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Richard Holmes

The Age of Wonder

Hay Festival 2009, 
The pre-eminent biographer surveys the great golden age of Darwin, Newton, Cook and How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science.

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Andy Stanton, Jeremy Strong, Tamsyn Murray

Punny Flannel

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three of the world’s (yes, we said world’s!) funniest children’s writers come together in a wonderfully random mish-mash look at laughs. Chaired by the hilarious James Campbell.
 
7+ years & families Rib Ticklers 

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Orsola De Castro, Jessica Bumpus, Margareta van den Bosch, Catarina Midby and Dilys Williams

Just Fashion

Hay Festival 2015, 

Pioneering fashion designer Orsola de Castro and co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day, discusses the future of sustainability in fashion with Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s former design director and now creative advisor, Jessica Bumpus from Vogue and Catarina Midby, H&M's Sustainable Fashion Advisor. They talk to Dilys Williams, Director of the London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion. The panel will also offer their insights on the final garments created by 12 students from H&M’s Garment Recycling Programme after a week-long workshop with leading designers. The workshops will have encouraged students to use and consider sustainable sourcing and techniques in the production of their garments as well as ensuring the finished product is beautifully designed and presented.

Orsola De Castro, Jessica Bumpus, Margareta van den Bosch, Catarina Midby and Dilys Williams

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Cassandra Clare

Hay Festival 2012, 
The sensationally successful author touches down in Hay to chat about her thrilling Mortal Instruments saga and launch the latest episode.
 
12+ years

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Mark Lynas, Philip Ball and guests

Sacred Cows Make The Best Beefburgers

Hay Festival 2013, 

Challenging firmly-held beliefs is not to be undertaken lightly. However, it is crucial in all walks of life if societies are to develop and be capable of meeting new challenges. Author and campaigner Mark Lynas and renowned science writer Philip Ball discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Lynn Barber talks to Rosie Boycott

An Education

Hay Festival 2010, 
When the journalist was 16, she was picked up at a bus stop by an attractive older man who drew up in his sports car – and her life was almost wrecked. The movie you know...
Lynn Barber talks to Rosie Boycott

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Christopher Hitchens

The Rights of Man

Hay Festival 2006, 
The contrarian traces the history of The Rights of Man from the publication of Part One in 1791 in London and its rapturous reception across the Atlantic. He analyses the meaning it has acquired since its creation, and its significance as the cornerstone of contemporary debates about our basic human rights.

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Ian McEwan in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2010, 
OBE and winner of the Booker Prize with Amsterdam has stood out for decades as one of the most acclaimed and personal voices of British literature. His novel Atonement was recently adapted for the big screen with great success. McEwan is also well known for his defence of freedom of speech. He talks to Peter Florence, director of Hay Festival of Literature. 
 
This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.
Ian McEwan in conversation with Peter Florence

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Peter Lord

Aardman Animation

Hay Festival 2010, 
The co-founder of the UK’s favourite animation studio joins us for a very special hands-on event.
 
Family event

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Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Before the War

Hay Festival 2016, 

A new, historical novel from the great tale-teller. Consider Vivien in November 1922. She is 24 and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - almost worse in those times - intelligent. At nearly six foot tall, she is known unkindly by her family as ‘the giantess’. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her… This is a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers and aristocrats clinging onto the past.

 

Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Rebecca Front

Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections

Hay Festival 2014, 

A collection of delightfully witty and acutely observed stories by the comedy writer, columnist and actress – star of The Thick of It, Lewis and Nighty Night. She reads and talks to Lisa Dwan.

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Elif Shafak, Anna Funder, Zaiba Malik and Helena Kennedy compèred by Sandi Toksvig

Free Speech Cabaret Gala

Hay Festival 2011, 
Shafak talks about her life as a female novelist in Turkey. Samuel Johnson Prize-winner Funder introduces her forthcoming novel based on the true story of anti-Nazi campaigners in the 1930s. Malik talks about her dual British and Muslim identity. The Human Rights barrister discusses freedom of speech and the Rule of Law. 
 
