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Nicola Davies

Wildlife Adventures

Hay Festival 2014, 

The zoologist, Really Wild Show presenter and award-winning writer combines heart-stopping adventure stories with real-life conservation projects in an entertaining and informative session for all the family.
8+ years

Nicola Davies

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Penny Campling and John Ballatt

The Elizabeth Bryan Hay Memorial Lecture

Hay Festival 2017, 

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till it’s Gone: Valuing the NHS

A toxic combination of anxiety, rhetoric and mechanistic solutions can lead to dangerous neglect of the human factors that require attention if the NHS is to survive and thrive as a safe, compassionate and effective service. Penny Campling and John Ballatt have decades of experience in senior roles in the NHS. They are the co-authors of Intelligent Kindness: reforming the culture of healthcare. Their work has been widely influential among clinicians, managers, policy makers and educators in healthcare. 

The Elizabeth Bryan Foundation Trust is a charitable trust founded in memory of the eminent paediatrician Elizabeth Bryan, whose work with families with twins, or multiple births, brought together the best of skilled medical practice with a profound commitment to the wellbeing of her patients and their families. Their central focus is on the values she placed highest herself: compassion, empathy and intelligent kindness – not only between staff and patients but among the staff of the NHS, both clinical and non-clinical.

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Emily Wilson

The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer

Hay Festival 2018, 

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey, is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. The vivid new translation, the first by a woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’. She recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature. This inaugural translation lecture is given in the name of the pre-eminent translator, whose peerless work rendering French, Danish and German literature into English ranges from Asterix to Austerlitz.  Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

Emily Wilson

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Tom Dyckhoff

The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City

Hay Festival 2017, 

In Dubai, a luxury apartment block is built in the shape of a giant iPod. In China, President Xi Jinping denounces the trend of constructing ‘bizarre’ new buildings in wacky shapes and colours. In Cincinnati, celebrity architect Zaha Hadid is paid millions to design a single ‘iconic’ structure – with the hope of single-handedly transforming the region’s ailing fortunes. These incidents are all part of the same story: the rise of the age of spectacle. Chaired by Simon Jenkins.

Tom Dyckhoff

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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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Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Somme: Into the Breach

Hay Festival 2016, 

Planned as a decisive strike but fought as a bloody battle of attrition in 1916, the Battle of the Somme claimed over a million dead or wounded in months of fighting that have long epitomized the tragedy and folly of the First World War. By focusing on the first-hand experiences and personal stories of both Allied and enemy soldiers, Sebag-Montefiore defies the customary framing of incompetent generals and senseless slaughter. In its place, eyewitness accounts relive scenes of extraordinary courage and sacrifice, as soldiers ordered over the top ventured into No Man’s Land and enemy trenches, where they met a hail of machine-gun fire, thickets of barbed wire, and exploding shells. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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Andrew Simms and Richard Murphy

How Quickly Can We Change? Economics

Hay Festival 2016, 

Creeping climatic upheaval and corrosive global inequality are like two threads pulling apart civilisation’s fabric. To survive and thrive, we face an unprecedented challenge of rapid transition. But the way we live is locked-in by an economic system, dominated by finance and obsessed with growth. Andrew Simms of the New Weather Institute discusses whether orthodox economics can effect change with Richard Murphy, the architect of Corbynomics.

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Jonathan Mullard

New Naturalist Library: Brecon Beacons

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Brecon Beacons range across upland Wales and create a varied landscape of extensive cave systems, limestone crags and rich meadows. This variety supports thousands of species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

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Luis García Montero en conversación con Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2015, 
El poeta y catedrático de Literatura Española Luis García Montero ha recibido diversos galardones entre los que destacan el Premio Nacional de Literatura por Habitaciones separadas y el Premio Nacional de la Crítica por La intimidad de la serpiente. Su último libro, Alguien dice tu nombre, se desarrolla en la España franquista en el verano de 1963 y cuenta la historia de León Egea, el comienzo de su carrera en la editorial Universo y cómo vive su primer amor.

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The Tale Of The Gingerbread Man

Hay Festival 2013, 

An imaginative interactive telling of a much-loved classic story, which parents will enjoy as much as their children.

Duration 30 mins.

3–7 years 

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Ulinka Rublack

The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight for his Mother

Hay Festival 2016, 

Kepler is one of history’s most admired astronomers, who famously discovered that planets move in ellipses and defined the three laws of planetary motion. In 1615, at the height of his career, his widowed mother Katharina was accused of witchcraft; the proceedings led to a criminal trial that lasted six years. Kepler conducted his mother’s defence. The trial and the arguments advanced give a revealing picture of Europe on the cusp between the Reformation and the scientific revolution that was to follow.

