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John Julius Norwich

The Story of England in 100 Places

Hay Festival 2012, 
The political, cultural, social, religious and economic story of England through 100 key places you can still visit today - from Stonehenge to The Gherkin.
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Peter Davies and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Wales We Want

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘The Wales We Want’ conversation mirrors a global initiative by the United Nations, asking people what sort of Wales they want for their children and grandchildren. The final report was launched in March 2015 and we discuss the outcomes and how this will feed in to Welsh Government policy. Davies, Climate Change Commissioner for Wales, and Middleton, entrepreneur, designer and maverick thinker, discuss with Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

Peter Davies and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

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Philippe Sands

Reformations 8: Citizenship

Hay Festival 2017, 

Where do we belong? What passport and what papers do we carry? The international human rights lawyer proposes a new form of internationalist identity, and the adoption of the Tobin Tax that would help fund a universally available Citizenship of the World. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Philippe Sands

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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…’
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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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Rhianna Pratchett

BAFTA presents Writing Games

Hay Festival 2013, 

The representation of women both in games and the games industry has been changing over the last few years. Come and meet Pratchett, the lead writer on Tomb Raider who specialises in developing the narrative structure, humour and characterisation in games and played a key role in the reinvention of the legendary Lara Croft.

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Fflur Dafydd talks to Corisande Albert

The White Trail

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The award-winning novelist discusses her reworking of the Mabinogion story ‘How Culhwch Won Olwen’ with Corisande Albert, great-great-grand-daughter of Lady Charlotte Guest, the first English translator of the ancient tales of the Mabinogion.

Fflur Dafydd talks to Corisande Albert

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Roy Strong

A Little History of the English Country Church

Hay Festival 2008, 
An elegant synthesis of architecture, faith and parish community that points to a possible realigned future.

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Oliver James and Stewart Wallis

Selfish Capitalism: its consequences and what to do about it

Hay Festival 2008, 
A dialogue between Oliver James, author of Affluenza and The Selfish Capitalist, and Stewart Wallis, Director of the New Economics Foundation.

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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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Edmund White talks to Damian Barr

Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Hay Festival 2014, 

The American novelist tells the tales of his fifteen years in France, where he wrote lives of Genet, Rimbaud and Proust and met le tout Paris – from Yves St Laurent and Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault.

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Michelle Moram, Clare Burrage and Debra Skene

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Thing

Hay Festival 2015, 

Every year the Next Big Thing session at Hay profiles some of the most extraordinary and visionary research work being adventured in the UK. From brain imaging to materials discovery, three Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work in cutting edge science with broadcaster Claudia Hammond.

Michelle Moram, Clare Burrage and Debra Skene

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Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver, Kirsty Gunn and Joanna Briscoe

Reader, I Married Him

Hay Festival 2016, 

In this celebration of the bi-centenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, Chevalier is joined by three fellow writers to introduce their anthology of stories inspired by Jane Eyre.

Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver, Kirsty Gunn and Joanna Briscoe

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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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Richard Dawkins, Steve Jones and Martin Rees

The Guardian Science Experiment: Have We Abandoned the Enlightenment?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Chaired by The Guardian’s Science Editor James Randerson.

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón talks to Peter Florence

Prince of Mist

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Shadow of the Wind launches his new crossover thriller.
 
13+ years

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Alexandra Harris

Virginia Woolf

Hay Festival 2012, 
A portrait of the masterpieces and life of the modernist genius, from the prize-winning author of Romantic Moderns.

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Kamal Munir, Ornit Shani, Bhaskar Vira and Joya Chatterji

Cambridge University Series 3: India and Pakistan, The Common Ground

Hay Festival 2015, 

The news tends to focus on the antagonism between India and Pakistan. A distinguished panel of academics looks at the common ground between the two countries, in terms of environmental resources and challenges, trade and economic growth, and state formation and geo-politics. Chaired by Anatol Lieven.

Kamal Munir, Ornit Shani, Bhaskar Vira and Joya Chatterji

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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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Rosie Boycott, Jonathan Hughes, Simon Blackmore and Russell Carrington

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? Fairer Farming

Hay Festival 2015, 

We look at the future of farming in Britain and ask what ‘better’ might look like: better for farmers, better for people who need food. What are the issues that matter most? Diversification, ‘big-agri’ ownership, the relationship with supermarkets, the mental health of the people who work the land, the land itself or the quality of produce? Hughes is the National Trust's General Manager for Pembrokeshire, overseeing more than 30 tenanted farms, Blackmore (Harper Adams) specialises in farm engineering, Boycott is Food Advisor to the Mayor of London and Carrington is a young farmer from Hereford.

Rosie Boycott, Jonathan Hughes, Simon Blackmore and Russell Carrington

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Keith Barnham

The Burning Answer

Hay Festival 2014, 

In just over three generations, we have consumed approximately half the useful oil that it took photosynthesis around two million years to produce. In two generations we have used around half our useful uranium resources. We are faced with an urgent choice, the roots of which lie in 1905 with the discovery of Einstein’s ‘other’ equation, E = hf. This little-known equation, which began the quantum revolution, could hold the key to our future survival through the generation of electricity from sunlight.

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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.
9
+ years

Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

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Charles Avery

A School of Dolphins

Hay Festival 2009, 
The dolphin’s presence and meaning in Western Art from Antiquity (where it was associated with several gods), into the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque (where it had Christian connotations, as well as playing a supporting role in fountains and furniture), and then on to the empires of Venice and Britain, ending in the 20th century with Matisse.

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The Word Wizards' Guide to Roald Dahl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Calling all Roald Dahl fans, wordsmiths and wannabe writers! Don’t be biffsquiggled. Come and join our Word Wizards as they swashboggle their way through the wonderful writing of Roald Dahl. Through games and performance we’ll find how to gobblefunk with words and hear all about the amazing new Roald Dahl Dictionary.

6+

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Tom Holland

Æthelstan: The Making of England

Hay Festival 2016, 

The formation of England happened against the odds - the division of the country into rival kingdoms, the assaults of the Vikings, the precarious position of the island on the edge of the known world. But King Alfred ensured the survival of Wessex, his son Eadweard expanded it, and his grandson Æthelstan finally united Mercia and Wessex, conquered Northumbria and became Rex totius Britanniae.

Tom Holland