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Judith Kerr & Michael Morpurgo

Hay Festival 2013, 

Judith and Michael celebrate their 90th and 70th birthdays respectively this year. Be part of a magical event as they reminisce and share Judith’s new book, Creatures.

9+ years (not for young children)

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Heather Brooke

The Silent State

Hay Festival 2010, 
The dynamic investigator and Freedom of Information hero who broke the expenses scandals discusses Secrets, Surveillance and the Myth of British Democracy with Philippe Sands.
Heather Brooke

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David Sedaris chaired by Johann Hari

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Hay Festival 2011, 
An hour with the sardonic wit and satirist, one of America’s finest humorists.
 
Read this piece on David Sedaris in the Guardian
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk - David Sedaris

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Jeremy Bowen

Our Man in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2017, 

The BBC’s Middle East Editor returns home to bring the news from Mosul, Gaza and Jerusalem. His 25-part series for Radio 4 about the region’s history starts on 15 May. He combines first-hand accounts from the front line with analysis of the politics, economics and societies he’s reported on since he first arrived in the Gulf in 1990. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Jeremy Bowen

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Bob Fiddaman (SCIMAC), Molly Conisbee (Soil Association), Jonathon Harrington and Herbert Mwalukomo (Concern Universal)

Greenprint Forum: Food for Thought

Hay Festival 2011, 
Genetically modified food has been on the agenda for years and the argument rages over the benefits versus the risks. With climate change comes the increased occurrence of extreme weather events from droughts to floods, salination to big freezes. Is GM part of the answer to ensuring food supplies in these conditions or can traditional agriculture cope? Chaired by Louise Gray.

Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.


To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office

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Brian Gambles, Patrick Arends and Ian Ward

Rewriting The Book: The Library Of Birmingham

Hay Festival 2013, 

The £189m Library of Birmingham opens in September this year, and will be the largest public library in Europe. It will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books, a gallery space, a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and two garden terraces. The Project Director, architect and the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council will discuss bringing this ambitious project to fruition.

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Mark Welland

Cambridge University Series 2: The Future Is Nano

Hay Festival 2013, 

An introduction to the development and progress of nanotechnology, and a reasonable expectation of what it can do – from miniaturisation of mobile phone tech to the understanding and treatment of human diseases. Professor Welland is the director of Cambridge University’s Nanoscience Centre, and was Chief Scientific Advisor to the MoD.

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Tom Hollander and James Wood talk to Peter Florence

Re - Rev

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Pirates of the Caribbean and In the Loop star discusses his award-winning comedy Rev -with co-writer James Wood.

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Andrew Collings, Paul Benham and Penelope Vogler talk to Andy Fryers

Forgotten Foods

Hay Festival 2012, 
Reporting on the fight back of heritage plants, animal breeding stock and the traditional recipes that used to use them. Carp pie and medlar tart for dinner anyone?

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Sebastian Faulks talks to Gaby Wood

The British Council Series 3: Fictions – A Possible Life

Hay Festival 2013, 

Provocative and profound, Faulks’ dazzling new novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. In this open workshop he describes how he came to write it this way, building the structure of the stories and his search for the language and form of his narratives.

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Martin Rees

The World in 2050

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Astronomer Royal looks to the future and what we don’t yet know.

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Ken Follett

Tolerance and coexistence

Segovia 2018, 

Follett’s third novel in the Kingsbridge Series, A Column of Fire, went straight to the No.1 position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In A Column of Fire, voices of tolerance struggle to be heard under authoritarian rule as England faces challenges from Europe. The social and political concerns of the first Elizabethan era resonate loudly in the second. Following the screening of a short film, Follett discusses with the audience how the themes of his Tudor-time novel echo in today’s political theatre.

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Julie Burchill talks to Katie Glass

Unbound

Hay Festival 2014, 
The writer and journalist talks about language, argument and her crowd-funded book Unchosen: at 14 Julie Burchill fell in love. Not with a boy, but 'with a whole race of people – the Jews'. The journalist and novelist has been learning Hebrew and even chose Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem, as her single record choice for Desert Island Discs.
Julie Burchill talks to Katie Glass

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Steve Jones

The Joy Of Sects

Hay Festival 2013, 

In The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold As Science the geneticist explores the shared mysteries of religion and science, from the origins of life and humankind to sex, age, death and the end of the universe. He steps aside from the noisy debate between believers and unbelievers to show how the same questions preoccupy us today as in biblical times. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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John Mullan

What Matters in Jane Austen

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Austen's brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction – by asking some very specific questions about what goes on in her novels and why, he reveals their devilish cleverness and their art.
 
