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Colin Javens talks to Oliver Balch

Dream Drive Love

Winter Weekend 2013, 

After a serious spinal injury at the age of 19, Colin’s life was drastically changed forever, and the dreams he had intended to pursue then seemed impossible. But rather than despairing and accepting the limitations of his wheelchair, he chose a path of quiet determination – and has since driven across the world, encountered endless adventures and found friendship, laughter and love.

There will be a charity collection following the event.

Colin Javens talks to Oliver Balch

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Sarah Churchwell

Reformations 4: Expertise

Hay Festival 2017, 

Everyone has experience, and the deeper your experience of a given subject or area, the greater your expertise. In a culture that trumpets anti-intellectualism, how might we reconcile and re-present academic expertise and practical experience? Churchwell is professorial fellow in American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Sarah Churchwell

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Margaret Atwood

The Tent

Hay Festival 2006, 
A conversation and reading from her new short story collection.

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Trevor Fishlock and Dafydd Elis Thomas

Senedd @ 10

Hay Festival 2011, 
The journalist examines the architectural and environmental credentials of Richard Rogers’ iconic Welsh Assembly building, a symbol of both nationhood and new democracy, with the National Assembly's presiding office.

Read more about the Senedd building here  http://www.graffeg.com/products/senedd-english-paperback

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The Great Big Animal Quiz

Hay Festival 2012, 
Do you know why bees dance or the colour of a giraffe’s tongue? Come and give yourself a noggin workout - there are prizes to be won. Bring pad and pencil. Hosted by quizmasters extraordinaire Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow.
 
8+ years

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Sibylla Brodzinsky y Max Schoening en conversación con María Teresa Ronderos

Tirando Piedras a la Luna: Narrativas de Colombianos Desplazados por la Violencia.

Cartagena 2013, 
Voice of Witness (McSweeney’s Books) es una colección de libros sobre derechos humanos centrada en las historias personales de aquellos que sufren como resultado de crisis humanitarias. El libro Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence (Tirando piedras a la luna: Historias de colombianos desplazados por la violencia) reúne los testimonios en primera persona de colombianos de muy diversas procedencias que se han visto afectados por el conflicto armado. Sibylla Brodzinsky y Max Schoening, los editores, conversarán con la periodista colombiana María Teresa Ronderos, directora de VerdadAbierta.com, sobre los protagonistas involuntarios de una situación que todavía afecta a Colombia.

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Sarah Thomas, Darragh Martin, Justina Hart and David Thorpe talk to Mark Goldthorpe

Realistic Utopias: Imagining The World Changed by Climate

Hay Festival 2017, 

What can the worlds of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama contribute to how we understand and respond to climate change? Do humans respond to stories more than facts? The work stems from a project called Weatherfronts: climate change and the stories we tell. The pieces referenced here were commissioned by TippingPoint, Free Word and partners 2014-2016. Weatherfronts brought together writers and leading climate change experts to inspire new writing that would encourage people to act to help our environment. 

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Karrie Fransman, Zeina Bassil and Joumana Medlej in conversation with Lana Asfour

Beirut 2012, 
Karrie Fransman (UK) came into the public eye with her autobiographical comic strips My Peculiar Life, published in The Guardian, and The Night I Lost My Love, printed in The Times, and who is author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel The House that Groaned. Zeina Bassil (Lebanon) is a freelance illustrator, editor of La Furie des Glandeurs, an illustration and comic fanzine that tackles social related issues in Lebanon, she also has a column in the monthly French literary supplement L’Orient Littéraire. Joumana Medlej (Lebanon) is a designer, calligrapher and illustrator that has created and published her own graphic novels, works with calligraphy and designs desktop icons and computer games. The three participants will discuss the wonders of comic writing, picture making and storytelling with the journalist Lana Asfour.
 
Event in English
With the support of the British Council

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Gerry Stembridge

Kells 2013, 

The writer, director and actor, co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his novels, The Effect of Her and Unspoken, his tales of Ireland in the 60's and 70's.

‘Extraordinarily vivid, knowing and satisfyingly irreverent’ – John Banville. ‘Gerry Stembridge is an outstanding Irish artist’ – Irish Independent.

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Paul Magrs and Moira Young

Epic Science Fiction Dystopia

Hay Festival 2015, 
Blood Red Road, the first part of Moira Young’s famous Dustlands trilogy, has been described as ‘The Hunger Games meets The Road’ and has won numerous awards including the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Cybils Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction. It is being developed for film by Ridley Scott. Moira is joined by Paul Magrs, who has written a number of critically acclaimed stand-alone YA novels including Exchange and Diary of a Dr Who Addict. With the scale and scope of the great science fiction epics, his new novel Lost on Mars tells the story of Lora and her family, third generation human settlers on the red planet living in increasingly bleak and hostile circumstances.

