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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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Colin Thubron

Shadow of the Silk Road

Hay Festival 2007, 
The travel-writer passes through China, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, taking in the most sterile desert on earth and the strife-torn mountain valleys of today’s conflicts. ‘To be travelling the Silk Road is to be travelling the history of the world: tracing the passage not just of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.’

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Liz Calder and Jorge Herralde

Life in Books

Hay Festival 2007, 
The two outstanding international publishers discuss their adventures in the book world. Calder co-founded Bloomsbury and the Brazilian lifest FLIP. Herralde at Anagrama is the most admired independent publisher in the Spanish-speaking world. They talk to Peter Florence.

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Don Van Natta talks to Philippe Sands

On The Record

Hay Festival 2011, 
Twice a Pulitzer Prize-winner, the New York Times Investigative Correspondent discusses his work on al Qaeda, Bill and Hillary Clinton, extraordinary rendition and the NoTW Met-celebrity phone-hacking scandal.
 
Read Don Van Natta's articles for the New York Times

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Nick Butterworth

Q Pootle 5

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nick Butterworth is a bestselling and award-winning picture book creator. He is author of Q Pootle 5, now a popular CBeebies animated series. In this family event, Nick talks about how he made the Q Pootle 5 books. You’ll see a glimpse of the CBeebies series, plus live drawing from Nick.
5+ years
Nick Butterworth

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Mark Shorrock and Juliet Davenport talk to Andy Fryers

Tackling Climate Change with Technology – Good Energy Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

New technology with the potential to reduce and mitigate our impact on the environment is emerging on every scale from the global to the domestic. Geo-engineering could counteract climate change by intervening in Earth’s natural systems, while new consumer technology offers greener cars and smarter homes. What are the latest ideas? And which technologies will be the most effective at securing a sustainable future? Mark Shorrock is the CEO of Tidal Lagoon Power. Davenport is CEO of Good Energy.

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Andrea Wulf

The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science

Hay Festival 2016, 

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist: more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast, there’s a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. He explored deep into the rainforest, climbed the world’s highest volcanoes and inspired princes and presidents, scientists and poets alike. Napoleon was jealous of him; Simon Bolívar’s revolution was fuelled by his ideas; Darwin set sail on the Beagle because of Humboldt; and Jules Verne’s Captain Nemo owned all of his many books. He simply was, as one contemporary put it, “the greatest man since the Deluge”. Wulf’s biography won the Costa Prize. Chaired by Professor Philip Davies.

Andrea Wulf

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Romina Chiappa, Alex Gooch and Liam Burgess

Food, Glorious Food

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Bread, chocolate and pasta are year-round comfort foods. Meet an artisan baker, a chocolatier and a Welsh-Italian cook who set up family food businesses, and learn how you can do the same from your kitchen table. Chaired by former Country Living Deputy Editor Kitty Corrigan.

Romina Chiappa, Alex Gooch and Liam Burgess

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The Ghostwriters Séance

Tom Watt, Paul Hayward, Alison Kervin and Peter Burden

Hay Festival 2007, 
The inside track on the great act of literary ventriloquism with celebrity sportswriters Tom Watt (David Beckham), Paul Hayward (Michael Owen, Bobby Robson), Alison Kervin (Paula Radcliffe, Jason Leonard, etc.). Chaired by Peter Burden (John Francome, Jenny Pitman, Leslie Phillips).

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Salomón Bazbaz Lapidus

El Tajin

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Director of the Festival Cumbre Tajin at the spectacular pre-Hispanic Mexican world heritage site in Veracruz explains the culture of the Totonac people, their relationship with Cortez and the Aztecs, the elemental power of the thunder god and the relationship of the people and the sacred city, with its Mesoamerican pyramids and rituals.

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Francesca Simon

The Monstrous Child

Hay Festival 2016, 

The best-selling author’s teenage heroine, Hel, knows every feeling of adolescence. But as goddess of the Underworld, when she behaves badly she doesn’t just get sent to her room; she gets sent to rule over the dead for all eternity! Hel has powers that most teens can only dream of – but they come at a price.

                         

10+
Francesca Simon

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Meg Rosoff

Picture Me Gone

Hay Festival 2015, 
One of the finest writers for young adult readers, Meg Rosoff is best known for her novel How I Live Now, which won the Guardian Prize, the Printz Award and the Branford Boase Award, became an international bestseller and was then adapted for cinema. Her work is always layered, subtle and thought-provoking and her latest novel Picture Me Gone is one of her finest. Come and hear her speak about her writing life and what’s coming next.

