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Harold Pinter

The PEN Reading

Hay Festival 1997, 
The playwright reads from his own work.

P.E.N. is an international organisation of playwrights, poets, essayists and novelists who defend and champion free speech throughout the world.

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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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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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David Crystal and Vicente Molina Foix

Talking About Shakespeare: Language

Hay Festival 2016, 

What did performances of Shakespeare’s plays sound like in his day? Linguistics professor David Crystal introduces OP (original pronunciation) and marvels at the wonders of the playwright’s revolutionary vocabulary. Molina Foix (who translates Shakespeare for contemporary Spanish theatre) considers the reality that most people in the world discover the great writer’s work in translation.

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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.

8+

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Karrie Fransman

The Power and Potential of Graphic Novels

Hay Festival 2015, 
Following her TEDx talk on the power of comics, join Karrie Fransman to look at why graphic novels are one of the fastest growing categories in publishing. Explore stunning, printed graphic novels, digital, interactive comics and Fransman’s own experimental comics including her book Death of the Artist, in which she embodies five different hedonistic artists to tell their story across watercolour, digital art, photography and collage, taking the graphic novel into entirely new realms. She tells Stephanie Merritt why visual storytelling is entering a golden age.
Karrie Fransman

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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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Menna Elfyn talks to Dafydd Elis Thomas

Hay Festival 2008, 
The poet and playwright, whose latest bilingual collection is Perffaith Nam/Perfect Blemish, discusses her work.

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Zaiba Malik talks to Jo Glanville

We Are A Muslim Please

Hay Festival 2011, 
The award-winning investigative journalist analyses her British and Muslim identities, growing up in Bradford in the 70s and 80s and working undercover and in extreme circumstances in Bangladesh and in the heart of her family.
(Also see event 118)

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Richard Overy

The Morbid Age

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian examines Britain Between the Wars – a time of great anxiety, resonant today, and the fear that the West was facing a possibly terminal crisis of civilization.

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Helen Dunmore talks to Antony Beevor

Fiction: The Betrayal

Hay Festival 2010, 
Stalin’s Leningrad in 1952: when Andrei has to treat the seriously ill child of a senior secret police officer he finds himself and his family caught in an impossible game of life and death.
Helen Dunmore talks to Antony Beevor

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James Sommerin

Michelin Wales: The Crown at Whitebrook

Hay Festival 2010, 
Trained at Farleyer House, the chef won his first Michelin star in 2007 which he has retained ever since. He talks to John Mitchinson.
James Sommerin

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David Aaronovitch

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture

Hay Festival 2016, 

The journalist interrogates the ideas of safe space on campus, the psychology of “vindictive protectionism” and the practice of “no-platforming” speakers. In a political culture that is susceptible to polarisation, where social media amplifies grievance and offence, how do we wield free speech? Aaronovitch discusses his lecture with Clemency Burton-Hill. He talks about his memoir Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists on Sunday 

David Aaronovitch

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Sarah McIntyre

Hay Festival 2015, 
Dinosaurs, pizza, police! The wonderful Sarah McIntyre brings her new picture book Dinosaur Police to Hay. Dinoville Police Station was having a perfectly quiet morning until the phone rang. ‘Red alert!’ hollered Sergeant Stig O’Saurus. ‘There’s a rampaging T-Rex at the pizza factory!’ So join Sarah as she solves the case and gets the audience drawing, roaring and laughing!
6+ years
Sarah McIntyre

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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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Johnny O'Brien

Time-twists And Tudors

Hay Festival 2011, 
Jack Christie is back in The Day of Deliverance, but can he foil the plot to assassinate Elizabeth I? Travel back in time and for the ultimate espionage challenge. Have you got what it takes?
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Jamal Naji with Joumana Haddad

Cartagena 2011, 
Arabic literature continues to be a great unknown in the West. Initiatives such as the IPAF (the Arabic Booker Prize) and Beirut39, have raised awareness of an extremely rich literary tradition. The author Jamal Naji, a Jordanian writer of Palestinian origin, has been a finalist for the prize. He talks to poet and journalist Joumana Haddad about the future of Arabic literature, its challenges, censorship, distribution and profile abroad. 

Simultaneous translation from Arabic to Spanish available

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Globalisation & Technology

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
Writers Hari Kunzru (Transmission and Gods Without Men) and Jonathan Ledgard (Giraffe and Submergence) talk to Dayo Forster about their persepctives on the modern world we live in.

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Michael Gove talks to Rosie Boycott

The Future of Farming and Food

Hay Festival 2018, 

An opportunity to discuss the immediate and longer-term challenges that range across his brief with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Boycott is chair of the London Food Board.

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Vince Gaffney

Doggerland

Hay Festival 2013, 

The incredible history of Doggerland, a country now sunk beneath the North Sea, which once, 6,000 years ago, linked the Yorkshire coast with a stretch of Continental Europe from Denmark to Normandy. The submersion of Doggerland was the last time inhabited areas of land were lost because of changes in climate.

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Cinnamon Press Presents New Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
The launch of Holly Howitt’s brilliantly inventive debut collection of ‘micro-fictions’ Dinner Time and the novella The Fugitive Three by award- winning poet and short story writer Mike Jenkins; they are joined by Kate North, author of the startlingly original Eva Shell.

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Jack Andraka

Breakthrough

Hay Festival 2015, 

The multi-award-winning teen innovator and scientist overcame the skepticism of the academic world, depression and homophobic bullying to invent, at the age of 15, an early-detection test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. It has the potential to be over four hundred times more effective than the medical standard and it costs only 5p per use. Chaired by Alice Key.

Photo: Mark Tucker

Jack Andraka

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 3

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians read the papers for laughs.

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Sergio Renán en conversación con Fernando Méndez-Leite

seguido de la proyección de la película La tregua

Segovia 2009, 
Evento de 1 hora seguido de proyección, con intervalo de 15 minutos

El actor y director de cine y teatro argentino Sergio Renán conversará con el crítico de cine Fernando Méndez-Leite sobre la relación entre cine y literatura, particularmente sobre las novelas de Mario Benedetti Gracias por el fuego y La tregua, llevadas al cine por Renán.

La tregua (1974)
Dirección: Sergio Renán; Duración: 108 min.
Sinopsis: En la vida gris, sin alegrías ni esperanzas de un viudo cincuentón, irrumpe el amor. Un amor profundo y pudoroso por una joven compañera
de trabajo que transforma su rutina en emoción y belleza.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés

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Misha Glenny

McMafia: Crime Without Frontiers

Hay Festival 2008, 
Misha Glenny investigates the global crime boom - Bombay gangs, sex slavery in Israel, Canadian dope, Nigerian investment scams, Brazilian cyber-crime. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.