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Katya Rogatchevskaia

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy and Myths

Hay Festival 2017, 

100 years on, as Russia again fills the headlines, an intriguing insight into a world shocked and changed forever. The British Library curator introduces the most resonant exhibits from their Russian collection -- from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda and Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Katya Rogatchevskaia

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Simon Murray and Friends

The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping – Show and Tell

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is this for? And how do I clean it? The National Trust’s Director of Curatorship and his team of expert conservator colleagues display and demonstrate some of the most wonderful and eccentric household items from their collections. They’ll offer advice on anything you’d like to bring along.

Simon Murray and Friends

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Kate Evans

Harmony for Elephants

Hay Festival 2017, 

Elephants are ecosystem shapers. By knocking down trees and opening up bushy areas, they can increase the amount of grass available to other herbivores in the system. They move across vast distances, using distinct pathways that also offer easy travel routes to other species. Elephants can  act as seed dispersers, facilitating the growth of many woody species by depositing seeds in their faeces. In this illustrated introduction, the zoologist and founder of the Botswana conservation project Elephants for Africa explores the conservation and study of elephants in their natural eco-systems.

Kate Evans

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Miriam González Durántez

Reformations 1: The EU

Hay Festival 2017, 

In this first of the Festival's flagship 30th anniversary project sessions, the Spanish international trade lawyer re-imagines the European Union. González Durántez was previously the Middle East Adviser to the External Relations Commissioner in the European Union, having started her career as a trade negotiator at the World Trade Organisation. Chaired by Matthew d’Ancona.

Miriam González Durántez

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Ben Russell

The Rise of the Robots

Hay Festival 2017, 

The lead curator of the Science Museum’s blockbuster show explores this very human obsession to recreate ourselves, revealing the remarkable 500-year story of humanoid robots.

Ben Russell

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Rosie Harding

Why We All Have a Duty of Care About Dementia

Hay Festival 2017, 

We need a fundamental re-appraisal of how we resource and regulate care for people with dementia. Harding, Professor of Law and Society, exposes the everyday problems generated by the uneven implementation of the legal frameworks and the chronic underfunding of social care. She examines the everyday relationships between family, carers and those for whom they care.

Rosie Harding

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James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

The Art of Dining

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the exquisite craftsmanship and elegance of silverware and porcelain in a tour of social history with National Trust experts James Rothwell, author of Silver for Entertaining and Patricia Ferguson author of Ceramics: 400 Years of British Collecting in 100 Masterpieces Chaired by Simon Murray.

James Rothwell and Patricia Ferguson

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Filip Springer

History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town

Hay Festival 2017, 

Lying at the crucible of Central Europe, the Silesian village of Kupferberg suffered the violence of the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, and World War I. After Stalin’s post-World War II redrawing of Poland’s borders, Kupferberg became Miedzianka, a town settled by displaced persons from all over Poland and a new centre of the Eastern Bloc’s uranium-mining industry. Decades of neglect and environmental degradation led to the town being declared uninhabitable, and the population was evacuated. Today, it exists only in ruins, with barely a hundred people living on the unstable ground above its collapsing mines. The journalist and photographer tells its story.

Filip Springer

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Stephen D King

Grave New World

Hay Festival 2017, 

The economist offers a controversial look at the end of globalisation and what it means for prosperity, peace, and the global economic order. King is HSBC’s Chief Economic Adviser and a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He talks to the BBC’s Rajan Datar.

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Sarah Woods, Bill McGuire and Andrew Simms

There was a Knock at the Door – can modern folk tales help to understand these troubling times?

Hay Festival 2017, 

‘Strange’ is the new ‘normal’ for global events. Throughout history, folk tales emerged to help us come to terms with extreme events. With the world as it is today, might stories make better sense of things than news reports? Artist and playwright Sarah Woods is joined by Andrew Simms, editor of a new collection of tales There was a Knock at the Door, and Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at UCL and author of Waking the Giant.

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Antony Feltham-White and Claire Worden, chaired by Bella Bathurst

Talking About It

Hay Festival 2017, 

What do we do when the going gets roughest, and what on earth can we say? Rev LT Col Feltham-White is an army chaplain who has dealt with the full psychological cost of war both on the frontline and behind it. Worden is a farmer and campaigner whose father made an attempt on his life after the family farm had to be sold. With wisdom, humour and insight, they talk about when and how to listen.

