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James Hawes

We Need to Talk About Germany

Hay Festival 2017, 

Hawes takes a long view to ask: did the Germans destroy the culture of Rome or inherit it? Did Bismarck unify Germany or conquer it? Where are the roots of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich? Why did it lose? By what miracle did a better Germany arise from the rubble? Is Germany now the last Western bastion of industrial prosperity and rational politics? Or are the EU and the Euro merely window-dressing for a new German hegemony?

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Philip Ball

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics is Different

Hay Festival 2018, 

“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.” Since Niels Bohr said this many years ago, quantum mechanics has only been getting more shocking. We now realise that it’s not really telling us that “weird” things happen out of sight, on the tiniest level, in the atomic world. Rather, we can now see that everything is quantum: our everyday world is simply what quantum becomes at the human scale. But if quantum mechanics is right, what seems obvious and right in our everyday world is built on foundations that don’t seems obvious or right – or even possible. The writer Philip Ball was formerly an editor at Nature.

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Mummy’s Gold

Hay Festival 2017, 

The ever-popular Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in now deep in the desert on a mission to return a sack of stolen Egyptian gold back to its rightful owner. Join the writer for a musical, storytelling journey. There are mummies, pharaohs and a live performance of songs from the Sir Charlie Stinky Socks books.

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Kristina Stephenson

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Telegraph Editors

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Hay Festival 2014, 
A daily series hosted by senior Telegraph journalists discussing the day’s stories from exactly 100 years ago taken from the paper’s unique archive (republished each morning at telegraph.co.uk/ww1archive). In early summer 1914, the concerns of British readers were Home Rule for Ireland, the campaign of the Suffragettes, the exciting new worlds of motoring and aviation, the season’s new fashions and Jack Hobbs’s batting. The Great War was only weeks away – here, in fascinating detail, is the world the troops left behind. 

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John Vidal, Patrick Kamzitu and Emma Taylor with Bettany Hughes

It Starts with a Book

Hay Festival 2018, 

Following the drought of 2012, the community of Gumbi in rural Malawi decided they needed to diversify to protect their families from further famine and create a brighter future for their children. They decided that education was the key. Today, thanks to the support of the Gumbi Education Fund, Book Aid International and others, Gumbi has a small library, three villagers are qualified teachers, and three more are going to university. John Vidal, who covered the famine in the Guardian,and Patrick Kamzitu from Gumbi, will tell this inspiring story. They are joined by broadcaster and historian Bettany Hughes, a long-term supporter of the Gumbi Education Fund and Emma Taylor, Book Aid International’s Head of Communications.

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Paula Byrne

The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She Is a Hit in Hollywood

Hay Festival 2017, 

A radical look at Jane Austen as you’ve never seen her – as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Byrne celebrates Britain’s favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies, time after time.

Paula Byrne

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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.

Adam Hart-Davis

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Ian McEwan

Turning Pages

Hay Festival 2002, 
An intense affair between a famous literary critic and one of the most famous American poets of the 1920's prompts this meditation on love, sex, death and writing from the author of Atonement and the Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam

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Darian Leader

Hands: What We Do With Them, And Why

Hay Festival 2016, 

Why do zombies walk with their arms outstretched? How can newborn babies grip an adult finger tightly enough to dangle unsupported from it? From early tools to machinery, from fists to knives to guns, from papyrus to QWERTY to a swipeable screen; the history of civilisation is a history of what humans do with their hands. Mankind’s story is marked out by profound changes in how we use our hands; and it is also marked by underlying patterns that never change. And as much as the things we do with our hands reflect our psychological state, they can also change that state profoundly…The psychoanalyst is the author of Why do Women Write More Letters Than They Post? and Promises Lovers Make When It Gets Late. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.

Darian Leader

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Anna Pavord

Landskipping: Painters, Ploughmen and Places

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author of The Tulip and The Curious Gardener explores the different ways in which we have, throughout the ages, responded to the land. While painters painted and writers wrote, an entirely different band of men, the agricultural improvers, also travelled the land and published a series of remarkable commentaries on the state of agricultural England. They looked at the land in terms of its usefulness as well as its beauty and, using their reports, Pavord explores the many different ways in which land was managed and farmed, showing that what is universal is a place’s capacity to frame and define our experience.

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Peter Temple-Morris talks to Jim Naughtie

Across the Floor: A Life in Dissenting Politics

Hay Festival 2016, 

On 20 June 1998 Temple-Morris, Conservative MP for Leominster, crossed the floor to join his rivals on the Labour party benches. What drove a seasoned Conservative politician, one of the so-called Cambridge Mafia, with 24 years’ experience at Westminster, to change his allegiance so radically? He discusses his disillusionments and inspirations, his adventures in ‘the art of the possible’, and his colleagues on both sides of the House with the veteran BBC anchor.

Peter Temple-Morris talks to Jim Naughtie

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Terry Pratchett

Hay Festival 1998, 
An interview with one of the most brilliantly imaginative novelists of contemporary literature.

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Ardal O'Hanlon talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Irish comedian and actor, star of Channel 4's Father Ted discusses his first novel The Talk of the Town.

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Stephen L. Carter talks to Gary Young

The Emperor of Ocean Park

Hay Festival 2002, 
We launch the literary thriller that is gripping America and won a $4,000,000 advance from Random House. Talcott Garland, a black Ivy League law professor and son of the famous right-wing Judge Oliver Garland, is coming to terms with his father's murder. He begins a long and thrilling quest for the truth through a fascinating maze of high political ambition, family secrets and US justice horribly perverted. The Emperor of Ocean Park is, among many other things, an investigation into the soul of America during the darker years of the Nixon and Reagan presidencies. The author talks to The Guardian journalist Gary Younge.

