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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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John Crace and John Sutherland

The Two Johnnies Do Emma

Hay Festival 2015, 

Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece was published 200 years ago by John Murray. Our awareness of her heroine’s limitations is one of the great joys of the book. The Guardian’s Digested Read satirist is joined by UCL’s Emeritus Professor of English, John Sutherland – co-author of The Connell Guide to Jane Austen’s Emma, Lives of the Novelists and How To Be Well Read – to celebrate the book.

John Crace and John Sutherland

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Geoffrey Robertson

Mullahs Without Mercy: Human Rights And Nuclear Weapons

Hay Festival 2013, 

The lawyer examines the options that the world faces as it stumbles like a sleepwalker into the perils of a new nuclear age, while Iran, Israel and America face-off over nuclear capability. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Con Coughlin

Churchill’s First War: Young Winston And The Fight Against The Taliban

Hay Festival 2013, 

The young cavalry lieutenant wrote a vivid account of his experiences fighting Pashtun tribesmen – the great-great-grandfathers of today’s insurgents – on the North West Frontier. The Telegraph’s defence editor gives an insight into C19th military history that also throws light on a modern conflict that has lasted longer than WWII. Chaired by Mark Skipworth.

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Niall Ferguson

Beyond the History Boys

Hay Festival 2007, 
The future of the past in print and on screen by the firebrand historian and broadcaster.

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The Word Wizards' Guide to Roald Dahl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Calling all Roald Dahl fans, wordsmiths and wannabe writers! Don’t be biffsquiggled. Come and join our Word Wizards as they swashboggle their way through the wonderful writing of Roald Dahl. Through games and performance we’ll find how to gobblefunk with words and hear all about the amazing new Roald Dahl Dictionary.

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Tony Robinson

The Worst Children’s Jobs in History

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ever thought life was hard? Sir Tony Robinson goes back in time to when being a child was no excuse for idleness, bringing alive the stinking, back-breaking jobs that children did as jigger-turners, turnip-pickers, matchbox-makers and more.

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Tony Robinson

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Frank Gardner talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Far Horizons

Hay Festival 2009, 
The intrepid BBC Security Correspondent’s adventures and epicly hard travels before and since he lost the use of his legs when he was gunned down in Riyadh.

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Green Valleys

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ever wondered about making your own green energy and selling it back to the National grid for a profit? Ben Fogle introduces the inspirational Green Valleys – Wales’ entry to the million pound Big Green Challenge Competition – who have done just that.

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

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Martin Wolf

The Shifts and the Shocks

Hay Festival 2015, 

The chief economics commentator of the Financial Times explains that further shocks could be ahead for the economy because governments have failed to deal with fundamental problems in the world’s financial systems. Wolf traces the causes of the great recession to the complex interaction between globalisation, destabilising global imbalances and fragile financial systems. He argues that management of the Eurozone in particular guarantees a future political crisis and he offers far more ambitious and comprehensive plans for reform than are presently being considered. Chaired by Susie Symes.

Martin Wolf

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Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2007, 
The bestselling and brilliantly funny author talks about Georgia Nicolson on page and screen, with sneak peeks from the upcoming movie of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and the upcoming book, Stop in the Name of Pants.

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David Nicholls and David Trueba talk to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist and screenwriter discusses his utterly compelling and funny twenty-year love story One Day (shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction) and the process of its adaptation for the screen. Trueba introduces his contemporary masterpiece about three generations of a Madrid family and the arrival of an Argentinian footballer, Learning to Lose.
David Nicholls and David Trueba talk to Peter Florence

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Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

The Woman who Changed Her Brain

Hay Festival 2012, 
The pioneer of neuroplasticity was born with severe learning disabilities. Undaunted, she used her strengths to develop brain exercises to overcome her neurological deficits. She has gone on to change countless lives and inspire Miraculous Transformations from the Frontier of Brain Science.

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Dai Smith talks to Guto Harri

In The Frame

Hay Festival 2011, 
From Rhondda heroes chasing the American dream to rioters staking a claim in their society this is a powerful alternative history of C20th South Wales, offered from the personal viewpoint of the cultural historian.
 
Read more about Dai Smith

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Steve Feasey, Mark Walden and Rohan Gavin

Geeks, Gadgets and Science Fiction

Hay Festival 2014, 

Geek out with three authors who are all keen gamers, comic book fans and gadget freaks. They have all written books that read like action movies – Mutant City, Earthfall and Knightley & Son respectively. Find out how their favourite geeky things have been a source of inspiration.
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Steve Feasey, Mark Walden and Rohan Gavin

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Mark Watson

The Knot

Hay Festival 2013, 

The comedian and novelist reads from his pitch-perfect tragicomedy of ordinary – and not so ordinary – family life.

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Maya Jasanoff

Liberty's Exiles

Hay Festival 2011, 
Extraordinary tales of the defeated individuals who left America after the British departed in 1783 to seek refuge elsewhere in the British Empire. Chaired by writer and critic Michael Prodger.
 
Read more about Maya Jasanoff and her work http://history.fas.harvard.edu/

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Ghislaine Wood

The V&A Lecture: British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

Hay Festival 2012, 
To coincide with the V&A’s major exhibition, the curator will explore the shifting nature of Britain’s design culture over the last 60 years.
 

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Jonathan Sacks

Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence

Hay Festival 2015, 

There are many conflicts around the world at present that claim to be in the name of God – in Iraq, in Syria, in Gaza, and elsewhere. Rabbi Sacks argues forcefully that a true understanding of religion will enable and inspire the world to bring peace, not war; that far from leaving religion on the sidelines, it should be put at the heart of peacemaking efforts. Chaired by James Harding, head of BBC News.

Jonathan Sacks

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Michael Dibdin talks to Peter Kemp

Hay Festival 1998, 
The creator of the Venetian detective Aurelio Zen talks to the Sunday Times Fiction Editior about crime, canals and Europe. Dibdin is the winner of the Crime Writers Asscciation Gold Dagger.

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Geoff Dyer talks to Gaby Wood

Zona - A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room

Hay Festival 2012, 
A homage to Tarkovsky’s masterpiece Stalker, cut with clips; and a mesmerising account of a writer’s obsession with cinema.

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Jonathan Stroud

Bartimaeus

Hay Festival 2011, 
Fantasy prequels don’t come more magical than this. The Ring of Solomon takes us back to 950 BC Jerusalem – so whether you’re an established or future fan, this is a must.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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James Sommerin

Michelin Wales: The Crown at Whitebrook

Hay Festival 2010, 
Trained at Farleyer House, the chef won his first Michelin star in 2007 which he has retained ever since. He talks to John Mitchinson.
James Sommerin

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Jerry A Coyne talks to Rosie Boycott

Why Evolution is True

Hay Festival 2010, 
The evidence for natural selection is vast, varied and magnificent, and drawn from many disparate fields of science. Latest research is uncovering a stream of evidence revealing evolution in action – from the actual observation of a species splitting into two, to new fossil discoveries and the deciphering of the evidence stored in our genome.

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Kathy Lette talks to Paul Blezard

The Boy Who Fell to Earth

Hay Festival 2012, 
The comic novelist has mined her own experience of motherhood to tell the tale of bringing up an autistic son in this bittersweet novel about keeping your family together when your world is falling apart.