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James Campbell

Hay Festival 2008, 
Cult kids’ comedian guaranteed to tickle your ribs and your fancy.

Hay Fever 7 yrs +

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Martin Kemp

La Bella Principessa

Hay Festival 2010, 
The story of how his team pieced together the evidence, detailed historical research and technical analysis to uncover the New Masterpiece by Leonardo Da Vinci in October 2009.
Martin Kemp

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Irvine Welsh talks to Andrew O’Hagan

Fictions – A Decent Ride

Hay Festival 2015, 

In his funniest and filthiest novel yet, Welsh celebrates an unreconstructed misogynist hustler – a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent – and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy…

Irvine Welsh talks to Andrew O’Hagan

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Kirmen Uribe and Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Félix Romeo

Segovia 2010, 
The Basque poet and writer Kirmen Uribe, winner of the ‘Premio Nacional de Narrativa’ (‘National Narrative Award’) in 2010, and Santiago Roncagliolo, chosen at Bogotá39 as one of the most promising young writers in Latin American literature, will talk to the critic and writer Félix Romeo about their latest published novels, Bilbao-Nueva York-Bilbao, by Uribe, and Tan cerca de la vida, by Roncagliolo.

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Tilly And Friends

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join picture-book genius Polly Dunbar to find out what Tilly’s friends Hector, Doodle, Tumpty, Tiptoe and Pru have been up to.

4+ years

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Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600 - 1850

Linda Colley talks to Christopher Hitchens

Hay Festival 2003, 
The historian discusses her stories of the flipside if Imperialisim: the soldiers and settlers seized in India and North America, the men and women captured from Devon and Cornwall by Moroccan slavers, or taken at sea by Barbarycorsairs. She explores the parallels with empire today, and the West's relationship with Islam.

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Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Cartes Postales from Greece

Hay Festival 2017, 

The beloved, bestselling author’s new novel is illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind. Hislop’s other Greek novels include The Island and The Thread.

Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Claudia Piñeiro, Mario Mendoza and Santiago Gamboa with Juan David Correa

How to tell a crime

Cartagena 2012, 
Claudia Piñeiro, winner of the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize 2005, is author of Betibú, a story that focuses on the investigation of a crime while painting a picture of Argentina. Mario Mendoza is author of Apocalipsis, a journey through the byways of body and spirit. Santiago Gamboa won the 2009 La Otra Orilla Prize for Necrópolis, a work that describes a universe immersed in violence and destruction. They will talk to the journalist Juan David Correa.

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Rosie Boycott talks to Peter Florence

A Nice Girl Like Me

Hay Festival 2009, 
The journalist discusses her nakedly pitiless classic 1970s memoir of journalism and alcohol addiction.

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Emma Barrett and Sian Williams talk to Rajan Datar

Risk and Resilience

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about risk and resurgence. Barrett is the co-author of Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits, which examines what we can learn from people who embrace high-risk work and life and are attuned to survival. Sian Williams, one the nation’s most trusted broadcasters, is also a trauma assessor. She is the author of Rise: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma (embargoed until 30 May).

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Susana Baca en conversación con Iván Benavides

Cartagena 2013, 
La gran exponente de la música afroperuana conversará sobre su fascinante carrera con el músico, productor y compositor Iván Benavides. Susana Baca, junto con su marido Ricardo Pereira, se ha dedicado a rescatar sonidos afroperuanos que estaban a punto de caer en el olvido. En su larga trayectoria ha recibido numerosos premios, pero el más destacado llegó en 2002 al ganar el Grammy en la categoría de Best Folk Album por su disco Lamento Negro, grabado en 1986. Susana ocupó el cargo de Ministra de Cultura de Perú desde el 28 de julio de 2011 al 10 de diciembre de ese mismo año.

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Alec Ryrie

Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World

Hay Festival 2017, 

500 years ago, Martin Luther challenged the authority of the Pope with a radical new vision of what Christianity could be. The revolution he set in motion has toppled governments, upended social norms, and transformed millions of people’s understanding of their relationship with God. In his dazzling global history charting five centuries of innovation and change, Ryrie makes the case that the world we live in was indelibly shaped by Protestants.

