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Morris Gleitzman

Now

Hay Festival 2010, 
A rare chance to meet the author of the modern-day classics Once and Then, as he introduces the final installment. If you haven’t discovered him yet, here is your chance.
 
8–12 years

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Germaine Greer

Cartagena 2011, 
Greer is an Australian writer and academic of great importance in the feminist movement; her work The Female Eunuch (1970), was one of the most read and influential books of the seventies and Greer came to the forefront of discussions about the liberation of women. In her book, she criticises the mechanisms of the traditional nuclear family and advocates a revolutionary handover of power to women. Forty years afterwards, she talks about this work and its current relevance. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Universities of Cambridge and Sydney. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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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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Mark Miodownik talks to Georgina Godwin

Stuff Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? How come concrete pours? The broadcaster and UCL Professor of Materials and Society introduces The Strange Stories Of The Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World.

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James Naughtie talks to Corisande Albert

The Madness of July

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster introduces his first novel, a riveting espionage thriller set in 1970s Westminster at the height of the Cold War. Can’t give away much about the plot, but it’s horribly plausible and absolutely outrageous!

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Rose McGowan talks to Laurie Penny

Brave

Hay Festival 2018, 

McGowan is a film-maker, thought leader and agent of change. Brave is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto: a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE. Laurie Penny is author of Bitch Doctrine and Everything Belongs to the Future.

Rose McGowan talks to Laurie Penny

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Simon Singh

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The writers of The Simpsons are so fascinated by mathematics that they have drip-fed morsels of number theory into the series over the last twenty-five years – so many that they could form the basis of an entire university course. The author of The Codebook and Fermat’s Last Theorem uses specific episodes to explain concepts ranging from pi and the paradox of infinity to the origins of numbers.

Simon Singh

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Orlando Figes

The Whisperers – Private Lives in Stalin’s Russia

Hay Festival 2008, 
In this masterpiece of popular history Orlando Figes teases out intimate experiences from people who spent their lives regarding individuality as both subversive and dangerous.

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David Almond talks to Julia Eccleshare

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great author of Skellig, Kit’s Wilderness, Clay, The Savage and The Fire-Eater talks about his work with the Guardian’s children’s books editor.

Hay Fever 11 yrs +

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Emma Smith

Shakespeare’s First Folio

Hay Festival 2016, 

In late November 1623, the publisher Edward Blount finally took delivery at his bookshop, at the sign of the Black Bear near St Paul’s, of a book that had long been in the making: Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Professor Smith tells the story of that first collected edition of the plays, and follows the journeys of individual copies now located around the world with their tell-tale annotations, wine stains, provenance and uses.

Emma Smith

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AC Grayling

War: An Enquiry

Hay Festival 2017, 

The philosopher challenges long-held views on just wars, ethical conduct during war, why wars occur, how they alter people and societies; and how we might reduce their frequency, mitigate their horrors and lessen the burden of their consequences.

AC Grayling

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Helen Skelton

Amy Wild: Amazon Summer

Hay Festival 2015, 

Join TV presenter Helen Skelton as she introduces her children’s book, the first in a new action-packed adventure series. Helen reveals how her own incredible real-life experiences and adventures have influenced her writing, from cycling to the South Pole to tightrope walking between the towers of Battersea Power Station. Amazon Summer is based on Helen’s own experiences travelling through the Amazon. Chaired by writer and broadcaster Matt Brown.

8+ years
Helen Skelton

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Jonathan Boff

Sleepwalking to War? Britain in 1914 and 1939

Hay Festival 2014, 

Did Britain stumble blindly into two world wars? The war historian compares preparations for both conflicts and argues that the lessons learned from the First were crucial to survival in the Second.

 

Jonathan Boff

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Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragon Slayer

Hay Festival 2011, 
The creator of Thursday Next and Shades of Grey introduces the first in a new trilogy fizzing with energy and dry-humour.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
One of our Thursdays is Missing - Jasper Fforde

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Christopher Domínguez, Juan Goytisolo y Andrés Sánchez

Homenaje a Octavio Paz — alguien me deletrea

Segovia 2008, 
Se cumplen ahora 10 años de la muerte de Octavio Paz, poeta y ensayista de ineludible referencia en la historia universal de la literatura y el pensamiento del siglo XX. La Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, el Hay Festival y Círculo de Lectores, la editorial de su obra completa, han querido honrar al Nobel mexicano con una doble sesión, que bajo el lema común de ‘Alguien me deletrea’, tomado de uno de sus versos, evocará la indeleble huella de su obra y su gravitación sobre el presente. Con este motivo se presenta también el volumen de carácter conmemorativo ‘Alguien me deletrea. Un decenio sin Octavio Paz’, publicado por Galaxia Gutenberg/Círculo de Lectores, y que coordinado por Aurelio Major reúne el testimonio sobre Octavio Paz de varias decenas de escritores y poetas. En la primera sesión dedicada al ensayo de Octavio Paz participarán el escritor Juan Goytisolo, el poeta y ensayista Andrés Sanchéz Robayna, y el historiador y critico literario Christopher Dominguez, quien fue miembro del consejo de redacción de la revista Vuelta en conversación con el editor Aurelio Major.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanéa del español al inglés.

