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Bruno Ganz talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Hay Festival 2008, 
The peerless Swiss actor’s films include Wings of Desire, Downfall, Nosferatu, Strapless and Bread and Tulips.

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Evan Davis

Made in Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
What matters is what sells and for how much – from manufacturing to technology, design and the services industries. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.
 
Read a profile of Evan Davis www.independent.co.uk/news/people/

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Audrey Niffenegger talks to Lisa Allardice

Her Fearful Symmetry

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author discusses her delicious, ghost story follow-up to the global bestseller The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Audrey Niffenegger talks to Lisa Allardice

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Lorrie Moore talks to Julian Barnes

The Collected Stories of Lorrie Moore

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great American short story writer’s ferociously funny, soulful stories tell of the gulf between men and women, the loneliness of the broken-hearted and the yearned-for, impossible intimacies we crave.

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John Simpson

We Chose to Speak of War and Strife: The World of the Foreign Correspondent

Hay Festival 2017, 

The BBC World Affairs Editor tells the stories of journalists reporting from the frontlines – from Crimea and Vietnam to Mosul.  Chaired by Matt Frei.

John Simpson

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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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Lyn Gardner

Friends and Footlights

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the theatre critic and storyteller as she launches Olivia’s Enchanted Summer, the latest in her much-loved series. Fans of Malory Towers and Ballet Shoes will adore this.
 
9+ years

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John Carey, Judy Golding and Tobias Hill

William Golding Centenary

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the Nobel Laureate’s daughter and biographer and the poet and author of The Love of Stones and The Cryptographer to celebrate the novelist whose work included Lord of the Flies, Rites of Passage, To The Ends of the Earth and The Spire.

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Arundhathi Subramaniam, Irfan Husain and Tahmima Anam talk to John Kampfner

India / Pakistan / Bangladesh

Hay Festival 2012, 
What’s the state of Freedom of Expression on the subcontinent? How will technology affect it? And whose truths and languages can be heard?
 

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The History Keepers

Hay Festival 2013, 

Time-travelling adventures and evil plots abound with Damian Dibben’s The History Keepers – a secret society that travels through the centuries to prevent history being changed.

9+ years

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Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Hay Festival 2013, 

They say she has been banned in Bognor and censored in Solihull. Here to hellraise in Hay for one day only, the creator of the world-conquering Georgia Nicholson and Tallulah books and Queen of Comedy – Louise Rennison – will give you a sneak preview of The Taming of the Tights.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ years

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Will Hutton

The Writing on the Wall: China and the West

Hay Festival 2008, 
Will Hutton offers penetrating analysis of the risks involved in China’s breath-taking ideological, economic and political boom.

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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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Tony de Saulles

Horrible Science

Hay Festival 2009, 
Science just got a lot more squishy! Join the illustrator behind this gruesomely brilliant series to learn how to doodle and cartoon all things horrid.  Don't forget your pencil!

9 years +

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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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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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Mukesh Kapila talks to Philippe Sands

Against A Tide Of Evil

Hay Festival 2013, 

The former head of the UN in Sudan reveals the shocking depths of evil plumbed by those who designed and orchestrated ‘the final solution’ in Darfur – How One Man Became The Whistleblower To The First Mass Murder Of The Twenty-First Century.

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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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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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Carl Watkins

The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among The Dead

Hay Festival 2013, 

A vivid history of the macabre as the author goes in search of the ancient customs, local characters and compelling tales that illuminate how people over the years have come to terms with our ultimate fate. He discovers what a small Norfolk church has to tell us about the apocalypse; why the greatest minds of the C17th were embroiled in debate over the phantom Drummer of Tedworth; and how a nineteenth-century Welsh druid completely changed the national view of cremation.

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Norman Stone

The Atlantic and its Enemies

Hay Festival 2010, 
The acclaimed historian offers A Personal History of the Cold War.
Norman Stone

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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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Chris Boardman talks to William Fotheringham

Triumph and Turbulence

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation with the legendary British cyclist, gold medallist in the Barcelona Olympics, Tour de France hero, and latterly the backroom ‘marginal gains’  genius of British cycling in his role as head of the R&D team, The Secret Squirrels.

Chris Boardman talks to William Fotheringham

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Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis

Jeremy Leggett

Hay Festival 2006, 
The global marketplace is built on the notion of a stable supply of cheap oil and gas. But that bedrock is about to crumble. As geologists, civil servants and the oil industry knows, the end of oil is a lot closer than we think. Leggett is Chief Executive of Solarcentury.

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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.