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John Boyne

This House Is Haunted

Kells 2013, 

The author of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist introduces his new novel. Eliza Caine arrives in Norfolk to take up her position as governess at Gaudlin Hall on a dark and chilling night… He talks to Sean Rocks, presenter of Arena on RTÉ Radio 1.

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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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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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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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Hugh Aldersey Williams

Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements

Hay Festival 2011, 
A wondrous tour and cultural history of the elements. Popular chemistry as a dazzling entertainment.

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Averil Cameron

Byzantine Matters

Hay Festival 2014, 

Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization, often reducing it to a poor relation of Rome and the rest of the classical world. Cameron suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilisation into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods.

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Liz Pichon

Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky

Hay Festival 2014, 

This brilliant and bestselling creation is laugh-out-loud funny, from the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Tom Gates is back in a brand new must-read adventure. Not to be missed!
9+ years

Liz Pichon

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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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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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Liz Pichon

Tom Gates: Family, Friends and Furry Creatures

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the author/illustrator for a fantastic show filled with stories, games, music and live doodling inspired by suggestions from the audience. Pichon will introduce the new Tom Gates adventure: Tom’s teacher Mr Fullerman has set a class assignment: a family tree! Tom's ready to learn all about the Gates family, his friends and a furry creature (or two!). Bring a pencil and paper.

9+
Liz Pichon

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Ed Stourton

Diary of a Dog Walker

Hay Festival 2011, 
The journalist considers his Time Spent Following a Lead – and the conversations, engagements and digressions that he and his best friend encounter.

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Joumana Haddad, Ben Okri, Alejandro Zambra, Gustavo Guerrero, Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda chaired by Guido Tamayo

Poetry gala

Cartagena 2012, 
Welcome to the festival’s grand poetry event, where a number of authors who are well known in Colombia and abroad will recite some of their own poems, and their favourite poems by other authors. Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Ben Okri (Nigeria), Alejandro Zambra (Chile), Gustavo Guerrero (Venezuela), Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda (Colombia), presented by the Colombian writer, Guido Tamayo. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Norman Davies

The Open University Lecture: Vanished Kingdoms

Hay Festival 2012, 
How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? Europe’s history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now vanished. The historian peers through the cracks in mainstream history writing and listens to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries.
 

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Meg Rosoff

Hay Festival 2014, 

How I Live Now was published in 2004 to huge critical acclaim and has been made into a major feature film, starring Saoirse Ronan. Since then, the novelist has produced a spectacular body of work for teenagers and adults, and won numerous awards. She will talk about her writing including her latest novel, the highly acclaimed Picture Me Gone.
12+ years (YA)

Meg Rosoff

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Shirin Ebadi talks to Helena Kennedy

The Annual Hamlin Lecture: Until We Are Free

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Iranian human rights lawyer and activist tells of her fight for reform inside Iran, and the devastating backlash she faced after winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Having fought tirelessly for democracy, equality before the law and freedom of speech, Ebadi became a global voice of inspiration. Yet, inside her own country, her life has been plagued by surveillance, intimidation and violence

Shirin Ebadi talks to Helena Kennedy

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Ben Okri

Wild

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Booker Prize-winning author of The Famished Road presents his first book of poems for 13 years. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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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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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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Lisa Jones, Ian Jones and Clare Dolman

Exploring the Poles: In Search of a Deeper Understanding of Bipolar Disorder

Hay Festival 2016, 

University of Worcester Series

Our ability to treat bipolar disorder is hampered by the limits of our understanding of its causes. In conversation with Clare Dolman of Bipolar UK, The Professors of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry who lead the Bipolar Disorder Research Network explore the highs and lows of bipolar disorder. They consider factors that can lead to both mania and depression, and examines recent and future advances in the treatment of this mental illness.

Lisa Jones, Ian Jones and Clare Dolman

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Encyclopaedia of Wales

Hay Festival 2008, 
Chief Editor John Davies talks to David Crystal about the vast new reference project that aims to encompass the nation, its history and culture.

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Alexander Todorov

Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions

Hay Festival 2017, 

We make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second –and these snap judgments predict all kinds of important decisions. Yet the character judgments we make from faces are as inaccurate as they are irresistible. Using cutting-edge research, the Princeton psychologist describes how we have evolved the ability to read basic social signals and momentary emotional states, using a network of brain regions dedicated to the processing of faces. 

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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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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.

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks And The Tale of Two Treasures

Hay Festival 2013, 

Fiendish foes are after the treasure and all manner of tricks, traps and medieval puzzles are in store for Sir Charlie.

5+ years

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Peter Korn

Why We Make Things and Why it Matters

Hay Festival 2015, 

An introspective and revealing look at the nature of the creative process. This is not a ‘how to’ book in any sense: Peter Korn wants to get at the ‘why’ of craft in particular and the satisfactions of creative work in general to understand their essential nature. Korn is a furniture-maker and is founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Peter Korn