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Robert Wyatt talks to Simon Reynolds

presented by Domino Recording Co.

Hay Festival 2007, 
Wyatt’s distinctive and emotive voice is instantly recognisable as an instrument of compassion, integrity and, occasionally, righteous indignation. His last studio album Cuckooland was nominated for the Mercury Prize.

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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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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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Will Hutton

How Good We Can Be: Ending the Mercenary Society and Building a Great Country

Hay Festival 2015, 

The journalist and economics commentator examines the state of Britain today and looks forward to a Britain of tomorrow. Hutton argues that allowing the market to decide, irrespective of justice and equity, has led to a capitalism that extracts value rather than creates it – in turn leading to an unequal society organised for the benefit of the top 1%.

Hutton is author of many influential books including The State We’re In, The World We’re In and Them and Us: Changing Britain – Why We Need a Fair Society.

Will Hutton

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Daniel Morden

Greek Myths

Hay Festival 2013, 

Acclaimed storyteller Daniel Morden will bring the Greek myths to life and draw you into the world of Midas, Orpheus, Demeter and Persephone and more.

Duration 45 mins.

8+ years

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William Hague

William Wilberforce

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

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Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Landmarc/Slipstream Debate

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Earlier this year a group of senior business leaders, third sector innovators and participants from government came together in Cardiff to launch a major new opportunity for Wales. Find out how this combines Natural Capital and Social Value to create a step change in both thinking and delivery for all sectors in Wales and join in the discussions in this open event.

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Mat Roberts and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

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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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Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow

The Shed That Fed a Million Children

Hay Festival 2015, 

The extraordinary story of Mary’s Meals: after watching a news bulletin about war-torn Bosnia, two brothers agreed to take a week’s hiatus from work to help. What neither of them expected is that what began as a one-off road trip in a beaten-up Land Rover rapidly grew to become Magnus’s life’s work – leading him to leave his job, sell his house and direct all his efforts into feeding thousands of the world’s poorest children. He talks to Sarah Crompton.

Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow

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Madeleine Bunting

The Plot: A Biography of an English Acre

Hay Festival 2010, 
In her search to understand her father and his attachment to his Yorkshire home the journalist excavates the culture and history of a parcel of land remade and retold by generations of its inhabitants.
Madeleine Bunting

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John Mitchinson & John Lloyd

The QI Zoo: The Book of Animal Ignorance

Hay Festival 2008, 
The gameshow creators marvel at elephants that walk on tiptoe, pigs that shine in the dark, and woodpeckers that have ears on the end of their tongues…

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Revel Guest in conversation with Richard Cruz

Caballo de Batalla / War Horse

Segovia 2012, 
Revel Guest, chair of the Hay Festival and producer of the film War Horse based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, in conversation with Richard Cruz, the stunt co-ordinator and horse master who trained the horses for the film. Chaired by Carlos del Amo, editor of entertainment at Agencia Efe.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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Bodyguard: Hostage

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Chris Bradford, author of the bestselling Young Samurai books introduces his brand new series, Bodyguard, aimed at fans of Cherub and Alex Rider.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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Archie Miles

Heritage Trees of Wales

Hay Festival 2012, 
Steeped in history, surrounded by myth and legend and full of cultural and historical significance, the heritage trees of Wales dominate the Welsh landscape.

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Tishani Doshi in conversation with Malcom Otero Barral

Segovia 2010, 
The prize-winning Indian poet Tishani Doshi, who made her debut as a novelist with The Pleasure Seekers (recently published in Spanish as Los buscadores de placer), will talk to the publisher Malcom Otero Barral about the influence of her Indo-Welsh origins on her novel and about the experience of her first foray into the field of novel writing.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Sheila Hancock talks to Francine Stock

Fictions – Miss Carter’s War

Hay Festival 2015, 

It is 1948 and the young and beautiful Marguerite Carter has lost her parents and survived a terrifying war, working for the SOE behind enemy lines. She returns to England to be one of the first women to receive a degree from the University of Cambridge. Now she pins back her unruly auburn curls, draws a pencil seam up her legs, ties the laces on her sensible black shoes, and sets out towards her future as an English teacher in a girls’ grammar school. Outside the classroom Britain is changing fast, and Miss Carter finds herself caught up in social upheaval, swept in and out of love and forging deep, enduring friendships. The first novel from the actress and award-winning author of The Two of Us and Just Me.

Sheila Hancock talks to Francine Stock

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Daisy Goodwin talks to Peter Florence

The Fortune Hunter

Hay Festival 2014, 

The bestselling author of My Last Duchess introduces her new novel. In 1875 Sisi, the Empress of Austria, is the woman that every man desires and every woman envies. Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything – except happiness. Bored with the stultifying etiquette of the Hapsburg Court and her dutiful but unexciting husband, Franz Joseph, Sisi comes to England to hunt. She comes looking for excitement and she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton, the only man in Europe who can outride her…

Daisy Goodwin talks to Peter Florence

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Norman Foster, Elena Ochoa Foster, Mauricio Vicent and David Trueba

Segovia 2014, 

The publishing house Ivorypress presents its latest book Havana, Autos and Architecture which is inspired by various trips British architect Norman Foster made to Havana, the capital of Cuba. It also focuses on the Cuban passion for classic cars. This event features Mauricio Vicent,who wrote the book, film director David Trueba, architect Norman Foster and the founder and director of Ivorypress, Elena Ochoa Foster.


Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

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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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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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Anne Sebba and Juliet Nicolson talk to Lorna Bradbury

Not the Queen of England

Hay Festival 2012, 
The authors of the biography That Woman - The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and the novel Abdication look at the characters and events that eventually led to the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Rowley Leigh talks to Rosie Boycott

No Place Like Home

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award-winning food writer and chef, founder of Kensington Place and Le Café Anglais, discusses his classic celebration of Seasonal English Cooking.

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Kiran Desai and Stevie Davies talk to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Indian novelist discusses her 2006 Man Booker-winning novel The Inheritance of Loss. Davies introduces her beautiful and politically passionate The Eyrie. They talk to The Guardian's Literary Editor.

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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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Marlborough: England’s Fragile Genius

Hay Festival 2008, 
The historian Richard Holmes profiles John Churchill, C17th Duke of Marlborough, and by all measures Britain’s greatest ever military commander.