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Tony Juniper, Beccy Speight, Andrew Simms and Adam Shaw

Natural Capital: Securing the Future or Just a Sell-out - Woodland Trust Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Natural Capital, the world’s stock of natural resources, is a concept with increasing political and economic traction. Paying particular attention to the role of woods and trees, this debate will explore whether it can help deliver an enhanced natural environment for the benefit of everyone, or whether it poses significant risks by making nature conservation a commodity. Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and environmentalist, Speight is CEO of the Woodland Trust, Andrew Simms is an economist at The New Weather Institute and Shaw is a journalist and broadcaster.

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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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Jo Marchant

Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body

Hay Festival 2016, 

The field of mind-body medicine is plagued by wild claims that mislead patients and instil false hope. But scientists in a range of fields are uncovering solid evidence that our minds influence our bodies far more profoundly than previously thought. The award-winning science journalist delves deep into the latest research and asks: are those who turn to alternative medicine deluded, or are they on to something? Can our thoughts, beliefs and emotions influence our physical health? Can we train our brains to heal our bodies?

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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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Julia Samuel and Cathy Rentzenbrink

Talking About Death, a Dialogue

Hay Festival 2017, 

Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. Two writers, whose outstanding books offer compassion and solace, discuss ways to live on. Samuel is a grief psychotherapist and author of Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving. Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and now A Manual for Heartache.

Julia Samuel and Cathy Rentzenbrink

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Goldie talks to Gemma Cairney

All Things Remembered

Hay Festival 2018, 

This is the story of the man born Clifford J. Price – jungle’s most streetwise ambassador who went on to collect an MBE from Buckingham Palace. As one of Britain’s most influential DJs, producers and record-label owners, Goldie’s contribution to the UK rave scene in the 1990s with Metalheadz provided the blueprint for dubstep and grime. Here is the memoir of an extraordinary life, an explosive story of abuse, revenge, graffiti, breakdancing, gold teeth, sawn-off shotguns, car crashes, hot yoga, absent fatherhood and redemption through reality TV.

Goldie talks to Gemma Cairney

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Chris McGrath

Mr Darley’s Arabian

Hay Festival 2016, 

Ninety-five per cent of all thoroughbreds in the world are descended from one horse, the so-called Darley Arabian, shipped from Aleppo to Yorkshire in 1704 by a second son who failed to make his fortune and died before he could follow his horse home. The former racing correspondent on the Independent tells the story of the men and women who owned and traded and bred the horses descended from that first stallion. He also follows the men they hired to train them, and the jockeys who rode them and sometimes rescued them from the knacker’s yard, unwittingly preserving the genetic line of winners that currently resides with the champion Frankel. Chaired by the producer of the Horse Tales documentaries Corisande Albert.

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Richard Perceval Graves

Robert Graves and The White Goddess

Hay Festival 1995, 
To celebrate Grave' centenary, his nephew and biographer investigates the mystery of The White Goddess, that perennial source of inspiration, and relates the work to the poet's musehaunted private life.

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Using Technology in Art & Design

Hay Festival 2014, 
Tom Percival is an author, designer and illustrator who also creates the artwork for the bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series. He will share his experience and offer some top tips to young designers on how technology can be used in making art.
Duration 45 minutes
12+ years (YA)
Using Technology in Art & Design

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Howard Jacobson talks to Amol Rajan

Fictions: Pussy

Hay Festival 2017, 

Pussy is the story of Prince Fracassus, heir presumptive to the Duchy of Origen, famed for its golden-gated skyscrapers and casinos, who passes his boyhood watching reality shows on TV, imagining himself to be the Roman Emperor Nero, and fantasising about hookers. He is idle, boastful, thin-skinned and egotistic; has no manners, no curiosity, no knowledge, no idea and no words in which to express them. Could he, in that case, be the very leader to make the country great again? Jacobson has won the Wodehouse Prize twice and the Man Booker once.

Howard Jacobson talks to Amol Rajan

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Giles Yeo

Cambridge Series 19: Are Your Genes to Blame When Your Jeans Don’t Fit?

Hay Festival 2016, 

We become fat because we eat too much. Why some eat more than others, however, is powerfully genetically controlled. The Director of Genomics/Transcriptomics at Cambridge explores some of these genes and observes: “Many genes have been identified that increase our risk of becoming obese and most of these function in the brain to influence food intake. Obese people find it hard to lose weight not because they are bad and lazy, but because they are fighting their biology.”

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Christopher Lloyd

The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

How many plays did Shakespeare write? Which feature ghosts? Which are non-fiction and which are made up? The WhatOnEarth Wallbook author explores the world of human emotion using a giant timeline, a coat of many pockets and a series of everyday objects as props.  Audience participation required, suitable for ages 6-106.

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Philip Reeve

Black Light Express

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join a thrilling journey through time and imagination as Reeve talks about the inspiration for Black Light Express, a sequel to Railhead which continues the adventures of interplanetary thief Zen and the android Nova, in a future where intelligent trains can carry you between far-flung planets in the blink of an eye.

11+
Philip Reeve

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Pete Brown

Miracle Brew – A Journey into the Four Ingredients of Beer

Hay Festival 2017, 

Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink on the planet, but very few people have any idea what it is made of. We all know that wine is made by fermenting pressed juice from grapes and cider comes from pressing apples but what about beer? Beer is traditionally made from four natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water, and each of these has an extraordinary story to tell. Brown is a journalist and author who specialises in making people thirsty.

Pete Brown

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Bettany Hughes

Hay Festival Founders Lecture: Make Art Not War

Hay Festival 2019, 

The historian tells the story of extraordinary, transformative projects helping refugee stonemasons to begin to rebuild the shattered treasures of Syria. The new, trainee masons, artisans and artists are both women and young men. The lecture is illustrated with film footage from Hughes’ documentaries about the project. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Bettany Hughes

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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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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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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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Roger Riddell

Does Foreign Aid Really Work?

Hay Festival 2007, 
An examination of the $100bn governmental, NGO and emergency aid spending, and how to make it work better.

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Keeper of the Realms: The Dark Army

Hay Festival 2013, 

The second instalment of Marcus Alexander’s action-packed contemporary fantasy adventure starring Charlie Keeper.

Duration 45 mins.

10+ years

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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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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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Bedwyr Williams and Karen MacKinnon

Artes Mundi 7

Hay Festival 2016, 

The hugely entertaining Welsh performance artist Bedwyr Williams in conversation with one of Wales most distinguished art curators, Director of the game-changing international contemporary art prize Artes Mundi 7. Williams uses multimedia, performance and text to explore the friction between the deadly serious and the banal aspects of modern life. He’s known for satirizing the relationship between the artist and curator by creating absurd scenarios for them to appear in.

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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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Robert Penn

Woods: A Celebration

Winter Weekend 2017, 

From Dean to Epping, Hatfield to Sherwood, the author covers the natural history of our forests and how they have changed the face of our landscape. Covering the different species of trees that give our woods their unique character, the plants and animals that inhabit them and the way their appearance changes throughout the seasons, Woods is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated celebration of Britain’s trees and the ancient stories that surround them.

Robert Penn