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Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Hay Festival 2012, 
Laugh your tights off with the wickedly fabulous creator of Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging, as Tallulah Casey and her mates return for a new term at Dother Hall Performing Arts College. Chaired by Paul Blezard
 
12+ years

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A Poetry Reading for Josephine Hart

Hay Festival 2011, 
We'll be holding a Poetry Reading in tribute to our friend and champion of poetry, who died yesterday.
 
Bob Geldof reads Yeats and Keats, Lisa Dwan reads Heaney, Peter Florence reads Wilfred Owen. More readers will be announced tomorrow.

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Anne Michaels talks to Claire Armitstead

Story: The Winter Vault

Hay Festival 2009, 
The poet and novelist introduces her new novel, which weaves great historical moments with the quiet and intense intimacy of private lives and griefs.

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Charles Emmerson

1913: The World Before The Great War – Second Acts In A New World

Hay Festival 2013, 

Told through the stories of 23 cities – Europe’s capitals at the height of their global reach, the emerging metropolises of America, the imperial cities of Asia and Africa, the boomtowns of Australia and the Americas – the historian presents a panoramic view of a world crackling with possibilities, from St Petersburg to Shanghai and from Los Angeles to Jerusalem.

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David Remnick

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama

Hay Festival 2010, 
The New Yorker editor narrates and analyses this defining story of American history.

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Liz Pichon

Oodles of Doodles

Hay Festival 2011, 
Meet Tom Gates – master of excuses, expert doodler and comic story writer extraordinaire. His journal (The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – obviously!) is pretty awesome and his creator is going to show you how yours can be too. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Sarah Arrowsmith

Mappa Mundi: Hereford’s Curious Map

Hay Festival 2015, 

Who made the Mappa Mundi? How and why? Arrowsmith looks at the map through the eyes of a medieval visitor to the cathedral. She explains how a map that is very unfamiliar to us, with East rather than North at the top, populated with semi-human figures who may have four eyes or one foot and beasts like the defecating Bonnacon, would have made complete sense. You could tell your children the story of your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, point out the winding trail taken by Moses and the Israelites and tell the Bible stories illustrated there and elsewhere. Or you could impress other bystanders with your knowledge of Alexander’s campaigns and the three races of Ethiopians illustrated near the map’s edges.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

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Henrietta Bowden-Jones

The Art of Science

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the structure of clouds to shopping-trolley helices of DNA and sculpting in stardust, the Consultant Psychiatrist examines artworks by established artists who, wittingly or not, have conveyed scientific concepts through their art. Henrietta will be joined for a Q&A by artist Angela Palmer. Chaired by Emilie Glazer.

Henrietta Bowden-Jones

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Rosa Beltrán, Óscar Casares and Hugo Chaparro with Pepa Roma

Is it possible to teach the writing of literature?

Cartagena 2011, 
Given the proliferation of workshops, courses and qualifications in creative writing, the question demands an answer. Present will be the Colombian author Hugo Chaparro, who participated on Iowa University’s International Writing Program; Óscar Casares, who is Creative Writing lecturer at the University of Texas in Austin and also a writer, whose collection of short stories Brownsville was chosen as 2004 Book of the Year by the American Library Association and whose first novel Amigoland was praised by Publishers Weekly as an “outstanding novel”; and Rosa Beltrán, the Mexican writer, who is a Doctor in Comparative Literature from California University and currently Director of Literature at UNAM university’s Cultural Dissemination Department. They will talk to Pepa Roma, Spanish journalist and author of writings such as La trastienda del escritor, an essay about the art.

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Meg Rosoff

Hay Festival 2008, 
The multi-award-winning author of How I Live Now and Just In Case introduces her new tale of solitude and passion What I Was.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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George Marshall talks to Oliver Balch

Talking Climate – From Research to Practice

Hay Festival 2017, 

A fresh approach to climate change communication: five core principles for public engagement that can propel climate change discourse out of the margins and into the mainstream. Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

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Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

The Size of Herefordshire

Hay Festival 2017, 

Among the bravest fighters for the Amazon rainforest are the Wampis people from Peru.  They’re supported by the Size of Herefordshire, a local group, who are just back from visiting them and join us with photographs, films and stories.

