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Cressida Cowell

How To Train Your Dragon

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join the bestselling author-illustrator of the wildly popular How To Train Your Dragon series. Take behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of the new book Cressida is writing, learn some Dragonese and get the scoop on seeing book characters brought to life for the big screen.
7+ years
Cressida Cowell

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Maleiha Malik

Now and Then

Hay Festival 2010, 
The lawyer and academic explores Anti-Muslim Prejudice in the West – Past and Present.
Maleiha Malik

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Martin Rees

The Limits of Science

Hay Festival 2012, 
Ethics and prudence set limits to how our scientific knowledge can be applied. And there are constraints on the amount of research we can afford. But are there some aspects of the universe, or of life, that we’ll never understand because they’re beyond human brains and that must await post-human intellects?
 

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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead

Hay Festival 2010, 
Horrid Henry is everyone’s favourite naughty little boy! Join Francesca Simon as she talks about her latest books starring Horrid Henry, Moody Margaret and Perfect Peter and be one of the first children in the country to hear a brand new Horrid Henry story.
6–9 years

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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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Jane Davidson AM

Sustainable Development Charter

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing launches the Welsh Assembly Government’s charter to encourage organisations in Wales to put sustainable development at the heart of their operations. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Nick Clegg talks to Matthew d’Ancona

Politics: Between the Extremes

Hay Festival 2017, 

The former Deputy Prime Minister lifts the lid on the workings and failings of the 2010--2015 coalition government, analyses the 2017 European electoral cycle, and assesses the opportunities for the liberal centre ground of politics.

Nick Clegg talks to Matthew d’Ancona

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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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Serena Sutcliffe en conversación con Montserrat Domínguez

Segovia 2009, 
Serena Sutcliffe, Master of Wine y experta en vinos españoles, conversará con la periodista Montserrat Domínguez. Presentado por Silvia Clemente Municio, Consejera de Agricultura y Ganadería de la Junta de Castilla y León.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Gerald Scarfe

Monsters

Hay Festival 2009, 
The savage satirist celebrates 50 years of his political cartoons.

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Mark Borkowski and Marina Hyde talk to Paul Blezard

Hype and Glory

Hay Festival 2009, 
PR Guru and author of The Fame Formula: How Hollywood’s Fixers, Fakers and Star Makers Created the Celebrity Industry meets superstar columnist, author of Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy.

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Alan McGee talks to Dylan Jones

Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label

Hay Festival 2014, 

The charismatic Glaswegian co-founded the Creation label at the age of 23 and brought us acts like My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and, of course, Primal Scream. In Manchester the label leapt into the big time with Screamadelica and then went global with Oasis.

Alan McGee talks to Dylan Jones

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Ben Law talks to Andy Fryers

Green Architecture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The increasing costs of resources and knowledge about their use and impacts have led to dramatic improvements in sustainable building. The Grand Designs specialist eco-builder in conversation with the Hay on Earth Director.

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Steve Jones

Is Evolution Over?

Hay Festival 2008, 
After Darwin, Utopia evolved. From Eden to Erewhon, society changed but people stayed much the same. The geneticist argues that the agents of evolution have lost their power and that—whatever happens to society— humans are stuck with what we are.

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Katharine Hamnett and Dilys Williams

Just Fashion

Hay Festival 2014, 

Iconic British designer and ‘Queen of Green’ Katharine Hamnett CBE is joined by Dilys Williams, Director of London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion to discuss the future of sustainability in fashion as well as offer their insights on final garments created by students during the week-long ‘Just Workshop’. Led by designers Alis Smith and Jessica Mor, the Just Workshop is held in collaboration with the Environmental Justice Foundation and Levi Strauss & Co. to provide a unique opportunity for 12 students to create ethical and sustainable garments during this five-day workshop at Hay Festival.

FREE BUT TICKETED

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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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Stephanie Flanders

Stephanomics

Hay Festival 2013, 

From Fiscal Cliffs to Triple Dips and Cypriot banks, the BBC Economics Editor explains everything you ever wanted to know about economics but were afraid to ask.

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Jeffery Deaver talks to Stephanie Merritt

Carte Blanche

Hay Festival 2011, 
The superstar American thriller-writer launches his contemporary James Bond novel, and discusses his relationship with Ian Fleming and his iconic hero.

Read a biography of Jeffery Deaver
Carte Blanche - Jeffery Deaver

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Ian Edginton & Ian Culbard

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Hay Festival 2010, 
Staggeringly good graphic novel version of the Sherlock Holmes classic written by Conan Doyle just over the Wye at Baskerville Hall in Clyro.

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Mary Ginsberg

The Art Of Influence: Asian Propaganda

Hay Festival 2013, 

Where the majority of a population is illiterate, art is the most effective way to communicate the message. The curator of the new BritishMuseum show examines propaganda ‘art’ as political communication, social cohesion and absolute control.

 

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Philip Pullman, Marina Warner and Jack Zipes

Tales of Wonder, Magic, Resistance and Hope

Hay Festival 2018, 

"Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of humanity through metaphor."

This is one of many challenging and thought-provoking observations made over a long career by Jack Zipes, one of the most eminent scholars of folklore, fairy tales and children’s literature, whose 80th birthday was celebrated last year. It identifies not only one of the key characteristics of ‘wonder tales’ but also proposes a much wider audience and more important function for such tales than is often recognised.

Joining Jack to discuss the past, present and future of the ‘wonder tale’ is Philip Pullman, one of the foremost writers of speculative fiction and author of Clockwork, the His Dark Materials trilogy, La Belle Sauvage and Daemon Voices; and Marina Warner, novelist, short story writer, mythographer, scholar and author of Stranger Magic, Fly Away Home, Once Upon A Time and Forms of Enchantment. Chaired by Hamish Fyfe.

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Gore Vidal talks to Adam Boulton

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary American wit, novelist and politico.

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Bridget Kendall talks to Oliver Bullough

A Very Diplomatic Correspondent

Hay Festival 2016, 

Unshackled now from her role as the BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent, the doyenne of international journalism talks about her thirty years as a foreign correspondent. She covered the fall of the Soviet Union from Moscow and the heydays and dogdays of the Clinton administration from Washington. A fluent Russian speaker, she has become the authority on the rise and rule of Vladimir Putin and the re-emergence of Russia as a superpower. She will be Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge from July.

Bridget Kendall talks to Oliver Bullough

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George Johnson

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Hay Festival 2008, 
George Johnson introduces his brilliant and clear understanding of the scientific revolutions that changed our world.

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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2011, 
The star behind Lost and Found and The Heart and the Bottle gives us a rare insight into his unique illustrative style.
 
12+ years
The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers