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Sabrina Mahfouz, Owen Sheers, Marcus Brigstocke, David Buckland and Mark Shorrock

Art in the Environment

Hay Festival 2014, 

Art is not always just for art’s sake: it has long been used as way of exploring, communicating and engaging people as well as bringing people together. Writers Mahfouz, Sheers and Brigstocke, and Cape Farewell director Buckland, discuss vision, ethics, imagination and integrity. They are joined by Mark Shorrock from the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, who is unveiling the first of two international art commissions.

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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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Amartya Sen

The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture: Marx and the Power of Ideas

Hay Festival 2015, 

This year’s lecture is given by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, author of The Idea of Justice and Identity and Violence – The Illusion of Destiny. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

Amartya Sen

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Lisa Jardine

The 2009 Raymond Williams Lecture: Culture & Society

Hay Festival 2009, 
Williams’ Culture and Society became a cult book for liberal practitioners and critics in the humanities throughout the 1960s and 70s. The Professor of Renaissance Studies looks at his dreams and ambitions for mass culture, and the vital role of literature in the democratic process, and asks whether there is something important to be learned from his cultural analysis today.

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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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David Bellos

Is that a fish in your ear?

Hay Festival 2012, 
From foreign films to the UN Security Council, the pre-eminent multi-linguist interprets Translation and the Meaning of Everything. Chaired by Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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Poets Read Bolaño: Juan Vicente Piqueras, José Manuel Benítez Ariza and Jesús Aguado

Segovia 2013, 

Third tribute in Segovia to Roberto Bolaño, the Chilean writer and poet who settled in Spain, by an outstanding trio. The facts speak for themselves: Juan Vicente Piqueras, recipient of the Loewe, Machado and José Hierro de Poesía awards; José Manuel Benítez Ariza, also novelist and columnist, as well as poet, with more than a dozen published books; and Jesús Aguado, winner of the Hiperion de Poesía award in 1990.

 

Co-organised and produced by AC/E (Acción Cultural Española)

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Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Carl Nichols

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: Delivering the Circular Economy

Hay Festival 2015, 

Cloudy with a chance of compost – forecasting the circular economy with the New Weather Institute. Author and campaigner Andrew Simms talks to author and journalist David Boyle and Carl Nichols, Head of WRAP Cymru.

Andrew Simms, David Boyle and Carl Nichols

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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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Bruce Robinson talks to William Sieghart

They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper

Hay Festival 2016, 

The iconoclastic writer and director of the classic Withnail & I returns to London in a decade-long examination of the most provocative murder investigation in British history. He finally solves the identity of the killer known as Jack the Ripper.

Bruce Robinson talks to William Sieghart

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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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Andrew Solomon

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture: Far From the Tree

Hay Festival 2015, 

The winner of the 2014 Wellcome Book Prize introduces his wise and compassionate book Far From The Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love. Ten years in the writing, it tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Chaired by Hay Festival President Stephen Fry.

Andrew Solomon

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Paul Zak

The Moral Molecule

Hay Festival 2012, 
The economist explains his theory that oxytocin drives our morality and is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that build and help maintain stable societies.

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Nigel Owens, Sam Warburton and Martyn Phillips talk to Carolyn Hitt

Grand Slams, Game Plans, Tight Calls and Balance Sheets

Hay Festival 2019, 

Rugby is a serious global business that is scaling up, and facing regional and global challenges and revolutions. WRU CEO and Chair of GlobalWelsh Martyn Phillips, Sam Warburton, the former Wales, Lions and Cardiff Blues captain and THE ref Nigel Owens discuss all aspects of the sport: its challenges, both on and off the field, and the culture that underpins the essence of the game, in conversation with Carolyn Hitt, author of Wales Play in Red.

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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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Steve Jones

No Need for Geniuses: Revolutionary Science in the Age of the Guillotine

Hay Festival 2016, 

Paris at the time of the French Revolution was the world capital of science. Its scholars laid the foundations of today’s physics, chemistry and biology. They were true revolutionaries, agents of an upheaval both of understanding and of politics. The Eiffel Tower, built to celebrate the Revolution’s centennial, saw the world’s first wind tunnel, first radio message and first observation of cosmic rays. Perhaps the greatest Revolutionary scientist of all, Antoine Lavoisier founded modern chemistry and physiology, transformed French farming, and hugely improved the manufacture of gunpowder. His political activities brought him a fortune, but in the end led to his execution. The judge who sentenced him claimed that “the Revolution has no need for geniuses”. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Steve Jones

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David Aaronovitch, Rachael Jolley, Tom Holland, David Baddiel, Anita Anand and Jodie Ginsberg

The Index Punch Ups

Hay Festival 2015, 

Five short arguments about flashpoints in the Freedom of Speech debates – porn, blasphemy, Israel, national security. Where do we draw the lines? And why?

David Aaronovitch, Rachael Jolley, Tom Holland, David Baddiel, Anita Anand and Jodie Ginsberg

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Óscar Collazos, Ana Cristina Herreros, Pep Durán, Juan Esteban Constaín and Edmundo Paz Soldán in conversation with Juan Gossaín

RCN Ministry of Education story competition:How to tell a story

Cartagena 2012, 
The judge of the 5th RCN Ministry of Education story competition will share their experiences and skills with the public by telling their own stories. This will be followed by the presentation of awards to the young competition winners.

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Stephen King talks to Peter Florence: Part I

London Events 2006, 
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over forty books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

He talks to the director of the Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

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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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Patrick Wright

Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War

Hay Festival 2008, 
Patrick Wright discusses his work of impressive scholarship that roots our understanding of Cold War rhetoric and attitudes deeply in the C20th. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee talks to Claire Armitstead

The Gene: An Intimate History

Hay Festival 2016, 

The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganises our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes. Woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The cancer physician’s book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer won the Pulitzer Prize. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Siddhartha Mukherjee talks to Claire Armitstead

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HM Castor & William Osborne

VIII and Hitler’s Angel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two unique approaches to historical fiction, each with a twist of psychological thriller. Join us to talk power, secrets and courage. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas.
 
11+ years

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Susy Smith and guests

Country Living Magazine Women in Business Forum 1

Hay Festival 2013, 

What does it take to start a small rural business? Discover how to turn talent into turnover with advice from three successful entrepreneurs: Business Manager at Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) Fiona Davies, home textile designer Jan Constantine and Hay’s own Athene English of The Great English Outdoors.

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Nigel Jenkins and David Pearl

Gower

Hay Festival 2010, 
A unique portrait in poetry, history and photography of the Gower peninsula, Britain’s first area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Nigel Jenkins and David Pearl