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Che Golden

Meadow Vale Ponies

Hay Festival 2015, 
Horse-mad author Che Golden is here to tell you all about the Meadow Vale ponies and how Mulberry is based on a very special pony, which she owns herself. Find out all about Che’s real life horse and pony adventures and how they inspired this series in a talk jam-packed with horsey facts and fun.
7+ years
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Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

Winter Weekend 2014, 

The 2013 Booker Prize-winner brings to Hay her richly evocative, mid-19th century world of shipping, banking and gold-rush boom and bust. A network of fates and fortunes, it is also a ghost story and a gripping mystery.

Eleanor Catton

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Mahmood Sariolghalam talks to Nik Gowing

Navigating Tensions of Life in Iran

Hay Festival 2016, 

Sariolghalam is Professor of International Relations at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University and is one of Iran’s best-selling authors. For 26 years he has taught and conducted research on contemporary history and Iran’s relations with the outside world. His acknowledged skill has been to find ways to navigate Iran’s red lines in public discourse, and to avoid being targeted for being outspoken in print. The political establishment not only tolerated his writings, it has also been influenced by them. And Iran’s next generation views them as having helped to frame the 2015 nuclear agreement and expectations for the future.

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Jane Mayer talks to Philippe Sands

Dark Money

Hay Festival 2016, 

The award-winning New Yorker journalist forensically exposes the billionaire Koch brothers’ funding of interest groups, think-tanks and candidate campaigns to manipulate American politics towards their own extreme libertarian interests. She examines the impact on the 2016 US elections and reveals what influence the network has on politics in the UK and Europe.

Jane Mayer talks to Philippe Sands

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Kimberly Wyatt

Billie’s Big Audition

Hay Festival 2017, 

Welcome to the World Elite Dance Academy. Billie has dreamed of being a dancer for as long as she can remember. Now she has an audition at WEDA, a world-famous contemporary dance school, but will she be able to get over her nerves and win a place at her dream school? Join superstar Kimberly Wyatt as she dances you through her brand-new series and always remember…be you, be fearless, be authentic.

6+

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Erika Rackley

Who Our Judges Are and Why it Matters

Hay Festival 2017, 

Who were these Supreme Court judges who might thwart ‘the will of the people’?  What were their backgrounds, their politics?  In response, there came a reassuring message: the job of judges is simply to apply the law made by our elected Parliament.  But this reassurance is based on an understanding of judging that is at best only half true; it does sometimes matter who our judges are. Rackley is Professor of Law at University of Birmingham.

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Paul G Bahn

Images of the Ice Age

Hay Festival 2016, 

An illustrated lecture explores the earliest human art and what it tells us about our ancestors. Bahn looks at the famous cave paintings of Lascaux, Altamira, and Chauvet and the thousands of exquisite pieces of portable art in bone, antler, ivory, and stone produced in the same period. In 2003, Bahn led the team that discovered the first Ice Age cave art in England, at Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.

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Richard Bardgett

Earth Matters: How Soil Underlies Civilisation

Hay Festival 2016, 

For much of history, soil has played a central role in society. Farmers and gardeners worldwide nurture their soil to provide their plants with water, nutrients and protection from pests and diseases; major battles have been aborted or stalled by the condition of soil; murder trials have been solved with evidence from soil; and, for most of us, our ultimate fate is the soil. The Professor of Ecology at Manchester explores the role soil plays in our lives and in the bio-geochemical cycles that allow the planet to function effectively. He considers how better soil management could combat global issues such as climate change, food shortages and the extinction of species.

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Patrick French

Liberty or Death

Hay Festival 1998, 
The writer and historian presents his view of the roles Mahatma Ghandi and Mohammad Ali Jinnah played in the Indian Independence Movement.

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María Mulata, Maia, Natalia Bedoya y Laura Restrepo en conversación con Fernando Gaitán

La poética popular: escribir música

Cartagena 2014, 
Tres grandes intérpretes, pero sobre todo compositoras, María Mulata, Maia y Natalia Bedoya hablarán sobre el acto de componer y escribir música para interpretar. Cantarán y conversarán sobre poesía y música con la escritora Laura Restrepo y el libretista y escritor Fernando Gaitán.

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Sarah Crossan

Moonrise

Hay Festival 2018, 

Sarah is the author of five YA books including The Weight of Water, One, and her latest, Moonrise. She has a passion for words: written and spoken, poetry and prose. Join the star of the YA fiction scene for an entertaining and sometimes emotional conversation about her literary heroes, inspiration, research and more. Sarah Crossan will be in conversation with Claire Armitstead, Associate Editor, Culture for the Guardian News & Media. Little Black Fish celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

12+

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Gill Lewis

A Story Like The Wind

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author talks about the power of music and stories and how they weave together to connect us all. Her book was inspired by the image of a Syrian refugee playing his violin at a border control.