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Peter Hanington and Harry Parker talk to Alex Clark

Fictions: Talking About War

Hay Festival 2016, 
Parker’s hugely acclaimed debut Anatomy of a Soldier is the story of a man who is blown up, told by 45 objects involved in his story. Hanington’s A Dying Breed is a debut thriller that travels the shadowy corridors of the BBC, the perilous streets of Kabul and the dark chambers of Whitehall.

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David Gwyn

Welsh Slate

Hay Festival 2016, 

A history and a celebration of the Welsh slate industry centred on Snowdonia, exploring all aspects, from the cultural to the technical, and from the home to the quarries. Dr Gwyn is the author of the Royal Commission’s latest publication, Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry. Chaired by Christopher Catling, CEO of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

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Carlo Rovelli

The 2017 John Maddox Lecture - Reality is Not What it Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

Hay Festival 2017, 

Do space and time truly exist? What is reality made of? Can we understand its deep texture? Taking us on a wondrous journey, Rovelli invites us to imagine a whole new world where black holes are waiting to explode, space time is made up of grains and infinity does not exist: a vast universe still largely undiscovered.

‘The man who makes physics sexy. The new Hawking. His writing is luminous.’ – The Times.  Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

Carlo Rovelli

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Lina Dencik

Social Justice in an age of Big Data - Cardiff University Series 3

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are living in a society increasingly driven by the technical ability to turn our activities and behaviour into data points that can be tracked and profiled. This is often said to advance responses to a range of social problems but these data processes can also affect individuals or entire communities that may be denied services and access to opportunities, or wrongfully targeted and exploited. What does this mean for fairness and equality? Lina Dencik is a Senior Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Journalism.

Lina Dencik

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Artemis Cooper

Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

Hay Festival 2017, 

Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923-2014) wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. The biographer examines the life of the author of The Cazalet Chronicle, her marriages to the naturalist Peter Scott and the novelist Kingsley Amis, as well as her turbulent relationships with Cecil Day-Lewis, Arthur Koestler and Laurie Lee. Cooper’s biography depicts a woman trying to make sense of her life through her writing, as well as illuminating the literary world in which she lived.

Artemis Cooper

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Hermione Lee

Edith Wharton

Hay Festival 2007, 
A scintillating biography of the author of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth: a fiercely modern woman of passionate conviction and conflicting ambitions and desires.

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Simon Jenkins

Thatcher and Sons

Hay Festival 2007, 
The journalist examines how the Iron Lady changed our country and the nature of democratic leadership.

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Atinuke

Hay Festival 2015, 
Atinuke is a mesmerising storyteller as well as the author of The No.1 Car Spotter and Anna Hibiscus series and a number of picture books. You will be spellbound as she conjures up the sights, sounds and hustle and bustle of life in Africa and brings her stories to life.
7+ years
Atinuke

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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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Kazuo Ishiguro, Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Booker Prizewinner talks to the BBC Radio 4 Front Row presenter about his novel When We Were Orphans. His other books include The Remains of the Day, An Artist of the Floating World, and The Unconsoled.

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Imagine the World: Afro Fusion Music Concert

Premium Event

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Featuring Nairobi’s headlining artists, this concert will leave you in a musical whirl. Kick off with the high-energy Afro fusion band Sarabi and then let Mumala and Kiu melt your dance sweat away. Phenomenal Fena will have you head-bopping and feet-tapping to soul and afro house, and the electrifying Jemedari will teach you just what jazzy hip hop is. Imagine it... we can.

 

 

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Miranda Seymour

Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 1613 a beautiful Stuart princess married a handsome young German prince. This was a love match, but it was also an alliance that aimed to weld together Europe’s two great Protestant powers. Before Elizabeth and Frederick left London for the court in Heidelberg, they watched a performance of The Winter’s Tale. In 1943, a group of British POWs gave a performance of that same play to a group of enthusiastic Nazi guards in Bavaria. When the amateur actors suggested doing a version of The Merchant of Venice that showed Shylock as the hero, the guards brought in the costumes and helped create the sets. Nothing about the story of England and Germany is as simple as we might expect. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

Miranda Seymour

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Extreme Greens

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Sally McKenna’s new book Extreme Greens reveals the culinary, health and cosmetic wonders of seaweeds, one of our greatest natural resources. Sally will also give an insight into being one of Ireland’s most noted food writers and critics. She talks to Olivia Duff.

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Kourosh Saeb Parsy

Cambridge Series: The Future of Organ Transplantation

Hay Festival 2017, 

The consultant transplant surgeon reviews how organ transplantation is being transformed by innovations in organ donation, stem cell technology, bio-engineered tissues and machine perfusion of organs. He explores what is now possible and  discusses the ensuing ethical and legal dilemmas.

Kourosh Saeb Parsy