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The Etherington Brothers

The Greatest Comic-Making Show on Earth!

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Robin and Lorenzo for the most amazing show you’ll ever see. You’ll laugh. You’ll laugh again. Then you’ll laugh some more! And in between the chuckles the Etherington Brothers will take you on a roller coaster journey through the mystical arts of storytelling and character creation, showing you how to explore the power of your imagination. Don’t miss this high-octane show packed full of belly laughs and surprises.
6+ years
The Etherington Brothers

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Howard Johns, Lindsay Mackie and Andrew Simms

How Quickly can we Change… the Built Environment?

Hay Festival 2016, 

We are locked in by our buildings, roads and homes, and the high, unsustainable energy use they depend on. Lindsay Mackie of the New Weather Institute; Howard Johns, author of The Energy Revolution and author Andrew Simms discuss how we can instigate the transformational change required to make our homes and cities viable in the future.

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The Bookseller YA Prize

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join a stellar line-up of some of this year’s shortlisted authors for The Bookseller YA Prize as they are put under the spotlight by the judges before the winner is finally revealed.  And celebrate with them afterwards! This year’s frontrunners are Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Downham, Frances Hardinge, Catherine Johnson, Patrick Ness, Louise O’Neill, Mel Salisbury, William Sutcliffe and Lisa Williamson.

12+

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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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Claire Tomalin's Jane Austen

Hay Festival 1998, 
Afetr her stunning biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Dora Jordan, Tomalin turned to their contemporary, Jane Austen, and reveals a life less quiet, more eventful, and more surprising than the conventional picture of the great novelist.

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Eleanor Updale & Geraldine McCaughrean

The Last Minute & The Last Performance

Hay Festival 2013, 

Updale writes about the last minute of life for hundreds of people, and McCaughrean about a seaside theatre’s very last performance. Find out what is so absorbing about the end of things.

11+ years

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The RSPB Cymru Lecture: Saving Special Places

Hay Festival 2008, 
Graham Wynne talks about why the RSPB, a UK-based conservation charity, is involved in saving the Harapan Rainforest? Find out how the destruction of this special place is not only a disaster for the local people and wildlife, but also for the world's climate.

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Charlie Gilderdale

Thinking Mathematically

Hay Festival 2013, 

Exploring, questioning, working systematically, visualising, conjecturing, explaining, generalising, justifying, proving…all are at the heart of mathematical thinking. Come and take part in some stimulating activities designed to develop your capacity to work as a mathematician. Parents and teachers will enjoy this too!

9+ years

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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
Matt Brown

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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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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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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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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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Nick Arnold

Horrible Science

Hay Festival 2017, 

This is science with all the squishy bits left in. Join the author of Horrible Science for funny facts, scary stories and explosive experiments on stage. Horrible Science has amazed children for more than 20 yucky years with blood-curdling biology, frightful physics and crazy chemistry.

9+
Nick Arnold

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Ursula Martin, Hannah Engelkamp, Gwen Davies

Three People Walk: One young woman for a cause, the second for the diversion, the toddler to pick up twigs from the path

Hay Festival 2018, 

Ursula Martin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer aged 31 and walked around Wales to raise money for a cancer charity: she recorded the experience in One Woman Walks Wales. Hannah Engelkamp’s book and film Seaside Donkey were based on her experience travelling with this companion around Wales. Hannah’s meanders are now accompanied by her toddler, Osian, who inspired her current writing on ‘wilding’ childhood and what the ‘dériving’ and colonialist habits of infants can teach us about travel. They talk to Gwen Davies.

Ursula Martin, Hannah Engelkamp, Gwen Davies

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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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William Perry talks to Nik Gowing

The 2016 Joseph Rotblat Lecture: My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

Hay Festival 2016, 

Perry was Bill Clinton’s Defence Secretary and has worked on security throughout his career. He explains the development of his thinking on weaponry and security as he journeys from the Cuban Missile Crisis to crafting a defence strategy in the Carter Administration to offset the Soviets’ numeric superiority in conventional forces, presiding over the dismantling of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons in the Clinton Administration, and his creation in 2007 (with George Shultz, Sam Nunn and Henry Kissinger) of the Nuclear Security Project to articulate “a vision of a world free from nuclear weapons and to lay out the urgent steps needed to reduce nuclear dangers”.

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Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

Perfect

Hay Festival 2017, 

Author and zoologist Nicola Davies and illustrator/artist Cathy Fisher introduce swifts – amazing birds that sleep and eat on the wing and never stop flying. Learn how to look out for them, listen for their cries and how to tell if they might be nesting where you live. Help Cathy draw a swift, see how she made the stunning artwork for Perfect, and listen to a story about how swifts helped a boy to understand his new baby sister.

3+
Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

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Val McDermid in conversation with Giles Tremlett

Segovia 2013, 

Val McDermid is one of the bestselling authors of thriller novels in the English-speaking world. Her prolific literary work, which has been translated into more than 30 languages, includes titles such as The Wire in the Blood, The Distant Echo and her latest work The Retribution. She has received the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger prize, awarded for her contribution to the genre throughout her career. She talks to writer and contributor for The Guardian, Giles Tremlett.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

Co-organized with the British Council

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Kamal Mouzawak in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Food And The City

Beirut 2013, 

Kamal Mouzawak created the first farmers’ market in Beirut (Souk el-Tayeb), preserving both food traditions and the culture of sustainable agriculture in Lebanon, while boosting the business of small producers. His celebrated restaurant Tawlet, a model of social enterprise, is one of Beirut’s more innovative and celebrated restaurants, and he has just opened a second Tawlet restaurant in the beautiful Bekaa valley. Kamal will discuss food, its relationship to the city and its inhabitants, and how development needs to be achieved carefully when it comes to where we live and what we eat. Rosie Boycott is a journalist, writer and the chairman of London Food, part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s attempt to improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food. Followed by a tasting provided by Tawlet.

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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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Mamta Sagar, Sian Melangell Dafydd, Anitha Thampi and Nia Davies

Hay Mela 2: Literature Across Frontiers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Sagar is a performance poet in the Kannada language, the Keralan poet Thampi writes in Malayalam. They’ve created a multi-lingual performance translating and writing together with the Cymraeg (Dafydd) and English-language (Davies) poets from Wales.

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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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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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Shashi Tharoor talks to Oliver Balch

Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the 18th century India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed. Tharoor, an historian, novelist and politician, takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial ‘gift’ - from the railways to the rule of law, was designed in Britain’s interests alone and funded Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

Shashi Tharoor talks to Oliver Balch