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Roberto Saviano talks to Ed Vulliamy

My Italians: True Stories of Crime and Courage

Hay Festival 2016, 

The investigative journalist and author lives under police protection from the crime syndicates he exposed and denounced in Gomorrah and ZeroZeroZero. He offers a personal and candid portrait of Italy today: a place of trafficking and toxic waste, where democracy is bought and sold, and organised crime rules both north and south.  



Roberto Saviano talks to Ed Vulliamy

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Jane Williams and guests

The Michael Ramsey Prize

Hay Festival 2013, 

Michael Ramsey Prize shortlisted authors, Victor Lee Austin, Luke Bretherton, John Gillibrand, Paula Gooder, Michael Lodahl and Thomas Yoder Neufeld share the experience of being nominated for one of the world’s most prestigious theology prizes and explain what their titles contribute to the world of contemporary theology.

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Paul Murray, Tiffany Murray

Fictions: The Comedians

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two magnificent and spectacularly funny second novels. Skippy Dies is an epic and tragic comedy set in Dublin. Diamond Star Halo is a rock ’n’ roll love story down on a Welsh farm. Both Skippy Dies and Diamond Star Halo are shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.
Paul Murray, Tiffany Murray

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Fatima Bhutto talks to Aminatta Forna

Songs Of Blood and Sword

Hay Festival 2010, 
In December 2007, Benazir Bhutto, Fatima’s aunt, and the woman she had publicly accused of ordering her father’s murder, was assassinated in Rawalpindi. It was the latest in a long line of tragedies for one of the world’s best-known political dynasties.
Fatima Bhutto talks to Aminatta Forna

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George Saunders talks to Zadie Smith

Hay Festival 2006, 
Smith (White Teeth, On Beauty) in conversation with the American short story master of blackest comedy, and author of Pastoralia.

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Monty Don, Andrew Simms and Revel Guest talk to Stewart Wallis

An Environmental War Economy

Hay Festival 2009, 
What can Britain’s experience of World War II teach us about conservation and thriving during times of adversity? Garden guru Monty Don, author and nef Policy Director Andrew Simms and senior film producer Revel Guest talk to nef Executive Director Stewart Wallis. KBO.

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Michael Davies & Sean Davies – The Last King of Wales

Winter Weekend 2012, 
Revealing the King in all his glory, this first biography of one of Wales’ greatest figures explores the life and legacy of Gruffudd ap Llywelyn’s rule 1013-1063.

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Richard Miles

Cambridge Series: Carthage Must Be Destroyed

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Civilization, Rome’s intolerable rival, and Hannibal’s seat of power. Introduced by Charlotte Higgins.
Richard Miles

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Shaun Hill, Edmund Inkin, Sarah Francis, William Hutchings and Simon Wright talk to Carolyn Hitt

Wales, The True Taste Debate

Hay Festival 2012, 
Multi-award-winning chefs from legendary Welsh eateries The Walnut Tree, The Felinfach Griffin, The Checkers, The Bell at Skenfrith and Sosban discuss what Michelin stars and international acclaim for our restaurants means for food sustainability in Wales.

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George Saunders and James Salter talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions – American Beauty

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two of America’s greatest fiction writers read and talk. Saunders introduces and reads from his wryly hilarious story collection Tenth Of December. Salter launches his novel All That Is.

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Antony Beevor

Hitler’s Last Gamble

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are delighted to launch Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble by the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day.

On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.

The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. American troops, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians fled, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While many American soldiers fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters that slowed the German advance.

The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the eastern front. And after massacres by the Waffen-SS, even American generals approved when their men shot down surrendering Germans. The Ardennes was the battle that finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht.

Antony Beevor

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Victoria Coren talks to Rosie Boycott

For Richer For Poorer: Confessions of a Player

Hay Festival 2011, 
Miserable at an elegant day school for girls, the writer finds an escape in the mysterious world of poker. Twenty years later, she has won a million dollars and forgotten to have children.

If you pull a 2, 3, 4 or 5 from a pack on entry we’ll give you your money back.
For Richer, For Poorer - Victoria Coren

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Garen Ewing

The Rainbow Orchid

Hay Festival 2010, 
Be transported to the 1920s world of Julius Chancer for traditional adventure at its very best and meet his creator, a modern-day Hergé. Experienced artist Garen will reveal the secrets of successful comic writing and the journey that led him to create The Rainbow Orchid graphic novel.
 
