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David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

Executive Orders and wiretapping, and let’s face it – lying - have called the separation of powers and basic constitutional principles into question in the United States as never before. Trump threatens rights of speech, privacy, religious freedom, voting and equality -- and we’re just getting started.  Cole is the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has emerged as a leader in the fight to preserve civil liberties. He explains what’s going on to Philippe Sands.

David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

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James Holland

WWII

Hay Festival 2014, 

Well-known historian and author of both fiction and non-fiction about war, including the Jack Tanner series of novels and the acclaimed Battle of Britain, James Holland’s books for young people include the Duty Calls novels. He uses wartime artefacts to illustrate a riveting talk about WWII that will enthral children and adults alike.
10+ years

James Holland

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Christopher Domínguez Michael, Carlos Granés y Pablo Montoya en conversación con Camilo Hoyos

El ensayo como arte.

Cartagena 2015, 
Pablo Montoya ha publicado recientemente Tríptico de la infamia, la historia de tres pintores del siglo XVI que intentan comprender la violencia existente en Europa y el Nuevo Mundo. Christopher Domínguez Michael es uno de los críticos literarios hispanoamericanos más reconocidos del momento y autor de obras como la Antología de la narrativa mexicana del siglo XX y El XIX en el XXI, donde presenta a destacados escritores. Por su parte, Carlos Granés ha escrito El puño invisible, un recorrido por las vanguardias artísticas del siglo XX y su impacto en la sociedad.

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Frank Cottrell-Boyce

The Hay Lecture: The Olympic Flame

Hay Festival 2017, 

The novelist and screenwriter who penned the celebrated Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics looks at the cultural legacy of 2012, the importance of arts in education and the wider influence of the arts on society.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

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Jane Bradley, Misha Glenny, Luke Harding talk to Oliver Bullough

Kleptoscope 1: The Real McMafia

Hay Festival 2018, 

A walk on the dark side of globalisation and the all-pervasive organised crime that reaches from Russia to the banks and parliaments of the world, and to every personal computer networked to the web. Bradley is Buzzfeed’s Investigations Correspondent, Glenny is the author of McMafia, Harding is the author of Collusion and a foreign correspondent at the Guardian, Bullough’s forthcoming book is Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks now Rule the World and How to Take it Back.

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James Edwards

Science of the Skeleton

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Oxford scientists in this interactive presentation as they use hands-on experiments and impressive dinosaur and museum specimens to highlight how the sciences of biology, chemistry and engineering combine to create a dynamic and multi-functional skeleton. How are bones formed and broken down? How does our skeleton differ from other animals? James and his team will dispel myths and discuss ongoing skeletal research projects investigating how diet, exercise and ageing affect our bones.

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Ava Vidal

Stand-up

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ava’s always felt out of place: at public school, as a prison officer and a struggling teenage single mum. Luckily, the rising star of C4’s Kings Of Comedy and BBC2’s The Sack Race can laugh at her misfortunes.  She’s consistently, delightfully, funny. ‘Vidal juggles the profound and the irreverent, rapidly alternating between the two.’

Ava Vidal

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Will Self talks to Elizabeth Young

Planet Self

Hay Festival 1997, 
The writer talks about his new novel Great Apes. Some people lose their sense of reality, others their sense of scale, but Self's hero, Simon Dykes has lost his sense of perspective in a most disturbing fashion. The world has gone ape around him, as everyone has transmogrified and become chimpanzees...

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Danny Postel

Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran

Hay Festival 2007, 
A brilliant inquiry into the contemporary Iranian predicament and what it means for the world.

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Mark Lynas

Will the planet survive humans?

Cartagena 2012, 
Mark Lynas won the prestigious Royal Society prize for his science books in 2008 and is anassociate of the Geography and Environment Departments at the University of Oxford. In his latest work, The God Species, he explains that there are planetary “boundaries” that humans must not cross if we want our civilisation to last. He will talk about matters such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, but also nuclear energy and genetic engineering. Mark Lynas is also author of the book High Tide: News from a Warming World.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Aneirin Karadog and Martin Daws

Bilingual Poetry, Rap and Spoken Word

Hay Festival 2015, 
Aneirin Karadog and Martin Daws – Bardd Plant Cymru and Young People’s Laureate for Wales – meet in an interactive performance and discussion, taking the audience on a bilingual journey of poetry, rap and spoken word, through anecdotes and banter. Language will be no barrier to enjoyment, and beware, as you may be called upon to become a poet yourself!
9+ years
Aneirin Karadog and Martin Daws

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Stephan Pastis

Timmy Failure

Hay Festival 2015, 
Stephan Pastis is a lawyer-turned cartoonist, and creator of the New York Times bestselling series, Timmy Failure. In this lively event Stephan talks about his career, from lawyer to cartoonist. Expect lots of live drawing and cartooning from Stephan, and plenty of laughs.
8+ years
Stephan Pastis

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Roy Hattersley

The Catholics: The Church and its People in Britain and Ireland, from the Reformation to the Present Day

Hay Festival 2017, 

The survival of Catholicism in Britain, in the face of persecution and institutionalised discrimination (‘the enemy within’ again…) is the triumph of more than simple faith. Hattersley argues that it is the victory of moral and spiritual unbending certainty. Catholicism survives because it does not compromise. It is a characteristic that excites admiration in even a hardened atheist.

