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Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

Memory and Mental Time Travel

Hay Festival 2015, 

Memories are not only about the past; they also affect the future. Nicola and Clive, a scientist and a fine artist respectively, explore the complex relationships between memory and human experience. Join them for a fascinating discussion incorporating science, literature, magic and dance.

Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

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Priyamvada Gopal

Cambridge Series: How (Not) To Write The History of Empire

Hay Festival 2010, 
From demanding reparations for slavery to denouncing immigration, from fostering multiculturalism to celebrating Britishness and from the partition of Palestine to women’s rights in Afghanistan, how does one engage with the controversial afterlife of the British empire?

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Barbara Erskine and Phil Rickman

And did those feet?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Time’s Legacy explores the legend that the young Jesus Christ came to Glastonbury to study with the Druids. The Bones of Avalon has Elizabethan astrologer John Dee dispatched to the mystical West Country town to find the alleged bones of King Arthur, missing since the Reformation.

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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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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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Kate Summerscale talks to Rosie Boycott

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner discusses her thrilling investigation of the classic true-life murder mystery that gripped Victorian England and inspired Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Conan Doyle.

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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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Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden

Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

Hay Festival 2015, 

 Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation?

Drawing on recent ground-breaking experiments around the world, they show how photosynthesis relies on subatomic particles existing in many places at once, while inside enzymes, those workhorses of life that make every molecule within our cells, particles vanish from one point in space and instantly materialize in another.

Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden

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Barry Cunliffe

Britain Begins

Hay Festival 2013, 

Using archaeological and DNA evidence Cunliffe tells the story of the origins of the British and the Irish peoples, from the retreat of the last Ice Age around 10,000bc to the eve of the Norman Conquest.

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Nicholas Crane and Jerry Brotton

The Man who Mapped the Planet

Hay Festival 2012, 
We salute the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gerardus Mercator, the greatest cartographer of all time; the man who coined the word ‘atlas’ and solved the riddle of converting the three-dimensional globe into a two-dimensional map while retaining true compass bearings.

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Simon Mayo

Itch

Hay Festival 2012, 
Meet Itchingham Lofte, an accidental, accident-prone hero. Science is his weapon. Elements are his gadgets. This is Alex Rider with Geek-Power! Chaired by Louise Gray
 
10+ years

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OLGA TOKARCZUK in conversation with Gaby Wood

The Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

Hay Festival 2018, 

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk wins for Flights - translated into English by Jennifer Croft, who will join her onstage.

The longlist for this year's international fiction prize consists of Laurent Binet, Javier Cercas, Virginie Despentes, Jenny Erpenbeck, Han Kang, Ariana Harwicz, László Krasznahorkai, Antonio Muñoz, Christoph Ransmayr, Ahmed Saadawi, Olga Tokarczuk, Wu Ming-Yi and Gabriela Ybarra. The shortlist will be released on 12 April, and the winner will be announced on 22 May.

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Marta Kwiatkowska

When to Trust a Robot…

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are witnessing accelerating technological advances in autonomous systems, of which driverless cars and home-assistive robots are prominent examples. We increasingly depend on decisions made by mobile autonomous robots and we interact with them socially. But how do we know when to trust a robot? And how much should the robots trust us? Kwiatowska develops automated verification techniques that ensure that computerised systems behave as expected, with applications in DNA computing, and in wearable and implantable medical devices.

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Andrew Davies Masterclass

South Riding

Hay Festival 2011, 
The screenwriter analyses key scenes in his adaptation of Winifred Holtby’s great Virago classic in conversation with Peter Florence.

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this show James may attempt a new world record in badger hurdling and doing loop the loop with his 93-year-old Auntie HistAMine. It may also involve a discussion on Horses: Friends or Big-Headed Twits?
 
7+ years

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Korky Paul

Winnie the Witch

Hay Festival 2012, 
We’re celebrating our 25th Birthday with Winnie - hooray! Join Korky for an energy-filled event of quick sketching and story-book adventure.
 
5-8 years

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Ma Jian and Yan Lianke talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – China

Hay Festival 2013, 

If a panda gets pregnant, the entire nation celebrates. But if a woman gets pregnant she’s treated like a criminal. What kind of country is this? The author of Red Dust and Beijing Coma introduces his new novel The Dark Road. He is joined by the brilliant satirical author of Serve The People and Lenin’s Kisses, who is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Flora Drew interprets. 

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Beast Quest

Hay Festival 2013, 

Adam Blade brings the Beast Quest adventures to life – and gives us a glimpse of the excitement to come in brand new Sea Quest.

7+ years

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Malorie Blackman talks to Jonathan Douglas

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author of the Noughts and Crosses series and Dangerous Realities, introduces her Unheard Voices: An Anthology of Stories and Poems to Commemorate the Bicentenary Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

Hay Fever 8 yrs +

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Jeremy Clarkson talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2008, 
Top writer talks cars and opinions.

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Christopher Jamison talks to Raj Persaud

In the Psychiatrist’s Chair

Hay Festival 2008, 
Raj Persaud interviews the Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery, Worth Abbey and author of Finding Sanctuary Christopher Jamison.

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Green Dragons’ Den 4

Hay on Earth 4

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from the earlier Hay on Earth workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project. 

Jane Davidson AM, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing will announce the four winning projects from the previous four Hay on Earth workshops.

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

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Chris Laoutaris

Shakespeare and the Countess: The Battle That Gave Birth to The Globe

Hay Festival 2015, 

In November 1596 a woman signed a document which would nearly destroy the career of William Shakespeare… Who was the woman who played such an instrumental, yet little known, role in Shakespeare’s life? Never far from controversy when she was alive – she sparked numerous riots and indulged in acts of bribery, breaking-and-entering, and kidnapping – Elizabeth Russell has been edited out of public memory, yet the chain of events she set in motion would be the making of Shakespeare as we all know him today.

Chris Laoutaris

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Simon Brooks, Angharad Closs Stephens, Jasmine Donahaye, Daniel G Williams with Michael Sheen

Wales After Brexit

Hay Festival 2018, 

Unlike Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales voted to leave the EU. Is this an indication that the radical distinctiveness of Wales has eroded with the Welsh language or are there distinctive factors underlying the leave vote in Wales? Given the EU’s response to the referendum in Catalonia, was the Welsh Nationalist vision of ‘Wales in Europe’ built on wishful thinking? Is Wales on the verge of a final assimilation into an increasingly nationalist and isolationist England? Or is this far too dramatic a prognosis? What might be the ways ahead for Wales, Britain and Europe? Chaired by Welsh internationalist, actor and activist Michael Sheen.

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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