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Jonathan Safran Foer talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Fictions: Here I Am

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new novel about modern family lives by the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. “Jacob and Julia Bloch are about to be tested: By Jacob’s grandfather, who won’t go quietly into a retirement home. By the family reunion, that everyone is dreading. By their son’s heroic attempts to get expelled. And by the sexting affair that will rock their marriage…"

Jonathan Safran Foer talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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AC Grayling

Democracy and its Crisis

Hay Festival 2018, 

The philosopher investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to hold up against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. He considers those moments in history when the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions were found. Then he lays bare the specific threats facing democracy today.

AC Grayling

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Simon Armitage

Pearl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Armitage’s acclaimed version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight confirmed his reputation as a leading poetry translator. This new work is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love. The narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved, Pearl. Retaining all the alliterative music of the original, a Medieval English poem thought to be by the same anonymous author responsible for Gawain, Pearl is here brought to vivid and intricate life.

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Jason RC Nurse

Social Media: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Hay Festival 2016, 

The impact of social media on society today is undeniable - sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin have millions and even billions of users.  Nurse, an academic at Oxford's Department of Computer Science, considers the positive uses of social-media information, while also explaining the various security and privacy risks associated with having a digital footprint.  Shedding light on what social media is, as well as how it works, he will show how to understand what you are telling the world when you join in with social media, and how to recognise good information from bad, as a reader.

13+
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Iwan Rhys Morus

Why The History of Science Matters

Hay Festival 2017, 

Science sometimes looks like a rather forbidding activity, carried out behind closed doors by mysterious, white-coated individuals, speaking their own incomprehensible language. But at the most basic level, the quest to understand the world around us is a fundamentally human activity. Science belongs, and has belonged, to all of us – and we all have a responsibility for it. That is what the history of science shows – and that’s why it matters very much indeed. Morus is the author of The Oxford Illustrated History of Science.

Photo: Marie Curie

Iwan Rhys Morus

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Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon

Hay Festival 2018, 

The winner of the 2017 Hay Festival Medal for Fiction returns to launch the paperback of her new book. Best known for her world-conquering How to Train Your Dragon series, Cressida will talk about her inspiration, give tips on becoming an author or illustrator, and share amazing behind-the-scenes details about how the Dragon books became films. Cressida has been an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust for a decade and The Wizards of Once won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story this year.

9+

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Steve Jones, Jim Al-Khalili, Emily Shuckburgh and Tony Juniper

The Ladybird Experts: The Knowledge

Hay Festival 2017, 

The authors of the first three books in the rebooted Ladybird series join forces for an all-star feast of ideas and stories.  Hay favourites Steve Jones and Jim-Alkhalili introduce Evolution and Quantum Mechanics; Emily Shuckburgh and Tony Juniper introduce the book about Climate Change they’ve co-authored with the Prince of Wales. Perfect for anyone aged 7 or older. #weloveexperts

Steve Jones, Jim Al-Khalili, Emily Shuckburgh and Tony Juniper

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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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Brendan Lynch

Kells 2013, 

Kells native Brendan, a finalist in 2012’s Great British Bake Off, has been passionate about baking for 30 years. Join him as he demonstrates some of the skills that took him to the final and talks to Fáilte Ireland Food Champion Olivia Duff about his plans to take baking into retirement homes.

For more information & recipes go to www.brendanbakes.co.uk

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Anne Enright

Fictions – The Green Road

Kells 2015, 

Anne Enright escaped from a career in television to become one of Ireland’s national literary treasures. She won the Man Booker Prize in 2007 for her fourth novel The Gathering. The newly-appointed Irish Fiction Laureate will discuss and read from her latest novel The Green Road.

Photo by Hugh Chaloner

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David Lodge

Deaf Sentence

Hay Festival 2008, 
Comic maestro David Lodge introduces his brilliant, elegiac novel about one man’s effort to come to terms with deafness and death, ageing and mortality.

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Philip Ball

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics is Different

Hay Festival 2018, 

“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.” Since Niels Bohr said this many years ago, quantum mechanics has only been getting more shocking. We now realise that it’s not really telling us that “weird” things happen out of sight, on the tiniest level, in the atomic world. Rather, we can now see that everything is quantum: our everyday world is simply what quantum becomes at the human scale. But if quantum mechanics is right, what seems obvious and right in our everyday world is built on foundations that don’t seems obvious or right – or even possible. The writer Philip Ball was formerly an editor at Nature.

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Andres Neuman, Juan Villoro and Carolina Sanin talk to Richard Gwyn

Gabo & Bolaño

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation about Gabriel García Márquez and Roberto Bolaño, two great, dead Latin American writers whose work has been read around the world, with three great contemporary writers: the Argentinian novelist Andres Neuman (pictured) is joined by his Colombian colleague Carolina Sanin and the Mexican writer Juan Villoro.

