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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.
 
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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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Fiona Watt

The Rosalind Franklin Lecture: The Promise Of Stem Cells To Treat Human Disease

Hay Festival 2013, 

There has been an explosion of interest in stem cells within the scientific and medical communities and also among politicians, pharmaceutical companies, ethicists and religious groups. They may have great potential to treat diseases that cannot be cured with current medicines. But how realistic are those expectations? Chaired by Brenda Maddox.

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Henning Mankell and Ahdaf Soueif talk to Jon Snow

Palfest

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Swedish author accompanied the Egyptian novelist to her literary festival in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Henning Mankell and Ahdaf Soueif talk to Jon Snow

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Jane Davidson, George Marshall, Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe

Can We Change the World With Imagination?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Can climate fiction ever change minds, or does it merely confirm existing attitudes in the mind of the reader who chooses to read a book of that nature? Are more climate-related books aimed at children because their enquiring minds are supposed to be more open? Author and founder of Climate Outreach Information Network George Marshall talks to INSPIRE’s Jane Davidson, and authors Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe.

Jane Davidson, George Marshall, Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe

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VS Naipaul

The London Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Nobel Laureate, author of A House for Mr Biswas, The Enigma of Arrival, A Bend in the River and The Masque of Africa charts his development as a writer and his relationship with his family in his Letters Between a Father and a Son. Chaired by Alexander Waugh.

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Question Time For Young Adult Fiction Fans

Hay Festival 2013, 

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, is joined by Malorie Blackman, Melvin Burgess and Hayley Long to ask and answer all the big questions about YA.

Jonathan Douglas leads a provocative discussion around the idea of whether there are certain books that teenagers ought to read, and certain books they ought not to. He is joined by Melvin Burgess, whose multiple-award-winning novel JUNK is the seminal novel of teen addition and a modern classic. Melvin continues to attract both praise and blame with each new work, most recently The Hit.

Malorie Blackman tackles big themes in her fiction but often from an unexpected viewpoint as with the phenomenally successful Noughts & Crosses series and more recently Boys Don't Cry, a story of teenage fatherhood. Her new novel, Noble Conflict, will be published shortly.

Hayley Long, whose novel What's Up With Jody Barton has readers questioning their assumptions and their attitudes about gender, relationships and sexuality.

13+ years

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Dannie Abse talks to Dai Smith

Goodbye Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great Welsh and Jewish poet and doctor discusses his remarkable autobiography.

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Christopher Cocksworth, Robert Hughes, Richard Harries, Angel F. Montoya, David Bentley Hart and Thomas Reynolds chaired by Jane Williams

The Michael Ramsey Prize

Hay Festival 2011, 
The theologian discusses the books shortlisted for this year’s Michael Ramsey Prize with the shortlisted authors. The books by those present are: Holding Together, Beloved Dust, The Re-enchantment of Morality, The Theology of FoodAtheist Delusions and Vulnerable Communion.

Full details at www.michaelramseyprize.org.uk

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Sebastian Faulks

Birdsong

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist revisits his classic Great War novel, first published in 1993. He describes the genesis, research and resonance of the book. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

Sebastian Faulks

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Philip Pullman

The Hay Library Platform

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist discusses his essay collection Dæmon Voices and his novel La Belle Sauvage with Daniel Hahn.

Philip Pullman

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Lewis Pugh

21 Yaks and a Speedo

Hay Festival 2014, 
What does it feel like to stand on the edge of the sea ice at the North Pole in nothing more than a Speedo swimming costume? What kind of man dives into that freezing ocean and swims a full kilometre? And why? The intrepid environmentalist, endurance swimmer and inspirational UN Patron of the Oceans has swum as far north and as far south as a body can get, as well as on the earth's highest mountain. He's learned a few things about the extremes of human nature, and our fragile blue planet, along the way. Chaired by Paul Blezard.
Lewis Pugh

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Hala Jaber, Zena el Khalil and Conor Foley talk to Adam Boulton

Tabletalk: Risk

Hay Festival 2009, 
The authors of The Flying Carpet to Baghdad, Beirut I Love You and The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War discuss extremity, intervention and survival.

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Lionel Shriver talks to George Alagiah

Talking Books: The Mandibles: A Family, 2029 - 2047

Hay Festival 2016, 

The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk about Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as an extreme fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. This is a frightening, fascinating, scabrously funny glimpse into the decline that may await the United States all too soon.

Lionel Shriver talks to George Alagiah

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Ruth Brooks

A Slow Passion

Hay Festival 2013, 

When BBC Radio 4’s Material World announced a search for the UK’s top amateur scientist, the winning experiment involved one of our humblest garden pests. Ruth Brooks asked the question: Do snails have a homing instinct? The Telegraph’s Louise Gray chairs.

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Conor Woodman

Unfair Trade

Hay Festival 2012, 
The broadcaster and former City analyst looks at how Big Business Exploits the World’s Poor – and why it doesn’t have to.

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Christopher Paolini

Inheritance

Hay Festival 2012, 
It began with Eragon...it ends with Inheritance. Join this phenomenal author as he brings the cycle to a breathtaking conclusion.
 
10+ years

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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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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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Jasper Fforde, Cressida Cowell, Patrick Ness and Jenny Valentine

Writers' Question Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join some of the nation’s best writers for a unique opportunity to quiz them on all things writerly. The entire session will be run by you, the audience, so come prepared with lots of questions!

9 years–adult

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Colin Humphreys

Cambridge Series 1: The Mystery of The Last Supper

Hay Festival 2011, 
Reconciling conflicting Gospel accounts and scientific evidence, the distinguished Cambridge physicist reveals the exact date of the Last Supper in a definitive new timeline of Holy Week.

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys CBE FREng is Professor of Materials Science and Director of Research in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He founded and directs the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride. This Centre is developing energy-efficient lighting which is so efficient it will enable the UK to close (or not build) eight power stations. He is also researching a new way to purify water in the developing (and developed) world, which will save millions of lives, and to kill hospital superbugs. 

He founded and directs the Cambridge/Rolls-Royce Centre for Aerospace Materials, which is developing next generation materials for Rolls-Royce jet engines to make them more energy efficient. He is involved in the public understanding of science, and has given public lectures on science throughout the world. He frequently appears on TV, radio and in the national and international press. He has received many national and international medals for his research. He has been the President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. On 24 June, 2010 he became the Master of the Armourers and Brasiers’ Company in London. 

In addition, he is interested in dating and reconstructing ancient historical events, particularly events recorded in the Bible. His latest book is The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus.

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Steve Vaughan

Cardiff Series 3 - Size Matters - Responsible Innovation and New Technologies

Hay Festival 2012, 
We can now blur the borders not only of scientific disciplines but also of what might constitute life. Nanotechnology promises better, more effective medicines, and a revolution in materials. But the risks are only partly known and, with our current scientific expertise, only partly knowable. How should we regulate the introduction of nanomaterials to the market?
 

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David Buckland, Marcus Brigstocke and Antony Gormley

Cape Farewell

Hay Festival 2009, 
The director of the organisation that inspires a cultural response to climate change is joined by two of his collaborators in the high Arctic.

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Simon Baker & Taryn Simon

Tate Lecture 1: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Tate’s new Photography Curator discusses and shows work from the new exhibition with the featured artist Taryn Simon.

For further details of the exhibition at Tate Modern see www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/tarynsimon/

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Charles Freeman

A New History of Early Christianity

Hay Festival 2010, 
From marginal beginnings in Judea Christianity grew into a global, state-sanctioned religion, as vibrant and incredibly diverse movements were brought into orthodox order at the cost of intellectual and spiritual vitality