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Jung Chang

Wangari Maathai Memorial Lecture

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
The inaugural lecture, honouring Kenya’s great Nobel Peace Laureate and founder of The Green Belt Movement will be given by the Chinese writer and historian Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story.
 
Sponsored by Dormans Coffee, KHE, Harris Tea and Sainsbury's

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James Jackson

Cambridge University Series 6: Living With Earthquakes – Know Your Faults

Hay Festival 2013, 

Earthquakes in the last decade have revealed that rich nations have become resilient in terms of loss-of-life, while much smaller earthquakes have killed up to 30% of urban populations in countries that are far less well prepared. What is behind the sombre conclusion that ‘the rich pay and the poor die’?

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John Kay, Nick Robins and James Marriott chaired by Andrew Simms

The Dark City

Hay Festival 2009, 
Does the behaviour of a handful of investors in the City of London hold the key to our collective survival? With economist John Kay, sustainable investor Nick Robins and art activist James Marriott. Chaired by nef Policy Director Andrew Simms.

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Brian May and Denis Pellerin

Diableries: 3D Stereoscopy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The astrophysicist, Queen guitarist and songwriter presents the astonishing results of his collaboration with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming with a sensational 3D screening of the C19th French visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called Enfer – Hell.

Brian May and Denis Pellerin

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Douglas Wilson, Cllr David Jones

Powys Schools Seminar

Hay Festival 2010, 
An introduction to Powys County Council’s ambitious plans to modernise all its schools. The Portfolio Holder and Officers from the Schools Service will set out the national picture, describing the work already underway and providing information on the Authority’s most significant investment programme for schools for 30 years. 

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

There will be a collection at the event for the Gwernyfed–Timbuktu schools twinning project and Storymoja, Nairobi.

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Bill Bryson and Martin Rees talk to Marcus du Sautoy

The Royal Society Platform

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and editor of the magnificent anniversary anthology Seeing Further is joined by the President of the Royal Society to celebrate 350 Years of the Royal Society and Scientific Endeavour. They talk to the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science.
Bill Bryson and Martin Rees talk to Marcus du Sautoy

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Alain de Botton, Philippa Perry, Roman Krznaric and Tom Chatfield

The School of Life - short ‘How To’ lectures

Hay Festival 2012, 
Chatfield on How To Thrive in the Digital Age; Perry on How to Stay Sane; Krznaric on How To Find Fulfilling Work; and de Botton gives us the skinny on How to Think More About Sex.

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David Mackay, Jane Davidson AM, Malini Mehra and Anthony Giddens

Fire – Securing Energy Supplies

Hay Festival 2009, 
What are the implications of climate change on energy supply and security? Founder and CEO of Centre for Social Markets Malini Mehra, Jane Davidson AM, David Mackay, author of Sustainable Energy, and Anthony Giddens, author of The Politics of Climate Change.

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Kazuo Ishiguro talks to John Mullan

Nocturnes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day discusses his Five Stories of Music and Nightfall.
Kazuo Ishiguro talks to John Mullan

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Michael Morpurgo

The Hay Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist delivers the inaugural Library Lecture on children’s rights, readers’ rights and the importance of libraries. Entry by library card but places must be booked in advance.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
 
There will be no signing after this event. However, Michael will be doing a 'meet and greet' in Pembertons with signed book plates after his evening event.

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Jane Davidson AM, Joan Herrera MEP, Caroline Lucas MEP and Andrew Simms

A Green New Deal

Hay Festival 2009, 
Can the environment save the economy? Featuring Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MEP, Jane Davidson AM, Welsh Assembly Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, and Spanish MEP Joan Herrera. Chaired by nef Policy Director Andrew Simms.

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Richard Dearlove talks to Philippe Sands

Cambridge 800 Series: Security

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Master of Pembroke College, who was head of the Secret Intelligence Service (known as ‘C’) from 1999 to 2004 discusses the security challenges facing government, the problems of past and contemporary terrorism, and the impact on UK foreign policy and national security of events in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine and Iraq.

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Yolanda Reyes, Mario Mendoza and Jordi Puntí with Jaime Abello

Epoch of changes or change of epoch?

Cartagena 2012, 
“In situations like the present, there should be no space for resignation or apathy,” states Stéphane Hessel in his book Time for Outrage!. It is clear that voices calling for a regeneration of the democratic and economic system, and more participative public policies, are growing. Governments, on their side, seem increasingly dependent on the markets, and further from social needs. There is more need than ever to discuss these burning issues once again.

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Fiammetta Rocco interviews Lydia Davis

The 2013 International Man Booker Prize Winner

Hay Festival 2013, 

The first public interview with Lydia Davis, winner of the 2013 Prize, which was awarded in London on 22 May. Previous winners have been Ismail Kadare, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro and Philip Roth.

