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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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Janey Louise Jones

Super Fairies: Dancer the Wild Pony

Hay Festival 2016, 

Brave, kind and always helpful, the Superfairies of Peaseblossom Wood love nothing more than solving a problem using their superskills and petal power to achieve fantastic results. Find out more about the magical talents of these tiny and resourceful helpers.

6+

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Martin Rees

Black Holes, Alien Life and the Multiverse – an Update

Hay Festival 2016, 

The astronomer will share his excitement about recent cosmic ideas and discoveries. Since last festival there have been new searches for life (even intelligent life) in space. One of Einstein’s greatest predictions has been confirmed with the detection of gravitational waves from colliding back holes. Images of Pluto have surprised us, and astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars, some resembling Earth. And there is speculation that physical reality encompasses more than the aftermath of our big bang: we may inhabit a multiverse.

Martin Rees

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Hay Festival 2016, 

From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the C20th, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University.

Peter Frankopan

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Wendy Sadler, Fiona Wylie, Jonathon Harrington

Communicating Science

Hay Festival 2013, 

Science is used and abused to support or debunk theories. Contributors to Science Made Simple and Sense About Science sift the sense from the nonsense around global warming, organic farming, vaccines, GMOs and food supplements. Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Dismembered: How the Attack on the State Harms Us All

Hay Festival 2017, 

The two journalists travelled around Great Britain gathering the voices of the people who make up the public sector: nurses and patients, teachers and policemen and civilians. The story they tell is one of society’s dismemberment across our nation state: a fragmented NHS, a reduced police force, divided schools and a vulnerable military.

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Stephen Fry, Blanche McIntyre, Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw and John Jencks

The Hippopotamus

Hay Festival 2017, 

A wonderful opportunity to explore the adaptation of the book to big screen of Stephen Fry’s novel, with clips from John Jencks’ new film starring Roger Allam, Emily Berrington, Tim McInnerny, Geraldine Somerville with Fiona Shaw and Matthew Modine. Join the film-makers and the author for a unique insight into the movie. Hosted by celebrated film critic Mark Kermode.

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Judith Kerr talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fifty years of The Tiger who Came to Tea

Hay Festival 2018, 

The 94-year-old author's creation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The writer discusses its enduring appeal and her long career as a writer and illustrator with the broadcaster, musician and novelist.

6-Adult

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John Polkinghorne

Cambridge Series 13: Quantum Theory

Hay Festival 2011, 
The mathematician, theoretical physicist and priest explains the strange and exciting ideas that make the subatomic world so different from the world of the every day.
 
Listen to an interview with John Polkinghorne 

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Niall Griffiths, Cynan Jones and Christien Gholson talk to Susie Wild

Ten Pound Poms, Fish Caught in the Wind and Everything I Found on the Beach

Hay Festival 2011, 
Griffiths emigrated to Australia as a seven year old. Thirty years later he revisits and remembers why he left in the first place. Jones’s second novel Everything I Found on the Beach returns to the west Wales coast in the shape of a taut sharp thriller. Wandering American poet Gholson’s novel is about a shoal of fish and the dance troupe who once got naked at the Vatican.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to John Mitchinson

The Romanovs

Hay Festival 2016, 

The intimate story of tsars and tsarinas; some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. The historian’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin. Sebag Montefiore is the author of Catherine the Great & Potemkin and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.

Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to John Mitchinson

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Intelligence Squared Debate: 1968 was an ending and not a beginning

Hay Festival 2008, 
John Walsh chairs. Speakers include Rosie Boycott, Christopher Hitchens and Matthew Engel.

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Anthony Browne

Hay Festival 2010, 
Find out what the Children’s Laureate has been up to and hear why picture books are for everybody, as he speaks to Julia Eccleshare.
 
Family event

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Jackie Morris

I Am Cat

Hay Festival 2013, 

Ten wild habitats, ten wild cats are dramatically and beautifully illustrated in this unique celebration of the cat.

Duration 60 mins.

