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James Scott

AIQ: How Artificial Intelligence Works and how we can Harness its Power for a Better World

Hay Festival 2018, 

The statistician and data scientist offers an up-close and user-friendly look at artificial intelligence: what it is, how it works, where it came from and how to harness its power for a better world. A revolution of intelligent machines, from self-driving cars to smart digital assistants, is now remaking our world, just as the Industrial Revolution remade the world of the 19th century. Doctors use AI to diagnose and treat cancer. Banks use it to detect fraud. Power companies use it to save energy. AI is changing our lives at lightning speed. Many of these changes offer great promise, including freedom from drudgery, safer workplaces, better health care and fewer language barriers. But others elicit worry - whether about jobs, data privacy, political manipulation or the prospect of machines making biased decisions with no accountability. Scott shows how intelligent machines operating on massive data sets are changing the world around you, and how you can use this knowledge to make better decisions in your own life. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

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Francesca Simon and Steven Butler

Battle of the Baddies

Hay Festival 2016, 

Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace go head-to-head in a battle to find out who is the more terrible of the two. Join the creators of two of the best-loved bad guys as they send their characters into the fight, then vote for the winner in this deadly contest.

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Francesca Simon and Steven Butler

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Edgardo Cozarinsky y Jesús Ferrero en conversación con Félix Romeo

Un cine de Palabras

Segovia 2008, 
Jesús Ferrero, autor entre otras de la novela Las trece rosas (2003), la narración juvenil Zirze piernas largas (2002) y el poemario Las noches rojas (2004), ha trabajado para la radio, el cine y la television, y con Pedro Almodóvar el guión de Matador. Conversará sobre literatura y cine con Edgardo Cozarinsky, escritor y cineasta nacido en Buenos Aires. Entre sus libros destacan La novia de Odessa y Tres fronteras (relatos), El rufián moldavo y Maniobras nocturnas (novelas) y las películas La Guerre d’un seul homme, Le Violon de Rothschild, Fantômes de Tanger y Ronda nocturna. Evento moderado por el escritor y critico cultural Félix Romeo.

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Marie Darrieussecq, Rupert Thomson, Louise Dean

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Broadcaster Paul Blezard discusses new fiction. Darrieussecq's White is set on and Antarctic station. Thomson's satirical fable Divided Kingdom is set here in the UK. Dean's This Human Season is set in Belfast in 1979.

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Matthew Carr

Blood and Faith–The Purging of Muslim Spain 1492-1614

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 1609, the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory or be killed. In a brutal and traumatic exodus, entire families were forced to abandon the homes and villages where they had lived for generations. An estimated 300,000 Muslims had been removed from Spanish territory, making it – then – the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history. Chaired by Abdul-Rehman Malik.

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Hay 25: Lila Azam Zanganeh, Philipp Blom, Paul Dolan, Dinaw Mengestu y John Ralston Saul en conversación con Gaby Wood

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: Si te convirtieras en el líder de tu país, ¿qué es lo primero que solucionarías? La mitad de las lenguas del mundo corren peligro de desaparecer para finales de este siglo. ¿Cree que importa? Estamos creando una biblioteca de literatura, música y cine. ¿Qué libro, película y disco incluiría en ella?

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Jon Gower and Tiffany Murray in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2012, 
Two interesting Welsh writers will talk to the Festival Director about their work. Jon Gower studied English Studies at Cambridge University and is one of Wales’ greatest literary talents. A writer, presenter and radio and television producer, he has worked for media such as the BBC and Boomerang. He has published a range of books in English, including the An Island Called Smith, which won him the John Morgan Travel Award. Tiffany Murray is a Welsh writer and creative writing teacher. Her novels Diamond Star Halo (2010) and Happy Accidents (2005) have been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; she has contributed to The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the Arts Council of Wales

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Anuradha Roy talks to Georgina Godwin

Sleeping on Jupiter

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Indian author of the award-winning Folded Earth discusses her work and her new novel Sleeping on Jupiter, a masterpiece. In awarding the novel the DSC South Asian Literature Prize, Mark Tully said “The setting is described faithfully and evocatively. Among the issues raised are the power of memory and myth, religious hypocrisy, sexuality, abuse and other forms of violence. The novel contains powerful portraits of both major and minor characters. We believe this book will be a source of inspiration to other writers.”

