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Christopher Morgan Jones and Sergei Kostin talk to Max Easterman

Fictions: What’s Secret Now?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Former intelligence operative Morgan Jones yarns an intrigue of contemporary Russia in An Agent of Deceit. Kostin is Russia’s leading espionage expert and spy novelist, whose latest book is published as Death of the White Mouse.

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Fatima Bhutto talks to Aminatta Forna

Songs Of Blood and Sword

Hay Festival 2010, 
In December 2007, Benazir Bhutto, Fatima’s aunt, and the woman she had publicly accused of ordering her father’s murder, was assassinated in Rawalpindi. It was the latest in a long line of tragedies for one of the world’s best-known political dynasties.
Fatima Bhutto talks to Aminatta Forna

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James Fenton, Maurice Riordan, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Paul Murdin chaired by Sian Ede

Dark Matter: Poems of Space

Hay Festival 2009, 
A magical reading and conversation with eminent cosmologists and poets celebrates the UNESCO Year of the Astronomer.

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Grayson Perry

The Thames & Hudson Lecture

Hay Festival 2010, 
An illustrated lecture on the work of the groundbreaking and brilliant ceramicist who collected the Turner Prize in a lilac babydoll dress and red pumps.
Grayson Perry

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John Waters talks to Helena Kennedy

Role Models

Hay Festival 2011, 
The cult film director (Hairspray, Cecil B Demented) and author talks about the sublime and extreme influences on his life and work from Tennessee Williams to the insane martyr Saint Catherine of Vienna.

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Stephen Fry

Mythos

Hay Festival 2019, 

The actor and writer tells stories from his two books Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold and Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures.

Stephen Fry

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Simon Mayo

Itch

Hay Festival 2015, 
Author and BBC broadcaster Simon Mayo talks about his latest book Itchcraft and how he came to write a series about a chemistry-mad teenager. He shares some of his favourite (which tends to mean explosive) scientific discoveries, made while researching for the series, and there is a chance to ask questions about the books, science, and anything else you can think of, at the end.
9+ years
Simon Mayo

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Denise Inge & Mark Vernon

The Pursuit of Happiness from Plato to Thomas Traherne and Back Again

Hay Festival 2009, 
In this conversation on happiness Denise Inge will talk about the seventeenth-century priest and poet Thomas Traherne, Mark Vernon about the ancient Greek philosophers Aristotle and Plato. Traherne's story, unparalleled in the history of English literature, surrounds recently found manuscripts; the ideas of the ancient Greeks, on whom Traherne drew, have never been more pressing and relevant.

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Victoria Coren talks to Rosie Boycott

For Richer For Poorer: Confessions of a Player

Hay Festival 2011, 
Miserable at an elegant day school for girls, the writer finds an escape in the mysterious world of poker. Twenty years later, she has won a million dollars and forgotten to have children.

If you pull a 2, 3, 4 or 5 from a pack on entry we’ll give you your money back.
For Richer, For Poorer - Victoria Coren

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Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

What Have the Greens Got Wrong?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Has ideology blinded the mainstream environmental movement to solutions for some of the major problems facing the world? Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees and High Tide, discusses why he has changed his views on the big issues including nuclear power, GMOs and organic food with Andy Fryers.

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Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, Mererid Hopwood, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag and friends

The Armistice Gala

Hay Festival 2018, 

To celebrate the centenary of the Armistice of 1918, we have commissioned poets from the main protagonist nations to respond to a Great War poem from their own culture. We have poems in French, Russian, German, Welsh and several forms of English. The new poems will be read today for the first time, in the original language and in English translation alongside the works that inspired them, and other poems of the time. The full cast list will be announced on 20 May.

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Peter Oborne and David Morrison

A Dangerous Delusion: Why The West Is Wrong About Nuclear Iran

Hay Festival 2013, 

The authors attempt to avert a potential global catastrophe by showing that the grounds for war do not exist, that there are no Iranian nuclear weapons, and that Iran would happily come to a table and strike a deal. They argue that the military threats aimed by the West against Iran contravene international law, and argue that Iran is a civilised country and legitimate power across the Middle East. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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StoryBoard & Young Film Academy

EUREKA!

Hay Festival 2011, 
Have you ever had an idea for a brilliant movie? This is your chance to have that dream come true at a cinema near you. Help us launch a pioneering project at Hay: a major motion picture, made for kids, by kids. The story starts here, so bring your imagination. This is brainstorming for the big screen...
 
Duration 75 mins.
 
9+ years

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Annie Leonard talks to Jo Fox

The Story of Stuff

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist and film-maker tracks the life of the stuff we use every day, revealing the often hidden impacts of our production and consumption patterns. In conversation with Jo Fox, Deputy Director of The Bigger Picture at Sky.

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Simon Singh

Alan Turing and Enigma

Hay Festival 2012, 
The science writer celebrates the centenary of the genius mathematician and code-breaker, who deciphered the German naval cables in WWII, and demonstrates the encryption techniques on his own, original Enigma Machine.

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Jacqueline Wilson

Little Darlings

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of Tracey Beaker takes on the world of celebrity in her latest tale of two half-sisters, and isn’t afraid to confront the issues at the heart of every tween’s life.
 
6–10 years

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Jacqueline Wilson

In conversation

Hay Festival 2015, 
An hour with the great children’s novelist, whose latest books, both illustrated by Nick Sharratt, are Opal Plumstead and The Butterfly Club.
9+ years
Jacqueline Wilson

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Mario Vargas Llosa in conversation with Héctor Abad Faciolince

Cartagena 2010, 
Winner of the Príncipe de Asturias Arts Prize, novelist, essayist and journalist, and one of the most internationally-acclaimed Peruvian writers; the author of The City and the Dogs needs no introduction. He talks to Héctor Abad Faciolince.

