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John Maddox

What Remains to be Discovered

Hay Festival 1997, 
Far from being played out, Science is just beginning. Some of the outstanding questions that cannot yet be answered are: Where did the Universe come from? How did life begin? And how does the brain work? But the questions that will occupy our grandchildren are those we are not yet smart enough to ask...

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Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm: May Require Batteries

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

With overdue homework, overdue pocket money and a bag full of overdue newspapers, can life get any more unfair for Norm? Abso-flipping-lutely.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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Dexter Dias talks to Tom Clark

The Ten Types of Human

Hay Festival 2017, 

We want to believe that there are some things we would never do. We want to believe that there are other things we always would. But how can we be sure? What are our limits? Do we have limits? The human rights lawyer examines the best and worst of our capabilities.

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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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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
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Stephen D King

Grave New World

Hay Festival 2017, 

The economist offers a controversial look at the end of globalisation and what it means for prosperity, peace, and the global economic order. King is HSBC’s Chief Economic Adviser and a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He talks to the BBC’s Rajan Datar.

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Matt Brown

Compton Valance: The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

Hay Festival 2015, 
Do you have what it takes to be a top-secret agent of F.A.R.T.A? Matt Brown, author of the hilarious time travel adventure series Compton Valance, will put you through your paces. From finding out your agent identity to code breaking and a quickfire quiz: will you pass the time travel test to join Compton Valance and his best friend Bryon Nylon?
7+ years
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Jacob Rees-Mogg and Munira Mirza talk to Bronwen Maddox

The Prospect Platform: The Case for Brexit

Hay Festival 2016, 

Two of the smartest OUT-ers make the case for leaving the EU. Rees-Mogg is Conservative MP for North-East Somerset and Mirza is London’s Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture. They are questioned by the editor of Prospect magazine.

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Rosamond McKitterick

Cambridge Series 17: History, Memory and Ideas About the Past

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian mines the cultural memory of the Dark Ages and shows how medieval ideas about the state echo down the ages.

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Antonio Colinas, Juan Manuel de Prada and Gonzalo Santoja

Hay Festival 2008, 
To celebrate our Castilian festival three of the finest Spanish writers join us to read and talk to Jesús García Calero.

In Spanish with translation

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Raymond Tallis

Tetchy Interludes

Hay Festival 2014, 

The medic/philosopher takes a wry look at a variety of topics such as stupidity (including the author’s own), fashions in academe, and the human propensity for mission drift. His latest book of essays is Epithemean Imaginings.

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Joanne Harris, Cristina Fuentes, Nazma Kabir, Claire Cohen

Because I am a Girl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Global children’s charity Plan UK introduces Because I am a Girl, the world’s biggest campaign for girls’ rights. With education, skills and the right support, girls in the developing world can make choices over their future and be a force for creating lasting change. Joanne Harris, author of the Rune fantasy series and the bestselling Chocolat trilogy, shares her personal stories as an inspiration for other women and girls worldwide to be able to fulfil their aspirations. She is joined by Plan UK’s Director of Programmes, Nazma Kabir, and Cristina Fuentes, International Director of Hay Festivals, who will talk about our work with Plan in Colombia.  Chaired by Claire Cohen, Deputy Women's Editor for Telegraph Wonder Women.

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Michael Foreman

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha

Hay Festival 2014, 

The true story of a young serviceman on active duty in 1915 who finds and keeps a tortoise. One of our most highly-acclaimed illustrators, Michael is best known for War Boy and War Game and for his extensive work with Michael Morpurgo. Find out why the tale of Ali Pasha was such an inspiration to him.
7+ years

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David Priestland

Merchant, Soldier, Sage: A New History Of Power

Hay Festival 2013, 

The historian argues for the predominance in any society of one of three broad value systems – that of the merchant (commercial and competitive); the soldier (aristocratic and militaristic); and the sage (bureaucratic or creative). These ‘castes’ struggle alongside the worker (egalitarian and artisanal) for power. Then comes a point of drastic change and the result is economic crisis, war or revolution, and eventually a new caste takes over.

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Danny Dorling

The Human Atlas of Europe

Hay Festival 2017, 

The geographer explores Europe’s society, culture, economy, politics and environment using state-of-the-art mapping techniques. With maps ranging from life expectancy, greenhouse gas emissions, GDP to Eurovision voting, Dorling addresses fundamental questions around social cohesion and sustainable growth as Europe negotiates the UK’s exit while continuing through the economic crisis. His other books that have been featured at Hay include Inequality and the 1%, Population 10 Billion, All That Is Solid and Injustice.

