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Gabrielle Walker

An Ocean of Air

Hay Festival 2007, 
Through the eyes and lives of its discoverers, the science writer celebrates the natural history of the earth’s atmosphere and reveals how we came to understand air, the true elixir of life.

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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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Michelle Paver talks to Daniel Hahn

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Hay Festival 2019, 

The novelist discusses her six-book Wolf Brother series, set among a forest clan in a prehistoric Northern Europe. Torak’s tale is a terrifying quest in a world of wolves, tree spirits and Hidden People, a world in which trusting a friend means risking your life. One of the great masterpieces of children’s fiction, The Chronicles are to continue in three new titles launching with The Viper’s Daughter in spring 2020.

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Michelle Paver talks to Daniel Hahn

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The Commonwealth Writers Conversation

The Untold Story

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

The first in a global series of conversations invites writers, artists and thinkers to discuss the subjects and themes that are sometimes met with silence in societies around the world.  This is the place to talk about how to communicate the difficult and the unsayable, whether through words or other forms of expression. Panelists include Chief Nyamweya and Keguro Macharia.Tell us on email or twitter what you'd like to discuss with the panel. 

 

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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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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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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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AC Grayling, David Grossman, Earl Lovelace, Mauricio Rodríguez, Kamila Shamsie y Jonathan Weiner en conversación con Gaby Wood

Hay 25

Cartagena 2013, 
En 2012 nuestro festival en Gales cumplió 25 años y, para celebrarlo, hemos compilado una selección de veinticinco preguntas sugeridas por autores y amigos que nos parecen relevantes para el momento en que vivimos. En esta ocasión, los invitados deben responder las tres siguientes:

¿A qué libertades estaría dispuesto a renunciar a cambio de una mayor seguridad?

¿Qué texto ha cambiado más su corazón y su mente? Una frase, la letra de una canción, una carta, un libro, un poema, una inscripción…

Si se convirtiera en el líder de tu país, ¿qué es lo primero que solucionaría?

Moderado por Gaby Wood.

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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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John Dougherty

Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Evilness of Pizza

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join John Dougherty and his guitar for a trip around the little island of Great Kerfuffle, home of Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face. Why is the army just one small cat? Why does the king have such a silly name? And what is the evilness of pizza? All these questions and more may be answered in this fun-filled session – but whatever happens, laughter is guaranteed, and singing too.
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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.

Janusz Kozinski

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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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Aarna Lakhani, Joseph Bokea and their parents

Young Talent

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Seven-year-old Aarna launches her first book Fluffy the Cat at the Storymoja Hay Festival. Eleven-year-old Joseph Bokea is working on his fantasy fiction novel. Their parents share their experiences of finding and nurturing talent in their child.


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Roy Hattersley and Deborah Moggach

Hay Festival 1995, 
Hattersley recommends Arnold Bennett's family saga The Old Wives' Tale. Hattersley's own family trilogy is The Maker's Mark, In that Quiet, and Skylark Song. Moggach chooses Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist. Moggach's new novel, Changing Babies published in July.

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Colin Thubron

Shadow of the Silk Road

Hay Festival 2007, 
The travel-writer passes through China, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, taking in the most sterile desert on earth and the strife-torn mountain valleys of today’s conflicts. ‘To be travelling the Silk Road is to be travelling the history of the world: tracing the passage not just of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.’

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Jessica Seaton

Gather Cook Feast: Recipes from Land and Water

Hay Festival 2017, 

Seaton, the founder of TOAST, is inspired by the food from our seas, our rivers, our farmland, our gardens and our wild places. Her new cookbook is full of simple, seasonal and nourishing recipes such as braised short ribs with horseradish, courgette fritters with minted yoghurt, mackerel escabeche with wild fennel and kale, and roast vegetable and barley salad with crisped artichokes. She shares her love of food and landscape with Kitty Corrigan.

Jessica Seaton

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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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Lisa Williamson In conversation with Jenny Valentine

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Bryony Gordon

You Got This

Hay Festival 2019, 

The most powerful thing you can be when you grow up is yourself. Mental health activist, bestselling author and journalist Bryony Gordon will share the crucial life lessons she wished she had known when she was a teenager. Join Bryony as she chats about self-respect, body positivity, love, mental health and confidence with Holly Bourne, author of Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? Together they will be covering all the tools that any teen needs to grow up happy.

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Lane Ashfeldt

Kells 2015, 

Lane Ashfeldt discusses the pros and cons, and practicalities of raiding history books and family stories to create fiction. The short stories in Lane’s book SaltWater cover the century from 1918 to 2018. SaltWater was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize and the Edge Hill Prize. Lane talks to Sam Tranum, writer and editor, and member of the Liberties Press editorial team.

Photo by Sissu

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Adam Phillips, Lisa Jardine

Darwin's Worms

Hay Festival 2000, 
Darwin and Freud, it seems, took God out of the big picture and left us in a world determined by nature and overshadowed by mortality. In his new book Darwin's Worms the psychoanalyst and author of Monogamy, The Beast in the Nursery and On Flirtation considers how these giants of science felt about death, and develops a new understanding of ageing, loss and the art of transience.

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The Telegraph Debate

Hay Festival 2011, 
Question Time style event - come and have your say.
 
On the panel: Peter Oborne, Henry Winter, Helen Mountfield, Matthew Norman, Tim Smit
 
Free but ticketed

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Paul Collier

Bottom Billion

Hay Festival 2007, 
Why the world’s 50 poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it.

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Stefan Collini

Two Cultures? The Significance of CP Snow

Hay Festival 2014, 

The academic presents his annotated edition of FR Leavis’ famous critique of CP Snow’s theory of the ‘two cultures’ of arts and sciences. Collini describes what was at stake in the dispute, reappraises its literary tactics and evaluates the purpose of Leavis’ brand of cultural criticism.

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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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Andrew Pettie

What the Paper Said: The Telegraph Archive

Hay Festival 2015, 

Hosted by senior Telegraph journalists, stories from 24 May at key historical moments over the past 150 years are brought to life using the paper’s unique archive. From World War One and D-Day to the rise of the Suffragettes and the birth of the nuclear age; not to mention fashion through the decades and legendary stars of sport. Here is a past world documented in fascinating and revealing detail by daily reporting.

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