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Bjorn Lomborg talks to Rosie Boycott

Smart Solutions to Climate Change: Comparing Costs and Benefits

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Danish economist discusses the likely costs and benefits of a very wide range of policy options, including geo-engineering, mitigation of CO2, methane and 'black carbon', expanding forest, research and development of low-carbon energy and encouraging green technology transfer.
 
More about Bjorn Lomborg's publications on his website

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Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

Inequality and Austerity

Hay Festival 2015, 

Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%, examines who is most harmed by these injustices and why, and what happens to those who most benefit. O’Hara, author of Austerity Bites, takes us on a journey to the sharp end of the cuts in the UK. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in its call to action, this analysis is essential for everyone concerned with social justice.

Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

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John Kampfner, Helena Kennedy, Philippe Sands, Ann Clwyd and David House

The Index on Censorship Platform: The Case of Bradley Manning

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Chief Executive of Index, the Chair of the all-party Human Rights group at Westminster and a panel of leading British lawyers dicsuss Private Bradley Manning, currently being held at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas on 24 charges, including 'aiding the enemy'. They consider the US Government’s reaction to the WikiLeaks scandal and the Rule of Law. They will be joined by David House, regular visitor to Bradley Manning since his detention.

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Alan Watson

The Science of the Singing Voice

Hay Festival 2014, 

How does the larynx produce sound? How does it control the pitch of the voice? And how are the throat and mouth manipulated to alter vocal register and quality? The wonders of the human voice – from the lost sound of the castrato voice and the ethereal tones of Mongolian throat singers to Bryn Terfel shaking the rafters of St David’s Hall. With sound recordings, video clips, animations and images. 

Alan Watson

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Owen Sheers talks to Peter Florence

Resistance – The Movie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist and screenwriter previews clips from the counterfactual film of the novel launched here two years ago – a thriller set up in the Olchon Valley above Hay during the Nazi occupation of Britain.

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Simon Weston talks to Steve Corry

Life and Tales

Hay Festival 2011, 
In the first of a series of events with soldiers, politicians and journalists discussing conflict resolution, the distinguished Falklands War veteran and charity hero discusses his life and writing, choosing his desert island books, music and films.

Find out more about Simon Weston and Steve Corry

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Robert Llewellyn, Juliet Davenport and Kate Henderson

Good Energy Series 2: From NIMBY to IMBY

Hay Festival 2015, 

Energy generation has to take place somewhere – what would you prefer in your backyard? Is policy determined by those who shout loudest rather than those with the strongest argument? What would it take for communities to say yes rather than no to new energy developments? Robert Llewellyn is an actor, comedian and author, Kate Henderson is CEO of the Town and Country Planning Association and Juliet Davenport is founder and CEO of Good Energy. They talk to journalist and author Oliver Balch.

Robert Llewellyn, Juliet Davenport and Kate Henderson

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Simon Baron Cohen

Cambridge Series: Autism

Hay Festival 2010, 
The evolution of empathy: perspectives from autism and psychiatry from the distinguished Professor of Developmental Psychopathology.

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Mark Lynas in conversation with Jane Davidson

Greenprint Forum: The Planet’s Limits

Hay Festival 2011, 
It is natural that we focus on individual issues within the environment; however, they are all interconnected and treating issues in isolation risks ignoring the larger impacts. Working within the ecological limits of the planet requires careful management of all resources and we have to prioritise: but what should those priorities be? Environmental campaigner and author Mark Lynas talks to Jane Davidson, former Minister for Environment (Wales) and the new Director of INSPIRE.Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change.

Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.

To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office

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John Mitchinson presents

UNBOUND LIVE!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award winning crowd-funded publisher Unbound, launched at Hay last year, celebrates its first birthday with a live event unlike anything else at the festival. Join a panel of Unbound authors competing to win the approval of the crowd to raise funding for their book ideas, in a cross between an election hustings and a literary Dragons’ Den. Featuring super-smart comedian Katy Brand, novelist, TV presenter and Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn, the inimitable Glaswegian Sikh writer, cook and performer, Hardeep Singh Kohli, cult perfomance poet George Chopping, and Australian fashion guru and cancer survivor , Jessica Jones.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

AntiFragility

Hay Festival 2012, 
The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand.

