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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2014, 

Most of us would like to be happier. Dolan defines this as experiencing more pleasure and/or purpose for longer. He describes how being happier means allocating attention more efficiently; towards those things that bring us pleasure and purpose and away from those that generate pain and pointlessness. Easier said than done, of course, and certainly easier said than thought about. But behavioural science tells us that most of what we do is not so much thought about; rather, it simply comes about. So by clever use of priming, defaults, commitments and social norms, you can become a whole lot happier without actually having to think very hard about it. You will be happier by design.

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Alison Smith

Tate Lecture 2: Watercolours

Hay Festival 2011, 
The curator of the blockbuster Watercolours exhibition explores the medium with illustrations from C12th illuminated manuscripts to the work of Kapoor and Emin. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Jamie Oliver talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2008, 
The chef and gastro-revolutionary talks produce, prep and passion.

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Ann Pettifor and Paul Ellis in conversation with Tony Greenham

Nef Debate 2: What if the Banks Crash Again?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Last time we came within hours of the cash machines running dry. The next crash could be bigger, is there a plan B?

The New Economics Foundation (nef) is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society
 
Further information at www.neweconomics.org/

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Mark Rowlands

Running With The Pack: Thoughts From The Road On Meaning And Mortality

Hay Festival 2013, 

Our memories make us who we are. But what is memory? What is it to remember a person or a place? Author Mark Rowlands grew up not far from Hay-on-Wye, but has lived much of his adult life in America. Returning to a place that is full of memories, he examines the idea of remembering through the medium of two of his books, the international bestseller The Philosopher And The Wolf, and his new book Running With The Pack.

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Melvin Burgess, Lucy Christopher and Anna Perera

Spinebreakers

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join teen legend Melvin Burgess as he discusses controversy, raw realism and gripping narrative with hot new talent Lucy Christopher and Anna Perera in this unique event for teens by teens.

13 years +

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Rowan Williams talks to AN Wilson

Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s reading of the great Russian master asks us to imagine what might be possible if we – characters and readers – saw the world in another light; the light provided by faith.

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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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John Lister-Kaye

At The Water’s Edge: A Personal Quest for Wildness

Hay Festival 2011, 
The nature writer’s close observation of his Scottish home also forges wonderful connections between the most unlikely subjects, from photosynthesis and the energy cycle to Norse mythology, to weasels and perfume and to the over-population of our planet. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
 
Read more about John Lister-Kaye
 

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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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Simon Callow

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
The biography explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language.

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Maryam d'Abo and Hugh Hudson talk with Paul Broks

Rupture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actress suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2007. Her experience inspired a film by her husband, the director of Chariots of Fire, which gives hope to those who are isolated by a condition that is not seen and therefore often misunderstood. They talk to the neuropyschologist and author of Into The Silent Land. Chaired by David Gritten. The film plays several times on Tuesday and Wednesday at Bookshop Cinema in Hay. See also 221, 231, 243, 278, 376 and 434 for screenings.

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John Kampfner, Helena Kennedy, Philippe Sands, Ann Clwyd and David House

The Index on Censorship Platform: The Case of Bradley Manning

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Chief Executive of Index, the Chair of the all-party Human Rights group at Westminster and a panel of leading British lawyers dicsuss Private Bradley Manning, currently being held at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas on 24 charges, including 'aiding the enemy'. They consider the US Government’s reaction to the WikiLeaks scandal and the Rule of Law. They will be joined by David House, regular visitor to Bradley Manning since his detention.

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Zoe Heller talks to John Mullan

The Believers

Hay Festival 2009, 
The superbly entertaining new tragi-comic novel from the author of Notes From a Scandal.

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Simon Baron Cohen

Cambridge Series: Autism

Hay Festival 2010, 
The evolution of empathy: perspectives from autism and psychiatry from the distinguished Professor of Developmental Psychopathology.

