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Peter Furtado talks to Oliver Balch

Histories Of Nations: How Their Identities Were Forged

Hay Festival 2013, 

An extraordinary illustrated synthesis of essays by the world’s leading historians about their own countries’ forging of identities. Each one attempts to define the characteristics that embody its sense of nationhood. The countries, large and small, have been selected to represent every continent and every type of state, and range from mature democracies to religious autocracies and one-party states.

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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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Helen Dunmore talks to Alex Clark

Fictions – The Lie

Hay Festival 2014, 

Behind Daniel lie the mud, barbed-wire entanglements and terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life. Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss.

Helen Dunmore talks to Alex Clark

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Edmund de Waal

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture Memory and Memorial: Writing About the End of Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

There is a burgeoning literature on end-of-life writing, on grief, bereavement and memorial. Edmund de Waal talks about mortality and how it is reflected across different genres and art-forms from the poetry of Anne Carson and Max Porter, the memoirs of Paul Kalanithi and Marion Coutts, to the writings of Atul Gawande and Julia Samuel.  He will also discuss his own porcelain installations and collaborations that explore ideas of memorial. The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature, arts and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human. Edmund De Waal, chair of judges for the 2018 prize, is an artist and writer, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes and The White Road.

Edmund de Waal

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Peter Horrocks, AC Grayling, Sarah Churchwell and Karen Usher

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? The Best Universities

Hay Festival 2015, 

More people are going to university in Britain than ever before, and they’re paying to do so. But are the institutions themselves fit for purpose? How could they be better? Horrocks is the new Vice Chancellor of the Open University, Grayling is Master of the independent New College of the Humanities in London, Churchwell is Professor for the Public Understanding of the Humanities at UEA, Usher is the co-leader of the newest university in Britain, the New Model in Technology and Engineering in Hereford.

Peter Horrocks, AC Grayling, Sarah Churchwell and Karen Usher

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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

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Tony Wrigley chaired by George Monbiot

Cambridge Series 6: Opening Pandora’s Box – A New Look at the Industrial Revolution

Hay Festival 2011, 
Eminent economic historian Professor Sir Tony Wrigley explains how fossil fuel allowed the Industrial Revolution to continue and sustained economic growth to occur. He explains why all previous industrial revolutions foundered, and why this one has opened Pandora's Box, releasing previously unknown new forces: massively greater standards of living and unprecedented environmental and social perils.

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Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Hay Festival 2012, 
Happy 110th Birthday, Peter! Hop along to this charming storytelling party where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. Help Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and send him on his journey home.
 
3+ years

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Andrew Feinstein

The Shadow World

Hay Festival 2012, 
The corruption, cover-ups and deals between governments and corporations; and the revolving-door relationships that characterise the US Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex - Inside the Global Arms Trade.

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Ed Vere

Bedtime for Monsters

Hay Festival 2011, 
What if a monster were looking for a you-shaped bedtime snack? GULP! Fear not, the brilliant creator of Chick, Mr Big and Banana! returns to Hay with so much energy even the biggest of tummy rumbles will be silenced.
 
3–5 years Goosebumps 

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Jonathon Porritt in conversation with Andy Fryers

The World Wildlife Fund at 50

Hay Festival 2011, 
The WWF ambassador examines the evolution of conservation. What have we learnt, and how do we address the challenges facing us for a sustainable future where people and nature thrive?
 
Read more by and about Jonathon Porritt www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jonathonporritt

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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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Francine Stock, Tim Robey, William Nicholson and Bruce Robinson

Nobody’s Perfect: Golden Words From the Silver Screen

Hay Festival 2015, 

What makes a great screenplay? Structure? Dialogue? Can it take us places a novel can’t reach? Francine Stock of The Film Programme, Tim Robey, The Telegraph film critic, Oscar-winning (Gladiator) playwright of Mandela, Shadowlands and Les Miserables, Bill Nicholson and the legendary director and screenwriter of Withnail and I, Jennifer 8 and The Rum Diaries debate the strengths of their favourite film scripts and recommend a top ten screenplays of all time list. To join the conversation and make your own arguments for favourite movie scripts, please post on Hay Festival’s Facebook page or Twitter @hayfestival #nobodysperfect.

Francine Stock, Tim Robey, William Nicholson and Bruce Robinson

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Nicola Davies

Animal Conservation: Heroes of the Wild

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include Ice BearBig Blue WhaleExtreme Animals and Gaia Warriors. She was one of the original presenters of the BBC children’s wildlife programme The Really Wild Show and is the author of the classics A First Book of Nature and Everything You Need To Know About Animals. Join her to hear about her latest books in her Heroes of the Wild series, and about her animal conservation work.
7+ years
Nicola Davies

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Robert Scourfield

The Inaugural Smith-Soldat Memorial Lecture – The Buildings of Wales: Powys

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Detailing all the buildings of significance in the historic counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire and Breconshire, this final volume of the Pevsner Buildings of Wales series details hill-forts, ruined castles, medieval churches, manor houses and industrial buildings. In conversation with Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales.


Due to popular demand, a repeat of this event will take place on Sunday 1 December at 3.30pm – please see event 52.

Robert Scourfield

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Lyndall Gordon with Emily Woof

Lives Like Loaded Guns

Hay Festival 2010, 
The biographer sees the great poet as ‘a soul at white heat’ as she explores Emily Dickinson and her family’s feuds. With readings by actress Emily Woof.

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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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Shaun Hill talks to Matthew Norman

True Taste Chefs of Wales 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Michelin-starred chef-patron of the legendary Walnut Tree near Abergavenny, in conversation with the food critic of The Daily Telegraph.

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Abi Morgan talks to Francine Stock

Screenwriter

Hay Festival 2012, 
An interview with the screenwriter of Shame, The Iron Lady, The Hour and Birdsong.

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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Hay Festival 2011, 
The hilarious and inspiring story of one man’s unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book. A comic masterpiece.

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Andrew Edgar

Cardiff Series 5 - Sport, Ethics and the Olympics

Hay Festival 2012, 
What are the ethical issues that are posed by sporting competition in general and the Olympics in particular? Where does society place sport as a source of moral values and what are the problems that cheating and unsporting conduct pose to athletes, spectators, sponsors and funding bodies?
 

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Anthony Holden

The Housman Lecture 2015: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2015, 

This year’s lecture is given by the editor of the best-selling and fabulous anthology Poems That Make Grown Men Cry. 100 men – distinguished in literature and film, science and architecture, theatre and human rights – confess to being moved to tears by poems that haunt them. Representing twenty nationalities and ranging in age from their early 20s to their late 80s they admit to breaking down when ambushed by great art, often in words as powerful as the poems themselves.

Anthony Holden

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Chrissie Gittins

The Humpback’s Wail

Hay Festival 2010, 
Making cream cakes for pop stars, sweet-smelling pirates and postcards from bathrooms: anything is possible in poetry. Come and hear one of the brightest children’s poets, fresh from CBBC’s Poetry Pie.
 
7+ years

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Tim Richardson

What Makes American Gardens American?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Lusciously illustrated lecture ranging from Jefferson’s C18th landscapes in North Carolina to exciting new designers such as Topher Delaney in San Francisco and Martha Schwartz in New Mexico.
Tim Richardson

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Cressida Cowell

Vikings, Pirates and Dragonese

Hay Festival 2007, 
A lively journey through the slapstick adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, helmed by his creator Cressida Cowell.

Hay Fever 7–9 yrs