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Julian Clary and David Roberts

The Bolds to the Rescue

Hay Festival 2016, 

The comedian/entertainer/writer and award-winning illustrator introduce you to their latest book, a brand new adventure about a family of hyenas living in an ordinary suburban street.  An unmissable event packed with wildly hilarious readings in Julian’s unique style, together with live drawing from David.

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Jeanette Winterson

The 2016 Raymond Williams Lecture – Shakespeare 400

Hay Festival 2016, 

The novelist and essayist celebrates the work and gift of the playwright. Her latest novel The Gap of Time is a retelling of The Winter’s Tale. “A book of considerable beauty…a fine invitation into this deeply Shakespearean vision of imagination as the best kind of truth-telling” – Rowan Williams, New Statesman.

Jeanette Winterson

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Mark Price talks to Kamal Ahmed

UK PLC

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Minister of State for Trade and Investment discusses Britain’s economic and business relationship with the European Union. He looks west at TTIP and east to China and India to see what the future might hold for Britain inside or outside the Union. Price was formerly MD of Waitrose, Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, and Deputy Chairman of Channel 4. Ahmed is the BBC’s Economics Editor.

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Alun Gibbard and Phil Bennett

The Scarlets

Hay Festival 2016, 

Llanelli is one of the world’s greatest rugby towns, and home to one of the most loved and followed teams, The Scarlets. The broadcaster and journalist, whose other books include Who Beat the All Blacks?, yarns the best tales and traditions of the club with one of its most favoured sons, the legendary fly-half Phil Bennett. They talk to Dai Smith. A safe bet that stories will be told of 31 October 1972, when the final scoreboard famously read: Llanelli 9 Seland Newydd 3. There may be singing. #sosbanfach

Alun Gibbard and Phil Bennett

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Sophie Thompson

Zoo Boy

Hay Festival 2016, 

The actress and winner of Celebrity MasterChef in 2014 discusses her first book for children.  A wonderfully inventive story of a boy who finds he can talk to animals, Zoo Boy takes a fresh and funny look at animals and how we treat them.

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Marcia Williams

Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays

Hay Festival 2016, 

Marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, the cartoonist and children’s author will bring the Bard’s work vividly to life. Come up on stage and help Marcia re-enact The Tempest, using masks, props and plenty of drama.

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Niall Ferguson

Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968

Hay Festival 2016, 

No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed by some as the ‘indispensable man’, whose advice has been sought by every president from John F Kennedy to George W Bush, he has also attracted immense hostility from critics who have cast him as an amoral Machiavellian – the ultimate, cold-blooded ‘realist’. In his first volume of biography, the historian examines Kissinger’s early life (as a Jew in Hitler’s Germany, a poor immigrant in New York, a GI at the Battle of the Bulge, an interrogator of Nazis, and a student of history at Harvard) to understand his debt to the philosophy of idealism. By tracing his rise, fall and revival as an adviser to Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon, Ferguson assesses Kissinger’s contribution to the theory of diplomacy, grand strategy and nuclear deterrence.

Niall Ferguson

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Bryony Gordon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Mad Girl

Hay Festival 2016, 

On the surface it seems that Bryony Gordon has the perfect life. One of the UK’s most successful journalists, she is married to a man she loves with a two-year-old daughter she adores. Yet things inside Bryony’s head are never as straightforward as they seem. Is it possible that she’s murdered someone and can’t remember? Why did her hair fall out when she was a teenager? Is she capable of hurting her daughter? Has she mysteriously contracted an STD? Why is she always so fat? For while Bryony does have a life many would envy, she is also engaged in a daily battle with mental illness. Fighting with OCD, bulimia and depression, like millions of others in this country, sometimes she finds it a struggle just to get out of bed.

