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Salvatore Rubbino

Draw me a City

Hay Festival 2016, 

Watch and join the illustrator on an adventure through some of the world’s iconic cities – London, Paris and New York. Learn how to draw wonderful cityscapes and characters and create your own pictures.

3+
Salvatore Rubbino

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Mark Lynas

Will the planet survive humans?

Cartagena 2012, 
Mark Lynas won the prestigious Royal Society prize for his science books in 2008 and is anassociate of the Geography and Environment Departments at the University of Oxford. In his latest work, The God Species, he explains that there are planetary “boundaries” that humans must not cross if we want our civilisation to last. He will talk about matters such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, but also nuclear energy and genetic engineering. Mark Lynas is also author of the book High Tide: News from a Warming World.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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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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Emma Dodd

The Entertainer

Hay Festival 2015, 
A hilarious session about an entertainer whose bear impression is just a little too convincing... The award-winning author-illustrator starts by reading her unbearably funny tale before bringing the story to life with a live drawing session.
4+ years
Emma Dodd

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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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Young Adult
Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

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Liliana Colanzi, Felipe Restrepo Pombo and Carlos Fonseca

Fictions: Bogotà 39

Hay Festival 2018, 

This is the first of two sessions introducing the most exciting voices of Latin American fiction, stars of the 2018 selection for Bogotà 39 and launching the English-language edition of a globally published anthology. Colanzi is a Bolivian short story writer and editor whose work includes the collection Our Dead World. Restrepo Pombo is the editor of Gatopardo magazine and of the anthology The Sorrows of Mexico. His fiction appears in the Bogotà 39 Anthology. Fonseca was born in Costa Rica and grew up in Puerto Rico. His novel Colonel Lagrimas is available in English.  They read and talk to Daniel Hahn.

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Nigel Shadbolt

The Digital Ape: How to Live (in Peace) With Smart Machines

Hay Festival 2018, 

The smart-machines revolution is re-shaping our lives and our societies. Shadbolt dispels terror, confusion and misconception. We are not about to be elbowed aside by a rebel army of super-intelligent robots of our own creation. We were using tools before we became homo sapiens, and will continue to control them. How we exercise that control – in our private lives, in employment, in politics – and make the best of the wonderful opportunities, will determine our collective future well-being. Shadbolt is one of the UK’s foremost computer scientists. He is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and chairman of the Open Data Institute, which he co-founded with Tim Berners-Lee.

Nigel Shadbolt

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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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Jo Tatchell and Nabeel Yasin

Nabeel's Song

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Baghdad poet was denounced as an enemy of the state and fled Iraq in 1980. Tatchell’s book tells his story, and that of the family that he left behind.

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Lemn Sissay

Gold From the Stone

Hay Festival 2017, 

A spellbinding hour with one of the all-time great live readers of poetry: ‘Lemn Sissay is a passionate and powerful voice whose performances are humbling and exhilarating’ – Kate Tempest.

Lemn Sissay

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Laurence Rees

The Holocaust: A New History

Hay Festival 2017, 

Mixing extensive research and testimony from survivors with a searing analysis of the decision-making of the Nazi state, the distinguished film-maker and historian’s landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history – how, and why, did the holocaust happen?

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Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris

Fictions: The Trick of It

Hay Festival 2018, 

The prolific Edinburgh novelist discusses the joys and travails of writing fiction – plotting, voice, tone and humour – with his fellow crime-writer. His books, in numerous series including No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, Isabel Dalhousie and 44 Scotland Street, have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide, in 46 languages.

Alexander McCall Smith talks to SJ Parris

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Lauren Child talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Time to Dream

Hay Festival 2018, 
Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, creator of Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort, Hubert Horatio, Bartle Bobton-Trent and Charlie and Lola, will be in conversation with super-geek mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, consultant and code designer for the Ruby Redfort series. This exciting and unusual combination of author/illustrator and mathematician brings together two of the very best in their fields to discuss the poetry of illustration, creativity, taking time to dream, telling stories with codes and theorems and the excitement of finding the hidden patterns and mathematics in all art.
Lauren Child talks to Marcus du Sautoy

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Kate Evans

Harmony for Elephants

Hay Festival 2017, 

Elephants are ecosystem shapers. By knocking down trees and opening up bushy areas, they can increase the amount of grass available to other herbivores in the system. They move across vast distances, using distinct pathways that also offer easy travel routes to other species. Elephants can  act as seed dispersers, facilitating the growth of many woody species by depositing seeds in their faeces. In this illustrated introduction, the zoologist and founder of the Botswana conservation project Elephants for Africa explores the conservation and study of elephants in their natural eco-systems.

Kate Evans

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Maureen Lipman talks to Jim Naughtie

Hay Festival 2007, 
The national treasure receives the 2007 Listening Books Award, celebrating outstanding contribution to the spoken word. Chaired by LBA Trustee Jim Naughtie.

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Mukesh Kapila

Careerpedia – Human Rights

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Alex Kandie interviews former Head of United Nations to Sudan and the author of Against a Tide of Evil about his activism, his writing and how his career unfolded. Kapila has received many awards in recognition of his work, including the Global Citizenship Award of the Institute for Global Leadership. Kapila challenges teenagers to engage in the fight for human rights around the world.

14–18 years

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Gore Vidal, Mark Lawson

The Essential Gore Vidal

Hay Festival 2000, 
The great American novelist, historian and politico in conversation with the BBC broadcaster and writer.

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Steve Antony

Betty Goes Bananas

Hay Festival 2015, 
Have you ever thrown a tantrum? Betty has! Join Steve Antony for an interactive storytelling of his funny picture book, about a toddler gorilla named Betty, who, though she looks cheerful, throws lots of tantrums. What happens when Betty finds a banana that just won’t open? Steve teaches everyone how to draw Betty and gives sneak peeks into his next book, Betty Goes Bananas in her Pyjamas.
4+ years
Steve Antony

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Danny Postel

Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran

Hay Festival 2007, 
A brilliant inquiry into the contemporary Iranian predicament and what it means for the world.

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Ben Okri in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2012, 
Ben Okri is a member of the UK’s Royal Society of Literature and in 1991 won the Booker Prize for The Famished Road. This Nigerian writer, who covers the history and present-day realities of his country in his novels, is one of Africa’s most respected voices. He will talk to the journalist Rosie Boycott. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the British Council

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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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Laura Spinney

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it Changed the World

Hay Festival 2018, 

With a death toll of 50-100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish 'flu of 1918-1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the 20th century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War One. Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa. Telling the story from the point of view of those who lived through it, she shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test. Chaired by Stephanie Boland of Prospect magazine.

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Mark Price talks to Nik Gowing

Fairness for All

Hay Festival 2017, 

Drawing heavily on the much vaunted John Lewis Partnership of which he was Managing Director, Price champions ‘inclusive capitalism’, by which he means getting people in and on in work. Acting responsibly to all stakeholders is central to his theme; with employees, the most important stakeholder - drivers of it all. He became Minister of State for International Trade in February 2016.

Mark Price talks to Nik Gowing

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Edward Bulmer

Watching Paint Dry: A Masterclass in Colour

Hay Festival 2017, 

As one of the country’s leading architectural historians and interior designers, Edward Bulmer has been involved in the restoration and redecoration of numerous historic buildings including Goodwood and Althorp. With this experience he has created a range of Natural Paints that are also historically authentic and accurate.  As an artist, he has developed this range using just 12 natural pigments used by artists for centuries. This delivers incredible depth of colour and a high-quality finish. It also allows buildings to breathe and our own air to be toxin-free. He talks to Giles Kime, Interiors editor of Country Life.

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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.