5+ years

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Jasmine Donahaye talks to Francesca Rhydderch

Finding Her Place

Hay Festival 2015, 
The poet is publishing two books this spring: the first biography of Lily Tobias, a courageous, idealistic Welsh woman who wrote compellingly about Jewish life and experience in the twentieth century; and a memoir, Losing Israel. In 2007, in a chance conversation with her mother, a kibbutznik, Donahaye stumbled upon the collusion of her family in the displacement of Palestinians in 1948. When she set out to learn the story of what happened, what she discovered challenged everything she thought she knew about the country and her family, and transformed her understanding of the place, and of herself.
Jasmine Donahaye talks to Francesca Rhydderch

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Anthony Sattin

Lifting The Veil

Hay Festival 2011, 
The travel writer explores Two Centuries of Travellers, Traders and Tourists in Egypt. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

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Beth Singler

Cambridge Series: Could and Should Robots Feel Pain?

Hay Festival 2017, 

Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence and robotics demonstrate that we are aiming towards creating something that is ‘human-like’ in various ways. What sort of experiences should these beings have? And what does the answer to that question tell us about ourselves? Anthropologist Dr Beth Singler is Research Associate on the Human Identity in an age of Nearly-Human Machines project at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

Beth Singler

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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne talks to Philippe Sands

The Run-up to the Iraq War – A French Perspective

Hay Festival 2010, 
The French Ambassador to London about ambassadorial life and his role as senior foreign policy adviser to President Chirac in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Maurice Gourdault-Montagne talks to Philippe Sands

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Julia Donaldson

Hay Festival 2008, 
The delightful and brilliant Julia Donaldson conjures her magical children’s worlds with songs, stories and an inflatable whale.

Hay Fever Family Event

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Roger McGough

Slapstick

Hay Festival 2009, 
If Philosophy is the Why? And Science is the How? Then Poetry is the Wow! Join one of Britain's best loved poets, as he showcases his new collection of slapstick verses.

10 years – adult

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Julián Grau Santos y Daniel Mordzinski en conversación con Pablo Jiménez Burillo

Segovia 2008, 
Pablo Jiménez Burillo, Director General de la Fundación MAPFRE, conversará con los artistas de las dos exposiciones que se presentarán durante el Hay Festival Segovia — el fotografo Daniel Mordzinski, quién comentará sobre Crónica de un Festival, cerca de un centenar de imágenes captadas por Mordzinski en sus diferentes convocatorias (Cartagena de Indias, Granada, Hay-on-Wye, Segovia) — y el artista Julián Grau Santos sobre su exposicion Retratos de escritores españoles y latinoamericanos. Ambos conversarán sobre su experiencias de fotografias o retratar a escritores.

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Rachel Hewitt

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘An endlessly absorbing, lively and informative narrative that highlights the Ordnance project’s legion of draughtsmen, surveyors, dreamers and eccentrics’ – The Observer.
 
Read a full review here www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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Jonathan Miller talks to Revel Guest

Polymath

Hay Festival 2014, 

A rare conversation about innovation and experience with the doctor, opera director, humorist and writer.

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Iñaki Gabilondo talks to Juan Luis Cebrián

Segovia 2011, 
El fin de una época, una hoja de ruta para los nuevos periodistas is the title of the latest book published by Iñaki Gabilondo. This renowned journalist has led the audience figures for years with his morning show on Cadena SER, and on television he has headed news projects for TVE, Cuatro and CNN+. He currently presents the daily video blog La voz de Iñaki on the website of El País newspaper, and monthly the programme Iñaki on Canal+. He will talk with Juan Luis Cebrián, thinker, writer, member of the Real Academia, as well as founder and first editor of El País. His most recent book is El periodista en el burdel.

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Antonia Fraser talks to Simon Jenkins

My History: A Memoir of Growing Up

Hay Festival 2015, 

Antonia Fraser’s memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of history. The fascination began as a child, and developed into an enduring passion and a globally successful career from her first biography Mary Queen of Scots to her intensely personal and riveting portrait of her second marriage Must You Go? My Life With Harold Pinter.

Antonia Fraser talks to Simon Jenkins