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Raymond Tallis

The Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

Tallis is inspired by EM Forster’s thought that ‘Death destroys a man but the idea of it saves him’. He looks back on his world from the standpoint of his future corpse. He reflects on the senses that opened up his late world, the elements they reveal, the distances, divisions and intimacies of space, the multifarious activities that occupied his days; his possessions, his utterances, his relationship to others, the extinguished flame that was his self, his journey towards the end, and his afterlife either side of the grave.

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Raymond Tallis

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Sarah Arrowsmith

Mappa Mundi: Hereford’s Curious Map

Hay Festival 2015, 

Who made the Mappa Mundi? How and why? Arrowsmith looks at the map through the eyes of a medieval visitor to the cathedral. She explains how a map that is very unfamiliar to us, with East rather than North at the top, populated with semi-human figures who may have four eyes or one foot and beasts like the defecating Bonnacon, would have made complete sense. You could tell your children the story of your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, point out the winding trail taken by Moses and the Israelites and tell the Bible stories illustrated there and elsewhere. Or you could impress other bystanders with your knowledge of Alexander’s campaigns and the three races of Ethiopians illustrated near the map’s edges.

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Sarah Arrowsmith

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Gareth Stedman Jones

Cambridge University Series 12: Inventing Necessity - The Strange Genesis of C20th Political Authori

Hay Festival 2015, 

Ideas about states of emergency went back to the politics of Ancient Rome in which it was said that ‘necessity knows no law’. This idea took on a series of different meanings during the early modern period and was employed by the Jacobins during the invasion scare of 1793–94. In 1848 the idea was employed again to justify emergency rule after the June uprising in Paris, but in its later usages, particularly by Marx, the idea was inverted. It was no longer emergency that justified dictatorship. Rather, dictatorship was posited as a desirable outcome in a transition to new forms of society.

Gareth Stedman Jones

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Jenny Lees talks to Corisande Albert

Arabian Dreams

Hay Festival 2015, 

A conversation with the owner of Pearl Island Arabians based in Herefordshire, one of the most successful stud farms in the world, breeding from pure Bahraini bloodlines. She talks about her work with horses and her racy novels in the Seven Bands of Gold series, which recall the bestselling tales of Harold Robbins. Jenny is a member of the Hay Writers Circle. She talks to Corisande Albert, producer of the Horsetales documentaries.

Jenny Lees talks to Corisande Albert

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Aby King

A Right Royal Adventure

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet Lupo: favourite palace pet and companion to the baby prince. Join Aby King as she introduces you to the loveable Lupo and his friends; hear all about their adventures in the royal residences; and get top tips for creating your own adventure stories.
8+ years
Aby King

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Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

Hamish and the Worldstoppers

Hay Festival 2015, 
What would you do if the whole world stopped? Yes, the whole world, except you? Come and meet writer, TV and radio presenter and now children’s author Danny Wallace with his new book. Danny is joined on stage by illustrator Jamie Littler and together they introduce you to Hamish, his trusty gang – the PDF, the baddies or the Terribles and their world – the one that keeps stopping!
7+ years
Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

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Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

Geek Girl and Tabitha Baird

Hay Festival 2015, 
Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks about All That Glitters, the latest in the series starring accident-prone heroine Harriet Manners. She is joined by actress, writer and comedian Arabella Weir whose novel The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird, second in this popular series, has also recently been published. A lively and irreverent discussion guaranteed.
10+ years
Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

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Dominic Sandbrook

A BBC Two Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

The cultural historian talks about and shows clips from his latest BBC Two series on post-war culture, Let Us Entertain You. In it he argues that Britain’s cultural contribution has been second to none, from music and fashion to art, film, literature and theatre, James Bond to Agatha Christie, Andrew Lloyd Webber to John Lennon, and it is through our culture that the world now sees us.

Not for broadcast.

BBC2
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Dominic Sandbrook

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Patrick Barkham

Coastlines

Hay Festival 2015, 

Barkham reflects on the long campaign to protect our shoreline from tidal erosion and human damage. He weaves together fascinating tales about every aspect of the coast – from ancient conquests and smugglers’ routes, to exotic migratory birds and bucket-and-spade holidays – to tell a more profound story about our island nation and the way we are shaped by our shores. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

Patrick Barkham

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Rosie Boycott, Jonathan Hughes, Simon Blackmore and Russell Carrington

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? Fairer Farming

Hay Festival 2015, 

We look at the future of farming in Britain and ask what ‘better’ might look like: better for farmers, better for people who need food. What are the issues that matter most? Diversification, ‘big-agri’ ownership, the relationship with supermarkets, the mental health of the people who work the land, the land itself or the quality of produce? Hughes is the National Trust's General Manager for Pembrokeshire, overseeing more than 30 tenanted farms, Blackmore (Harper Adams) specialises in farm engineering, Boycott is Food Advisor to the Mayor of London and Carrington is a young farmer from Hereford.

Rosie Boycott, Jonathan Hughes, Simon Blackmore and Russell Carrington

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Charles Jencks

The Architecture of Hope

Hay Festival 2015, 

The architect introduces the Maggie’s Centres, a revolutionary building project providing new cancer caring centres designed by some of the world’s greatest architects that offer a fresh approach to both architecture and health. Complementary to NHS hospitals, they present an environment that is welcoming, risk-taking, aesthetic and life affirming; and with their commitment to the other arts, including landscape, they bring in the full panoply of constructive means.

Charles Jencks

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William Waldegrave talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

A Different Kind of Weather

Hay Festival 2015, 

A beautifully weighted memoir of political success and failure from the son of an Earl, who after Eton and Oxford found himself in cabinet and at the heart of Margaret Thatcher’s government. Just as his star was in the ascent, Waldegrave became embroiled in a scandal that tarnished his reputation but could not dampen his voracious enthusiasm for the political game.