Photo: Zoe Norfolk

12+ years/YA
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Gabrielle Walker

An Ocean of Air

Hay Festival 2007, 
Through the eyes and lives of its discoverers, the science writer celebrates the natural history of the earth’s atmosphere and reveals how we came to understand air, the true elixir of life.

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Elif Shafak and Maureen Freely

Well-behaved Women Rarely Make History

Hay Festival 2007, 
Freely’s thriller Enlightenment spans 25 years of contemporary Turkish society. Shafak previews her forthcoming novel The Bastard of Istanbul and launches her Hay Festival Press story The Happiness of Blond People.

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Brian Eno en conversación con Georgina Godwin - Versión española

Cartagena 2015, 
Brian Eno es uno de los músicos más innovadores de las últimas décadas. Ha publicado numerosos discos en solitario y en colaboración con otros músicos. Ha producido además algunos de los mejores álbumes de David Bowie, Coldplay, Devo y U2, entre otros. Destaca también como artista visual, activista político y escritor. En 2014 lanzó dos últimos trabajos junto con Karl Hyde: Someday World y High Life. Hablará sobre su trayectoria y los libros que más han influido en su vida con la periodista Georgina Godwin.

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Paul Cartledge

Herodotus 2500

Hay Festival 2017, 

The classicist celebrates the spectacular anniversary of the birth of the ‘father of history’. Herodotus was a great, infinitely curious investigator and a digressive storyteller, whose Histories are the source of so much of what we know of the ancient world. Cartledge is AG Leventis Professor Emeritus of Greek Culture at Cambridge. His many books include The Greeks; Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed The World; After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars; The Spartans.

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Jamie Thomson

Laugh Like A Dark Lord

Hay Festival 2014, 

Meet Jamie Thomson, author of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning Dark Lord series, as he talks about his latest book Dark Lord: Eternal Detention. Jamie will teach the audience how to laugh like a Dark Lord.
9+ years

Jamie Thomson

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Atinuke

No. 1 Car Spotter

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

This inspiring storyteller introduces her No. 1 Car Spotter series – bright and plucky adventures set in West Africa. Trouble is brewing in No. 1’s village – cars are being stolen from outside Mama Coca-Cola’s chop house. No. 1 – never one to sit back and let bad things happen soon comes up with a plan. Hear all about it from the storyteller herself – Atinuke.

10–13 years with parents

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Christopher Frayling

The Yellow Peril

Hay Festival 2015, 

The cultural historian demonstrates the rise of China-phobia in popular culture with the help of some film clips. Frayling chronicles the entry of Dr Fu Manchu, known as ‘the yellow peril incarnate in one man’, into world literature a century ago and asks why the idea developed unfairly that China was a threat to Western civilization, and why such images continue to distort our image of its people. Frayling also explains how we neglect the history of popular culture at our peril if we are to understand our deepest desires and fears. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

Christopher Frayling

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Matthew Barzun talks to Alec Ross

The United States of Innovation

Hay Festival 2015, 

The US Ambassador to the UK discusses entrepreneurship and enterprise with Secretary Clinton’s senior advisor on innovation.

Matthew Barzun talks to Alec Ross

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Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

Collusion

Hay Festival 2018, 

In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the President-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’. Collusion is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier. 


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Rory Stewart

The Marches

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writer and politician  recounts his final journey with his 90-year-old father along the border between Scotland and England. They relive Scottish dances, reflect on Burmese honey-bears, and on the loss of human presence in the British landscape. On mountain ridges and in housing estates they uncover a forgotten country crushed between England and Scotland: the Middleland. They discover unsettling modern lives, lodged in an ancient land. Their odyssey develops into a history of nationhood, an anatomy of the landscape, a chronicle of contemporary Britain and an exuberant encounter between a father and a son. 

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¿Puede la corrupción acabar con un país?

Cartagena 2014, 
¿Cómo socavan a las naciones el delito organizado, el narcotráfico y la impunidad? Carlos Tablante (Venezuela), antiguo presidente de la Comisión Nacional Antidrogas y autor del libro Estado delincuente; Jaime Abello, director de la FNPI; y Anabel Hernández, autora de Los señores del narco, en conversación con Sergio Dahbar. Con el apoyo de PEN International. Un evento ¡Libera la Palabra!

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Juan Gossaín with Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda

El Tuerto López

Cartagena 2012, 
The complete works of Luis Carlos López, the great Cartagena poet, have just been published. “El Tuerto (‘One-eyed’) López had the supernatural gift of contrast, of bringing together the sublime and the ordinary, without the result being discordant or any verses being degraded,” says the writer Juan Gossaín in his masterly essay. Juan Gossaín will talk about him to the poet and writer Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda.

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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