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Gilbert & George talk to Michael Bracewell

Hay Festival 2011, 
The artists discuss their pictures with the author of the text for The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert & George.

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Dave Eggers with Valentino Achak Deng

What is the What

Hay Festival 2007, 
The true story of the courage and endurance of a boy wrenched by conflict from his Sudanese family home and joining thousands of other orphans on the exodus to Ethiopia. Chaired by David Freeman.

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Steve Dring talks to Kitty Corrigan

Growing Underground

Hay Festival 2017, 

With an increasing population, climate change and concerns about food (in)security, new and innovative farming methods are required. Steve Dring started the UK’s first underground farm based in disused air raid shelters, growing herbs and salad plants.

Steve Dring talks to Kitty Corrigan

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David Nash

Blasphemy in the Christian World

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Nash seeks to understand why this medieval offence of ‘denial or denigration of God’ has reappeared to become a distinctly modern presence in the West.

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James Campbell

Comedy For Kids

Hay Festival 2015, 
Back by popular demand, it’s James Campbell, with a show for children over six, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. James might or might not discuss scooters, Scottish country dancing and what we’ll do with all these gregarious giraffes.
6+ years
James Campbell

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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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Irving Finkel

The Ark Before Noah

Hay Festival 2014, 

One day in 2008 a member of the public brought a cuneiform tablet into the British Museum. Flood expert Dr Irving Finkel reveals how decoding the symbols on this 4,000-year-old piece of clay enable a radical new interpretation of the Noah’s Ark myth.

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Steve Jones

Why Intelligent Design is Stupid

Hay Festival 2007, 
Scientists are professional pessimists, always dubious about what they find. Believers, in contrast, are certain: full of joy that their own Big Book contains the truth. The geneticist talks about science and faith as conflicting explanations of what we are; and how biology, in the end, is blind.

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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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Cricket

Shehan Karunatikala, Kamila Shamsie and Khademul Islam chaired by Sandip Roy

Dhaka 2012, 
Shehan Karunatikala's novel Chinaman is about a legendary cricketer; Kamila Shamsie is a member of the Author's Cricket Club, and Khademul Islam is a lifelong fan of the sport. They talk about the allure of the game with Sandip Roy.

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Derek Niemann

Birds In A Cage

Hay Festival 2013, 

The remarkable untold story of a group of POWs who, through a shared love of birds, overcame hunger, hardship and boredom to bring purpose and dignity to their lives behind barbed wire. Under the gaze of Nazi guards, they founded a secret bird-watching society, and their legacy lives on in institutions such as the RSPB and the British Wildlife Trust.

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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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Sean Davies and Mike Davies

The Last King Of Wales

Hay Festival 2013, 

Gruffudd ap Llywelyn took control of SE Wales in 1055. He then turned his attention to Herefordshire and the border country. He attacked the city of Hereford and destroyed the Cathedral. He wintered at Llangorse Lake and in 1056 he scored a major victory over an English army near Glasbury-on-Wye.

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Monty Halls

The Fisherman's Apprentice

Hay Festival 2012, 
The story of our fishermen's fight for survival, told from firsthand experience. Accompanying the BBC 2 series of the same name, Monty spends a year working as a fisherman from Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall, the last defiant outpost of Britain's traditional fishing industry. Through relentless labour of working on his own boat and the drama of great spiralling storms, Monty experiences a way of life that is quietly dying. Exploring the impact of industrial scale trawling on our small-scale fishing industry, with consumer advice on how we can save it and sustain it for the future, this is the story of British fishing today.

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Shaun Hill talks to Matthew Norman

True Taste Chefs of Wales 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Michelin-starred chef-patron of the legendary Walnut Tree near Abergavenny, in conversation with the food critic of The Daily Telegraph.

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Norman Davies

The Open University Lecture: Vanished Kingdoms

Hay Festival 2012, 
How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? Europe’s history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now vanished. The historian peers through the cracks in mainstream history writing and listens to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries.
 

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón in conversation with Ana Gavín

Segovia 2014, 

Ignacio Martínez de Pisón talks to Ana Gavín about his latest novel La buena reputación, a family history that covers a number of generations and takes the reader through different Spanish cities, up to the present day. A panorama of relationships and experiences to make the reader reflect on life.

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Charlie English

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2017, 

A medieval centre of learning, Hay’s twin-town was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology to astronomy. When al-Qaeda–linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. This is their story. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Salman Rushdie and Tishani Doshi

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist discusses contemporary American culture, so presciently imagined in his latest novel The Golden House, freedom of speech, language, literature, love and death. Few writers have such a keen sense of human absurdity, and such a spectacular gift for telling its stories.

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Discover The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 1

Hay Festival 2009, 
Back by popular demand, authors long listed for this prestigious award share the secrets of their success with Julia Eccleshare. Previous winners include Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness, Jacqueline Wilson and Meg Rosoff.

Participating authors announced in May at: www.hayfestival.com/hayfever

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José María Beneyto and Gianni Buiquicchio in conversation with José Manuel Calvo

What is the future of democracy in Europe?

Segovia 2013, 

The economic crisis has shown the fragility of institutions and the need for stronger citizen participation.  It has also demonstrated a generation of civil society aware of the importance of European culture and of defending human rights. José María Beneyto, writer, lawyer and vice-president of the European Council, deals with these topics with the President of Venice Commission, Gianni Buiquicchio, in a conversation moderated by José Manuel Calvo, subdirector and chief of Op-Ed in EL PAÍS.


Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.


Co-organized with European Council.

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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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Philippa Gregory, Anthony Mason

Dispatches From the Sex Wars

Hay Festival 2000, 
A double-headed examination of the writing by men and women on men and women from troubadours to tarts from the best-selling author of Earthly Joys, Virgin Earth, and A Respectable Trade. Even-handedly savage and wildly entertaining.

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Frank Close

Neutrino

Hay Festival 2011, 
What are these most enigmatic particles in the universe? And how may they have shaped the balance between matter and anti-matter?

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Jo Hodgkinson

My Friend Nigel

Hay Festival 2013, 

Billy’s best friend is a snail called Nigel, which has hilarious repercussions. From the award-winning creator of The Talent Show.

4+ years