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Brian Moore and Max Davidson talk to Mark Skipworth

Man Talk

Hay Festival 2012, 
The England rugby hero and author of More Thoughts of Chairman Moore hunkers down with the author of We’ll get ’em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century That Changed Everything. The Telegraph’s Executive Editor refs.

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George Monbiot

Hay Festival 2011, 
The campaigning journalist, author of Bring On The Apocalypse, Heat and Age of Consent and star of the Left Hook tour, argues that our assessment of the risks of different energy options, from nuclear power to fossil fuels and renewables, is gravely flawed, and urgently needs to change.
Chaired by Andrew Simms of NEF.

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Sebastian Barry and Michael Cunningham

Fictions – Examined Lives

Hay Festival 2014, 

Barry’s A Temporary Gentleman is a heartbreaking portrait of Jack McNulty. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. Cunningham’s The Snow Queen follows the divergent lives of two American brothers as they search for meaning and transcendence. The authors talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

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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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Ian Stewart

Mathematics of Life: Unlocking the Secrets of Existence

Hay Festival 2011, 
How mathematicians and biologists are working together on the genome, picking apart the hidden complexity of animals and plants to throw fresh light on how they interact, and how changes in biological diversity affect the planet’s ecological balance. Chaired by Jesse Norman.
 
More about Ian Stewart and a review of Mathematics of Life

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Tony Ross

Hay Festival 2013, 

Tony Ross takes a line for a walk to reveal how he created many of the characters you know and love, including Little Princess, Horrid Henry and Dr Xargle. Pick up some drawing tips from an expert.

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Ruth Richardson

Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and The London Poor

Hay Festival 2012, 
The academic discovered that as a young man, Dickens lived only yards away from a major London workhouse. She tells the story of the find and reveals how important the two periods spent living in this area of London were for Dickens’ writing career.

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Clive Anderson, Monty Don and Will Cohu

Trust the Woodland

Hay Festival 2008, 
Silver-tongued barrister and tree- hugger Clive Anderson talks woods, trees, conservation and climate change with Out of the Woods author Will Cohu and Round the World in 80 Gardens writer Monty Don.

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Climate Change & Birdlife

Tim Stowe

Hay Festival 2006, 
In the RSPB Cymru Lecture, the RSPB's Director Wales investigates the impact that climate change is beginning to have on our natural surroundings, from the challenges of managing water resources to changes in migration patterns and populations of birds.

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Jon Snow talks to Rosie Boycott

London Events 2004, 
The Channel 4 News anchor and author of Shooting History discusses broadcast news, conflict and the New World Disorder with Rosie Boycott.

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Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

Muddleearth

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join us as we’re transported to Muddle Earth, where the wizards are mad and the pink hogs are stinky. Make sure you bring your Wellies of Power and Woolly Gloves of Determination.
 
9+ years

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Eat My Shorts!

Hay Festival 2010, 
A medley of hand-picked short films, from laugh-out-loud to downright beautiful. See you at the movies! 
 
Duration 30 mins.
 
Family event
 
See also event HF11 on Monday 31 May.
 
Films: Zoo Written and directed by Robin Bushell. Heartstrings Written and directed by Rhiannon Evans. Tir Nan Og Written and directed by Fursy Teyssier. Maestro Written and directed by Géza M. Tóth. Codswallop Written and directed by Greg and Myles McLeod. AnimalsDirected by Kristofer Ström

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Howard Hodgkin talks to Simon Schama

Thames & Hudson Series

Hay Festival 2006, 
To celebrate his forthcoming retrospective at Tate Britain, and to mark the publication of the catalogue raisonnés of his paintings and prints, the artist talks to Simon Schama.

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Roberto Fontanarosa

Cartagena 2006, 
Roberto Fontanarosa speaks at Hay Festival Cartagena 2006. 

Please note: This talk is conducted entirely in Spanish.

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First Iraq, Next Iran?

Simon Jenkins

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Guardian's political columnist discusses the US strategy in the Middle East.

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Siddhartha Mukherjee talks to Claire Armitstead

The Gene: An Intimate History

Hay Festival 2016, 

The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856 where a monk stumbles on the idea of a ‘unit of heredity’. It intersects with Darwin’s theory of evolution, and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms post-war biology. It reorganises our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and free will. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds – from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes. Woven through The Gene, like a red line, is also an intimate history – the story of Mukherjee’s own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. The cancer physician’s book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer won the Pulitzer Prize. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Siddhartha Mukherjee talks to Claire Armitstead

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Stefan Collini

Cambridge 800 Series: Criticism and the Reading Public

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature challenges the alleged decline of ‘the serious reading public’. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Jonathan Dimbleby

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and Its People

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster travels across the eight time zones of the resurgent, energy-rich superpower meeting ordinary citizens of the land famously described by Churchill as ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’.

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Ali Sparkes & Graham Marks

Spies, Lies and Bad Guys

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two top writers take a closer look at edge-of-your-seat drama. Frozen in Time and Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper are bursting with conspiracy and danger, but how do they come up with all their ideas?
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Orlando Figes

Just Send me Word

Hay Festival 2012, 
The letters of two young Muscovites in Stalin’s Soviet Union tell A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag.

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Fred Pearce

Peoplequake

Hay Festival 2010, 
Mass migration, ageing nations and the coming population crash.
Fred Pearce

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Polly Toynbee & David Walker

The Verdict

Hay Festival 2011, 
Did Labour policies worsen the recession? Why did social mobility slow down on Labour’s watch? Has SureStart improved the prospects of tomorrow’s children? Does politics ever actually change anything?

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Power House

Hay Festival 2008, 
Robert Peston (Who Runs Britain?) and Peter Oborne (The Triumph of the Political Class) discuss the nature of power and influence in Britain, chaired by Robert Yates (Extreme Nation).

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David King and Gabrielle Walker

Hay Festival 2008, 
The former UK chief scientific advisor and the science writer present their The Hot Topic : How to Tackle Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights On. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Lindsey Hilsum talks to David Aaronovitch

Sandstorm

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Channel 4 News international editor reports the fall of Gaddafi and Libya in the Time of Revolution.