More about Elif Shafak, Zaiba Malik and Helena Kennedy
 
All proceeds to support the Hay Festival B39 project in Beirut

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Simon Jenkins

The National Trust Lecture: Wales – Churches, Houses and Castles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The journalist and National Trust chairman surveys the monuments and masterpieces of Wales.

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The Duchess of Rutland talks to Corisande Albert

Belvoir Castle

Hay Festival 2010, 
The story of one of Britain’s great Regency houses told by its owner as A Thousand Years of Family Art and Architecture.
The Duchess of Rutland talks to Corisande Albert

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Roger McGough

That Awkward Age

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘At that awkward age now between birth and death…’ – the patron saint of poetry wrestles with mortality, seeks love in the launderette, perspires in the Foreign Legion, snaps Henri Cartier Bresson in Liverpool and jives in Macca’s trousers.

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Jules Evans

Philosophy for Life - And other dangerous situations

Hay Festival 2012, 
An invitation to a dream school with a rowdy faculty that includes 12 of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives.

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David Nutt, Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera, Álvaro Enrigue and David Aaronovitch

Drugs - Without the Hot Air

Hay Festival 2012, 
A discussion about Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs for individuals and society. The neuropsychopharmacologist was fired from the ACMD by Home Secretary Alan Johnson for analysing the relative drug harms. He is joined by the Ambassador of Colombia, whose President Santos publicly aired the possibility of legalization in January at Hay Festival Cartagena, and the Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue.

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Chris Stringer

The Royal Society Lecture 4: The Origin of Our Species

Hay Festival 2011, 
The pre-eminent palaeontologist asks: can we define modern humans, and how can we recognise our beginnings in the fossil and archaeological record? What of language, art, diet, society? Has human evolution stopped?
 
More about Chris Stringer http://royalsociety.org/
Read his related article here www.timesonline.co.uk/
Homo Britannicus - Chris Stringer

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Anthony Kenny

Should old Aquinas be forgot—or is philosophy perennial?

Hay Festival 2008, 
The author of The Rise of Modern Philosophy, wonders.

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Noel Kingsbury

Hybrid: The History and the Science of Plant Breeding

Hay Festival 2010, 
The colourful story of plant breeding brings together traditional farmers, tribal shamans, eccentric entrepreneurs, dedicated scientists, faceless corporations, bold visionaries, obsessive nerds and the occasional charlatan.

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Noel Kingsbury, Tim Richardson, Dan Pearson and Simon Jenkins

The C21st Garden – A place of beauty, or a home for woodlice?

Hay Festival 2009, 
How will the idea of the garden reflect our ecological concerns, our understanding of outdoor space as art, and the interface between humankind and nature?

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Carol Klein

Life in a Cottage Garden

Hay Festival 2011, 
A year in the Gardener’s World presenter’s garden at Glebe Cottage.
 
More information and a review of Life in a Cottage Garden
 
 
 

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Ha-Joon Chang

Cambridge Series 5: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

Hay Festival 2011, 
The economist turns all received wisdom about free markets, globalization and the digital revolution on its head and offers an utterly compelling alternative. Chaired by Jesse Norman of the Treasury Select Committee.
 
Read more by and about Ha-Joon Chang here

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Steve Hilton talks to John Mitchinson

More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First

Hay Festival 2015, 

Humans don’t always behave as you expect them to. Sometimes their responses and actions are completely irrational – we don’t always make perfect decisions – but the model we base everything on is a rational one. Why? If we design our systems, our government, and all the products and services we use for perfect, rational people, is it any wonder they aren’t working? The Stanford academic and political advisor believes that change is possible and necessary: that we can create a more local, more accountable, more human way of living that will make us more productive, more fulfilled and ultimately happier.

Steve Hilton talks to John Mitchinson

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Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

Green World Question Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of High Tides discusses Obama’s eco-practice, the latest developments in Climate Change study, nuclear power and the role of individuals and NGOs.