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Joanna Nadin & Tamsyn Murray

Ghosts, Gossip & Glee

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the lovely authors of Buttercup Mash and My So-Called Phantom Lovelife for a chat about their new characters Buttercup Jones and Skye Thackery.
 
10+ years Rib Ticklers

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Leo Hickman

Will Jellyfish Rule The World?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Calling all mini eco-worriers! There is no getting away from it, you are the future. No pressure. But fear not, help is at hand from green guru Leo Hickman.  Come and quiz him on how we can save the planet one step at a time.

9 years +

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John Simpson

We Chose to Speak of War and Strife: The World of the Foreign Correspondent

Hay Festival 2017, 

The BBC World Affairs Editor tells the stories of journalists reporting from the frontlines – from Crimea and Vietnam to Mosul.  Chaired by Matt Frei.

John Simpson

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What Does China Think?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mark Leonard overturns our accepted misconceptions about the new superpower, examining the internal intellectual currents and arguments that are reforming society and culture.

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Mansoura Ez Eldin, Habib Selmi and Khaled Khalifa in conversation with Fadi Tofeili

Writers and witnesses

Beirut 2012, 
These three finalists of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction are living through remarkable changes in their own countries. They join us to share thoughts about literature, social change and the role of writers, and to tell us about their recent work. Mansoura ez eldin (egypt) was shortlisted for the 2010 Arabic Booker Prize for her acclaimed second novel Beyond Paradise. She also runs the book review section of the distinguished egyptian literary magazine Akhbar al-Adab. Habib Selmi (Tunisia) has published eight novels, four of which have been translated into French with Actes Sud, and two into German. His novel The Scents of Marie-Claire was shortlisted for the 2009 IPAF, with an english translation published by Arabia Books in 2010; his book The Women of al-Basateen was also shortlisted for the IPAF in 2012. Khaled Khalifa (Syria) attracted worldwide media attention with his 2006 novel In Praise of Hatred (Madih al-Karahiya) which was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Chaired by Fadi Tofeili, editor of Portal 9.
 
Event in Arabic
With the support of IPAF

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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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Karina Urbach

Go Betweens for Hitler

Hay Festival 2016, 

The untold story of how some of Germany’s top aristocrats contributed to Hitler’s secret diplomacy during the Third Reich, providing a direct line to their influential contacts and relations across Europe - especially in Britain, where they included press baron and Daily Mail owner Lord Rothermere and the future King Edward VIII.

Karina Urbach

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Lucy Worsley

If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home

Hay Festival 2011, 
Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up?

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María Jimena Duzán and Cristian Alarcón with Pablo Ordaz

The Inconvenient Truth: Journalism and Investigation

Cartagena 2011, 
María Jimena Duzán is a journalist, active in Colombia, who has recently published Mi viaje al infierno, a dramatic testimony telling of her sister’s murder by a paramilitary group. The Argentinean journalist Cristian Alarcón presents Si me querés, quereme transa, a work about the drug trade and the result of six months of arduous investigation. Both will talk to Pablo Ordaz, El País’s Mexico correspondent, about the difficulties of investigative journalism and reporting in today’s world.

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Peter Snow

To War With Wellington

Hay Festival 2011, 
A profile of Britain’s greatest military commander From the Peninsula to Waterloo. Chaired by Michael Prodger.

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Daniel Swift

Bomber County

Hay Festival 2011, 
In early June 1943, James Eric Swift, a pilot with 83 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, boarded his Lancaster bomber for a night raid on Münster and disappeared. Searching for his grandfather, the author examines the relationship between the bombing campaigns of the Second World War and poetry.
 
Read a review of Bomber County www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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Andrew Miller talks to Jon Gower

Pure

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist discusses his Costa Award-winning Pure. Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it.

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Peter Gray

Wings of Modernity

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the Avro 504 reconnaissance planes first used in 1914 to the Stealth Bombers and Predator Drones of today, the Director of the Centre for War Studies charts the technological innovation that developed aeroplanes into super-effective war machines. Chaired by Con Coughlin, Defence Editor of The Telegraph.

