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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Big Impact

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rob Holt (Ryder Cup 2010) and Dan Epstein (London 2012) discuss their environmental policies and legacy with Greenprint Director Andy Fryers.

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Zena el Khalil en conversación con Guillermo Altares

Segovia 2009, 
Beirut Update, el blog con el que Zena el Khalil ofreció al mundo su visión particular de la guerra en el Líbano en 2006, se convirtió en visita obligada para aquellos que buscaban entender cómo transcurría la vida cotidiana en la capital libanesa durante la contienda. Su libro Beirut, I Love You mezcla diario, autobiografía y novela en una obra que se constituye como un himno a la vida contra la barbarie de la guerra. Entrevistada por Guillermo Altares, director de Babelia y antiguo corresponsal en Líbano.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’.

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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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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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Jane Davidson, Steve Evans and Mat Roberts

Slipstream Wales – Professionals: Delivery and Innovation

Hay Festival 2013, 

How do we take the individual professionals’ ideas and innovations and raise them to a country-wide scale across Wales? How could we measure the benefits, join the dots and really get organisations working together? Jane Davidson, INSPIRE Director at University of Wales, Steve Evans, Industrial Sustainability Research Director at Cambridge University, and Mat Roberts, Head of Sustainability at Landmarc Support Services, discuss with TYF’s Andy Middleton.