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Christopher de Bellaigue and Gilles Kepel talk to Abdul Rehman-Malik

Enlightenment and Jihad

Hay Festival 2017, 

Bellaigue tells the forgotten stories of key figures and reformers of Islam’s past 200 years in The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason; from Egypt’s visionary ruler Muhammad Ali to brave radicals such as Iran’s first feminist Qurrat al-Ayn. Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West by Gilles Kepel is the explosive account of the radicalisation of a segment of Muslim youth that led to the 2016 atrocities at Bataclan and in Nice, and of the failure of governments in France and across Europe to address it.

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Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet

Hay Festival 2019, 

The world is messing with our minds. Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A fast, nervous planet is creating fast and nervous lives. We are more connected, yet feel more alone. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index. How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious? After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him. Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.

Matt Haig

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John Kampfner

Freedom for Sale: How We Made Money and Lost Our Liberty

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why is it that so many people around the world appear willing to give up freedoms in return for either security or prosperity? Chaired by Francine Stock.
John Kampfner

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Janet Todd

Jane Austen and Money

Hay Festival 2013, 
Jane Austen knew the value of money, what it could and could not buy. ‘A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of,’ says a charming but tainted character.  Austen marketed herself as a solitary writer, but great wealth could only come from the professions, trade and speculation-- from which women were barred.  The books display bitterness at women’s dependence on men but also ambivalence over any female control of money. 

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Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones

BBC Talking Books 4: Days Without End

Hay Festival 2017, 

After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, barely 17, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having both fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and in which they are complicit. But when a young Indian girl crosses their path, Thomas and John must decide on the best way of life for them all in the face of dangerous odds. Barry’s novel won the 2016 Costa Book of the Year award. His previous fiction includes The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture.

Sebastian Barry talks to Rebecca Jones

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Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write

Hay Festival 2017, 

Mahfouz introduces her vibrant anthology with two of her star contributors. Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.

Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle

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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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Michael Nyman talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2007, 
The prodigious composer discusses his international cinema work and collaborations with Peter Greenaway and Michael Winterbottom.

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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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Nick Stern talks to Alok Jha

The British Academy Lecture: Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change

Hay Festival 2015, 

The risks and costs of climate change are worse than estimated in the landmark Stern Review in 2006; and far worse than implied by standard economic models. The science warns of the dangers of neglect; the economics and technology show what we can do and the great benefits that will follow; an examination of the ethics points strongly to a moral imperative for action. Why are we waiting? Chaired by the science correspondent of ITV News.

Nick Stern talks to Alok Jha

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Linda Davies

Fictions: Longbow Girl

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Join Linda Davies for an exploration of her new young adults novel – a rip-roaring time-slip adventure set in the Black Mountains of Wales. This is a must-read for anyone who loves strong heroines, history, ponies and captivating storytelling – and the author might even bring her longbow along…

11+ years
Linda Davies

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Frank Cottrell Boyce and Joe Berger

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Hay Festival 2012, 
A turbo-charged new adventure for Ian Fleming’s fantastical flying car, with the fabulous author of Millions and Framed and the artist behind Bridget Fidget and Berger & Wyse.
 
9+ years

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Bill Davies, Chris Monaghan, Penny Darbyshire, David Shaw and Toby Hooper

Enemies of the People? - University of Worcester Series 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

Judges have blocked Presidential executive orders in the US and corrected the legality of the Prime Minister’s parliamentary Article 50 procedures in the UK. What should the constitutional role of the courts be in maintaining a proper balance of power in a modern democracy? Professor Penny Darbyshire is from Kingston Law School, Bill Davies is Head of the School of Law and Chris Monaghan is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Worcester, David Shaw is the former Chief Constable of West Mercia Police and they are joined by retired judge, Toby Hooper QC.

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Tristram Hunt

The World, by Design: The Victoria & Albert Museum in an age of Brexit, BRICS and Netflix

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new Director of the V&A explores the role of culture and curation in a world turning on a new axis, where intelligence is artificial and some pots are still priceless; where a common wealth of resources and makers can fashion global treasures.

Tristram Hunt

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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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Emerald Fennell

Monsters

Hay Festival 2016, 

Emerald Fennell, author and Call the Midwife star talks about her new book: A blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet. Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as the beautiful seaside town might seem. The body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat. It is established that the woman was murdered. Most are shocked and horrified. But there is somebody who is not - a twelve-year-old girl. She is delighted; she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his mother, and they start investigating together. Oh, and also playing games that re-enact the murders. Just for fun, you understand...

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BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

A BBC Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Screenwriter Emma Reeves talks to BBC producer Simon Nelson about the challenges of writing drama for children. She has been responsible for some of CBBC’s most prestigious and popular programmes including Tracy Beaker, Young Dracula and The Dumping Ground. She will also discuss the development of her own series Eve. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Writers Room Get Creative
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

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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.

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Anthony Horowitz talks to Paul Blezard

Screenwriting

Hay Festival 2009, 
The screenwriter discusses his work on Foyle’s War, Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Murder in Mind.

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Robin Waterfield

Why Socrates Died

Hay Festival 2013, 

Socrates’ trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization. The picture we have of it – created by his immediate followers and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since – is that a noble man was put to death in a fit of folly by the ancient Athenian democracy. But an icon, an image, is not reality.

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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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Rachel Lowe and Gemma Modinos

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2018, 

From planetary exploration and micro-sensors to tropical disease and psychosis, two Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science. Lowe’s research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine involves understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. Modinos’ work at King’s College London attempts to understand the neural mechanisms of emotion and stress response in schizophrenia. Chaired by Hannah Critchlow.

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James Ward

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, like who is Mr Pritt, and what are the thousands of uses claimed for Blu-Tack?

James Ward

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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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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.