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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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Danielle Fuller

Citizen Reader

Hay Festival 2013, 

Fuller studies the phenomenon of mass participation in reading events, through book clubs, city reads, festivals and online reading communities.

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Andrew Feinstein

The Shadow World

Hay Festival 2012, 
The corruption, cover-ups and deals between governments and corporations; and the revolving-door relationships that characterise the US Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex - Inside the Global Arms Trade.

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Liz Pichon

Oodles of Doodles

Hay Festival 2011, 
Meet Tom Gates – master of excuses, expert doodler and comic story writer extraordinaire. His journal (The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – obviously!) is pretty awesome and his creator is going to show you how yours can be too. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Simon Sebag Montefiore and Jung Chang

Stalin and Mao

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historians explore the lives and crimes of the two C20th communist dictators. Sebag Montefiore is the author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. Chang is the author of Wild Swans and, with Jon Halliday, Mao: The Unknown Story.

Simon Sebag Montefiore and Jung Chang

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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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Nicola Davies

Animal Conservation: Heroes of the Wild

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include Ice BearBig Blue WhaleExtreme Animals and Gaia Warriors. She was one of the original presenters of the BBC children’s wildlife programme The Really Wild Show and is the author of the classics A First Book of Nature and Everything You Need To Know About Animals. Join her to hear about her latest books in her Heroes of the Wild series, and about her animal conservation work.
7+ years
Nicola Davies

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Marc du Bois talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of Médecins Sans Frontières analyses the political transactions and balances of power and interests that allow aid activities to move forward, but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of humanitarian principles.

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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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Philip Mansel

Cities of the Levant - The Past for the Future

Hay Festival 2012, 
One of the world’s top experts on Constantinople and the Mediterranean looks at the great cities of bygone empires and the dynamic urban centres of today.

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Hannah Critchlow

The Science of Fate: Why Your Future is More Predictable Than You Think

Hay Festival 2019, 

So many of us believe that we are free to shape our own destiny. But what if free will doesn’t exist? What if our lives are largely predetermined, hardwired in our brains, and our choices over what we eat, who we fall in love with, even what we believe are not real choices at all? Neuroscience is challenging everything we think we know about ourselves, revealing how we make decisions and form our own reality, unaware of the role of our unconscious minds.

Chaired by Bettany Hughes.

Hannah Critchlow

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Rosalind Rickaby, Nicole Grobert and Alicia El Haj

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things 2017

Hay Festival 2017, 

From nanomaterials and ancient oceans to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, three Royal Society Research Fellows introduce and discuss their work at the forefront of science with climatologist and broadcaster Gabrielle Walker.

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Linda Davies

Fictions: Longbow Girl

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Join Linda Davies for an exploration of her new young adults novel – a rip-roaring time-slip adventure set in the Black Mountains of Wales. This is a must-read for anyone who loves strong heroines, history, ponies and captivating storytelling – and the author might even bring her longbow along…

11+ years
Linda Davies

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Joe Queenan talks to Tiffany Murray

Closing Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
The witty commentator and critic portrays his childhood in a Philadelphia housing project. He talks to the author of Happy Accidents.

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Jonathan Porritt, Claire Fox, Ed Gillespie and Martin Wright

Sustainability in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

How does the green movement best respond to the collapse of the liberal consensus and the defunding of the American EPA? Is it a useful slap in the face to a movement that may have become a little too comfortably ensconced in the mainstream? Veteran environmentalist Jonathan Porritt joins Claire Fox from the Institute of Ideas and sustainability expert Ed Gillespie to talk with Forum for the Future’s Martin Wright.

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Jonathan Stroud

Bartimaeus

Hay Festival 2011, 
Fantasy prequels don’t come more magical than this. The Ring of Solomon takes us back to 950 BC Jerusalem – so whether you’re an established or future fan, this is a must.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Sadakat Kadri talks to Helena Kennedy

Heaven on Earth

Hay Festival 2012, 
A timely and eye-opening investigation into one of the most disputed but least understood topics of recent times - the history and reality of shari’a law.

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Phil Hammond

Staying Alive: How To Get the Best Out of the NHS – Advice From a Doctor

Hay Festival 2015, 

The NHS is our most treasured institution, but even caring doctors have too many patients and too little time, while patients often feel too overwhelmed, embarrassed, intimidated or ill to ask the right questions. Dr Hammond will show you how to get your GP to listen to you and take your symptoms seriously, how to get hold of your patient records so you can ensure they’re correct, how to get a second opinion and, most importantly, how to get better (and in turn help make the NHS better too).

Phil Hammond

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Amitav Ghosh talks to Alex Clark

Flood of Fire

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are thrilled to launch the publication of the conclusion to the Ibis Trilogy with a rare interview with the novelist. It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China’s devastating defeat, to Britain’s seizure of Hong Kong.

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Amitav Ghosh talks to Alex Clark

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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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Iestyn Edwards

Madame Galina, Forces Sweetheart

Hay Festival 2010, 
An hilarious account of entertaining troops on base in Iraq and Afghanistan, from comic, singer and appallingly plausible 16-stone balletomane, Iestyn Edwards, aka Madame Galina Prima Ballerina. There may be hoofing…

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Hugh Kennedy

The Great Arab Conquests

Hay Festival 2007, 
How, within a generation, Arab armies had overrun Persian and Byzantine civilizations and created an empire that reached from Spain to China.

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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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Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

What if Money Grew on Trees…?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Consider a world where gold is worthless, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted?

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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.

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Anne Enright talks to Anita Anand