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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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Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

The Best for Wales Project

Hay Festival 2017, 

How can we shift from ‘doing better’ to ‘doing what’s needed’ and doing it now across Wales? Best for Wales will celebrate and inspire sustainable innovation. Hill is CEO of B Lab UK; Jones is Founder of Welsh ICE and Davies is founder of Neighbourly. Chaired by maverick thinker Andy Middleton from TYF.

Katie Hill, Gareth Jones and Nick Davies talk to Andy Middleton

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Miriam González Durántez

Made In Spain

Hay Festival 2017, 

The lawyer and Inspiring Girls champion introduces her delicious “recipes and stories from my country and beyond” in a glorious celebration of Spanish culture and cooking.

Miriam González Durántez

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Huw Bowen, Madeleine Gray, Martin Johnes

New History of Wales 5: The Welsh People

Hay Festival 2011, 
Religion, politics, education and popular culture. What type of people are we?

Duration 45 minutes.

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Catherine Fletcher

The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de Medici

Hay Festival 2016, 

Swansea University Series

From dazzling palaces and Tuscan villas to the treacherous backstreets of Florence and the corridors of papal power, the story of Alessandro’s spectacular rise, magnificent reign and violent demise takes us deep beneath the surface of power in Renaissance Italy – a glamorous but deadly realm of spies, betrayal and vendetta, illicit sex and fabulous displays of wealth, where the colour of one’s skin meant little but the strength of one’s allegiances meant everything. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Catherine Fletcher

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Judith Oakley

Seashore Safari

Hay Festival 2011, 
Starfish, crabs, jellyfish… Beaches are full of amazing wildlife, if only you know where to look. Join Judith, a passionate marine biologist, and discover the sandy secrets of British seasides.
 
8+ years & families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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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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Colin Tudge

Consider the Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
Some birds have fabulous memories, some make tools, and some are serious aesthetes. Yet birds, basically, are dinosaurs. We don’t need Star Trek to find alien intelligence. Just consider the birds!

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James Lovelock talks to Rosie Boycott

The Revenge of Gaia

Hay Festival 2006, 
The visionary Earth scientist, inventor of Gaia, adopts an increasingly radical manifesto for how we can still save the planet, including a passionate and controversial advocacy of nuclear power. 

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John Bradshaw

In Defence Of Dogs

Winter Weekend 2011, 
One of the world’s leading dog experts brings us a compelling insight into what dogs would ask us for, if only they knew how.

More about In Defence of Dogs
The dog has been mankind's faithful companion for tens of thousands of years, yet today finds itself in crisis throughout the western world. Until just over a hundred years ago, most dogs worked for their living, and each of the many breeds had become well suited, over countless generations, to the task for which they were bred. Now, in their purely domestic roles, we fail to understand their needs. And it is time that someone stood up for dogdom: not the caricature of the wolf in a dog suit, ready to dominate its unsuspecting owner at the first sign of weakness, not the trophy animal that collects rosettes and kudos for its breeder, but the real dog, the pet that just wants to be one of the family and enjoy life. 

Biologists now know far more about what really makes dogs tick than they did twenty years ago – and John Bradshaw has been at the centre of this research. However, this new scientific understanding has been slow to percolate through to owners, and has not yet made enough of a difference to the lives of the dogs themselves. This book is here to set the record straight. It is time we understood one of the most successful species on the planet, our closest friends, the dog.
John Bradshaw

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George Marshall talks to Oliver Balch

Talking Climate – From Research to Practice

Hay Festival 2017, 

A fresh approach to climate change communication: five core principles for public engagement that can propel climate change discourse out of the margins and into the mainstream. Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

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Samantha Power talks to Philippe Sands

Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira De Mello and the Fight to Save the World

Hay Festival 2008, 
Obama advisor Samantha Power talks to Philippe Sands about the life and legacy of the peacemaker and state builder (Cambodia, Bosnia, Lebanon, Congo) who as UNHCR High Commissioner died in the first Iraqi suicide bombing of 2003.

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Andrew Ruhemann talks to Francine Stock

The Animator, the Meerkat and the Gorillaz

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Passion Pictures producer discusses and shows his 2011 Oscar-winning short The Lost Thing and explains his ground-breaking animation work with Alexander ‘Simples’ Orlov and the Gorillaz, among other seminal characters.
 
See the Passion Pictures website for more information
 
 
 

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Hay Festival Foundation Gala 2

Speeches That Changed the World - Live Readings

Hay Festival 2019, 

This second of this year’s gala readings celebrates the power of persuasion and words. From calls to arms to demands for peace, this performance captures the voices of prophets and politicians, rebels and tyrants, soldiers and statesman. Speeches' is inspired by Simon Sebag Montefiore’s new book which will be published in October and by the two great Penguin speeches anthologies edited by Brian MacArthur, who died in March this year, and to whom this event is dedicated. 

The full cast will be announced on the day.

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Jim Perrin and Mark Cocker talk to Rosie Boycott

Ty Newydd Nature Writing

Hay Festival 2011, 
The day tutors discuss their own recent works – Perrin’s West: A Journey Through the Landscapes of Loss and Cocker’s masterpiece Crow Country. Theatre practitioner Gerald Tyler, trumpeter Tomos Williams and writer Jon Gower team up to explore Perrin’s high art, with visuals by film director and choreographer Grant Gee.

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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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Pamela Butchart

To Wee or Not to Wee!

Hay Festival 2016, 

Take a fresh look at Shakespeare with the Blue Peter Award-winning author  as she gives action-packed retellings of Macbeth, HamletA Midsummer’s Night Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

6+
Pamela Butchart

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Alex Bellos

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland

Hay Festival 2010, 
Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics. Open to all.
Alex Bellos

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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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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 8

Hay Festival 2009, 
The news, read for laughs by the house team.

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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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Fiona Reynolds

Cambridge University Series 12: Britishness

Hay Festival 2013, 

In a world of rapid change and global, multicultural influences we explore the place that landscape, history and nature play in people’s sense of Britishness today.

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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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Concentrated Solar Power

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Designer Katharine Hamnett joins Neil Crumpton (Friends of the Earth) and Gerhard Knies (TREC) to discuss the potential power revolution of CSP. Chaired by Nicola Heywood Thomas.

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Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: An Optimist Afloat

Hay Festival 2009, 
The charming joker-of-all-trades, author of Driving Over Lemons, yarns his tales of the high and very wet seas.