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Gore Vidal talks to Adam Boulton

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

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Michael Brooks

13 Things That Don’t Make Sense

Hay Festival 2011, 
From the celestial irregularities that led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun to the placebo effect: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries of Our Time.

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Helen Fielding talks to Peter Florence

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Hay Festival 2014, 

What do you do when a girlfriend’s 60th birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend’s 30th? Does the Dalai Lama actually Tweet or is it his assistant? Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day? Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, Tweeting, texting and rediscovering her sexuality in what SOME people rudely and out-datedly call ‘middle age’.

Helen Fielding talks to Peter Florence

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Jim al Khalili

Paradox: The Nine Greatest Enigmas in Physics

Hay Festival 2012, 
If you travelled back in time and killed your grandfather, you would not have been born and would not therefore have killed your grandfather. For starters... Chaired by Ariane Koek.

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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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David Crystal

The Little Book of Language

Hay Festival 2010, 
With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. And the charismatic Linguistics Prof is our man.
David Crystal

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Sara Wheeler

Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle

Hay Festival 2010, 
Reflections on mythic power, the Trans-Alaskan pipeline, colliding cultures and bioaccumulated toxins in polar bears. With staggering images.
Sara Wheeler

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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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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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George Ferguson and Deyan Sudjic talk to Amanda Baillieu

Does recession mean the end of the Icon?

Hay Festival 2009, 
The leading British architect and the Director of the Design Museum discuss with the editor of Building Design.

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Oliver Jeffers

The Hueys

Hay Festival 2012, 
An exclusive first look at the brand new series from the acclaimed author and illustrator of Lost and Found and Stuck.
 
5+ years

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Anne Cassidy, Keren David and Sally Nicholls

Secrets, Dreams and Stolen Lives

Hay Festival 2014, 

An unmissable line-up of award-winning YA talent, including Anne Cassidy whose new book Finding Jennifer Jones is the long-awaited sequel to the sensational Looking for JJ, Keren David, whose novel Salvage is receiving rave reviews, and Sally Nicholls, author of the award-winning bestseller Ways To Live Forever, whose new book Close Your Pretty Eyes, a dark psychological thriller, is out now. A lively conversation ranging across themes of identity, belonging, and social and personal responsibility in YA fiction.

12+ years (YA)
Anne Cassidy, Keren David and Sally Nicholls

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Collecting and large institutions. Carlos Urroz and María García-Yelo talk to Antonio Montes

Segovia 2011, 
The role of public and private institutions in the world of art, their influence on the market, the international acquisition and sales circuits in which they move, the different agents involved in the management of funds and the criteria followed at the moment of selecting works to bring cohesion to a collection are the main subjects that will be analysed. Carlos Urroz, Director of Arco and Liber; María García - Yelo, Director of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department of Christie's; and Antonio Montes, collector will participate.

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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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Timothy Garton Ash

Time For Another Velvet Revolution?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Twenty years on from 1989, the eminent historian and political commentator, author of the forthcoming Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name examines the turbulent politics of Eastern Europe. Chaired by Lisa Appignanesi.

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Jasper Conran talks to Sue Crewe

Country

Hay Festival 2010, 
The designer shows and discusses his passion for country living, country style, nostalgia, landscape, interiors, detail, still life, colour, texture, shape, mood and reflection.

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Life on Air: A History of Radio 4

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Hendy talks to Rosie Goldsmith about the makers, myths and treasures of the world’s greatest talk-radio station.

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Jeremy Strong

The Big Jam Explosion

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and laugh your socks off with the much-loved Jeremy Strong.  Full of fizzing energy and jolly jokes this event will be a hoot!

6 years +

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Puffin of Puffins Debate

Hay Festival 2010, 
A hustings like no other to celebrate Puffin's 70th birthday. Join chair Lucy Mangan and a whole host of festival guests as they defend their favourite Puffin book from the last 70 years. Then we put it to the vote...
 
The line-up:
1940s - Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett. 
Championed by Jacqueline Wilson
 
1950s - Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. 
Championed by Jenny Valentine
 
1960s - Stig of the Dump by Clive King. 
Championed by Jasper Fforde
 
1970s - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. 
Championed by Marcus Brigstocke
 
1980s - Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. 
Championed by Cathy Cassidy
 
1990s - The Hundred-Mile-an Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong. 
Championed by Andy Stanton
 
2000s - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. 
Championed by Jason Bradbury

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Nick Sharratt

Shark in the Dark

Hay Festival 2010, 
Draw along with the beloved illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson and Jeremy Strong, as he introduces his fin-tastic new book. Don't forget your pad and pencil!
 
Family event

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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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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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Hugh Masekela talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Guardian Sessions: Jazz Talk

Hay Festival 2009, 
The South African jazz legend discusses his music and his life.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Oliver James

How Not To Fuck Them Up

Hay Festival 2010, 
The child psychologist examines the way we parent our young children as Huggers, Schedulers or Pragmatists.

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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