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The Seductress of the Nile (and elsewhere)

Hay Festival 1995, 
Roger Barnard celebrates Agatha Christie as the supreme crime writer of the century, who forged a new sort of relationship with readers and took crime writing, particularly thw hodunnit, in directions in which current writers, often grudgingly and ungratefully, still follow her.

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Minette Batters talks to Rob Yorke

The UK's Future Food and Nature Post-Brexit

Hay Festival 2018, 

A new future beckons for the British countryside, with the spotlight on achieving a ‘Green Brexit’ threatening to steal the limelight over food production in the UK. As we adjust to life outside the European Union, will we need to increase imports of groceries? Will we need to implement regulation-lite policies, while delivering a smarter way to feed ourselves and look after the environment? Minette Batters, elected in 2018, is the first female NFU President in its 110-year history. She talks to rural commentator Rob Yorke.

Minette Batters talks to Rob Yorke

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Ros Ridley

Cambridge Series: Peter Pan and the Mind of JM Barrie

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ridley views the Peter Pan stories through the eyes of a neuroscientist and explores J M Barrie's interest in cognition, theory of mind and the nature of consciousness. Barrie's stories are rich in post-Darwinian questions about the origins of human nature and the mental abilities of animals, children and adults. Ridley was Head of the Medical Research Council Comparative Cognition Research Team in the Department of Psychology at Cambridge University.

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James Scott

AIQ: How Artificial Intelligence Works and how we can Harness its Power for a Better World

Hay Festival 2018, 

The statistician and data scientist offers an up-close and user-friendly look at artificial intelligence: what it is, how it works, where it came from and how to harness its power for a better world. A revolution of intelligent machines, from self-driving cars to smart digital assistants, is now remaking our world, just as the Industrial Revolution remade the world of the 19th century. Doctors use AI to diagnose and treat cancer. Banks use it to detect fraud. Power companies use it to save energy. AI is changing our lives at lightning speed. Many of these changes offer great promise, including freedom from drudgery, safer workplaces, better health care and fewer language barriers. But others elicit worry - whether about jobs, data privacy, political manipulation or the prospect of machines making biased decisions with no accountability. Scott shows how intelligent machines operating on massive data sets are changing the world around you, and how you can use this knowledge to make better decisions in your own life. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

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Michele Roberts

Impossible Saints

Hay Festival 1997, 
WH Smith Literary Award Winner Michele Roberts tells of the forbidden pleasures and pains of the love between father and daughter in the life and death of Saint Josephine: Holy woman or whore? Upholder of pious or pagan delights? Lowly nun or powerful miracle worker? Or both? "Some of the most voluptuous language since Joyce.. so rich, so crammed with stories, imagination and visions" - The Daily Mail

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Eimear McBride talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: The Lesser Bohemians

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new novel from the author of the multi-award winning A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. An 18-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study Drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. The older man has a disturbing past that the young girl is unprepared for. The young girl has a troubling past of her own. This is her story and their story. The Lesser Bohemians is about sexual passion. It is about innocence and the loss of it. At once epic and exquisitely intimate, it is a celebration of the dark and the light in love.

Eimear McBride talks to Claire Armitstead

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Fern Riddell

Death in Ten Minutes: Kitty Marion – Activist, Arsonist, Suffragette

Hay Festival 2018, 

The never-before-told story of radical suffragette Kitty Marion. The historian Fern Riddell finds a hidden diary and uses Kitty's own words to tell the story of her sensational life and explosive actions. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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John Boyne

Fictions: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Hay Festival 2017, 

Boyne’s new novel spans 80 years of Irish history. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, Cyril Avery will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home and a country. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Carol Black talks to Rosie Boycott

Cambridge Series: How do drugs, alcohol and obesity affect people’s ability to work?

Hay Festival 2017, 

These three conditions impose great costs on individuals and society. Dame Carol Black’s independent government review examines the challenges and the data; and she makes recommendations that could improve the lives of those affected.

