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Nick Sharratt Draw-Along

Vikings in the Supermarket

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join the much-loved illustrator as he sets loose six Vikings in a rollicking, rhyming adventure. Pencils and paper will be provided for the whole family so that you can draw along with Nick. Look out for a tartan-patterened cat, a naughty vampire bat and a clever mermaid.

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Marcus du Sautoy, Janne Teller, Wojciech Jagielski, Ben Okri y Rosie Boycott with Jon Gower

Cartagena 2012, 
The second session of “Ideas for the future,” in which major figures from the world of culture and politics, present a proposal for the future. We give them carte blanche, and so they can talk about any field, whether it be philosophy, physics, religion, the environment, literature, or anything else 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Anita Anand

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Hay Festival 2019, 

Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re a woman. The award-winning campaigner and writer shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives. 

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Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

The Dunce’s Grammar: Truth and Fiction in the Age of Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

The multi award-winning journalist and novelist conducts an exacting examination of identity, secrecy and the relationship between the individual, the state and technology in his new book The Secret Life: Three True Stories.

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

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Claire Gorrara, Christopher Lewis, Anna Vivian Jones, Teresa Tinsley

Why Bother Studying Modern Languages – Everyone Speaks English

Hay Festival 2018, 

We have been repeatedly told that the UK will be looking to create new free-trade partnerships following Brexit, above all with the 'Anglosphere'. Why then do we need to study or learn other languages? Everyone speaks English. This session will unpack some of the monolingual attitudes that sit behind such views and ask participants to think about the role of languages and language learning for Britain's relationships with a brave new world post-Brexit.  #unpack

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Hermione Lee

Edith Wharton

Hay Festival 2007, 
A scintillating biography of the author of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth: a fiercely modern woman of passionate conviction and conflicting ambitions and desires.

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James Runcie talks to S J Parris

The Grantchester Mysteries

Hay Festival 2016, 

The creator of the romantically troubled Grantchester priest and sleuth introduces his new novel in the series Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation.

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Gary Gerstle talks to Bronwen Maddox

Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government

Hay Festival 2016, 

On the one hand, Americans don’t want ‘big government’ meddling in their lives; on the other, they have repeatedly enlisted governmental help to impose their views regarding marriage, abortion, religion and schooling on their neighbours. These contradictory stances on the role of public power have paralysed policymaking and generated rancorous disputes about government’s legitimate scope. How did America reach this political impasse? And what happens now? Gerstle is Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge.

Gary Gerstle talks to Bronwen Maddox

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Nadine Gordimer talks to Sheena McDonald

The P.E.N. Lecture

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Nobel Prizewinner gives a rare interview about her novels and her work in the new South Africa. Gordimer's latest novel None to Accompany Me is published by Bloomsbury.

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Catherine Merridale

The British Academy Lecture 1: Lenin on the Train

Hay Festival 2017, 

In April 1917, the exiled leader of the Bolsheviks, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, travelled back to Russia by train.  His country was at war and his route would take him through enemy territory; the plan was controversial from the start.  The destination was the Finland Station and the first steps on the road to Soviet power.  Merridale, the great Russia scholar, follows in the leader's tracks, creating a gripping account of events in Russia and Europe at one of the tensest moments of the First World War. Chaired by Peter Hennessy.

Catherine Merridale

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Jenny Valentine, Annabel Pitcher and Hayley Long

Family Secrets

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join the three award-winning authors of Fire Colour One, Silence is Goldfish and Sophie Someone to discuss different ways of telling stories about families and the complications of the secrets they keep.

12+

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Simon Jenkins

Thatcher and Sons

Hay Festival 2007, 
The journalist examines how the Iron Lady changed our country and the nature of democratic leadership.

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Dylan’s Amazing Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2015, 
It’s time for another Dino-Mission with Dylan and his trusty time-travelling pterodactyl. Come and help gather dinosaur facts as we travel to Roar Island with a herd of inflatable dinosaurs and a lot of imagination.
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Dylan’s Amazing Dinosaurs

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Owen Hopkins

Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture

Hay Festival 2016, 

The history of architecture is a story of continual innovation, and yet at certain points within that story comes an architect whose vision completely defies convention. Hopkins focuses on 12 such figures from the history of British architecture, including Sir John Soane, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Cedric Price and Zaha Hadid. Their work is bold, frequently controversial, often radical; it is architecture that actively resists being pigeon-holed into a particular style or period.

