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Mark Maslin

The Cradle of Humanity: How the changing landscape of Africa made us so smart

Hay Festival 2017, 

Humans are rather weak when compared to many other animals. We are not particularly fast and have no natural weapons. Yet we have influenced almost every part of the ecosystem and as a consequence we are changing the global environmental and evolutionary trajectory of the Earth. So how did we become the world’s apex predator and take over the planet? Maslin is Professor of Geography at UCL. He talks to Sarfraz Manzoor.

Mark Maslin

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Gitta Sereny talks to Anthony Clare

Hay Festival 1998, 
The journalist and writer whose books include the award-winning portrait of Albert Speer and Into That Darkness - the conversations with the commandant of the Treblinka camp - discusses morality and the humanity with the psychiatrist Anthony Clare. The subject of Sereny's new book Cries Unheard is under embargo untill 11th May.

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Abbas Baydoun, Abdo Wazen and Najwa Barakat in conversation with Hala Kawtharani

The Role of Writers in a Sectarian Society

Beirut 2012, 
The acclaimed Lebanese writers Abbas Baydoun, Abdo Wazen and najwa Barakat, discuss with Hala Kawtharani (writer and journalist) the challenges writers face in a deeply divided society.
 
Event in Arabic

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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
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Fiona Sampson

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

Hay Festival 2018, 

Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged 16, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe, as she coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life for ever. Most astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, which was published exactly 200 years ago. In this fascinating dialogue with the past, Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to find the real woman behind the story.

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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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Gareth P Jones

Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates

Hay Festival 2016, 

All aboard The Leaky Battery! In Rise of the Slippery Sea Monster the ever-popular Steampunk Pirates are attacked by a sea monster hungry for gold. Will the pirates by able to defend themselves? The author reveals the amazing powers of these remarkable seafaring heroes with the help of his ukulele and accordion and the singing of some rousing sea shanties. Pirate dress optional.

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Gareth P Jones

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Ian Mortimer talks to Phil Rickman

Time Traveller

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writer discusses his two new publications: a history book that chronicles the time of Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys and Charles II – The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain; and a dazzling time-travelling fiction, The Outcasts of Time.

Ian Mortimer talks to Phil Rickman

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Rob Penhallurick

Why Dialect Fascinates Us: a Guide to What we Know About Varieties of English

Hay Festival 2018, 

What is an ennog? A jitty? A twitten? In fact, they are all the same thing. These are all regional names for ‘a narrow walkway running between or alongside buildings’. The English language has scores of different regional names for such an alleyway including drangway, ginnel, snicket and vennel. The English language throughout its history has been full of regional diversity – it is a language made up of dialects. The author of Studying Dialect will take us on an absorbing journey down the everyday drangways of the English language.

Rob Penhallurick

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Rüdiger Safranski

El origen del mal

Cartagena 2014, 
Tarde o temprano, con mayor o menor intensidad, y desde una u otra posición, todos acabamos teniendo que afrontar la experiencia del mal en nuestra vida. El filósofo alemán Rüdiger Safranski plantea su charla en torno a dos ejes fundamentales: de dónde surge el mal y por qué. La primera es la pregunta acerca del origen; y tanto en los relatos bíblicos como en las teogonías griegas aparece la sospecha de que el caos, la violencia y la destrucción no sólo son el principio de todas las cosas, sino que siguen ahí, latentes en la civilización. La segunda es la pregunta acerca del porqué del mal, y aquí nos vemos enfrentados al tema de la libertad y al hecho de que el hombre es, como se ha dicho, el “animal no fijado”, el que tiene la posibilidad de elegir. Con el apoyo del Goethe-Institut

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Nick Clarke, Eric Wagner, Peter Stanford, Brenda Maddox

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Hay Festival 2000, 
A discussion about the relationship between biographer and subject, dead or alive. BBC broadcaster and biographer of Alistair Cooke, Clarke is joined by Erica Wagner, author of Ariel's Gift about Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and The Birthday Letters, and Peter Stanford the historian of Catholicism, and biographer of Bronwen Astor. Maddox is the award-winning biographer of Nora Joyce, D. H. Lawrence and W. B. Yeats.

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Lara Faraway

Fairythorn Tales

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

If you believe in fairies, this is the event for you. Find out more about how to spot a fairy, join in a potion-making session and design and make your own fairy wings.

Duration 45 mins. Places limited.

6+ years

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 5

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian satirises the day’s papers and media.

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Dan Evans, Esther Muddiman, Stuart Fox and Sioned Pearce

Mind the Gap: Young People, Brexit and the Generational Divide - Cardiff University Series 5

Hay Festival 2017, 

The result of the 2016 EU referendum revealed striking divisions between generations, with a majority of 18-24-year-olds voting to remain, and a majority of over-65s voting to leave. How can we connect the generations? The panellists are all research associates at the Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research Data and Methods in Cardiff.

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Fiction International

Hay Festival 2008, 
Isabel Fonseca’s debut novel Attachment examines marriage and desire; Julie Myerson’s Out of Breath is a deeply unsettling fairytale about runaway children; Katie Hickman’s The Aviary Gate is a tale of intrigue set in C16th Constantinople. They talk to Stephanie Merritt.

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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.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg and Munira Mirza talk to Bronwen Maddox

The Prospect Platform: The Case for Brexit

Hay Festival 2016, 

Two of the smartest OUT-ers make the case for leaving the EU. Rees-Mogg is Conservative MP for North-East Somerset and Mirza is London’s Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture. They are questioned by the editor of Prospect magazine.

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Julia Hobsbawm

Networking for Shy People

Hay Festival 2014, 

The founder of Editorial Intelligence and Professor of Networking at the Cass Business School conducts an open workshop to help develop this essential business skill. Her latest publication is Fully Connected – A Look Ahead to Working and Networking in 2020.

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Pamela Butchart and Laura James

Doggy Delights with Pugly and Pug

Hay Festival 2016, 
Pugly, star of Pugly Bakes a Cake, is a dog with aspirations and dreams. Pug, inspired by Laura James’ own dog Brian and star of Captain Pug, is a quiet stay-at-home dog, frightened of water  – until he hides in a picnic hamper and finds himself on a sea-faring adventure!
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Pamela Butchart and Laura James

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Louis de Bernières and Ilone Antonius

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist reads from A Partisan’s Daughter and performs Serbian and Eastern European music, some Dylan and some classical tunes with his instrumental partner.

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William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond

Hay Festival 2017, 

The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world, from the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historians.

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

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Simon Wright talks to Carolyn Hitt

True Taste Chefs of Wales 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
The True Taste 2010–11 Champion from the Carmarthenshire restaurant Y Polyn was formerly the editor of the AA restaurant guide.

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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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Conor Woodman

Sharks: Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City

Hay Festival 2017, 

The investigative reporter takes us on a journey through the lawless backstreets of cities as diverse as Mumbai, Bogotá, New Orleans, Barcelona and London. He uncovers the people and the scams that keep the global black economy moving. From dice games in steamy southern states to torture in British suburbs; from the sharp end of currency counterfeiting in Buenos Aires to the terrible truth behind antique forgery in the Middle East.

Conor Woodman

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Michael Morpurgo and Barroux

In the Mouth of the Wolf – live drawing event

Hay Festival 2018, 

Michael Morpurgo is joined by the French illustrator of his remarkable new true story, about his two uncles, Pieter and Francis, one an airman and the other an SOE (Special Operations Executive) in the Second World War. The event will include reading by the author and live drawing by Barroux.

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