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CJ Skuse & Matt Whyman

Zombies AND Cannibals

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two blackly comic writers talk about a zombie romcom, Dead Romantic, and a family where it’s really weird if you are not a cannibal, The Savages. Fans of Charlie Brooker and Warm Bodies, this is one for you.

Supposing you’re fed up of romantic rejection and you happen to have a chemistry genius friend? Would you think about making your own dead boyfriend? In Dead Romantic, two friends decide to have a go. Cue the best ZomRomCom around. CJ Skuse has a black and biting streak of comedy in all her fiction – Pretty Bad Things was great and Rockoholic was even better. Dead Romantic is her best yet.

Also on stage is Matt Whyman, author of the highly acclaimed Boy Kills Man, among other books. Matt is an agony uncle for Bliss and Radio 1, and he has written a darkly comic novel called The Savages. If your family were cannibals, would you really bring home a vegetarian boyfriend? Even one as handsome and charming as Jack? Probably not. Is this the first Cannibal RomCom?

CJ and Matt are bound to have a lot in common. If you like your comedy black, you’ll enjoy this one.

12+ years

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Val McDermid talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2010, 
Ratchet plotting of her gripping psychological thrillers has established McDermid and her Hill/Jordan detection team at the very top of crime fiction. She talks about writing, morality, crime and punishment.

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Chris Goodall

Sustainability: All That Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

Building a sustainable society is perhaps the greatest test that the world’s population has ever faced. Today we have borrowed from the future by grabbing prosperity now and imposing the cost on the next generation.

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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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Sarah Churchwell

The London Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Secret History of the American Dream

Now used to describe everything from reality television to The Great Gatsby, ‘the American Dream’ is a phrase that most people assume stretches back to the founding of America. But the history of this catchphrase is much more recent – and surprising – than our casual usages suggest. Professor Churchwell traces the emergence of this cliché in the first decades of the 20th century from debates that drove it into the heart of American popular culture. At the same time, she reveals the ways in which the very idea of the ‘American Dream’ was invented to address the same troubling questions about immigration and nationalism, education and job creation, economic and cultural breakdown, individual ambition and social responsibility, that continue to define our society today.

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Alicia Giménez Bartlett talks to Fernando Delgado

Segovia 2011, 
The writer Alicia Giménez Bartlett, winner of the Premio Nadal this year for her novel Donde nadie te encuentre, will talk with the writer and journalist Fernando Delgado. They will talk about the phenomenon of the maquis, in particular of the maquis protagonist in her novel, which has become a legend in the area of the Maestrazgo.

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Bronwen Maddox, Jeremy Bowen, Adam Michnik

Revolutions and Headlines

Hay Festival 2011, 
From the Velvet Revolutions to Tahrir Square and the turmoil in Libya, how does the media sensationalise, record and understand revolution? The Prospect editor is joined by the BBC Middle East Correspondent and the editor-in-chief of Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza.

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AC Grayling

The Choice of Hercules

Hay Festival 2008, 
Philosopher AC Grayling explores the powers of Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century.

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Gillian Beer

Cambridge 800 Series: Cultures of Extinction – Darwin and the Present

Hay Festival 2009, 
We view extinction now with alarm and even horror, and are encouraged to do so by specialist commentators and popular media alike. Darwin saw extinction as humdrum, inevitable and important for his theory. What does this transformation reveal about Darwin and ourselves?

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The Horror Panel

Hay Festival 2013, 

Chris Priestley and Jon Mayhew join newcomer Emerald Fennell to discuss why ghost stories and horror are so appealing. Chills, thrills, no frills. Bring your most horrifying questions.

11+ years

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The Michael Ramsey Prize

Hay Festival 2009, 
A conversation with the writers shortlisted for the £15,000 biennial prize for theological writing: Sebastian Moore – The Contagion of Jesus; David Brown God & Grace of Body: Sacrament in Ordinary; Richard BurridgeImitating Jesus; Anthony ThiseltonThe Hermeneutics of Doctrine; Richard Bauckham Jesus and the Eyewitnesses. Chaired by Madeleine Bunting.

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Gareth Williams

Angel of Death

Hay Festival 2010, 
The powerful story of one of medicine’s greatest triumphs – the defeat of smallpox.
Gareth Williams

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Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl And The Atlantis Complex

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join this utterly brilliant writer in an adrenaline-fuelled exposé of his teenage criminal mastermind.
 
9+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Janina Ramirez

Julian of Norwich

Hay Festival 2017, 

Julian of Norwich was the subject of medievalist and TV historian Janina Ramirez’s latest BBC Four documentary: In Search of the Lost Manuscript, Julian of Norwich. Drawing on the material in her latest book, Ramirez takes us further into the history of the Mother of English Literature, discussing what we know about Julian and why she deserves to be seen as a writer on an equal footing with Chaucer or Thomas More. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Janina Ramirez

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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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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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Robin Ince

Happiness Through Science

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Uncaged Monkeys star asks if you can be happy and rational at the same time. Join him in a world of Schrödinger cats, multiverses and evolutionary conundrums as he orienteers through the craggy landscape of evolution while plumbing the depths of his own murky consciousness, all without the aid of a safety net.

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James Hawes talks to Anita Sethi

Excavating Kafka

Hay Festival 2009, 
The satirical novelist and German scholar refashions everything we thought we knew about the C20th literary icon, including his predilection for porn.

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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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Robert Hughes Lecture

Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence

Hay Festival 2000, 
This years award is made by Caroline Gascoigne, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, to the Australian writer, critic and theoris Robert Hughes. Hughes' books include the groundbreaking Shock of the New, Culture of Complaint, The Fatal Shore, American Visions, Nothing If Not Critical and his latest offering on fishing, A Jerk on One End. His writing is never less than thrilling, and has the power to explore ideas with the force of Damascene revelation. HUghes will lecture and take questions from the audience.

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Kate Humble, Charlie Westhead, Alison Lea-Wilson, Nick Tonkin

Meet The Makers

Hay Festival 2015, 

How can a family business withstand the pressures from supermarkets and the demand for cheap food? Meet three producers from Neal’s Yard Creamery, Anglesey Sea Salt, and Coedcanlas Honey who discuss with broadcaster and smallholder Kate Humble what it takes to earn a slice of the pie. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Kate Humble, Charlie Westhead, Alison Lea-Wilson, Nick Tonkin

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Derek Smith

Cambridge University Series 10: Pandemic Research and the Ethics of Creating a Deadly Flu Strain

Hay Festival 2015, 

The 1918 global flu pandemic wiped out around 50 million people. In the last 300 years there have been around three flu pandemics every century. We must constantly be on alert for the next one. Global efforts, including those of Professor Derek Smith, to understand how pandemics are caused, will help us mitigate and even prevent future pandemics. However this work has the perverse downside of also generating new, potentially deadly, viruses in the laboratory. Professor Derek Smith will talk about the ethical issues this raises. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Derek Smith

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Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

Hay Festival 2015, 

Liberated from the death camps of Auschwitz at the age of eleven, in adulthood Buergenthal became a judge at the International Court in The Hague, investigating modern day genocides. He returns to the festival with a new postscript to his memoir.

Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

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Mark Malloch Brown talks to Jim Naughtie

The Oxfam Lecture: The Unfinished Global Revolution

Hay Festival 2011, 
National governments are no longer equipped to address complex global issues, from climate change to poverty. International organizations have not yet been empowered to step into the breach.

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Sheila Hancock talks to Joan Bakewell

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actress and RSC Artistic Director discusses her portrait of her own marriage The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw.