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Bryony Gordon, Mary Riddell, Michael Deacon, Con Coughlin

The Telegraph Question Time

Hay Festival 2015, 

From Farage and the future of Europe to feminism and family life. A stellar team of Telegraph talent ­– columnists Bryony Gordon and Mary Riddell, parliamentary sketch-writer Michael Deacon, and Defence Editor Con Coughlin – tackle the great (and not-so-great) issues of the day. Come along to have your say. Chaired by Emma Barnett, the Telegraph’s award-winning women’s editor.

Bryony Gordon, Mary Riddell, Michael Deacon, Con Coughlin

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mohammed Hanif and Suzanne Joinson talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions - Collisions

Hay Festival 2012, 
Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a glorious story of second chances, thwarted ambitions and love in unlikely places, set in the febrile streets of downtown Karachi. Worlds, religions and eras collide between London and an ancient Silk Route city in A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar.

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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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Howard Jacobson

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

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Rolf Heuer talks to Jon Snow

Discovery

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Large Hadron Collider is now running at CERN in Geneva, the world’s greatest collaborative science project, and its most exciting. The Director General discusses what might be discovered and what’s at stake.

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Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Yolanda Reyes

Cartagena 2012, 
Daniel Samper Pizano is a journalist, writer and member of the Colombian Academy of Language. Considered to be the father of investigative journalism for his work in the newspaper El Tiempo, his writings are full of sharp humour mixed with social criticism. He has won a range of prizes, including three Simón Bolívar Prizes for journalism and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University. He has also had an outstanding literary career, which includes more than 35 books published. He will talk to the writer Yolanda Reyes.

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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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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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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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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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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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Fiona Shaw, Tom Hollander, Simon Callow and friends

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Hay Festival 2012, 
We celebrate the novelist, Festival Vice-President and poetry champion who died last year with this reading of her beloved TS Eliot.

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Ahdaf Soueif

Cairo - My City, Our Revolution

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist who reported live from Tahrir Square weaves human stories and acute political analysis into this magnificent understanding of the Egyptian uprising. Chaired by Bidisha.

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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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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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Margaret Macmillan

The War That Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War

Hay Festival 2014, 

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict that killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe’s dominance of the world. It was a war that could have been avoided up to the last moment – so why did it happen? Macmillan is a previous winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the International Affairs Book of the Year at the Political Book Awards 2014 for this book. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

Margaret Macmillan

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Martin Harper, Stuart Etherington, Justin Davis Smith, Jesse Norman

Volunteering and The Big Society

Hay Festival 2011, 
What can you do? How can you make a difference? How will the Government’s plans for a Big Society work? Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Marcus Brigstocke and Libby Purves

Powering The Country: Marcus and Libby Try To Keep The Lights On

Hay Festival 2014, 

What would you do if you had to power the UK? Marcus Brigstocke and Libby Purves get to grips with how to generate enough energy to keep the lights on and power their appliances. Dependency on overseas supplies, volatile fossil fuel prices and the need for a low-carbon economy makes this one of the biggest challenges facing the country. Richard Smith of National Grid and David MacKay of the DECC are our expert advisors. Chaired by Mark Lynas and using the 2050 calculator.

Marcus Brigstocke and Libby Purves

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Michael Morpurgo

An Elephant in the Garden

Hay Festival 2011, 
The nation’s favourite storyteller joins us to look at his latest gem. Limited signing. 
 
7+ years & families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
 
Michael regrets that due to an injury he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring along your camera and get a photo with him.