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Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Cambridge Series: The start of life – how far should science go?

Hay Festival 2017, 

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz is a Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology. Her passion lies in understanding how cells decide their fate for the very first time and how embryos build their architecture. This passion allowed her and her team to reveal the remarkable self-organising properties of human embryos, pioneering the way for future studies of human and mouse embryogenesis. She created a technique that almost doubles the time scientists can culture human embryos in the lab so they can study the beginnings of human life. It raises ethical issues about research on embryos and when an embryo becomes a human. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

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Stig Abell talks to Amol Rajan

How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

Hay Festival 2018, 

Britain is a State that chose Brexit, rejects immigration but is dependent on it, is getting older but less healthy, is more demanding of public services but less willing to pay for them, is tired of intervention abroad but wants to remain a global authority. We have an over-stretched, free health service (an idea from the 1940s that may not survive the 2020s), overcrowded prisons, a military without an evident purpose, an education system the envy of none of the Western world. How did we get here and where are we going? Abell is editor of the Times Literary Supplement. Rajan is the BBC's Media Editor.

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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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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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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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Jasper Fforde talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2008, 
The cult humorist and Wodehouse Prize-winner, yarns his latest adventure comedy First Among Sequels.

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Linda Yueh talks to Bronwen Maddox

The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today

Hay Festival 2018, 

Since the days of Adam Smith, economists have grappled with a series of familiar problems but often their ideas are hard to digest, even before we try to apply them to today’s issues. Yueh is renowned for her combination of erudition, as an accomplished economist herself, and accessibility, as a leading writer and broadcaster in this field. She explains the key thoughts of history’s greatest economists, how our lives have been influenced by their ideas and how they could help us with the policy challenges we face today.

Linda Yueh talks to Bronwen Maddox

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Julian Clary and David Roberts

The Bolds on Holiday

Hay Festival 2017, 

The hairiest family in Teddington are back for a further adventure and this time they decide to take a well-earned holiday by the seaside with all their relatives in tow. But can they stay hidden on a camping holiday? Join the authors as they introduce their exceptional family’s latest escapade in storytelling and live drawing.

9+
Julian Clary and David Roberts

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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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Hay 25 - Ben Okri, Jung Chang, Földényi F. László, Dragomán György, Tibor Fischer, Tiffany Murray talk to Jon Gower

Budapest 2012, 
The Hay Festival is 25 this year, and as part of the celebrations we have put 25 Questions to everyone taking part in all our 15 festivals around the world. Please join the panel to discuss three of the Questions – Why do we read books? We’re building a library of literature, music and cinema. Which one book, film and album would you contribute to it? 25 years ago, the whole world lived in fear of an Aids pandemic, the Berlin Wall divided East and Western Europe, China and Latin America were considered part of the developing world and less than 1% of the world’s population used mobile phones or computers. What changes will we see to the way we live now in 25 years’ time?
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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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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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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Matthew Haley

Tomorrow’s Treasures: Are Rare Books A Good Investment?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Bonhams’ Head of Books and Manuscripts talks about the collectors who have made and lost fortunes in rare books. He gives a summary of price trends in the book market, and considers whether rare books are a good investment.

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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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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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Shakespeare

Dhaka 2012, 
This year, all 32 of Shakespeare's plays were staged in London's Globe Theatre, performed by theatre troupes from all over the world. Kamila Shamsie talks about Shakespeare's global appeal. Followed by a short play inspired by Hamlet, presented by Aly Zaker and directed by Sara Zaker.

Darpan is not a translation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare but a free adaptation of sorts. It is a lifting of the story out of the original play's context and rewriting it for Bangla theatre. This play, though it stems from palace intrigue, deals with the universal human ramifications of love, greed and anguish. The 'play within the play' uses the folk form elements of Bangladesh. Performed by Nagorik Natya Sampradaya.

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Peter Florence: The Pity of War

For Hay Library

Hay Festival 2015, 

A performed reading of the play about Wilfred Owen, who died in action on 4 November 1918 having written some of the greatest war poetry in the English language. The play is edited from Owen’s poems and letters and tells his story from the outbreak of war when he was teaching in provincial France. Owen joins up and is drafted straight into the realities of trench warfare on the frontline; he is invalided back to hospital in Edinburgh where he meets Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon before returning to his men in France, where he wins the Military Cross. Owen’s writing was savagely critical of church and state, and hugely compassionate towards the soldiers sacrificing their lives: ‘All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the poet must be truthful.’

Peter Florence: The Pity of War

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Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Hay Festival 2015, 
Hop along to this charming interactive puppet show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. See Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and help him on his journey, and meet the mischievous rabbit in person!
3+ years
Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

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Rachel Lowe and Gemma Modinos

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2018, 

From planetary exploration and micro-sensors to tropical disease and psychosis, two Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science. Lowe’s research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine involves understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. Modinos’ work at King’s College London attempts to understand the neural mechanisms of emotion and stress response in schizophrenia. Chaired by Hannah Critchlow.

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Elif Shafak

Fictions – The Architect’s Apprentice

Hay Festival 2015, 

Sixteenth century Istanbul: a stowaway arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for the Sultan. The boy is utterly alone in a foreign land, with no worldly possessions to his name except Chota, a rare white elephant destined for the palace menagerie… The Turkish author of The Forty Rules of Love and Honour discusses her mesmerizing new novel with William Sieghart.

Elif Shafak

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John Boyne en conversación con Peter Florence

Cartagena 2014, 
Ganador de premios como el Curtis Brown, el IMPAC, el Irish Novel of the Year o el Qué Leer a la mejor novela extranjera, John Boyne es el autor de la celebrada El niño con el pijama de rayas. John, autor de literatura juvenil y para adultos, habla con Peter Florence, director de Hay Festival, sobre su último trabajo traducido al español, El Pacifista.

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David Foenkinos en conversación con Guadalupe Nettel

Cartagena 2014, 
David Foenkinos es un escritor y guionista francés cuya novela, La delicadeza, ha sido galardona con diez premios internacionales, entre los que destacan el premio de los lectores del Télégramme, el premio An Avel o el 7ème Art. La novela fue finalista de otros grandes premios como el Goncourt, el Fémina o el Médicis y el propio autor la adaptó al cine en una película protagonizada por Audrey Tautou y François Damiens. Conversará con Guadalupe Nettel sobre su último libro, Estoy mucho mejor. Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Francia

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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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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
Holly Webb

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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.

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