Paul was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, running their famous MA course; while Moira was a comedian and then an opera singer before she became a writer. Join them for a wide-ranging conversation about their lives, their writing and whether they are true science fiction geeks.
12+ years/YA
Paul Magrs and Moira Young

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Rory Maclean

The Traveller

Hay Festival 2009, 
The intrepid wanderer charts the evolution of travel writing from the fall of the Wall to the rise of the Taliban. His books, including Magic Bus, Stalin’s Nose, and Under The Dragon, have invited realistic comparisons with Chatwin and Kapuscinski.

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George Marshall talks to Oliver Balch

Talking Climate – From Research to Practice

Hay Festival 2017, 

A fresh approach to climate change communication: five core principles for public engagement that can propel climate change discourse out of the margins and into the mainstream. Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

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Clive James

Cultural Amnesia

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Australian polymath maps his influences and heroes who’ve formed contemporary civilization, from Satchmo to Kafka.

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Tracey Corderoy

Monty & Milli

Hay Festival 2012, 
Monty and Milli are the best magical mice duo ever! Or they would be if their tricks ever worked. Come and see their adventure brought to life with puppet, magic tricks and games.
 
5-7 years

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Rosie Boycott talks to Peter Florence

A Nice Girl Like Me

Hay Festival 2009, 
The journalist discusses her nakedly pitiless classic 1970s memoir of journalism and alcohol addiction.

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Philip Bobbitt

Is a War on Terror Absurd?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The answer from the author of The Shield of Achilles and Terror and Consent might surprise you, and might also tell us something about the nature of war in the C21st.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Phillip Bobbit www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us

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Nicholas Clee

Eclipse

Hay Festival 2010, 
The astounding tale of the C18th champion racehorse who still dominates the global bloodstock market today. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
Nicholas Clee

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Laura Bates talks to Francine Stock

Everyday Sexism

Winter Weekend 2014, 

It seems to be increasingly difficult to talk about sexism, equality and women’s rights in a modern society that perceives itself to have achieved gender equality. Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, a collection of over 10,000 women’s daily experiences of gender inequality. 

Laura Bates talks to Francine Stock

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Justin Gregg

Are Dolphins Really Smart?

Hay Festival 2014, 

A clear-headed look at the mammal behind the myth. How intelligent are dolphins in comparison with crows, apes or chickens? Is their communication system really as complex as human language? And are they as friendly and peaceful as they are made out to be?

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BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

A BBC Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Screenwriter Emma Reeves talks to BBC producer Simon Nelson about the challenges of writing drama for children. She has been responsible for some of CBBC’s most prestigious and popular programmes including Tracy Beaker, Young Dracula and The Dumping Ground. She will also discuss the development of her own series Eve. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Writers Room Get Creative
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

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Max Hastings

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War, 1914

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian offers a wide-ranging chronicle of the politics and military action of 1914. Hastings gives a blistering critique of German and Austrian aggression in the run-up to war, and a new vision of the first months of the conflict. He describes how the French Army marched into action amid virgin rural landscapes in uniforms of red and blue, led by mounted officers, with flags flying and bands playing. 

Max Hastings

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Fiammetta Rocco, Boyd Tonkin, Daniel Hahn and Gaby Wood

The Man Booker International Prize for 1988

Hay Festival 2017, 

A jury of Man Booker alumni judge who might have won a version of their new prize in the first year of the Hay Festival. It was really an exceptionally good year for translated fiction that could have shortlisted Haruki Murakami: Hear the Wind Sing; Isabel Allende: Eva Luna; Gabriel García Márquez: Love in the Time of Cholera; Primo Levi: The Wrench; Ismail Kadare: Chronicle in Stone; José Saramago: Baltasar and Blimunda. #nopressurethen2017

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Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

Memory and Mental Time Travel

Hay Festival 2015, 

Memories are not only about the past; they also affect the future. Nicola and Clive, a scientist and a fine artist respectively, explore the complex relationships between memory and human experience. Join them for a fascinating discussion incorporating science, literature, magic and dance.

Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins

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Bryan Webb

Michelin Wales: Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Chef-patron, formerly of Hilaire in London, was awarded his first Michelin star this year. He introduces some of his signature dishes.
Bryan Webb

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Tahmina Anam & Sonia Faleiro talk to Rosie Boycott

It’s All True

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beautiful Thing, one of the most original works of non-fiction from India in years, is a vivid and intimate portrait of one reporter’s journey into the dark, pulsating and ultimately damaged soul of Bombay.