Carol Black talks to Rosie Boycott

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Nat Luurtsema and Yassmin Abdel-Magied

The Guilty Feminist: Live at Hay

Hay Festival 2018, 

A funny, frank conversation about embracing both feminism and our imperfections with the host of the hit comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist (22 million downloads). From confidence to the secret power of rom-coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about gender, Nat and Yassmin explore what it means to be a 21st century woman, and encourages us to make the world better for all women. guiltyfeminist.com

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Denis Murphy, Helen Woodfield and Graham Brookes

Feeding The Nine Billion

Hay Festival 2018, 
The Earth’s population is expected to grow to 9.7 billion over the next 33 years, and that’s a huge exponential growth rate. We only hit our first billion total in 1800. All in all, it adds up to a lot of mouths to feed, especially when you consider the vast hunger issues that certain parts of the world face today. How can this be done both sustainably and reliably without destroying our planet? Do we ‘simply’ need to produce more food? Or is it more important to sort out distribution networks, develop new technological solutions to keeping food fresh, and cut down on waste? Denis Murphy is Professor of biotechnology at University of South Wales, Helen Woodfield is a lecturer at Cardiff University's School of Biosciences and Graham Brookes is an agricultural economist. Chaired by Jonathon Harrington.

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Dave Rudden

Knights of the Borrowed Dark

Hay Festival 2016, 

This debut author’s thrilling series kicks off in style as orphan Denizen Hardwick is snatched from his orphanage to fulfil his amazing destiny. Hear about the ancient order of knights who control the terrifying creatures that can grow in the dark in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.

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HAY JOVEN: Earl Lovelace sobre Is just a movie

Cartagena 2013, 
El escritor, periodista y dramaturgo Earl Lovelace (Trinidad y Tobago) es una de las grandes figuras de la literatura caribeña en inglés. Exponente de una tradición literaria que va de V.S Naipul a Derek Walcott, su trabajo explora el legado del colonialismo y la esclavitud en Trinidad. Hablará sobre su última novela, Is just a movie.

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Simon Callow

Orson Welles: One Man Band

Hay Festival 2016, 
In the third volume in his epic survey of Orson Welles’ life and work, Callow again probes in comprehensive and penetrating detail into one of the most complex artists of the twentieth century, looking closely at the triumphs and failures of an ambitious one-man assault on one medium after another – theatre, radio, film, television, even, at one point, ballet – in each of which his radical and original approach opened up new directions and hitherto unglimpsed possibilities.
He begins with Welles’ self-exile from America, and his realisation that he could only function happily as an independent film-maker, a one-man band; by 1964, he had filmed Othello, which took three years to complete, Mr Arkadin, the biggest conundrum in his output, and his masterpiece Chimes at Midnight, as well as Touch of Evil, his sole return to Hollywood and, like all too many of his films, wrested from his grasp and re-edited. Along the way he made inroads into the fledgling medium of television and a number of stage plays, including Moby-Dick, considered by theatre historians to be one of the seminal productions of the century. Meanwhile, his private life was as dramatic as his professional life.
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Bee Wilson and Louise O Fresco talk to Rosie Boycott

Talking About Food: How and What We Eat

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about our relationship with food: what we choose to eat, and how the world can feed itself today. Wilson’s book First Bite: How We Learn to Eat looks at how we form our tastes and diets. Fresco’s Hamburgers in Paradise explores macro questions of surplus and obesity, the productivity of agriculture and how best we can aim to feed 8 billion people around the world. Boycott is the Mayor of London’s Food Commissioner.

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Sergio González Rodríguez en conversación con Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2015, 
El autor de la aclamada crónica Huesos en el desierto, Sergio González Rodríguez, ha sido galardonado con el Premio Anagrama de Ensayo 2014 por Campo de guerra, un libro en el que explora los diferentes fenómenos económicos, sociales e históricos que han llevado a México a convertirse en un estado en el que lo bélico, su posición geopolítica y su particular relación con Estados Unidos tienen una gran importancia.