William Waldegrave talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Emma Dodd

I Love You

Hay Festival 2015, 
Emma won the Booktrust Early Years Award with I Love My Mummy. In this session, celebrating the release of I Love My Granny, Emma reads stories, draws pictures of your pets and family, and helps you to design your own card for someone you love.
3+ years
Emma Dodd

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Heroes: Pilots and Paramedics

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet real-life heroes from the Wales Air Ambulance team and hear their amazing true life stories in this illustrated talk about some of the life-saving rescue operations they have carried out in extraordinary and difficult situations. All the people featured in this session are heroes in their own way. There’s a chance to ask them questions too.
8+ years
Heroes: Pilots and Paramedics

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Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts

Hay Festival 2015, 
Eight books into the bestselling, award-winning, ‘laugh-out-loud’ World of Norm series, life is still totally unfair for poor old Norm! Come and meet Norm’s creator, Jonathan Meres. Hear him say stuff. Ask him anything you like. He might even sing. May contain nuts.
9+ years
Jonathan Meres

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Sounding It Out

A BBC Radio Drama Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Alison Hindell, the BBC’s Head of Audio Drama, in conversation with two leading writers of radio drama. Come for some tips on creating memorable stories and characters out of words and sound.

Not for broadcast.

Photo: Alison Hindell by Mark Bassett

BBC Radio Drama
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Sounding It Out

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John Sergeant

Barging Round Britain

Hay Festival 2015, 

The political commentator and sometime dancer explores the people and places that have forged this national treasure, from the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the leisure explosion on our waterways today. He talks to Mark Skipworth.


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John Sergeant

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Christianne Glossop and Glyn Hewinson

Bovine TB: The Cattle, the Farmers, the Vets and the Badgers

Hay Festival 2015, 

BTB can be harmful to humans and is fatal for cattle. Managing a breakdown can be economically disastrous and extremely stressful for farmers. The campaign to eradicate bTB combines challenging diagnostic science, field-by-field biosecurity, veterinary monitoring and political will. Glossop is Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, and has made the implementation of a comprehensive TB eradication programme her highest priority. Hewinson is a globally respected scientist in the field of TB immunology and diagnostics, who worked on the collaborative project that led to the sequencing of the M Bovis genome. They talk to Peter Florence.

Christianne Glossop and Glyn Hewinson

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Martin Rowson and Jean-Pierre Filiu

After Charlie Hebdo

Hay Festival 2015, 

How do we understand and respond to what happened in Paris on 7 January? What is the nature of ‘respect’ and ‘offence’ for a satirist? The cartoonist and ‘visual journalist’ Martin Rowson discusses with the writer and Professor of Political Science, Jean-Pierre Filiu. Filiu has collaborated with the French graphic artist David B. on two volumes of Best of Enemies – a graphic history of US–Middle East relations. Chaired by Daniel Hahn, chair of the Society of Authors.

Martin Rowson and Jean-Pierre Filiu

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Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant and Beyond

Hay Festival 2015, 
The brilliant series created by Derek Landy has sales to date of five million copies worldwide and left fans heartbroken as it ended with The Dying of the Light. Derek has recently revealed that his next book, Demon Road, will be out later this year and is the first in a YA trilogy of supernatural thrillers. Come along and find out more.
11+ years
Derek Landy

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Helen Peters

The Farm Beneath the Water

Hay Festival 2015, 
Helen Peters is author of The Secret Hen House Theatre and its sequel, The Farm Beneath the Water. As well as sharing the story of how Hannah has to save the family farm with her theatrical talents, she explains how her real-life experiences growing up on a family farm inspire her stories and how she turns the farm itself into a ‘character’ in her novels – with lots of authentic mud-squelching, pig-oinking, and chicken-clucking happening in the background.
7+ years
Helen Peters

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Mairi Kidd

Breaking Down The Barriers

Hay Festival 2015, 
Mairi Kidd is MD of Barrington Stoke, which commissions and publishes a wide range of books intended to help kids ‘crack’ reading. What can be done to help young people who may be dyslexic or appear to be ‘reluctant’ to read? How can we help every child develop a love of reading? Mairi is joined by guest panellists to discuss why our children don’t want to read and what to do about it.
11+ years
Mairi Kidd

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Rob Eastaway

Maths, Magic and Mystery

Hay Festival 2015, 
Rob Eastaway returns with more engaging ways to make maths more fun at home in this lively, interactive session. Entertaining and enlightening for everyone.
7+ years
Rob Eastaway

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Cedric Villani

Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure

Hay Festival 2015, 

The rock-star mathematician takes us on a mesmerising journey as he wrestles with a new theorem that will win him the most coveted prize in mathematics. Along the way he encounters obstacles and setbacks, losses of faith and even brushes with madness. His story is one of courage and partnership, doubt and anxiety, elation and despair. Blending science with history, biography with myth, he conjures up an inimitable cast of characters including the omnipresent Einstein, mad genius Kurt Gödel, and Villani’s personal hero, John Nash. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

Cedric Villani

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Phil Hammond

Staying Alive: How To Get the Best Out of the NHS – Advice From a Doctor

Hay Festival 2015, 

The NHS is our most treasured institution, but even caring doctors have too many patients and too little time, while patients often feel too overwhelmed, embarrassed, intimidated or ill to ask the right questions. Dr Hammond will show you how to get your GP to listen to you and take your symptoms seriously, how to get hold of your patient records so you can ensure they’re correct, how to get a second opinion and, most importantly, how to get better (and in turn help make the NHS better too).

Phil Hammond

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