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Charlie Higson

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond series talks about his writing and the fifth instalment in his bestselling zombie adventure series, The Fallen. A writer, actor and comedian, Charlie studied gothic literature at university and is a huge fan of horror.
12+ years (YA)

Charlie Higson

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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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Anthony Kenny

A New History of Western Philosophy

Hay Festival 2011, 
Reflecting on the history of philosophy from Thales to Derrida, the philosopher considers the enduring influence, for good or ill, that Aristotle exercised not only on philosophy but also on science.

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Ursula Martin

The Scientific Life of Ada Lovelace, a Victorian Computing Visionary

Hay Festival 2016, 

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) is famous as  “The first programmer” for her prescient writings about Charles Babbage’s unbuilt mechanical computer, the Analytical Engine. Biographers have focused on her tragically short life and her supposed poetic approach – in this talk we unpick the myths and look at her scientific education, what she really did, and why it is important, placing her in the rich context of nineteenth century science, and the contemporary misremembering of  female scientists.

Ursula Martin CBE is a Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science in the University of Oxford, and leads Oxford’s project to digitize Lovelace’s mathematics.

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Rosanna Davison

Eat Yourself Beautiful

Kells 2015, 

Rosanna Davison talks about how she came to study nutrition. She gives us the skinny on her own diet and lifestyle, and shares her top tips from her new book Eat Yourself Beautiful on cutting out sugar and including more fruit and vegetables in your diet.

Photo by Miki Barlok

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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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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.

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Agnès Desarthe talks to Philippe Sands

Chez Moi

Hay Festival 2009, 
The French author of Five Photos of My Wife and Good Intentions discusses her magical Chez Moi, about a woman who runs away from the circus to open a restaurant at home.

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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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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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The Creative & Cultural Skills Conference at Hay

Session 2: UEA or MBA?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Novelists Russell Celyn Jones (Birkbeck Creative Writing Prof) and Giles Foden (UEA Prof) discuss writers’ professional development with John Mullan (UCL Professor of Eng Lit and Guardian Book Club host).

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Rob Penn

The Man Who Made Things Out Of Trees - Woodland Trust Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rob Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. Journeying from Wales and Ireland across Europe to the US, he finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. He chronicles how the urge to appreciate trees still runs through us like grain through wood.

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Gillian Clarke

The Lapidus Reading

Hay Festival 2012, 
In a special preview session the National Poet of Wales reads and discusses her forthcoming poetry collection ICE. Chaired by Fiona Hamilton of Lapidus, the UK organisation for creative writing and reading for health and wellbeing.

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Rahaf Harfoush

The Hidden Forces Behind our Technologies

Hay Festival 2017, 

Digital disruption and innovation are like any tools: capable of being used and abused. How are these technologies already influencing our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours and how do we ensure that these tools bring real and lasting benefits to society? Rahaf Harfoush is a digital anthropologist and best-selling author of The Decoded Company, and Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand. Rahaf is the founder of Red Thread, a think-tank specialising in digital culture. She is currently working on her third book called Hustle and Float about  the intersections of technology, contemporary work culture and a post-work society. Formerly, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum, and the Research Coordinator on Don Tapscott’s Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. She was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Shaper, and by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society as a Rising Talent for her thought-leadership in the fields of digital culture and technology.

Rahaf Harfoush

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Fintan O’Toole

The 2019 Christopher Hitchens Lecture: Heroic Failure

Hay Festival 2019, 

O’Toole examines how trivial journalistic lies became far-from-trivial national obsessions; how the pose of indifference to truth and historical fact has come to define the style of an entire political elite; how a country that once had colonies is redefining itself as an oppressed nation requiring liberation; the strange gastronomic and political significance of prawn-flavoured crisps; the dreams of revolutionary deregulation and privatisation that drive Arron Banks, Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg; and the silent rise of English nationalism, the force that dare not speak its name. O’Toole is an investigative journalist, historian, biographer, literary critic and political commentator. His acclaimed columns on Brexit for the Irish Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books have been awarded both the Orwell Prize and the European Press Prize. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Fintan O’Toole

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Salman Rushdie and Tishani Doshi

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist discusses contemporary American culture, so presciently imagined in his latest novel The Golden House, freedom of speech, language, literature, love and death. Few writers have such a keen sense of human absurdity, and such a spectacular gift for telling its stories.

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Andrew Davies talks to Peter Florence

Little Dorrit Film Masterclass

Hay Festival 2009, 
The screenwriter analyses three key scenes from his recent TV adaptation of Dickens’ novel.

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Ian Kershaw

Fateful Choices

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian recreates ten critical political and military decisions taken between May 1940, when Britain decided to fight on rather than surrender, and the autumn of 1941, when Hitler decided to destroy Europe’s Jews.

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Juanita León, Rodrigo Pardo, María Teresa Ronderos y Daniel Samper Pizano en conversación con Jaime Abello

Investigaciones periodísticas

Cartagena 2013, 
El periodismo de investigación requiere rigor, pasión y valentía a partes iguales. Tres grandes periodistas colombianos, Juanita León, directora de La silla vacía; Rodrigo Pardo, de RCN; María Teresa Ronderos, directora de VerdadAbierta.com; y Daniel Samper Pizano, padre del periodismo investigativo en Colombia a través del trabajo que desempeño en El Tiempo, conversan con Jaime Abello, director general de Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo.

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Irvine Welsh in conversation with Marlon James

The Blade Artist

Hay Festival 2016, 

Welsh introduces his elegant, electrifying novel, which marks the return of one of modern fiction’s most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting. Welsh talks about gangland violence, drug culture and the vitality of language with the Man Booker prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Irvine Welsh in conversation with Marlon James

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Caroline Lucas

Honourable Friends

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the NHS to corporate tax evasion, from climate change to immigration, Honourable Friends? tells the story of five years in Westminster and offers bold and practical suggestions for a fairer British political system. Caroline Lucas is MP for Brighton Pavilion. She was the leader of the Green Party from 2008 to 2012 and was voted MP of the Year in 2014. Caroline talks to Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

Caroline Lucas

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Galina Timchenko, Mikhail Zygar, Oliver Bullough and guests talk to Nataliya Vasilyeva

We Need To Talk About Putin

Hay Festival 2015, 

Timchenko is the executive editor of the independent news platform Meduza. Zygar is the editor-in-chief of TV RAIN, Russia’s only independent television channel. Bullough is author of The Last Man in Russia and Let Our Fame Be Great and has reported over the last two years from the Ukraine. Vasiliyeva writes about press freedom and politics for Associated Press in Moscow.

Galina Timchenko, Mikhail Zygar, Oliver Bullough and guests talk to Nataliya Vasilyeva

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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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Peter Hain and David Lipsey

Forty Years is a Long Time in Politics

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two of the most unconventional Westminster memoirs shed new, controversial and wickedly funny light on the political process. With the anti-apartheid campaigner, MP for Neath, former Leader of the House, and Secretary of State for Work and Wales, author of Outside In and the veteran Labour peer, author of An Autobiography. Chaired by Simon Mundy

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Richard Fortey

Survivors - The Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind

Hay Festival 2012, 
The paleontologist takes us on a journey across the globe in search of traces of evolution in creatures that have survived from long ago, from algal mats dating back two billion years to the hardy musk oxen, the last vestiges of Ice Age fauna.