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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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Harriet Lamb talks to Rosie Boycott

Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The stirring story of a burgeoning global family, tenaciously pushing big business to trade more fairly with some of the world’s poorest farmers.

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Big Impact

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rob Holt (Ryder Cup 2010) and Dan Epstein (London 2012) discuss their environmental policies and legacy with Greenprint Director Andy Fryers.

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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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Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

Charles Dickens 200

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author presents an intimate portrait of her great-great-great-grandfather. Illustrated with personal memorabilia.

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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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The Writer and the Reader: Who are contemporary African authors writing for?

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize regional winner, Africa Jekwu Anyaegbuna, (Nigeria) 2011 Caine Prize Winner, NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) Caine Prize-nominated Lauri Kubustile (Botswana) and writer Claudette Oduor (Kenya) talk to Kwani Managing Editor and 2012 Commonwealth Short Story Prize judge, Billy Kahora (Kenya).

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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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George Monbiot

How Did We Get Into This Mess?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Monbiot is one of the most vocal and eloquent critics of the current consensus; a vital, countervailing voice. He assesses the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do. He asks: how do we stand up to the powerful when they seem to have all the weapons? And: what can we do to prepare our children for an uncertain future?

George Monbiot

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Suggs

That Close

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of pop music’s most enduring figures talks about his life, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the Eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells us what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park. He talks to Martin Chilton.

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Julie Grigg, Paul Metcalfe, Rachel Giaccone and Steve Williams

Hay & Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2009, 
Our local medics and teachers forging groundbreaking partnerships in maternal health and education with our twinned community in Mali report on their work. They are joined by Gwernyfed students recently returned from their first visit.

* Every pound will buy a mosquito net for a child in Mali

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Ed Balls talks to Joan Bakewell

Speaking Out

Hay Festival 2017, 

The highs and lows of life in and out of politics – from the despatch box to Strictly stage with one of Britain’s most influential and charming political figures. He’s funny, and acute about the madhouse of Parliament. Ed Balls is not currently an MP.

Ed Balls talks to Joan Bakewell

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Martin Jacques

LSE Lecture: When China Rules The World

Hay Festival 2009, 
We have barely begun to understand what life will be like when China rules the world. Martin Jacques explores how we are moving into an era of contested modernity, and how China's re-emergence as a global power will confront the West with the idea that its systems, institutions and values are no longer the only ones on offer. Chaired by BBC World anchor Nik Gowing.
 

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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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John Challis talks to Peter Burden

Being Boycie

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor’s life, as lived to the full by the inimitable Only Fools and Horses star.

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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.

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Daniel Dennett

Intuition Pumps: And Other Tools For Thinking

Hay Festival 2013, 

One of the world’s most original and provocative thinkers offers thinking tools built for the most treacherous subject matter: evolution, meaning, consciousness and free will. Chaired by AC Grayling.

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Màrius Serra in conversation with Hugo Chaparro

Literature as a game or the game of literature

Cartagena 2010, 
A blank page is also a space for playing. Combinations of words and ideas play there. Characters and stories play there. More than a place for order and solemnity, it is a space for subversion and fun. Nothing is more serious than the literary game. Màrius Serra, writer and journalist fascinated by games of words and founder of the project Verbalia, talks to the writer, journalist and film critic Hugo Chaparro.

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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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Suzanne Matheson, William Gibbs and Peter Wakelin

Sites of Inspiration: Tintern Abbey & Llanthony Priory

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two unique exhibitions of world-renowned artworks devoted to Llanthony Priory (at Abergavenny Museum) and Tintern Abbey (at Chepstow Museum) have just opened. Windsor University’s Suzanne Matheson and William Gibbs, of Brecknock Art Trust, discuss the compelling power of these ruins and their landscapes for artists and writers from the C18th onwards. Peter Wakelin, Director of Collections and Research at National Museum of Wales, chairs.

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Philip Wilcocks, Tom MacSweeney, John Gould, Julian Lewis, Christopher Lee and Bil Loth

Island Race

Hay Festival 2011, 
Maritime experts and Navy top brass discuss the most urgent issues around the threat to the marine environment of deepwater drilling, the fisheries crisis, climate change, trade safety and piracy.

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Maarten Asscher, Patrick Neale and Antonio Ramírez

The Future of Bookshops

Segovia 2014, 
The role of bookshops is constantly under scrutiny, but what will actually happen to them in the future? Maarten Asscher, writer and head of Athenaeum, one of Holland’s major bookshops, talks to Patrick Neale, a British independent bookseller and former chairman of the Booksellers Association, and Antonio Ramírez, director of the La Central bookshops.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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James Shapiro talks to Jerry Brotton

Talking About Shakespeare: 1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Samuel Johnson Prize-winning author of 1599 offers an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare’s most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. 1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, is a fraught one for England. Plague returns. There is surprising resistance to the new king’s desire to turn England and Scotland into a united Britain. And fear and uncertainty sweep the land and expose deep divisions in the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot.

James Shapiro talks to Jerry Brotton

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José Luis Pardo en conversación con José Andrés Rojo

Esto no es música. Introducción al malestar en la cultura de masas

Segovia 2008, 
José Luis Pardo, catedrático de Filosofía de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, autor de obras de referencia sobre pensamiento contemporáneo y ganador del Premio Nacional de Ensayo en 2005 por su libro La regla del juego, conversará sobre su último libro Esto no es música. Introducción al malestar en la cultura de masas con el periodista José Andrés Rojo.

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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.

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