Dan Haworth-Salter, Sue Bell and Conrad Feather talk to Diana Toynbee

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Signe Johansen

The Secrets of Scandinavian Cooking

Hay Festival 2011, 
Scandilicious treats. The young chef is steeped in Scandinavian traditions and modern British cuisine, having worked for Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck at Bray.
 
Find out more about Signe Johansen at her website

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Rebecca Stott

Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists

Hay Festival 2012, 
The story of Darwin’s many predecessors back to Leonardo and Aristotle, who advanced theories of evolution in times when it was exceptionally dangerous to do so.

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Chris Ellis, Rosie Toll, Hugh Ellis, Kate Henderson and guests

Land of Promise

Hay Festival 2015, 

An exploration, through words and music, of Britain’s radical utopian tradition. This rich legacy of hope was the dominant strand of political thought for five centuries, but in the last 40 years we have stopped asking the question: how are we going to live? With a cast of actors, musicians and authors Land of Promise aims to reignite our utopian aspirations for a better Britain.

Chris Ellis, Rosie Toll, Hugh Ellis, Kate Henderson and guests

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Mohsin Hamid and Owen Martell talk to Jon Gower

Fictions – Metropolis

Hay Festival 2013, 

Hamid follows The Reluctant Fundamentalist with How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia – a vivid and emotionally absorbing tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. It steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by youths all over ‘rising Asia’. Martell’s new novel is set in New York, June 1961. The Bill Evans Trio, featuring twenty-five year old Scott LaFaro on bass, play a series of concerts at the Village Vanguard that will go down in musical history. Shortly afterwards, LaFaro is killed in a car accident and Evans disappears. Intermission tells the story of what happens next.

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Kyung-Sook Shin and Jaishree Misra

Fictions: Mothers and Daughters

Hay Festival 2011, 
A special preview reading of the beautiful and multi-million-selling Korean novel Please Look After Mother spinning four perspectives on the central character Son-yo, a mother and wife. And introducing the Keralan bestseller of Indian revelation A Scandalous Secret. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Lauren St John

The One Dollar Horse

Hay Festival 2012, 
The creator of the White Giraffe series introduces her new equestrian thriller series, about making the impossible possible and reaching the top on a one dollar horse.
 
10+ years

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Louise Gray, Steve Ormerod and Tony Davies talk with Katie-Jo Luxton

The Nature of Brexit: challenges and opportunities for wildlife and farming

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 2016 over 50 organisations came together across the UK to produce and publish the second State of Nature report. It shows that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The long-term future of farming is at stake if the natural systems on which it is based are depleted. Our panel looks at what the next 30 years could look like if the natural environment was placed at the centre of farming policies post-Brexit. Poet Martin Daws will open and close this event.

Louise Gray, Steve Ormerod and Tony Davies talk with Katie-Jo Luxton

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Jenny Valentine

Reformations 21: Adolescence

Hay Festival 2017, 

Valentine is the 2017 Hay Festival International Fellow, and a multi award-winning writer of YA fiction. She explores ways in which teenagers might be better understood and empowered. Her novels include Finding Violet Park and Fire Colour One. She is joined onstage by young readers to discuss her reformation of adolescence.

Jenny Valentine

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Colin Tudge

The Secret Life of Trees

Hay Festival 2008, 
Biologist Colin Tudge reveals trees as the key to humanity’s evolutionary past—and our future.

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Sigrid Rausing, Oliver Bullough and Nick Butler talk to Bronwen Maddox

Prospect Platform 1

Hay Festival 2014, 

Ukraine: What Should The West Do?

150 years on, Crimea is again the centre of a geo-political crisis that threatens to destabilize East–West relations. How should the West react to Putin’s decisive intervention? Rausing works in the human rights field around the Caucasus, Butler is an energy expert, frontline journalist Bullough has newly returned from Ukraine. They talk to the editor of Prospect.

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Mark Lowery

Socks Are Not Enough

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this hilarious tale of teen angst, discovering his parents are secret nudists is just one of the cringe-making events Mike Swarbrick has to deal with. A very funny new writer for teens.

Duration 45 mins.

13+ years

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Tim Smit

The Eden Project at Ten

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and join us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cornwall’s iconic centre for horticulture and biodiversity with its director.

Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 
Learn more about the Eden Project www.edenproject.com

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The Etherington Brothers

Comic Capers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Back by popular demand, this dynamic duo will have you penning your very own storyboards and comic strips in seconds. 
 
9+ years