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Edward Docx and Rahul Bhattacharya talk to Anita Sethi

Fictions: Hearts of Darkness

Hay Festival 2011, 
Docx's scientist finds extremes of love and horror deep in the South American jungle in his novel The Devil's Garden. In Bhattacharya's The Sly Company of People Who Care an Indian journalist ventures into the dark rainforest interior of Guyana.
The Devil's Garden - Edward Docx

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Daniel M Davis

The Compatibility Gene

Hay Festival 2014, 

We each possess a similar set of around 25,000 human genes. Yet a tiny, distinctive cluster of these genes plays a disproportionately large part in how our bodies work. The immunologist argues that these few genes hold the key to who we are as individuals and our relationship to the world: how we combat disease; how our brains are wired; how attractive we are; even how likely we are to reproduce. Chaired by Liz Hunt.

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Simon Schama and teachers

Our Children, Our History

Hay Festival 2013, 

What kind of past is it that Michael Gove’s proposed history curriculum offers to schoolchildren and their teachers? Can it be taught? Should it be taught? And what are the consequences for our national culture and identity? The historian leads the conversation and welcomes contributions from primary and secondary school teachers.

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Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence

An Historian's Alphabet

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian, foodie, art critic, groover and broadcaster improvises on 26 subjects A–Z in conversation with Peter Florence.
Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence

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Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

Most Talked About YA Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet the authors of three of the most talked-about Young Adult novels of 2015, Read Me Like a BookThe Art of Being Normal and This is Not a Love Story. For anyone who struggles with what they feel is expected of them by family, school and society, these books will be a breath of fresh air. Relationships, identity and gender are explored in a discussion about the challenges and rewards of writing for a YA audience.
12+ years/YA
Liz Kessler, Lisa Williamson and Keren David

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Andrea Levy talks to Claire Armitstead

The Long Song

Hay Festival 2010, 
The new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of Small Island. ‘As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed.’
Andrea Levy talks to Claire Armitstead

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Michael Mansfield

Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer

Hay Festival 2010, 
The motivations, preparations and cross-examinations of a campaigning barrister whose cases have included the Birmingham Six, the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, Stephen Lawrence and Jean Charles de Menezes. Chaired by John Harris.
Michael Mansfield

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Susan Blackmore

Ten Zen Questions

Hay Festival 2010, 
Consciousness, memory and identity are explored through the mutual disciplines of zen practice and scientific theory.

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Andrew Marr

The Making of Modern Britain

Hay Festival 2010, 
History resonates with bankers, sleaze, sex and heroism From Queen Victoria to VE Day.

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Peter Schneider en conversación con Manuel Rodríguez Rivero

Mayo del 68

Segovia 2008, 
Peter Schneider, escritor aleman de la novela de culto Lenz, libro que dió voz al desencanto surgido tras la revolución de mayo del ’68, y autor de novelas que reflejan el destino de esa generación, hablará sobre su obra, sobre mayo del ’68 y sus experiencias como organizador del movimiento estudiantil en Berlín con el crítico cultural Manuel Rodríguez Rivero.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del alemán al español.

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David Crystal

Spell It Out: The Singular Story Of English Spelling

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is there an ‘h’ in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press, and his Flemish employees are to blame. Without a dictionary or style guide to hand in C15th Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign ears, and it stuck. The linguistics prof unearths the stories behind the rogue words that confound us, in an epic journey taking in C6th monks, French and Latin upstarts, the Industrial Revolution and the internet.

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Ian Kershaw

The End – Hitler’s Germany, 1944-45

Hay Festival 2012, 
What made Germany keep fighting when defeat was inevitable? In the end the regime had to be stamped out town by town with a level of brutality almost without precedent. The historian raises the most profound questions about the nature of the Second World War, about the Third Reich and about how ordinary people behave in extreme circumstances.

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Charlie Higson talks to Jonathan Douglas

Young Bond

Hay Festival 2008, 
To celebrate the centenary of Bond’s originator, Charlie Higson discusses recreating the superspy for a young audience.

Hay Fever 9 yrs +

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Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Hits Hollywood

Hay Festival 2010, 
Fresh from the bright lights of LA the writer of the superb How To Train Your Dragon series talks Toothless, trouble and Tennant. Includes film clips.
 
Family event
 
See the Blog for more details.  Cressida is also taking part in Oxfam Bookfest.

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Deborah Doane (World Development Movement) and Mike Verdin (Agrimoney)

Greenprint Forum: Bread and Circuses

Hay Festival 2011, 
With the steady abolition of regulations on commodity markets during the mid-1990s, food staples such as wheat, cocoa, sugar, meat and coffee are all now global commodities. Has this freedom to speculate in food prices enabled new investment into traditional agriculture, or has it led to unsustainable food price spikes which have little or no bearing on the real cost of food? Chaired by Geoffrey Lean.

Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change. Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.

To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office.

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Franny Armstrong talks to Mark Lynas

Age of Stupid

Hay Festival 2009, 
The director of the hugely successful Climate Change movie discusses clips and the making of the film.

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Eric Hobsbawm talks to Tristram Hunt

How To Change The World: Tales of Marx and Marxism

Hay Festival 2011, 
As the free market reaches its extreme limits in the economic and environmental fallout, a reassessment of capitalism’s most vigorous and eloquent enemy has never been more timely.

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Antony Worrall Thompson, John Vidal, Steve Trent and Jeremy Ryland Langley

Save the Sea

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Environmental Justice Team take on pirate fishing.

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Yasmina Khadra en conversación con Ignacio Cembrero

Segovia 2009, 
Mohammed Moulessehoul, el escritor argelino afincado en Francia, escribe bajo el seudónimo de Yasmina Khadra. Hablará con el periodista y escritor Ignacio Cembrero sobre su último libro, Lo que el día debe a la noche, el fundamentalismo religioso y su vinculación con el debate intelectual en Francia.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del francés al español

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Vanessa Redgrave talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2011, 
A conversation with the actress and campaigner.

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Charles Moore talks to Damian Barr

Margaret Thatcher

Hay Festival 2014, 

Moore’s first volume covers the Prime Minister’s early life and her political journey to power, drawing on unrestricted access to unpublished material. It is hailed as a masterpiece of biography. He talks with the author of the fabulous, award-winning memoir Maggie and Me.

 

Charles Moore talks to Damian Barr

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Lily Cole and WWF

Lily Cole’s Amazon Adventure: Q&A

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sky Rainforest Rescue ambassador Lily Cole features in a short film about her journey to the Brazilian Amazon to explore how people are making a sustainable income living from the rainforest. Join Lily to hear how she is supporting Sky and WWF to help protect 1 billion trees in the Amazon rainforest. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

 

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Oliver James

Love Bombing: Reset Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat

Hay Festival 2013, 

Love Bombing is the psychologist’s very simple technique, which helps most children from three years to early teenage. Because so many parents have periods of living very busy or miserable or complicated lives, most of us need to reconnect with our children from time to time. Love Bombing does the job. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Razia Iqbal, Godfrey Smith, DW Wilson and guests

Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2013

Hay Festival 2013, 

We are delighted to host the announcement of the winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize and Commonwealth Short Story Prize, which will be presented by John le Carré. Judges Godfrey Smith, author of prize-winning biography George Price: A Life Revealedand Canadian short story writer DW Wilson will talk about the process of judging, and the winning writers will be in conversation with Razia Iqbal.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Jung Chang talks to Rosie Boycott

Wild Swans, 25 years on

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author and biographer of Mao revisits the family history she wrote 25 years ago, and looks at the changes in China over that quarter century.