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Michael Frayn talks to Sarah Crompton

My Father’s Fortune

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist and playwright (whose Noises Off is currently playing in London) discusses his childhood memoir and his exploration of his father’s story My Father's Fortune. His new novel Skios is a story of mislaid identity, misdirected passion and miscalculated consequences set on a Greek Island.

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Michael Holroyd

A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers

Hay Festival 2011, 
The biographer (George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, Augustus John) discusses the treasure-trove of hidden lives, uncelebrated achievements and family mysteries in this masterly inquiry into the biographer’s art.

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Philip Gross and Valerie Coffin Price

A Fold in the River

Hay Festival 2015, 

A beautiful collaboration between TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Philip Gross and visual artist Valerie Coffin Price. Gross once lived on the banks of the River Taff in Wales and his journals are the source for the powerful poems. Price revisited the walking route along the river, from which evolved the prints and drawings that accompany the poems.

Philip Gross and Valerie Coffin Price

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Matthew d’Ancona and guests

In It Together

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two days after the European elections and a year from the next UK General Election, the journalist gives us the skinny on the state of the coalition government. Will Boris get a seat? Will Dave’s set club together with Nigel? Will Nick be Deputy PM forever?

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Cees Nooteboom and Antonio Muñoz Molina

Segovia 2014, 

Dutch poet, novelist, essayist, translator and hispanist Cees Nooteboom, and Spanish author and 2013 Prince of Asturias Literature award-winner Antonio Muñoz Molina discuss their work.

Event in Spanish


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Siddhartha Deb

The Beautiful and the Damned

Hay Festival 2011, 
A panoramic portrait of the new India from its least advantaged countryside to its high-tech tiger economy.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
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Gillian Clarke

A Recipe For Water

Hay Festival 2009, 
The National Poet of Wales launches her new collection of poetry with a reading.

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Julia Hobsbawm, Peter York, Chris Parry, Bronwen Maddox and Alice Sherwood

EI Breakfast

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

Duration 45 minutes.

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Paul Nieuwenhuis

Cardiff Series 4: The Car of the Future

Hay Festival 2011, 
The car is clearly not sustainable now, but can it adapt or evolve, or will it have to go, as some have suggested? How will we use it and how will it be made? Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
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Sarah McIntyre

Hay Festival 2013, 

Superkid is the brilliant Sarah McIntyre’s latest creation – the cartoon kid with superspeed, x-ray vision and bravery by the bagload. Find out if you have special secret powers too…

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Gruff Rhys talks to Phil Rickman

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Super Furry Animals singer-songwriter talks music, politics and the subtle art of being angry. He'll also perform some of the songs from his new solo album Candylion. Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Wales.

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Julian Bell

Mirror of the World: A New History of Art

Hay Festival 2008, 
Julian Bell introduces his brilliant global perspective, pulling together connections across continents and cultures.

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Toby Wilkinson

The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt’s Past and Present

Hay Festival 2014, 

The award-winning Egyptologist tells a story of ancient gods, pharaohs, emperors, adventurers, archaeologists and historians whose fates were all entwined with the river. Chaired by Paul Greatbatch.

Toby Wilkinson

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Tim Pears and Sadie Jones talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – Damage

Hay Festival 2014, 

Pears’ In The Light of Morning is a war story and a love story. Three British soldiers are parachuted into Slovenia in 1944 and are hunted through the mountains with a rag-tag group of partisans. Jones’ Fallout sees the balance of relationships between three theatre friends in London disturbed by the arrival of a fragile young actress.

Tim Pears and Sadie Jones talk to Stephanie Merritt

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Kate Williams

England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

Hay Festival 2007, 
The spectacular trajectory of our first supernova celebrity, from Northern slums to Nelson’s bedchamber. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

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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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George Monbiot

In the Green Corner 1

Hay Festival 2008, 
In the first of a series of conversations with the audience, the captivating author of Bring on the Apocalypse: Six Arguments for Global Justice discusses a global or environmental topic arising from the day’s news.

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Jon Cooksey

A History of the First World War in 100 Objects

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian presents a selection of artefacts and their stories, from weapons that created carnage to affectionate letters home and unexpected items of trench decoration. Cooksey adds contemporary colour with stories from Harry’s War, his collaboration with Great War veteran Harry Drinkwater.

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Jonathan Edwards and Paul Henry

My Family and Other Superheroes | Boy Running: A Reading

Hay Festival 2015, 

Leaping from the pages, jostling for position alongside the Valleys mams, dads, and bamps, and described with great warmth, the superheroes in question are a motley crew: Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, Ian Rush, Marty McFly, a bicycling nun, and a recalcitrant hippo. Other poems focus on the crammed terraces and abandoned high streets where a working-class and Welsh nationalist politics is hammered out. This is a post-industrial Valleys upbringing reimagined through the prism of pop culture and surrealism. Edwards marries an authentic colloquial voice with sound technique to produce poems that recognize the exotic in everyday life, and a first collection that, remarkably, has won the Costa Prize for Poetry 2014.

Henry’s new collection explores a marital break-up, his childhood in Aberystwyth, and in the final sequence we meet 'Davy Blackrock': washed-up songwriter and modern day alter ego of Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock), alias David Owen (1720–1749), the blind, 18th century harpist and composer who fell asleep on a hill and dreamt the famous song which bears his name.

Jonathan Edwards and Paul Henry

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Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

Do it Like a Woman

Hay Festival 2015, 

From Chilean revolutionaries and Russian punks to Iranian journalists, one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation introduces inspiring stories from all around the world. Women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male.

Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

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Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

Good Energy Series 3: Where Are All The God Damn Operas?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Arts have played a major role in changing views around gender, racial equality, poverty, etc. – but what have they done to change views about climate change? What role should the Arts play in telling stories, raising awareness and challenging the status quo? Smith – co-founder of Emergence, Neal – author and theatre-maker, and Davenport – director of Good Energy discuss with Marcus Brigstocke.

Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

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Festivals and Carbon Reduction

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Martin Orbach (Abergavenny Food Festival), Penny Kemp (Big Green Gathering), Andy Fryers (Hay) and Alan Gwynant (National Eisteddfod) propose greener ways to manage power, waste and visitors' travel. Chaired by Sky News Environment Correspondent Robert Nisbit.

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Colm Tóibín and Rawi Hage talk to Stephanie Merritt

Story: Migrations

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tóibín’s Brooklyn is a beautifully rendered story of an Irish woman venturing migration to the New World in the 50s. Lebanese novelist Hage takes his protagonist from his childhood in a war-torn Arab country, to his current life in the smoky émigré cafes of his new city in Cockroach.

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Oliver James

Office Politics

Hay Festival 2013, 

The psychologist cuts a fascinating exposé of modern office life and suggests How To Thrive In A World Of Lying, Backstabbing And Dirty Tricks.

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Clare Jacob, Ceri Radford and Amy Sackville talk to Peter Florence

The First Novel

Hay Festival 2011, 
The challenge of starting out met in three ways: Jacob’s Ophelia in Pieces charts the fall and rise of a young lawyer; Radford (who attended the Festival’s Beacons Project when she was at school) conjures a comic gem of a life-crisis in A Surrey State of Affairs; Sackville’s award-winning The Still Point is an intriguing family story set across a hundred years.

Duration 45 minutes.