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Chris Packham and Jason Cockcroft

Amazing Animal Journeys

Hay Festival 2016, 

The TV presenter and wildlife champion shares his passion for the natural world and his deep understanding of the animals that live in it. In his latest book he looks at the incredible journeys animals make as they migrate across the globe. He is joined by illustrator Jason Crockcroft.

6+
Chris Packham and Jason Cockcroft

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Alberto Corazón, Jaime Chávarri, Angel Gabilondo and Jordi Teixidor. Chaired by José Manuel Gómez Bravo

75 years of El Guernica, 30 years in Spain

Segovia 2012, 
El Guernica, one of Pablo Picasso’s most emblematic works and one of the greatest masterpieces of the 20th century, and possibly the painting that best embodies the pain and irrationality of war, has turned 75. 2012 also marks the 30th anniversary of its arrival in Spain during the years of the Transition. There are as many Guernicas as there are beholders, there are as many Spanish Transitions as there were citizens to witness it. We confront some of them.
 
Co-organized with the Instituto de Cultura del Sur.

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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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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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The Best Díaz, followed by a Vallenato concert by Leandro Díaz

Cartagena 2010, 
The nickname of one of the characters in Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez, comes from a verse by Leandro Díaz. This popular master of the Vallenato genre, a blind jester – like Homer – comes from a family of musicians. Some of them will accompany him in his debut at the Hay Festival. The journalist Daniel Samper Pizano talks to him about his life and career.

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Ali Sparkes

S.W.I.T.C.H.

Hay Festival 2011, 
Boy or insect? Josh and Danny are in big bug trouble! Come and hear how to write creep crawly adventures and why you might want to think twice before squishing ants in the future.
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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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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Tarzan: The Savage Lands

Hay Festival 2013, 

Andy Briggs brings the Tarzan stories and the Congo alive for a new generation of readers with fascinating research material and a great story.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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David Howell

Out of the Energy Labyrinth

Hay Festival 2007, 
Thatcher’s former Energy Secretary (1979–1981) argues that the climate change debate is on the wrong track to a low carbon future and that energy security is the worldwide key.

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Helen Fielding talks to Viv Groskop

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Hay Festival 2017, 

The world’s favourite singleton is back with a bump. Fielding discusses the (gloriously different) book and film versions of her comic masterpiece.

Helen Fielding talks to Viv Groskop

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Matthew Stevens, Louise Miskell and Sam Blaxland talk with Martin Johnes

Welsh Legends…Or Are They Myths?

Hay Festival 2017, 

The panel questions three of the big legends in Wales. They start with the image of medieval Wales as a nation conquered by England and then briefly set free by Owain Glyndwr. Stevens argues that the Welsh were a people rather than a single nation and that Glyndwr was no national redeemer. The second legend is modern Wales as a land made by coal. Miskell looks at how Welsh industry was far more diverse than this in the late 19th century. The third legend is the idea of Wales as a victim of Conservative oppression. Blaxland shows how the Tories have always enjoyed a strong base of Welsh support and argues that they were key architects of the devolved Welsh state.

Matthew Stevens, Louise Miskell and Sam Blaxland talk with Martin Johnes

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Jan Blake with Raymond Sereba

The Buffalo Woman - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
A hunter kills buffalo and takes the meat back to his village. But the young buffalo calf that watched him kill her mother is determined to make him pay. After many years of planning, the shape-shifting Buffalo Woman goes on a quest for revenge but doesn’t anticipate the lengths a mother will go to in order to protect her son.
 
Delicate and dramatic by turn, their song and music, which includes the extraordinary Dodo mouth bow, cradles the story in a truly evocative soundscape

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Nigel Kennedy in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill

Hay Festival 2015, 

In an informal pre-concert interview, the violinist talks about his approach to music, his Polish band, his 1732 violin made by Carlo Bergonzi of Cremona, jazz, Villa and Vivaldi.

45 mins
Nigel Kennedy in conversation with Clemency Burton-Hill