The animal scientist explores consiousness and communication in Using the Myseteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behaviour. The horse might not talk, but it understands far more than we have ever guessed.
Bennett's Havoc in its Third Year is a moral thriller set in the upheavals of Puritan England. Gurnah's Desertion tells of forbidden love across cultures in twentieth-century Mombassa and Zanzibar. Aboulela's Minaret explores the Islamic awakening of an exiled Sudanese woman in contemporary London.
'I am a gentleman. I live by robbing the poor,' wrote George Bernard Shaw in his play Man and Superman. Class is the great British preoccupation. Hamish Mykura of Channel 4 chairs a discussion that samples a forthcoming series on the attitudes to the working, middle and upper classes.
Are readers getting what they want and deserve from publishing? The novelist and broadcaster is joined by major industry players from the independent and conglomerate sectors to debate the matter with the audience.
Interview with the legendary director and cinematographer whose credits include Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bad Timing and Insignificance. See also,  and .
We're filling up the world wuth technology and devices, but what is this stuff for? And what value does it add to our lives? Thackara's In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World is about a world based less on stuff, and more on people.
The RSPB's Head of Conservation celebrates the joy of the graceful red kite and the powerful peregrine falcon as he explains the chequered history of birds of prey in Wales, from periods of severe persecution in the early twentieth century, through the pesticide problems in the 1960s to the current recovery phase.
The writer and illustrator of The Trouble with Dad, Mumy Laid an Egg, Dr Dog and numerous pop-up books featuring every animal you can think of, will read us one of her favourite stories, draw some of her characters and ask the audience to help her create a story book on stage. (Age 4-6)
Winner of the Blue Peter Prize for 'The Book I Couldn't Put Down', Eleanor will talk about her intriguing hero and introduce his newest adventures Montmorency and the Assassins. She talks to Paul Blezard. (Age 9+)
The dynamic and captivating illustrator, author of the award winning Leon and Bob and Days Like This unveils his latest creation, Baby Brains, a picture book as bright and engaging as it's extraordinary young hero. (Age 6+)
A day of Iranian cinema, screenings and interviews featuring critically acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami and Mania Akbari's provocative directorial debut 20 Fingers, winner of the Best Film Cinema Digitale award at the Venice Film Festival 2004. Full details will be published online on 20 May at www.hayfestival.com/closeup
The Gospels were written 40-80 years after Jesus's crucifixion and they all contradict each other. Only John has Mary at the foot of the cross; only Luke has Jesus asking his father to forgive his persecutors; only Matthew dwells on Judas. The world's leading biblical expert examines for and by whom they were written and analyes the implications of their divergence for the central tenets of Christianity.
A rollercoaster odyssey of inventors and madmen from James Clerk Maxwell and Michael Faraday to Alexander Graham Bell, remaking the world with electricity: the force responsible for everything from the structure of the atom the the functioning of our brains.
The Carnegie Award-winner's spellbinding Apocalypse is a terrifying story of a boy's desperate struggle to survive amid horrific circumstances. It is also a tale of hope, love and redemption. (Age 10+)