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Malise Ruthven, Zia Sarder, Stuart Sim, Peter Tatchell

Fundamentalist World

Hay Festival 2004, 
Ruthven's Fundamentalism examines a broad spectrum of radical conservatives and ideological purists, finding 'family resemblances' between different fundamentalist movements, especially in terms of national identity and gender. Sardar is co-author of Why Do People hate America?  Sim is the author of Fundamentalist World: The New Dark Age of Dogma. Tatchell is a gay and human rights campaigner.

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The Future of the Independent

Dhaka 2014, 
With Penguin Randon House now having formed the biggest publishing company in the world, and Amazon starting a publishing venture, what is the future of the Indie press, and of publishing in general? Featuring Naveen Kishore, Carolyn Kellogand Olivia Smith. Chaired by Dwight Garner.

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Debi Gliori

Deep Water

Hay Festival 2005, 
A few days before it's official release, Debi previews the fifth in the Pure Dead series, Deep Water: a dragon struggling with the Atkins diet and a tarantula trying to teach her daughters the rudiments of mascara; both contained in a recipe that could only have been cooked up in the Gliori-cauldron. 
(Age 9-11)

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Bill Sutherland

Cambridge Series 7: Rethinking Decision-making in a Post-truth World

Hay Festival 2019, 

Sutherland, who holds the Miriam Rothschild Chair in Conservation Biology at the Department of Zoology, Cambridge University, will describe attempts to make global evidence available to all, to improve the effectiveness of experts and to change attitudes toward the use of evidence. 

Bill Sutherland

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Danijela Zunec Brandt, Marina Mansilla, Rosa Lynas and David Woollcombe

Rescue Mission: Planet Earth 25

Hay Festival 2019, 

The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro produced a document called Agenda 21, a blueprint for saving Planet Earth. For the next two years, thousands of children and young people from almost 100 countries worked together in an extraordinary effort to design, write and illustrate a youth version of Agenda 21, called Rescue Mission Planet Earth. Twenty-five years later, we discuss the impacts, legacy and future of the actions undertaken and the key people involved. Rescue Mission editor Danijela Zunec Brandt, Global Optimism’s Marina Mansilla, local school strike organiser, Rosa Lynas and Peace Child International’s David Woollcombe talk to Andy Fryers.

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Simon Singh, Richard Wiseman

Theatre of Science

Hay Festival 2003, 
BAFTA- and Emmy-award winning scientists present their science comedy show. Singh presents his risk show 'What are the Chances of that Happening?' Can maths help us to live longer, predict the future and beat the dealer? Take a free bet and perhaps win a drink. Psychologist and magician, Wiseman exposes the psychology behind the illusion, with demonstrations, mind games and audience participation in his 'lecture' Mental Trickery.

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Egypt and Beyond

Dhaka 2013, 
Ahdaf Soueif and William Sieghart on this hot topic and more, moderated by Zafar Sobhan.

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Mark Steel and Arthur Smith

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hay Festival 2002, 
Glorious stand-up from the acute and radical comedian. 'A man with a passionate desire to communicate his ideas, who is also very funny' (The Guardian). Compèred by the uniquely talented and frankly gorgeous Arthur Smith.

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Mark Tully

India in Slow Motion

Hay Festival 2003, 
From Hindu extremism to child labour, Sufi mysticism to the crisis in agriculture, and from the persistance of political corruption to the problem of Kashmir, the legendary broadcaster challenges the preconceptions others have about India, as well as those India has about itself.

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Caricatura política. Xavier Bonilla “Bonil” y José Hernández en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Querétaro 2016, 

Humor, ironía y política, ¿pueden ir en la misma frase? Para analizar la caricatura política reunimos al caricaturista Bonil (Ecuador), galardonado con premios como el World Language Contest, y al caricaturista e ilustrador José Hernández (México), uno de los fundadores de la revista satírica El Chamuco, caricaturista diario en el periódico La Jornada y autor de la novela gráfica Che: una vida revolucionaria. En conversación con Diego Rabasa, editor y escritor.

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Olivia Judson

Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation

Hay Festival 2003, 
'Dear Dr Tatiana, I'm a queen bee and I'm worried. All my lovers leave their genitals inside me and then drop dead. Is this normal? Perplexed in Cloverhill.' 'Dear Dr Tatiana, My son cuts a fine figure of a manatee and I'm very proud of him. But there's one problem. He keeps kissing other males. What can I do to straighten him out? Don't want no homo in the Florida Keys.' Find out at the Dr Tatiana show! 'Dr Tatiana knows how the other half loves and it's much kinkier than anybody imagined.' (Matt Ridley). The evolutionary biologist's book is longlisted for the Smuel Johnson Prize.

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Andrew Parker

Seven Deadly Colours: The Genius of Nature's Palette and How it Eluded Darwin

Hay Festival 2005, 
The eye's 'perfection' was the one problem Darwin could not resolve with his theory of evolution by natural selection. Parker sorts him out showing how colour has affected flora and fauna in different environments across the globe.