Lydia Davis is an American writer who was born in Massachusetts in 1947 and is now a professor of creative writing at the University at Albany, the capital of New York State.
She is best known for two contrasting accomplishments: translating from the French, to great acclaim, Marcel Proust’s complex Du Côté de Chez Swann (Swann’s Way) and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and writing short stories, a number of them among the shortest stories ever written. Much of her fiction may be viewed under the heading of philosophy, poetry or short story, and even her longer creations may be as succinct as two or three pages.
She has been described by the critic James Wood in his latest collection, The Fun Stuff and Other Essays, as ‘a tempestuous Thomas Bernhard’. Most of all, as Craig Morgan Teicher of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote in 2009, the year that Davis’s Collected Stories appeared as a single volume: ‘She is the master of a literary form largely of her own invention.’

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David Mitchell talks to John Mullan

Guardian Book Club: Cloud Atlas

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist discusses his early polyphonic masterpiece.
David Mitchell talks to John Mullan

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James Daunt, Rodric Braithwaite, Douglas Smith and Rachel Polonsky

The Pushkin House Waterstones Russian Book Prize

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Waterstones chief James Daunt and the chair of judges Sir Rodric Braithwaite host a discussion on writing about Russia with Douglas Smith (shortlisted author of Former People) and author and judge Rachel Polonsky. The shortlist was announced on 25 April.

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Kate Humble, Richard Smith, Marcus du Sautoy and Mark Watson

Powering The Country: Kate, Richard, Marcus And Mark Try To Keep The Lights On

Hay Festival 2013, 

What would you do if you had to power the UK? Kate, Marcus and Mark get to grips with how to generate enough energy to keep the lights on and power their appliances. Dependency on overseas supplies, volatile fossil fuel prices and the need for a low-carbon economy makes this one of the biggest challenges facing the country. Chaired by Mark Lynas and using the 2050 calculator.

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Jane Davidson, Margaret Lloyd-Jones, Stephen Moss and Derek Moore

The Language Of Conservation

Hay Festival 2013, 

How should we be talking about the crisis within our natural environment? How can we make nature as popular as sport and as politically relevant as health? Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

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Anna Politkovskaya

Putin's Russia

Hay Festival 2005, 
A devastating appraisal by the country's leading radical journalist, admired for her fearless reporting on human rights issues, especially the wars in Chechnya. In Russian with simultaneous translation.

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Jim Swire and James Robertson talk to Philippe Sands

Perspectives On Lockerbie

Hay Festival 2013, 

Twenty-five years after a bomb brought Pan Am Flight 103 down on the town, the novelist James Robertson, author of The Professor Of Truth, and Dr Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the bombing and who is a member of the Justice For Megrahi group, reflect on the tragedy.

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George Monbiot

Feral: rewilding the land, the sea and human life

Hay Festival 2012, 
The campaigning journalist and Hay hero gives an exclusive preview of his forthcoming book in which he argues for the mass restoration of damaged ecosystems, the reintroduction of wolves, lynx, beavers, moose and boar to Britain, and a life richer in adventure and surprise.

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Denise Lievesley, Claire Melamed, Mark Goldring

Measuring the World We Want

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 2000, the member countries of the United Nations set themselves a challenge: achieve the targets of the Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015, to improve the lives of the world’s citizens. What’s next for our global ambitions, our post-2015 goals? How can we describe the world we want, to achieve sustainable development, track our progress and hold governments everywhere to account? The former head of statistics at UNESCO, an adviser to the United Nations, and the CEO of Oxfam talk to Hetan Shah, the chief executive of the Royal Statistical Society.

Denise Lievesley, Claire Melamed, Mark Goldring

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John Bradshaw

Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Revered by ancient Egyptians, tortured by Medieval Catholics, cats have been human companions for thousands of years. Animal behaviour expert, Bradshaw explores cat history and behaviour from swivelling whiskers to talking tails – you’ll never look at your cat the same again.

John Bradshaw

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Douglas Hurd and Edward Young talk to Philippe Sands

Choose Your Weapons

Hay Festival 2010, 
The politician and his co-author discuss this history of The British Foreign Secretary: Two Centuries of Personalities and Conflict from Waterloo to the ‘special relationship’.
Douglas Hurd and Edward Young talk to Philippe Sands

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John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin

1,339 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop

Winter Weekend 2013, 

At QI’s very core is the astonishing fact: painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. Pigs suffer from anorexia. Wagner always wore pink silk underwear. Rugby School’s first official rugby kit in 1871 included a bow tie. Lord Kitchener had four spaniels called Shot, Bang, Miss and Damn. It is impossible to whistle in a spacesuit. Join in the fun with the QI writing team.

John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin