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Melvyn Bragg

On Giant's Shoulders

Hay Festival 1998, 
Melvyn Bragg chairs a discussion of Darwin's influence, and explores the ways in which the theory of evolution of the species has developed with the geneticist Richard Dawkins and the author of the forthcoming What Remains to be Discovered John Maddox.

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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+
Scarlett Thomas

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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.

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Richard Fortey

Life - An Authorised Biography

Hay Festival 1998, 
Richard Fortey has written a vivid biography of life - a history spanning more than 3000 million years. Weaving his own lifetime as a palaeontologist into the story, he shows how life's past was one of reversals, chances gained and lost, occasional drama; more dramatic and engaging than a human lifetime, but governed by the same mix of genes and opportunity.

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Katie Scott

Animalium

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join illustrator Katie Scott as she unravels the wonders of the natural world with the bestselling book Animalium, winner of the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Year. Discover the incredible Tree of Life and marvel at creatures big and small – from the tiniest insect to the giant blue whale – as Katie takes us on a whistle-stop tour of this incredible collection of animals. Finally, watch an artistic talent at work as Katie reveals how she brings these amazing animals to life in a live drawing session.
6+ years
Katie Scott

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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+
Mike Langman

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Steven Butler

Odd Bods

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author and actor’s  hilarious picture-book takes a kindly look at all sorts of interesting and entertaining bods, and shows that being different can be fun. Come and find out more about the Odd Bods and join Steven as he acts out their very special characteristics.

3+
Steven Butler

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Paul Murdin

Cambridge Series 16: Planetary Vistas, the Landscapes of Other Worlds

Hay Festival 2016, 

Recent advances in space exploration imaging have allowed us now to see landscapes never before possible. Murdin shows some of the greatest views and vistas of Mars, Venus’s Titan, Io and more in their full glory. Towering cliffs, icy canyons: the scenery is out of this world; all captured with the latest technology by landing and roving vehicles or by very low-flying spacecraft. Murdin is Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge.

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Juliet Davenport, Craig Bennett and Leo Johnson talk to Andy Fryers

The Human Side of Climate Change - Good Energy Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Climate change often seems remote and theoretical: satellite images of polar ice caps, carbon emission statistics, and global leaders conducting high-flying diplomacy. But for millions around the world the changing climate is a daily and ever-increasing challenge to their security, health, homes, and livelihoods. Can telling the human stories tackle ambivalence and scepticism? Davenport is CEO of Good Energy, Bennett is CEO of Friends of the Earth and Johnson is co-founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd and co-presenter of BBC Radio 4's Futureproofing.

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Eric Hobsbawm

Memory, Myth, Fiction and History

Hay Festival 1997, 
The American Historical Review has just begun to review not only books, but films - beginning with Michael Collins. Eric Hobsbawm, author of the new On History reflects on the relations of historians, film producers, patriots and the public.

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Archbishop Rowan Williams

Has Secularism Failed?

Hay Festival 2002, 
There is much anxiety and confusion at present over the cultural role of religious belief. Are we condemed to a bitter stand-off between revived fundamentalism and an increasingly shaky 'liberal' consensus in public life? Or are there other models for faith and culture? Chaired by The Guardian's Alan Rusbridger.

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Craig Thomas, Sam Llewellyn, Robert Goddard

It's a tough one chaps, but we can handle it..

Hay Festival 1997, 
With an estimated 75% of popular novels now bought by women, male writers of traditional thrillers are in a tight corner, but Craig Thomas, father of the techno-thriller and cold-war master, and seafaring Sam Llewellyn don't scare easily, while Robert Goddard has gone on the offensive, with more than a touch of old-fashioned romance between murders.

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Lila Azam Zanganeh y Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Valerie Miles

Cartagena 2013, 
Lila Azam Zanganeh (Irán/Francia) es autora de El encantador. Nabokov y la felicidad, un estudio muy personal de la obra del gran novelista desde el punto de vista de una lectora enamorada del escritor. Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), ganador del Premio Alfaguara de Novela con El ruido de las cosas al caer, es el autor de varios libros y ensayos. Ambos conversarán con Valerie Miles sobre el proceso creativo, la tradición del siglo XX y los cambios del siglo XXI y dónde se encuentran ellos y su generación; ambos escritores han vivido fuera de sus países de orígen mucho tiempo, lo cual ha influído en sus estilos y su conversación en la tradición.

