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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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John Crace

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Hay Festival 2015, 

The parliamentary sketch-writer looks back at the Coalition government more in ridicule than in sorrow. Horrible, hilarious truths about Westminster, the greasy pole and the indiscreet charm of the chamber…

John Crace

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Chris Hunter talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The bomb-disposal expert, awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal for his service in Basra, talks about Eight Lives Down: ‘the best war memoir I’ve read in years’ - Andy McNab.

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Fiction International

Hay Festival 2008, 
New Zealander Lloyd Jones was Booker-shortlisted for Mr Pip; Tim Winton’s Australian masterpiece Breath is a hot tip for this year. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

In Concert: Breaking the Spell of Loneliness

Hay Festival 2017, 

Hay regular George Monbiot and the folk singer and songwriter Ewan McLennan join their considerable forces for an evening that plays with songs and the human stories that inspired them. Mining the themes of loneliness and social isolation and the ways people overcome them, the interplay of words and music is poignant and encouraging.

George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

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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

Anne Enright

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Rob Biddulph

Blown Away

Hay Festival 2015, 
Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, kite-flying larks and new experiences in Blown Away, the very first picture book from Rob Biddulph. Join Rob for some blustery fun and arty activities.
4+ years
Rob Biddulph

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Crossing Borders

Owen Sheers and Fflur Dafydd

Hay Festival 2008, 
Poet and novelist Owen Sheers and singer/songwriter Fflur Dafydd move through song, instrumental, verse and prose exploring dialogues between music and words, English and Welsh, poetry and song.

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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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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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Joanna Yarrow and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

Good Business-Sustainable Business – Good Energy Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Are businesses better able to address environmental issues than governments and NGOs? Where does genuine motivation to act responsibly need to be backed up by regulation? And how do we ensure that businesses ensure that sustainability isn't just another PR exercise from profit-hungry executives? IKEA’s Sustainability Director, the broadcaster and author Joanna Yarrow, and Good Energy CEO Juliet Davenport, talk to the Festival's Sustainability Director.

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Michael Foreman

The Amazing Tale of Ali Pasha

Hay Festival 2014, 

The true story of a young serviceman on active duty in 1915 who finds and keeps a tortoise. One of our most highly-acclaimed illustrators, Michael is best known for War Boy and War Game and for his extensive work with Michael Morpurgo. Find out why the tale of Ali Pasha was such an inspiration to him.
7+ years

Michael Foreman

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Christopher Hitchens

Why Orwell Matters

Hay Festival 2002, 
The great and prolific contrarian, scrouge of Henry Kissinger and Mother Theresa, hawkish advocate of American military action against Al Qaeda, and literary superstar, champions the cause of the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm, Down and Out In Paris and London and KeepThe Aspidistra Flying.

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Science Museum

Super High-tech Robot Show

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ever wondered how robots work, what they do and why we even have them? Join the Science Museum as they take you on an amazing interactive journey into the world of robots. Discover how we program them, how they’re engineered and which is better – robot technology or human biology. This exciting and engaging science show features incredible live robot demonstrations and experiments that will blow your circuits.

9+

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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
Tom Palmer

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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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Mike Snook

Beyond the Reach of Empire: Wolseley’s Failed Campaign to Save Gordon and Khartoum

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the early 1880s the Mahdi unleashed a spectacularly successful jihadist uprising against Egyptian colonial rule in the Sudan. Major General Charles Gordon was despatched to evacuate Khartoum and turn the Sudan over to self-rule. The mission backfired and Sir Garnet Wolseley was sent to relieve him…

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Pen Vogler

Dinner With Mr Darcy

Hay Festival 2014, 

Food is an important theme in Jane Austen’s novels: it is used as a commodity for showing off, as a way of showing kindliness among neighbours, as part of the dynamics of family life, and – of course – for comic effect. Dinner With Mr Darcy takes authentic recipes from the period, inspired by the food that features in Austen’s novels and letters, and adapts them for contemporary cooks.

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Antonio Colinas, Juan Manuel de Prada and Gonzalo Santoja

Hay Festival 2008, 
To celebrate our Castilian festival three of the finest Spanish writers join us to read and talk to Jesús García Calero.

In Spanish with translation

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Martin Rowson

Cartoons, Offence and Religion

Hay Festival 2008, 
The cartoonist and author of Stuff and The Dog Allusion explores the boundaries of satire.

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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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Tim Whitmarsh

Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World

Hay Festival 2016, 

Long before the Enlightenment sowed the seeds of disbelief in a deeply Christian Europe, atheism was a matter of serious public debate in the Greek world. But history is written by those who prevail, and the Age of Faith mostly suppressed the lively, free-thinking voices of antiquity. The A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge brings to life the fascinating ideas of Diagoras of Melos, perhaps the first self-professed atheist; Democritus, the first materialist; and Epicurus and his followers. He shows how the early Christians came to define themselves against atheism, and so suppress the philosophy of disbelief.

Tim Whitmarsh

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Raymond Tallis

Tetchy Interludes

Hay Festival 2014, 

The medic/philosopher takes a wry look at a variety of topics such as stupidity (including the author’s own), fashions in academe, and the human propensity for mission drift. His latest book of essays is Epithemean Imaginings.

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Adam Rutherford

Creation, Synthetic Biology and Hip-Hop

Hay Festival 2016, 

The geneticist, author of Creation: The Origin of Life/The Future of Life explains how the evolution of music is notably similar to biological evolution: sampling closely mimics synthetic biology, as wholesale pieces of other organisms are swapped to add functions and behaviours for our purposes. And now, as with the copyright issues that strangled creativity in hip-hop, patents in genetics act as crippling hindrances to scientific progress.

Adam Rutherford

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Tinga Tinga Tales - Screening

Hay Festival 2012, 
Discover Why Elephant Has A Trunk as we bring the much-loved animated African folk tales to the big screen. Then trot off to our Make and Take tent for your very own Tinga Tinga-inspired crafts.
 
Duration 30 mins.   3+ years.