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Földényi F. László talks to Bednanics Gábor

Budapest 2012, 
The art historian, literary scholar and essayist in conversation with the young literary critic, an expert on contemporary Hungarian literature.
 
Hungarian with simultaneous translation into English

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Jeannette Littlemore

The Way You Tell It: the benefits and drawbacks of non-literal expression in everyday life

Hay Festival 2017, 

Metaphors, metonymy, irony, hyperbole – non-literal expression is one of the primary tools for achieving economy of expression, clarity, persuasiveness, politeness and the communication of emotions. However, the potential for misunderstanding increases dramatically in situations where participants lack shared background knowledge or have significantly different views of the world. Littlemore is Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics at University of Birmingham.

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Alexander Betts talks to Amol Rajan

Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System

Hay Festival 2017, 

Betts and his co-author Paul Collier suggest how international policymakers can deliver humane, sustainable results that are better for refugees and host countries. Drawing upon years of research in the field and original solutions that have already been successfully trialled, they outline a compelling vision that can empower refugees to help themselves, contribute to their host societies and even rebuild their countries of origin. Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of the Refugee Studies Centre.

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David Almond

The Colour of the Sun

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the author of Skellig in conversation with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust as he introduces his moving, funny and magical new novel,The Colour of the Sun.“The day is long, the world is wide, you're young and free.”One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar – the little Tyneside town that has always been his home – but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town. As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again.

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Jonathan Haslam

Near and Distant Neighbours

Hay Festival 2016, 

Based on a mass of newly declassified Russian secret intelligence documentation, Haslam reveals the true story of Soviet intelligence from its very beginnings in 1917 right through to the end of the Cold War. Covering both branches of Soviet espionage, civilian and military, he charts the full range of the Soviet intelligence effort and the story of its development: in cryptography, disinformation, special forces, and counter-intelligence. He shows how their greatest weapon and ironically their greatest weakness was the human factor: their ability to recruit secret agents. Haslam is the George F Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Jonathan Haslam

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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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Steve Eales

Casting the Net: The Way Science is Really Done

Hay Festival 2014, 

The standard description of the scientific method is that it is primarily a negative activity, with scientists setting out to disprove the latest hypothesis. But very few real scientists have ever set out with this aim in mind. The astronomer shows that real science is often a matter of casting a net.

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Richard Harries

The Image of Christ in Modern Art

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former bishop of Oxford looks at the work of David Jones, Jacob Epstein, George Rouault, Stanley Spencer, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland and suggests that the modern movement in art has turned out to be a friend, not a foe, of Christian art.

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Craig Thomas

Worlds Not Realised - Wagner and Nietzsche

Hay Festival 1995, 
The best-selling novelist re-examines the personal and intellectual relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche, proposing the argument that Nietzsche's early philosophy was based on a misunderstanding of Wagner's music and on indebtedness to the aesthetic theories of the previous hundred years. Nietzsche emerges as a Romantic Philosopher and Wagner as the last composer of the revolutionary Enlightenment.

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Tony Juniper

What’s Really Happening to our Planet?

Hay Festival 2016, 

The acclaimed environmentalist and campaigner, author of What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? charts the dramatic explosion of human population and consumption and its impact on climate change and our planet.  He offers rigorous and clear analysis, and a fresh perspective on what we might do next.

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Literatura para los más jóvenes: retos y desafíos.

Menena Cottin, Jean Paul Mongin, Boris Pfeiffer e Irene Vasco en conversación con Ruth Kaufman

Cartagena 2015, 
¿Cuáles son los retos a los que se enfrenta un escritor a la hora de escribir para un público infantil y juvenil? La diseñadora gráfica, ilustradora y escritora venezolana Menena Cottin, la escritora colombiana Irene Vasco, el escritor alemán Boris Pfeiffer y Jean Paul Mongin, escritor francés y editor de Les petits Platons, nos hablarán de cómo afrontan la creación de sus obras para las nuevas generaciones de lectores.