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Maggie O’Farrell and Barbara Trapido talk to Claire Armitstead

Fiction: Readers’ Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hand That First Held Mine is a tale of love and motherhood; Sex and Stravinsky conjures dreaming, exotica and the mesh of life.

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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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Marian Keyes

This Charming Man

Hay Festival 2008, 
‘Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married’…

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Gwernyfed Cluster Schools Showcase

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join pupils from a range of local schools as they sing their hearts out.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Donations towards the Gwernyfed Cluster School Music Fund.

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Helen Rappaport

Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ninety years on, and just as the recently discovered bodies of Alexei and Mariya are re-interred with the family in St Petersburg, Helen Rappaport reviews the murder of the Russian imperial family. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Frieda Hughes

The Name and Nature of Poetry The Housman Lecture 2008

Hay Festival 2008, 
Given by the poet whose collections include Stonepicker Waxworks and Forty-Five.

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Julia Hailes, Ben Law, Janet Cotterell

Greening Buildings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Grand Designs icon Ben Law discusses a more sustainable approach to buildings with Passivhaus expert Janet Cotterell and Green Consumer guru, Julia Hailes. Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

 

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Mal Peet talks to Daniel Hahn

Life: An Exploded Diagram

Hay Festival 2012, 
The acclaimed writer talks about his latest coming-of-age story, set against the backdrop of the Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. This intensely personal story sees history, passion and fear intertwine to astonishing effect.
 
14+ years

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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.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé

I gComhrá

Kells 2013, 

Óna chéad leabhar, A Thig ná Tit Orm, i leith, tá cáil agus tarraingt i bhfad is i gcéin ar Mhaidhc Dainín Ó Sé. Foilsíodh a shaothar is déanaí Punt Isló i mbliana. Labhróidh sé linn, i gcomhrá, faoi seo agus tuilleadh!!

Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, a man of many talents, is a well-known author in his native Irish language. An occasion not to be missed, where he will speak to us in discussion about his works, travels and passions.

Irish language event

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Audrey Niffenegger talks to Sarah Crompton

Raven Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new dark fairytale by the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife is being produced as a Royal Ballet show by legendary choreographer Wayne McGregor. The work premièred on 24 May.

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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.

9+

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Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

Born to be Wilde

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor previews clips from his forthcoming film about Oscar Wilde’s last days The Happy Prince and of Yentob's imagine… BBC documentary film about his life and work. One of Hollywood’s most wickedly gifted storytellers; Everett is the author of Vanished Years and Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.
 
The Happy Prince is released on 15 June. Photo by Wilhelm Moser.
Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

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Start the Day

Hay Festival 2008, 
Daniel Start explores the best lakes, rivers and waterfalls for Wild Swimming. In This Little Britain Harry Bingham hymns the eccentricities of the countries that gave the world football, Shakespeare, Churchill and Yorkshire pudding.

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Lyn Gardner

Stage School, Theatre and Circuses

Hay Festival 2015, 
Stage school – it’s got it all! Drama (both on and off stage), pushy parents, fiercely competitive pupils and sooooo much more. Come and hear Lyn Gardner talk all about her best-selling Olivia series. Forget your stage-fright; with all the movie stars, circus skills, drama and excitement, you’ll be shouting ‘encore’!
9+ years
Lyn Gardner

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Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford and Patrice Lawrence

Hay Festival 2016, 

Meet the authors of four of the most talked about YA books: Mind Your Head, CrushTwenty Questions for Gloria and Orange Boy and hear how their books explore the complex and high-octane dramas of adolescence – including aspects of love, hate and psychological pressure.

12+
Juno Dawson, Eve Ainsworth, Martyn Bedford and Patrice Lawrence

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Robert McCrum

Globish

Hay Festival 2010, 
The editor and writer re-examines the linguistic power of the Anglo-American imperium, and stacks up his C21st equation: English + Microsoft = Globish.

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Peter Atkins

On Being

Hay Festival 2011, 
While acknowledging the comfort some find in belief, and with his usual economy, wit and elegance, unswerving before awkward realities, the Professor of Chemistry presents A Scientist’s Exploration of the Great Questions of Existence.

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Simon Blackburn and Chris Blackhurst

Cambridge University Series 4: Do Nice Guys Finish Last – Or First?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Trust in British public life has now reached catastrophically low levels for parliament, the press, the banks, the police and the NHS. Just as the National Rifle Association in the USA claims that the solution to gun crime lies in more guns, our government preaches that the cure for decline in trust lies in less public service and more profit motive...

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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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Anne Enright talks to Anita Anand

Fictions – The Green Road

Hay Festival 2015, 

A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion – a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them. The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.

The Man Booker-winning novelist (The Gathering) is addicted to the truth of things. Sentence by sentence, there are few writers alive who can invest the language with such torque and gleam, such wit and longing – who can write dialogue that speaks itself aloud, who can show us the million splinters of her characters’ lives then pull them back up together again, into a perfect glass.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books.

Photo: Hugh Chaloner

Anne Enright talks to Anita Anand

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The Funny Panel

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winner Jamie Thomson is joined by two top funny talents, Mark Lowery and Sarah McIntyre. Come and share the jokes!

Duration 60 mins.

9+ years

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Stig Abell, Bronwen Maddox, David Olusoga, Keir Starmer and Nick Robinson

The Establishment in Crisis

Hay Festival 2019, 

Britain’s institutions and democracy have been envied around the world for centuries – the mother of parliaments, the centre of an administrative empire that pinked in the world. Are parliament, Whitehall, the City of London, the devolved assemblies, the press, the political parties, the Trades Unions and the traditional powers of the land still fit for purpose? Who runs Britain? How’s that going? Abell is editor of the TLS and author of How Britain Really Works. Olusoga is a broadcaster and Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester. He is the author of Black and British: A Forgotten History.  Maddox is Director of the Institute for Government. She has been Foreign Editor of The Times and Editor of Prospect.

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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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Joan Bakewell, Kerry Fowler and Guests

The Good Housekeeping Awards

Hay Festival 2007, 
Two judges are joined by winners of the inaugural awards that celebrate intelligent, entertaining and provocative fiction.