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Joris Luyendijk

Hello Everybody! One Journalist’s Search for Truth in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2010, 
But the more he witnesses, the less he understands as again and again the media favours those stories that will confirm and reinforce the oversimplified beliefs of the West.
Joris Luyendijk

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Frank Gardner talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Far Horizons

Hay Festival 2009, 
The intrepid BBC Security Correspondent’s adventures and epicly hard travels before and since he lost the use of his legs when he was gunned down in Riyadh.

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Gavin Pretor Pinney

Hay Festival 2012, 
Dolphins, elephants, UFOs, even Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Murray…they’re all here in this beautiful, hilarious collection of clouds photographed around the world by members of The Cloud Appreciation Society. Selected and introduced by the winner of Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.
 

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Vanessa Feltz – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio 2 Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Vanessa Feltz will be presenting the Jeremy Vine Show live from Hay Festival. As well as reporting on the highlights of the festival she will be interviewing a leading author as part of the popular series What Makes Us Human.

Broadcast weekdays on BBC Radio 2.

BBC Radio 2
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 2 hours
Vanessa Feltz – LIVE ON AIR

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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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Rob Penn

It’s All About The Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

Hay Festival 2011, 
This is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike of perfect components – parts that set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty – and of how the bicycle has changed the course of human history.

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Stuart Maconie talks to Paul Blezard

Hope and Glory

Hay Festival 2012, 
Starting with the death of Queen Victoria, to the Battle of the Somme and the General Strike, and on to the docking of the Empire Windrush and Bobby Moore raising the Jules Rimet trophy, the broadcaster chooses a defining moment in our nation’s story from each decade of the last century and explores its legacy today.

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Don Paterson

Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Hay Festival 2011, 
The poet gives his own illuminating commentary on Shakespeare’s poetry. Chaired by Ben Crystal.

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Daniel Hahn, John Boyne, Jenny Valentine

The New Golden Age

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are revelling in an exhilarating time for young readers, fired by the richest imaginable field of novelists creating work for teenagers. The editor of the new Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature hosts this celebration of great contemporary YA writing with two superstars of the genre, who pick a library of ten essential reads for teenagers. All ticketholders will be entered into a draw to receive the ten books they choose as well as copies of Boyne’s The Boy With The Striped Pyjamas and the forthcoming Valentine novel Fire Colour One.

Daniel Hahn, John Boyne, Jenny Valentine

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Maisy Mouse

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join in storytelling, songs and games for a fun-filled time with your favourite mouse.

Duration 45 mins.

3–7 years

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Andy Kershaw talks to Martin Chilton

No Off Switch

Hay Festival 2012, 
We’re talking the rollercoaster, deliciously candid and brilliantly funny autobiography of Britain’s maverick radio DJ, world music champion and foreign correspondent.

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Tony Juniper and Jim Robbins

Does Money Really Grow On Trees?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Nature’s uses and abuses, physical, social and psychological, and one man’s quest to help save the world’s oldest and greatest tree specimens. One of Britiain’s best-known environmental campaigners joins New York Times journalist and author Jim Robbins.

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Our Betty

Liz Smith talks to Sandi Toksvig

Hay Festival 2006, 
From the WRENS, the plastic bag factory, her first film with the young Mike Leigh, and on through a glittering career (pretty much every Dickens and The Royle Family), the actress has remained wonderfully amused.

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Brian Blessed talks to John Mitchinson

Absolute Pandemonium

Hay Festival 2016, 

The big actor yarns a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars. He falls for Katharine Hepburn on the set of The Trojan Women, suffers wires strapped around his wotsits as he was hoisted into the heavens on Flash Gordon, almost causes an international incident when meeting the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and wins round George Lucas to get the role of Boss Nass on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. He punches Harold Pinter, loves and hates Peter O’Toole, woos his beautiful wife Hildegard Neil and braves the shocking death toll on cosy TV drama My Family and Other Animals. Then he climbs Everest.

Brian Blessed talks to John Mitchinson

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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

We Know All About You: The Story of Surveillance in Britain and America

Hay Festival 2017, 

The deep story of wire-tapping and interception by the NSA and GCHQ. Who ordered it? How it was done? How it’s done now. Jeffreys-Jones is one of the world’s most distinguished espionage and security experts.

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

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Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

Love, Laughter and Finding Your ‘Lobster’

Hay Festival 2014, 

Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison are the co-authors of hilarious teen debut Lobsters. Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find The One. Their ‘lobster’. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins forever, to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love. Tom and Lucy met in the sixth form and have been friends ever since. Lucy runs online teen magazine Whatever After, as well as teaching in girls’ schools across London specialising in building confidence and creativity. Tom is a journalist and has written for ShortList, TimeOut, Vice, TalkSPORT, ESPN and Viz. Are they lobsters? You’ll have to come along to find out…
13+ years (YA)

Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

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Philip Ardagh

Grubtown Tales

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join the much-loved creator of Eddie Dickens as he introduces his exceptionally silly new series. With raining cows, giant (strawberry) jellies and knitted houses there’s sure to be giggles galore.

7–10 years

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Ronnie Corbett

Interviewed by Mavis Nicholson.

Hay Festival 2007, 
The legendary comedian talks about his autobiography And it’s Goodnight from Him.

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Anthony Sattin

Florence & Flaubert

Hay Festival 2010, 
The wonderful story of two young people on the same Nile cruise in 1849, both liberated by exposure to Egypt. She, Florence Nightingale, visited the temples and monuments; he, Gustave Flaubert, visited the brothels and harems. Chaired by Sarah Miller.

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Jasper Rees

Bred of Heaven

Hay Festival 2012, 
A love letter to Gatland’s Own Country and One Man’s Quest to Reclaim his Welsh Roots.

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Richard Gwyn and Horatio Clare talk to Gwen Davies

The Vagabond’s Breakfast & Truant

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two literary confessions of vagrancy, escape and redemption.
 
Read biographies of Richard Gwyn and Horatio Clare

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India Knight talks to Damian Barr

Fictions – Mutton

Hay Festival 2013, 

An hilarious novel about the female midlife crisis from the star columnist, Twitter queen and author of My Life On A Plate, Don’t You Want Me and Comfort And Joy.

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Neil Jordan talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Mistaken

Hay Festival 2011, 
The film-maker (The Crying Game, Michael Collins) and writer (The Past, Sunrise With Sea Monster) discusses his haunting and thrilling new novel about identity, duality and loss.

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Beth Shapiro

How To Clone a Mammoth

Hay Festival 2015, 

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. The evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ‘ancient DNA’ research guides us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used to resurrect the past.

Beth Shapiro

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G R Gemin

Sweet Pizza

Hay Festival 2016, 

The writer’s new novel has immigration at its heart. It is the story of Joe’s struggle to save the family-run café in Bryn Mawr that was started before the war by his Italian great-great grandfather. He vows to keep it open, and find out more about his past at the same time, as well as trying to bring a diverse town together through good food and fine times.

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