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Michael Rosen

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Children's Laureate is a compelling and hugely entertaining performer, and one of Britain's greatest writers.

Hay Fever 7 yrs +

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The News From Afghanistan

Sherard Cowper-Coles, Rory Stewart and George Osborne

Hay Festival 2008, 
Our Ambassador in Kabul Sherard Cowper-Coles is joined by Rory Stewart CEO of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation and author of The Places In Between to talk to Shadow Chancellor George Osborne.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Juliet Davenport, Ed Gillespie and Special Guests

I’m An Environmentalist, Get Me Out of Here

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join host Ed Gillespie and two teams of the great and the good from the world of sustainability for this riotous and irreverent game show. Expect a heady mix of topicality, tomfoolery, ritual humiliation and randomness. No (live) insects will be hurt during the proceedings. We can’t guarantee the same for our heroic participants’ feelings, pride and reputations.

Marcus Brigstocke, Juliet Davenport, Ed Gillespie and Special Guests

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Simon Garfield

On The Map: Why The World Looks The Way It Does

Hay Festival 2013, 

How maps both relate and realign our history. His compelling narratives range from the quest to create the perfect globe to the challenges of mapping Africa and Antarctica, from spellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America, from Ordnance Survey to the mapping of MonopolyChaired by Jasper Rees.

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TJ Clark talks to Francine Stock

Picasso And Truth: From Cubism To Guernica

Hay Festival 2013, 

The eminent art historian explores the role of space and the interior, and the battle between intimacy and monstrosity, in Picasso’s art of the 1920s and 1930s, from the Blue Room to Guernica.

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Wade Davis

Into the Silence

Hay Festival 2012, 
The adventurer explores the story and significance of the 1924 Himalayan expedition in his majestic The First World War, Mallory and Mount Everest.

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Levison Wood

Walking the Nile

Hay Festival 2015, 

The adventurer’s journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers. He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis. He traverses seven, very different, countries and comes face to face with the story of Africa. No one has ever made this journey on foot.

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Sarah Hall talks to Sarah Crown

Fictions – The Wolf Border

Hay Festival 2015, 

For almost a decade Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, she is back in the peat and wet light of the Lake District. Hall investigates the fundamental nature of wilderness and wildness, both animal and human. The novel seeks to understand the most obsessive aspects of humanity: sex, love, and conflict; the desire to find answers to the question of our existence; those complex systems that govern the most superior creature on earth. Hall’s other novels include The Electric Michelangelo, The Beautiful Indifference and Mrs Fox.

Sarah Hall talks to Sarah Crown

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Robert Winston

My Amazing Body Machine

Hay Festival 2017, 

Did you know that there are 29 bones in your head including six tiny ear bones that help you hear? From the structure of the skeleton to the importance of the respiratory system, Professor Robert Winston explains the working of every part of the human body – the most complex machine on Earth.

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Patricia Hodgson

Cambridge Series 9 - Media Freedom and the Public Interest

Hay Festival 2012, 
Phone hacking has put media regulation centre-stage. But will regulation stifle a free press? Where does the public interest really lie? Introduced by Rosie Boycott.
 

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Will Hill & Richard Kurti

Total Warfare

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two epic and violent stories. Two brutal wars. Two very different worlds. Will Hill and Richard Kurti will talk about the complex worlds they have created and why they don’t flinch from violence.

Battle Lines is the third instalment in Will Hill’s Dept 19 series – a fantastic mix of sci-fi, horror and sheer action adventure, set in a complex and deeply imagined world. Dept 19 exists to hunt and kill demons and vampires. In Battle Lines, the very existence of humanity is at stake. War is unavoidable.

Monkey Wars is a challenging and unflinching look at the politics of power from screenwriter Richard Kurti. As the Langur monkeys rise to power, there is a brutal masscacre of Rhesus monkeys which drives them out of their homes. One young Langur stands up against the corrupt regime, but when monkeys turn on each other, there can be no survivors.

Find out how these writers create such believable worlds and why they embrace extremes.

13+ years

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Tim Birkhead

The Wisdom of Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
An illustrated history of ornithology.

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Oliver Bullough talks to Francine Stock

Let Our Fame Be Great

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist recounts the marvellous stories and testimony he encountered on his Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus, who’ve resisted Russian colonial aggression for over two hundred years.

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Anthony Pagden

Worlds at War

Hay Festival 2008, 
Anthony Pagden maps The 2,500- year Struggle Between East and West from the secession of Asia and Europe, via Xerxes and Alexander to the present day divergence of Islam and the Christian and secular West.

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Rebbecca Ray and Rachel Trezise chaired by Richard Davies

Fictions – Stories, Dreams And Yearnings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Readings of stories from new collections by two of Wales’ most inventive and powerful novelists: Trezise’s Cosmic Latte and Ray’s The Answer And Other Love Stories.

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Chris Priestly

Tales of Terror

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the master of macabre as he dwells on all things gruesome and grisly. It doesn’t get more nail-biting than this – no, seriously!
 
9+ years Goosebumps 

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Alannah Weston talks to Dylan Jones

Business Breakfast: Fashion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Creative Director of Selfridges discusses the state of the rag trade with the editor of GQ.

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Mark Watson, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Jubilee Edition 4

Hay Festival 2012, 
Scoundrels, rogues and fools - these people have no respect at all: to the Tower with them all.

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Claire Preston

A Brief History of Cider

Hay Festival 2012, 
In C17th England, apples were the national fruit and Herefordshire cider was the patriotic tipple. Wholesome, nutritious, strengthening, and morally pure, cider’s virtues would nourish the nation, establish Empire, and win wars. How did cider knock French wine and the Dutch navy into a cocked hat?
 

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The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

Geoff White and Glenn Wilkinson

Hay Festival 2015, 

A unique and fascinating journey into the private life of a gadget you thought was on your side. Afterwards, you’ll never look at your phone in the same way again… The brainchild of Channel 4 News’ award-winning technology journalist Geoff White and security researcher Glenn Wilkinson: welcome to a live stage performance using cutting-edge interception technology to reveal the people, places and companies your phone is talking to behind your back – and what it’s telling them.

The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

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Suzanne O’Sullivan

Reformations 18: The NHS

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our healthcare system has been one of the bedrocks of British identity since its introduction by Aneurin Bevan in 1948. It employs 1.2 million people and treats one million people every 36 hours in England alone. It is free at the point of delivery to all UK residents. The Consultant Neurologist proposes reforms for a sustainable future. O’Sullivan’s book Is It All in Your Head? True Stories of Imaginary Illness won the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize.  Chaired by Julian Huppert

Suzanne O’Sullivan

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Lucy Christopher & Gill Lewis

Flyaway, Sky Hawk

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two breathtaking wildlife tales to discover and treasure.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Maria Wyke

Caesar: A Life in Western Culture

Hay Festival 2008, 
Maria Wyke conjures the ways in which the Roman’s life, loves and death have dominated the popular consciousness from the Vatican to Shakespeare, Bonaparte and Mussolini. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Charlie Ryrie

The Cut Flower Garden

Hay Festival 2009, 
Growing a dream: British garden flowers, a sustainable future for floristry?

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Cornelia Funke

Inkdeath

Hay Festival 2009, 
The enchanting author of Inkheart and Dragon Rider makes her Hay debut with the final instalment of her powerful Inkheart trilogy.

9 years +