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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2011, 
The star behind Lost and Found and The Heart and the Bottle gives us a rare insight into his unique illustrative style.
 
12+ years
The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers

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Paul Nurse

The Royal Society Lecture 2: Darwin and Milton – Two Views of Creation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Nobel biologist and President of the Royal Society compares the visions of two of the Greatest Britons of all time.
 
Read a brief autobiography of Paul Nurse

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Simon Singh

Chiropractic and the Battle for Free Speech

Hay Festival 2010, 
The brilliantly entertaining science writer and Freedom of Speech hero talks about alternative medicine, chiropractic, his infamous libel case and the campaign for libel reform. He is the author of Trick or Treatment, The Code Book, Big Bang and Fermat's Last Theorem.

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Jeremy Greenstock talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2010, 
The former British Ambassador to the UN and UK representative to Iraq gave devastating evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry on WMDs.
Jeremy Greenstock talks to Philippe Sands

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Martin Evans

Cardiff University Lecture

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Nobel Laureate and Fellow of the Royal Society discusses his work on how to culture embryonic stem cells, the knockout mouse and the related technology of gene targeting. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
Martin Evans

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Jeremy Hardy

Hay Festival 2009, 
Hilarious deadpan wit from the News Quiz star in his stand-up show.

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Fútbol y literatura. Eduardo Sacheri y Daniel Titinger en conversación con Daniel Samper Ospina

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos escritores con una gran afición al fútbol hablan sobre literatura y el deporte rey. El argentino Eduardo Sacheri es autor de La pregunta de sus ojos (llevada al cine como El secreto de sus ojos, ganadora del Óscar a la mejor película extranjera en 2010), y la recién públicada Papeles en el viento, un libro sobre la amistad y el fútbol. Daniel Titinger (Perú) es escritor, cronista y director del diario Depor; fue editor general de la revista Etiqueta Negra y ha publicado dos libros de perfiles y crónicas: Dios es peruano y Cholos contra el mundo. En conversación con Daniel Samper Ospina, escritor y periodista colombiano, director de la revista Soho y otro apasionado de este deporte.

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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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Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

The Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: East West Street

Hay Festival 2017, 

Sands’s inquiry into the origins of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity' is also a personal quest for his family in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. It won this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize. Hay Festival-goers will have heard Sands explore many of the themes of the story here over the past decade. We revisit East West Street this year to honour one of the greatest works of literature of the festival’s lifetime; a book that might be read around Europe and around the world to inform the way contemporary history is developing.

Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

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Rose Tremain

Hay Festival Press & Ox-Tales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Orange Prizewinner reads her story The Jester of Astapovo, to launch our collaboration with Oxfam and Profile Books. Introduced by Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive of Oxfam, and Mark Ellingham, publisher of the Ox-Tales stories.

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Sophia Bennett

Threads

Hay Festival 2010, 
Threads is a magical story of four friends and their amazing adventure with fashion. Whether your look is high street or vintage, Matalan or Marni the author of this fashion fairytale will lift your heart and open your eyes.
A modern day Ballet Shoes.
 
9–14 years
 
See the Blog for more details.

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Mark Kermode

It’s Only A Movie

Hay Festival 2010, 
Cinema’s quiffed crusader takes us into the weird world of a life lived in widescreen and yarns his Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive.

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Geraldine McCaughrean & Candy Gourlay

Pull Out All The Stops, Tall Story

Hay Festival 2011, 
Humour and quirkiness sit at the very heart of these two new adventures; join their authors as they reveal how they put spark into their writing. Chaired by Sarah McIntyre.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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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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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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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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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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Chris Blackwell talks to Chris Salewicz

Island Records

Hay Festival 2009, 
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking label as the founder selects his jubilee tracks and stories.

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Magnus Mills talks to Alice Jones

Screwtop Thompson

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist reads from and discusses his story collection. 'Magnus Mills' unerringly sharp eye for human foibles combines with a dry deadpan wit to create comic genius.' The Independent. He talks to The Independent Deputy Arts Editor.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Magnus Mills

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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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David Millar talks to Jeremy Whittle

Racing Through The Dark

Hay Festival 2011, 
The cyclist was a Tour de France stage-winner who got banned for doping. He is now a part-owner of the Garmin-Chipotle team and a key figure of the World Anti-doping Agency’s athletes committee. He talks to his co-writer and author of Bad Blood.

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Philip Glass in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2011, 
Philip Glass’s work is some of the must outstanding music written in the second half of the 20th century. This renowned composer and musician, linked to the minimalist and postminimalist tradition, has composed for the soundtracks of films such as Koyaanisqatsi, The Hours and Notes on a Scandal, creating operas and orchestral versions of albums such as David Bowie’s Heroes. He will talk to Peter Florence about experimental, avant-garde music for all. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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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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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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Laura Bates

Everyday Sexism 2015

Hay Festival 2015, 

The online Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day-to-day basis. It shares stories from women around the world. The founder reports on the last year’s work.

Laura Bates