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Prue Leith talks to Sarah Crompton

Relish: My Life on a Plate

Hay Festival 2012, 
The extraordinary, zestful life of the celebrated cook, restaurateur, food writer, businesswoman and lover.

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Simon Mundy and Deryn Rees-Jones

Seren Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2013, 

Mundy’s new collection More For Helen Of Troy is suffused with the atmosphere of the landscapes that inspire him and is also deeply involved with many questions of desire: for the ideal of a beautiful woman; for the hope of a good state; and for the vision of a pristine country and seaside. Rees-Jones’ Burying The Wren (shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize) is an intensely lyrical collection of poems of the body, which are alive to the world and the transformative qualities of love.

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David Crystal

Begat

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Linguistics Prof plays with the extraordinary impact and influence of the King James Bible on the English language.
 
Read more about David Crystal

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Amanda Foreman talks to Philip Bobbitt

A World on Fire

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian looks at the American civil war and the role of the Britons caught up on both sides of the conflict.
 
More by and about Amanda Foreman www.guardian.co.uk/profile/amanda-foreman
 
 
 

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Ciaran Murtagh

Hay Festival 2012, 
The star of CBBC’s The Slammer returns to Hay for comedy, capers and magic carpet antics with his brand new adventure Genie in Training.
 
7+years

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Emily Maitlis talks to Hannah MacInnes

Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Newsnight presenter takes us behind the camera and onto the newsroom floor: “The things that are said on camera are only part of the story. Behind every interview there is a backstory. How it came about. How it ended. The compromises that were made. The regrets, the rows, the deeply inappropriate comedy. Making news is an essential but imperfect art. It rarely goes according to plan.

I never expected to find myself wandering around the Maharani of Jaipur’s bedroom with Bill Clinton or invited to the Miss USA beauty pageant by its owner, Donald Trump. I never expected to be thrown into a provincial Cuban jail, or to be drinking red wine at Steve Bannon’s kitchen table or spend three hours in a lift with Alan Partridge. I certainly didn’t expect the Dalai Lama to tell me the story of his most memorable poo. 

The beauty of television is its ability to simplify. That’s also its weakness: it can distil everything down to one snapshot, one sound bite. Then the news cycle moves on.”

Emily Maitlis talks to Hannah MacInnes

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Alexander McCall Smith talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
The creator of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency celebrates the eighth novel in the series, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive.

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John Crace & John Sutherland

The Two Johnnies

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Guardian’s master satirist and the Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature indulge in a little light flyting, roasting, and joshing at the expense of literary pretension and solemnity. This event may be recorded and used in evidence for blackmail.

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Martin Vander Weyer talks to John Mitchinson

Fortune’s Spear

Hay Festival 2012, 
The intriguing and compelling Story of the Blue-Blooded Rogue Behind the Most Notorious City Scandal of the 1920s.

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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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Ha-Joon Chang

Cambridge University Series 5

Hay Festival 2014, 

Economics, A User’s Guide

What is economics? How does the global economy work? Many economic theories, from classical to Keynesian, have their strengths, weaknesses and blind spots. By ignoring received wisdom and exposing the myriad forces that shape our financial fate, Chang provides the tools that every responsible citizen needs to understand – and address – our current economic woes.

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Jenny Lees talks to Corisande Albert

Arabian Dreams

Hay Festival 2015, 

A conversation with the owner of Pearl Island Arabians based in Herefordshire, one of the most successful stud farms in the world, breeding from pure Bahraini bloodlines. She talks about her work with horses and her racy novels in the Seven Bands of Gold series, which recall the bestselling tales of Harold Robbins. Jenny is a member of the Hay Writers Circle. She talks to Corisande Albert, producer of the Horsetales documentaries.

Jenny Lees talks to Corisande Albert

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Faramerz Dabhoiwala

The Origins of Sex

Hay Festival 2012, 
The first sexual revolution in Western Europe was a central part of the Enlightenment, intertwined with the era’s major social, political and intellectual trends. It helped create a new model of Western civilization, whose principles of privacy, equality and freedom of the individual remain distinctive to this day.

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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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Antonio Muñoz Molina, Josep Pons, Cuarteto Avanti and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Translating music

Segovia 2012, 
To what extent can music be described in words? Many works of literature have inspired music compositions and vice versa. But has the result ever been anything more than merely abstract? Josep Pons, Musical Director of the Liceu and writer Antonio Muñoz Molina discuss each of the art forms in a dialogue chaired by Jesús Ruiz Mantilla. The Cuarteto Avanti opens and closes the event with variations on the theme.
 
Co-organized with the Junta de Castilla-León and the Fundación Lara.

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Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

Hay Festival 2013, 

Wyrmeweald is a land where fabulous dragon-like beasts roam wild and man is both hunter and hunted. Immersive epic fantasy from the incredibly talented duo behind The Edge Chronicles.

9+ years

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Gruff Rhys talks to Phil Rickman

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Super Furry Animals singer-songwriter talks music, politics and the subtle art of being angry. He'll also perform some of the songs from his new solo album Candylion. Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Wales.

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John Lewis-Stempel talks to Kitty Corrigan

Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field

Hay Festival 2015, 

What really goes on in the long grass? Lewis-Stempel offers a hymn to pastoral beauty with an intimate account of an English meadow’s life from January to December. He records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-making of summer and grazing in autumn, and the lives of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren, the skylark brood and the curlew pair.

John Lewis-Stempel talks to Kitty Corrigan

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Judith Kerr

Mr Cleghorn’s Seal

Hay Festival 2017, 

Based on a true story about Judith Kerr’s father, Alfred Kerr, who once took in an abandoned seal pup, this life-affirming tale is told with Judith’s signature wit, warmth and keen eye for the absurd. She reminds us all that you’re never too old for a brand new life filled with love and laughter. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

There will be no book-signing after this event, but signed book plates will be available with every book sold in the Festival Bookshop.

6+
Judith Kerr

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Margaret Anstee talks to Daniel Hahn

An Unlikely Spanish Don: The Life And Times Of Professor John Brande Trend

Hay Festival 2013, 

The extraordinary life of Cambridge’s first professor of Spanish; an undergraduate peer of Keynes and Rupert Brooke, he fought at Ypres before falling in love with Spain in the ’20s and ’30s, where he became a close friend of Manuel de Falla, Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel.

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Joan Bakewell talks to Peter Florence

All the Nice Girls

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster’s first novel captures the danger and excitement of wartime Britain with a sweeping story of heroic deeds and painful separations, illicit love and battles at sea, and above all, of the poignancy of longing and loss.

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Julian Bell

Mirror of the World: A New History of Art

Hay Festival 2008, 
Julian Bell introduces his brilliant global perspective, pulling together connections across continents and cultures.

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Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Landmarc/Slipstream Debate

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Earlier this year a group of senior business leaders, third sector innovators and participants from government came together in Cardiff to launch a major new opportunity for Wales. Find out how this combines Natural Capital and Social Value to create a step change in both thinking and delivery for all sectors in Wales and join in the discussions in this open event.

Free but ticketed

Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cartagena 2014, 
Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2011 por El ruido de las cosas al caer, presenta su último trabajo, Las reputaciones, donde narra la historia de Samanta Leal, de 35 años, que con mentiras se introduce en la casa de Javier Mallarino, el mejor caricaturista político de Colombia, para rogarle que le ayude a recordar lo sucedido en esa misma casa 28 años atrás. En conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

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Jackie Morris

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join one of Wales’ most acclaimed artists for an intimate illustration masterclass.