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Libby Purves

Shadow Child

Hay Festival 2009, 
There is no right way to deal with the loss of a beloved son. Against her husband’s wishes, Marion determines to find out more about her son’s life away from home. The broadcaster’s novel subtly and brilliantly explores a modern family in crisis.

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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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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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Péter Esterházy, Georg von Habsburg and Arpad Von Lazar

Segovia 2014, 

The internationally famous writer Péter Esterházy is well-known for his work Harmonia Caelestis, which tells the story of his aristocratic ancestors during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when Haydn composed music in his family’s palace. The grandson of the last prime minister of the Austro-Hungarian Empire talks to the grandson of the last Emperor, HM Georg von Habsburg. Chaired by Arpad von Lazar, Emeritus Professor of the Fletcher School of Tufts University (USA) and member of the advisory board of IE University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish

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Lauren St John

Laura Marlin Mysteries

Hay Festival 2011, 
Messages in bottles, forbidden caves; adventure is never far away when Laura moves to Cornwall in this new Blue Peter award winning series from the beloved creator of White Giraffe.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Tristram Hunt

The World, by Design: The Victoria & Albert Museum in an age of Brexit, BRICS and Netflix

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new Director of the V&A explores the role of culture and curation in a world turning on a new axis, where intelligence is artificial and some pots are still priceless; where a common wealth of resources and makers can fashion global treasures.

Tristram Hunt

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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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Mark Watson is Crap at the Environment

Hay Festival 2008, 
And he's one of the funniest stand-ups around - acute, surprising and conveying a sense of delight - a real pleasure.

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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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Stella Tillyard and Andrew Miller talk to Peter Guttridge

Fictions: Then and Now

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian’s first fiction Tides of War is an epic, panoramic novel about love and war, set in Regency England and Spain during the Peninsular War; Miller’s Pure is set in 1785, as a young engineer is charged with demolishing Paris’ oldest cemetery.
 

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Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

The Index Debate: Diss My Mother: Expect a Punch

Hay Festival 2015, 

What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer?

Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

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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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Atinuke

Hay Festival 2012, 
This inspiring storyteller makes her debut at Hay to introduce Anna Hibiscus and her No.1 Car Spotter series - bright and plucky adventures in West Africa.
 
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Jerry Brotton

Reformations 14: Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of This Orient Isle asks how we understand Shakespeare in a global world when his language seems more remote than ever. Drawing on his recent involvement in international productions of Macbeth and Othello he explains how Shakespearean character and language is created through rehearsal and stage action. He concludes by arguing that schools should stop studying the plays as words on the page but instead rehearse and perform them however they can.  

Jerry Brotton

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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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Javier Cercas

The Raymond Williams Lecture: The Anatomy of a Moment

Hay Festival 2011, 
In February 1981, just as Spain was finally leaving Franco’s dictatorship and during the first democratic vote in parliament for a new prime minister, Colonel Tejero and a band of right-wing soldiers burst into the Spanish parliament and began firing shots. Only three members of Congress defied the incursion and did not dive for cover. The pre-eminent Spanish novelist discusses the relationship between history and fiction. Chaired by Jon Gower.
 
Read a recent interview with Javier Cercas www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jun/15/fiction.culture

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ShaoLan Hsueh

Chineasy

Hay Festival 2014, 

Come and enjoy your first lesson in Mandarin with the teacher who has developed an extraordinary accessible method of learning the Chinese language.

ShaoLan Hsueh

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Jenny Lees talks to Corisande Albert

Arabian Dreams

Hay Festival 2015, 

A conversation with the owner of Pearl Island Arabians based in Herefordshire, one of the most successful stud farms in the world, breeding from pure Bahraini bloodlines. She talks about her work with horses and her racy novels in the Seven Bands of Gold series, which recall the bestselling tales of Harold Robbins. Jenny is a member of the Hay Writers Circle. She talks to Corisande Albert, producer of the Horsetales documentaries.

Jenny Lees talks to Corisande Albert

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Sam McBratney in conversation

Guess How Much I Love You

Hay Festival 2015, 

Sam McBratney has won many awards for his children’s books and is best known as the author of the multi-million selling family classic Guess How Much I Love You. He talks about his life and career and what it means to have created one of the world’s most famous picture books – which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Don't miss this chance to hear Sam read his famous story. There will also be a special Guess How Much I Love You goody bag for every child.

9+ years
Sam McBratney in conversation

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Howard Jacobson talks to Peter Florence

The Act of Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comic master pushes obsessional love to a crazy extreme in his outrageous novel. He discusses passion, neurosis and transgression.

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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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Philip Gross

Deep Field

Hay Festival 2012, 
The TS Eliot Prize-winning poet introduces his new collection. In his nineties, Gross’s father, a wartime refugee, began to lose his several languages, first to deafness, then to profound aphasia. Deeply thought as well as deeply felt, these poems reach into that gulf to find him - through recovery of histories both spoken and unspoken as well as an excavation of the spoken word itself. Chaired by Kathryn Gray.

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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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Judith Kerr

Mr Cleghorn’s Seal

Hay Festival 2017, 

Based on a true story about Judith Kerr’s father, Alfred Kerr, who once took in an abandoned seal pup, this life-affirming tale is told with Judith’s signature wit, warmth and keen eye for the absurd. She reminds us all that you’re never too old for a brand new life filled with love and laughter. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

There will be no book-signing after this event, but signed book plates will be available with every book sold in the Festival Bookshop.

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Judith Kerr

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Shigeru Ben talks to Martha Thorne

Budapest 2012, 
The Japanese architect (The Pompidou Centre’s Metz Museum, Japanese Pavilion at Hanover) discusses his work in sustainable materials and his disaster relief work with the Director of the Pritzker Prize. Introduced by Dave Venables (AHEC).
 
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