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Secret Treasures of Ancient Egypt

Hay Festival 2016, 

Step back in time and explore the amazing lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus with the help of Xanthe Gresham Knight, one of the core Storytellers for the British Museum. Enjoy incredible tales of submerged deities and treasures and discover how these fantastic cities were rediscovered.

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Claire Tomalin's Jane Austen

Hay Festival 1998, 
Afetr her stunning biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Dora Jordan, Tomalin turned to their contemporary, Jane Austen, and reveals a life less quiet, more eventful, and more surprising than the conventional picture of the great novelist.

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Piers Torday

The Last Wild

Hay Festival 2013, 

An animal adventure like no other, The Last Wild is hotly tipped to be a modern classic and Piers Torday is a highly acclaimed new writer. Hear him at Hay first!

9+ years

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Crossing Borders

Owen Sheers and Fflur Dafydd

Hay Festival 2008, 
Poet and novelist Owen Sheers and singer/songwriter Fflur Dafydd move through song, instrumental, verse and prose exploring dialogues between music and words, English and Welsh, poetry and song.

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Martin Rowson

Cartoons, Offence and Religion

Hay Festival 2008, 
The cartoonist and author of Stuff and The Dog Allusion explores the boundaries of satire.

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DISCUSIONES I Alejandro Echeverri y Elisabeth Vollert en conversación con Daniela Zyman y Boris Ondreicka

Cartagena 2013, 
DISCUSIONES está coorganizado por Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), que apoya principalmente manifestaciones artísticas que cuestionan los discursos hegemónicos en relación a prácticas artísticas y que operan a nivel internacional. DISCUSIONES I une a comisarios, pensadores y activistas para investigar y exprimentar de manera crítica con nociones de identidad nacional y representación, específicamente en relación a las producciones artísticas contemporáneas de Colombia y sus liaisons dangereuses con los conceptos de naturaleza (como territorio, recurso e imaginario), cultura (y su narrativa vía la tradición oral, el arte, el cine y sus traducciones) y el activismo. DISCUSIONES I se acerca al arte y a la arquitectura como herramientas para el cambio social. Con Elisabeth Vollert (comisario y artista de La Otra, Bogotá), Alejandro Echeverri (arquitecto y urbanista, Medellín), Daniela Zyman (ccomisaria jefe de TBA21, Viena) y Boris Ondreicka (comisario invitado de TBA21, Viena).

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Cynan Jones talks to Tiffany Murray

The Dig

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author reads from and discusses his searing short novel, weaving the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer. The story unfolds in a stark rural setting where man, animal, land and weather are at loggerheads. 

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Danny Dorling

People and Places: A 21st-Century Atlas of the UK

Hay Festival 2016, 

The geographer introduces this staggeringly detailed analysis of social change over the past 15 years, gleaned from census statistics and big data. It is essential reading for all those working in local authorities, health authorities, and statutory and voluntary organisations, as well as for researchers, students, policy makers, journalists and any Haymakers interested in social geography, social policy, social justice and social change.

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Sally Emerson and Antonia Quirke

Start the Day 3

Hay Festival 2007, 
Emerson introduces her enchanting poetry anthology ‘for lovers, weddings and ever after’, Be Mine. Quirke talks about her movie memoir Madame Depardieu and the Beautiful Strangers. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Not for the Faint-hearted

John Stevens

Hay Festival 2006, 
The much-admired Met Commissioner (2000–2005) discusses shoot-to-kill, terrorism, corruption, Blunkett, and Ongoing – his investigation into the death of Princess Diana.

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Sustaining A Growing Population

The Eirgrid Debates 2

Kells 2013, 

With the world’s population expected to hit 10 billion by 2100, the earth’s capacity to sustain the human population and its increasing demands remains a critical issue. What are the energy implications for Ireland? What will be the balance between technological breakthrough and lifestyle change?

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Mukesh Kapila

The Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture: Against A Tide Of Evil

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

This year’s lecture is given by the former Head of the United Nations in Sudan and author of Against A Tide Of Evil. In a no-holds-barred account, he reveals the shocking depths of evil plumbed by those who designed and orchestrated ‘the final solution’ in Darfur and why so many good men stood by and did nothing. He explores what empowers a man to make a stand to confront global indifference and venality.