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David Trueba with Malcolm Otero Barral

Books and Scripts

Cartagena 2011, 
Writing for a film, writing for a book… there are more and more novelists writing scripts, and scriptwriters books. David Trueba is the author of film scripts like Los peores años de nuestra vida, Dance with the Devil, The Girl of your Dreams and Balseros; as a writer, his novels have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and he was awarded the 2008 Premio Nacional de la Crítica for his novel Learning to Lose. He talks to editor Malcolm Otero Barral about his experiences with both writing processes. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Hannah Critchlow

Cambridge Series 4: Explore Your Mind

Hay Festival 2016, 

Are you willing to venture into the depths of your brain? Dr Critchlow will shock your senses, read your mind and explore how current neuroscience is shaping how we see our lives. Suitable for intrepid adventurers of all ages.

Hannah Critchlow

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Molly Scott Cato and Polly Higgins

Creating A Resilient World

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is it possible to manage resources fairly and equitably? A strong local economy is important to sustainability, but how large is a local economy and how self-reliant can it be? What part does the law play in ensuring a resilient environment for all and preventing exploitation by the few? The Telegraph’s Geoffrey Lean chairs.

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Bjorn Lomborg talks to Rosie Boycott

Smart Solutions to Climate Change: Comparing Costs and Benefits

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Danish economist discusses the likely costs and benefits of a very wide range of policy options, including geo-engineering, mitigation of CO2, methane and 'black carbon', expanding forest, research and development of low-carbon energy and encouraging green technology transfer.
 
More about Bjorn Lomborg's publications on his website

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Daniel Davis

The John Maddox 2018 Lecture: The Beautiful Cure

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author of The Compatibility Gene introduces the revolutionary new science of the immune system with its breakthrough medical cures. He discusses how stress, sleep and ageing affect our health. “As David Attenborough opens our goggling eyes to the natural world without, so Daniel Davis brings us face to face with the stunningly clever and, yes, beautiful world within” – Stephen Fry. Davis is Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester.

Chaired by the Adam Rutherford, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science.

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Tony Robinson

Weird World of Wonders!

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join us for a headlong gallop through time with the Time Team presenter, as he points out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining, smelly and disgusting bits about the Egyptians and Romans. It's history, but not as we know it.
 
9+ years

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John Mitchinson presents

UNBOUND LIVE!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award winning crowd-funded publisher Unbound, launched at Hay last year, celebrates its first birthday with a live event unlike anything else at the festival. Join a panel of Unbound authors competing to win the approval of the crowd to raise funding for their book ideas, in a cross between an election hustings and a literary Dragons’ Den. Featuring super-smart comedian Katy Brand, novelist, TV presenter and Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn, the inimitable Glaswegian Sikh writer, cook and performer, Hardeep Singh Kohli, cult perfomance poet George Chopping, and Australian fashion guru and cancer survivor , Jessica Jones.

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Kate Adie

Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One

Hay Festival 2014, 

The journalist and historian examines the ways in which women’s lives changed during WWI and what the impact has been for women in the hundred years since. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

Kate Adie

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Los últimos días de Trotsky: con Leonardo Padura y Javier Rioyo

seguido de la proyección del documental Asaltar los cielos

Segovia 2009, 
El escritor cubano Leonardo Padura, autor de la celebrada serie de novelas protagonizadas por el investigador Mario Conde, describe su último trabajo, una reconstrucción del asesinato de León Trotsky. Javier Rioyo, escritor, guionista y director de cine, ha dirigido, entre otros, el documental Asaltar los cielos (1996), donde analiza el proceso que culminó con el asesinato del líder comunista.

Conversación seguido de la proyección del documental Asaltar los cielos, 96 minutos

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Mark Watson and Catherine O'Flynn talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: The Comedians

Hay Festival 2011, 
Watson’s Eleven is a tale of love and loss, Scrabble and six degrees of separation. O’Flynn’s Birmingham-set The News Where You Are spins around intimate absences and banal news presences.
 
 
Eleven - Mark Watson