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Stephen Jay Gould

The Nature Lecture: Dinosaur in A Haystack

Hay Festival 1996, 
Paleontologist, Professor of Zoology and geology, the world's greatest scientific essayist has a fantastic ability to connect the most diverse material and cultural references from Jurassic Park to the Old Testament and Eugenics in a brilliant exploration of the central idea of evolution. Gould's seminal and best-selling books include Wonderful Life, Bully for Brontosaurus and Eight Little Piggies.

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Janet Todd

Mary Wollstonecraft

Hay Festival 2000, 
The inner life of the radical feminst Mary Wollstonecraft, author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women, is vividly displayed in her personal letters. Todd's new biography connects her published works with her letters and discusses the psychological revelations, desires and fears revealed in them.

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Richard Ford, Mavis Gallant, Robert Stone

The New Yorker Short Stories

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Literary Editior of the New Yorker Bill Buford hosts this reading and conversation with three major North American short story writers. Ford's work includes Independence Day, Wildlife, The Sportswriter and The Ultimate Good Luck. Many of Gallant's newly published Collected Stories were originally written for the New Yorker. "She is one of the great short-story writers of our time" - Michael Ondaatje. Robert Stone's Bear and His Daughter is a brilliant collection - "Stone writes like a bird, like an angel. like a circus barker, like a con man, like someone so high on pot that he is scraping his shoes on the stars" - Wallace Stegner

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Steven Pinker en conversación con Juan Diego Vélez

Cartagena 2015, 

Psicólogo experimental y profesor de la Universidad de Harvard, Steven Pinker se ha convertido en uno de los escritores más destacados sobre el lenguaje, la mente y la naturaleza humana a nivel internacional. Ha recibido numerosos premios por sus libros, entre los que destacan, Cómo funciona la mente, El instinto del lenguaje, La tabla rasa y Los ángeles que llevamos dentro. Su último libro, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, está dedicado al arte de escribir bien en nuestros días.

Con el apoyo de The Canada Council for the Arts y Blue Metropolis Festival

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Susannah Gibson

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral? How Eighteenth-Century Science Disrupted the Natural Order

Hay Festival 2016, 

Gibson explains how a study of pond slime could cause people to question the existence of the soul; observation of eggs could make a man doubt that God had created the world; how the discovery of the Venus fly-trap was linked to the French Revolution; and how interpretations of fossils could change our understanding of the Earth’s history. Chaired by Daisy Leitch.

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David Almond

The Tale of Angelino Brown

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Carnegie Medal-winning author of Skellig discusses his new novel for younger readers. Illustrated by Claude creator Alex T Smith, Angelino Brown is the warm and witty tale of a little angel who appears in bus driver Bert’s top pocket and brings joy to everyone’s lives. But some people aren’t so sure, including big bully Basher Malone, who’s out to get him. Delightful storytelling, perfect for fans of the author’s international bestseller, The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas.

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Oliver Bullough, Chibundu Onuzo, Eva Anderson

How to steal a trillion dollars

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Journalist and author Oliver Bullough brings his popular kleptoscope series to Hay to discuss why so much money is stolen from the world's poorest countries, and what we can do about it. Nigerian novelist Onuzu talks about how she put corruption at the heart of her brilliant second novel Welcome to Lagos, and Transparency International's Anderson explains why so much of that stolen money ends up in the UK.

Oliver Bullough, Chibundu Onuzo, Eva Anderson

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Irish Fashion: At Home and Abroad

Kells 2015, 

Eddie Shanahan, Chair of the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, will talk with Sharon Wauchob, Paris-based Irish fashion designer, about the fashion industry here at home and in the international arena.

Irish Fashion: At Home and Abroad

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Rose Tremain talks to Claire Armistead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The novelist (The Colour, Restoration) discusses her glittering story collection The Darkness of Wallis Simpson.

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Shruti Kapila

Cambridge Series 15: India, Empire and the Invention of Terror in the Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2018, 

The lecturer in modern Indian history and global political thought explores the origins of modern anti-terror legislation in India’s struggle for independence and the reverberations today.

Shruti Kapila

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Max Arthur

Churchill - The Life:  An Authorised Pictorial Biography

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Winston Spencer Churchill was never far from the world's attention. Acclaimed historian Max Arthur shares revealing photographs and stories from Churchill’s front-line experiences as a soldier and journalist in India, Sudan and Cuba, to the Boer War and World War I; through to his unparalleled political career and his ‘finest hour’, leading Britain during World War II. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Susan Hill, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Bate, Joanna Trollope

Books & Company

Hay Festival 2000, 
A 'live' edition of the quarterly magazine 'about books, for those who delight in them.' Three contributors, plus the Editor reveal some of the secrets of their bookshelves and share old and new favourite.