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Will Millard talks to Corisande Albert

The Old Man and the Sand Eel

Hay Festival 2018, 

Growing up on the Cambridgeshire Fens, Will Millard never felt more at home than when he was out with his granddad on the riverbank, whiling away the day catching fish. As he grew older, his competitive urge to catch more and bigger fish led him away from that natural connection between him, his grandfather and the rivers of his home. That is, until the fateful day he let a record-breaking sand eel slip through his fingers and he knew that he had lost the magic of those days down by the river, and that something had to change. The Old Man and the Sand Eel is at its heart the story of three generations of men trying to figure out what it is to be a man, a father and a fisherman.

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Gael Garcia Bernal, Caco Barcellos y Hollman Morris en conversación con Ricardo Corredor Cure

Memoria y conflictos sociales en televisión y en documentales.

Cartagena 2014, 
A pesar de un vertiginoso crecimiento y de haber pasado la crisis económica de finales de la década pasada sin grandes traumatismos, América Latina se encuentra en ebullición. Las masivas protestas ocurridas en Colombia, México, Chile y Brasil, entre otros países, no sólo evidenciaron una multiplicidad de conflictos sino una nueva forma de narrarlos y aprehenderlos al hacer del vídeo, los celulares y las redes sociales protagonistas de las historias. Dos periodistas de televisión (Caco Barcellos y Hollman Morris) en conversarán sobre cómo hoy en día el oficio de contar historias usando el lenguaje audiovisual está cambiando y sobre el papel de la imagen en movimiento para guardar la memoria de estos procesos. Organizada por la Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano -FNPI- con el apoyo de la Fundación Tenaris-Tubocaribe y PROA

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Tiffany Murray

Kells 2013, 

The Hay International Fellow 2011–2012 will talk about growing up with rock stars, and her novel Diamond Star Halo (shortlisted for the Bollinger Prize and the London Award) to political journalist Ken Murray.

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John Heilbron

Physics: From Quintessence to Quarks

Hay Festival 2016, 

How does the physics we know today, a highly professionalised enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry, link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? What is the path that leads from the old philosophy of nature and its concern with humankind’s place in the universe to modern massive international projects that hunt down fundamental particles and industrial laboratories that manufacture marvels? Heilbron is one of the most revered physicists in the world, and has written books about Galileo and Niels Bohr. Chaired by Dan Davis.

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Lucy Worsley

Lady Mary

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the historian for the dramatic and captivating story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce, told through the eyes of their daughter, Lady Mary. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get a princess out of jail.

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Parag Khanna talks to Nik Gowing

Connectography: Mapping the Global Network Revolution

Hay Festival 2016, 

The global strategist and author travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, London to Dubai and the Arctic Circle to the South China Sea – all to show how C21st conflict is a tug-of-war over pipelines and internet cables, advanced technologies and market access. Yet Connectography offers a hopeful vision of the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and innovations have eliminated the need for resource wars; that global financial assets are being deployed to build productive infrastructure that can reduce inequality; and that frail regions such as Africa and the Middle East are unscrambling their fraught colonial borders through ambitious new transportation corridors and power grids.

Parag Khanna talks to Nik Gowing

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Maths for Mums & Dads

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this entertaining and interactive talk, bestselling maths author Rob Eastaway demonstrates the fun side of maths for mums, dads and kids, with mind-reading tricks, curiosities and games that you can explore at home.

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Chris Haughton

Shh! We Have a Plan

Hay Festival 2015, 
Chris Haughton is the creator of highly-acclaimed, award-winning picture books A Bit LostOh No, George! and most recently Shh! We Have a Plan. He is also the co-founder of NODE, a fair trade social business. In this interactive family event, Chris will read from his books, show trailers and images, use some very clever props, and play drawing games.
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Aferrados a la vida : ¿podríamos vivir eternamente? Con Jonathan Weiner

Cartagena 2013, 
Últimamente, el mito de la eterna juventud ha empezado a parecer algo más que un sueño. Sólo en el siglo XX la esperanza de vida se ha incrementado en más de 30 años. Hoy, científicos, investigadores y empresarios diversos creen que la inmortalidad humana no es sólo posible sino alcanzable en nuestro tiempo. En Aferrados a la vida, Jonathan Weiner se reúne con los científicos e intelectuales más importantes de la especialidad –de Berkely al Bronx; de la Universidad de Cambridge a la tumba de Dante en Rávena, de Gilgamesh a Doctor Fausto y al Curioso caso de Benjamin Button– e indaga sobre la apasionante historia de la búsqueda de la longevidad en la ciencia, el arte y la literatura.Jonathan Weiner es uno de los escritores de divulgación científica más destacados: sus libros han sido galardonados con el premio Pulitzer, el premio Nacional del Círculo de Críticos Literarios, y el premio Literario de Los Angeles Times.

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Favourite book gala

Cartagena 2012, 
The following writers talk about the books they have enjoyed most: Rodrigo Rey Rosa (Guatemala), David Safier (Germany), Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina), Jordi Puntí (Spain), Evelio Rosero (Colombia), Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain), Juan Carlos Botero (Colombia), Khaled al-Berry (Egypt), Bruno Arpaia (Italy) and Gustavo Rodríguez (Peru). Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina, director of RCN. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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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