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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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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Early Edition 2

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

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Green Dragons’ Den 1

Hay on Earth 1

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from today’s Hay on Earth sustainability workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project. 

Entry this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Green Dragons’ Den 1

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Stephen Daldry talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2009, 
The film director discusses his work on Billy Elliott, The Hours and The Reader.

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Mary Warnock and Elisabeth McDonald

Easeful Death

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mary Warnock and Elisabeth McDonald examine the philosophical and ethical issues around assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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Narda Lepes en conversación con Martha Orrantía

Cartagena 2013, 
Narda Lepes es columnista de la revista Viva, del diario Clarín, y directora creativa de elgourmet.com. Además, se ocupa del food estilismo y de producción gastronómica para publicidad. Ha publicado libros como Qué, cómo, dónde. Guía de compras y Comer y pasarla bien. Conversará con la escritora y periodista Martha Orrantía.

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Christian Wolmar

To the Edge of the World: The Story of the World’s Greatest Railway

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Trans-Siberian stretches nearly 6,000 miles between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast. It was the most ambitious railway project of the C19th. It is intimately involved with Russian and Soviet history. And it reminds travellers of the vastness of our world and hints at the hardships that were endured in its construction. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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AF Harrold and Emily Gravett

The Imaginary

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join AF Harrold and Emily Gravett as they tell you all about their brilliant, somewhat creepy book: The Imaginary. Pictures will be drawn. Words will be spoken. Imaginary Friends welcome.
9+ years
AF Harrold and Emily Gravett

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Edward Said talks to Christopher Cook

Hay Festival 2003, 
Said is the author of eighteen books, including Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism and a memoir Out of Place which traces his growing sense of himself as an outsider: Arab but Christian, Palestinian but the holder of a US passport. His latest work, co-written with Daniel Barenboim, is Parallels and Paradoxes. He is also a music critic, opera scholar, pianist and the most eloquent spokesman for the Palestinian cause in the West. 'Edward Said is among the truly important intellectuals of our century.' (Nadine Gordimer)

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John Boyne

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creator of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas talks about his whimsical, funny and uplifting The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket.

Duration 45 mins.

8+ years

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Simon Hoggart

A Long Lunch – My Stories And I'm Sticking To Them

Hay Festival 2011, 
The humorist and political analyst sketches some parliamentary and media gems from his trove of forty years on Fleet Street.
 

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Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Hay Festival 2011, 
Hop along to this charming storytelling show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. Help Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and send him on his journey.
 
3–5 years

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Helen Czerski

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is it that helps both scorpions and cyclists to survive? What do raw eggs and gyroscopes have in common? And why does it matter? The physicist explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experience, linking what makes popcorn pop to Antarctic winds, coffee stains to blood tests or ketchup bottles to aliens in space. Every thread you pull in the fabric of daily life shows you something new about the intricate patterns of our world.

Helen Czerski

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Qué es la felicidad. Con Paul Dolan

Cartagena 2013, 
Todos deseamos ser más felices. A veces parece que conseguirlo requiere mucho esfuerzo. Y otras veces ni siquiera sabemos qué es eso de sentirse mejor. Así, ¿no sería estupendo tener una idea clara de lo que es la felicidad y cómo alcanzarla? Y, ¿no sería incluso mejor si pudiéramos ser más felices sin tener que cambiar nuestra vida? En A Head For Happiness (Una mente para la felicidad), Paul Dolan explora todos estos asuntos. Paul Dolan es profesor de Ciencias del Comportamiento en el Departamento de Política Social en la London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Carol Black

Cambridge University Series 5: Is Work Making Us Ill?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Do our workplaces promote health and well-being? And, if they did, what difference would it make? Dame Carol Black is an Expert Adviser to the Department of Health, the Chair of Nuffield Trust, the leading independent advisory body for healthcare policy in the UK, and the Principal of Newnham College. She was author of a 2008 report for the government on well-being at work.

Carol Black

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cartagena 2014, 
Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Premio Alfaguara de Novela 2011 por El ruido de las cosas al caer, presenta su último trabajo, Las reputaciones, donde narra la historia de Samanta Leal, de 35 años, que con mentiras se introduce en la casa de Javier Mallarino, el mejor caricaturista político de Colombia, para rogarle que le ayude a recordar lo sucedido en esa misma casa 28 años atrás. En conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo.

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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

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Chris Ellis, Rosie Toll, Hugh Ellis, Kate Henderson and guests

Land of Promise

Hay Festival 2015, 

An exploration, through words and music, of Britain’s radical utopian tradition. This rich legacy of hope was the dominant strand of political thought for five centuries, but in the last 40 years we have stopped asking the question: how are we going to live? With a cast of actors, musicians and authors Land of Promise aims to reignite our utopian aspirations for a better Britain.

Chris Ellis, Rosie Toll, Hugh Ellis, Kate Henderson and guests

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Owen Sheers in conversation with Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2011, 
Prize-winning poet and writer Owen Sheers is one of Britain’s most promising young writers. The Poetry Book Society has included him as one of 20 poets making up the New Generation. His first novel, Resistance, has already been translated into eight languages and a film version is to be released soon. In conversation with The Telegraph’s literary editor, Gaby Wood, he will talk about this fascinating and addictive story which plays with an alternative reality in which Great Britain has been defeated and invaded by the Nazi Army; clips from the film will be shown. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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James Barr

Setting the Desert on Fire

Hay Festival 2007, 
The story of TE Lawrence and Britain’s secret war in Arabia, 1916–1918, driven by the need to arrest the Ottoman call for Islamic Jihad.

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 6

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian takes apart the day’s papers and media.

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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.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

Sarah Arrowsmith

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James Fergusson

The Vitamin Murders: Who Killed Healthy Eating in Britain?

Hay Festival 2007, 
How a British scientist taught the nation how to eat well, then taught the food industry how to trick consumers, and paid for the paradox with his life.

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Monty Halls

The Fisherman's Apprentice

Hay Festival 2012, 
The story of our fishermen's fight for survival, told from firsthand experience. Accompanying the BBC 2 series of the same name, Monty spends a year working as a fisherman from Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall, the last defiant outpost of Britain's traditional fishing industry. Through relentless labour of working on his own boat and the drama of great spiralling storms, Monty experiences a way of life that is quietly dying. Exploring the impact of industrial scale trawling on our small-scale fishing industry, with consumer advice on how we can save it and sustain it for the future, this is the story of British fishing today.

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Patrick Bishop

Target Tirpitz

Hay Festival 2012, 
An intriguing tale from WWII of X-Craft, Agents and Dambusters - The Epic Quest to Destroy Hitler’s Mightiest Warship.