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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2009, 
Forget clowns, join one of the UK's top comedians for some proper comedy for kids. Guaranteed to tickle your ribs and your fancy.

7 years +

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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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Samar Yazbek talks to Jo Glanville

The View From Here

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation about new writing in the Arab world with the PEN Award-winning and Beirut 39 writer Samar Yazbek, author of A Woman In The Crossfire: Diaries Of The Syrian Revolution.

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Bernard Beckett and Xiaolu Guo talk to Stephanie Merritt

Story: Futures

Hay Festival 2009, 
Beckett’s Genesis creates a world where just what it means to be human is up for debate. Guo’s bracingly funny dystopia UFO in Her Eyes, a startling parable of change, imagines an uneasy future for rural China.

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Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan and Andy Middleton talk to Mark Skipworth

Freeganism and Food Supply

Kells 2015, 

Deputy Editor of The Telegraph Mark Skipworth chairs a discussion with musician, visual artist, political activist and writer Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan of Sheridan's Cheesemongers, and maverick thinker and social entrepreneur Andy Middleton on the increased global demand for food, the intensification of food production, food waste and Freeganism. 

Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan and Andy Middleton talk to Mark Skipworth

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Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

Cardiff University Series 2: In An Age of Mass Surveillance

Hay Festival 2015, 

The leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have transformed our understanding of our daily communication through social media, email and mobile phones. Scholars from Cardiff University’s research project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society will discuss the practices, implications and broader meanings of mass surveillance. Does it work? How does it work, and who and what is monitored? How does it affect civil rights? Have we been properly informed, and how should the media report? How can we protect ourselves?

Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

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Adam Hart-Davis

The Book Of Time

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Philosophers, scientists and religions have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. From the Ancient Indian ghati to the latest atomic clock, Adam explores measuring time and time travel. Make time to join him.

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In The Book of Time we see how philosophers, scientists and religions have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. We see how time works in the natural world and in our own bodies and minds, and how we've tried to measure it – first with calendars, then with increasingly sophisticated devices, from the Ancient Indian ghati to the latest atomic clock. And from Aristotle to Einstein, we explore how time has been essential for scientists in their quest to understand the universe and everything in it. Not forgetting the deliciously weird world of time travel, explaining what is fact and what is fiction. This is the kind of book that you can dip into or read in depth – but either way we promise time will just fly by...
Adam Hart-Davis

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bigger, better, grislier, crazier... No, not Andy, Mr Gum of course! Make sure you and your Snocklehead friends don't miss out.
 
7+ years

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Gavin Francis

Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins

Hay Festival 2013, 

One man, fourteen months, the world’s loneliest continent, minus 50°C, and the magnificent Emperor Penguins for company through a summer of perpetual sunshine into winter months of darkness.

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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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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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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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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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Blessing Musariri and Ethel Irene Kabwato with Menna Elfyn

Sunflowers in Your Eyes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The two Zimbabwean poets read their work and discuss the cultural and political world they work in.

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Paul Preston talks to Elena Moya

Segovia 2011, 
Paul Preston, one of the most important British Hispanists and a specialist in contemporary Spanish history, will talk about his new book The Spanish Holocaust, Inquisition and Extermination in 20th Century Spain with Spanish author and journalist Elena Moya, writer of Los olivos de Belchite. In his new work, Preston travels to the turmoil of the 1930’s and scrupulously details the darkest chapters of the Spanish civil war and Franco’s repression thereafter with great command of the sources used.

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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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Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow

The Raymond Williams Dialogue: The Ideas That Make Us

Hay Festival 2015, 

A classicist and a neuroscientist explore the Ancient Greek words Liberty, Comedy, Charisma, Xenia, Wisdom and Peace and travel both forwards and backwards in time, investigating how these ideas have been moulded by history and have made an impact on history and the human experience. Hughes is the author of Helen of Troy – Goddess, Whore and The Hemlock Cup. Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientist for her work in communication.

Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow

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Fernando Delgado and Elvira Lindo

Segovia 2012, 
Fernando Delgado’s novel La Verdad También se Inventa will be discussed in a session with the writer Elvira Lindo, who presents Lugares que no Quiero Compartir con Nadie, her vision of New York City where she lives part of the year.
 
Co-organized with Fundación Lara

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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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Lorrie Moore and Joshua Ferris

Fictions – American Time

Hay Festival 2014, 

In her new collection Bark the great short story writer Lorrie Moore explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls. Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love wend their way through each of these narratives. Moore’s characteristic style is always tender, never sentimental and often heartbreakingly funny. Ferris’s dazzling new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life, the certainty of death, and the importance of good oral hygiene. They talk to Ted Hodgkinson.

Lorrie Moore and Joshua Ferris

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Bill Nighy talks to Francine Stock

The Bookshop: Preview

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor talks about his work on the new film of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, directed by Isabel Coixet. Set in a small town in 1959 England, it is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield. With film clips.

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Judith Kerr

My Henry

Hay Festival 2011, 
Judith’s creations sit at the heart of every good bookshelf. Gather round as she introduces her charming new picture book and looks back on Mog, The Tiger Who Came To Tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.  
7+ years & family

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Usha Goswami

Cambridge University Series 1: Dyslexia and the Brain

Hay Festival 2015, 

How can neuroscience help us to understand the sensory processing differences that can give rise to learning difficulties like dyslexia? Goswami is Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience.

Usha Goswami

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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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Dai Smith, Madeleine Gray, Alan Edmunds and Ceri Gould join Huw Bowen

Welsh Heroes and Villains 3 – Culture

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bards, poets, writers, actors, and musicians populate Welsh history to an extraordinary degree. So too do the icons of modern popular culture from the Manic Street Preachers to Gavin and Stacey. Why has Wales been so blessed with creative talent? And what is distinctively Welsh about our cultural heroes?