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Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Cartes Postales from Greece

Hay Festival 2017, 

The beloved, bestselling author’s new novel is illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind. Hislop’s other Greek novels include The Island and The Thread.

Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Ahdaf Soueif talks to George Alagiah

BBC Talking Books 1: This is Not a Border

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Egyptian novelist discusses her writing and her heroic Palfest festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with an anthology This Is Not a Border: Reportage and Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature. Soueif’s fiction includes In The Eye of the Sun and The Map of Love. Her non-fiction work includes Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

Ahdaf Soueif talks to George Alagiah

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Amanda Owen

A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Hay Festival 2017, 

The best-selling author describes the age-old cycle of a farming year and the constant challenges of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, nine children and 1,000 sheep. Chaired by Oliver Balch, author of Under the Tump.

Amanda Owen

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Julia Donaldson

The Everywhere Bear

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Julia Donaldson and friends in this unique show jam-packed with songs and readings from seven of her fabulous stories including The Everywhere Bear and The Gruffalo.

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Science Museum

Super High-tech Robot Show

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ever wondered how robots work, what they do and why we even have them? Join the Science Museum as they take you on an amazing interactive journey into the world of robots. Discover how we program them, how they’re engineered and which is better – robot technology or human biology. This exciting and engaging science show features incredible live robot demonstrations and experiments that will blow your circuits.

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Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff

Traitor to the Throne and Nanodel

Hay Festival 2017, 

Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff have both recently completed their second titles in powerful trilogies set in richly imagined worlds. Join the authors as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating whole new worlds and the people who live in them. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Chris Edge

Hay Festival 2017, 
How amazing would it be to have a dad whose an astronaut? Rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake’s dad is orbiting the earth in the International Space Station… until his mission goes wrong, and it’s up to Jamie, and the alien civilisation in his phone, to rescue him! Join author Christopher Edge to explore the real-life science behind his hilarious and heart-warming books The Jamie Drake Equation and the Many Worlds of Albie Bright.
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Horatio Clare

Myths & Legends of the Brecon Beacons

Hay Festival 2017, 

Discover the magic and myths hidden in the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons. Find Arthur and his knights sleeping away the decades in a cave, and go on the search for the White Lady of Tretower Court with the award-winning author of Down To The Sea In Ships, The Prince’s Pen and Orison for a Curlew. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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Theresa Marteau

Cambridge Series: The Force is Not With You

Hay Festival 2017, 

Many of us would like to lead healthier lives, so what stops us? The Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit explains why risk information doesn’t change our unhealthy behaviour. Chaired by Hugh Muir.

Theresa Marteau

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Cory Doctorow and Adam Rutherford

Life: A Dialogue

Hay Festival 2017, 

How and why do we survive, and what makes us unique? A conversation between a novelist and a scientist exploring the worlds they inhabit in Doctorow’s superb new speculative fiction Walkaway and Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes.

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Fiona McFarlane talks to Dai Smith

The 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under, as Fiona McFarlane, 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize winner talks to Dai Smith, Chair of the judges. The shortlist for this year’s prize is: Anuk Arudpragasm The Story of a Brief Marriage; Alys Conran Pigeon; Luke Kennard Cain; Fiona McFarlane The High Places; Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent; Callan Wink Dog Run Moon: Stories.

Fiona McFarlane talks to Dai Smith

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Dick Vs Dom

Hay Festival 2017, 
Dick and Dom are coming back to Hay, and will be having a riot on stage with their new show Dick vs Dom where
they split the crowd in half and everyone play games against one another in the audience and on stage. It’s either that or everyone will just sit in silence and have 45 mins quiet reading time together...
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Dick Vs Dom

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William Grill and Katherine Rundell

The Wolves of Currumpaw and The Wolf Wilder

Hay Festival 2017, 

Wolves are the stuff of children’s fiction. Join award-winning illustrator William Grill and author Katherine Rundell as they discuss their respective books and the enduring fictional appeal of wolves. The Wolves of Currumpaw is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Non-Fiction Award. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, director of National Literacy Trust

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Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Invention is at the heart of the adventures of Rosie Revere, Ada Twist and Iggy Peck. Andrea

Beaty’s stories of engineer Rosie, scientist Ada and architect Iggy show that anyone can be whatever they want to be if they are curious and apply themselves.

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