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Nir Baram en conversación con Luc de Rooy

Cartagena 2014, 
Nir Baram es un escritor, editor y activista político israelí proveniente de una familia de ministros del partido laborista de Israel. Su primera novela destacada fue The Remaker of Dreams (2006), candidata al Sapir Prize. Ese mismo año, Nir fue uno de los novelistas que lideraron una campaña de alto el fuego durante la segunda guerra del Líbano. Su novela Las buenas personas (Alfaguara, 2013) fue best seller durante cuatro meses, ganó el Prime Minister’s Award en la categoría de literatura en hebreo y fue candidata al Sapir Prize. Su última novela, World Shadow, ha sido libro del año 2013 según Time Out y SofShavua. Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Israel

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David Crystal

The Story of Be: A Verb’s Eye View of the English Language

Hay Festival 2018, 

It's the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb: 'to be'. Yet it is jam-packed with more different meanings, forms and uses than any other English word. As he reveals ‘be's’ multiple incarnations, Prof Crystal takes us to the heart of our flexible and changing language. We meet circumstantial be ("how are you?"), numerical be ("two and two is four"), quotative be ("so I was like, 'wow'"), and ludic be ("oh no he isn't!"), and a whole swarm of other meanings.

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Shirley Collins talks to Stewart Lee

All in the Downs: Reflections on Life, Landscape and Song

Hay Festival 2018, 

A legendary singer, folklorist and music historian, Shirley Collins has been an integral figure in the English folk music scene for more than 60 years. In her autobiography, All in the Downs, Collins tells the story of that lifelong relationship with English folksong – a dedication to artistic integrity that has guided her through the triumphs and tragedies of her life. 

Shirley Collins talks to Stewart Lee

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Ilan Pappe talks to Peter Florence

The Biggest Prison on Earth

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Israeli historian presents his powerful and groundbreaking history of the Occupied Territories. He analyses legal and security structures, political positions and abortive peace attempts, and discusses the possibilities for reconciliation. His other books include The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and Ten Myths About Israel.

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Cesar Mallorquí, Gonzalo Moure y Antonio Orlando Rodríguez en conversación con María Fernanda Paz Castillo

El auge de los betsellers para jóvenes.

Cartagena 2014, 
Vivimos el auge de los bestsellers para jóvenes: nunca antes en español se había publicado semejante cantidad de obras, en su mayoría traducciones de obras anglosajonas, que marcan los gustos y mucho del tiempo libre de nuestros lectores. Algunas de estas obras, además, cuentan con su versión cinematográfica. ¿Qué diferencia un bestseller para jóvenes de una obra literaria? ¿Lo uno y lo otro busca formar algún tipo de lector? La editora María Fernanda Paz Castillo conversará sobre este tema con los escritores españoles Cesar Mallorquí y Gonzalo Moure y el cubano Antonio Orlando Rodríguez. Con el apoyo de Acción Cultural Española

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Pere Estupinyà

Cartagena 2014, 
Además de químico y bioquímico, Pere Estupinyà es escritor y divulgador científico. Español residente en Nueva York, ha trabajado como periodista científico en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT) en Boston, en Institutos Nacionales de la Salud de Estados Unidos y como editor en el programa Redes de TVE. Es autor de El ladrón de cerebros (2010), Rascar donde no pica (2012), S=EX2. La ciencia del sexo (2013) y en la actualidad realiza el blog Apuntes científicos desde el MIT para el diario El País.

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The Cake Café

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Presented by Michell Darmody, owner of the famous Dublin 'Cake Café' and author of the Cake Café cook book.

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Christopher Logue and Craig Raine

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of the greatest contemporary version of the Iliad in War Music, Kings and The Husbands Logue reads from his new volume of Selected Poems - "Modern Poetry at its best" - Dennis Potter, "I am crazy about it" - Henry Miller
Raine reads from Clay. Whereabouts Unknown, poems written whilst he was working on History: The Home Movie. :I cannot think of anyone else writing today whose every line is so unfailingly exciting" - John Carey

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Colin Barrett

Young Skins

Kells 2015, 

Colin Barrett is one of the most compelling and distinctive new Irish voices. His sensational debut collection of short stories is set in Glanbaigh, a small town in rural Ireland. A town in which the youth have the run of the place. Young Skins won the 2014 Rooney Prize, Frank O’Connor Prize and Guardian First Fiction Award. Colin talks to Christine Monk.

Colin Barrett

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Linda Ervine

Kells 2015, 

Linda Ervine of the East Belfast Mission discusses how she brings the Irish language to the unionist population of East Belfast and how she sees the language as a potentially unifying influence and a positive force in Northern Irish society.

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Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

River Cottage Meat

Hay Festival 2004, 
The chef and writer conjures shepherds pie, glazed baked ham, Irish stew, roast grouse with all the trimmings, toad in the hole and oxtail stew, pot au feu, cassoulet, bolito misto, pasticcio, jerked pork, feijoida, cozido, curried goat...

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Martin Rees, Paul Davies, Lee Smolin, Arthur Peacocke

Many Worlds

Hay Festival 2000, 
An exploration of the relationship between the sciences and religious thought with the Astronomer Royal, Professor Sir Martin Rees; the physicist and winner of the Templeton Prize, Paul Davies, author of The Mind of God, Lee Smolin, whose books include The Life of the Cosmos, and Arthur Peacocke, who is a specialist in biological macromolecules.

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Jaideep Prabhu

Cambridge Series 3: Frugal Innovation – How the Globe is Learning to do More (and Better) with Less

Hay Festival 2018, 

More than three billion people in the developing world live outside the formal economy and face unmet needs in areas such as health, education, energy, food and financial services. Meanwhile in the developed world, consumers are becoming both value- and values- conscious. The Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Business and Enterprise at the Judge Business School addresses how frugal innovation – the creation of faster, better and cheaper solutions that employ minimal resources – can help solve some of the big problems of poverty, climate change and inequality that stalk the planet.