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Chris Haughton and Emily Shuckburgh

Trans.MISSION 1: Polar Science and Climate Change

Hay Festival 2018, 

What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey. Haughton is a designer, author and illustrator of numerous publications including A Bit Lost, Oh No George! and Shh! We Have a Plan. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around polar science and climate change. The Trans.MISSION project was created to bring science and culture together with the aim of communicating cutting-edge science to new audiences through new methods. More information about the Trans.MISSION project can be found here.

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Dominic Lieven

Cambridge University Series 18: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia

Hay Festival 2015, 

'As much as anything, World War I turned on the fate of Ukraine...' The decision to go to war in 1914 had catastrophic consequences for Russia. The result was revolution, civil war and famine in 1917–20, followed by decades of Communist rule. Dominic Lieven explains why this suicidal decision was made and explores the world of the men who made it. But by looking at the origins and results of the First World War from a mostly Russian angle he also offers a radically different view of why Europe descended into disaster, overturning assumptions about the war's causes and consequences in a way that still has major implications for world history down to the present day. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Dominic Lieven

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Louis de Bernières talks to Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses A Partisan’s Daughter, his superb 1970s love story about a bored husband and a Yugoslav Scheherazade.

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Leila Slimani talks to Philippe Sands

A Conversation

Hay Festival 2019, 

Leïla Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, which she won for the shocking thriller and global best-seller, Lullaby. She discusses her work and her new novel Adèle with the Anglo-French author of East West Street, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize. A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, Slimani is Presidents Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. 

Leila Slimani talks to Philippe Sands

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Katya Rogatchevskaia

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy and Myths

Hay Festival 2017, 

100 years on, as Russia again fills the headlines, an intriguing insight into a world shocked and changed forever. The British Library curator introduces the most resonant exhibits from their Russian collection -- from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda and Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Katya Rogatchevskaia

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James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

The Art of Dining

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the exquisite craftsmanship and elegance of silverware and porcelain in a tour of social history with National Trust experts James Rothwell, author of Silver for Entertaining and Patricia Ferguson author of Ceramics: 400 Years of British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces Chaired by Simon Murray.

James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

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Ruth Rendell talks to Stephanie Merritt

Hay Festival 2007, 
The great psychological thriller and crime writer discusses her work.

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Peter Lord

The Tradition: A New History of Welsh Art

Hay Festival 2016, 

The distinguished art historian presents his elegant and intriguing survey of the evolution of visual art in Wales from the Renaissance to the present day, told through landscape and portrait paintings, drawings and sculptures. Chaired by Jon Gower.

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John Gurdon

Cambridge University Series 6: Cloning Stem Cells – A Modern Medicine Revolution

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Nobel Prize-winning developmental biologist was among the first to challenge the idea that a cell’s fate was irreversibly determined. His demonstration that the nuclei of differentiated cells could be ‘reprogrammed’ has ultimately led to successful cloning of mammals, and has provided the basis for much of modern stem cell research.

John Gurdon

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Swat! A Fly’s Guide To Staying Alive

Hay Festival 2014, 
How does a house-fly survive the dangers in life, such as being eaten by animals or killed by humans? Mike Barfield shares their insect survival secrets with us. Scientifically accurate and great fun for any child who enjoys death, destruction, peril and poo.

7+ years
Swat! A Fly’s Guide To Staying Alive

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Barry Norman and Philip Kerr talks to John Russell

L. A. Stories

Hay Festival 1995, 
The hugely popular presenter of Film 95 Talks to Classic FM's John Russell about the lastest adventure of his Hollywodd sleuth Bobby Lwnnox in the itty new thriller The Mickey Mouse Affair. Kerr introduces his $1,000,000 thriller Gridiron - about a state-of-the-art "smart" building in downtown LA, whose computer revolts against its architects like a contemporary Frankenstein.

