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Clive Anderson

Woodland Trust Series 2: The Oliver Rackham Memorial Lecture

Hay Festival 2015, 

Woodland Trust president Clive Anderson pays tribute to the life and legacy of prolific ecologist and author Oliver Rackham, who died in February. This inaugural memorial lecture will explore Professor Rackham’s profound influence, both on the work of the Trust and Clive’s own love of the nation’s trees and woods. 

Clive Anderson

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Tim Dee

The Running Sky

Hay Festival 2010, 
‘A million starlings gather to roost from all points across a freezing winter sky; migrant redstarts, only weeks out of their nest, set off over alien seas on their way to Africa; a pair of airborne swifts lie together for an instant as they mate hundreds of feet up in the sky…’
Tim Dee

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Philip Ball

Nature’s Patterns

Hay Festival 2011, 
Scientists have found that there is a pattern-forming tendency inherent in the basic structure and processes of nature, so that from a few simple themes, and the repetition of simple rules, endless beautiful variations can arise.

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David Lagercrantz

Fictions – Fall of Man in Wilmslow

Hay Festival 2015, 

The journalist introduces his fictionalised thriller about the death of Alan Turing. He is the ghostwriter of Sweden’s fastest-ever-selling book I am Zlatan Imbrahimovic, though he’s likely to top that in August with the publication of his newest novel – the authorized sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Girl With A Dragon Tattoo / Millenium series. He talks to SJ Parris.

David Lagercrantz

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Ruby Wax, Gelong Thubten, Ash Ranpura

How To Be Human

Hay Festival 2018, 

Comedian, writer and performer Ruby Wax, with some help from monk Gelong Thubten and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, has delved deeply into what it means to be human in an age obsessed with the latest technology. She now provides a manual to upgrade our minds so that they don’t get left behind. In this event Ruby, Ash and Thubten talk about brains, bodies and mindfulness.

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John Mitchinson and guests

Unbound Live 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

A second chance to choose what gets published by the award-winning crowd-funded Unbound publishing house as authors pitch their ideas direct to the audience in a real-life, literary Dragons’ Den. Meet comedian Katy Brand and her hilarious alter-ego Brenda Monk, hear Adrian Teal tell how utterly scandalous the C18th really was, join David Bramwell on his quest to find Utopia, and learn how everything is connected to everything else with Steve Colgan. Light poetic and extremely humorous relief from performance poet, George Chopping.

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Tom Bullough, Jay Griffiths, Toby Litt

Beacons: Stories From Our Not So Distant Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

Throughout history, writers have been spokespeople for social change, and with climate change a real threat to our society, now is no different. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Tony Campbell

Cardiff University Series 2: A Life That Sparkles

Hay Festival 2013, 

A stunning illustrated talk about how bioluminescence has revolutionised biomedical research and clinical diagnosis. It has led to major discoveries about the biggest ecosystem on the planet, and how cells switch on and off in health and disease. Quite surprisingly, it has also created several billion dollar markets – the pharmacy prof reveals all.

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Concentrated Solar Power

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Designer Katharine Hamnett joins Neil Crumpton (Friends of the Earth) and Gerhard Knies (TREC) to discuss the potential power revolution of CSP. Chaired by Nicola Heywood Thomas.

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James Lovelock talks to Rosie Boycott

The Revenge of Gaia

Hay Festival 2006, 
The visionary Earth scientist, inventor of Gaia, adopts an increasingly radical manifesto for how we can still save the planet, including a passionate and controversial advocacy of nuclear power. 

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Colin Tudge

Consider the Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
Some birds have fabulous memories, some make tools, and some are serious aesthetes. Yet birds, basically, are dinosaurs. We don’t need Star Trek to find alien intelligence. Just consider the birds!

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Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

Diaries, Gardens and Mastercrafts

Hay Festival 2010, 
Alongside the huge success of his recent Mastercrafts television series and the spectacular media project of Around the World in Eighty Gardens, the publication of his Ivington Diaries confirms the gardener as one of the most attuned and passionate men of the soil and land and as a writer of consummate skill and beauty.
Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

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Edmund de Waal

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great ceramicist’s family memoir tells the story of the netsuke, a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, and its extraordinary passage through the C20th. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Edmund de Waal

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Philip Pullman, Dai Smith, Richard Davies and Jon Gower

Make Room for the Jester

Hay Festival 2011, 
We celebrate Stead Jones’ classic tale – a haunting journey from the edge of childhood into a threatening adult world – now published in the Library of Wales series.

