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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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Tim Winton talks to Alex Clark

Fictions – Eyrie

Hay Festival 2014, 

Tom Keely has lost his bearings and cut himself off. He intends to keep it that way, until one day he runs into some neighbours: a woman from his past and her introverted young boy…The author of Cloud Street, Dirt Music and the memoir Land’s Edge launches a heart-stopping novel written with breathtaking tenderness. It asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing. 

Tim Winton talks to Alex Clark

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John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

Politics and the Arts

Hay Festival 2014, 

How should culture be valued by politicians? What does it contribute to the GDP and Britain’s sense of identity? Tusa, the former Barbican chief, is the author of Pain in the Arts. Norman, a director of Hay Festival and the Roundhouse, is writing Soul Food – The Conservative Case for the Arts. Lammy was Minister for the Arts in the last Labour government and is a prospective candidate for London Mayor. Kampfner is Director of the Creative Industries Federation. Chaired by Liz Hunt.

John Tusa, David Lammy, Jesse Norman, John Kampfner

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Sarah Arrowsmith

Mappa Mundi: Hereford’s Curious Map

Hay Festival 2015, 

Who made the Mappa Mundi? How and why? Arrowsmith looks at the map through the eyes of a medieval visitor to the cathedral. She explains how a map that is very unfamiliar to us, with East rather than North at the top, populated with semi-human figures who may have four eyes or one foot and beasts like the defecating Bonnacon, would have made complete sense. You could tell your children the story of your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, point out the winding trail taken by Moses and the Israelites and tell the Bible stories illustrated there and elsewhere. Or you could impress other bystanders with your knowledge of Alexander’s campaigns and the three races of Ethiopians illustrated near the map’s edges.

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Sarah Arrowsmith

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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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Mark Redknap talks to Sian Lloyd

Discovered in Time

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Keeper of Archaeology at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales talks to the BBC journalist, examining the relationship between casual or amateur archaeologists and the role of museums and curators in shaping the national ‘story’.
 
More about Mark Redknap

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India Knight talks to Damian Barr

Fictions – Mutton

Hay Festival 2013, 

An hilarious novel about the female midlife crisis from the star columnist, Twitter queen and author of My Life On A Plate, Don’t You Want Me and Comfort And Joy.

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Richard Suggett

From Castell Cricieth to Penarth Fawr

Hay Festival 2012, 
The architectural historian celebrates the poets and carpenters of late-medieval Wales.
 

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Rolf Srom-Olsen in conversation with Lucy Kellaway

Sense and Nonsense in the Office

Segovia 2012, 
Lucy Kellaway, management columnist at the Financial Times, author of the novel In Office Hours (Penguin) and commentator on the BBC World Service business programme Business Daily talks to Rolf Strom-Olsen, expert in contemporary history and professor of humanities at IE University and IE Business School.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. Co-organized with IE University.

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Zaiba Malik talks to Jo Glanville

We Are A Muslim Please

Hay Festival 2011, 
The award-winning investigative journalist analyses her British and Muslim identities, growing up in Bradford in the 70s and 80s and working undercover and in extreme circumstances in Bangladesh and in the heart of her family.
(Also see event 118)

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Onora O’Neill

Cambridge Series 18: Is Toleration Still A Virtue?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The philosopher is an exacting examiner of great issues such as freedom of speech, assisted suicide and stem cell research. Here she explores one of the fundamental assumptions of liberal societies.
 
Profile of Onora O'Neill www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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Les Dennis

Must The Show Go On?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rollercoaster showbiz memoir: Les Dennis tells all to Phil Rickman.

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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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Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600 - 1850

Linda Colley talks to Christopher Hitchens

Hay Festival 2003, 
The historian discusses her stories of the flipside if Imperialisim: the soldiers and settlers seized in India and North America, the men and women captured from Devon and Cornwall by Moroccan slavers, or taken at sea by Barbarycorsairs. She explores the parallels with empire today, and the West's relationship with Islam.

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Patrick de Witt and Tom Bullough talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – Not the C19th Novel

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Man Booker-shortlisted The Sisters Brothers is a noiradventure set in Gold Rush America; Konstantin tells the story of the first man in Russia to reveal how travel into space might be possible. It is a story of man, nature, and the limitless power of the imagination.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
The satirists rip up the Sunday papers.

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Nick Stern talks to Alok Jha

The British Academy Lecture: Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change

Hay Festival 2015, 

The risks and costs of climate change are worse than estimated in the landmark Stern Review in 2006; and far worse than implied by standard economic models. The science warns of the dangers of neglect; the economics and technology show what we can do and the great benefits that will follow; an examination of the ethics points strongly to a moral imperative for action. Why are we waiting? Chaired by the science correspondent of ITV News.

Nick Stern talks to Alok Jha

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Fred Hoyle

Belief and Fact in Cosmology

Hay Festival 1995, 
There have recently been observational results to show that cosmological redshifts of a wholly new kind are of widespread occurrence. The new results and the past history of this question will be discussed.

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Emily Gravett

Wolf Won't Bite!

Hay Festival 2011, 
A whistle-stop tour of the two-time Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator’s favourite creations; from her adventurous meerkat to her three new cheeky little circus pigs.
 
5–7 years

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Cristina Fernández Cubas en conversación con Juan Antonio Masoliver

Segovia 2008, 
Cristina Fernández Cubas, referente indiscutible para sucesivas generaciones de cuentistas, es autora de cinco libros de relatos, el más reciente Hermanas de sangre y un original libro de memorias narradas, Cosas que ya no existen, títulos que han recibido un caluroso tratamiento por parte de la crítica y del público. Su obra está traducida a diez idiomas. Conversará con Juan Antonio Masoliver, critico literario, poeta y ensayista.

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Terri Apter

Cambridge Series: Sisters

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Sister Knot discusses Why We Fight, Why We’re Jealous and Why We’ll Love Each Other No Matter What. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.
Terri Apter

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Jeff Halper

Hay Festival 2008, 
The peace activist and Anthropology Professor discusses the settlements in the territories and his book -An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel-with William Seighart

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Jan Blake with Pete Eckford

The Calabash Children - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
The first show in a week-long residency for the great Storyteller. A childless woman prays to be a mother, a little sister refuses to do as she's told, and a wicked godmother tries to get rid of her goddaughter. Join Jan Blake as she tells tales of stubborn sisters, ungrateful mothers, and beautiful friendships.

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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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Javier Cercas and Andrés Neuman

Fictions – Resistance

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation with the two greatest contemporary Spanish-language novelists of their respective generations. Cercas’ The Outlaws is a powerful novel of love and hate, of loyalty and betrayal, that explores true integrity and the prison that celebrity can become. Alternately narrated by a mother, father and son, Neuman’s Talking To Ourselves is a story about how we are transformed by loss, and how words and sex can serve as powerful modes of resistance. They talk to Daniel Hahn.

Javier Cercas and Andrés Neuman