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My Big World

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join the team from OKIDO for a mixture of crafts and games taken from My Big World. Encounter different plants and animals, explore exciting locations around the world and even visit outer space! A fun and interactive first look at geography and science.

Duration 45 mins.

4+ years

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Raymond Tallis

Of Time and Lamentation

Hay Festival 2017, 

The culmination of some 20 years of thinking, writing and wondering about time, the doctor and philosopher offers a bold, original and thought-provoking meditation on the nature and meaning of life – and time.

Raymond Tallis

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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’.

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Great Unknown

Hay Festival 2018, 

Every week seems to throw up a new discovery, shaking the foundations of what we know. But are there questions we will never be able to answer - mysteries that lie beyond the predictive powers of science? Marcus du Sautoy invites us to consider the problems in cosmology, quantum physics, mathematics, and neuroscience that continue to bedevil scientists and creative thinkers who are at the forefront of their fields. He challenges us to consider big questions - about the nature of consciousness, what came before the big bang, and what lies beyond our horizons - while taking us on a virtuoso tour of the great breakthroughs of the past. He celebrates the men and women who dared to tackle the seemingly impossible and had the imagination to come up with new ways of seeing the world. The mathematician holds the University of Oxford's prestigious Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science.

Marcus du Sautoy

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Anne Michaels, John Berger

Hay Festival 2000, 
Berger, the Booker Prize-winning novelist, poet, story-teller, essayist and playwright talks about stories and language with the Canadian novelist and poet, who won the Orange Prize for Fugitive Pieces. Berger's latest books are Once in Europa and King. Michaels' poetry collection is called Skin Divers. 

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Sondos Shabayek in conversation with Samir Elbahaie

The revolution will be streamed

Beirut 2012, 
Internet-based communications are now a crucial source of information for citizens living in countries where press is censored and conflict is rife. news agencies across the globe, The new York Times, Le Monde and Al-Jazeera all rely on blog updates and twitter feeds to stay up to date in places where official information is controlled. The social media phenomenon is particularly relevant in the Middle east at the moment; Sondos Shabayek, a blogger from egypt, tell us about the importance of new media in communications. Chaired by Samir Elbahaie, Regional Policy & Foreign Affairs Manager for Google.
 
Event in Arabic
With the support of Google

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PetroPower and Geopolitics

Hay Festival 2008, 
Vijay Vaitheeswaran (Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future) and Parag Khanna (The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order) challenge assumptions about energy with climate change thinker Nick Butler.

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The Commonwealth Writers Conversation

The Untold Story

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

The first in a global series of conversations invites writers, artists and thinkers to discuss the subjects and themes that are sometimes met with silence in societies around the world.  This is the place to talk about how to communicate the difficult and the unsayable, whether through words or other forms of expression. Panelists include Chief Nyamweya and Keguro Macharia.Tell us on email or twitter what you'd like to discuss with the panel. 

 

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Meghnad Desai in conversation with Adam Austerfield

Segovia 2014, 

The world economy has changed completely in the last five years and Spain is one of the most affected countries. What future is there for young Spaniards and Europeans in the 21st century? How will they survive and prosper given the prospects for employment, technological changes and the development of emerging markets as engines of the world economy? Lord Desai is an economist, Emeritus Professor of LSE and member of the British Labour Party.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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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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Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – Up, Up and Away!

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ex-robbers now bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam star in a new collection of stories about their comical adventures. The two dogs are best friends but they look like being in danger of falling out when a tempting looking package arrives at the café. Corderoy and Lenton entertain with comic rhymes and illustrations about their well-loved characters.

6+
Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

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Donna Brazile talks to Helena Kennedy

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that put Donald Trump in the White House

Hay Festival 2018, 

As chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign, Brazile had a front-row seat to the wildest, craziest, and most disturbing presidential race in American history. She was called to take over a party riven by scandal and allegations of corruption, and then thrust into the international spotlight after the DNC email system was hacked by the Russians, a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence a presidential election. She talks about the roles played by Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and President Obama with an insider’s knowledge and looks forward to the 2018 November mid-terms and the potential Democrat runners for 2020.

