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Janusz Kozinski

The Humanist Engineer

Hay Festival 2017, 

Britain needs over one million more engineers. Only 11 per cent of Britain’s engineers are women. Engineering degrees have become a maths-science death march where students are submerged in a theoretical deluge. Many of our most creative and talented minds, particularly women, are choosing fields where imaginative and human-centric thinking is cherished not chided. The Engineering Renaissance emerging across the world is re-imagining what it means to be an engineer and what it means to educate engineers in a world that’s more complex, more challenging yet more captivating than ever before. Kozinski is senior adviser to the university project in Hereford.

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Ursula Martin

Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist

Hay Festival 2018, 

Ada, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron and his highly educated wife, Anne Isabella, is sometimes called the world’s first computer programmer and has become an icon for women in technology. But how did a young woman in the 19th century, without access to formal school or university education, acquire the knowledge and expertise to become a pioneer of computer science? Ursula Martin is a professor at the University of Oxford whose research interests span mathematics, computer science and the humanities.

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Karl Jenkins talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Still With the Music

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rightly celebrated for iconic works such as ‘Adiemus' and 'The Armed Man', Sir Karl Jenkins is now the most-performed living composer in the world, with 17 gold and platinum disc awards. In 2015 he became the first Welsh-born composer to receive a knighthood for services to composing and crossing musical genres. His is one of the most versatile careers in modern music, from a modest upbringing in Penclawdd to the 1960s London jazz scene, the prog-rock band Soft Machine and his huge success in the world of 1980s advertising, composing for brands such as Levi’s, BA and Renault. In 1995 his composition ‘Adiemus’, combining a classical music style with an invented language, ethnic vocals and percussion, propelled him to international stardom.

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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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Sarah Harper

How Population Change Will Transform Our World

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing looks at population trends to highlight the key issues facing us in the coming decades, including the demographic inertia in Europe, demographic dividend in Asia, high fertility and mortality in Africa, the youth bulge in the Middle East, and the balancing act of migration in the Americas. Harper analyses the global challenges we must plan for, such as the impact of climate change and urbanisation, and the difficulty of feeding 10 billion people. She considers ways in which we can prepare for and mitigate against these challenges.

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Rosamond McKitterick

Cambridge Series 17: History, Memory and Ideas About the Past

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian mines the cultural memory of the Dark Ages and shows how medieval ideas about the state echo down the ages.

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Markus Zusak talks to Stephanie Merritt

Hay Festival Book of the Month Club – The Book Thief

Hay Festival 2019, 

We re-read the contemporary classic, narrated by Death and first published in 2007.

It is 1939. In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier - and will become busier still. 

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library . . . wherever there are books to be found. 

The Australian novelist talks to Stephanie Merritt, who also writes historical fiction as SJ Parris. Zusak’s latest novel is Bridge of Clay.

Markus Zusak talks to Stephanie Merritt

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The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Alex Wheatle, Clare Furniss, Patrice Lawrence and Sara Barnard, all of whom have been shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Book Prize 2017, as they discuss writing about big themes for YA readers. Chaired by Carrie Quinlan.

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12+

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Will Hutton and Andrew Adonis

Saving Britain: How we can Prosper in a New European Future

Hay Festival 2018, 

The former Observer editor and the politician and writer say the EU is a success story despite its frailties. It has guaranteed fundamental human freedoms and provided economic prosperity and order. They argue that Britain is abandoning four centuries of being part of the European diplomatic order for illusory gains and actual losses.

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Maggie Andrews

The ‘Acceptable Face of Feminism’: 100 years of the Women’s Institute - University of Worcester Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

The WI is fondly thought of in terms of ‘jam and Jerusalem’, but its roots are intertwined with the women’s suffrage movement and the many campaigns that have sought to articulate the needs of women since the First World War. The Professor of Cultural History will explore the political and social initiatives that helped define the radical organisation.

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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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Fiction International

Hay Festival 2008, 
New Zealander Lloyd Jones was Booker-shortlisted for Mr Pip; Tim Winton’s Australian masterpiece Breath is a hot tip for this year. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Horatio Clare

Winter Wayfaring

Winter Weekend 2018, 

In his extraordinary travelogue Something of his Art: Walking to Lübeck with J S Bach, Clare recreates the walk that J S Bach, then an unknown composer and organ teacher, made in the depths of winter in 1705 across Germany to Lübeck. This was the pivotal point in the young composer’s life, when he began his journey to becoming the master of the Baroque. Clare’s second 2018 publication is The Light in The Dark: a moving and lyrical evocation of a British winter and the feelings it inspires. The writer raises a torch against the darkness, illuminating the blackest corners of the season, and delving into memory and myth to explore the powerful hold that winter has on us. Chaired by Dylan Moore.