The English Prof, Late Review star and Guardian Book Club host discovers what games people played and why they had to wear mourning, how they addressed each other and how wealth was inherited, who shared bedrooms and who owned coaches. He explores the rituals and conventions of her fictional world in order to reveal her technical virtuosity and sheer daring as a novelist. Though not a book about Jane Austen's life, it uses biographical detail and telling passages from her letters to explain episodes in her novels; readers will find out, for example, what novels she read and how much money she had to live on and why she was obsessed with the weather.
 
John Mullan's books include How Novels Work and Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature.

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Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

What If Money Grew On Trees

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Consider a world where gold is worthless, everybody earns the same amount, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted? The New Economics Foundation fellow and the co-author of What If Money Grew On Trees talk to Hay Festival’s Sustainability Director.

Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

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Val McDermid, Jasper Fforde, Mathew Prichard

Agatha Christie 120

Hay Festival 2010, 
We celebrate the queen of detective fiction’s jubilee with two fans and her grandson, who still manages her estate. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Steve Jones

The John Maddox Lecture: Incest and Folk Dancing – Why Sex Survives

Hay Festival 2011, 
Sir Thomas Beecham once said: ‘Try anything once but incest and folk-dancing’ (he pointed out that brass bands, too, are all very well in their place: ‘in the open air and several miles away’). Sex with a relative is often frowned upon, but is in fact universal, for we all share ancestors in the recent past.

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Stella Duffy, Sara Maitland, Robert Appleby and Tim O'Brien chaired by Jim al Khalili

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

Hay Festival 2011, 
The history of science is often told through the breakthroughs and bolts-from-the-blue that change the game, shift the paradigm. Put under any scrutiny, however, the reality of scientific progress is much more gradual, complex and fortuitous.
 

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Simon Rattle talks to Tom Service

Music as Alchemy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The conductor talks to the author of Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras about his work with the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

The Gruffalo LIVE

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join in the Gruffalo’s 10th birthday party in this interactive, lively celebration with the author and illustrator. Jam-packed with songs, music, fun and rhyme.

Family Event

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Adrian Lambert

The Rural Media Company presents: Still Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
Eleven-year-old Lauren has almost come to terms with her parents splitting up when a school history project rekindles some very painful memories and a violent and dangerous jealousy. Set in Herefordshire, the film wrestles with isolation and identity in a rural market town, where people quickly learn how to move on rather than move away. Still Life is the Rural Media Company’s latest ambitious community film production created over the course of a year with the people of Bromyard.

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Jacqueline Wilson

The Worst Thing About My Sister

Hay Festival 2012, 
Marty and Melissa are the best of friends, the worst of enemies and of course sisters. Another gift from the mega-bestselling, super-lovely godmother of children’s fiction.
 
As we only have Jacqueline for a limited time the first 200 children's tickets sold will be eligible to get their books signed. These tickets have sadly sold out but you can still book to enjoy the wonderful event! 
 
8+ years

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Fernando Castro Flórez, Andrés Ibáñez y Fernando Rodríguez de la Flor

En la frontera: literatura, vida y arte

Segovia 2008, 
Las fronteras se disuelven. Ya no hay lugar para los limites y las separaciones radicales, ya sea en la literatura, el arte o la vida misma. Son los tiempos de la mezcla y la cultura remix. Con este tema de fondo, el encuentro sera moderado por Laura Revuelta, jefa de redaccion de ABCD las Artes y las Letras. Presentado por Fernando R. Lafuente.

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David MacKay, Julie Hill and David Howell

The Future of Energy Series - How to Decarbonise by 2050

Hay Festival 2012, 
There are many theories and proposals for decarbonising our society but which ones are the most credible and what do they require from us all in order to achieve the target by 2050? The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Chief Scientific Advisor will weigh the options with the former Director of Green Alliance and the FCO Minister for International Energy. Chaired by Andy Fryers.