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Anabel Inge talks to Sameer Rahim

The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion

Hay Festival 2017, 

Many young British women are actively choosing to embrace Salafism’s (or Wahhabism’s) literalist beliefs and strict regulations, including heavy veiling, wifely obedience and seclusion from non-related men. How do these young women reconcile such demands with their desire for university education, fulfilling careers and loving relationships? Drawing on more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork in London, Inge examines the attractions of Salafism.

Anabel Inge talks to Sameer Rahim

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David Vann and David Bezmozgis talk to Jon Gower

Fictions: Great American Novels

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two of America’s brightest and best: Vann’s Alaskan novel Caribou Island is a beautiful portrait of marriage and dreams. Bezmozgis’ The Free World is a tragic and comic tale of passage from Communist Russia to the West.
 
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Rob Penn

The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees

Winter Weekend 2015, 

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 USA, 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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Francine Stock, Tim Robey, William Nicholson and Bruce Robinson

Nobody’s Perfect: Golden Words From the Silver Screen

Hay Festival 2015, 

What makes a great screenplay? Structure? Dialogue? Can it take us places a novel can’t reach? Francine Stock of The Film Programme, Tim Robey, The Telegraph film critic, Oscar-winning (Gladiator) playwright of Mandela, Shadowlands and Les Miserables, Bill Nicholson and the legendary director and screenwriter of Withnail and I, Jennifer 8 and The Rum Diaries debate the strengths of their favourite film scripts and recommend a top ten screenplays of all time list. To join the conversation and make your own arguments for favourite movie scripts, please post on Hay Festival’s Facebook page or Twitter @hayfestival #nobodysperfect.

Francine Stock, Tim Robey, William Nicholson and Bruce Robinson

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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.

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Kate Williams

Becoming Queen

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian uncovers the machinations, repressions and rebellions of the young Victoria in her accession to the English throne.

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Anne Robinson, Rosie Boycott, Gaby Wood and Kitty Corrigan

Women in Journalism

Hay Festival 2011, 
New research shows the media is getting more male, even in the areas of features and lifestyle. Why? How?

Duration 45 minutes.

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Laurent Binet and Simon Mawer talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – The Mission

Hay Festival 2012, 
The winner of the Prix Goncourt HHhH is a thriller about two Czech parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich - chief of the Nazi secret services; The Girl Who Fell From The Sky parachutes an SOE spy into Occupied France to reconnect with a nuclear physicist in Paris.

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Robert Muchamore and Mark Walden

Hay Festival 2008, 
The adults in charge of CHERUB and HIVE, the Higher Institute of Villainous Education discuss the good, the bad and the acronym with Jonathan Douglas.

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Andrew Hussey

The French Intifada: The Long War Between France and its Arabs

Hay Festival 2014, 

The strange and complex story of the relationship between secular, republican France and the Muslim world of North Africa: a guerrilla war between the French state and the former subjects of its Empire, for whom the mantra of ‘liberty, equality, fraternity’ conceals a bitter history of domination, oppression and brutality.

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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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Noel Fitzpatrick talks to Matt Stadlen

Listening to the Animals: Becoming the Supervet

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Supervet recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world. We meet the animals that paved the way, from calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs.

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Deborah Moggach

A Festival Exclusive Preview: Something to Hide

Hay Festival 2015, 

The first sight of the new novel which will be published later in the summer from the author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever. Something to Hide is a warm, witty and wise thriller about the unexpected twists that later life can bring. Moggach is one of the most engaging and entertaining writers and festival speakers. She introduces the complicated loves and agonies of her story, which ranges across four continents, and might even be persuaded to drop some gems about the forthcoming film of Tulip Fever, adapted by Tom Stoppard. She talks to Peter Florence.

Deborah Moggach

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Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis talk to Andy Fryers

Rebuilding Britain

Hay Festival 2015, 

Britain faces extraordinary challenges, from climate change to growing inequality and global economics, but as a nation has no plan for the future. This unique book asks a simple question: how can it organise itself, not just for survival, but to build a fairer and more sustainable society? The Town and Country Planning Association’s Henderson and Ellis talk to the Hay on Earth Director.

Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis talk to Andy Fryers

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Joan Bakewell

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture: Is Life Worth Living? It Depends on the Liver!

Hay Festival 2016, 

The chair of the Wellcome Book Prize jury reflects on how we share what we know, and how science progresses. The shortlist for this year’s prize is The Outrun by Amy Liptrot, Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss, It’s All In Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan, Playthings by Alex Pheby, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink and NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman. The winner is announced on 25 April.

Joan Bakewell

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Lucy Hawking

Science and Imagination

Hay Festival 2014, 
Author of the out-of-this-world adventure series co-written with her father, the world famous Stephen Hawking, Lucy takes the audience on a cosmic adventure through the universe and beyond. George and Annie travel further into space than ever before in the latest book George and the Unbreakable Code.
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Luke Harding

A Very Expensive Poison

Hay Festival 2016, 

1 November 2006, Alexander Litvinenko is brazenly poisoned in central London. Twenty-two days later he dies, killed from the inside. The poison? Polonium; a rare, lethal and highly radioactive substance. His crime? He had made some powerful enemies in Russia. Harding, foreign correspondent of the Guardian, argues that Litvinenko’s assassination marked the beginning of the deterioration of Moscow’s relations with the west and a decade of geo-political disruptions: from the war in Ukraine, a civilian plane shot down, at least 7,000 dead, two million people displaced and a Russian president’s defiant rejection of a law-based international order. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Luke Harding

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AL Kennedy talks to Jon Gower

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses her awesome account of a second world war Lancaster tail-gunner, Day, which won the Costa Book of the Year.

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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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Adam Parr

The Art Of War: Five Years In Formula One

Hay Festival 2013, 

A graphic novel that gives a unique insight into the world of motor sport, from the former CEO of the Williams F1 Team.

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John Julius Norwich

The London Library Platform: The Popes

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian surveys the rich and controversial history of the papacy from St Peter to Benedict XVI today.
John Julius Norwich

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Hay Festival 2008, 
Director Mark Herman introduces clips from the forthcoming movie and does Q&A with the novelist John Boyne.

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Charles Chesshire

Japanese Gardens

Hay Festival 2007, 
The garden designer explains the influence of Shinto, Chinese art and Zen Buddhism on the development of this distinctive garden style.

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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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Peter Korn

Why We Make Things and Why it Matters

Hay Festival 2015, 

An introspective and revealing look at the nature of the creative process. This is not a ‘how to’ book in any sense: Peter Korn wants to get at the ‘why’ of craft in particular and the satisfactions of creative work in general to understand their essential nature. Korn is a furniture-maker and is founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Peter Korn