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Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

In our small corner of the universe we know how some matter behaves most of the time and what even less of it looks like, and we have some good guesses about where it all came from. But we really have no clue what's going on. In fact, we don’t know what approximately 95% of the universe is made of. So what happens when a cartoonist and a physicist walk into the tent?

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Andrew Miller and Suzanne Joinson talk to Jon Gower

Segovia 2012, 
Award-winning British author Andrew Miller (Ingenious Pain, Oxygen, Pure) and novel writer Suzanne Joinson (A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar) talk about historical fiction, a genre that is extraordinarily popular in both literary and audio-visual formats. Chaired by Welsh journalist, producer and writer Jon Gower.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. Co-organized with the British Council.

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Gustavo Guerrero, Santiago Gamboa, Raúl Arias Lovillo and Mario Bellatin in conversation with Rodolfo Mendoza

Cartagena 2012, 
Sergio Pitol, a Mexican writers with a very high international profile, and the 2005 Cervantes Prize winner, will receive a celebration from his writer friends. 

With the support of the University of Veracruz

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Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

A Foot in the River: Why Our Lives Change – and the Limits of Evolution

Hay Festival 2016, 

Like other species, we have a culture. But compared with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply at bewildering speed. They vary, radically and rapidly, from time to time and place to place. And the way we live – our manners, morals, habits, experiences, relationships, technology, values – seems to be changing at an ever-accelerating pace. Ultimately, no environmental conditions, no genetic legacy, no predictable patterns, no scientific laws determine our behaviour. We can imagine and re-imagine our world at will. The historian’s award-winning books include Civilizations; Millennium; 1492: The Year Our World Began, and Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

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¿Puede la corrupción acabar con un país?

Cartagena 2014, 
¿Cómo socavan a las naciones el delito organizado, el narcotráfico y la impunidad? Carlos Tablante (Venezuela), antiguo presidente de la Comisión Nacional Antidrogas y autor del libro Estado delincuente; Jaime Abello, director de la FNPI; y Anabel Hernández, autora de Los señores del narco, en conversación con Sergio Dahbar. Con el apoyo de PEN International. Un evento ¡Libera la Palabra!

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Dr Auma Obama

Sports for Social Change

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Auma discusses the role of sports as a vital vehicle to gain leadership and confidence skills that can help youth drive social change in their communities. She is CARE USA’s Sports for Social Change Initiative Technical Advisor, and sits on the board of Women Win, which promotes gender equality through sports. Her brother is President of the United States of America.


14–18 years

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Lisa Williamson In conversation with Jenny Valentine

All About Mia

Hay Festival 2017, 

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for her debut novel The Art of Being Normal, Williamson’s All About Mia is a story about sisters, accepting your strengths and weaknesses, and learning to forgive the people you love. Join her as she discusses creating her insightful family stories.

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12+
Lisa Williamson In conversation with Jenny Valentine

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Richard Greatrex, Jose Quiros & Jonathan Paulus talk to Rob Penn

Working Wales – The Bike

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Jonathan and Jose are custom bike builders from Burry Port. Photographer Richard Greatrex has chronicled their journey to complete a unique and magnificent bike, documenting the joys and difficulties of small-scale manufacturing. In conversation with Rob Penn, author, journalist, TV presenter and inveterate cyclist. The Working Wales project celebrates makers and the things they make.

Richard Greatrex, Jose Quiros & Jonathan Paulus talk to Rob Penn

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International Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
Introducing Sasa Stanisic’s Bosnian comedy How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone and Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, which examines NY cricket, belonging and un-belonging and the depths and shallows of male friendship.

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Carol Adlam and Helen Cross

Soldiers’ Art: What’s it Like to Be a Woman in the Army?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Most stories we hear about the army relate to the service of men. But one hundred years on from the formation of women’s units, front-line combat roles are made available to female soldiers. Join the National Army Museum with project partners artist Carol Adlam and writer Helen Cross, as they discuss the forgotten voices of women in the army, and how a new graphic anthology, made with female soldiers, will bring their stories to life.

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Dominic Johnson

God is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human

Hay Festival 2016, 

The flood that God used to destroy the sinful race of man on Earth in Genesis 6:17 crystallises in its terrifying, dramatic simplicity the universally recognised concept of payback. For millennia human civilisation has relied on such beliefs to create a moral order that threatens divine punishment on people who commit crimes, while promising rewards – abstract or material – for those who do good. Today, while secularism and unbelief are at an all-time high, this almost superstitious willingness to believe in karma persists. Why?

Dominic Johnson

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Don Van Natta talks to Philippe Sands

On The Record

Hay Festival 2011, 
Twice a Pulitzer Prize-winner, the New York Times Investigative Correspondent discusses his work on al Qaeda, Bill and Hillary Clinton, extraordinary rendition and the NoTW Met-celebrity phone-hacking scandal.
 
Read Don Van Natta's articles for the New York Times