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Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

Hay Festival 2014, 

An intimate and personal decoding of the nature and nurture of the famous and infamous geneticist, author of The Selfish Gene, Unweaving the Rainbow, The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker.

Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

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Christopher Hitchens talks to Ian McEwan

God Is Not Great

London Events 2007, 
Christopher Hitchens presents his case against religion to a London audience. He talks to Ian McEwan.

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Tom Hollander, James Wood and Jon Canter

The Rev. Diaries

Hay Festival 2014, 

‘I went into the newsagent’s for a packet of fags and I saw the exercise book, and I thought, yes, that’s got your name on it. Or it soon will. Buy it and fill it with your thoughts, which are many and beautiful and frequently in service to the Lord. Make a diary of your time at St Saviour’s. Maybe, in two hundred years’ time, you’ll be celebrated as the Samuel Pepys of the Church of England. Or a sort of Reverend Bridget Jones. Is that too much to hope for, Lord?’ The creators of the glorious television comedy present the thoughts of Rev. Adam Smallbone.

Tom Hollander, James Wood and Jon Canter

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Stephen Fry

More Fool Me

Hay Festival 2015, 

Ultra-high-functioning addict meets gravity in this latest volume of autobiography. The writer and actor talks to Peter Florence.

Stephen Fry

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Yuval Noah Harari talks to Anita Anand

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Hay Festival 2015, 

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

This event was recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books.

Yuval Noah Harari talks to Anita Anand

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Desmond Tutu

The Hamlin Lecture

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Sometimes strident, often tender, never afraid and seldom without humour, Desmond Tutu’s voice will always be the voice of the voiceless,’ – Nelson Mandela.

Raising money for African charities, our two local Cathedrals, and St Mary's Hay

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Philip Pullman

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist talks about his The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman

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Martin Rees, Maggi Dawn, Richard Harries

The Guardian Debate: Is Reason Always Right?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Science and logic are often held up as the only way to answer the modern world’s big questions. But is there a role for instinct, inherited wisdom, or even God? Can religion ever win the intellectual argument? Chaired by Simon Jenkins.
Martin Rees, Maggi Dawn, Richard Harries

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Rowan Williams and Neil MacGregor

Images of Faith – Help or Hindrance?

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation about religion and imagery with the former Archbishop and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and the Director of the British Museum, author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Shakespeare’s Restless World.

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Elif Shafak en conversación con Marian Hens

Alhambra 2009, 
La escritora de origen turco Elif Shafak ha publicado novelas escritas en turco, inglés y francés. Su último trabajo de ficción es The bastard of
Istanbul (La bastarda de Estambul). Shafak conversará con la periodista de la BBC Marian Hens sobre diversos aspectos del pensamiento, la cultura y la sociedad en el mundo musulmán.

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Jane Williams and guests

The Michael Ramsey Prize

Hay Festival 2013, 

Michael Ramsey Prize shortlisted authors, Victor Lee Austin, Luke Bretherton, John Gillibrand, Paula Gooder, Michael Lodahl and Thomas Yoder Neufeld share the experience of being nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious theology prizes and explain what their titles contribute to the world of contemporary theology.

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AC Grayling

The God Argument

Hay Festival 2013, 

What is the alternative to religion as a view of the world and foundation for morality?

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Jane Williams, Robert Hughes, Thomas Reynolds

King James Authorised Version 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
In this first Good Read event celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, the distinguished panel discuss Exodus, Ruth and Lamentations.

See profiles of Jane Williams, Robert Hughes

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Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great contrarian eviscerates organised religion.

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Melvyn Bragg

The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible, 1611–2011

Hay Festival 2011, 
This became the Bible of wars, of politics, of struggles for democracy and freedoms. It defined attitudes to modern science, education and sex.The Book of Books - Melvyn Bragg

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Reza Aslan

No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam

Hay Festival 2006, 
Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values? Aslan believes we are now living in the era of 'the Islamic Reformation'. He examines the roots of this reformation and the future of the Islamic faith.

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Simon Schama & Simon Sebag Montefiore

Two Jews...

Hay Festival 2011, 
The two historians from very different backgrounds reflect on their identities and their experiences of being Jewish.
Citizens - Simon Schama

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Peter Hitchens

The Rage Against God

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist describes his journey from atheism to an unmodernized Christianity and Why Faith is the Foundation of Civilisation. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
Peter Hitchens

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Steve Jones

The Joy Of Sects

Hay Festival 2013, 

In The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold As Science the geneticist explores the shared mysteries of religion and science, from the origins of life and humankind to sex, age, death and the end of the universe. He steps aside from the noisy debate between believers and unbelievers to show how the same questions preoccupy us today as in biblical times. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Julie Burchill talks to Katie Glass

Unbound

Hay Festival 2014, 
The writer and journalist talks about language, argument and her crowd-funded book Unchosen: at 14 Julie Burchill fell in love. Not with a boy, but 'with a whole race of people – the Jews'. The journalist and novelist has been learning Hebrew and even chose Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem, as her single record choice for Desert Island Discs.
Julie Burchill talks to Katie Glass

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David Parker

The World’s Oldest Bible: How Technology Shapes Belief

Hay Festival 2013, 

Codex Sinaiticus, copied in the middle of the C4th, is both the oldest surviving Christian Bible and one of the first to be made. Parker describes this beautiful and remarkable manuscript, discussing the religious significance of the technological revolution from which it emerged and suggests parallels with other momentous happenings in the history of the book, which have shaped belief.

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Simon Blackburn

Cambridge 800 Series: Arguing about Religion – Hume Ten, Rest of World Nil

Hay Festival 2009, 
Philosophers tend to roll their eyes when scientists arrive and declaim that they have discovered either that there is a God, or that there isn’t. Blackburn shows why the current debate between militant atheists and militant theists can be improved by paying attention to David Hume.

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Roger Crowley

Empires of the Sea

Hay Festival 2009, 
In the sixteenth century the Mediterranean became the battleground for a titanic maritime struggle between Islam and Christianity. Roger Crowley brings to life this extraordinary confrontation, which set frontiers that hold to this day.

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Susan Blackmore

Ten Zen Questions

Hay Festival 2010, 
Consciousness, memory and identity are explored through the mutual disciplines of zen practice and scientific theory.

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Yasmina Khadra en conversación con Ignacio Cembrero

Segovia 2009, 
Mohammed Moulessehoul, el escritor argelino afincado en Francia, escribe bajo el seudónimo de Yasmina Khadra. Hablará con el periodista y escritor Ignacio Cembrero sobre su último libro, Lo que el día debe a la noche, el fundamentalismo religioso y su vinculación con el debate intelectual en Francia.

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