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Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

Monstrous Child, The Graces and The Call

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join three authors in contention for The Bookseller Young Adult Prize as they discuss the different ways in which their strong-minded and independent characters survive and thrive in their sometimes dark, always complex stories about adolescence. Chaired by Caroline Carpenter.

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12+
Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

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Lucie Ryzova

What I Found In a Flea Market in Cairo

Hay Festival 2017, 

This story spins from a chance find of an anonymous ‘love diary’ written by a young man in the 1940s. It recounts the everyday life of a generation of young men growing up in mid-20th century Cairo. Ryzova uses Hosni’s story as a point of entry to a particular historical experience: that of middle class modernity located outside the metropolitan centre in this historical ethnography. Ryzova is Lecturer in Middle East History.

Lucie Ryzova

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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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Angie Sage

Araminta Spook

Hay Festival 2014, 

Araminta Spook lives in a huge haunted house with her Uncle Drac and Aunt Tabitha, and her greatest ambition is to meet a ghost. Join author Angie Sage for a spooky adventure.
7+ years                     

Angie Sage

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The Bookseller YA Book Prize and the Costa Book Award

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Lisa Heathfield and Martin Stewart, both shortlisted for the third Bookseller YA Book Prize, and Brian Conaghan, winner of the Costa Book Award 2017, as they discuss writing about big themes for YA readers. Chaired by Chelsey Pippin of Buzzfeed.

12+
The Bookseller YA Book Prize and the Costa Book Award

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Andy Grant

You’ll Never Walk

Hay Festival 2018, 

When Andy Grant’s eyes blinked open from a 10-day coma in February 2009, he was alone in a hospital bed in Birmingham. He had a broken sternum, a broken leg, a broken elbow and shrapnel lodged in both forearms. He had a severed femoral artery, nerve damage to his hands and feet as well as deep gaping wounds in both cheeks. He had been blown up during a routine foot patrol in Afghanistan as a Royal Marine with 45 Commando. He became a gold medallist at the Invictus Games. You’ll Never Walk is his story.

Andy Grant

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Edith Hall, Shazia Mirza, Allison Pearson, Elif Shafak, Sharlene Teo, Gabrielle Walker

#Vote100Books

Hay Festival 2018, 

An all-star book group of Hay writers gather to recommend books for our #Vote100Books campaign: We want a new library of 100 great books by women that have inspired readers over the past century. Which books would you want to add to this library? Books have liberated and empowered people, books have enabled readers to imagine the world to be braver, more equal and more dynamic. Democracy is vulnerable to cynicism. Books offer empathy and hope. Chaired by Lynn Enright, head of news and content at The Pool.

Find out more about the #vote100books campaign and submit your nominations here

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Sarah McIntyre

Prince of Pants

Hay Festival 2017, 

Come and enjoy a dramatic reading with the author/illustrator of the hilarious story about the Prince, his Pants and how they all go missing. Join in an interactive drawing session where you can share your ideas about the Prince and what might have happened to his pants.

6+
Sarah McIntyre

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Adam Phillips talks to Tom Clark

In Writing

Hay Festival 2017, 

For Adam Phillips - as for Freud and many of his followers - poetry and poets have always held an essential place, as both precursors and unofficial collaborators in the psychoanalytic project. But the same has never held true in reverse. What, Phillips wonders, at the start of this deeply engaging book, has psychoanalysis meant for writers? Phillips explores these questions through an exhilarating series of encounters with writers he has loved, from Byron and Barthes to Shakespeare and Sebald. And in the process he demonstrates how literature and psychoanalysis can speak to and of each other.

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Tiffany Murray, Marifé Santiago and Marta del Riego

Segovia 2014, 
British novelist Tiffany Murray returns to Segovia to talk to author Marifé Santiago and journalist and writer Marta del Riego about outstanding women, including the heroine of her latest novel Sugar Hall, which is set in 1950 after the Second World War.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Gala del Libro Favorito

Xalapa 2012, 
Invitados del festival nos cuentan sobre el libro con el que más han disfrutado como lectores, escrito en el siglo XXI. Con Jõao Paulo Cuenca (Brasil), Guillermo Fadanelli (México), Laura Martínez-Belli (México), José Ovejero (España), Elsa Osorio (Argentina) y Reina María Rodríguez (Cuba). Presentado por Rodolfo Mendoza.

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Awesome Animals: Koala Calamity

Hay Festival 2013, 

Koala brothers Dude, Bro and Squirt love doing…nothing. They can do nothing all day. But their little sister has other ideas and soon leads them into another Koala Calamity.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years