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David Hurn and John Fuller

Writing The Picture

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Magnum photographer and the poet discuss their unique collaboration. From warm portraits of rural Wales to a drug addict shooting up in London, from a raucous hen night to a moving suite of images of the aftermath of the Aberfan disaster, photographer and poet respond to all aspects of life.

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Patricia Fara

The Cambridge 800 Series: Science – A Four Thousand Year History

Hay Festival 2009, 
When did science begin? Who did science? How does science change?

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Anthony Horowitz

The Power of Five: Necropolis

Hay Festival 2009, 
Action, adventure and ancient evil – join this stellar author to hear all about the fourth Power of Five and get the inside take on his forthcoming graphic novels and ‘Alex Rider 8’. 

10–16 years

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Andrew Marr

The Diamond Queen

Hay Festival 2012, 
The journalist celebrates the monarch’s jubilee, looking at her relationships with Prime Ministers, the Commonwealth, the media and her people.

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Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams

What is Consciousness?

Hay Festival 2018, 

A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans? Are we all simply machines? Do we have free will? Can we invoke an enhanced collective consciousness? Bringing together findings from science and insights from religion they unpick what it means to be conscious. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientists for her work in communication and author of Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert book, which will be launched at Hay. 

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David Starkey

Henry – Virtuous Prince

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian reappraises the early life of the English monarchy’s most enduring and radical icon.

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Gerald Scarfe

Monsters

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

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Lovers

Kells 2013, 

Shakespeare is the inventor of the comedy of wooing and wiving; his idea of the lover has more in common with Justin Bieber than with Mr Darcy. What can we learn from the example of Shakespeare’s boy lovers? Shakespeare’s notions may be closer to female fantasy than we think.

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Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall

Second-Hand Time

Hay Festival 2016, 

The 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate talks about Russia and the USSR. Her Nobel citation was for “her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

“I don’t ask people about socialism, I ask about love, jealousy, childhood, old age. Music, dances, hairstyles. The myriad sundry details of a vanished way of life. This is the only way to chase the catastrophe into the framework of the mundane and attempt to tell a story. Try to figure things out. It never ceases to amaze me how interesting ordinary, everyday life is. There are an endless number of human truths... History’s sole concern is the facts; emotions are out of its realm of interest. It’s considered improper to admit feelings into history. I look at the world as a writer, not strictly an historian. I am fascinated by people…”

This event will be conducted in Russian, with consecutive translation

Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall

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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

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Heather Brooke, AC Grayling, John Mitchinson, Martin Rees, Rory Stewart

5x15

Hay Festival 2010, 
In a specially convened Hay outing for the London short lecture series, a star cast deliver five provocative and inspirational essays. The expenses scandal investigative hero Heather Brooke asks Is There Hope for Politics?; philosopher AC Grayling talks about Walking With Hazlitt; dazzlingly witty QI writer John Mitchinson introduces the QI Book of the Dead; Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, President of the Royal Society and this year's BBC Reith Lecturer wonders at What We Still Don't Know; and Rory Stewart – writer, diplomat , former Director of the Kennedy School, at Harvard and newly elected MP for Penrith talks about The Rhetoric of War in the Twenty-first Century. Introduced by Daisy Leitch.

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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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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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Cherie Booth

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Matrix Chambers QC specialising in Employment and Human Rights lectures on Women’s Equality: Making your way in a man’s world. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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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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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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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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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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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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Michael O’Brien talks to Duncan Campbell

The Death of Justice

Hay Festival 2009, 
O’Brien’s murder conviction was overturned after he’d spent 11 years in prison. He is now a vociferous campaigner against miscarriages of justice.

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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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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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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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Ramita Navai

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran

Hay Festival 2014, 

Far removed from the picture of Tehran that we glimpse in news stories, there is another hidden city where survival depends on an intricate network of lies and falsehoods. It is a place where Mullahs visit prostitutes, cosmetic surgeons restore girls’ virginity and homemade porn is bought and sold in the bazaars. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Ramita Navai

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Howard Jacobson

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist discusses his Booker-winner masterpiece The Finkler Question with festival Director Peter Florence.
Howard Jacobson