Peter Gray

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Anne Enright talks to Anita Anand

Fictions – The Green Road

Hay Festival 2015, 

A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland’s Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion – a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we learn to fill them. The children of Rosaleen Madigan leave the west of Ireland for lives they never could have imagined in Dublin, New York and various third-world towns. In her early old age their difficult, wonderful mother announces that she’s decided to sell the house and divide the proceeds. Her adult children come back for a last Christmas, with the feeling that their childhoods are being erased, their personal history bought and sold.

The Man Booker-winning novelist (The Gathering) is addicted to the truth of things. Sentence by sentence, there are few writers alive who can invest the language with such torque and gleam, such wit and longing – who can write dialogue that speaks itself aloud, who can show us the million splinters of her characters’ lives then pull them back up together again, into a perfect glass.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books.

Photo: Hugh Chaloner

Anne Enright talks to Anita Anand

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John Cassy in conversation with Carolina Angarita

The future of television

Cartagena 2011, 
The journalist John Cassy is the director of the British TV channel Sky Arts, after a career working for The Guardian, The Express and the Wall Street Journal; this channel provides an innovative approach to information. John will speak about the possibility of innovation played by the media in the treatment of information, and its future within a context of tecnological advances and new consumer patterns, with Carolina Angarita, journalist and executive producer of RCN. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Mitchell Symons

Don’t Wipe Your Bum on a Hedgehog

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ‘revolting reference’ expert and twice Blue Peter Book Prize- winner makes his debut at Hay to take a weird and wonderful look at life.
 
8+ years

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Janey Louise Jones

Super Fairies: Dancer the Wild Pony

Hay Festival 2016, 

Brave, kind and always helpful, the Superfairies of Peaseblossom Wood love nothing more than solving a problem using their superskills and petal power to achieve fantastic results. Find out more about the magical talents of these tiny and resourceful helpers.

6+

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David O’Doherty and Chris Judge

Danger is Everywhere

Hay Festival 2015, 
Do you enjoy enjoyment? Do you find danger dangerous? Come and join award-winning comedian David O’Doherty and illustrator Chris Judge for a hilarious lesson in Dangerology. Inspired by the notebooks of the enigmatic and ultra-cautious Dangerologist, David and Chris prepare you for many of life’s dangers through Docter Noel Zone’s unique BSTs (Basic Safety Tips) and many other useful acronyms. Come and discover what to do if a shark comes out of the loo or a volcano erupts underneath your house. Perfect for worriers, young and old.
7+ years
David O’Doherty and Chris Judge

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Jacqueline Mitton

The John Maddox Lecture – From Dust to Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

The origin and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. The astronomer explains how the celestial objects that make up the solar system arose from common beginnings billions of years ago, and how scientists and philosophers have sought to unravel this mystery, piecing together the clues that enabled them to deduce the solar system’s layout, its age, and the most likely way it formed.

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Simon Thirsk and Tessa Hadley

Fictions: Dragons

Hay Festival 2011, 
Hadley’s The London Train is a remarkable portrayal of a man and woman whose lives collide on the Cardiff to London train. In Thirsk’s Not Quite White, the young Jon Bull is sent by Westminster to Wales’ last remaining Welsh-speaking town to see why all attempts to bring it into the twenty-first century have failed. Chaired by Anita Sethi.

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Roy Hattersley

The Devonshires

Hay Festival 2013, 

The story of the Cavendish family and the first eight Dukes of Devonshire is the story of England. From 1381, when Sir John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England, was killed during the Peasant’s Revolt, to 1906, when the Duke of Devonshire’s resignation brought down the Tory government, the family’s fortunes and misfortunes mirrored the life of the nation.

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Howard Marks talks to Jon Gower

Hay Festival 2011, 
Mr Nice talks nasty with the launch of his Cardiff-set crime novel Sympathy for the Devil.

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William Hague

William Wilberforce

Hay Festival 2007, 
The charismatic Parliamentarian celebrates the great abolitionist.

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Sharon Creech & Eleanor Updale

The Unfinished Angel & Johnny Swanson

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two acclaimed authors with a gift for transporting their readers to worlds past and magical come together for the first time at Hay. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.
 
8–12 years

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Timothy Phillips and Åsne Seierstad

Beslan

Hay Festival 2007, 
330 parents and children died in the siege, which ended in a terrible gun battle on 3 September 2004. The author of The Tragedy of School No.1 discusses the human story and its wider context in the Caucasus with the Norwegian foreign correspondent. Chaired by Julie Etchingham who covered the news story for Sky News.