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Srijato Bandopadhyay, Natalie Holborow, Arunhava Sinha, Sophie McKeand, Aniesha Brahma and Sion Tomos Owen

Hay Mela 1: And Suddenly You Find Yourself in India

Hay Festival 2017, 

The first of four events this afternoon and evening that celebrate the vibrant cultural exchange between Wales and India. The poets relate and perform their experience of the India Wales project 2017, Valley City Village: with words and pictures introduced by Gary Raymond.

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Robin Hesketh

Cambridge University Series 8

Hay Festival 2014, 

Demystifying Cancer

The biochemist explains how the behaviour of cells is controlled and what goes wrong when they begin to proliferate in an abnormal manner – the basic cause of cancers. He then enters an amazing new world, revealed by astonishing technical advances that are revolutionising how we think about and treat cancers. Advances and alternatives that suggest a cautious optimism for the future of mankind’s battle against these fascinating diseases. His Betrayed by Nature and The Secret of Life are published this year.

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David Spiegelhalter

Cambridge Series 18: Sex by Numbers

Hay Festival 2016, 

How often, with whom, and doing what? The statistics of sexual behaviour are riveting, but can we believe them? A Cambridge professor of statistics investigates. Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk.

David Spiegelhalter

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The Science of Star Wars

Hay Festival 2014, 
Star Wars conjures up images of spaceships, super-weapons, and all sorts of visions of the future. Author Mark Brake and TV science presenter Jon Chase probe the fantastic frontier between movie magic and cutting-edge science in a high energy session for all the family inspired by one of the most successful epics in entertainment history.
8+ years
The Science of Star Wars

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Jenny Valentine

Finding Violet Park

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

The author of Broken Soup, The Ant Colony and Finding Violet Park which was awarded the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction shares insights about her work and invites your questions.

14–18 years 

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Irvine Welsh en conversación con Eleanor Wachtel

Cartagena 2014, 
Irvine Welsh (Escocia) es autor de la celebrada novela Trainspotting, llevada al cine con gran éxito por Danny Boyle, en la que muestra con humor, honestidad y crítica la vida de un sector de la juventud escocesa afectada por el clima desesperanzador de los años ochenta, la atracción de las drogas y los dilemas morales de sus protagonistas. Welsh es autor de varias novelas más, entre ellas Porno y la recién publicada Skagboys, en las que regresa a los personajes de Trainspotting. En conversación con Eleanor Wachtel y presentado por Chris Rawlings, director del British Council en Colombia.

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Erica Whyman talks to Francine Stock

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC discusses her current production. As a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and his great legacy, the production features local amateur companies in all 12 regions and nations of the UK playing Shakespeare’s Mechanicals alongside the professional cast. Erica shares her thoughts as the tour concludes in Cardiff and Belfast, and the company prepares to return to Stratford-upon-Avon for a final run featuring performances from all the amateur companies.

Erica Whyman talks to Francine Stock

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Ifor ap Glyn & Gillian Clarke

The National Poet of Wales / Bardd Cenedlaethol Cymru

Hay Festival 2016, 

In his first official event as National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn will discuss Welsh literature with his predecessor, Gillian Clarke. Both poets will read from their work and share their stories and thoughts on this thriving scene.

Yn ei ddigwyddiad cyntaf fel Bardd Cenedlaethol Cymru, bydd Ifor ap Glyn yn trafod llenyddiaeth Cymru gyda’i ragflaenydd, Gillian Clarke. Bydd y ddau fardd yn trin a thrafod byd barddoniaeth ac yn taflu ambell gerdd i’r pair hefyd. 

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Tom Wolfe talks to Mark Lawson

Hay Festival 1999, 
The writer in conversation with the journalist Mark Lawson. Wolfe's books include the contemporary classics The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities.

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Mark Lynas

Nuclear 2.0

Hay Festival 2014, 

Is nuclear power the only realistic solution to our energy crisis? Using the latest world energy statistics Lynas shows that with wind and solar still at only about 1 percent of global primary energy, asking renewables to deliver all the world’s power is ‘dangerously delusional’.