Anuradha Roy talks to Georgina Godwin

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Adam Hart-Davis

Very Heath Robinson: Stories of His Absurdly Ingenious Inventions

Hay Festival 2017, 

A nostalgic look back to the imaginative and often frivolous world of William Heath Robinson, one of the few artists to have given his name to the English language. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the expression ‘Heath Robinson’ is used to describe ‘any absurdly ingenious and impracticable device of the kind illustrated by this artist’. Writer and broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis explores the ingenious contraptions.

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The Everyman Debate

The Classics

Hay Festival 1995, 
Which books do we define as classics? Whom do we include or dismiss and why? In this game of Fantasy Festival, Kaleidoscope's  Paul Vaughan chairs and open discussion about the creation of a cannon of literary classics with the panellists Dame Iris Mursoch, Professor John Bayley, publisher Peter Washington, and Daniel Johnson, Literary Editor of The Times. The discussion will be recorded for broadcast on Radio 4's Kaleidoscope on Tuesday 30th May. 

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Guillermo Cecchi y Pablo Meyer

Neurociencia y genómica.

Xalapa 2014, 

El paso de lo analógico a lo digital ha provocado un salto de gran magnitud en las tecnologías y
en la recolección de datos. Estos desarrollos han impactado de lleno en la neurociencia y han
creado una nueva era de la genética: la genómica. Los investigadores, Guillermo Cecchi, argentino especializado en el campo de la neurobiología computacional, y Pablo Meyer, mexicano especialista en biología computacional, discutirán la resonancia que el binomio neurociencia-genómica ya tiene en la vida cotidiana y en el trabajo.

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Margo Glantz en conversación con Margarita Valencia

Cartagena 2015, 
Autora de más de veinticinco libros de ensayo y narrativa, Margo Glantz ha escrito, entre otros, Las genealogías, Síndrome de naufragios, Saña, Coronada de moscas y, más recientemente, Yo también me acuerdo. Entre sus galardones destacan el Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes 2004 y el Premio FIL de Literatura 2010. Además, ha traducido a autores como Georges Bataille, Tennessee Williams y Michel de Ghelderode. Conversará con la editora Margarita Valencia.

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Chris Jarvis

Dinosaurs and Fossils

Hay Festival 2015, 
Step into the late Cretaceous period with intrepid dinosaur expert Chris Jarvis from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Find out lots of fascinating dinosaur facts, examine fossils and learn how palaeontologists interpret their finds.
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Claire Harman

Charlotte Brontë 200

Hay Festival 2016, 

Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Brontë family. She pushed Emily to publish Wuthering Heights and took charge of their precarious finances when her feckless brother turned to opium. In Jane Eyre she introduced the world to a brand new kind of heroine, modelled on herself: quiet but fiercely intelligent, burning with passion and potential. Harman is the award-winning biographer of Sylvia Townsend Warner, Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the author of the best-selling Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. Chaired by Catherine Han of Cardiff University.

Claire Harman

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Marcia Williams

Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays

Hay Festival 2016, 

Marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, the cartoonist and children’s author will bring the Bard’s work vividly to life. Come up on stage and help Marcia re-enact The Tempest, using masks, props and plenty of drama.

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Deborah Bull, Rupert Chistiansen

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Royal Ballet's principal dancer kepy a fascinating and wittily entertaining diary of the company's work during the year of the Covent Garden closure. A Member of The Arts Council, a nutritionist and programme director of the new Clore Studio, she discusses her book Dancing Away and her insiders view of The Royal Opera House with writer Rupert Christiansen. Christiansen is the author of Visitors: Culture Shock in 19th Century Britain. The last chapter deals with the status of ballet and the foreign ballerina in the late nineteenth century London.

