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Mark Tully

India’s Unending Journey: Finding Balance in a Time of Change

Hay Festival 2007, 
A fascinating, deeply personal account of the impact the Subcontinent has had on the life and beliefs of the broadcaster.

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Nik Gowing

Thinking The Unthinkable

Hay Festival 2016, 

Brexit? DAESH? President Trump? Europe’s migration crisis? Oil prices crashing? The ‘unusual extremes’ causing UK flooding? The international affairs analyst, a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London introduces new research revealing why top leaders in big corporates and governments struggle to handle the scale of new unthinkables.

Numbers are limited for this seminar. The full report, co-written with Chris Langdon, can be downloaded from here: http://www.thinkunthinkable.org

Nik Gowing

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Rebecca Cobb

The Something

Hay Festival 2015, 
Rebecca Cobb is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most talented new names in the world of children’s books. When a little boy’s ball disappears down a mysterious hole in the garden, he can’t stop thinking about what could be down there – a little mouse’s house? The lair of a hungry troll? Whatever it may be, he’s determined to find out! Join Rebecca for some storytelling and drawing, and maybe find out if there’s a Something down that hole after all…
5+ years
Rebecca Cobb

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Aby King

A Right Royal Adventure

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet Lupo: favourite palace pet and companion to the baby prince. Join Aby King as she introduces you to the loveable Lupo and his friends; hear all about their adventures in the royal residences; and get top tips for creating your own adventure stories.
8+ years
Aby King

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John Parrington talks to Daniel Davis

Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing will Transform the World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Genome editing has already been used clinically to treat AIDS patients by genetically modifying their white blood cells to be resistant to HIV. In agriculture, genome editing can be used to engineer species with increased food output, resistance to pests, drought and harsh environments. But these powerful new techniques also raise important ethical dilemmas. To what extent should parents be able to manipulate the genetics of their offspring? Can we effectively weigh up the risks from introducing synthetic life forms into complex ecosystems? Parrington is an Associate Professor in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Oxford.

John Parrington talks to Daniel Davis

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Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine

Cream Buns and Crime and The Painted Dragon

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the super-sleuth, murder mystery authors as they reveal the secrets behind creating successful whodunits in their Murder Most Unladylike and The Sinclair Mysteries series respectively.

9+
Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine

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The RSPB Cymru Lecture: Saving Special Places

Hay Festival 2008, 
Graham Wynne talks about why the RSPB, a UK-based conservation charity, is involved in saving the Harapan Rainforest? Find out how the destruction of this special place is not only a disaster for the local people and wildlife, but also for the world's climate.

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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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Lissa Evans

Wed Wabbit

Hay Festival 2017, 

Calling all children and adults: Do you have a loud voice? Are you a giggler? Do you have an eardrum-shredding scream? If so, Lissa Evans, Carnegie-shortlisted author of Small Change for Stuart, Big Change for Stuart and Wed Wabbit, would like to recruit you for her Wimbley Woo Workshop. Along the way, you can also learn what Lissa’s real name is, and what it’s got to do with the plot of Small Change for Stuart, what she learned in Year 5 at Primary School (clue: nothing) and how to talk like a Yellow Wimbley.

9+

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Daping Chu, Lee Skrypchuk and Valerian Meijering

Cambridge Series: The Car of the Future, with Head-up Technology

Hay Festival 2017, 

Head-Up Display (HUD) technology can help drivers with a safer and more comfortable and enjoyable driving experience. It can provide ‘immersive entertainment’ and protection for human wellbeing in the autonomous cars of the future. Professor Chu is Director of the Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors at Cambridge. He presents his work with two colleagues from Jaguar Land Rover.

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David Lammy

The Octavia Hill Lecture: Tribes

Hay Festival 2019, 

The MP for Tottenham investigates the modern concept of ‘tribes’ and how New Tribalism has pernicious effects on the health of our society. He explores the ways in which we can challenge and neuter New Tribalism, distinguishing the ‘good’ sort of tribalism – the patriotism that is inclusive and open to newcomers, the ethnic or religious pride that celebrates a particular culture or faith tradition rather than denigrates others as inferior, the ‘Spirit of Dunkirk’ that saw ordinary people come together and do extraordinary things – from the harmful tribalism that excludes and divides. Chaired by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.

David Lammy

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Food Bloggers Forum

Our Passion For Irish Food – Nutrition, Economics or Culture?

Kells 2014, 

Some of Ireland’s leading food bloggers discuss what drives their passion for food. A panel debate featuring Kristin Jensen (Edible Ireland), Imen McDonnell (Modern Farmette), Aoife McElwain (I Can Has Cook), Caitriona Redmond (Wholesome Ireland), and Lily Ramirez-Foran (A Mexican Cook). Chaired by Kevin Sheridan.

