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Matt Hancock, Helen Margetts, Timandra Harkness

Spark Salon 1: Creators and Consumers: What’s our role in responsibly designing the future?

Hay Festival 2018, 
Rapid advancements in computational power, decreasing costs of hardware and software, and the ubiquity of data, mobile and embedded technology have created unthought-of dilemmas. Policymakers, businesses and citizens are scrambling to understand the impact and challenges of technological progress. As creators, consumers and users do we all need to understand how technology works? And who can we hold to account when it fails? Is it possible to develop a set of regulatory principles for digital products? Hancock is Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Margetts is Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and Professor of Society and the Internet at University of Oxford. Harkness is a science writer, presenter and comedian.

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John Mullan, Peter Florence and guests

The Books that Defined the Century

Hay Festival 2007, 
In April a panel of experts selected 50 era-defining books that mapped each decade of the C20th. We announce the Guardian readers’ top ten books of the century, and discuss what's resonating in the Noughties.

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Steve Evans

Cambridge Series: Our Sustainable Industrial Future

Hay Festival 2017, 

Factories that forage, X-ray glasses that can see energy, why price is not value and lots of stupid stuff as well. The Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability explores how the industrial system is (slowly) changing and why free energy is ignored. He explains how to be an environmental optimist and how to love factories. Chaired by Jane Davidson.

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Fernando Quiroz, Conrado Zuluaga y Ramón Cote en conversación con Gustavo Tatis

Homenaje a Álvaro Mutis:

Cartagena 2014, 
Varios escritores y amigos del recientemente fallecido Álvaro Mutis conversan sobre su obra y legado literario. Daniel Mordzinski, el fotógrafo de los escritores, proyectará un video-homenaje con fotos inéditas del autor.

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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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Cynan Jones talks to Tiffany Murray

The Dig

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author reads from and discusses his searing short novel, weaving the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer. The story unfolds in a stark rural setting where man, animal, land and weather are at loggerheads. 

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Finding Wonderland

Hay Festival 2015, 
Cathy Cassidy, who loved Alice in Wonderland above all other books as a child, has re-imagined the story for a modern audience in Looking Glass Girl. Chris Riddell learned about the relationship between words and pictures by copying Sir John Tenniel’s famous illustrations. They are joined by Julia Eccleshare of the British Library to talk about Lewis Carroll, his legacy, and how it feels to walk in his footsteps.
10+ years
Finding Wonderland

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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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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!
6+
Pamela Butchart and Laura James

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David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

Executive Orders and wiretapping, and let’s face it – lying - have called the separation of powers and basic constitutional principles into question in the United States as never before. Trump threatens rights of speech, privacy, religious freedom, voting and equality -- and we’re just getting started.  Cole is the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has emerged as a leader in the fight to preserve civil liberties. He explains what’s going on to Philippe Sands.

David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

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Patrick Barkham

Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals

Hay Festival 2011, 
A joyful celebration of the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly.

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Harry Potter: Calling All Fans

Hay Festival 2015, 
Have you ever wanted to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books? Join our ‘Professor of Potter’ and his plucky assistant as they bring to life the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A fun and interactive event for all the family, whether you’re new to the books or a dedicated fan. Prizes for best costume. Certificates and postcards for keen muggles! Come and share the magic!
7+ years
Harry Potter: Calling All Fans

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Lola Lorente y Alfonso Zapico en conversación con Juan David Correa

Historias gráficas

Cartagena 2014, 
Lola Lorente (España) es una ilustradora que ganó el premio a la autora revelación 2012 en la feria del cómic de Barcelona con el libro Sangre de mi sangre. Trabaja regularmente con medios como El País, Público y La Vanguardia. Alfonso Zapico (España) es ilustrador y autor de cómic español. Trabaja como profesional gráfico desde 2004 para diversas agencias, editoriales e instituciones. Ha publicado varios títulos, entre los que destacan las novelas gráficas Café Budapest, Dublinés o el reciente álbum El otro mar y ha sido distinguido con premios como el Premi Josep Toutain del Saló de Barcelona, el Premio Nacional de Cómic 2012 en España o el BD Romanesque de Moulins en Francia. Estarán en conversación con Juan David Correa. Organizado con Acción Cultural Española

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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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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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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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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.

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Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Broadcasting House – LIVE ON AIR

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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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Hay 25 - Ben Okri, Jung Chang, Földényi F. László, Dragomán György, Tibor Fischer, Tiffany Murray talk to Jon Gower

Budapest 2012, 
The Hay Festival is 25 this year, and as part of the celebrations we have put 25 Questions to everyone taking part in all our 15 festivals around the world. Please join the panel to discuss three of the Questions – Why do we read books? We’re building a library of literature, music and cinema. Which one book, film and album would you contribute to it? 25 years ago, the whole world lived in fear of an Aids pandemic, the Berlin Wall divided East and Western Europe, China and Latin America were considered part of the developing world and less than 1% of the world’s population used mobile phones or computers. What changes will we see to the way we live now in 25 years’ time?
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Baaba Maal

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Senegalese musician and UN emissary talks about the medical, social and educational challenges facing Africa in the new millennium.

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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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Giles Tremlett

Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen

Hay Festival 2017, 
In 1474, a 23-year-old woman ascended the throne of Castile, the largest and strongest kingdom in Spain. Ahead of her lay the considerable challenge not only of being a young, female ruler in an overwhelmingly male-dominated world, but also of reforming a major European kingdom that was riddled with crime, corruption, and violent political factionism. The historian chronicles her life of Isabella of Castile as she led her country out of the murky Middle Ages and harnessed the newest ideas and tools of the early Renaissance to turn her ill-disciplined, quarrelsome nation into a sharper, modern state with a powerful, clear-minded, and ambitious monarch at its centre.
Giles Tremlett

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James Campbell

Stand up for Kids

Hay Festival 2018, 

A stand-up comedy show for children, their parents and anyone who likes laughter without the rude words. Hold on to your socks, take the banana out of your ears and enjoy the best comedy for kids from the man who invented it.  James’s show will find The Hilariously Funny Things about everything including pets, couscous, spaniels, making your own yoghurt, bees and why we have hair.

6+
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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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Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Amerigo

Hay Festival 2007, 
The tale of the merchant, explorer and creative travel writer, Amerigo Vespucci, who despite trailing his friend and rival Christopher Columbus, gave his name to the New World.