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Mike Berners-Lee talks to Rosie Boycott

There is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years

Hay Festival 2019, 

What is most pressing, what are the knock-on effects of our actions and what should we do first? Do we all need to become vegetarian? How can we fly in a low-carbon world? Should we frack? How can we take control of technology? Does it all come down to population? And, given the global nature of the challenges we now face, what on Earth can any of us do? Fortunately, the environmental thinker and writer has crunched the numbers and plotted a course of action that is practical and even enjoyable. 

Mike Berners-Lee talks to Rosie Boycott

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Angelina Sanderson-Bellamy

Food Certifications – Are They Worth the Paper They are Written on? - Cardiff University Series 4

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are all familiar with an array of certificates found on our food: Rainforest Alliance, Marine Stewardship Council, Fairtrade, Organic etc.  This certification is meant to reassure us that food is produced in a more ecologically friendly way or improves animal welfare. But does it? Come and join an interactive session that will help formulate better understanding and communication. Sanderson-Bellamy is a Research Associate at the Sustainable Places Research Institute.

Angelina Sanderson-Bellamy

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Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew

Gaspard the Fox

Hay Festival 2018, 

This is a charming and humorous picture-book celebrating urban foxes and their relationship with the humans and animals with whom they share the city. Hear about them from the BBC broadcaster and author, and learn how to draw one with the illustrator. Book signing includes a paw-print from Gaspard.

3+

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Tom Moorhouse

The River Singers

Hay Festival 2015, 
Research ecologist Tom Moorhouse demonstrates how he translated his ecological expertise into two children’s stories about water voles. He describes the lives of water voles and the dangers they face. He shows you why stories involving animals are special, and what you need to think about if you ever want to write your own.
7+ years
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Beast Quest

Hay Festival 2017, 

Practise your battle cries and meet the good wizard Aduro as he talks beasts, spells and adventures. Listen to tales of new beasts, watch as he casts amazing spells, and then gather all your courage to help summon Nanook, the snow monster… A fun, interactive event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Beast Quest with a sneak peek of Adam Blade’s new series, Team Hero.

9+

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Danny Dorling and Sally Tomlinson

Rule Britannia! Brexit and the End of Empire

Hay Festival 2019, 

Dorling and Tomlinson argue that the 2016 vote to leave the EU was the last gasp of the old empire working its way out of the British psyche. In this wide-ranging and exacting analysis, they argue that if Britain can reconcile itself to a new beginning, there is the chance to carve out a new identity. Rule Britannia is a call to leave behind the jingoistic ignorance of the past and build a fairer Britain, eradicating the inequality that blights our society and embracing our true strengths. Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor in geography at the University of Oxford. Tomlinson is Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths University and Honorary Fellow of the Education Department at Oxford. 

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Rodric Braithwaite – The Rotblat Lecture 2018

Managing Confrontation: Lessons from the Cold War

Hay Festival 2018, 

The diplomat and historian examines the nuclear confrontation between the Soviet Union and the West during the Cold War, and the lessons  for managing our difficulties with Russia today. Braithwaite was ambassador in Moscow at the time of the Soviet collapse, and then the Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser and chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee. His books include Across the Moscow River (2002), Moscow 1941 (2006), Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan (2011) and Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation (2017). Chaired by Nik Gowing, author of Thinking the Unthinkable: A New Imperative for Leadership in the Digital Age.

Rodric Braithwaite – The Rotblat Lecture 2018

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Gemma Cairney and Jenny Valentine

Ask Us Anything

Hay Festival 2018, 

The authors of Open Your Heart and Finding Violet Park, both teen ambassadors, will explore how important it is to talk, with expert advice from Hay Festival Youth Council members Gemma Elgar and Ceri-Anne Gatehouse. Gemma, Jenny, Gemma and Ceri-Anne will be here to discuss everything from self-expression to how to love your body, your friends and your family, with help and advice for times when things feel like they are going wrong.

14+

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Nick Sharratt

You Choose in Space

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the illustrator and author on an intergalactic adventure as he celebrates his fabulous new picture-book You Choose in Space.  He will be doing lots of drawing, playing Space-themed games and you can help him invent some brand new Space creatures. Fancy dress encouraged – astronauts and Space monsters are most welcome.

3+

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Howard Jacobson, Caroline Gascoigne

The Mighty Walzer

Hay Festival 2000, 
Jacobson's self-laceriating humour finds it's perfect vehicle in this brilliant novel about ping-pong and the swag trade in the 1950s. It does for Manchester whatr Alfie did for London. He talks to The Sunday Times literary editor.

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Deirdre Sullivan

Nightmare Club Workshop

Kells 2015, 

Deirdre Sullivan is a ghost-writer for the Nightmare Club series. Deirdre will conduct a workshop for readers, involving spooky collaborative storytelling and getting the children to help finish a Nightmare Club story that she’s working on.

