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Janina Ramirez

Riddle of the Runes

Hay Festival 2018, 

Be immersed in a world of riddles, runes and revenge with the Viking expert and children’s author who will introduce you to the fearless shield maiden Alva, reveal fascinating facts about the Vikings, and will need your help to solve a mysterious crime in the fjords of Kilsgard.

9+

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Aardman’s Dan Binns and Ally Lewis talk to Andy Fryers

Trans.MISSION 2: Clean Air

Hay Festival 2018, 

What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Ally Lewis is an atmospheric chemist and works for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of York. His main research focus is air pollution and how to detect chemicals in the atmosphere. Dan Binns is a Commercials director at Aardman, the multi-award-winning studio, creators of Wallace & Gromit. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around air pollution. Chaired by Andy Fryers

The Trans.MISSION project was created to bring science and culture together with the aim of communicating cutting-edge science to new audiences through new methods. 
More information about the Trans.MISSION project can be found here.

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Jennifer Wallace and Adrian Poole

Cambridge Series 11: Literary Celebrities in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Hay Festival 2016, 

Why are readers so interested in the lives and opinions of writers? When did writers become celebrities in the way we understand them today? And what did those lucky few who acquired some souvenir or relic of their favourite writer hope to gain from it? Two critics look at the rise of literary celebrity in the C18th and C19th, the cult of the poet and the trade in literary relics.

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Tamasin Day Lewis

Hay Festival 2007, 
The food writer introduces her Kitchen Classics. She talks to John Mitchinson.

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Jennifer Potter

Strange Blooms

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Curious Lives and Adventures of the John Tradescants, the C17th father-and-son gardeners and global plant collectors, who pushed the frontiers of horticulture.

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Miriam Moss and Jon Walter

Survival Tactics

Hay Festival 2016, 

Miriam was on a plane that was hijacked in the Middle East when she was 15 and flying without her parents, and Jon survived the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Join them for a discussion on turning fact into fiction.

12+

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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
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Mike Langman

Bird Spotter’s Guide

Hay Festival 2017, 

Do you know your buzzard from your bullfinch? Come on a virtual bird-watch with illustrator Mike Langman and get tips on how to sharpen your observational skills so that you can recognise more species of bird by sight and sound. There’ll be drawing, quizzes and lots of audience participation.

9+
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Zillah Bowes, Rosey Brown, Imtiaz Dharker, Menna Elfyn, Pascale Petit, Clare Potter

Happy 80th Birthday Gillian Clarke: A Poetry Party

Winter Weekend 2017, 

A celebration of the great poet and poetry patron, with readings and tributes from friends, admirers and fellow poets.

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James Williams

Stand out of our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy

Hay Festival 2018, 
The former Google advertising executive, now Oxford-trained philosopher James Williams, launches a plea to society and to the tech industry to help ensure that the technology we all carry with us every day does not distract us from pursuing our true goals in life. (At the time of going to press the Cambridge Analytica data mining scandal has been a top story for 72 hours.) As information becomes ever more plentiful, the resource that is becoming scarcer is our attention. Williams is the inaugural winner of the Nine Dots Prize, a new award for creative thinking that tackles contemporary social issues.

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Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant 11

Hay Festival 2018, 

Celebrate the launch of Skulduggery Pleasant 11: Midnight. Revisit all your favourite characters including Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Omen. Put your questions to The Golden God himself and hear how he became an author and got the inspiration for the series.

12+

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Daniela Krien in conversation with Marta del Riego

Segovia 2013, 

The writer Daniela Krien, presents her first novel Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything (Algún día nos lo contaremos todo, Salmandra), a special love store, awarded with one of the most prestigious prizes in Germany, the ‘Junger Literaturpreis’. The novel was also a finalist in ‘Leserpreis’, awarded by German readers. She speaks with Marta del Riego, author of Sendero de frío y amor, and features editor of VANITY FAIR.


Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish.