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón talks to Paul Preston

To Bury the Dead

Hay Festival 2009, 
An investigation of a brutal political murder in the Spanish Civil War and a fascinating literary feud that divided Hemingway and John dos Passos as it divides our speakers.

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Rick Stroud

The New Space Race

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Book of the Moon celebrates the anniversary of the first moon walk and examines what it is that has held our imagination for decades.

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La Vida Doble. Arturo Fontaine en conversación con Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2013, 
"Irene” o "Lorena” - nunca sabremos su verdadero nombre - es una combatiente de Hacha Roja, organización revolucionaria armada; Irene guarda más de un secreto. La Vida Doble es la última novela del autor chileno Arturo Fontaine, donde explora las paradojas de la sociedad chilena, adentrándose en los dilemas morales y la traición. Conversará sobre este libro, que ha sido éxito de ventas en Chile, con Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

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¡Que viva la música!...en nuestra formación sentimental. Antonio García Ángel, Carolina Sanín y Ricardo Silva

Cartagena 2013, 
¡Que viva la música! de Andrés Caicedo es una novela que ha marcado la formación literaria de muchos escritores y lectores de Colombia. Tres escritores colombianos, admiradores de la obra de Caicedo, Antonio García Ángel, Carolina Sanín y Ricardo Silva, conversarán sobre su importancia e impacto en las letras latinoamericanas.

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Martin Davidson talks to Simon Schama

The Perfect Nazi

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian’s investigation: Uncovering My SS Grandfather’s Secret Past And How Hitler Seduced A Generation.

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James Lovelock talks to Rosie Boycott

A Rough Ride to the Future

Hay Festival 2014, 

The visionary Earth scientist suggests two new big ideas: the first is that three hundred years ago, when Thomas Newcomen invented the steam engine, he was unknowingly beginning ‘accelerated evolution’, a process which is bringing about change on our planet roughly a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. The second is that as part of this process, humanity has the capacity to become the intelligent part of Gaia, the self-regulating Earth system whose discovery Lovelock first announced nearly 50 years ago.

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AC Grayling

War: An Enquiry

Hay Festival 2017, 

The philosopher challenges long-held views on just wars, ethical conduct during war, why wars occur, how they alter people and societies; and how we might reduce their frequency, mitigate their horrors and lessen the burden of their consequences.

AC Grayling

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Ben Macintyre

A Spy Among Friends

Hay Festival 2014, 

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby’s two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

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Andrew Davies in conversation with Peter Florence

200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens

Cartagena 2012, 
Andrew Davies is considered to be one of the UK’s most outstanding film and TV screenplay writers. During his career, he has adapted works by great English writers, like Jane Austen (with his brilliant 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice), Charles Dickens and Shakespeare. Furthermore, he was one of the scriptwriters for the film Bridget Jones’s Diary. Davies, who has an in-depth knowledge of Dickens’ work, will talk to Peter Florence. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the British Council

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Bettany Hughes, Tim Whitmarsh, Charlotte Higgins and Oliver Taplin

The Greeks 7 - Heroisation

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists examine the recounting of funeral games, athletic odes and Olympic trials in Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Bacchylids and Euripides. What are athletes for?

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Khaled Khalifa and Habib Selmi in conversation with Karim Hauser

Segovia 2012, 
Two of the best known authors in Arabic, each a finalist in the Arab Prize for Arabic Fiction, the most prestigious literary prize in the Arabic language, discuss their most recent works with Karim Hauser. Kahled Khalifa (Syria) is the writer of In Praise of Hatred, a novel that tells the story of an adolescent against the background of Syria in the 1980s. Habib Selmi (Tunisia) will talk about The Scents of Marie-Claire, a novel with autobiographical elements that analyses the relationship between a Tunisian man and a French woman.
 
Simultaneous translation from Arab into Spanish. With the support of IPAF and the collaboration of Casa Arabe.