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Peter Singer talks to Stephen Fry

Things That Matter

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Australian writer and thinker is often described as the world’s most influential living philosopher. He is known especially for his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals, for his controversial critique of the sanctity of life ethics in bioethics, and for his writing on the obligations of the affluent to aid those living in extreme poverty. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Most Good You Can Do, The Life You Can Save, Famine, Affluence and Morality, and most recently Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter. He talks to the Festival president.

Peter Singer talks to Stephen Fry

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Elizabeth Chapman

The LSE Lecture: 100 Years And Counting

Hay Festival 2013, 

In 2013 the collections of the Women’s Library move to join those at the Library of the London School of Economics to create a powerful resource for discovering the history of campaigning women. The Library Director explores some of the stories revealed in the collections. Chaired by Gaby Wood.

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Christopher Hitchens

Hitch 22

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great contrarian returns to Hay to launch his memoir of Confessions and Contradictions.
 
Christopher Hitchens

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Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig and guests

What Do We Want?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Eight hundred years after a gang of barons met in a tent by a river, which Rights do we want to fight for today? A fortnight after what looks like a rough old election, let’s dream about what a better world might look like and talk about how that might be achieved.

The festival President hosts this first in a Magna Carta series of twenty events at Hay Festival 2015, and is joined by international guests to discuss equalities.

Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig and guests

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James O’Brien talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture 2018

Hay Festival 2018, 

The LBC talkshow host has become one of the most exacting and powerful voices calling out political lies and speaking truths to both power and prejudice. He discusses the weaponising of fake news and ignorance, the power of dialogue and the urgent need for journalistic vigilance and authority. O'Brien is writing a book on these issues entitled How to be Right, to be published by Penguin Random House in November 2018.

James O’Brien talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Sinead Cusack, Rupert Evans and Jeremy Irons

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour; The Poetry Of The Great War

Hay Festival 2013, 

Actors read Josephine’s programme featuring the work of Owen, Yeats, Sassoon and many others. Introduced by Francine Stock.

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Richard Wyn Jones and James Mitchell talk to Bethan Rhys Roberts

Scottish Independence: How Might it Affect Wales?

Hay Festival 2014, 

In light of the First Minister for Wales’s call for UK-wide constitutional conventions, how does the Scottish independence vote, whether yes or no, affect the people of Wales?

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Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Francine Stock

One Planet, One Medicine, One Love

Hay Festival 2016, 
Pioneering surgeon Professor Fitzpatrick, Channel 4’s The Supervet, founder of Fitzpatrick Referrals and founding partner of Surrey University’s new school of veterinary medicine, has a radical vision: Humans and animals share genetic, physiological, environmental and even emotional bonds. For a sustainable future should they not share medicine, too? What are the practical and moral implications of being a ‘Humanimal’?


Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Francine Stock

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Desmond Tutu

The Hamlin Lecture

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu’s voice will always be the voice of the voiceless,’ – Nelson Mandela.

Raising money for African charities, our two local Cathedrals, and St Mary's Hay

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Eric Hobsbawm and Niall Ferguson

After Versailles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The two historians discuss the Versailles Treaty of 1919 and its influence on the world today. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

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Juan Gossaín and David Sánchez Juliao

Vallenato and Stories

Cartagena 2010, 
David Sánchez Juliao, many-time winner of the National Prize for Short Stories, and the writer and star journalist of RCN, Juan Gossaín, analyse the lyrics of the vallenato.

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Carol Ann Duffy talks to Gillian Clarke

Hay Festival 2009, 
A conversation with the great poet.

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Robert Macfarlane talks to Horatio Clare

Woodland Trust Series 3: Landmarks

Hay Festival 2015, 

Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather. The author of The Old Ways, Mountains of the Mind and The Wild Places shows that language, well used, is a keen way of knowing landscape, and a vital means of coming to love it.

Robert Macfarlane talks to Horatio Clare

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Evan Harris, Joan Smith and Marcus Brigstocke vs Jo Glanville and Catherine Bennett

Press Regulation

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the light of what we know from part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry and from the trial of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, Hacked-Off campaigners debate the issue of how to regulate the press with the CEO of English PEN and the Observer columnist.

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Alain de Botton

Religion for Atheists

Hay Festival 2012, 
The essayist suggests that the supernatural claims of religions are entirely false, but that religions have much to teach the secular world.

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Brian Cox

The Royal Society Lecture 1: Wonders of the Universe

Hay Festival 2011, 
The laws of light, gravity, time, matter and energy that govern us here on Earth are the same as those applied throughout the Universe. Chaired by Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society.

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Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Hay Festival 2015, 

Enter the magical mind of the bestselling author, whose recent books include the highly-acclaimed The Sleeper and the Spindle and Fortunately, the Milk. Find out where his genius ideas spring from and how he writes his books. From fairy tale twists to alien abductions over milk, there is a whole world to explore. He will be joined by Chris Riddell and his magical pens for some live drawing and book banter.

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8+ years
Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Women

Hay Festival 2015, 

The inspiring and provocative writer and scholar talks about Juliet, Beatrice, Ophelia, Cleopatra, Ann Hathaway and the Dark Lady of the Sonnets with festival director Peter Florence.

Germaine Greer

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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry

Hay Festival 2014, 

Celebrate Horrid Henry’s 20th birthday with the bestselling author. Discover what led her to create everyone’s favourite naughty boy. Step into the world of Horrid Henry and relive 20 years of hilarious adventures with Horrid Henry’s Krazy Ketchup, the brand new Horrid Henry story. With a special appearance by Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross.

6+ years

Francesca Simon

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Hugh Dennis talks to Marcus Brigstocke

Britty Britty Bang Bang

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Now Show and Outnumbered star muses on a self-confident, pluralist Olympic Britain – a country where a major politician can dangle helplessly from a zip wire like a discarded straw dolly and gain in popularity, and whose Jubilee Queen can send herself up and then descend by parachute.

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John Niven talks to James Dean Bradfield

Merthyr Rock Presents: The Second Coming

Hay Festival 2011, 
JC is back, in NY and looking to reach the people through a TV talent contest. The satirist is in conversation with the Manic Street Preacher.

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Carl Bernstein

Hay Festival 2013, 

The legendary journalist who broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post discusses the second-term Obama administration, and the resonant American anniversaries of Gettysburg (150), the end of the Vietnam War (40) and JFK's assassination (50) with Peter Florence.

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John Bishop talks to Dylan Jones

How Did All This Happen?

Hay Festival 2014, 

The late-onset superstar and stadium-rocking comedian discusses his extraordinarily happy memoir How Did All This Happen?

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Graham Norton talks to Viv Groskop

Hay Festival 2017, 

The actor and comedian introduces his debut novel Holding in which the loves and secrets and losses of an Irish community are exposed when human remains are found on a farm. Norton’s best-selling memoirs include The Life and Loves of a He-Devil and So Me.

Graham Norton talks to Viv Groskop

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Paul Roberts

Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum

Hay Festival 2013, 

An exploration of the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two cities on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The plaster-cast bodies of the victims are the most vivid and shocking reminders of the horrific event that made Pompeii famous, but who were these men, women and children so cruelly frozen in time?