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Khalid Koser, Sue Miller and Chikondi Mpokosa

Wind – Adapting to Change

Hay Festival 2009, 
How do communities adapt to change and migration? Khalid Koser from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Sue Miller, Baroness of Chilthorne Dorner, Member, UNESCO North Devon's Biosphere Reserve Partnership, and Chikondi Mpokosa, Oxfam’s Global Education Advisor.

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Lydia Davis, Marie N’Diaye, Intizar Husain

The Man Booker International Readings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Three of the writers shortlisted for this year’s prize read from their work. Davis (USA) will read from her Collected Stories. N’Diaye (France) reads from Three Strong Women. Husain (Pakistan) reads from his novel Basti.

 

Intizar Husain was born before Partition in Uttar Pradesh, India, on 21 December 1925. He emigrated to Pakistan in 1947 and now lives in Lahore.
He gained a Master’s degree in Urdu and another in English literature. An author of short stories and novels, he worked for the Urdu daily, Imroze, and for the Urdu daily Mashriq for many years. He now writes a weekly column for the Karachi-based English language newspaper Dawn.

A chronicler of change, Husain has written five novels and published seven collections of short stories. Only one of his novels is translated into English and there are five volumes of his short stories published in English translations.
Naya Gar (The New House) paints a picture of Pakistan during the ten-year dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq. Agay Sumandar Hai (Beyond is the Sea) contrasts the spiralling urban violence of contemporary Karachi with a vision of the lost Islamic realm of al-Andalus, in modern Spain.
Basti, his 1979 novel, which traces the psychic history of Pakistan through the life of one man, Zakir, has just been republished as one of the New York Review of Books Classics. Keki Daruwalla, writing in The Hindu in 2003, said ‘Intizar Husain’s stories often tread that twilight zone between fable and parable. And the narrative is spun on an oriental loom.’

Marie N’Diaye, born on 4 June 1967, is a French novelist and playwright. Her father, who was Senegalese, returned to Africa when she was a baby, and she was raised by her French mother, a secondary-school science teacher, in a town called Pithiviers, south of Paris.
She began writing at the age of 12. Her first novel, Quant au Riche Avenir (Regarding the Rich Future) was published when she was 18 by Jérôme Lindon, who had been Samuel Beckett’s great champion. Rosie Carpe (2001) won the Prix Femina, and Papa Doit Manger (Daddy’s Got To Eat), a play she wrote ten years ago, was only the second play by a woman to be taken into the repertoire of the Comédie Française.
Her most recent novel, translated into English as Three Strong Women and published in the summer of 2012, won France’s most respected literary prize, the Prix Goncourt in 2009. Fernanda Eberstadt in the New York Times described it as ‘the poised creation of a novelist unafraid to explore the extremes of human suffering’, and said that N’Diaye is ‘a hypnotic storyteller with an unflinching understanding of the rock-bottom reality of most people’s lives.’

Lydia Davis is an American writer who was born in Massachusetts in 1947 and is now a professor of creative writing at the University at Albany, the capital of New York State.
She is best known for two contrasting accomplishments: translating from the French, to great acclaim, Marcel Proust’s complex Du Côté de Chez Swann (Swann’s Way) and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, and writing short stories, a number of them among the shortest stories ever written. Much of her fiction may be viewed under the heading of philosophy, poetry or short story, and even her longer creations may be as succinct as two or three pages.
She has been described by the critic James Wood in his latest collection, The Fun Stuff and Other Essays, as ‘a tempestuous Thomas Bernhard’. Most of all, as Craig Morgan Teicher of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote in 2009, the year that Davis’s Collected Stories appeared as a single volume: ‘She is the master of a literary form largely of her own invention.’

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Emily Perkins and Kishwar Desai talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions - Lived Lives

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Forrests is our tip for this year’s Man Booker - a New Zealand novel that sings with colour and memory; that speaks of family and time, dysfunction, ageing and loneliness, about heat, youth, and how life can change if ‘you're lucky enough to be around for it’; Origins of Love is a huge novel from the Costa Prize-winner about the multi-million dollar, global surrogacy industry.

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Owen Sheers and Lucy Davies talk to Allison Pearson

The Gospel of Us

Hay Festival 2012, 
The National Theatre of Wales epic Passion with Michael Sheen in Port Talbot last Easter was hailed as one of the great theatre productions of recent years. The writer and producer discuss the work, and preview clips of Dave McKean’s feature film version. See also 120 and 161 and 194 for screenings.

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Alberto Barrera Tyszka, Federico Vegas and Francisco Suniaga with Sergio Dahbar

The Saviour of the nation goes mad

Cartagena 2011, 
These three authors have written successful books about real figures from Venezuelan history who tried to save the nation, but were not successful. In some cases, they went insane, in others they were assassinated and one of the three is still in power. They will talk to journalist Sergio Dahbar.

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Nadine Gordimer talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Nobel Laureate discusses her fiction, particularly her Booker-winning novel The Conservationist and her latest story collection Beethoven was One-Sixteenth Black.
Nadine Gordimer talks to Peter Florence

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Christopher Hill, Brendan Simms and Robert Tombs

Cambridge Series 13 - Will The UK Ever Get On With Europe?

Hay Festival 2012, 
How much does Britain’s history impact on the way it sees its relationship with Europe and can we overcome that? What are the wider implications for international relations for a Britain adrift of Europe?