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Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

Are We All Scientific Experts Now?

Hay Festival 2014, 

How do we identify the true scientific experts? And how do we avoid false scientific‘controversies’ like the MMR debacle and Climategate? The two Cardiff University professors draw on work from Collins’ provocative new book.

 

Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

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Jacqueline Wilson Introduces Hetty Feather

A CBBC Screening at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Jacqueline Wilson introduces an exclusive screening of CBBC’s new adaptation of her popular children’s novel Hetty Feather. A fast-paced and thrilling story, featuring a feisty new heroine, Hetty Feather brings the realities of the Victorian age to life through the eyes and adventures of the children who inhabit the Foundling Hospital. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew.

Not for broadcast.

CBBC
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 55 mins
Jacqueline Wilson Introduces Hetty Feather

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Christianne Glossop and Glyn Hewinson

Bovine TB: The Cattle, the Farmers, the Vets and the Badgers

Hay Festival 2015, 

BTB can be harmful to humans and is fatal for cattle. Managing a breakdown can be economically disastrous and extremely stressful for farmers. The campaign to eradicate bTB combines challenging diagnostic science, field-by-field biosecurity, veterinary monitoring and political will. Glossop is Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, and has made the implementation of a comprehensive TB eradication programme her highest priority. Hewinson is a globally respected scientist in the field of TB immunology and diagnostics, who worked on the collaborative project that led to the sequencing of the M Bovis genome. They talk to Peter Florence.

Christianne Glossop and Glyn Hewinson

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Howard Johns, Juliet Davenport, Mark Shorrock and Gareth Williams

Energy Revolution

Hay Festival 2014, 

We need a revolution in the way we both use and generate energy. Howard Johns puts forward the case for community energy systems with Mark Shorrock, founder and CEO of Swansea’s Tidal Lagoon Power scheme, Good Energy's CEO Juliet Davenport and Caplor Energy’s Gareth Williams. They discuss with Andy Fryers.

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The King of the Sky

With actors, puppets and music

Hay Festival 2015, 
An Italian boy comes to live in a Welsh mining village, where his parents own a café. He misses his home but the cooing of Mr Evans’ racing pigeons reminds him of a sunlit Roman piazza, and draws him into an unlikely friendship with the old man. Together, they pin their dreams on a race across Europe and the special bird they hope can win it, ‘The King of the Sky’. This is a story about the meaning of home and finding friends where you don’t expect to. An inventive adaptation with actors, puppets and music, created by Pontardawe Arts Centre.

Photo: Illustrations from the first trial of the book, by Laura Carling

7+ years
The King of the Sky

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Philippe Sands talks to Jon Snow

The Joseph Rotblat Centenary Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
The QC’s Torture Team exposes the one-page memorandum signed by Donald Rumsfeld on 2 December 2002 authorising eighteen techniques of interrogation not previously allowed by the United States. Chaired by Jon Snow.

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Blue Peter Book Awards

A CBBC Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Join Blue Peter and Book Trust to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Blue Peter Book Awards. CBBC presenter and former Awards judge Katie Thistleton will host this special event, with appearances from this year’s winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham (The Spy Who Loved School Dinners) and Andy Seed (The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff).

Not for broadcast.

Blue Peter Book Awards
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Blue Peter Book Awards

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Shazia Awan, Laura McAllister, Auriol Miller, Leanne Wood, Clare Critchley

Wales Women and Public Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

IWA Director Auriol Miller, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, equality activist Shazia Awan and politics professor Laura McAllister discuss with Clare Critchley the challenges, frustrations and joys of being a woman in Welsh public life. This event launches issue 60 of the welsh agenda, magazine of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

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Chris Lintott and Jon Culshaw

The Cosmic Tourist

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are surrounded by an astronomical zoo of familiar and curious objects, from asteroids and zodiacal dust to Alpha Centauri and the centre of the Milky Way. Chris Lintott discusses the many marvels of the cosmos with comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw, and takes us on a tour of the universe.

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Simon Hoggart

The Hands of History

Hay Festival 2008, 
Guardian Sketch-writer Simon Hoggart collects his finest comic writing about Blair’s Westminster decade.