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Jon Ronson

Hay Festival 2008, 
The humorist selects and riffs on the best bits from his Guardian columns, collected and published as What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness.

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Dai Smith in conversation with Max Porter

The International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join us to celebrate ten years of the prestigious prize for writers aged 39 and under, as the 2016 Winner talks with Dai Smith, Chair of the Judging Panel and Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University. Max Porter won the award for his extraordinary book Grief is the Thing With Feathers.

Dai Smith says: “Max Porter, the judges felt, takes the common place of grief, the pall of death, the loss of loved ones, the things that we will all experience and transforms the ordinary through an extraordinary feat of imaginative prose, but prose that slips in to poetry and out again. The way it plays with the archetypal figure of Ted Hughes’ Crow is both astonishing and beguiling. It is funny, it is deeply moving and it is a book that the judges are proud to see as the winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize, in partnership with Swansea University.”

Dai Smith in conversation with Max Porter

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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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Rachel Hewitt

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

Winter Weekend 2010, 
‘An endlessly absorbing, lively and informative narrative that highlights the Ordnance project's legion of draughtsmen, surveyors, dreamers and eccentrics' – The Observer.
Rachel Hewitt

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Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo

King James Authorised Version 3

Hay Festival 2011, 
In this third Good Read session on the Bible the writers enjoy The Song of Solomon, Job and Ecclesiastes.
 
More by and about today's authors: Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo

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Juan Carlos Botero

The Art of Fernando Botero

Cartagena 2012, 
Juan Carlos Botero, journalist, writer and son of Fernando Botero, will present El arte de Fernando Botero, a book that looks at the artistic career of this great Colombian painter. He will show some examples of his pictorial work using slides, and will inquire into the artist’s work.

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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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Steve Jones

Did God Evolve?

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of The Serpent’s Promise, Almost Like A Whale, The Language of the Genes and In the Blood conducts an evolutionist’s exploration.

Steve Jones

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John Keane

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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Trevor Fishlock

Getting to know the Ladies: The Davies Sisters of Llandinam

Hay Festival 2014, 

The story of C20th philanthropists Gwendoline and Margaret Davies of Llandinam, who amassed possibly the world’s greatest private collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and then gave it to the people of Wales. Chaired by Tim Marlow.

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Vanessa Redgrave

A World I Loved

Hay Festival 2011, 
A reading from Wadad Makdisi Cortas’ haunting and beautiful memoir of Lebanon and the Middle East.

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Ian Cobain

Cruel Britannia: A Secret History Of Torture

Hay Festival 2013, 

The official line is clear: the UK does not ‘participate in, solicit, encourage or condone’ torture. And yet, the evidence is irrefutable: when it comes to dealing with potential threats to our national security, the gloves always come off. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

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Chris Boardman talks to William Fotheringham

Triumph and Turbulence

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation with the legendary British cyclist, gold medallist in the Barcelona Olympics, Tour de France hero, and latterly the backroom ‘marginal gains’  genius of British cycling in his role as head of the R&D team, The Secret Squirrels.

Chris Boardman talks to William Fotheringham

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Joumana Haddad talks to Malcolm Otero Barral

Segovia 2011, 
The young Lebanese writer Joumana Haddad is one of the most multi faceted authors in the Middle East. Aside from being a poet, translator and journalist, she manages the IPAF literary awards (the Arab world’s Booker), is the literary editor of the An Nahar newspaper and edits the Arab magazine Jasad. Her work I killed Scheherazade has been translated into six languages and described by Mario Vargas Llosa as “a revealing and audacious book about women in the arab world”. Haddad, who in 2010 received the Blue Metropolis Award for Arab literature in Montreal, will talk to Malcolm Otero Barral, publisher at Barril & Barral.
 
Event in Spanish

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Michelle Paver

Hay Festival 2013, 

Gods And Warriors is the meticulously researched new Bronze Age adventure series from the internationally-acclaimed author of Wolf Brother.

Duration 60 mins.

10+ years

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Tony Juniper

What Nature Does for Britain

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the peat bogs and woodlands that help to secure our water supply, to the bees and soils that produce most of the food we eat, Britain is rich in ‘natural capital’. For years we have damaged the systems that sustain us under the illusion that we are keeping prices down, through intensive farming, drainage of bogs, clearing forests and turning rivers into canals. As the ecologist shows, there are better ways to meet our economic needs.

Tony Juniper

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Jerry Brotton

Band of Brothers: Shakespeare’s Agincourt, 1599

Hay Festival 2015, 
On the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Jerry Brotton shows how Shakespeare’s Henry V now defines how we see this momentous event in English history. The play is often regarded as a straightforward celebration of English nationalism, the story of England’s tiny ‘band of brothers’ defeating the overwhelming might of the French. Brotton questions this assumption by recreating the historical moment in which Shakespeare wrote his play, with military disaster in Ireland, Queen Elizabeth’s power in decline, and the Essex Rebellion just about to engulf her. He argues that the result allows politicians on the left and the right to lay claim to the play and its account of Agincourt, along the way explaining how Olivier, Branagh and Spielberg are all part of the story.
Jerry Brotton

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Karl Miller

Tretower to Clyro

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great essayist examines the writings about the Black Mountains by local writers such as Francis Kilvert and Raymond Williams.

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Kevin Greenbank and Annamaria Motrescu

Cambridge Series 11: The Reel Raj – Cinefilm and Audio Archive

Hay Festival 2011, 
An overview of the digital holdings of the Centre of South Asian Studies and their potential in the teaching of British and South Asian imperial history. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.
 
More information about Annamaria Motrescu's research and Kevin Greenbank

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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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Alun Withey

Medicine In Medieval Wales

Hay Festival 2013, 

What was it like to be ill in medieval Wales? What remedies did people use and to whom did they turn for treatment? Chaired by Jasper Rees.
Jasper Rees is author of Bred Of Heaven.

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Sue Townsend talks to Anne Robinson

Adrian Mole – The Prostate Years

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great comic creation is now 39 [and a quarter], in debt and in trouble, and wondering whether the only one who can save him now is Dr Pandora Braithwaite, BA, MA, PhD, MP and Junior Minister in the Foreign Office…

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Hereford Photography Festival presents Don McCullin

Hay Festival 2008, 
Britain’s greatest photo-journalist discusses his career and his body of work collected as In England with Rosie Boycott.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 3

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians read the papers for laughs.

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Jesse Norman

Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet

Hay Festival 2013, 

A compelling analysis and portrait of the C18th theorist, subversive and founder of modern conservatism, from the 2012 Parliamentarian of the Year. Chaired by Guto Harri.