9+
Gill Lewis

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Alexander Broich, Phil Rance, Nicholoas Clee

Brave New E-World

Hay Festival 2000, 
How is the internet changing our reading habits, our writing, and our browsing for new books? Will the palm-top novel be read on the beach? The CEO's of the internet bookseller bol.com, and the online publisher, Online Originals are joined by other publishing industry guests to debate  the future of books on the web. All welcome. Chaired by the editor of The Bookseller.

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Will Mabbitt

Embassy of the Dead

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer introduces the first title in his spookily thrilling new series. Everything about Embassy of the Dead is terrifying as Jake discovers when he opens a strange box and finds a severed finger inside. How will he escape being dragged into the Eternal Void? Join the discussion on creating a world where the living meet the dead.

9+

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Anna Pavord

Hay Festival 2000, 
Pavord is gardening correspondent of The Independent and the associate editor of Gardens Illustrated. She is the author of the phenomenally successful The Tulip. She discusses style and the exotic influences of 'English gardens'.

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Shashi Tharoor, William Shawcross, Michael Rose, Jemery Bowen, Nik Gowing

All The Trouble In The World

Hay Festival 2000, 
BBC World anchor Gowing chairs this debate about international intervention, peacekeeping and the role of the UN. Tharoor is Director of Special Projects at the UN and has been Kofi Annan's special adviser with specific responsibility for the former Yugoslavia. William Shawcross is the author of Deliver Us From Evil. Retiring from the leading the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, General Sir Michael Rose wrote Fighting For Peace. Bowen is the BBC's Middle Eastern correspondent and frontline war reporter.

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Conn Iggulden

Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors

Hay Festival 2016, 

The sensationally successful historical novelist tells the tale of the game of thrones that were the Wars of the Roses. Ravenspur is the latest in the series that includes Stormbird, Trinity and Bloodline.

Conn Iggulden

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Harper and the Circus of Dreams

Hay Festival 2016, 

Cerrie Burnell, CBeebies presenter, brings to life her magical tale of Harper, a resourceful little girl who lives in the City of Clouds with her beloved cat Midnight and her Aunt Sassy.

6+

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György Dragomán talks with Tiffany Murray

Segovia 2012, 
The award winning translator and novelist will talk about his latest works “The book of destruction” and The White King, which has been translated into 28 languages, with the writer of Diamond star halo. At the end, Dragomán will read a fragment of his book The White King in Hungarian.
 
Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be available. With the collaboration of the Embassy of Hungary in Spain, the Hungarian Tourism Office and the British Council

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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

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Roddy Doyle talks to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Smile

Hay Festival 2018, 

The new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clark Ha! Ha! Ha! has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.

Roddy Doyle talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think

Hay Festival 2019, 

The mathematician examines the nature of creativity and provides an essential guide into how algorithms work, and the mathematical rules underpinning them. He asks how much of our emotional response to art is a product of our brains reacting to pattern and structure, and exactly what it is to be creative in mathematics, art, language and music. Du Sautoy finds out how long it might be before machines come up with something creative, and whether they might jolt us into being more imaginative in turn. The result is a fascinating and very different exploration into both AI and the essence of what it means to be human.

Marcus du Sautoy

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Emma Yhnell

Huntington’s Disease

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the Cardiff scientist to understand and explore the genetic disorder, a condition that prevents the brain working properly. It gets gradually worse over time and causes motor, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms. Yhnell will discuss the ethical dilemmas of genetic testing and their implications before focusing on current research into novel therapies and her research on computerised cognitive training (brain training) for people with the disease.

Emma Yhnell

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Christine L Corton

London Fog: The Biography

Hay Festival 2016, 

The classic London fogs, thick yellow pea-soupers, were born in the Industrial Age and remained a feature of cold, windless winter days until clean air legislation in the 1960s. Corton tells the story of the fogs, their dangers and beauty, and the lasting effects on our culture and imagination of these urban spectacles. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Peter Porter

The Houseman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2000, 
The title of this lecture echoes that of one given by A.E. Houseman in Cambridge in 1933 when he had been Kennedy Professer of Latin at the University for some 25 years. For the third in the annual series of lectures sponsored by The Housman Society the distinguished Australian-born poet, reviewer, critic and journalist who has published over thirty books during his long sojourn in LOndon, will be giving his personal testament as to what poetry is.