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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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Leif Wenar talks to Rosie Boycott

Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules That Run the World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Natural resources like oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. Petrocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend resource money on weapons and oppression; militants in Iraq and in the Congo spend resource money on radicalisation and ammunition. Resource-fuelled authoritarians and extremists present endless crises to the West and at home. And the source of their resource power is ultimately ordinary consumers, doing their everyday shopping at the filling station and the mall. Wenar holds the Chair of Phliosophy and Law at King’s College, London.

Leif Wenar talks to Rosie Boycott

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Tim Wu talks to Rajan Datar

The Attention Merchants: How Our Time and Attention are Gathered and Sold

Hay Festival 2017, 

In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. The lawyer and Columbia professor analyses who’s monetising us in the digital realm, and how to resist.

Tim Wu talks to Rajan Datar

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Ehud Barak talks to Bronwen Maddox

My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace

Hay Festival 2018, 

A rare interview with the former Prime Minister of Israel, the most decorated soldier in his country’s history and author of a new memoir. Barak is a fierce proponent of a two-state solution for a lasting peace with Palestinians, with a shared capital in Jerusalem. He reflects on the current state of the peace process, on Israeli, Arab and American politicians and on the opportunities that are still available.

Bronwen Maddox is the director of The Institute for Government. She was previously editor of Prospect and Foreign Editor of The Times.

Ehud Barak talks to Bronwen Maddox

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Will Millard talks to Corisande Albert

The Old Man and the Sand Eel

Hay Festival 2018, 

Growing up on the Cambridgeshire Fens, Will Millard never felt more at home than when he was out with his granddad on the riverbank, whiling away the day catching fish. As he grew older, his competitive urge to catch more and bigger fish led him away from that natural connection between him, his grandfather and the rivers of his home. That is, until the fateful day he let a record-breaking sand eel slip through his fingers and he knew that he had lost the magic of those days down by the river, and that something had to change. The Old Man and the Sand Eel is at its heart the story of three generations of men trying to figure out what it is to be a man, a father and a fisherman.

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David Lodge

Deaf Sentence

Hay Festival 2008, 
Comic maestro David Lodge introduces his brilliant, elegiac novel about one man’s effort to come to terms with deafness and death, ageing and mortality.

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Sustaining A Growing Population

The Eirgrid Debates 2

Kells 2013, 

With the world’s population expected to hit 10 billion by 2100, the earth’s capacity to sustain the human population and its increasing demands remains a critical issue. What are the energy implications for Ireland? What will be the balance between technological breakthrough and lifestyle change?

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Adventurers and Sporting Heroes

Hay Festival 2014, 

Explorer Maria Leijerstam and world-record-holding athlete Josie Pearson introduce Spark – a new vibrant series of non-fiction books for young readers. Maria relates her epic adventures visiting different parts of the world, including her recent expedition to Antarctica, while Josie shares her experience of winning a Gold medal at the Paralympic Games in London 2012.

7+ years

Adventurers and Sporting Heroes

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Clare Nasir

Two Clouds and a Cough

Hay Festival 2016, 

Become a cloud expert with the meteorologist, author and presenter. She will spark the imagination of young minds as she talks weather and clouds, and reads from her latest children’s book.

3+

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Jamie Bartlett and Damian Tambini talk to Matt Stadlen

The Internet: This is for Everyone? Really?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Tambini’s book Digital Dominance: The Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple shows how these corporations have accumulated power in ways that existing regulatory and intellectual frameworks struggle to comprehend. A consensus is emerging that the power of these new digital monopolies is unprecedented, and that it has important implications for journalism, politics and society. Bartlett’s The People vs. Tech: How the Internet Is Killing Democracy (And How We Save It) asks what does that mean for democracy, our delicately balanced system of government that was created long before big data, total information and artificial intelligence? The author of The Dark Net and Radicals argues that through our unquestioning embrace of big tech, the building blocks of democracy are slowly being removed. The middle class is being eroded, sovereign authority and civil society are weakened, and we citizens are losing our critical faculties, maybe even our free will. Chaired by Matt Stadlen of LBC.

Jamie Bartlett and Damian Tambini talk to Matt Stadlen

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Peter Hennessy talks to Alun Evans

The British Academy Platform at Hay: The UK’s Place in the World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Responding to today’s international challenges in a rapidly evolving geopolitical environment is placing new strain on the UK’s place in the world. The historian and constitutional expert assesses the challenges the UK faces in the coming years, discussing the impact of withdrawal from the EU and turning into a ‘Global Britain’ may have on the our foreign policy, security and territorial integrity.

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Robert Winston

Science Squad

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Science Squad is made up of the five STEAM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths – and the professor will explain how they work together and why they are so important. From the solar system to evolution and the human body, children will discover how machines work, where lightning comes from and how lungs allow you to breathe. The perfect introduction to science and STEAM subjects.

6+

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Andy Hamilton talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Star Witness

Hay Festival 2017, 

The comedy-writer’s first novel is the hilarious story of one self-regarding man’s descent into disgrace and his journey back to join the human race. It’s a pin-sharp satire on the shallows of modern media culture and the dysfunctional relationship we all have with the idea of ‘celebrity’.