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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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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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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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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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Oliver Jeffers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Award-winner Jeffers returns to Hay Festival to entertain his many fans with stories and live drawing from his recent titles including A Child of Books, as well as giving an insight into his future titles. A  Child of Books is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Fiction Award.

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Oliver Jeffers

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Abigail Brundin

Cambridge University Series 14: Only A Pen Can Ease My Pain

Hay Festival 2013, 

In C17th Italy, the number of girls and young women entering convents rose rapidly as dowries became increasingly expensive. Not all the girls went willingly and some left powerful written accounts of their experiences.


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

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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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Shirin Ebadi talks to Helena Kennedy

The Annual Hamlin Lecture: Until We Are Free

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Iranian human rights lawyer and activist tells of her fight for reform inside Iran, and the devastating backlash she faced after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Having fought tirelessly for democracy, equality before the law and freedom of speech, Ebadi became a global voice of inspiration. Yet, inside her own country, her life has been plagued by surveillance, intimidation and violence

Shirin Ebadi talks to Helena Kennedy

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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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Michael Freeman

Travel photography: the tea route

Cartagena 2012, 
A British photographer who loves travel, he has published more than 100 books and has carried out reports for important magazines. Michael Freeman spent two years exploring and documenting one of the world’s longest and oldest trade routes: the tea route. The result: 300 pages with photos and text on the thrilling story of how tea was transported by horse for more than 3,000 kilometres from southwest China through Tibet. A photographic journey through history, culture, politics and covering a little known part of China. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Jane Birkin talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2009, 
The actress, singer, and film director discusses her life, her collaborations with Serge Gainsbourg, and her new album Enfants d’Hiver.

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Lucy Worsley

Lady Mary

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the historian for the dramatic and captivating story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce, told through the eyes of their daughter, Lady Mary. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get a princess out of jail.

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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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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.

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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Abdellah Taia, Ala Hlehel, Randa Jarrar

Beirut39 I

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three writers selected among the best young authors in the Arab world discuss their work with the editor of Guardian Review, Lisa Allardice.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Abdellah Taia, Ala Hlehel, Randa Jarrar

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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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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.

Hay Fever 12 yrs+

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Tahir Shah

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

Hay Festival 2008, 
As Tahir Shah makes his way through the medinas of Fez and Marrakech, traverses the Saharan sands and tastes the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, he collects a dazzling treasury of traditional stories, gleaned from the heritage of the Thousand and One Nights. Chaired by Palash Dave.

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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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Tom Paine

Hay Festival 1995, 
Keane introduces his life of the great c18th radical, scourge of the monarchy, the church, and the houses of parliament, who wrote the defining articles of faith for both the American and French Revolutions - "Common Sense" and "The Age of Reason." Paine's extraordinary treaty Rights of Man identifies and argues many of the causes closest to contemporary political life, and marks him as Britain's most orginal and influential political thinker. 

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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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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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Rachel Lewis and Polly Ghazi

The Low Carbon Diet

Hay Festival 2007, 
What we all can do towards carbon reduction, offset trading and getting fit for the planet.

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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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Huw Bowen, Chris Williams, Huw Pryce

New History of Wales 2: Wales – Nation, Region, Province, Principality

Hay Festival 2011, 
Where is Wales and what is Wales? What’s the relationship with England, Europe and the world?


Duration 45 minutes.