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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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Tom Dyckhoff

The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City

Hay Festival 2017, 

In Dubai, a luxury apartment block is built in the shape of a giant iPod. In China, President Xi Jinping denounces the trend of constructing ‘bizarre’ new buildings in wacky shapes and colours. In Cincinnati, celebrity architect Zaha Hadid is paid millions to design a single ‘iconic’ structure – with the hope of single-handedly transforming the region’s ailing fortunes. These incidents are all part of the same story: the rise of the age of spectacle. Chaired by Simon Jenkins.

Tom Dyckhoff

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Fiona Carnarvon

Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Countess of Carnarvon, chatelaine of Highclere Castle, tells the story of her ancestor who actually ran the house during the Great War. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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Iain Begg talks to Adam Austerfield

Will the euro Survive? Scenarios for the Future of Europe

Segovia 2012, 
Iain Begg of the Lonon School of Economics and Political Science specialises in the political economics of the European economy and its financial governance, the European Central Bank. He has held various advisory roles on the future of political cohesion and has testified to the European Parliament and House of Lords committees. He discusses the future of the euro with Adam Austerfield, Secretary-General of LSE Alumni in Spain.
 
Co-organized with the LSE

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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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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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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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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Claire Vaye Watkins and John Wray talk to Laura Powell

Fictions: Other Worlds…

Hay Festival 2016, 

Gold Fame Citrus is the debut novel from the winner of the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. In a dystopian, apocalyptic vision, desert sands have laid waste to south-west America and challenge the resilient to survive. The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the C20th. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar ‘Waldy’ Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back. Laura Powell is Features Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph and her debut novel, The Unforgotten, was recently published.

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Fiction International

Hay Festival 2008, 
A reading and conversation with the two hottest new international fiction stars: Daniel Kehlmann’s masterpiece Measuring the World recreates the parallel but contrasting lives of two geniuses of the German Enlightenment; Steve Toltz’s A Fraction of the Whole is a magnificently achieved family story.

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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.

Simon Armitage

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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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Marcus Brigstocke and David Pitt-Watson

What They Do With Your Money

Hay Festival 2018, 

An interactive exploration of how the finance industry delivers slim pickings and creates fat cats with financial expert Pitt-Watson and his willing stooge, comedian Brigstocke. The finance industry is often viewed with suspicion: complicated, greedy, and institutionally corrupt. But its origins were often inspired by social reformers because its purposes are so fundamental to individual and communal prosperity. They will discuss the expensive (but useless) things the finance industry does, and some of the (useful and) practical things it should do, but doesn’t. Reform is difficult, because the flaws in the industry are hard-wired into the way we think about economics, but they'll have it licked within the hour.

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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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Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – The Diamond Chase

Hay Festival 2016, 

Shifty McGifty and his accomplice Slippery Sam, a pair of notorious robber dogs, have recently swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. Join their creators as they entertain with the comic rhymes and illustrations from their most recent hit.

3+
Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

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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…”

Mike Parker Pearson

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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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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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Margaret Drabble on Angus Wilson

Hay Festival 1995, 
Margaret Drabble introduces her biography of the novelist and critic Angus Wilson, one of the most colourful, controversial and entertaining figures of the post-war literary world, author of Anglo-Saxon Attitudes and The Old Men at the Zoo. Drabble traces the influences of Wilson's bizarrely extended family, his years as a librarian at the British Museum - interrupted by a grim spell in the code-breaking unit at Bletchley Park - and his unexpected liberation as a successful writer.

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Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Laura Bates, Nikesh Shukla

The Index Platform: What’s Offensive?

Hay Festival 2016, 

What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer? Rachael Jolley is the editor of Index. David Aaronovitch writes for The Times. Laura Bates is Founder of the Everyday Sexism project. Nikesh Shukla is a novelist and editor of The Good Immigrant anthology to be published in September.

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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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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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Dragons Playground

Hay Festival 2012, 
Five organisations shortlisted for the Green Dragons’ Den will be telling their stories, practising their pitches and sharing ideas on how they’d use the £10,000 prize if they won in the Den. Today’s shortlist is selected from young entrepreneurs under the age of 25.
 
Supported by the Welsh Government

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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
Broadcasting House – LIVE ON AIR

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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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Tom Hart Dyke con Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2014, 
Tom Hart Dyke es un horticultor y experto en plantas británico. En el año 2000 fue secuestrado por la guerrilla mientras recolectaba orquídeas junto con un compañero en la región del Darién y pasó nueve meses en cautiverio. Fue el día que le dijeron que le iban a matar que imaginó “un jardín del mundo de las plantas” para el castillo de sus ancestros en Kent. Desde entonces, ha viajado recolectando plantas y trabajado en ese jardín. Ha realizado una serie para la BBC2 en la que muestra el jardín, que cuenta ya con más de 8000 especies, y ha publicado libros como An Englishman’s Home y The Cloud Garden. Estará en conversación con Rosie Boycott.