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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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Greg Jenner

A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history Greg Jenner, historical consultant to Horrible Histories, explores the gradual and often unexpected evolution of our daily routines.

Greg Jenner

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Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

Friends and Families in Fiction

Hay Festival 2014, 

Clever, optimistic, beautifully written and very amusing, these three writers’ books explore the relationships within families and between close friends with great insight and humour. The multiple-award-winning Hilary McKay whose new book is Binny For Short, is joined by Natasha Farrant, author of The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby series, and newcomer Jane Elson, author of A Room Full of Chocolate, for a lively session about the highs and lows of family life and how it inspires their fiction.
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Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

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Tam Dalyell talks to Jim Naughtie

The Importance Of Being Awkward

Hay Festival 2013, 

The maverick and veteran MP, Father of the House, scourge of the Front Benches and opponent of wars considers his parliamentary career, spanning 43 years and 8 administrations.

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Monika Borgmann, Abir Saksouk-Sasso and Walid Sadek in conversation with Fadi Shayya

Checkpoints of memory in a post-war city.

Beirut 2012, 
The panel investigates the possibility of critical and discursive notions of spatial production in post-war Beirut against the city’s disrupted collective memory. It discusses why and how the reproduction of urban design and architecture conforms to dominant socio-political dogmas of division, whilst art searches (and sometimes finds) freedom in expressing critical stances for and about memory, using different media. With Monika Borgmann, filmmaker and co-director of UMAM, Abir Saksouk-Sasso, architect and activist, and Walid Sadek, artist and assistant professor at AUB, chaired by Fadi Shayya, urbanist and architect.
 
Event in English

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Chris Lowe

Cambridge 800 Series: Biosensors

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Director of the Institute of Biotechnology brings life to sensors and sensors to life. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Cherie Booth and Hilary Heilbron

Rose Heilbron

Hay Festival 2014, 

The daughter of the celebrated and glass-Bar-breaking QC and judge discusses her mother’s career and legacy, detailed in her biography Rose Heilbron, Legal Pioneer of the 20th Century – Inspiring Advocate who became England’s First Woman Judge.

Cherie Booth and Hilary Heilbron

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Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

The Pure Gold Baby

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author discusses her first novel for seven years, the story of a motherhood and neighbourhood and society in North London over several decades. The book is rich with the combination of acute observation and insight and the beautiful economy of prose familiar to her readers.

Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

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Crime Pays

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paul Blezard meets the authors of two of the whitest-knuckle reads of the year. Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 tracks a serial killer at the height of Stalin’s Terror. Philip Kerr’s latest mystery A Quiet Flame sends Bernie Gunther to Peron’s Argentina.

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Meg Rosoff

There Is No Dog

Hay Festival 2011, 
What if the world was created by a teenage boy called Bob? Hay is thrilled to welcome Meg back as she gives us an exclusive preview of her future-classic before its August release. Chaired by Gaby Wood.
 
Teen event – part of the hf2 programme for teens

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Sarah Bakewell

How to Live

Hay Festival 2010, 
A portrait of the greatest of French men of letters – A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer.
Sarah Bakewell

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Darren Shan

Zom-B

Hay Festival 2014, 
The master of horror returns with his latest bestselling series Zom-B, a gripping and grisly mix of horror, fantasy and realism. Be prepared to confront your innermost demons…
13+ years (YA)
Darren Shan

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Tony Benn

Hay Festival 2007, 
The great diarist (Free at Last), orator and festival favourite will soon release his second post-parliamentary volume More Time for Politics.

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Simon Finch and Gabriel Range talk to Peter Florence

Death of a President

Hay Festival 2007, 
The award-winning and spectacularly controversial drama imagines the assassination of George Bush. The creators talk about verité and mockumentary style, narrative ethics and the wrath of the Republican Party. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Robert Webb talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

How Not to Be a Boy

Hay Festival 2018, 

Webb has been a male for his whole life. As such, he has been a boy in a world of fighting, pointless posturing, and the insistence that he stop crying. As an adult man, he has enjoyed better luck, both in his work as the Webb half of Mitchell & Webb as an acclaimed actor and comedian, and as author of this part memoir, part call to arms.

Robert Webb talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Monica Ali talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

In the Kitchen

Hay Festival 2009, 
The new novel from the author of Brick Lane opens with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and then peels back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot that exists below.

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Jason and Daniel Freeman

Paranoia: The 21st Century Fear

Hay Festival 2009, 
Terrorism, child-abduction, lone gunmen, David Blunkett… what’s not to worry? And what should we do about it? Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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John Gray

The Immortalization Commission

Hay Festival 2011, 
The great and terrible implication of Darwin’s ideas was that natural selection made humans into animals like any other, doomed one day to disappear from the face of an uncaring Earth. The refusal to follow this logic and to insist instead on our immortality resulted in a series of experiments that carry on to the present day, some of which ravaged whole countries and some of which generated more private forms of pain.

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Green Dragons’ Den 4

Hay on Earth 4

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from the earlier Hay on Earth workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project. 

Jane Davidson AM, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing will announce the four winning projects from the previous four Hay on Earth workshops.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Jon Gower and Fflur Dafydd

Story: Islands

Hay Festival 2009, 
Dafydd’s haunting novel Twenty Thousand Saints evokes life on the blessed island of Bardsea. Gower’s debut novel in Welsh, Dala’r Llanw, conjures stories set in Buenos Aires, Oakland and Cardiff. They trade stories, compare notes on island life and travel between two languages. Chaired by Elan Closs Stephens.

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David Owen talks to John Kampfner

In Sickness and in Power

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Owen talks to John Kampfner about Illness in Heads of Government During the Last 100 Years.

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Anthony Kenny

A New History of Western Philosophy

Hay Festival 2011, 
Reflecting on the history of philosophy from Thales to Derrida, the philosopher considers the enduring influence, for good or ill, that Aristotle exercised not only on philosophy but also on science.

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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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David Trueba in conversation with Félix Romeo

My favourite films

Segovia 2010, 
The writer David Trueba has been a film enthusiast from a very young age and moreover, as a creator, he has explored different aspects of this trade working as a director, a scriptwriter and even as an actor. In this event he will speak to the writer Félix Romeo, author of Amarillo, about his favourite films and clips of some of the scenes will be shown.

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Annie Freud talks to Geordie Greig

Forgotten Footprints

Hay Festival 2012, 
The poet discusses her work and her father Lucian’s paintings with the journalist and author of the forthcoming Breakfast With Lucian.