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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2015, 

Following on the success of last year, the Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE is back for part two of his now published and bestselling book Happiness by Design. Through ‘Decide, Design and Do’, he reveals the ways in which we can actually become happier without having to think too hard about it. Change what you do, not how you think, to get more pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

Paul Dolan

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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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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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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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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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Bharat Malkani

Capital Punishment

Hay Festival 2015, 

On the 50th anniversary of the last execution to take place in the UK, Malkani, a lecturer at Birmingham Law School, discusses why we are better off without the death penalty and why British efforts to promote the worldwide abolition of capital punishment should be supported. UN statistics suggest the five countries with the highest number of state executions annually are, in order, China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

Bharat Malkani

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David Starkey

Magna Carta

Hay Festival 2015, 

The historian examines the context of the 1215 charter and its lasting impact on democracy today.

David Starkey

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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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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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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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Cedric Villani

Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure

Hay Festival 2015, 

The rock-star mathematician takes us on a mesmerising journey as he wrestles with a new theorem that will win him the most coveted prize in mathematics. Along the way he encounters obstacles and setbacks, losses of faith and even brushes with madness. His story is one of courage and partnership, doubt and anxiety, elation and despair. Blending science with history, biography with myth, he conjures up an inimitable cast of characters including the omnipresent Einstein, mad genius Kurt Gödel, and Villani’s personal hero, John Nash. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

Cedric Villani

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Susan Greenfield

The Private Life of the Brain

Hay Festival 2000, 
The most intriguing function of the human brain is to generate an inner world of feeling: emotions. Greenfield shows how both positive and negative emotions are with us all the time, but varying in degree. At the extreme she suggests that these entail an abrogation of a sense of self, the individual mind. She looks at what might actually be happening in the brain when you 'lose your mind', 'blow your mind' or 'let yourself go'.

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Joumana Haddad and Shereen El Feki talk to Joan Bakewell

Sex And The Citadel

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two compelling views of sex and gender in the Middle East. In Superman Is An Arab, her sequel to I Killed Sheherezade, Haddad examines the patriarchal system and machismo that continues to dominate in the Arab world. Sex is entwined in religion and tradition, politics and economics, gender and generations, so it makes the perfect lens for examining the region’s complex social landscape in El Feki’s study of Intimate Life In A Changing Arab World.

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Mark Watson, Louise Gray and Jim Robbins

Today On Earth

Hay Festival 2013, 

What’s been happening in the environmental world during Festival week? We pick through the best and worst, sort the bizarre from the banal and generally sift the global media. The comedian and the journalists discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Paul Silk, Graham Allen, Richard Wyn Jones

Constitutional Reform

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is the UK on the verge of breaking up? Scotland has its referendum in 2014, Wales is seeking further powers from Westminster, and local government in England is being strengthened. Silk, Commission on Devolution in Wales, Allen, Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, and Wyn Jones, Director of the Wales Governance Centre, discuss. Chaired by the BBC's Brian Meechan.

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Timothy Brook and Xiaolou Guo

China

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two views of the emerging superpower from the distinguished sinologist, author of Troubled Empire and The Confusions of Pleasure and the novelist and performer whose books include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers and UFO In Her Eyes. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Glyn Maxwell talks to Simon Armitage

On Poetry

Hay Festival 2013, 

The poet celebrates the work of the canonical poets and discusses his literary philosophy: that the greatest verse arises from a harmony of mind and body, and that poetic forms originate in human necessities – breath, heartbeat, footstep, posture.

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Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

Hay Festival 2015, 

Satish Kumar, a former monk and long-term peace and environmental activist, talks us through his life: his 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, co-founding the Schumacher College, and his hopes for the future.

Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

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Dambisa Moyo

Edge of Chaos

Hay Festival 2018, 

Facing economic stagnation, inequality and the vulnerability of liberal democracies to extremism, the economist proposes an aggressive and radical re-tooling of our political system with new constraints on both elected officials and voters. Moyo argues for extending politicians’ terms so as to match better the economic cycles; for increasing minimum qualifications for candidates; for introducing mandatory voting, and for implementing a weighted voting system. Moyo’s other books include Dead Aid, Winner Take All and How The West Was Lost. Chaired by Dharshini David.

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Oscar Guardiola Rivera, Joanna Bourke and Costas Douzinas

The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture: The Age Of Anxieties

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this first lecture honouring our late President, three legal scholars, historians and political thinkers discuss the nature of his legacy, and the writing of modern history.

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2010, 
The acclaimed stand-up comic for children returns to Hay. Get ready to giggle your gloves off!*
 
Family event
 
*We think socks get too much attention.

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Cressida Cowell talks to Peter Florence

Hooray for Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The creator of the wonderful How To Train Your Dragon series chats Vikings, Dragonese and the Isle of Berk.
 
7+ years

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Aminatta Forna y Owen Sheers en conversación con Claire Armitstead

Segovia 2008, 
La escritora y periodista Aminatta Forna (Reino Unido y Sierra Leona) y el poeta y escritor galés Owen Sheers conversarán sobre sus experiencias literarias con Claire Armitstead, editora literaria de The Guardian. Forna, que ha ambientado su última novela, El jardín de las mujeres (2006), en el África occidental, ha ganado, entre otros premios, el Hurston Wright Award for Debut Fiction en los Estados Unidos (2007). Es autora de The Devil that Danced on the Water (2002), unas memorias sobre su padre, disidente en Sierra Leona, y su familia, que fueron adaptadas a la radio por la BBC. Owen Sheers, por su parte, es uno de los poetas y escritores galeses jóvenes más aclamados y su debut en prosa, The Dust Diaries, fue declarado Welsh Book of the Year en 2005. Su primera novela, Resistencia (2008), es una historia de amor que transcurre en una Inglaterra imaginaria ocupada por los alemanes en 1944.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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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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Julia Donaldson & Jenny Valentine

Teen Reads

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join two of the freshest voices in the world of teen fiction as they explore character development and plot twists in Running on the Cracks (Donaldson) and The Ant Colony (Valentine).

12 years +