Andres Neuman, Juan Villoro and Carolina Sanin talk to Richard Gwyn

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Patrick Deville en entretien avec Cherif Majdalani et Fares Sassine

Beirut 2013, 

Patrick Deville a reçu le Prix Femina 2012 pour son dernier ouvrage Peste et choléra. Fondateur de la Maison des Écrivains Étrangers et Traducteurs de Saint-Nazaire (France) et grand voyageur (il a visité le Moyen-Orient, l’Afrique et l’Amérique centrale), il est l’auteur de plus de dix romans traduits dans une douzaine de langues.

Événement en français 

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Taylor Cornes, David Green, Sue Gaston, Ed Dorrell and Jonathan Godfrey in Conversation

Is Teaching Still a Valued Profession? - University of Worcester Series 3

Hay Festival 2017, 

Heavy workloads, constantly changing government policies, and ‘media bashing’ are just some of the reasons cited in a 2015 survey of new teachers which showed that 73 per cent have considered leaving the profession. How do we make our teachers feel valued and better supported to enable them to educate our children for the future? Godfrey is Principal of Hereford Sixth Form College, Gaston is Headteacher of Fairfield High School, Ed Dorrell is Head of Content at Times Educational Supplement; Professor Green is Vice Chancellor of University of Worcester, from where Cornes recently graduated as a teacher.

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Raoul Martinez talks to William Sieghart

Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future

Hay Festival 2017, 

Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society - myths about free will, free markets, free media and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the consent-manufacturing influence of concentrated wealth and power, this far-reaching manifesto lifts the veil on the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives.

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Broadcasting House – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

On Sunday 31 May, BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House comes live from Hay Festival with presenter Paddy O’Connell, for an hour of interviews and entertainment.

Broadcast every Sunday morning on BBC Radio 4 at 9am.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
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Mabel van Oranje talks to Helena Kennedy

Lessons in Creating Big Change

Hay Festival 2016, 

Initiator of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage Mabel van Oranje reflects on lessons learned from two decades of fighting for human rights and development, what it means to make the impossible possible and how to create coalitions for lasting social change. Mabel has co-founded numerous peace foundations and is a member of the Dutch royal family.

Mabel van Oranje talks to Helena Kennedy

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Chris Riddell

Ask the Children’s Laureate

Hay Festival 2016, 

Meet the Children’s Laureate, who will live-draw the answers to your questions. The children he chooses can take their doodle-answers home with them and own a unique piece of art from one of our greatest illustrators.

6+

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Mike Parker Pearson

Stonehenge: The Welsh Connection

Hay Festival 2016, 

Excavation of two quarries in the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire by a UCL-led team of archaeologists and geologists has confirmed that they are sources of Stonehenge’s ‘bluestones’ and shed light on how they were quarried and transported. “We have dates of around 3400 BC for Craig Rhos-y-felin and 3200 BC for Carn Goedog, which is intriguing because the bluestones didn’t get put up at Stonehenge until around 2900 BC,” says Professor Parker Pearson. “It could have taken those Neolithic stone-draggers nearly 500 years to get them to Stonehenge, but that’s pretty improbable in my view. It’s more likely that the stones were first used in a local monument – somewhere near the quarries – which was then dismantled and dragged off to Wiltshire. Stonehenge was a Welsh monument from its very beginning. If we can find the original monument in Wales from which it was built, we will finally be able to solve the mystery of why Stonehenge was built and why some of its stones were brought so far…”

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Oz Clarke

Wine Talk and Tasting

Hay Festival 2015, 

Known throughout the world for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions and enthusiasm for life in general and wine in particular, Oz Clarke is Britain’s most popular wine writer. His latest book is The History of Wine in 100 Bottles.

Oz Clarke

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Tom Palmer

Premier League Reading Stars

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join bestselling author Tom Palmer for a Premier League Reading Stars session. Find out about football reading and writing with quiz questions, a penalty shoot out and a trophy for the winner!
7+ years
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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
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Bronwen Maddox, Terry Burns, David Allen Green and Vicky Pryce

Brexit Britain 2: How To Do It

Hay Festival 2017, 

If the political decision is difficult, what will the practical delivery be like? How can it be done? By whom? And when? Maddox is the Director of the Institute for Government; Lord Burns was Permanent Secretary to the Treasury in the 1990s; Pryce was joint head of the Government’s Economic Service until 2010, and is the author of Greekonomics; Allen Green writes the Jack of Kent blog and is the author of Brexit: What Everyone Needs to Know.

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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