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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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Michelle Harrison, Catherine Fisher and Lindsey Barraclough

Unrest, Incarceron and Long Lankin

Hay Festival 2012, 
Three hauntingly lyrical novels, drawing on fairy tales and folklore. Chilling and compelling. Chaired by Paul Blezard
 
12+ years

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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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Mark Watson and Catherine O'Flynn talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: The Comedians

Hay Festival 2011, 
Watson’s Eleven is a tale of love and loss, Scrabble and six degrees of separation. O’Flynn’s Birmingham-set The News Where You Are spins around intimate absences and banal news presences.
 
 
Eleven - Mark Watson

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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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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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Simon Singh

The John Maddox Lecture: Fermat’s Last Theorem

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘I have discovered a truly marvellous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain…’ Twenty years after a mild-mannered Englishman solved Pierre de Fermat’s 350-year-old theorem, Singh tells the true story of how mathematics’ most challenging problem was made to yield its secrets in a thrilling tale of endurance, ingenuity and inspiration.

Simon Singh

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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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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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Sandy Black

The Sustainable Fashion Handbook

Hay Festival 2013, 

Can the fashion industry ever be truly sustainable? With a wasteful, fast-moving fashion cycle and the social impact on the 40 million people employed worldwide in manufacturing and agriculture, it’s going to be an interesting journey. One of the world’s pioneering authorities in this field in conversation with Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

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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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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

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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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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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Adam Boulton and Guests

The RTS Careers Panel: Breaking Into Television

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Sky News anchor explores the opportunities for young people to start careers in broadcasting with the news and sports presenter Frances Donovan, the C4 Commissioning Editor Adam Gee, Saint John Walker, Skillset’s Computer Games, Animation and Facilities honcho, and the BBC’s John Denton, Managing Editor of TV Platforms. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Diana Uribe in conversation with Juan Gossaín

Cartagena 2012, 
The historian and philosopher Diana Uribe, known for her radio programme La Historia del Mundo and the audiobooks Historia de las civilizaciones and Historia de las Independencias, has been named as the Best Latin American Historian by the European Union. She will talk about the variety of cultures in Colombia with the writer and journalist Juan Gossaín. 

With the support of Cerrejón

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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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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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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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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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Bill Nighy talks to Francine Stock

The Bookshop: Preview

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor talks about his work on the new film of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, directed by Isabel Coixet. Set in a small town in 1959 England, it is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield. With film clips.

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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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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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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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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.