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Alanna Mitchell

Seasick: The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean

Hay Festival 2009, 
99% of the planet’s living space is undergoing vast chemical changes at the hand of man.

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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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Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams

What is Consciousness?

Hay Festival 2018, 

A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans? Are we all simply machines? Do we have free will? Can we invoke an enhanced collective consciousness? Bringing together findings from science and insights from religion they unpick what it means to be conscious. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientists for her work in communication and author of Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert book, which will be launched at Hay. 

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Anne Applebaum

Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe 1944–56

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag mines new archive material to chronicle Stalin’s brutal evisceration of the civil societies newly liberated from Nazi occupation as his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system: communism. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Jonathan Jones

The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance

Hay Festival 2010, 
In 1504 the two artists competed with each other directly, to paint the walls of a room in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio.
Jonathan Jones

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Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence

Segovia 2006, 
The charismatic rock star and founder of Live Aid talks about music, Ireland and Africa: the G8 leaders, aid programmes and trade tariffs with Peter Florence, Director of the Hay Festival.

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Mary Evans

Story Stew

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join children’s author Mary Evans for a fun, anarchic and downright daft introduction to story writing. Using a host of ingredients, a dollop of imagination and a side helping of silliness, you can learn a basic recipe that will enable anyone to write a story. That’s right. Anyone. Especially you. Back by popular demand, Story Stew helps you to write stories that leave a great taste in the imagination.
7+ years
Mary Evans

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Doris Kearns Goodwin talks to Jon Snow

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Hay Festival 2009, 
A magnificent study of presidential ambition and political manoeuvring, lauded by Barack Obama.

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Rory McGrath

Bearded Tit

Hay Festival 2008, 
The larky comedian rhapsodises his lifelong passion for bird-watching in his Love Story With Feathers.

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Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mr Tom

Hay Festival 2011, 
Delve inside the covers of this touching and powerful classic as it reaches its 30th birthday. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.
 
10+ years & families

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Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

A Lucky Child

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hague judge discusses his memoir of surviving Auschwitz as a young boy.
Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

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Peter Falk talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
The treasured Hollywood actor yarns his comedy career and the iconic TV role of Columbo in his autobiography, called, of course, Just One More Thing.

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Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

The Rule of Law

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the Director of Public Prosecutions at a time when the death of Ian Tomlinson, Leveson, Huhne, Redknapp, Summer rioters and the Lawrence trials have generated unprecedented interest in the law.

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Rolf Heuer

The John Maddox Lecture; A Year At CERN

Hay Festival 2013, 

This year’s keynote science lecture is given by the Director General of CERN on the last 12 months that has seen the laboratory receiving accolades around the world for the ‘discovery of the year’, with some pundits even renaming the American national holiday Higgsdependence Day, in honour of the particle whose identification was announced to the world on 4 July 2012. Followed by a discussion with physicists Frank Close and Tara Shears.

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CHINA with Sabotage Sister

Hay Festival 2011, 
Multi-media performance by poet, film-maker and novelist Xiaolou Guo and her syndicate.
 
Find out more about Xiaolou Guo on her website

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Jonathon Harrington, Rosie Boycott, Colin Spedding, Christie Peacock, Denis Murphy

Food Security

Hay Festival 2011, 
What can we do? Encourage organic farming? Eat less meat? Reduce food waste? Support GM plant breeding? Grow our own?
 
A little further reading... articles by Jonathon Harrington and Christie Peacock:
 

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David Crystal

What The Dickens!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The linguistics Prof mines the work of the novelist - one of the greatest ever writers of dialect, dialogue and description, and an inventive master of vocabulary and language.

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Simon Garfield

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Hay Festival 2011, 
About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, and about Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi.

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Parc comes to Hay

Hay Festival 2008, 
Caspar Walsh is a former inmate, and now writer-in-residence at HM Parc Prison, Bridgend. He discusses his autobiography Criminal with Peter Florence. This session complements the Hay Comes to Parc arm of the Festival being held this week at the prison. For full details please see www.hayfestival.com.

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Marcus Sedgwick and Cliff McNish

Demons and Angels

Hay Festival 2008, 
Marcus Sedgwick uses ancient myths and traditions as the base for his lyrical vampire novel My Swordhand is Singing. Cliff McNish uses angels of both darkness and light to explore teenage morality and fragility in his latest, breathtaking Angel. They talk to Paul Blezard.

Hay Fever 13 yrs +

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Marian Keyes

Fictions – The Woman Who Stole My Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

Keyes’ stunning new novel The Woman Who Stole My Life is about losing the life you had and finding a better one. Her international bestselling novels include Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky and The Mystery of Mercy Close. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

Marian Keyes

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Jacqueline Wilson talks to Julia Eccleshare

The Hay Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great Jacqueline Wilson, the most-borrowed children’s author from libraries, reveals the inspiration behind her latest book, Rent a Bridesmaid. She discusses her inspiration and love of books with the HAYDAYS Director.

8+
Jacqueline Wilson talks to Julia Eccleshare

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Will Self talks to Alexander Linklater

Hay Festival 2006, 
The superverbal and imaginatively thrilling novelist and journalist launches his The Book of Dave, based around the rants of Dave Roth, a disgruntled East End taxi driver, who writes his woes down and buries them only to have them discovered 500 years later and used as the sacred text for a religion that has taken hold in the flooded remnants of London.

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Ben Cort

Aliens in Underpants

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join the star illustrator of this intergalactic series, with a visit from a very special extraterrestrial guest. Prizes for the best underpants brought to Hay, so get creating!
 
4–7 years

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Simon Bartram

Bob, the Man on the Moon

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and laugh along as Bob and his special dog Barry take on a new cosmic adventure. Don’t forget to bring a plentiful supply of funny faces!
 
5–8 years