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Jo Tatchell and Nabeel Yasin

Nabeel's Song

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Baghdad poet was denounced as an enemy of the state and fled Iraq in 1980. Tatchell’s book tells his story, and that of the family that he left behind.

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Ricardo Piglia

Los libros de mi vida. Ensayo de una autobiografía futura

Cartagena 2014, 
Ricardo Piglia, ganador del premio Planeta Argentina 1997 por Plata quemada y recientemente galardonado con el Premio Manuel Rojas, el Premio Nacional de la Crítica en la categoría de narrativa y con el Premio Rómulo Gallegos por su novela Blanco nocturno (2010), nos hablará de los libros que más le han marcado y del impacto que han tenido en su trayectoria. Evento presentado por Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Evento patrocinado por el BBVA: Grandes Personajes

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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

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Kathryn Gutteridge, David Green, Steven Thrush

Does the future of the NHS lie in the resilience and innovation of its staff?

Hay Festival 2018, 

It is 70 years since the creation of the NHS, and health sector staff face more challenges than ever. How do our health care staff remain resilient, compassionate and continue to innovate in the face of mounting pressures from over-stretched NHS budgets, pay freezes, and a demanding population?

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James Cary, Rebecca Welsh, Juliet Davenport and Catherine Davies

Greening the Box

Hay Festival 2017, 

An all-star group of entertainment and sustainability industry pioneers come together to debate the role content plays in focusing world attention on global warming. Writer James Cary’s comedy hits include Bluestone 42 and Miranda; Rebecca Welsh is a producer of Strictly Come Dancing and Come Dine With Me. Juliet Davenport is CEO of Good Energy and Catherine Davies is the Development Director at Shire Oak Films.

James Cary, Rebecca Welsh, Juliet Davenport and Catherine Davies

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Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Word Play Workshop – The Roots of Poetry

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Ghanaian poet, novelist, editor, social commentator and broadcaster, Nii is an inspirational writer. Join him for this poetry workshop as he takes you through structure, metaphor and imagery to discover the similarities and differences between poetry and rap/hip hop.

14–18 years

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Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle

Getting Creative with Rap, Rhyme and Reality

Hay Festival 2015, 
Steven Camden, aka Polarbear, one of the top Spoken Word artists on the circuit today, loves rap, rhyme and stories that feel real. He talks about getting creative with words in different ways and shows you how he does it with some Spoken Word performance. Alex Wheatle’s first YA novel, Liccle Bit, about dreaming big when the odds are stacked against you, draws on his experience of council estate life in Brixton. A journalist, broadcaster, novelist and playwright, Alex also teaches creative writing. Join them for a session that will inspire you to be creative, be brave and dream big.
12+ years/YA
Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle

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William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond

Hay Festival 2017, 

The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world, from the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historians.

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

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Beau Lotto

Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently

Hay Festival 2017, 

Perception is the foundation of human experience but few of us understand how our own perception works. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and perception, the world-renowned neuroscientist shows that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing.

Beau Lotto

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Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon

Hay Festival 2018, 

The winner of the 2017 Hay Festival Medal for Fiction returns to launch the paperback of her new book. Best known for her world-conquering How to Train Your Dragon series, Cressida will talk about her inspiration, give tips on becoming an author or illustrator, and share amazing behind-the-scenes details about how the Dragon books became films. Cressida has been an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust for a decade and The Wizards of Once won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story this year.

9+

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Steven Camden and Nick Lake

Keeping it Real

Hay Festival 2015, 
Steven Camden is also known as Polarbear, one of the UK’s foremost Spoken Word artists. His debut YA novel, Tape, was one of the biggest debuts of 2014. He will talk about It’s About Love, his latest book, with Nick Lake, who is his editor as well as a brilliant and Printz Award-winning YA novelist himself, with highly acclaimed novels such as the bold and brilliant In Darkness to his name. Nick’s latest book, There Will Be Lies, is out now. Find out how they work together and if they ever steal each other’s ideas.
12+ years/YA
Steven Camden and Nick Lake

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Ed Vere

Max the Brave

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet Max the Brave, a funny and loveable new character from acclaimed author and illustrator Ed Vere. Join Ed as he tells you about Max’s adventures and teaches you how to draw Max as well as some of his other characters.
4+ years
Ed Vere