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Jonny Lambert

Tiger Tiger

Hay Festival 2017, 

In celebration of Little Tiger Press’ 30th birthday, illustrator and paper engineer Jonny Lambert demonstrates how he creates his amazing animals. Join his workshop as he talks about Tiger Tiger and the art of illustration and storytelling. Discover the art of creating a character with the Tiger Tiger mural and create a mini 3D tiger cut-out to take home.

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Dolly Alderton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Everything I Know About Love

Hay Festival 2018, 

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart-themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. Alderton’s captivating memoir is about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

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Ranulph Fiennes talks to Peter Grose

Hay Festival 1996, 
In 1984, Birmingham accountant Alex Goodman went for a walk in his local woods with his family. The outing turned to bloody carnage and Goodman found himself, hours later, alone in a hospital bed with no memory and no past. The 10 year odyssey that followed is the story he brought to the explorer and writer, who has written the tale as The Sett.

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Gaby Wood, Philippe Sands, Elif Shafak, Juan Gabriel Vasquez

The Golden Man Booker Prize

Hay Festival 2018, 

What is the best Booker winner? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fiction prize, five judges have each selected what they think is the best winner of each decade since 1968. The shortlist result will be announced at Hay on 26 May. Wood, the Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, hosts an all-star panel who will have read the shortlisted books and will pick a Hay winner. Sands won the non-fiction Baillie Gifford Prize for East West Street. Turkish author Shafak’s novels include Honour, The Forty Rules of Love and Three Daughters of Eve.  The Colombian novelist Gabriel Vasquez won the Premio Alfaguara and the IMPAC award for The Sound of Things Falling. His latest novel is The Shape of the Ruins.

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M.G. Leonard, Sarah Beynon and Andy Holcroft

Beetle Queen

Hay Festival 2017, 

Would you eat an insect? Try it out for yourself at an amazing event with M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy, discussing the inspiration for the book including entomophagy – the practice of eating insects – which features in it. Entomologist Dr Sarah Beynon of The Bug Farm will explain why eating and farming insects could be the future of food, whilst Andy Holcroft of Grub Kitchen cooks up yummy insect bites live on stage for Leonard to eat.

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James Holland

The War in the West, Volume 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941–1943: Hitler’s invasion of Russia; America’s entry into the conflict; the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany; the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic.

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Mariana Mazzucato talks to Dharshini David

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

Hay Festival 2018, 

Who really creates wealth in our world? And how do we decide the value of what they do? In her penetrating and passionate new book, the UCL Professor of Economics proposes that if we are to reform capitalism – radically to transform an increasingly sick system rather than continue feeding it – we urgently need to rethink where wealth comes from. Which activities create it, which extract it, which destroy it?

Mariana Mazzucato talks to Dharshini David

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Minette Batters talks to Rob Yorke

The UK's Future Food and Nature Post-Brexit

Hay Festival 2018, 

A new future beckons for the British countryside, with the spotlight on achieving a ‘Green Brexit’ threatening to steal the limelight over food production in the UK. As we adjust to life outside the European Union, will we need to increase imports of groceries? Will we need to implement regulation-lite policies, while delivering a smarter way to feed ourselves and look after the environment? Minette Batters, elected in 2018, is the first female NFU President in its 110-year history. She talks to rural commentator Rob Yorke.

Minette Batters talks to Rob Yorke

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Safia Minney talks to Dilys Williams

Slow Fashion: Aesthetics Meets Ethics

Hay Festival 2016, 

Slow Fashion offers creatives, entrepreneurs and ethical consumers a glimpse into the innovative world of the eco-concept store movement. It focuses on sustainable design and businesses that makes people, livelihoods and sustainability central to everything they do. Minney is founder and CEO of fairtrade and sustainable fashion label People Tree. Williams is Director of The Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion.

Safia Minney talks to Dilys Williams