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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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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.

Simon Garfield

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Mark Neale, Kingsley Aikins, Rachel Minto, Guto Harri

The Power of Diaspora – a Positive Force in a Post-Brexit Britain

Hay Festival 2018, 

The British government’s own analysis of the economic impact of Brexit forecasts a fall in gross domestic product of 9% for Wales. The role of non-resident Welsh people (the Welsh Diaspora) and their soft power, in bringing new wealth and prosperity to Wales, is of huge importance and could be transformational. With global engagement changing the fortunes of nations and exerting huge influence over many aspects of public life and economic development, it’s time Wales got serious about diaspora. Mark Neale, CEO and founder of Mountain Warehouse, Kingsley Atkins, the founder and CEO of Ireland’s Diaspora Matters, and Rachel Minto, an EU expert based at Cardiff University, talk to Guto Harri.

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George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

In Concert: Breaking the Spell of Loneliness

Hay Festival 2017, 

Hay regular George Monbiot and the folk singer and songwriter Ewan McLennan join their considerable forces for an evening that plays with songs and the human stories that inspired them. Mining the themes of loneliness and social isolation and the ways people overcome them, the interplay of words and music is poignant and encouraging.

George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

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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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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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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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Marie-Elsa Bragg talks to Rowan Williams

Fictions: Towards Mellbreak

Hay Festival 2017, 

Bragg’s novel is a hymn both to the landscape of Cumbria and to a disappearing farming world. Poetic, beautiful and tragic, it gives an account of the struggle to preserve traditions and beliefs in the face of change. It is a quietly bold indictment of the treatment of generations of British men, and an assertion of the power to be found in the rituals we pass down through our families. She talks to the poet, academic and former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Marie-Elsa Bragg talks to Rowan Williams

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Bronwen Maddox, Terry Burns, David Allen Green and Vicky Pryce

Brexit Britain 2: How To Do It

Hay Festival 2017, 

If the political decision is difficult, what will the practical delivery be like? How can it be done? By whom? And when? Maddox is the Director of the Institute for Government; Lord Burns was Permanent Secretary to the Treasury in the 1990s; Pryce was joint head of the Government’s Economic Service until 2010, and is the author of Greekonomics; Allen Green writes the Jack of Kent blog and is the author of Brexit: What Everyone Needs to Know.

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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.

Ken Thompson

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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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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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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
Mairi Kidd

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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
Steve Antony

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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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Jacqueline Wilson

Green Glass Beads

Hay Festival 2012, 
The treasured author selects and reads some of her favourite poetry.
 
Please keep your ticket if you wish to get your book signed by Jacqueline after the event.
 
9+ years

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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.
 

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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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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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Catherine Rayner

Hay Festival 2015, 
Have fun counting with Abigail and search for new smells with Smelly Louie in this friendly interactive event with an award-winning writer and illustrator. There is live drawing between storytelling, and children get the chance to create their own masterpieces with Catherine’s help.
5+ years
Catherine Rayner

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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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Tom Maschler talks to Francine Stock

John Lennon: In His Own Write

Hay Festival 2014, 

On 4 June 2014 in New York the legendary Cape publisher auctions the drawings given to him by John Lennon when they were published 50 years ago. He shows the Beatle’s artwork and tells the story of their collaboration.

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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