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Molly Scott Cato and Brian Davey talk to Jane Davidson

Social Justice and Climate Change

Hay Festival 2012, 
Climate change has the greatest impact on people and places facing poverty. But there are real opportunities to develop policies and practices to narrow the gap.

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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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Maureen Lipman

I Must Collect Myself

Hay Festival 2011, 
The writer and actress entertains with some of her Choice Cuts From a Long Shelf-Life.

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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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Peter Guest

Cardiff Series 1: The Lost City of the Legion

Hay Festival 2011, 
Find out about what has been uncovered at Caerleon from one the archaeologists investigating Isca’s ancient remains, how the discoveries were made, and why so many people have been inspired to explore one of Roman Britain’s most iconic sites for themselves.

Read more about Peter Guest and Caerleon at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11288684

For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival

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Julian Orbach talks to Simon Jenkins

Gwynedd: Pevsner Buildings of Wales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The architectural survey examines the treasures of north-west Wales.

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Philip Kerr

Prayer

Winter Weekend 2013, 

This stand-alone novel allows Kerr, author of the Bernie Gunther thrillers, the freedom to send his imagination into some very peculiar places. Who else could make a cracking thriller out of the current debate between religion and atheism? In conversation with author and broadcaster Phil Rickman.

Philip Kerr

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Vanessa Redgrave talks to Philippe Sands

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

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The Google Platform: Ory Okolloh, Dr Christian Turner and John Kampfner

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
Google’s head of Policy and Government Relations, Africa and the Freedom of Expression advocate discuss the cultural and social transformative power of the internet and new technologies. They are joined by Dr Christian Turner, former Director of the Middle East and North Africa in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Dr Turner is now British High Commissioner to Kenya.

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Rick Wakeman talks to Phil Rickman

Grumpy Old Rock Star

Hay Festival 2009, 
The legendary Yes keyboard player is one of the great rock storytellers.

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Simon Baron-Cohen

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture: Autism and Minds Wired For Science

Hay Festival 2017, 

Autism and scientific talent are linked. Scientists have more autistic traits, mathematicians have higher rates of autism and people with autism score higher on ‘systemising’. So is autism a ‘disease’ or ‘disorder’ or is the framework of ‘neurodiversity’ a more humane and accurate lens through which to view autism?

The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human.  Baron-Cohen is a judge of the 2017 prize and Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge.

Simon Baron-Cohen

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Ian Jones

Cardiff Series 4 - Motherhood and the Mind

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Perinatal Psychiatrist analyses the link between mental illness and childbirth. The connection is long established in many cultures, with suicide a leading cause of maternal death. Understanding the link between childbirth and severe psychiatric episodes will bring enormous benefits for women who suffer, and may help us understand more about the causes of mood disorders more generally.
 
In association with Cardiff University

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Linda Grant talks to David Aaronovitch

We Had It So Good

Hay Festival 2011, 
This is a great novel from the Orange Prize-winner; a chronicle of the baby-boomer generation that stands with the best of Roth and Lessing.We Had it So Good - Linda Grant

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Peter Stead, Richard Marsden and Guto Harri talk to Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 1 – History

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this first of six conversations about Heroes and Villains the team ask does Welsh history need its heroes and villains? If so, who are they and why do they matter?
 
In association with The Western Mail

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Matt Whyman and James Dawson

FRIGHTFEST

Hay Festival 2014, 

In The Savages and sequel American Savage, Matt Whyman introduces readers to a family with VERY particular eating habits, while in Say Her Name, James Dawson dares to summon Bloody Mary from beyond the grave. Find out how to be funny and scary at the same time.
12+ years (YA)

Matt Whyman and James Dawson

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Robert Macfarlane

Cambridge Series 3 - The Old Ways

Hay Festival 2012, 
Macfarlane sets off to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drovers’ roads and seas paths that form part of a vast network of routes criss-crossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to continents beyond.
 

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Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Louise O’Neill and Non Pratt

Love Hurts

Hay Festival 2015, 

An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. Four fabulous writers range over many topics that concern their readers, including love. Love Hurts is a new collection of writing, edited by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, to which James and Non have both contributed. They are joined by the winner of the inaugural YA Book Prize, Louise O’Neill in what promises to be a lively conversation chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust. 

12+ years/YA
Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Louise O’Neill and Non Pratt

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Grahame Davies talks to Merryl Wyn Davies

The Dragon and the Crescent

Hay Festival 2011, 
Nine centuries of contact between Wales and Islam. Chaired by the Director of the Muslim Institute.

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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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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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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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Andy McNab talks to Paul Blezard

Bravo Two Zero At Twenty

Hay Festival 2013, 

On the 20th anniversary of publication of his iconic tale of disaster and endurance in the first Iraq War, the Special Forces veteran revisits the story with new material.

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Anthony King

The Blunders of Our Governments

Hay Festival 2014, 

There are a handful of cock-ups that we remember all too well, from the Poll Tax to the Millennium Dome. However, the list is longer than most of us realize and it is growing. King explains why the British political system is quite so prone to appalling mistakes. Chaired by Martin Chilton.

Anthony King

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Rose Tremain talks to John Mullan

The British Council Series 4; Fictions – Merivel

Hay Festival 2013, 

The novelist brings back her hero of Restoration: Robert Merivel, physician and courtier to Charles II, loved for his gift to turn sorrow into laughter, now faces the agitations and anxieties of middle age.

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Evan Davis

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It

Hay Festival 2017, 

Low-level dishonesty is rife everywhere, in the form of exaggeration, selective use of facts, economy with the truth, careful drafting - from Trump and the Brexit debate to companies that tell us, ‘your call is important to us’. How did we get to a place where bullshit is not just rife but apparently so effective that it's become the communications strategy of our times?

Evan Davis