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Richard Dawkins

Science in the Soul

Hay Festival 2018, 

The uncompromising and passionate rationalist calls on us to insist that reason take centre stage and that gut feelings, even when they don’t represent the stirred, dark waters of xenophobia, misogyny, or other blind prejudice, should stay out of the voting booth. He investigates a number of issues, including the importance of empirical evidence, and decries bad science, religion in the schools, and climate-change deniers. Dawkins has equal ardour for ‘the sacred truth of nature’ and renders with typical virtuosity the glories and complexities of the natural world. When so many highly placed people still question the fact of evolution, Dawkins asks what Darwin would make of his own legacy - 'a mixture of exhilaration and exasperation'– and celebrates science as possessing many of religion’s virtues – 'explanation, consolation, and uplift' – without its detriments of superstition and prejudice. Chaired by LBC's Matt Stadlen.

Richard Dawkins

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Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

Peaky Blinders

Hay Festival 2015, 

The screenwriter and creator of the hit gangster drama talks about the Selby family, tribal war, and the crime-world of post-war Birmingham. Knight is screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Locke. Introduced by Caryn Mandabach.

We will also be screening all six episodes of Series 2, starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, from 1pm at Richard Booths Bookshop Cinema in Hay.

Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

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Patrick Jones, Mari Strachan and Catrin Dafydd

Hay Festival 2009, 
The poet reads and discusses his new collection Darkness is Where the Stars Are. Strachan discusses her novel The Earth Hums in B Flat. Dafydd performs from her comic novel Random Deaths and Custard. Chaired by Jon Gower.

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Jonathan Savage

Why Music Education Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why a systematic music education should be at the heart of every child’s early educational experience. Examples from contemporary approaches to music education will be shared, and recent political events that have threatened these approaches will be analysed. Chaired by Martin Chilton.

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Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

The Last Days of Troy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The poet introduces readings from his new play, which premières at the Manchester Royal Exchange in May. He is joined by the production’s director, his Helen of Troy and his Patroclus. ‘The Iliad is tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breathtaking humility. Everything we have come to expect of the great myths.’

Simon Armitage, Lily Cole, Nick Bagnall, Brendan O'Hea

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Breakfast at Hay with Nu Fiction

Presented by Tomos Owen

Hay Festival 2009, 
An early morning start for fifteen young writers hoping to become the next big thing in literature. Tomos Owen introduces first published work from James Smythe, Tyler Keevil, Bethan Michael, Robert Vaughan Hughes, Rebecca F John, Susie Wild, Becky Hunt, LP Mackenzie, Alys Conran, Cate Matthews, Alan Kellermann, ST Owen, Michael Oliver and Nick Mellors.

Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket.

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Jacqueline Wilson

Lily Alone

Hay Festival 2011, 
An enchanting visit from the most borrowed author in Britain’s libraries. 
 
Limited signing.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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John Gray

Gray’s Anatomy

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why is the human imagination to blame for the worst crimes of the twentieth century? Why is progress a pernicious myth? Why is contemporary atheism just a hangover from Christian faith?
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Ewan Fernie

Teaching Shakespeare And The Big Stuff

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of The Demonic: Literature And Experience examines scenes from Othello, Hamlet, The Tempest and Measure For Measure and discusses how to teach Shakespeare with imagination and intensity.

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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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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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Alain de Botton talks to Viv Groskop

The Course of Love

Hay Festival 2016, 

What does it mean to live happily ever after? At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten’s friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily – it’s a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, and to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is about modern relationships and how to survive them. Playful, wise and profoundly moving, the essayist and philosopher introduces his first novel in 20 years.

Alain de Botton talks to Viv Groskop

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John Adamson

The Noble Revolt

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian traces the careers and fortunes of the English noblemen who risked their lives and fortunes to overthrow Charles I.

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Robert Mair

What’s Going On Underground: Tunnelling into the Future for our Cities

Hay Festival 2014, 

The world authority on civil and environmental engineering examines the most challenging aspects of underground work faced by the world’s most ambitious construction projects.

