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Fred Pearce

The Landgrabbers

Hay Festival 2012, 
A superb piece of investigative journalism that reveals the unprecedented land grab from the plains of Africa to the jungles and prairies of South America, as Wall Street speculators, Gulf oil sheiks, Chinese entrepreneurs and robber barons raid the last fertile corners of the world.

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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

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Francine Stock chairs Herefordshire students

Concern Universal?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Should we cut Overseas Development when climate change, religious fundamentalism, resource scarcity and the crunch are all global problems? Young advocates lead a debate on priorities for our national purse, and tell the new government what they think.
Francine Stock chairs Herefordshire students

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Linda Davies

Fictions: Longbow Girl

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Join Linda Davies for an exploration of her new young adults novel – a rip-roaring time-slip adventure set in the Black Mountains of Wales. This is a must-read for anyone who loves strong heroines, history, ponies and captivating storytelling – and the author might even bring her longbow along…

11+ years
Linda Davies

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Rupert Thomson and Horatio Clare

Self-Exposure

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two autobiographers, authors of This Party’s Got to Stop and Truant: Notes from the Slippery Slope discuss the risks and liberties of disclosure in the memoir with Consultant Clinical Psychologist Benna Waites.

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Beast Quest Duel

Hay Festival 2011, 
Calling all valiant knights and questors! Six mystical beasts are guarding magical golden armour for the evil wizard Malvel. Help the good wizard Aduro, in this interactive event, to solve cryptic puzzles and free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell. Exclusive goodies for all participants...
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Poetry Masterclass 2

Ben Okri and Keguro Macharia

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
The second poetry masterclass is led by Nigerian-born poet Ben Okri (An African Elegy and Mental Flight) and Kenyan poet Keguro Macharia, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.

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Thomas Keneally talks to Damian Barr

Fictions – The Great War

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker-winner’s The Daughters Of Mars vividly experiences the Dardanelles and the Western Front in the First World War through the eyes of two Australian nurses.

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Diarmaid MacCulloch

The British Academy Platform: Sex and the West

Hay Festival 2015, 

As society becomes more liberal, the Churches often seem more entrenched. The Oxford historian explores how Western Christianity’s complex and often divisive ideas about sex, marriage and gender have their roots in a story that began 3,000 years ago. Chaired by Anita Anand.

Diarmaid MacCulloch

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Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

The Lost Words

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The creators of this year’s most staggeringly beautiful book read and present their collaboration. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – dandelion, otter, bramble, acorn – all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Macfarlane and Morris offer a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustrations by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

The Lost Words is our Hay Festival Book of the Year 2017

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Colin Javens talks to Oliver Balch

Dream Drive Love

Winter Weekend 2013, 

After a serious spinal injury at the age of 19, Colin’s life was drastically changed forever, and the dreams he had intended to pursue then seemed impossible. But rather than despairing and accepting the limitations of his wheelchair, he chose a path of quiet determination – and has since driven across the world, encountered endless adventures and found friendship, laughter and love.

There will be a charity collection following the event.

Colin Javens talks to Oliver Balch

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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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Everything Will Be Fine (and other lies I tell myself)

Hay Festival 2013, 

Cathy Brett’s stylish, funny and thought-provoking graphic novels include Verity Fibbs and Scarlett Dedd. The design lecturer and former fashion illustrator will tell you how she does it.

Duration 60 mins.

13+ years

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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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Tracey Corderoy

Monty & Milli

Hay Festival 2012, 
Monty and Milli are the best magical mice duo ever! Or they would be if their tricks ever worked. Come and see their adventure brought to life with puppet, magic tricks and games.
 
5-7 years

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Gilbert & George talk to Michael Bracewell

Hay Festival 2011, 
The artists discuss their pictures with the author of the text for The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert & George.

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Mary Warnock and Elisabeth McDonald

Easeful Death

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mary Warnock and Elisabeth McDonald examine the philosophical and ethical issues around assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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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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Gerry Stembridge

Kells 2013, 

The writer, director and actor, co-creator with Dermot Morgan of satirical comedy radio programme Scrap Saturday, talks about his novels, The Effect of Her and Unspoken, his tales of Ireland in the 60's and 70's.

‘Extraordinarily vivid, knowing and satisfyingly irreverent’ – John Banville. ‘Gerry Stembridge is an outstanding Irish artist’ – Irish Independent.

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Rosalind Rickaby, Nicole Grobert and Alicia El Haj

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things 2017

Hay Festival 2017, 

From nanomaterials and ancient oceans to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, three Royal Society Research Fellows introduce and discuss their work at the forefront of science with climatologist and broadcaster Gabrielle Walker.

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Tahmima Anam

Reformations 12: Borders

Hay Festival 2017, 

In a time of international turbulence and insecurity; a time when the world is seeing migrations of people escaping from the immediate terrors of war and the disruptions of climate change; at a time of multiple and fluid identities, the novelist from Bangladesh interrogates the notion of national borders. Where do you draw the line? She re-imagines the walls and checkpoints as places of welcome and refuge. Anam is the author of A Golden Age, The Good Muslim and The Bones of Grace. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Tahmima Anam

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Siri Hustvedt talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Living, Thinking, Looking

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation based on the novelist’s book of essays that is framed around: Living, which draws on her own life; Thinking, on memory, emotion and the imagination; and Looking, on art and artists. She explores how we see, remember, feel and interact with others; what it means to sleep, dream and speak; and what we mean by ‘self’.

Siri Hustvedt talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Francis Pryor

The Birth of Modern Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ranging over topics as diverse as the birth of modern agriculture, the growth of towns and cities, and the development of roads, canals and railways, the historian takes us on A Journey into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 to the Present. Chaired by Michael Prodger.
 
Read an article about Francis Pryor www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/
 
 
 

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Simon Scarrow

Fictions – Medieval History

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sword And Scimitar is set in 1565, Malta: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation.

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Ciaran Murtagh

A Prehistoric Poo Party

Hay Festival 2011, 
Star of CBBC’s The Slammer joins us for comedy, capers and cave-boy antics with his latest Charlie Flint adventure.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers