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Simon Singh

The John Maddox Lecture: Fermat’s Last Theorem

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘I have discovered a truly marvellous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain…’ Twenty years after a mild-mannered Englishman solved Pierre de Fermat’s 350-year-old theorem, Singh tells the true story of how mathematics’ most challenging problem was made to yield its secrets in a thrilling tale of endurance, ingenuity and inspiration.

Simon Singh

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CILIP presents Patrick Ness

The Ask & The Answer

Hay Festival 2009, 
Patrick Ness returns to Hay with the gripping sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go. In discussion with young people's librarian and CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Award judge Jake Hope.

12 years +

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Irma Kurtz

About Time: Growing Old Disgracefully

Hay Festival 2009, 
A fascinating and compassionate investigation into the art of ageing. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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Damian Walford Davies and Richard Marggraf Turley

Jade Corridors and Green Harpoons

Hay Festival 2009, 
A son-et-lumière performance of poetry and image, strongly themed around desire, bodies and borders with the authors of Suit of Lights and Wan-Hu’s Flying Chair.

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Rob Penn, Jill Butler and Justin Albert

Woodland Trust Series 1: The Country Living Debate – Why Aren’t Special Trees Valued Like Monuments?

Hay Festival 2015, 

A Victorian urinal and the Beatles’ childhood home have been given national protection, but there is no legal safeguard for our ancient trees. The broadcaster, Woodland Trust expert and director of the National Trust in Wales discuss whether buildings receive greater recognition than the landmarks of the natural world. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Rob Penn, Jill Butler and Justin Albert

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John Harrison and Gwyneth Lewis

Sailors in Bed: Travels and Journeys of Healing

Hay Festival 2014, 

Wales’ inaugural National Poet Gwyneth Lewis’ latest memoir is Two in a Boat – A Marital Voyage. John Harrison is the author of the Wales Book of the Year winner Cloud Road – A Journey Through the Inca Heartland; he recently recovered from throat cancer. Chaired by New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies.

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Michael Deeley talks to Matthew Field

Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

Hay Festival 2009, 
The A-list producer of The Italian Job, Blade Runner and The Deer Hunter tells his tales from a life in film.

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Chris Anderson and David Sally

The Numbers Game

Hay Festival 2013, 

Football has always been a numbers game: 4-4-2, the big number 9 and 3 points for a win. But what if up until now we’ve been focusing on the wrong numbers? What if the numbers that really matter, the ones that hold the key to winning matches, are actually 2.66, 53.4, 50/50, and 0 > 1? What if managers only make a 15% difference? What if Chelsea should have bought Darren Bent? Chaired by Gooner Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Linda Yueh

China’s Growth: The Making Of An Economic Superpower

Hay Festival 2013, 

The distinguished economist examines the inexorable growth of the world’s second largest economy as it makes the transition from central planning and faces the challenges of a developing country. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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John Hegarty talks to Dylan Jones

Hegarty on Advertising: Turning Intelligence into Magic

Hay Festival 2011, 
Four decades of wisdom and insight from the man who put Nick Kamen into a laundrette for Levi Strauss and gave Audi the immortal Vorsprung durch Technik. He talks to the Editor of GQ.

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John Brewer

American Leonardo

Hay Festival 2009, 
The art historian explores the story of a single painting, La Belle Ferronnière by Leonardo Da Vinci, and shows how it reveals the intricacies of the C20th obsession with art, money and taste.

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Lucy Boyd talks to Monty Don

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Kitchen Memories

Hay Festival 2013, 

This year’s foodie conversation given in the name of the River Café founder features her daughter, the chef and head gardener at the Michelin-starred Petersham Nurseries Café. Her cooking and gardening experience has guided Lucy throughout her 8-year partnership with award-winning chef Skye Gyngell and nurtured a fascination for Italian vegetables and salads, herbs and edible flowers.

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Alaa Abdul-Hadi, Layla El Atrash and Hyam Yared in conversation with Iman Humaydan

PEN Centre Lebanon: New Challenges

Beirut 2013, 

A conversation with staff members of the Jordanian, Egyptian, and Lebanese PEN Centres around the importance of Arab PEN Centres in the region. What are the aims, the values and the multilingual literary spaces that PEN creates, and what challenges do PEN Centres encounter in their individual countries?

Event in Arabic and French

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Samuel Clark & Samantha Clark

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Morito

Hay Festival 2014, 

The creators of Moro, who trained under Rose at The River Café, demonstrate and discuss their vibrant mezze and tapas food and restaurant with Sarah Crompton.

Samuel Clark & Samantha Clark

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Simon Hoggart

Send up the Clowns

Hay Festival 2012, 
Westminster’s master wit casts an amused and sceptical eye over the events of the past five years in his parliamentary sketches. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Tobias Jones and Paul French talk to Guto Harri

True Crime

Hay Festival 2012, 
Blood on the Altar from the author of The Dark Heart of Italy examines the murder of Eliza Claps in Potenza in 1993; Midnight in Peking - The Murder That Haunted the Last Days of Old China investigates the profoundly shocking murder of Pamela Werner in 1937.

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Andrew Simms, Bibi van der Zee, Eliane Glaser, David Boyle

nef series 2: Not the Apocalypse

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bad things are supposed to happen in 2012. But there are many ideas around that could improve our wellbeing and reduce environmental damage. Do we need to think as much about social innovation as technology? This event looks at why and how we can ‘Cancel the Apocalypse’.
 

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Michael Jacobs in conversation with Nieves Concostrina

Segovia 2010, 
Nieves Concostrina, a Spanish writer and radio presenter known for her daily anecdotes about death, will speak to the Hispanist and travel writer Michael Jacobs about the recent and controversial publication of his book The Factory of Light: Tales from my Andalucian Village. They will discuss subjects such as the confusion between fiction and reality and the emergence of the magical and the supernatural into everyday rural life.

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Alan Macfarlane

Cambridge 800 Series: How the World Works

Hay Festival 2009, 
The sociologist asks – are there laws and tendencies in human history and culture and, if so, what are they and how do we discover them? Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Álvaro Pombo en conversación con Juan Cruz

Segovia 2009, 
El poeta y novelista, Premio Planeta y miembro de la Real Academia de la Lengua, conversa con el periodista y escritor Juan Cruz sobre su dilatada carrera literaria; en especial sobre sus últimos trabajos, Los enunciados protocolarios (poesía) y Virginia o el interior del mundo (novela).

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés

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Arthur Smith

My Name is Daphne Fairfax

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hilarious, scandalous and delightfully rude memoir from the comedian – ‘My name is Arthur Smith, unless there’s anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In which case, I’m Daphne Fairfax’.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
The satirists rip up the weekend papers.

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Matt Haig and Alyssa Brugman

Closed Doors, Open Minds

Hay Festival 2014, 

Echo Boy is the first novel for young adults from acclaimed author Matt Haig and is a poignant and beautifully-written story about love, loss and what makes us truly human, set in a future world where humans are served by ‘echoes’ – sophisticated, emotionless machines. He is joined by Alyssa Brugman whose groundbreaking novel Alex As Well is a confronting and heartfelt story of adolescent experience – of questioning identity, discovering sexuality, navigating friendships and finding a place to belong.
12+ years (YA)

Matt Haig and Alyssa Brugman

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Jules Hudson

Renovating Old Buildings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Practical advice and builders’ tales from the rural affairs expert and star of Escape To The Country, Britain’s Empty Homes and Britain’s Heritage Heroes.

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Ben Barry

Cambridge Series: The Body

Hay Festival 2010, 
What is the impact of body diversity in the modelling world, on the high street, in the classroom and on the couch? Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Ben Barry