8+ years
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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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Steve Edwards

The Man who Drowned the Meadows: Rowland Vaughan, 1558-1627

Hay Festival 2016, 

The story of Rowland Vaughan and his waterworks provides an insight both into an eager and imaginative but rather litigious family man and into his understanding of the benefits of irrigating farmland and managing floodwater. Such thinking was very new at the end of the Elizabethan era. The extensive field work carried out by the Golden Valley Study Group shows in great detail the traces of Vaughan’s meticulous design for his water management system in the Golden Valley in Herefordshire, still clearly discernible in the landscape today – the very gradual gradients, the gentle curves of the spreader channels, the capacity to set water flowing either up or down the main channel (the Trench Royal) as required, and the groundworks in the meadows themselves.

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Cátedra Interamericana Carlos Fuentes

Xalapa 2012, 
Homenaje a Carlos Fuentes y a la novela latinoamericana. Adolfo Castañón, Alberto Manguel, Sergio Pitol y Santiago Gamboa, presentado por Rodolfo Mendoza
 
Xalapa recuerda al escritor mexicano más universal con una charla en la que estarán presentes varios de sus amigos y de sus colegas.
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Norman Davies

The TLS Lecture: The Isles

Hay Festival 2000, 
Davies charts the history of the nations of Britain and our defining relationships with the continenet of Europe covering 10 millennia, from Chedder Man to Tony Blair. It's an immense work of history, encyclopedic and proactively argued.

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Nicola Pierce

City of Fate

Kells 2014, 

Nicola Pierce is author of the bestselling Spirit of the Titanic. Her latest novel is City of Fate. Aimed at nine-year-olds and upwards, the novel is set during the battle of Stalingrad, when the Russians managed to hold off the forces of Nazi Germany against all odds. Nicola will discuss how she researched and wrote the book, using photographs to show how the most important battle of World War II was fought and won.

9+ years

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Stories of WWI

Hay Festival 2014, 
Three writers discuss war in literature, fact and fiction. Photojournalist Jenny Matthews captures the impact war has on children and their families in her new book, Children Growing Up With War; Sarah Ridley is the author of Dear Jelly, a book inspired by real wartime letters home; much of award-winning author Bernard Ashley’s fiction is set in times of conflict. They join editor and writer Tony Bradman for a stimulating conversation based on a new anthology, Stories of World War 1.
11+ years
Stories of WWI

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The Orange Prize Winners Live from Hay

Hay Festival 2000, 
The first of two sessions featuring readings of new work by the four previous winners of the Orange Prize For Fiction, Anne Michaels, Helen Dunmore, Carol Shields and Suzanne Berne. The readings will be broadcast during the week on Radio 4, prior to the 2000 award on 6 June.

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Bob Wilcher, Jeremy Hooker and Elizabeth Siberry

Henry Vaughan and the Usk Valley

Hay Festival 2016, 

The metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan is much anthologized – “I saw Eternity the other night”, “They are all gone into the world of light’; but it is not so well known that he was a native of the Usk valley, and that it is the light on the river and hills of Brecknockshire that shines through his poetry. Inspired by George Herbert, his work interweaves the natural and the spiritual world. Three Vaughan scholars celebrate his work and sense of place.

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Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Never Evers

Hay Festival 2016, 

Tom Ellen, journalist, and Lucy Ivison, school librarian, discuss how they created Never Evers, the sequel to Lobsters. Are two writers better than one when it comes to having great ideas? Does their experience of having been at sixth form together help when they are writing about Mouse and Jack and the great disaster of the school ski-ing trip?

12+

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Deirdre Sullivan

Workshop for Teen Readers

Kells 2015, 

The creator of the ‘Prim’ trilogy (Prim Improper, Improper Order and Primperfect). The first and third of the novels were shortlisted for the Children’s Books Ireland Awards. Deirdre was also the only young adult author shortlisted for the EU Prize for Literature in 2015.

Deirdre Sullivan

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Patrick Barkham

The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of our Emperors and Admirals

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly. He witnesses a swarming invasion of Painted Ladies, experiences the curse of the Purple Emperor, makes a euphoric sighting of an exceedingly rare migrant and as summer draws to a close, suffers from butterfly burnout.

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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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Matt Spangler

Kells 2015, 

A masterclass on theatrical adaptation from Matt Spangler, award-winning American playwright and writer of the stage adaptation of the best-selling novel The Kite Runner.

Matt Spangler

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Helen Dunmore

Hay Festival 1997, 
Helen Dunmore won the first Orange Prize for A Spell of Winter. She reads from her short story collection Love of Fat Men, a wonderful exploration of family, love, sex danger and loss. Introduced and chaired by Terence Blacker.