9–14 years

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Kevin McCloud

43 Principles of Home

Hay Festival 2011, 
The design guru looks at the internal spaces of home and celebrates Enjoying Life in the 21st Century.
Kevin McCloud’s 43 Principles of Home - Kevin McCloud

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Laura Bates talks to Bryony Gordon

Girl Up

Hay Festival 2016, 

“They told you you need to be thin and beautiful. They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels. They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but not to be too tarty. They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the boys, but you should know your place. They told you that’s not for girls – take it as a compliment – don’t rock the boat – that’ll go straight to your hips. They told you beauty is on the inside, but you knew they didn’t really mean it. Well I’m here to tell you something different…” Hilarious, jaunty and bold, the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project exposes the truth about the pressures surrounding body image, the false representations in media, the complexities of sex and relationships, the trials of social media and all the other lies they told us.

Laura Bates talks to Bryony Gordon

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Jeremy Paxman interrogated by Marcus Brigstocke

A Life in Questions

Hay Festival 2017, 

Why is this lying bastard lying to me?” was at the front of his mind as the grand inquisitor conducted every interview on Newsnight. He has been known to be less hard on the students of University Challenge. He is lightly grilled with a touch of spice by the satirist and Now Show star.

Jeremy Paxman interrogated by Marcus Brigstocke

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Christopher Morgan Jones and Sergei Kostin talk to Max Easterman

Fictions: What’s Secret Now?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Former intelligence operative Morgan Jones yarns an intrigue of contemporary Russia in An Agent of Deceit. Kostin is Russia’s leading espionage expert and spy novelist, whose latest book is published as Death of the White Mouse.

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Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

What Have the Greens Got Wrong?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Has ideology blinded the mainstream environmental movement to solutions for some of the major problems facing the world? Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees and High Tide, discusses why he has changed his views on the big issues including nuclear power, GMOs and organic food with Andy Fryers.

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Joan Bakewell and Alan Walker talk to Nicholas Stern

The British Academy Platform: Our Ageing Population – Benefit or Burden?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Is the welfare generation a myth? What can our economy gain from an older workforce, and how can our politicians and policy makers harness the potential in an ageing population?

Joan Bakewell and Alan Walker talk to Nicholas Stern

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Ángeles Caso in conversation with Fernando Delgado

Segovia 2010, 
Taking Contra el viento, the novel for which she won the Planeta award in 2009, as a starting point, Ángeles Caso will discuss the struggle for survival endured by immigrants in the First World and the role of women with the poet and journalist Fernando Delgado. 

Sign language interpretation will be provided.

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Simon Mayo

Itch

Hay Festival 2015, 
Author and BBC broadcaster Simon Mayo talks about his latest book Itchcraft and how he came to write a series about a chemistry-mad teenager. He shares some of his favourite (which tends to mean explosive) scientific discoveries, made while researching for the series, and there is a chance to ask questions about the books, science, and anything else you can think of, at the end.
9+ years
Simon Mayo

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Nadine Gordimer talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Nobel Laureate discusses her fiction, particularly her Booker-winning novel The Conservationist and her latest story collection Beethoven was One-Sixteenth Black.
Nadine Gordimer talks to Peter Florence

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StoryBoard & Young Film Academy

EUREKA!

Hay Festival 2011, 
Have you ever had an idea for a brilliant movie? This is your chance to have that dream come true at a cinema near you. Help us launch a pioneering project at Hay: a major motion picture, made for kids, by kids. The story starts here, so bring your imagination. This is brainstorming for the big screen...
 
Duration 75 mins.
 
9+ years

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Bryony Gordon

The Wrong Knickers: A Decade of Chaos

Hay Festival 2014, 

Like Carrie Bradshaw, Gordon may have had a column in a national newspaper, but her twenties weren’t one long episode of Sex and the City. They were a decade of hangovers, heartbreak, and hideously awkward mornings-after, all over her overdraft limit. She tells the tales to Georgina Godwin.

Bryony Gordon

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Denise Inge & Mark Vernon

The Pursuit of Happiness from Plato to Thomas Traherne and Back Again

Hay Festival 2009, 
In this conversation on happiness Denise Inge will talk about the seventeenth-century priest and poet Thomas Traherne, Mark Vernon about the ancient Greek philosophers Aristotle and Plato. Traherne's story, unparalleled in the history of English literature, surrounds recently found manuscripts; the ideas of the ancient Greeks, on whom Traherne drew, have never been more pressing and relevant.