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Matthew Rice

Rice’s Church Primer

Hay Festival 2014, 

The illustrator and writer explains the language of architecture in churches, from the restrained Norman style of William the Conqueror to the gilded excesses of the Baroque. He introduces the basic ‘grammar’ of churches: elevation, plan, fronts, vaults and towers and the ‘vocabulary’ of styles in chronological order, from ancient Saxon churches to modern cathedrals.

Matthew Rice

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Concern Universal Youth Debate

The Carbon Question

Hay Festival 2012, 
Should an individual’s carbon emissions be limited to 2 tonnes per year by 2050? This is the internationally agreed safe limit in order to prevent potentially catastrophic climate change. But how should these limits be shared out? How could limits be policed? Do governments have any rights to impose limits on citizens? Or should we just take the risk and adapt to the impacts? Join our panel of sixth formers for a debate. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 
(14+yrs)
 
FREE BUT TICKETED

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Jeremy Leggett

The Triple Crash and the Green New Deal

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Solar Century founder and Peak Oil expert finds hope in a new environmental responsibility.

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In the Green Corner 3

Hay Festival 2008, 
Eco-firebrand George Monbiot in his final conversation with the audience about global sustainability and political accountability.

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Jeremy Strong

The Cartoon Kid

Hay Festival 2011, 
Wham-bam-jelly-and-jam! I think it’s about time you became a superhero, don’t you? Join the comic maestro behind The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog and My Brother’s Hots Cross Bottom as he introduces his brand new series.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Chris Hunter talks to Peter Florence

Extreme Risk

Hay Festival 2010, 
Sandhurst, Bosnia, Belfast and Israel: the making of one of Britain’s best counter-terrorist bomb disposal operators, who was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his work in Iraq.

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Sadie Jones and Miguel Syjuco talk to Ariane Koek

Fictions: Interesting Times

Hay Festival 2010, 
Small Wars follows the brilliant debut The Outcast with a compelling love and war story set in Cyprus. Ilustrado won the Man Asian Literary Prize and covers a large and tumultuous historical period of the Philippines. ‘It is ceaselessly entertaining, frequently raunchy, and effervescent with humour.’
Sadie Jones and Miguel Syjuco talk to Ariane Koek

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Graeme Gibson

The Bedside Book of Birds

Hay Festival 2006, 
Folktales, stories and excerpts from a naturalist's journal where creation myths, recipes, and the most stunning illustrations lace Gibson's own graceful and erudite essays telling of the pleasure, fear, confusion, or hope that birds inspire, and their imperiled place in nature.

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Andrew Weale

Nora: The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate

Hay Festival 2012, 
Nora Fatima Buffet is a little greedy-guts. Join her creator for a revoltingly rumbustious event of rhymes and rockets.
 
5-7 years

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Thomas Keneally talks to Philippe Sands

Schindler’s Ark

Hay Festival 2016, 

The writer discusses his 1982 Booker-winning novel about Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who risked his life to protect and rescue Jews from Auschwitz. The book was made into a film by Steven Spielberg as Schindler’s List.

Thomas Keneally talks to Philippe Sands

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Phil Grabsky and Tom Morris

Adaptation

Hay Festival 2011, 
Theatre director Tom Morris has been the creative force behind two of the most fantastic stage adaptations of recent times – the National Theatre’s War Horse and Bristol Old Vic’s Swallows and Amazons. Tom will be in conversation with film-maker Phil Grabsky, director of award-winning films such as In Search of Beethoven, The Boy Mir – Ten Years in Afghanistan and also the behind-the-scenes documentaries Making War Horse and Swallows and Amazons at the Bristol Old Vic, where he worked closely with Tom for broadcast on More4. Clips of both documentaries will be shown.
 
See Phil Grabsky's blog

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Max Hastings talks to Anne Robinson

Did You Really Shoot the Television?

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist discusses his new family memoir.

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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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Simon Horobin

Chaucer’s Language

Hay Festival 2013, 

Assuming no previous linguistic knowledge or familiarity with Middle English, Horobin introduces us to the wonders of Chaucer’s language and the importance of reading him in the original, rather than modern translation.

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Julian Barnes y Mario Vargas Llosa en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Siempre Flaubert

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos grandes escritores contemporáneos, el británico Julian Barnes, ganador de premios como el Booker Prize (Reino Unido), el Prix Fémina (Francia) o el David Cohen Prize (Reino Unido); y el escritor peruano más internacional, el premio Nobel Mario Vargas Llosa, reflexionan sobre su compartida admiración por Gustave Flaubert, el autor francés más universal. Conversan con Marianne Ponsford, directora de Arcadia.
Julian Barnes y Mario Vargas Llosa en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

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Péter Esterházy, Georg von Habsburg and Arpad Von Lazar

Segovia 2014, 

The internationally famous writer Péter Esterházy is well-known for his work Harmonia Caelestis, which tells the story of his aristocratic ancestors during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when Haydn composed music in his family’s palace. The grandson of the last prime minister of the Austro-Hungarian Empire talks to the grandson of the last Emperor, HM Georg von Habsburg. Chaired by Arpad von Lazar, Emeritus Professor of the Fletcher School of Tufts University (USA) and member of the advisory board of IE University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish

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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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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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Hisham Matar talks to Bronwen Maddox

Fiction: Anatomy of a Disappearance

Hay Festival 2011, 
When a loved one disappears how does their absence shape the lives of those who are left? The Booker-shortlisted (In the Country of Men) Libyan-born novelist in conversation with the editor of Prospect.
 
Read a review of Anatomy of Disappearance

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Iain Hutchison: What’s in a Face?

Segovia 2010, 
From face transplants to plastic surgery, facial reconstruction surgeon Ian Hutchison will talk about the challenges, and identity-related and ethical questions arising from such innovative work. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Karlin Lillington, John Maher, TJ McIntyre and John Kampfner

Blog And Be Damned: Social Media And Libel In Ireland

Kells 2013, 

What constitutes fair comment, as opposed to defamation, on social media and should the standard be the same as for traditional media? Is the freedom inherent in social media threatened by the chilling effect of potential claims for libel? To what extent should tweeters and bloggers be as aware of the dangers of libel as are professional journalists? Karlin Lillington of The Irish Times, barrister John Maher, TJ McIntyre, Lecturer in Law at University College Dublin, and Google’s John Kampfner discuss with Myles Dungan.

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Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2007, 
The bestselling and brilliantly funny author talks about Georgia Nicolson on page and screen, with sneak peeks from the upcoming movie of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and the upcoming book, Stop in the Name of Pants.

Hay Fever 13 yrs +

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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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Richard Parks

Extreme Adventuring

Hay Festival 2017, 

Parks describes his inspiring recovery from the shattering injury that ended his international rugby career. He tells of his commitment to his pioneering and world-first expeditions in the most extreme environments on earth.

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Tahmima Anam talks to George Alagiah

Talking Books: The Bones of Grace

Hay Festival 2016, 

Born in Bangladesh, Anam grew up in Paris, New York City and Bangkok. Anam’s debut novel, A Golden Age, centres on the Bangladesh Liberation War and was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the conflict. The novel won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Anam’s next book, The Good Muslim, explores the after-effects of war and examines the conflicts within modern-day religion and family. She will be discussing her newest work The Bones of Grace, a tragic love story which traverses continents and communities and delves into larger themes like the importance of family history and reconciliation.

Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 4

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

Tahmima Anam talks to George Alagiah