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Anthony Sinclair

Serengeti Story: Life And Science In The World’s Greatest Wildlife Region

Hay Festival 2013, 

What happens in this great World Heritage Site biologically? How did it become a protected area? What are the historical events that have shaped its present dynamics? What will happen to it in future?

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David Miliband talks to Matthew d’Ancona

Hay Festival 2011, 
The former Foreign Secretary discusses global politics and the pressing policy questions facing governments around the world with the Sunday Telegraph columnist.

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Mark Haddon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Red House

Hay Festival 2012, 
The magical new novel from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: A family get together in a farmhouse near Hay for a week - four adults and four children with interweaving stories and history and voices.

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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.
 
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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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Emyr Roberts talks to Geoffrey Lean

All Change For Wales’ Countryside And Environment

Hay Festival 2013, 

On 1 April 2013 a new organisation, Natural Resources Wales, came into being, merging three existing bodies. With responsibility for ecosystems management including forestry, waterways, grants legislation, enforcement and much more, what does the new director see as the opportunities and challenges facing him? He talks to The Telegraph’s Environment Editor.

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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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Nicky Clayton & Mark Baldwin

The Royal Society Lecture 5: Ballet Rambert

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Scientist in Residence at the ballet company and its artistic director discuss the cross-currents between choreography and cognition. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Susan Neiman

Why Grow Up?

Hay Festival 2015, 

As you grow up, you are told to renounce most of the hopes and dreams of your youth, and resign yourself to a life that will be a pale dilution of the adventurous, important and enjoyable life you once expected. But who wants to do any of that? No wonder we live in a culture of rampant immaturity, when maturity looks so boring. The moral philosopher discusses childhood, adolescence, sex, and culture, and asks how the idea of travel can help us build a model of maturity that makes growing up a good option and leaves space in our culture for grown-ups. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

Susan Neiman

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Gerbrand Bakker and Ece Temelkuran talk to Rosie Goldsmith

BRITISH COUNCIL SERIES - Fictions, Detours

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Detour from the IMPAC Prize-winning Dutch author of The Twin is a masterpiece set in rural Wales. He is joined by the star of Turkish literature, author of Deep Mountain and the Beirut novel Sounds of Bananas.
 

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Daniel Pick

The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts

Hay Festival 2012, 
How British intelligence in 1941 debriefed and assessed the captured Rudolf Hess, and how US agents used Freudian analysis on Hitler in an attempt to understand the psychological bases of their Nazi convictions.

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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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Hilary McKay

Caddy’s World

Hay Festival 2011, 

Hay is delighted to revisit the colourful Casson family as Hilary takes us back in time with her latest book, which once again shows the lightness of touch and warmth that has won over millions of fans. Chaired by Gaby Wood

9+ years

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Gillian Cross

Where I Belong

Hay Festival 2010, 
Join the author of Wolf and Tightrope as she investigates the darker side of fashion. Supermodels, secrets and Somalia will all be on the agenda as she talks to a humanitarian expert from the Oxfam team.
 
10+ years
 
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Cathy Cassidy

Coco Caramel

Hay Festival 2013, 

The bestselling girls’ favourite author is back with a brand new book in the Chocolate Box Girls series, which began with Cherry Crush.

9+ years

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Oliver Balch talks to Georgina Godwin

Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders

Hay Festival 2016, 

After living in London and Buenos Aires, what will the journalist make of moving to Hay, a tiny, quirky town on the Welsh-English border? To help guide him, he turns to Francis Kilvert, the Victorian diarist who captured the bucolic rural life of his day. Does anything of Kilvert’s world still exist? And could a newcomer ever feel they truly belong? With empathy and humour, Balch joins in the daily routines and lives of his fellow residents. What emerges is a captivating, personal picture of country life.

Oliver Balch talks to Georgina Godwin

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Valeria Luiselli, Nell Leyshon and Angharad Price talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions - Time

Hay Festival 2012, 
Faces in the Crowd runs two narrators - in C21st Mexico City and 1950s Philadelphia. The Colour of Milk is set on a farm in 1831. The English translation of the Welsh masterpieceThe Life of Rebecca Jones reflects a century of technological change for a farming family in the Maesglasau valley.

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Laura Hassan, Suzanne Dean and guests talk to Gaby Wood

Judging a Book by its Cover

Hay Festival 2012, 
What makes the perfect book jacket and why might a jacket not make the cut? The Editorial Director Vintage Classics joins leading designers from across the industry to discuss the publishing process and book design.

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Jonathan Stroud

Heroes of the Valley

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hugely popular author of the bestselling Bartimaeus trilogy introduces his new hero Halli Sveinsson to Hay and reveals the secrets behind his shocking plot-twists and razor-sharp dialogue.

10–16 years

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David Baddiel

The Parent Agency

Hay Festival 2015, 
The author, screenwriter and comedian invites you into the hilarious world of The Parent Agency. Barry has always hated being called Barry. In fact, it’s number 2) on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) ‘being boring’ and 3) ‘always being tired’. But then one day Barry makes a fateful wish, and finds himself in a world where everything is Upside Down…
9+ years
David Baddiel

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David Graeber

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

Hay Festival 2018, 

Back in 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied that by the century's end, technology would see us all working 15-hour weeks. But instead, something curious happened. Today average working hours have not decreased but increased. And now, across the developed world, three-quarters of all jobs are in services or admin, jobs that don't seem to add anything to society: bullshit jobs. The LSE anthropologist explores how this phenomenon – one more associated with the 20th-century Soviet Union, but which capitalism was supposed to eliminate – has happened. In doing so, he looks at how we value work, and how, rather than being productive, work has become an end in itself; the way such work maintains the current broken system of finance capital; and, finally, how we can get out of it. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

David Graeber

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Colm Toíbín talks to Clare Armitstead

House of Names

Hay Festival 2017, 

The novelist launches his new book, a re-telling of the classic tales of the House of Atreus: the stories of Agamemnon and Iphigenia, of Clytemnestra, Orestes and Electra. It’s a masterpiece.

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William Fotheringham

Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling

Hay Festival 2015, 

Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. Hinault is the last ‘old-school’ champion: a larger-than-life character from a working-class background, capable of winning on all terrains, in major Tours and one-day Classics. Nicknamed ‘The Badger’ for his combative style, he led a cyclists’ strike in his first Tour and instigated a legendary punch-up with demonstrators in 1982 while in the middle of a race. Hinault’s battles with teammates Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond provide some of the greatest moments in Tour history.

Sports writer and journalist William Fotheringham is the Guardian's cycling correspondent and author of a number of books about the cycling world, including the number one bestseller Merckx: Half Man Half Bike and biographies of Fausto Coppi and Tom Simpson. 

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Hugh Dixon

Inside The National Trust

Hay Festival 2010, 
A study in property management with the curator of Seaton Delaval Hall, one of the greatest National Trust houses, just acquired.
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George Alagiah

Mixed Britannia

Hay Festival 2012, 
The previously untold history of Britain’s mixed-race community and the many love stories that created it. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.