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John Mitchinson and guests

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Hay Festival 2013, 

The award-winning crowd-funded publisher offers the Hay audience a chance to choose what gets published. Mixing authors whose books have already been funded with others pitching their ideas for books they want to write, this is a literary Dragons’ Den with a difference. Legendary writer and performer Salena Godden pitches her childhood memoir, Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn presents his science fiction sequel, novelist Charles Fernyhough asks whether neuroscience changes love, Strangler Hugh Cornwell and archaeologist-turned-crimewriter Francis Pryor compete for your support with a little help from publisher and QI Elf-master John Mitchinson. Light poetic relief from performance poet George Chopping.

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Christopher Lloyd

What on Earth Evolved: 100 Species That Changed the World

Hay Festival 2010, 
Which species have been the most successful? How do life forms adapt to a world dominated by nearly seven billion humans?

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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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Ed Miliband talks to Ian Katz

The Director's Lecture

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Labour Party leadership candidate and former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change discusses the political and sustainability challenges ahead with the Deputy Editor of The Guardian.

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Liz Tunbridge, Alexandra Brand, Lucie Green and Ana Cavalcanti

The Royal Society Platform

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Next Big Things

From solar science to fungi sensing, four Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their research in cutting edge science. Chaired by Lucy Carpenter.

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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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Anthony Giddens

The Politics of Climate Change

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Politics-as-usual won’t deal with the problems we face, while the recipes of the green movement are flawed at source.’ The eminent sociologist introduces a range of new concepts and proposals to fill in the gap, and examines in depth the connections between climate change and energy security.

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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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John Irving talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Great American Novelist talks to Peter Florence.

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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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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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Gareth Malone

Music for the People

Hay Festival 2011, 
The charismatic maestro of The Choir takes us on A Journey through the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music.

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Wayne Smith

The Drove Roads Of The Middle Marches

Hay Festival 2013, 

The historian follows the trail of Welsh drovers down through the centuries as they moved cattle and sheep to the ever-expanding markets of England. And he offers a detailed walks guide for those keen to discern their own drove roads.

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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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Pervez Musharraf talks to Carey Schofield

Pakistan

Hay Festival 2010, 
The former President of Pakistan (2001–2008) discusses the volatility of the region with the author of Inside The Pakistan Army.

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Pervez Musharraf talks to Carey Schofield

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David Baddiel talks to David Aaronovitch

Hay Festival 2011, 
The comedian and writer whose credits include the fundamentalism satire movie The Infidel discusses his new novel The Death Of Eli Gold.
 
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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.
 

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Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men

Hay Festival 2010, 
We’ve been with him all the way and we’re as excited as ever about the final installment of the Chaos Walking trilogy. Hear about it here first.
 
10+ years

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Christopher Dobson and Mary Dobson

Cambridge University Series 4

Hay Festival 2014, 

Alzheimer’s and Other Plagues

Plagues have changed history, stopped armies in their tracks and altered the fate of nations. Mary and Christopher Dobson outline the impact of plagues on human history and reflect on related challenges that will be faced by future generations. Their talk ranges from the plagues of antiquity and the medieval period to the recent pandemic of HIV/AIDS and includes discussion of the increasingly prevalent afflictions of ageing and affluent societies, including dementia and diabetes.

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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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Deborah Kay Davies and Tahmina Anam talk to Ariane Koek

Fictions: Survival

Hay Festival 2011, 
True Things About Me is a novel about a woman, about risk and sex and survival. The Good Muslim is a family love story set in Bangladesh and explores the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war.

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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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Marc Craste & Helen Ward

Varmints

Hay Festival 2009, 
The writer and film-maker of this beautifully haunting ecological tale come together to discuss working collaboratively and their recent BAFTA nomination. Screening included.  Chaired by Amelia Johnstone.

9 years – adult

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Happy Ever After

Sally Gardner, Nick Lake and Alexia Casale

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sally Gardner and Nick Lake have won major awards for fiction – the Costa and the Printz. They are joined by newcomer Alexia Casale to talk about themes in YA fiction and whether readers need happy endings.

Sally Gardner is a highly acclaimed writer of award winning fiction such as I, Coriander, The Red Necklace and most recently the Costa-winning Maggot Moon, currently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Alexia Casale’s debut The Bone Dragon is a blend of psychological thriller and fairytale in which the boundaries between fact and fantasy are very fragile.

Nick Lake has just won the prestigious Printz award for In Darkness, also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has a highly acclaimed new novel out called Hostage Three.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear three extremely talented writers answer questions about their work, and to ask some questions of your own.

13+ years

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Fernando Trueba in conversation with Roberto Pombo

A film is not a novel – or is it?

Cartagena 2010, 
Spanish film director Fernando Trueba began his film career with Ópera Prima (1980), winning the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1992 with Belle Epoque. He has just launched El Baile de la Victoria, which is also in the running to be selected for the Oscars this year. He talks books and cinema with Roberto Pombo, director of El Tiempo.