Bryony Gordon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Oliver Taplin and Tim Whitmarsh

Talking about Sophocles

Hay Festival 2016, 

Sophocles stands as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, and one of the most influential on artists and thinkers over the centuries. Taplin has translated the four great tragedies in which he portrays the extremes of human suffering and emotion. Oedipus the King follows Oedipus, the “man of sorrow”, who has unwittingly chosen to enact his prophesied course by murdering his father and marrying his mother. In Aias, the great warrior confronts the harrowing humiliation inflicted upon him, while Philoctetes sees a once-noble hero nursing his resentment after ten years of marooned isolation. In Oedipus at Colonus the blind Oedipus, who has wandered far and wide as a beggar, finally meets his mysterious death. The great classicist, Oliver Taplin discusses the plays with Tim Whitmarsh, AG Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University. 

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Holly Bridge, Helen Rowe, Amelie Saintonge

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2016, 

From brain imaging and epigenetics to galaxy formation and astronomy, three Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science with author and broadcaster Gabrielle Walker.

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Catherine Fletcher

The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de Medici

Hay Festival 2016, 

Swansea University Series

From dazzling palaces and Tuscan villas to the treacherous backstreets of Florence and the corridors of papal power, the story of Alessandro’s spectacular rise, magnificent reign and violent demise takes us deep beneath the surface of power in Renaissance Italy – a glamorous but deadly realm of spies, betrayal and vendetta, illicit sex and fabulous displays of wealth, where the colour of one’s skin meant little but the strength of one’s allegiances meant everything. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Catherine Fletcher

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Anuradha Roy talks to Georgina Godwin

Sleeping on Jupiter

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Indian author of the award-winning Folded Earth discusses her work and her new novel Sleeping on Jupiter, a masterpiece. In awarding the novel the DSC South Asian Literature Prize, Mark Tully said “The setting is described faithfully and evocatively. Among the issues raised are the power of memory and myth, religious hypocrisy, sexuality, abuse and other forms of violence. The novel contains powerful portraits of both major and minor characters. We believe this book will be a source of inspiration to other writers.”

Anuradha Roy talks to Georgina Godwin

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Miriam Moss and Jon Walter

Survival Tactics

Hay Festival 2016, 

Miriam was on a plane that was hijacked in the Middle East when she was 15 and flying without her parents, and Jon survived the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Join them for a discussion on turning fact into fiction.

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Gillian Tett talks to Nik Gowing

The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything in its Place Isn’t Such a Bright Idea

Hay Festival 2016, 

Ever since civilised society began, we have felt the need to classify, categorise and specialise. It can make things more efficient, and help give the leaders of any organisation a sense of confidence that they have the right people focusing on the right tasks. But it can also be catastrophic, leading to tunnel vision and tribalism. Most importantly it can create a structural fog, with the full picture of where an organisation is heading hidden from view.  Tett uses an anthropological lens to explore how individuals, teams and whole organisations often work in silos of thought, process and product. With examples drawn from a range of fascinating areas – from the New York Fire Department and Facebook to the Bank of England and Sony – these narratives illustrate not just how foolishly people can behave when they are mastered by silos but also how the brightest institutions and individuals can master them. Tett is US Managing Editor of the FT.

Gillian Tett talks to Nik Gowing

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Fred Taylor

Exploring the Planets

Hay Festival 2016, 

For 50 years, and from research labs to Cape Canaveral, from Space agencies to Downing Street, Fred Taylor has been at the forefront of the technological adventure of the Space Age. Instruments and experiments he helped imagine and build have travelled into Deep Space and surveyed the Solar System. He is now Halley Professor of Physics Emeritus at Oxford.

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Peter Johnson, Linda Bauld and Fred Scott

40 Years of Advances: how research has changed the face of cancer prevention, detection and treatment

Hay Festival 2016, 

Cancer Research UK Series

Unprecedented scientific and technological advances over the past 40 years have helped double the rate of cancer survival. Our expert panel will analyse some of the pivotal discoveries and research projects that have shaped our understanding of cancer and led to revolutionary new treatments. Find out what today’s lab work could mean for future generations. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Peter Johnson, Linda Bauld and Fred Scott

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Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee talk to Peter Florence and Alice Key

Caspar Lee: the Book

Hay Festival 2016, 

YouTube sensation Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee discuss the power of social media and life at the heart of it, including details about their now-famous mother/son relationship. Join them in conversation with the Hay Festival Director.

