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Ruby Wax, Gelong Thubten, Ash Ranpura

How To Be Human

Hay Festival 2018, 

Comedian, writer and performer Ruby Wax, with some help from monk Gelong Thubten and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, has delved deeply into what it means to be human in an age obsessed with the latest technology. She now provides a manual to upgrade our minds so that they don’t get left behind. In this event Ruby, Ash and Thubten talk about brains, bodies and mindfulness.

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Danny Dorling

Reformations 7: Examinations

Hay Festival 2017, 

We have the most relentlessly tested school students in Europe. We have constantly revised SATs and GCSE structures. Is any of this encouraging or cultivating learning? How could we develop better ways of valuing both students and teachers? Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Danny Dorling

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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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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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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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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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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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Hugh Cornwell

Unplugged

Hay Festival 2013, 

The legendary Stranglers songwriter, vocalist and guitarist plays an intimate acoustic concert reworking some of his greatest hits, classic solo material and songs from his critically-acclaimed new album Totem And Taboo.

Hugh Cornwell

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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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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.

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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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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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Gregory Doran talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Talking About Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and this year’s Richard Dimbleby Lecturer, discusses Shakespeare’s legacy in 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death. The RSC’s celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon include two major new productions to be directed by Doran: King Lear with Antony Sher, and a ground-breaking production of The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale, in collaboration with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios.

Gregory Doran talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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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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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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Ian McEwan

Preview: The Children Act

Hay Festival 2014, 

Ian McEwan’s recent work displays his interest in science and public affairs. His latest novels tackle climate change (Solar) and espionage (Sweet Tooth). In talks and articles he articulates a strong humanist position on the issues of the day. In a rare pre-publication conversation, he discusses his fiction in progress. His forthcoming novel highlights the ethical dilemmas when religious conviction seeks to prevent medical intervention. He talks to Raymond Tallis.

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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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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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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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Vince Cable talks to John Harris

The Storm: The World Economic Crisis and What it Means

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Liberal Democrat sage of the credit crunch looks forward.

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Julia Donaldson

The Everywhere Bear

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Julia Donaldson and friends in this unique show jam-packed with songs and readings from seven of her fabulous stories including The Everywhere Bear and The Gruffalo.

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Màrius Serra in conversation with Hugo Chaparro

Literature as a game or the game of literature

Cartagena 2010, 
A blank page is also a space for playing. Combinations of words and ideas play there. Characters and stories play there. More than a place for order and solemnity, it is a space for subversion and fun. Nothing is more serious than the literary game. Màrius Serra, writer and journalist fascinated by games of words and founder of the project Verbalia, talks to the writer, journalist and film critic Hugo Chaparro.

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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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Gypsy Hill – Festival Party

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Shake your tail-feather to the electrifying energy generated as this 5-piece band blend authentic Balkan/Gypsy/Swing music with a touch of electronic beats, scratching and uplifting bass lines featuring DJ Kobayashi.
 
Doors open at 8.30pm
Gypsy Hill – Festival Party

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Paul Cartledge

After Thermopylae

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Battle of Plataea in 479 BCE is one of world history’s unjustly neglected events. It decisively ended the threat of a Persian conquest of Greece. For the Spartans, the driving force behind the Greek victory, the battle was sweet vengeance for their defeat at Thermopylae the year before. Cartledge masterfully exposes the Athenian/Spartan rivalry that ‘rewrote the history books’.