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Thomas Steinbeck talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author talks about his Nobel Prize-winning father and his own new short story collection Down to a Sunless Sea.

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Gwyneth Lewis and Niall Griffiths

New Stories from the Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two more new versions of the Welsh mythologies. Lewis spins the tale of Blodeuwedd, the woman made of flowers, into a sci-fi setting in The Meat Tree. Griffiths conjures an Iraq-bound squaddie and a Cardiff gangsta in The Dreams of Max and Ronnie.

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Matthew Francis

Mabinogi

Hay Festival 2017, 

Francis’ re-telling of the first four stories of the Welsh classic is the first to situate it in poetry, and captures the magic and strangeness of this medieval Celtic world: a baby is kidnapped by a monstrous claw, a giant wades across the Irish Sea to do battle, a wizard makes a woman out of flowers, only to find she is less biddable than he expected. Permeating the whole sequence is a delight in the power of the imagination to transform human experience into works of tragedy, comedy and wonder. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Matthew Francis

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Bella Bathurst

Sound

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. For the next 12 years deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again. Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and – as Bella eventually did – to get it back. What does that teach you about listening and silence, music and noise? She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers; sign language, and what the deaf know about these subjects that the hearing don’t. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed.

Bella Bathurst

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Harry And The Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join Ian Whybrow to find out all about Harry’s latest adventures with his dinosaurs.

Duration 60 mins.

4+ 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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Ben Okri

Kells 2015, 

Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road, Astonishing the Gods and The Age of Magic, reads from his recent work and talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

Photo by Daniel Mordzinski

Ben Okri

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Philippe Claudel in conversation with Guadalupe Nettel

Cartagena 2011, 
This winner of the 2007 Prix Goncourt, with Brodeck’s Report, is one of the most translated and internationally renowned French authors. In 2008, his debut as film director, Il y a longtemps que de t’aime (I’ve Loved You So Long), was released; it received the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film. He will talk to the Mexican writer Guadalupe Nettel. 

Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available

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Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

Hay Festival 2018, 

The poetry curator's latest anthology is a journey through a calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with a poem for every day, by writers including Wordsworth, Lewis Carroll, Maya Angelou and Emily Dickinson. Join Allie and a host of actors including Tobias Menzies (The History BoysGame of Thrones, starring as Prince Philip in The Crown season three and four), Ophelia Lovibond, Tony Robinson, Toby Jones and Gina Bellman (star of Coupling, currently streaming to a new generation of fans on Netflix, and Ophelia in Peter Hall’s Hamlet opposite Stephen Dillane) in a highly entertaining hour as they perform their favourite poems from the book, a humorous journey through history and human experience.

9 - Adult
Allie Esiri

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Helon Habila and Ngugi Thiong'o

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
Habila’s Measuring Time is the story of twin brothers from a Nigerian village dealing with famine, religious zealotry and appalling violence. The great Kenyan exile Ngugi discusses his comic masterpiece Wizard of the Crow. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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The Literacy Question

Hay Festival 2014, 

Can we look beyond party politics to improve literacy and enhance the lives of generations? Join Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, for a lively conversation about literacy in Wales and England in the light of new research results.

13+ years (YA)

The Literacy Question

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Jeremy Bowen talks to John Harris

Hay Festival 2007, 
The frontline correspondent discusses the nature of his work, humanely and mesmerically examined in War Stories, from El Salvador and Lebanon to Afghanistan, Rwanda and the Middle East.

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Rolf Strom-Olsen talks to Georg von Habsburg, chaired by Revel Guest

Budapest 2012, 
A conversation about business, humanitarianism and world affairs with the distinguished statesmen and scholars.
 
Sponsored by IE university with the collaboration of CEU - English

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Colin Mayer

Firm Commitment

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Professor of Management Studies at the SaïdBusinessSchool at the University of Oxford offers a lucid and revelatory analysis of Why The Corporation Is Failing Us And How To Restore Trust In It.