 

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Iain Finlayson

Tangier: City of the Dream

Hay Festival 2015, 

No city in the world has quite the exotic allure of Tangier. From the C17th, it has been a place on the edge, beyond the normal disciplines of government, a city of refuge and excitements where sex is cheap, drugs are plentiful and where the outcasts of the world can breathe easily. The golden years of Tangier began after World War I and barely survived World War II. Among those who sought sanctuary in or inspiration from this legendary city were Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Paul and Jane Bowles, Ronnie Kray, Tennessee Williams, Joe Orton, Cecil Beaton and Truman Capote. It is this ‘last resort of the living dead, alive but not madly kicking’ that Finlayson explores in his witty, enthralling study.

Iain Finlayson

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Chris Riddell

Hay Festival 2015, 
Wildly inventive and richly entertaining, Chris Riddell is the genius behind a vast range of children’s books that children and adults revisit time and time again. There’s Alienography, the Ottoline and Goth Girl series, and for older readers The Graveyard Book, and The Sleeper and the Spindle, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris. He also illustrated The Edge Chronicles and Russell Brand’s Pied Piper of Hamelin. He has twice won the coveted Greenaway Medal and still manages to produce political cartoons for The Observer. See him in action in a live drawing tour around the wonderful world of Chris Riddell.
8+ years
Chris Riddell

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Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

The Aftermath

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist discusses his superbly controlled emotional thriller – a tale of passion, betrayal and conscience set in post-war Germany. Perfect for anyone who loved Atonement, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin or Anna Karenina.

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Harry Potter: Calling All Fans

Hay Festival 2015, 
Have you ever wanted to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books? Join our ‘Professor of Potter’ and his plucky assistant as they bring to life the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A fun and interactive event for all the family, whether you’re new to the books or a dedicated fan. Prizes for best costume. Certificates and postcards for keen muggles! Come and share the magic!
7+ years
Harry Potter: Calling All Fans

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Catherine Ndereba

Careerpedia - Sports Talk

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Alex Kandie chats with Olympic medalist and world champion marathon runner Catherine Ndereba, popularly known as ‘Catherine the Great’. They discuss her extraordinary achievements and her life story - how a girl from a humble background was able to scale international heights.



14–18 years

 

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Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

Sex, Lies and Brain Scans

Hay Festival 2017, 

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has proved to be game-changing for understanding the brain. Through fMRI, patients in a persistent vegetative states have been able to communicate, and unconscious biases have been uncovered. Join Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald as they explore how this technique could be used, and abused, in the future. Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge; Gottwald is a PhD student.

Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2017, 

The illustrator discusses and demonstrates his working practice.  This event is aimed at students and young artists.

Oliver Jeffers

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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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Rüdiger Safranski

El origen del mal

Cartagena 2014, 
Tarde o temprano, con mayor o menor intensidad, y desde una u otra posición, todos acabamos teniendo que afrontar la experiencia del mal en nuestra vida. El filósofo alemán Rüdiger Safranski plantea su charla en torno a dos ejes fundamentales: de dónde surge el mal y por qué. La primera es la pregunta acerca del origen; y tanto en los relatos bíblicos como en las teogonías griegas aparece la sospecha de que el caos, la violencia y la destrucción no sólo son el principio de todas las cosas, sino que siguen ahí, latentes en la civilización. La segunda es la pregunta acerca del porqué del mal, y aquí nos vemos enfrentados al tema de la libertad y al hecho de que el hombre es, como se ha dicho, el “animal no fijado”, el que tiene la posibilidad de elegir. Con el apoyo del Goethe-Institut

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Helen Margetts

Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action

Hay Festival 2016, 

As people spend increasing proportions of their daily lives using social media such as Twitter and Facebook, they are being invited to support myriad political causes by sharing, liking, endorsing or downloading. Chain reactions caused by these tiny acts of participation form a growing part of collective action today, from neighbourhood campaigns to global political movements. Margetts is the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and co-author of Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action.

Helen Margetts

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Matthew Engel

Extracts from the Red Notebooks

Hay Festival 2007, 
A delightfully eclectic selection of astute insight and observation from the 35 commonplace books the journalist has kept over 27 years. Proceeds from the event and the book will go towards the Laurie Engel Fund that is raising money with the Teenage Cancer Trust to support the appropriate care of teenage cancer patients.

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Azar Nafisi talks to Sarah Churchwell

The Republic of Imagination

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the author of the bestselling memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran comes a powerful and passionate case for the vital role of fiction today. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favourite novels, the scholar and teacher invites us to join her as citizens of her ‘Republic of Imagination’, a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

Azar Nafisi talks to Sarah Churchwell

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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