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Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Larry Sanders, Niall Ferguson and Serena Kutchinsky

The Newsweek Debate: Is this the most unusual American Presidential election in history?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Just a year ago, the US Presidential race looked set to be a dull affair, dominated by two political dynasties – another Bush versus another Clinton. Now, the stage is set for one of the most unusual, and unsettling, electoral battles in American history. After Obama’s campaign of hope, we have Donald Trump’s scaremongering bid to become the Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton’s scandal-tinged final stab at the Democratic nomination. Is this really the best that the nation that calls itself the ‘world’s greatest democracy’ can do? And if the answer is yes, is it time to start looking for an alternative political system better suited to the social media age? Newsweek will dissect the chain of events that has led us here and speculate on what the future might hold for the next Commander in Chief. Joining Digital Editor, Serena Kutchinsky, will be Larry Sanders, the academic and Green Party Health Spokesperson, who is the older brother of the US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Sarah Churchwell,Professor of the Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professorial Fellow in American Literature, IES School of Advanced Study, University of London, Harvard Professor and author of Kissinger, Niall Ferguson, and Jan Halper Hayes, the Worldwide Vice President and Chairman UK of Republicans Overseas.

Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Larry Sanders, Niall Ferguson and Serena Kutchinsky

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George Monbiot

How Did We Get Into This Mess?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Monbiot is one of the most vocal and eloquent critics of the current consensus; a vital, countervailing voice. He assesses the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do. He asks: how do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? And: what can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future?

George Monbiot

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Jancis Robinson

The Oxford Companion To Wine

Hay Festival 2016, 

Now revised for its fourth edition, Jancis Robinson’s wine book has achieved legendary status, winning every major wine writing award, because it’s properly authoritative and utterly captivating. She talks about and tastes a selection of wines provided by Tanners of Hereford.

Jancis Robinson

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Giles Yeo

Cambridge Series 19: Are Your Genes to Blame When Your Jeans Don’t Fit?

Hay Festival 2016, 

We become fat because we eat too much. Why some eat more than others, however, is powerfully genetically controlled. The Director of Genomics/Transcriptomics at Cambridge explores some of these genes and observes: “Many genes have been identified that increase our risk of becoming obese and most of these function in the brain to influence food intake. Obese people find it hard to lose weight not because they are bad and lazy, but because they are fighting their biology.”

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Amy Liptrot talks to Rosie Boycott

The Outrun

Hay Festival 2016, 

After a hedonistic decade in London that has descended into alcoholism, Amy returns to her native Orkney, where her childhood was shaped by the cycle of the seasons, birth and death on the farm, and her father’s mental illness. Spending early mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, the days tracking Orkney’s wildlife – puffins nesting on sea stacks, arctic terns swooping close enough to feel their wings – and nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy slowly makes the journey towards recovery from addiction. The Outrun is shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

Amy Liptrot talks to Rosie Boycott

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Simon Schama

Talking About Shakespeare: This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm, This England

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historian was set alight by Shakespeare’s muse of fire when he first saw Henry V as a child. He examines Shakespeare’s making of the myths of England. He hymns the Histories, the kings and the commoners, the band of brothers, and the spirit of Shakespeare’s greatest knight, Sir John Falstaff.

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Rachael Jolley, David Aaronovitch, Laura Bates, Nikesh Shukla

The Index Platform: What’s Offensive?

Hay Festival 2016, 

What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer? Rachael Jolley is the editor of Index. David Aaronovitch writes for The Times. Laura Bates is Founder of the Everyday Sexism project. Nikesh Shukla is a novelist and editor of The Good Immigrant anthology to be published in September.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg and Munira Mirza talk to Bronwen Maddox

The Prospect Platform: The Case for Brexit

Hay Festival 2016, 

Two of the smartest OUT-ers make the case for leaving the EU. Rees-Mogg is Conservative MP for North-East Somerset and Mirza is London’s Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture. They are questioned by the editor of Prospect magazine.

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