eccleshare.
9+ years
Kate Saunders

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Green Dragons Den Final 3 – Sustainable Work and Travel

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