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Adam Nicolson and Sarah Raven

Smell of Summer Grass: Pursuing Happiness – Perch Hill 1944–2011

Hay Festival 2011, 
The story of the years spent in finding and building a personal Arcadia, sometimes a dream, sometimes a nightmare, by the writer and his wife, cook and gardener Sarah Raven. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Lori Anne Ferrell

The Bible and the People

Hay Festival 2009, 
From manuscripts to Gutenbergs and Gideons we trace how the Bible has been endlessly retailored to meet the changing needs of religion, politics and the reading public while retaining its special status as a sacred text.

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Carl Bernstein, Jaime Abello, William Sieghart and Perihan Magden chaired by John Kampfner

The Google Debates 1: The Future Of The Free Press

Hay Festival 2013, 

With Leveson on hold in the UK, what does press regulation look like in the rest of the world? Abello is Director of Gabriel García Márquez’s Latin American Journalism Foundation, Sieghart is the Chair of Forward Thinking, and Magden is a columnist for the newspaper Taraf who was tried and acquitted of ‘threatening Turkey’s unity or the integrity of the state.’

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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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Raymond Tallis

Hunger

Hay Festival 2009, 
To be human is to be hungry. Prof Tallis will take a biological, sociological, metaphysical, spiritual and political tour around the astonishing and disturbing metamorphoses of human hunger. Be prepared to have your soul X-rayed.

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Kathleen Turner talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The actress (Body Heat, War of the Roses, Romancing the Stone) talks about her life, loves and movies, wittily recounted in her memoir Send Yourself Roses.

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Susana Baca, Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata and Luis Gilberto Murillo in conversation with Belisario Betancur. Introduction by José Luis Dicenta

African descent: one root, different voices

Cartagena 2012, 
Is being of African ancestry an identity? A cultural inheritance? A commitment to the future? How can reflection about the legacy that brings many Latin realities closer to their African origins be useful for accepting interculturality, that essence of our times? Unión Latina, which works hard to promote intercultural dialogue in all its forms, has the pleasure to present this debate. It will be an important moment, allowing intellectuals and experts to bring out the richness of that immaterial heritage that comes with African descent. Susana Baca, ex-minister of Culture of Peru, singer and composer; Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata, ex-minister of Culture and a manager of Manos Visibles, and Gilberto Murillo, Governor of the province of Chocó, will talk to the ex-president of Colombia and writer, Belisario Betancur. 

Co-organised with Unión Latina

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Jonathan Meades & Charles Fernyhough

MEMORY & PLACE

Hay Festival 2012, 
Idiosyncratic filmmaker, novelist and architecture critic Jonathan Meades in discussion with fellow novelist and child psychologist Charles Fenryhough. Meades is publishing Museum Without Walls, the product of thirty years writing and thinking about places: their ingredients, how and why they were made, their capacity to illumine the societies that inhabit them and the ideas they foment. Charles Fernyhough's new book, Pieces of Light, examines the neuroscientific basis of memory and how it makes us the people we are. Expect an intellectually no-holds-barred exploration of how we invent the outside world and it invents us. Chaired by John Mitchinson

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Steve Jones

Darwin’s Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England

Hay Festival 2009, 
Darwin wrote six million words, in nineteen books and innumerable letters, on topics as different as dogs, barnacles, insect-eating plants, orchids, earthworms, apes and human emotion. Together, they laid the foundations of modern biology.

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Monty & Sarah Don talk to Francine Stock

Fork to Fork

Hay Festival 2009, 
A sumptuous feast of wonderful ideas for growing and preparing your own food.

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Beverley Naidoo in conversation with Fitch O’Connell

Hay Festivalito for kids

Segovia 2010, 
The South African young people’s literature author, winner of the Carnegie Medal, will talk about reality through fiction in connection with her stories and her novel Journey to Jo'burg.

This event is in English