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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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Los últimos días de Trotsky: con Leonardo Padura y Javier Rioyo

seguido de la proyección del documental Asaltar los cielos

Segovia 2009, 
El escritor cubano Leonardo Padura, autor de la celebrada serie de novelas protagonizadas por el investigador Mario Conde, describe su último trabajo, una reconstrucción del asesinato de León Trotsky. Javier Rioyo, escritor, guionista y director de cine, ha dirigido, entre otros, el documental Asaltar los cielos (1996), donde analiza el proceso que culminó con el asesinato del líder comunista.

Conversación seguido de la proyección del documental Asaltar los cielos, 96 minutos

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Chris Stephens

Tate at Hay 1: Henry Moore

Hay Festival 2010, 
The curator of Tate Britain’s current exhibition of Henry Moore reveals a darker, edgier side to one of Britain’s most enduringly popular artists.

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David and Harry Rich

Rich Landscapes

Hay Festival 2015, 

The multi-award-winning landscape designer brothers come straight to Hay from Chelsea. They talk to Francine Stock about their recent projects and their philosophy. ‘We believe in a fusion between landscape and architecture. An important relationship that encourages a more rounded approach to an outdoor lifestyle, creating not only beautiful but practical spaces, inspiring people to use their gardens.

Reconnecting people with nature is something we are very passionate about. With a recent increase in urbanisation, our connection with “the wild” is slowly becoming lost. We aim to give people their own patch of nature but set within a sympathetic and structured design.’

David and Harry Rich

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Sally Kindberg & Tracey Turner

The Comic Strip History of Space

Hay Festival 2010, 
From Star Trek to supernovas, this is science as you’ve never seen it before.  Sally and Tracey will cover Copernicus and constellations, astronauts and aliens in their super space quiz.  Get ready to create your own quirky comic strip and wow your teachers.
 
8–12 years

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Robert Peston

Who’s to Blame…

Hay Festival 2009, 
The BBC’s business editor, author of Who Runs Britain?, fingers the greedy, the incompetent and the naive who’ve led us into economic disaster.

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Leila Abuzeyd talks to Mayte Carrasco

Literature, women and revolution: Past, present and future

Segovia 2011, 
Leila Abuzeyd, Moroccan journalist, writer, and defender of women’s rights, and Mayte Carrasco, freelance war reporter who in recent years has covered conflicts in Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Mali or Chechnya, will analyse the role that women have played in the revolutions that have spread throughout the Arab world, demonstrating their commitment to fully participating in the democratic transitions in their country, and how these have been expressed through the written word.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from Arab into Spanish.

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Tom Holland

The London Library Lecture; Decline And Fall?

Hay Festival 2013, 

In AD 476, Romulus Augustulus, Emperor in line to Augustus, Trajan and Constantine, was deposed by a German chieftain. It is an event that in most history books is identified as marking the end of the Roman Empire. But did it? The historian explores whether the Romans themselves had any comprehension that their empire could possibly fall. He traces the surprisingly obdurate survival of a Roman imperial identity across the centuries, and attempts to identify a moment in history when the Roman Empire could be said definitively to have come to an end.

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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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Zoe Heller talks to John Mullan

The Believers

Hay Festival 2009, 
The superbly entertaining new tragi-comic novel from the author of Notes From a Scandal.

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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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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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Kate Adie talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Into Danger

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hardcore frontline journalist meets bomb disposal experts, prostitutes and politicians who put their lives on the line every day.

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Mary McCartney talks to Monty Don

At My Table: Vegetarian Feasts for Family and Friends

Hay Festival 2015, 

There are moments in our lives, and throughout the year, when we come together with our friends and family, and food plays a huge part in turning these moments into something special. Traditionally, many of these occasions call for meat – whether it’s roast beef for Sunday lunch, or burgers at a BBQ – but Mary wants to show us that vegetarian cooking can be just as celebratory and special.

* The Relish Festival Restaurant will be serving a vegetarian feast from the cookbook from 8.30pm. To book call Relish on 01285 658 444.

Mary McCartney talks to Monty Don