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Etgar Keret in conversation with Marta del Riego

Segovia 2014, 

Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer of award-winning stories, comics and novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages. Intensive research over a seven-year period into his family background gave rise to his latest novel The Seven Good Years, which is a reflection of Etgar’s own life story and at the same time a reflection of current Israeli society. Etgar Keret discusses his work with author Marta del Riego, Features Editor at Vanity Fair.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Cerrie Burnell

Mermaid

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join CBeebies’ Cerrie Burnell for a very special storytelling session about being different, about new beginnings and, most of all, about friendship. Cerrie will share her books Snowflakes and Mermaid, with music and a little bit of magic.
5+ years
Cerrie Burnell

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Shashi Tharoor

The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone

Hay Festival 2008, 
Diplomat and writer Shashi Tharoor maps out India’s emergence as a C21st superpower.

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Steve Cole

Hay Festival 2013, 

A fun-filled frantic session with the creator of the Astrosaurs and Cows In Action series.

7+ years

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Ben Okri talks to Jon Gower

Budapest 2012, 
The Booker Prize winner (The Famished Road) reads and discusses his poetry and essays.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Herta Müller en conversación con Philip Boehm

Cartagena 2013, 
La ganadora del Premio Nobel de Literatura 2009 es una escritora rumana de origen alemán autora de una remarcable obra de ficción y ensayística. Crítica con los regímenes totalitarios (Müller vivió bajo el régimen de Ceaucescu hasta el año 1987, cuando se exilió en Alemania), formó parte de un grupo de escritores defensores de la libertad de expresión en su país de origen y sufrió las consecuencias de la represión en carne propia perdiendo su trabajo de traductora al negarse a colaborar con la policía secreta. Su último libro en español es Todo lo que tengo lo llevo conmigo. Conversará con su traductor al inglés Philip Boehm.

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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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Antony Feltham-White and Claire Worden, chaired by Bella Bathurst

Talking About It

Hay Festival 2017, 

What do we do when the going gets roughest, and what on earth can we say? Rev LT Col Feltham-White is an army chaplain who has dealt with the full psychological cost of war both on the frontline and behind it. Worden is a farmer and campaigner whose father made an attempt on his life after the family farm had to be sold. With wisdom, humour and insight, they talk about when and how to listen.

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Hugh Hunt

Cambridge Series: Refreezing the Arctic

Hay Festival 2017, 

We may want to cool the planet if (when) we fail to meet our CO2 emissions targets.  There are technologies out there almost ready to go and some sound quite scary.  Is it safe to meddle with the climate when we only have one Earth? Hunt is a Reader in the Department of Engineering. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Hugh Hunt

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Karla Wursterová, Péter Balázs and Michal Cerny

What Role Does Central European Co-operation Play In Shaping European Foreign Policy?

Budapest 2013, 

Karla Wursterová, Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund in Bratislava, Slovakia, discusses with Péter Balázs, Director of the CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary and Michal Cerny, Director of the Czech Centre in Budapest, how co-operation among Central European states (the Visegrad Group and the Central European Initiative) influences the formation of European foreign policy.

Co-organized with CEU in collaboration with Napvilag Kiado
Event in English

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Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence

Budapest 2012, 
A conversation with the singer and activist about Africa, music and love.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Meg Rosoff and Shappi Khorsandi talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Funny Business

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writers introduce their two delightful comic novels: Rosoff’s Jonathan Unleashed is a blisteringly funny, touching story of a man whose love life is going to the dogs. Khorsandi’s Nina is Not OK is a darkly funny coming-of-age novel.

Meg Rosoff and Shappi Khorsandi talk to Stephanie Merritt

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Kate Fox

Quarrybank Women’s Work

Hay Festival 2017, 

The comedian and poet performs work produced during her residency at Quarry Bank, one of the Industrial Revolution’s best-preserved textile mills.  Fox has had unique access to journals of women who worked in the mill, which has informed her lifelong commitment to the issues of gender history and ‘Northern-ness’.

Kate Fox