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Valerie Grove and Frances Osborne

Private Lives

Hay Festival 2008, 
Valerie Grove introduces her biography of the irrepressible John Mortimer and Frances Osborne profiles her great-grandmother The Bolter: Idina Sackville—The Woman Who Scandalised 1920s Society and Became White Mischief ’s Infamous Seductress.

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Roger Crowley

City of Fortune - How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire

Hay Festival 2012, 
A magisterial history charting the rise and fall of the world’s superpower city from the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 to the calamitous news that the Portuguese had pioneered a sea route to India.

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Anthony Giddens

The Politics of Climate Change

Hay Festival 2012, 
The economist examines the political will and practicalities needed to address the global problems of climate change and energy security. Chaired by Peter Oborne.

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Mohsin Hamid and Owen Martell talk to Jon Gower

Fictions – Metropolis

Hay Festival 2013, 

Hamid follows The Reluctant Fundamentalist with How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia – a vivid and emotionally absorbing tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. It steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by youths all over ‘rising Asia’. Martell’s new novel is set in New York, June 1961. The Bill Evans Trio, featuring twenty-five year old Scott LaFaro on bass, play a series of concerts at the Village Vanguard that will go down in musical history. Shortly afterwards, LaFaro is killed in a car accident and Evans disappears. Intermission tells the story of what happens next.

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Meriel Larken talks to Revel Guest

The Ship, The Lady and The Lake

Hay Festival 2012, 
The recovery and restoration of the steamboat Yavari, built on the Thames 150 years ago, then dismantled and carried in thousands of pieces 12,500 ft up the Andes to Lake Titicaca - where she was used by traders until 1985.

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David Edgar

The 2014 Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

With illustrations ranging from Shakespeare to Sheridan, from Caryl Churchill and Howard Brenton to Oscar Wilde and Brian Friel, playwright David Edgar explores the poetry of plays.

David Edgar's plays include Destiny, Nicholas Nickleby, Pentecost and Written on the Heart for the RSC, and The Shape of the Table, Albert Speer and Playing with Fire for the National Theatre. He founded Britain's first postgraduate course in playwriting studies (at the University of Birmingham in 1989) and is the author of How Plays Work.

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Martin Parr talks to Dylan Jones

The Non-Conformist

Hay Festival 2014, 

Martin Parr is a key figure in the world of photography, recognised as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. He’s recently published two photographic books that span his long career, Martin Parr and The Non-Conformists, which includes his portrayal of the community of Hebden Bridge.

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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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Lucy Hawking

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Alan Kitching talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

A Life in Letterpress

Hay Festival 2016, 

Kitching is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. Spanning more than 50 years, his new, lavishly illustrated monograph leads us from Kitching’s first typographical experiments under the auspices of mentor Anthony Froshaug to his iconic creations at The Typography Workshop. It showcases his most colourful and expressive pieces, including his prolific work for the Guardian, the National Theatre, British Library, Tate Modern, Penguin Books and Royal Mail. He talks to Clemency Burton-Hill.

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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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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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Governing the Environment

Hay Festival 2008, 
Does the current emphasis on individual choice allow policy makers to duck out of difficult decisions when trying to put in place climate change solutions? Environment Ministers John Gormley (Eire) and Jane Davidson (Wales) debate how far they could and should go in directing and guiding. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Meg Rosoff

Hay Festival 2008, 
The multi-award-winning author of How I Live Now and Just In Case introduces her new tale of solitude and passion What I Was.

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Peter Sawyer

Vikings

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this sumptuously illustrated lecture the historian asks: were the Vikings, as contemporary description had it, a ‘valiant, wrathful and purely pagan people’ who swept in from the sea to plunder and slaughter? Or, in the words of a Manx folksong, ‘ware-wolves keen in hungry quest’, who lived and died by the sea and the sword? Or were they unusually successful merchants, extortionists and pioneer explorers?

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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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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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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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Luke Johnson

Start it Up!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The chairman of Risk Capital Partners Ltd, who has run and owned many of the most successful companies in the UK, shares his thinking about Why Running Your Own Business is Easier Than You Think. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed, business editor of The Telegraph.

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Hector Abad Faciolince talks to Rosie Boycott

Oblivion

Hay Festival 2011, 
A heartrending, exquisitely-written memorial to the author’s father, Hector Abad Gomez, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his murder by paramilitaries in 1987.

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Jake Arnott talks to Peter Guttridge

Story: The Devil’s Paintbrush

Hay Festival 2009, 
Scandal, black magic and Islamic revolution on the battlefields of Sudan and the backstreets of Edinburgh teem around the character of Brit hero Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald.

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Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

The Woman who Changed Her Brain

Hay Festival 2012, 
The pioneer of neuroplasticity was born with severe learning disabilities. Undaunted, she used her strengths to develop brain exercises to overcome her neurological deficits. She has gone on to change countless lives and inspire Miraculous Transformations from the Frontier of Brain Science.

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Heart to Heart 2008

Terry Jones, Martin Orbach and Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2008, 
Python and gastro-pioneer Terry Jones joins Abergavenny Food Festival founder Martin Orbach and broadcaster Jon Snow to discuss marketing for small farmers.

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Alex Monroe

Two Turtle Doves: A History of Making Things

Hay Festival 2014, 

Growing up in 1970s Suffolk in a crumbling giant of a house with wild, tangled gardens, the celebrated jeweller was left to wreak havoc by invention. Without visible parental influence but with sisters to love him and brothers to fight for him, he made nature into his world. Creation became a compulsion, whether it was go-karts and guns, cross-bows and booby-traps, boats, bikes or scooters. And then it was jewellery. He talks to Georgina Godwin.

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Robert Scourfield

The Inaugural Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture – The Buildings of Wales: Powys

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Detailing all the buildings of significance in the historic counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire, this final volume of the Pevsner Buildings of Wales series details hill-forts, ruined castles, medieval churches, manor houses and industrial buildings. In conversation with Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.


Due to popular demand, a repeat of this event will take place on Sunday 1 December at 3.30pm – please see event 52.

Robert Scourfield

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Ben Cort

Monstersaurus

Hay Festival 2012, 
What do you get if you mix together bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and strawberry jelly? It’s time to get inventing with the bestselling team behind Aliens and Dinosaurs Love Underpants. Plus a visit from a very special intergalactic guest.
 
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