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John Kay

The Long and the Short of it

Hay Festival 2009, 
A Guide to Finance and Investment for Normally Intelligent People Who Aren’t in the Industry. Someone, somewhere, needs to know... Chaired by financial commentator and author of Compassionate Economics Jesse Norman.

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Rosie Boycott, Benedict Allen and Anne MacCaig chaired by Steve Trent

No Place Like Home

Hay Festival 2010, 
In 2008 20 million people were forced to abandon their homes as a result of climate-related disasters. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to human rights – what are the possible solutions?
 
We apologise but due to circumstances beyond our control Bianca Jagger can no longer attend.

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The Demention Blog

Hay Festival 2013, 

Teri Terry, Claire Merle and Julie Bertagna are Demention bloggers and writers of a particular kind of book – dark, chilling, questioning of the future. Get ready for a fascinating talk for YA fans.

Claire Merle’s The Glimpse was welcomed as a grippingly readable and deeply unsettling British dystopian thriller. Her new book The Fall will be out in June.

Teri Terry’s Slated, a dark psychological thriller, was published to great acclaim last year and has now been followed by the engrossing, fast paced Fractured.

Julie Bertagna’s award-winning Exodus is a brilliantly imagined story of love and survival in a climate-changed world. Zenith and Aurora complete this highly-acclaimed, classic dystopian trilogy.

Together, they are the Demention Bloggers. They write stories set in near futures, or different worlds. They like to unsettle and disturb their readers. They’d like to know what you think.

Duration 60 mins.

13+ years

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Simon Baron-Cohen

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture: Autism and Minds Wired For Science

Hay Festival 2017, 

Autism and scientific talent are linked. Scientists have more autistic traits, mathematicians have higher rates of autism and people with autism score higher on ‘systemising’. So is autism a ‘disease’ or ‘disorder’ or is the framework of ‘neurodiversity’ a more humane and accurate lens through which to view autism?

The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human.  Baron-Cohen is a judge of the 2017 prize and Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Cambridge.

Simon Baron-Cohen

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Siobhan Freegard, Julia Hobsbawm and Fiona Millar

In the Balance

Hay Festival 2009, 
Life, parenthood and the modern family debated by the Netmums founder and the authors of The See Saw: 100 Recipes for Work–Life Balance and The Secret World of The Working Mother.

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Monty Don, Marcus du Sautoy, Andrés Neuman, Jim Naughtie and Rosie Boycott talk to Francine Stock

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 6

Hay Festival 2012, 
The panellists discuss three of the 25 Questions.
 
25 years from now climate change will have created over 100 million refugees. Where should they go?
What was the last thing you made with your hands?
Would you like the United States of America to a) grow stronger? b) stay more or less the same? c) grow weaker? Why?

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Russell Foster and Leon Kreitzman

Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive

Hay Festival 2009, 
How do birds know when to return to their nesting grounds? What effect do the seasons have on our wellbeing, and how does the season in which we are born affect our subsequent life chances?

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Julian Clary talks to Fiona Lindsay

Devil in Disguise

Hay Festival 2009, 
The new comedy thriller from the peerless entertainer. ‘They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer…’

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Rosie Boycott in conversation with Sarfraz Manzoor

Food and Climate Change

Cartagena 2010, 
Rosie Boycott, journalist, advisor of the Major of London on food matters and their links to climate change, and editor of the Global Observatory for the Conference of Copenhagen, reveals the connections between food production, environmental degradation and poverty. In conversation with The Guardian journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. 

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Adam Nicolson talks to Simon Jenkins

Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History

Hay Festival 2009, 
A portrait of the great English garden, created by the historian’s grandparents Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, and newly transferred to the National Trust.

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Kate Humble

Monmouthshire Farm Humble by Nature

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Springwatch star talks about her passion for Watching Waterbirds and her new project restoring her Monmouthshire Farm.

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Alan Greenspan talks to Howard Davies

London Events 2007, 
Alan Greenspan, former chairman of ‘The Fed’, in conversation with Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Chris Stewart and Manuel Pimentel

Segovia 2006, 
Please note: This conversation is conducted entirely in Spanish.

Farmer and writer Chris Stewart, author of the international bestseller Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucía, with over a million copies sold and translated into fifteen languages, will speak in Spanish to Manuel Pimentel (writer, businessman, ex-minister and head of the Almuzara publishing group) about his delightful and surprising work.

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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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Nam Le and Fflur Dafydd talk to Kathryn Gray

Hay Festival 2009, 
Hay's two fiction highlights of 2008 are Le’s short stories The Boat which won the Dylan Thomas Award and Dafydd’s English reworking of her award-winning Cymraeg novel Twenty Thousand Saints. They talk to NWR editor Kathryn Gray.

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Anna Barford and Daniel Dorling

Atlas of the Real World

Hay Festival 2009, 
The globe mapped not by landmass but by health, wealth, and a fascinating and revelatory variety of indices. You will never see Earth in the same light again.

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Martin Amis

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist reflects on September 11, his travels with Tony Blair, and the war in Iraq, as collected in The Second Plane.

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AC Grayling

The Form of Things

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘Humankind’s great conversation with itself about what is best in life involves reading, thinking, conversing, learning, enjoying, judging, being sceptical, being open-minded – and, in bad times, maintaining trust in all that these endeavours prove to be valuable.’

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Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, Mererid Hopwood, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag and friends

The Armistice Gala

Hay Festival 2018, 

To celebrate the centenary of the Armistice of 1918, we have commissioned poets from the main protagonist nations to respond to a Great War poem from their own culture. We have poems in French, Russian, German, Welsh and several forms of English. The new poems will be read today for the first time, in the original language and in English translation alongside the works that inspired them, and other poems of the time. The full cast list will be announced on 20 May.

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Poetry Gala

Cartagena 2010, 
Our traditional Poetry Gala is back with the best national and international authors: Michael Ondaatje (Canada), Luis García Montero (Spain), Zoé Valdés (Cuba/France/Spain), Ramon Cote (Colombia), Hugo Chaparro Valderrama (Colombia), William Ospina (Colombia), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Darío Jaramillo (Colombia) and Ibrahim Nasrallah (Palestine). Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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Jerry Brotton and Adam Lowe

The Mappa Mundi In 3D

Hay Festival 2013, 

Using cutting-edge digital scanning and routing technology Factum Arte, the Mappa Mundi Trust and Hereford Cathedral have created a 3D reproduction of the 700-year-old map that is radically changing scholarship of the medieval masterpiece. Come and join us for the unveiling of the new work with its maker and his collaborator, the author of A History Of The World In Twelve Maps.

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Lisa Appignanesi talks to Benna Waites

Hay Festival 2008, 
The author discusses her landmark History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present Day with the Powys Mental Health chief.

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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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Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams

What is Consciousness?

Hay Festival 2018, 

A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans? Are we all simply machines? Do we have free will? Can we invoke an enhanced collective consciousness? Bringing together findings from science and insights from religion they unpick what it means to be conscious. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientists for her work in communication and author of Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert book, which will be launched at Hay. 

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Anna Beer

Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot

Hay Festival 2008, 
The biographer celebrates the 400th anniversary of the author of Paradise Lost, probably the most politically and religiously engaged poet in the English language. Chaired by author and SBC Literature & Spoken Word director Rachel Holmes.