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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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Akala

Hip and Hop

Hay Festival 2017, 

Follow the adventures of Hip, a wise and cool hippo, and Hop, his excitable best friend. Hip and Hop are looking forward to the Blueberry Hill bike race. But will Hop have the courage to get back on his bike? He will need your help! Join the hip-hop artist and author for a storytelling session packed with awesome rhythms and rhymes.

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Akala

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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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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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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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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.
3+ years
Dylan’s Amazing Dinosaurs

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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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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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Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the winners of the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal and the 2016 Costa Children’s Book Award respectively to discuss their original way of writing their most recent book. These two authors collaborated on writing a novel in verse, sending chapters back and forth on WhatsApp, and created an extraordinary tale. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

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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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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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Martin Stevens

Cheats and Deceits: How Animals and Plants Exploit and Mislead

Hay Festival 2016, 

In nature, trickery and deception are widespread. Animals and plants mimic other objects or species in the environment for protection, trick other species into rearing their young, lure prey to their death, and deceive potential mates for reproduction. Cuckoos lay eggs carefully matched to their host’s own clutch. Harmless butterflies mimic the wing patterning of a poisonous butterfly to avoid being eaten. Some orchids develop the smell of female insects in order to attract pollinators, while carnivorous plants lure insects to their death with colourful displays. The Exeter Professor of Evolutionary Ecology considers what deception tells us about the process of evolution and adaptation.

Martin Stevens

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Daniel Morden

Tales From Grimm

Hay Festival 2014, 

Daniel is one of the UK’s most popular tellers of traditional stories. Here he tells tales from the timeless collection of magical fairytales. Expect impossible quests, mysterious strangers,sudden jumps, dramatic twists, moments of high drama and low comedy…
7+ years

Daniel Morden

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Karen Armstrong

Islam

Hay Festival 2003, 
One of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs introduces her history of the world's most misunderstood religion. Armstrong explores the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the rise of Persian influence, the clashes with Western cusaders and Mongolian conquerors, the contemporary rise of fundamentalism, and the spiritual explorations that traced the route to God.

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Bill Bryson

Britain

Hay Festival 1997, 
Anyone who's read The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Mother Tongue and Made in America knows Bryson as an achingly outrageously funny humorist. Notes From a Small Island confirms his status as a master of travel-writing, a wonderfully perceptive and acute companion over here or over there.

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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.

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Elizabeth Day talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong

Hay Festival 2019, 

A conversation with the novelist and podcaster. “If I have learned one thing from this shockingly beautiful venture called life, it is this: failure has taught me lessons I would never otherwise have understood. I have evolved more as a result of things going wrong than when everything seemed to be going right. Out of crisis has come clarity, and sometimes even catharsis.”

Elizabeth Day talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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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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Thinking Mathematically

Hay Festival 2013, 

Exploring, questioning, visualising, conjecturing, explaining, generalising, justifying…are all at the heart of mathematical thinking. Come and take part in some stimulating activities designed to develop your capacity to work as a mathematician, with Cambridge University’s Charlie Gilderdale.

9+ years

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Marcus Sedgwick

Hay Festival 2014, 

Marcus Sedgwick has won or been nominated for over thirty awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal (four times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times). He recently won the prestigious Printz Award for Midwinterblood. He joins Daniel Hahn for a conversation about his work, in particular his latest novel, the highly acclaimed She Is Not Invisible.

12+ years (YA)
Marcus Sedgwick

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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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Timandra Harkness, Harriet Kingaby, Peter Lacy, Rohit Talwar

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Ethical?

Hay Festival 2018, 

AI is going to transform society over the next couple of decades, and we can’t wish it away. But can we ride the robot tiger and make it serve, rather than enslave, us? Can AI be a tool of liberation and sustainability, not just a scarily efficient way of making rich corporations richer, while robbing us of all our privacy? Do we need an ethical code for computers – a Hippocratic Oath for the algorithms? And if so, how do we go about creating one – and getting it adopted? Chaired by Writer and Green Futurist, Martin Wright.

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JP McMahon

Aesthetic Investigations Into The Culinary Field

Kells 2013, 

The celebrated chef will discuss the idea of terroir in relation to food and art history, specifically looking at how terroir not only reveals our sense of place but also how we got here.

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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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Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writers present Jinks & O’Hare, the brilliant repair team who keep Funfair Moon running smoothly, and Emily, who loves living on Funfair Moon. Listen to the hilarious stories of a violent fudgesplosion, a gravity inversion, a marauding candyfloss creature, and find out if they will spell doom for Funfair Moon.

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