 

Co-organized with the Goethe-Institute Madrid, in collaboration with Vanity Fair

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HAY JOVEN: Leonardo Padura sobre El hombre que amaba a los perros

Cartagena 2013, 
Uno de los escritores cubanos más respetados a nivel internacional, Leonardo Padura, es considerado también uno de los principales creadores de la nueva novela detectivesca. Su último libro, El hombre que amaba a los perros, es una fascinante reconstrucción novelada del asesinato de León Trotsky.

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Clive Aslet

War Memorial: The Story of One Village’s Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003

Hay Festival 2014, 

In an intimate portrait of a single countryside community, the historian traces in vivid detail the lives of the twenty-two men and one woman from the Dartmoor village of Lydford who made the supreme sacrifice fighting for Britain in the two World Wars, the Falklands and Iraq.

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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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Gabriel Rolón and Boris Izaguirre with Sergio Vilela

Cartagena 2012, 
Gabriel Rolón, writer of the successful Historias de diván, is also author of Los padecientes, the bestselling fiction book by an Argentinean author in 2010-2011. Boris Izaguirre was shortlisted for the Planeta Prize in 2007 for his novel Villa Diamante. His latest published work is entitled Dos monstruos juntos. The two writers have worked for radio and participated in the making of major television programmes, Gabriel Rolón in Argentina and Boris Izaguirre in Spain. They will discuss frivolity and humour, important elements in the media, with Sergio Vilela.

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Freedom of Expression in the Digital Era

Segovia 2011, 
William Echikson, currently senior manager of communication at the headquarters of Google in Brussels, will talk about the opportunities and challenges in the freedom of expression in the digital society. Echikson has worked for over two decades as a correspondent for European and U.S. media such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week and Libération.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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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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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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Benjamin Black

Kells 2014, 

The creator of Quirke talks to Myles Dungan about his renewal of the Raymond Chandler franchise in his novel The Black Eyed Blonde.

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Matthew Engel

That’s The Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English

Hay Festival 2017, 

Americanisms have been slyly colouring the English language for centuries and this practice must stop. Period. What d’y’all think?

Matthew Engel

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Katya Adler, John Crace, Simon Jenkins

Inside Brexit - the story, the news, the spin, the truth?

Hay Festival 2019, 
Three journalists give us the skinny on how to cover every single day the most complicated and continuing story of our times. Who said what, what they meant, what they didn’t say, and why it might not matter for another 50 years. Or how it might bring down reputations, governments and economies. Adler is the BBC’s Europe Editor, based in Brussels. Crace writes the Westminster parliamentary sketch for the Guardian. Jenkins, is a former editor of The Times, and now a columnist, whose new book is Europe, A Short History.
Katya Adler, John Crace, Simon Jenkins

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Scarlett Thomas

Dragon’s Green

Hay Festival 2017, 

Dive into The Worldquake Sequence and enjoy travelling with Effie on her journey from a School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange to the dangerous Otherworld to retrieve a magical book. The author will discuss the creation of her richly imagined fantasy world and the fabulous characters who live in it.

9+
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Sarah Corbett talks to Jonathon Porritt

How to Be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest

Hay Festival 2018, 

If we want a world that is beautiful, kind and fair, shouldn’t our activism be beautiful, kind and fair? The campaigner and founder of the global Craftivist Collective shows how to respond to injustice not with apathy or aggression, but with gentle, effective protest. With thoughtful principles, practical examples and honest stories from her own experience as a once burnt-out activist, Corbett shows how activism through craft can produce long-lasting positive change.

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The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Hay Festival 2018, 

Who will win the 2018 YA Book Prize? Join the pre-award presentation to hear from authors on the shortlist, which this year includes Emily Barr, M.A. Bennett, Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Will Hill, Patrice Lawrence, Patrick Ness, Sally Nicholls, Philip Pullman, Alex Wheatle, before the announcement of the winner. The event will also celebrate Stripes Publishing and the authors of its YA anthology A Change Is Gonna Come, winner of the YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award.

14+
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