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Fiona Maine

Cambridge Series 14: Beyond Words – Exploring the Magic of Visual Texts

Hay Festival 2019, 

What is the potential of complex, ambiguous, wordless picture books and short films as springboards for children’s critical and creative discussions about the world and how we live together in it? Fiona Maine is a lecturer in literacy education at Cambridge University.

Fiona Maine

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The Story of Tracy Beaker

Hay Festival 2003, 
Jane Dauncy, Elly Brewer and Mary Morris are the brians behind the incredibly successful CBBC adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson's book. Come and hear all about it. From choosing the book, the problems in extending story lines and characters for TV, to the practicalities of script-writing.

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Joann Fletcher and Stephen Buckley

The Search for Nefertiti

Hay Festival 2005, 
Egyptologists recount their quest to positively identify the mummy of the enigmatic Pharaoh and to understand her world.

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Rana Dasgupta

Cities

Dhaka 2014, 
From his first book of short stories, Tokyo Cancelled, to his latest book, Capital, Rana Dasgupta has long been preoccupied with the metropolis. He talks to Javed Jahangir and Somnath Batabyal about capitals, globalization, and big money. Chaired by K Anis Ahmed.

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Jordi Montero in conversation with Hassan Nassar

Cartagena 2018, 

For the Spanish neurologist, Jordi Montero, who in 2017 published the book Permiso para quejarse, what is behind chronic pain is emotion. We do not take into consideration our own culture when we have physical pain treated, nor do we listen to our own bodies. From a rigorous and optimistic point of view, this doctor has helped us to understand ourselves as humans and our reality, based on neurology and the relationship between the brain and pain. He will talk about these matters with the intellectual and Minister of Health and Social Protection. He will talk with journalist Hassan Nassar.

Jordi Montero in conversation with Hassan Nassar

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Henry Chapman

Climate Change and Wetland Archaeology

Hay Festival 2019, 

Historically often considered as worthless morasses, peat bogs cover three per cent of the world’s land surface. They are unique records of history and today they are recognised as beautiful habitats providing environmental benefits from biodiversity to climate regulation. However, they are threatened by drainage, land reclamation for agriculture and peat cutting for fuel, which has significantly reduced the extent and condition of these ecosystems on a global scale. Transforming the management of wetland, peatland and waterlogged sites is crucial. Henry Chapman is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Birmingham and is a regular guest on archaeological programmes including C4’s Time Team.

Henry Chapman

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Mary Loudon and Sameer Rahim talk to Olivia Cole

Fiction: First Novels

Hay Festival 2019, 

A conversation with two very experienced and acclaimed writers venturing for the first time into fiction. Loudon’s My House is Falling Down is a vivid and compelling novel about a modern love triangle that asks some provocative questions: what happens when you tell the whole truth in marriage? Is it still infidelity if nobody lies? Can you really love two people at once? Rahim’s Asghar and Zahra is a funny, sympathetic and very human novel about the first year of a marriage, and the difficulties of reconciling the sometimes conflicting demands of family, religion and society. 

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Roy Strong

The Elizabethan Image: An Introduction to English Portraiture, 1558–1603

Hay Festival 2019, 

The historian presents a lavish introduction to the Elizabethan aesthetic. Beginning with the great portrait of the Queen in grand procession with her Garter Knights, Strong explores chivalry, the changing structure of society, the complexities of imagery and heraldic symbols, and the richness of the Elizabethan imagination. Significantly, these paintings were personal commissions by private individuals and not for public viewing, so they speak volumes about the people who commissioned, painted and saw them. Strong was Director of the National Portrait Gallery 1967–1973 and of the Victoria & Albert Museum 1974–1984.

Roy Strong

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Terry Pratchett

Hay Festival 2003, 
The brilliantly inventive creator of Discworld has recently been writing 'childrens literature'. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents won the 2001 Carnegie Medal and his new The Wee Free Men looks set for similar acclaim.

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Daily Star Books

Dhaka 2013, 
Sharbari Ahmed and Farah Ghuznavi discuss their short story anthologies, The Oceans of Mrs Nagai, and Fragments of Riversong. Moderated by Samit Basu.

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Nell Leyshon en conversación con Pura López Colomé

Xalapa 2014, 
Nell Leyshon es una novelista y dramaturga inglesa. En este evento nos presenta Del color de la leche, una historia que recrea con belleza trágica un microcosmos apabullante. Su primera novela, Black Dirt, fue candidata al premio Orange de ficción y preseleccionada para el premio Commonwealth. Ha sido la primera mujer en escribir una obra (Bedlam) para el Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Con el apoyo del British Council
Nell Leyshon en conversación con Pura López Colomé

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Robin Blake

George Stubbs

Hay Festival 2005, 
The life and work of the great eighteenth-century artist-scientist and author of The Anatomy of the Horse.

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Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore

Hay Festival 2005, 
The two Steves are renowned for their fantastic, funny and iteractive events. Their irreverent approach to history, film and culture makes for brilliant entertainment in books such as Star Bores: May the Farce be with You, Stone Me (a retelling of Greek Mythology where Medusa features as the supply teacher from Hell) and the best-selling Tales of the Dark Forest series.
(Age 8-11)