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Johnny Ball

Puzzles, Problems and Perplexing Posers

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Ball of Confusion, from Johnny Ball’s slot of the same name on Zoe Ball’s radio 2 show, will bend your mind in places it’s never been bent before. Can you keep up?

Johnny Ball

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Ian Goldin

The Butterfly Defect

Hay Festival 2014, 

The repercussions of local events now cascade over national borders, and the fall-out of financial meltdowns and environmental disasters affects everyone. Goldin analyses how globalization creates systemic risks, and suggests what to do about it.

Ian Goldin

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Roly Keating

The Mechanical Curator and Other Stories

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Director of the British Library browses the infinite possibilities for Libraries and Creativity in an Age of Data. ‘These are times of historic disruption in the whole global system of information and publication, and it seems right that the great knowledge institutions – with their historic remit to think and act with a view far into the future – should play a full part in shaping the changes that lie ahead.’ Chaired by Gaby Wood, Head of Books at The Telegraph.

Roly Keating

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Gala de Poesía

Segovia 2008, 
Un grupo formado por algunos de los mejores poetas internacionales, clausurarán el Festival recitando su poesía: Antonio Colinas y Benjamin Prado (España), Juan Manuel Roca y Rómulo Bustos (Colombia), Gillian Clarke y Robert Minhinnick (Gran Bretaña) y Ouidad Benmoussa (Marruecos). Evento moderado por el autor Benjamín Prado.

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Jeremy Leggett, Jim Watson and Nick Butler

Nef Debate 1: What if Oil Hits $200 a Barrel?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Are we ready for the end of cheap oil, or does it mean the end of civilisation as we know it? Chaired by Andrew Simms.

The New Economics Foundation (nef) is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society

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Ian Rankin talks to SJ Parris

30 Years of Rebus

Hay Festival 2017, 

The big tent morphs into the Oxford Bar for the afternoon, as we pull up a stool and celebrate the enduring brilliance of Rankin’s great Edinburgh detective creation.

Ian Rankin talks to SJ Parris

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Kjartan Poskitt

Murderous Maths

Hay Festival 2012, 
Back by popular demand, our favourite numerical wizard is coming to Hay to put an end to maths miseries great and small. Join us for hilarious games of mathematical trickery and cunning calculus.
 
9+ years

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Max Hastings

All Hell Let Loose - The World at War 1939-1945

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this magnificent war history the author emphasises the Russian front, where more than 90% of all German soldiers who perished met their fate. He suggests that the Royal Navy and US Navy were their countries’ outstanding fighting services, while the industrial contribution of the United States was much more important to Allied victory than that of the US Army.

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Patrick Cramsie

The British Library Lecture: The Story of Graphic Design

Hay Festival 2010, 
A magnificent and revelatory study of the development of graphic styles in the West, from the origins of the alphabet itself to the work of the greatest designers and scribes in history.

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Ben Macintyre

Double Cross - The True Story of the D-Day Spies

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat uncovers the six extraordinary double-agents at the heart of the deception that enabled the 150,000-strong invasion force to land in Normandy on 6 June 1944.
 

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Green Dragons’ Den 2

Hay on Earth 2

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from today’s Hay on Earth sustainability workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Green Dragons’ Den 2

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Julian Barnes talks to Claire Armitstead

Nothing to be Frightened of

Hay Festival 2008, 
The masterly novelist discusses his memoir: a meditation on death, God, his philosopher brother and French literature, with the literary editor of the Guardian.

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Sophie Dahl

Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author reads from and discusses her recipe for the art of eating a little of what you fancy in Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

Hay Festival 2008, 
Psychologist Gary Marcus shows how imperfect and ill-adapted our brains really are from their hominid origins. We are prone to rages, addictions and other habits that limit our capacity for rational action in every sphere, from food to politics.

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Julie Grigg, Fiona Howard and the children of Hay Primary School

Hay & Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hay2Timbuktu Antenatal Project managed over 100% increase in pregnant women receiving antenatal care last year and the twinned communities won a UN-endorsed award for excellence in community linking in the fields of health and trade. Where will we go this year?

All proceeds to Medics4Timbuktu.

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Philippa Gregory

The Changeling

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl as she reveals the dark myths, medieval secrets and intrigue that populate the pages of her first-ever series for young people.
 
12+ years

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Bridget Christie, Tony Law, James Acaster and Nish Kumar hosted by Ed Gamble

The Machynlleth Comedy Festival Showcase

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Saturday Night Showcase returns, featuring the best breaking comedians and the comet-tailed stars of our fabulous sister festival over the mountains. You’ll hear them here second!

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Anthony Browne

Hay Festival 2013, 

Picture book legend, multiple award-winner and former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne will share the magic of his art and show us how to play the Shape Game.

5+ years

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CILIP Kate Greenaway Breakfast

Hay Festival 2010, 
Join Grahame Baker Smith (Leon & the Place Between) and Viviane Schwarz (There are Cats in this Book) as they draw and chat about creating picture books, as well as their shortlisting for one of the most prestigious awards for children's illustration. For all generations of readers – parents, youngsters and aspiring illustrators alike. Chaired by Children's Laureate and twice winner of the CILIP Greenaway Medal Anthony Browne
 
Complimentary Cafédirect coffee will be served.
 
Family event
 
See the Blog for more details.

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Dambisa Moyo talks to Bronwen Maddox

The Prospect Platform: How The West Was Lost

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Western economies should forge closer ties with the emerging economies, rethink trade barriers, overhaul their tax systems, and address the three essential ingredients for growth – capital, labour and technology – to halt the squandered advantages of the last 50 years. Chaired by the Editor of Prospect.

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Teens

Bryan Elsley, Jenny Valentine and Jacqueline Wilson talk to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2008, 
Screenwriter Bryan Elsley (Skins) and rising star Jenny Valentine (Finding Violet Park, Broken Soup) join Louise Rennison to explore the boundaries of writing for teenagers. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Grace Dent, Cathy Hopkins and Jo Nadin

Queens of Teen

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and have a girly gossip about Shiraz Bailey-Wood, Rachel Riley and the Mates, Dates crew - delicious cupcakes included!

10–16 years

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William Nicholson

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and screenwriter introduces his witty and acute social comedy set in a Sussex village.

'No one is perfectly happy. But when are we happy enough?' William Nicholson's new novel, The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, enters the minds and hearts of a group of 'new villagers', the people who live in the country and work in the city. It's about marriage and sex, work and money, being a parent and being a child; about life not turning out the way you hoped, and about life being richer than you dreamed. The main plot – a wife whose long-ago lover returns, to remind her how intense her feelings once were – is borrowed from past experiences of the author's wife, Virginia Nicholson, herself a writer (Singled Out). She will be on the platform with him to discuss turning real life into fiction, whether her husband understands women, and the married life of two writers.

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Adrian Goldsworthy

The Fall of the West

Hay Festival 2009, 
The long view of The Long, Slow Death of the Roman Empire played out in politicking, economic collapse and terrorism...

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Lovers

Budapest 2013, 

The Professor of poetry lays bare Shakepeare’s depiction of romantic lovers and the explorations of sex, love and marriage in the plays, with special reference to Romeo & Juliet

In collaboration with Corvina Books