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Kelly Bérubé

Urban Air Pollution: Unpleasant, Unhealthy and Unsustainable - Cardiff University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Our lungs are exposed to airborne particles in all aspects of everyday life, and global research suggests that they can cause serious health problems, especially in people with pre-existing lung and heart disease. Kelly Bérubé, Reader in Biosciences at The Lung and Particle Research Group, shares the latest findings.

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Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Invention is at the heart of the adventures of Rosie Revere, Ada Twist and Iggy Peck. Andrea

Beaty’s stories of engineer Rosie, scientist Ada and architect Iggy show that anyone can be whatever they want to be if they are curious and apply themselves.

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Sheila Hollins, Jane Perry, Steven Thrush, Charlotte Scott-Wilson and Veronica Wilkie

A New Vision for Our Healthcare System - University of Worcester Series 4

Hay Festival 2017, 

In a time of extreme stress for the NHS, is there another way to deliver healthcare in the UK? Should we go back to traditional roles, like matrons? Or should we innovate with new professions like Physician Associates? Which new systems can we find for dealing with an ageing population? Baroness Hollins is Emeritus Professor in Psychiatry of Disability at St George’s, University of London; Perry is Associate Head of the Institute of Health & Society at the University of Worcester; Thrush is a Consultant at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and Wilkie, is a GP and Professor of Primary Care; Charlotte Scott-Wilson is a Physician Associate Graduate.

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Judith Kerr talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fifty years of The Tiger who Came to Tea

Hay Festival 2018, 

The 94-year-old author's creation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The writer discusses its enduring appeal and her long career as a writer and illustrator with the broadcaster, musician and novelist.

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Mark Neale, Kingsley Aikins, Rachel Minto, Guto Harri

The Power of Diaspora – a Positive Force in a Post-Brexit Britain

Hay Festival 2018, 

The British government’s own analysis of the economic impact of Brexit forecasts a fall in gross domestic product of 9% for Wales. The role of non-resident Welsh people (the Welsh Diaspora) and their soft power, in bringing new wealth and prosperity to Wales, is of huge importance and could be transformational. With global engagement changing the fortunes of nations and exerting huge influence over many aspects of public life and economic development, it’s time Wales got serious about diaspora. Mark Neale, CEO and founder of Mountain Warehouse, Kingsley Atkins, the founder and CEO of Ireland’s Diaspora Matters, and Rachel Minto, an EU expert based at Cardiff University, talk to Guto Harri.

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Katherine Willis

From Genes to Beans

Hay Festival 2016, 

From the food on our plates to the greens in our garden, many plants share one extraordinary characteristic – they contain two, three or even 10 copies of their entire genetic code in each of their cells. This so-called ‘polyploidy’ crams cells full of DNA and not only gives us weird and wonderful-looking plants, but almost all of the plants we eat every day. The Director of Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Michael Faraday Prize winner talks about polyploidy and how it will help us take on our great global challenges.

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HAY JOVEN: Eurig Salisbury sobre poesía

Cartagena 2013, 
El galés Eurig Salisbury escribe poesía y prosa para niños y adultos; nos contará sobre la complejidad de escribir en una lengua minoritaria, el galés, y las interacciones que se crean entre poesía, lenguaje y traducción.

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Gillian Clarke with Peter Florence

Talking About Shakespeare: Of Lear and Language and Poetry

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great poet discusses her experience of Shakespeare and her long relationship with Lyr, the subject of her masterpiece full-length poem The King of Britain’s Daughter. That poem itself was commissioned by the festival as an exploration of the words and ideas she began to play with in the 1989 Poetry Squantum, held upstairs in the back bar of the British Legion club in Hay.

Gillian Clarke with Peter Florence

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Ian McEwan

Preview Enduring Love

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist previews his novel Enduring Love. McEwan's books include Black Dogs, First Love Last Rites, The Innocent, A Child in Time, The Comfort of Strangers and The Cement Garden.