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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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Alex Crawford talks to Jim Naughtie

Colonel Gaddafi’s Hat

Hay Festival 2012, 
A gripping and deeply moving account of the Libyan uprising from the Sky News Special Correspondent - the lone journalist who was able to report from the rebel army convoy that captured Green Square in the heart of Tripoli.

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Sarah Dunant in conversation with SJ Parris

Fictions – Blood And Beauty

Hay Festival 2013, 

The acclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance takes on the era’s most infamous family – the Borgias.

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Hew Strachan talks to Richard Norton-Taylor

The Direction of War: Contemporary Strategy in Historical Perspective

Hay Festival 2014, 

The wars since 9/11, both in Iraq and Afghanistan, have generated frustration and an increasing sense of failure in the West and the blame has been attributed to poor strategy. Strachan, one of the world’s leading military historians, reveals how these failures resulted from a fundamental misreading and misapplication of strategy itself. He argues that the wars since 2001 have not in reality been as ‘new’ as has been widely assumed and that we need to adopt a more historical approach to contemporary strategy in order to identify what is really changing in how we wage war.

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Getrude Mungai, Faith Gatimi, Vaishnavi Ram Mohan

Drumbeats on Mobile

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Join Getrude Mungai – Kenya's leading sexologist, Drumbeat authors – Dilman Dila, Hilda Gathanga, Shaleen Keshavjee-Gulam, Nadia Darwesh and editors - Faith Gatimi and Vaishnavi Ram Mohan at the exciting launch of the DrumBeats romance series. Dress in red. Prepare for your own cover shoot. Open your mind to the sophisticated art and craft of KISSING. Discover the secret territory before the point of no return. To light the flame of East African love in your heart and mind, and win lovely love-inspired prizes, download DrumBeat stories on mobile and e devices.

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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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Fiona McFarlane talks to Dai Smith

The 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under, as Fiona McFarlane, 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize winner talks to Dai Smith, Chair of the judges. The shortlist for this year’s prize is: Anuk Arudpragasm The Story of a Brief Marriage; Alys Conran Pigeon; Luke Kennard Cain; Fiona McFarlane The High Places; Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent; Callan Wink Dog Run Moon: Stories.

Fiona McFarlane talks to Dai Smith

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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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Jonathan Fenby

Tiger Head Snake Tails

Hay Festival 2013, 

China’s Unfinished Revolution – the challenges that confront the looming superpower after its leadership transition. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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What is Contemporary Art? A Children’s Guide

Hay Festival 2013, 

Jacky and Suzy Klein invite children and adults alike to question, explore and understand some of the most dynamic and exciting art of our times.

8+ years

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The Earl of March talks to Mark Skipworth

The Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Hay Festival 2013, 

A celebration of the first 20 years of the world’s premier classic performance car event – a story of cars, stars and the reinvention of a stately home.

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Peter Lord

Shaun The Sheep: The Movie

Hay Festival 2015, 
The Aardman founder and stop-motion genius takes us behind the scenes of Shaun’s blockbusting big-screen adventure. When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. You’d be baahmy not to join in!
7+ years
Peter Lord

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Martin Driscoll, John Perkins, Daphne O'Doherty and Alec Ross

Innovation and Skills

Hay Festival 2015, 

New challenges need new skills. How do we ensure that we provide young people with the skills they’ll need to deal with the rapid developments in engineering? How can we help them adapt to unforeseen innovations? John Perkins is the Government's Chief Scientific Advisor for Business, Innovation and Skills, Martin Driscoll is HR Director for Tata Steel and Daphne O’Doherty is Director of Learning and Teaching at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University. Chaired by Secretary Hilary Clinton's senior advisor on innovation.

Martin Driscoll, John Perkins, Daphne O'Doherty and Alec Ross

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AKAs and the Shidas

Booklaunch

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
Muthoni Garland is joined by the Kenya Human Rights Commission.

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Hannah Rothschild talks to Martin Chilton

The Baroness

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author and filmmaker conjures the life of her great aunt, the heiress Nica Rothschild, who abandoned her life of privilege in Europe for New York’s 1950s Jazz scene. She was a patron and muse to some of the greatest C20th musicians. Charlie Parker died in her apartment, Thelonius Monk in her arms.

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Nick Crane

Barefoot Books World Atlas

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join this cartographer, explorer, writer and television presenter as he introduces us to a whole new way of looking at the world.
 
Families.  9+ years

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Digby Jones

Fixing Business

Hay Festival 2017, 

The entrepreneur examines the relationship between business, government and society. He discusses Britain in a post-Brexit world, Donald Trump’s America, and the ‘elephant in the boardroom’ – executive pay.  Lord Jones was Director General of the CBI. In 2007 he was appointed Minister of State for UK Trade and Investment. He talks to Jesse Norman.

Digby Jones

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Roger Thurow

Feeding The World

Hay Festival 2013, 

How will we feed a growing global population in the face of a wide range of adverse factors, including climate change? What contributions can the social and natural sciences make in finding solutions, and what is the role for governments and the private sector? What does it all mean for the individual farmer? The author The Hunger Season discusses with The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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Sarah Crompton and Lucy Moore

Dance Talk: Sadlers Wells And Nijinsky

Hay Festival 2013, 

On the centenary of The Rite Of Spring, Moore’s Nijinsky captures the spirit of the great genius of C20th ballet, his relationship with Diaghilev, the controversy of his radical choreography and his descent into madness. In Sadler’s Wells Dance House Crompton chronicles how this London theatre and its creative impulses have shaped the course of dance in the C20th and C21st from classical to hip hop. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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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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Frank Close

The Infinity Puzzle

Hay Festival 2012, 
How the quest to understand quantum field theory led to extraordinary science, high politics and the world’s most expensive experiment.

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Morris Berman, Daniel Alarcón and Francisco Goldman with Jon Gower

Indignados

Cartagena 2012, 
At the end of 2011, The New York Times published a survey that reflected the discontent and low morale of Americans, who feel better represented by groups like Occupy Wall Street or the Tea Party than by Congress. This situation can be extrapolated to other countries, like the United Kingdom, where university fees are spiralling up, and “indignados” occupy St Paul’s Cathedral precincts, creating a climate of tension among the Church, the Government and the corporations, who own the land. Are they isolated groups, or the tip of a vast iceberg of social discontent? Are we facing a great economic and moral depression? Are we complicit in the current situation? The guests tackle these and other questions. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Henrietta Bowden-Jones

The Art of Science

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the structure of clouds to shopping-trolley helices of DNA and sculpting in stardust, the Consultant Psychiatrist examines artworks by established artists who, wittingly or not, have conveyed scientific concepts through their art. Henrietta will be joined for a Q&A by artist Angela Palmer. Chaired by Emilie Glazer.

Henrietta Bowden-Jones

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Mario Vargas Llosa in conversation with J. J. Armas Marcelo

Segovia 2013, 

The Nobel Prize-winning Mario Vargas Llosa has a conversation with the writer JJ Armas Marcelo about his latest published novel, El héroe discreto (Alfaguara). Two literary leading lights deal with the analysis of this melodrama, full of extortion and revenge in a humorous tone.

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Jamie Bartlett talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Dark Net

Hay Festival 2015, 

The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the most innovative and dangerous subcultures of the online world: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers and self-harmers, libertarians and vigilantes. Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos.

Jamie Bartlett talks to Sarfraz Manzoor