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Tabitha Goldstaub and Philip Howard

The TCS Spark Salon: Algorithms, fake news and the filter bubble

Hay Festival 2017, 
The past year has been dominated by stories of how fake news has influenced major political decisions on both sides of the Atlantic and how technology has enabled a filter bubble through hidden algorithms and our own biases. There is an inherent tension between whether technology is helping to liberalise or distort and restrict how and what we read. Can artificial intelligence (AI) help us identify the truth or will it divide us? What role should we play as active digital citizens and what responsibility do technology and news organisations have? And what impact will all this have on our society, our institutions and our future? Join us at The Spark Salon, an initiative by Tata Consultancy Services, to explore these questions and more.

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Chris Tarrant

Extreme Railway Journeys

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the last two years Chris’ travels have taken him from Azerbaijan to Bolivia and Zimbabwe. He brings to life the romance of travelling by train, and the sights, sounds and smells of the countries and places visited. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Chris Tarrant

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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.

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

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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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Richard Goldstone talks to Nik Gowing

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want?: The Rule of Law

Hay Festival 2015, 

A conversation with one of the world’s foremost jurists. The ruling in the Groups Areas Act and the Goldstone Commission were fundamental to the transition from apartheid to multiracial democracy in South Africa. At the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Goldstone prosecuted Radovan Karadzič and Ratko Mladić. In 2009, he led a fact-finding mission created by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate international human rights and humanitarian law violations related to the Gaza War.

Richard Goldstone talks to Nik Gowing

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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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Afua Hirsch talks to Amy Ansell

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Hay Festival 2018, 

Where are you really from? You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking you where you are from? Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.

Ansell is Dean of Liberal Arts at Emerson College, and author of New Right, New Racism: Race and Reaction in the United States and Britain.

Afua Hirsch talks to Amy Ansell

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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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Lily Ashley, Grace Pilkington, James Massiah

Little Grape Jelly–in Performance

Hay Festival 2017, 

The trio of poets bill themselves asconversations between a recovering love addict, a born again nihilist and an emotionally naked feminist’.They’re clever and inventive and they give good show.

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Mark Tully

India’s Unending Journey: Finding Balance in a Time of Change

Hay Festival 2007, 
A fascinating, deeply personal account of the impact the Subcontinent has had on the life and beliefs of the broadcaster.

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Triumphs On And Off The Track

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
Moroccan-Dutch writer and marathon runner Abdelkader Benali talks with Paralympic Silver Medalist runner Francis Thuo, Paralympic Gold Medalist Mary Namancha and the British High Commissioner Rob MaCaire.

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Mara Menzies

I knew a man called Livingstone

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Mara tells the story of the great Scottish explorer David Livingstone from the perspective of his African friends. In an extraordinary attempt to ensure his spirit rested in peace, his companions Susi and Chuma and eighty others carried the doctor’s body from the very centre of Africa to the East African coast so he could be returned to the land of his birth. The story is revealed through vibrant storytelling and music.

12+ years

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Sarah Webb

Ask Amy Green

Kells 2013, 

Using toys, clothes and photos from her childhood, Sarah will talk about growing up in Dublin and how she became a writer. She will also read from the latest book in the Ask Amy Green series, Wedding Belles (published in September 2013) and take questions from the audience. Be warned: this may involve some audience participation, acting and wig-wearing.


10+ years


All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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Jon McNaught and Conz in conversation with Michèle Standjofski

Graphic Tales

Beirut 2013, 

British Jon McNaught is the creator of a very special graphic style, using screen-printing and lithography to create miniature images and silent narratives, capturing quiet moments in small, inky panels. Belgian Conz made his debut in 2004 with the semi-autobiographical album Toen ik nog Baas van de Wereld was (‘When I Still Ruled The World’, pub. Oogachtend), which won the prize for the best début at the Turnhout comics festival. He is currently working on his dream project, the science-fiction graphic novel De Wraak van de Walvis (‘The Whale’s Revenge’). In conversation with Michèle Standjofski.

Event in English

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John Lewis-Stempel and Jim Wight

Young James Herriot

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author is joined by the real James Herriot’s son to discuss The Making of the World’s Most Famous Vet.

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Arcadi Espada, Yves Wantens and Sven Tuytens

European autonomies

Segovia 2013, 

Two opposing views are presented on the role of the self-governing regions in the process of decision-making at the European level: that of the pleasantly polemic columnist Arcadi Espada on one hand and on the other Yves Wantens, Representative of Flanders in Spain. Chaired by the Belgian correspondent of Flemish public television, Sven Tuytens.

Simultaneous translation of Dutch into Spanish.


Co-organised with the Flemish Delegation in Spain.

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Finding Wonderland

Hay Festival 2015, 
Cathy Cassidy, who loved Alice in Wonderland above all other books as a child, has re-imagined the story for a modern audience in Looking Glass Girl. Chris Riddell learned about the relationship between words and pictures by copying Sir John Tenniel’s famous illustrations. They are joined by Julia Eccleshare of the British Library to talk about Lewis Carroll, his legacy, and how it feels to walk in his footsteps.
10+ years
Finding Wonderland

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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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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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The Gaia Lectures 2: In Our Hands

Hay Festival 2008, 
Friends of the Earth Director Tony Juniper shows how we can all face the big eco-problems with mass attention to simple domestic practice, from energy conservation to green business networks.

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Zoë Wilcox and Julian Harrison

Talking About Shakespeare: Showing Shakespeare in the Library

Hay Festival 2016, 

The curators of the two landmark exhibitions of the 400th anniversary celebrations share their treasures at Hay – from First Folios and the now famous handwritten plea for refugees, to Vivien Leigh’s Titania costume and some of the richest theatrical memorabilia of the last 400 years.

Zoë Wilcox and Julian Harrison

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Glen Baxter

Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings

Hay Festival 2016, 

Baxter’s drawings are a delicious stew of pulp adventure novels, highbrow jinks, and outright absurdity: lonesome cowboys confront the latest in modern art, brave men tremble before moussaka, schoolgirls hoard hashish, and the world’s fruits are in constant peril. Wimples abound. The artist talks to John Mitchinson.

Glen Baxter

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Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Hay Festival 2016, 

Terrifying Tudor? No. Rotten Roman? No. It’s Martin Brown – the ever-popular illustrator of Horrible Histories. In Martin’s action-packed show full of jokes, drawing and fantastic facts, he will reveal secrets about illustrating the bestselling series and show why everyone can draw. With tons of activity and audience suggestions, all the family will enjoy this Horrible show.

8+

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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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Nick Mansfield

Buildings of the Labour Movement

Hay Festival 2014, 

This fascinating survey ranges from the communal buildings of the early nineteenth-century political radicals, Owenites and Chartists, through Arts and Crafts influenced socialist structures of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods to the grand union ‘castles’ of the mid-twentieth century.