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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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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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Conspiracies

Anis Ahmed and Mohammed Hanif talk to Sameer Rahim

Dhaka 2012, 
Mohammed Hanif is the author of A Case of Exploding Mangoes, a dark, funny novel about the assassination of Ziaul Haque. Anis Ahmed's debut collection, Good Night, Mr Kissinger features a man faced with opportunity to kill Henry Kissinger. Moderated by The Telegraph, UK's Sameer Rahim.

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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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Tara Westover talks to David Runciman

Educated

Hay Festival 2018, 

Westover’s memoir Educated is fast achieving the status of a contemporary classic. She grew up in a remote corner of the American West preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government she didn’t exist. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At 16 Tara decided to educate herself. Her struggle for knowledge would take her far from the Idaho mountains, over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far. If there was still a way home.

Tara Westover talks to David Runciman

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Ed Stourton

Diary of a Dog Walker

Hay Festival 2011, 
The journalist considers his Time Spent Following a Lead – and the conversations, engagements and digressions that he and his best friend encounter.

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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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Susie Dent

Words of the Year

Hay Festival 2009, 
Do you know your kettlebell from your knork? Countdown’s cult language guru parses the patois.

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Francine Stock chairs Herefordshire students

Concern Universal?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Should we cut Overseas Development when climate change, religious fundamentalism, resource scarcity and the crunch are all global problems? Young advocates lead a debate on priorities for our national purse, and tell the new government what they think.
Francine Stock chairs Herefordshire students

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Trevor Fishlock and Dafydd Elis Thomas

Senedd @ 10

Hay Festival 2011, 
The journalist examines the architectural and environmental credentials of Richard Rogers’ iconic Welsh Assembly building, a symbol of both nationhood and new democracy, with the National Assembly's presiding office.

Read more about the Senedd building here  http://www.graffeg.com/products/senedd-english-paperback

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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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Catherine Gee, Duncan Cunningham, and Imogen Green

Finding Love in the Countryside

Hay Festival 2016, 

Discover the good, the bad and intriguing world of online dating and rural matchmaking with Farmer Wants a Wife presenter Catherine Gee. Duncan Cunningham is founder of The Dating Lab, which has launched dozens of dating sites including Country Living Magazine’s own country-loving.co.uk. After seeing tens of thousands of dating profiles he knows the difference between eye-catching and off-putting. Country Living columnist and author Imogen Green, has written extensively about her personal experience of rural romance and will share her highlights and low points. Followed by a drinks reception to chat to the speakers and meet like-minded country singletons. Who knows where it might lead?

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Olivia Party

Hay Festival 2010, 
Everyone’s favourite little pig comes to Hay for songs, stories, dancing and dressing up. Don’t forget to dress up too!
 
4–7 years

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Les Dennis

Must The Show Go On?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rollercoaster showbiz memoir: Les Dennis tells all to Phil Rickman.

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Mary Warnock and Elisabeth McDonald

Easeful Death

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mary Warnock and Elisabeth McDonald examine the philosophical and ethical issues around assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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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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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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Bryn Williams

True Taste Chefs of Wales 4

Hay Festival 2011, 
The chef patron of Odette’s and author of Bryn’s Kitchen discusses his cooking with QI gastronome John Mitchinson.

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Tariq Ramadan

Islam: The Essentials

Hay Festival 2017, 

Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women’s rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam is – or is not. Here’s an introduction to the basics from the Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Tariq Ramadan

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Wendy Cope

Hay Festival 2008, 
The poet reads from her magical collection Two Cures For Love.

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Wole Soyinka talks to Nik Gowing

Writing on the Wall of Silence

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Nigerian Nobel Laureate talks about freedom of expression, the need to articulate truths and the power of literature.

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Sarah Chayes and Luke Harding, with Oliver Bullough

Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security

Hay Festival 2016, 

The world is blowing up. Every day a new blaze seems to ignite: the bloody implosion of Iraq and Syria; the East-West standoff in Ukraine; abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria. Is there some thread tying these frightening international security crises together? In a riveting account that weaves history with fast-moving reportage and insider accounts from the Afghanistan war, Sarah Chayes identifies the unexpected link: corruption. Since the late 1990s, corruption has reached such an extent that some governments resemble glorified criminal gangs, bent solely on their own enrichment. These kleptocrats drive indignant populations to extremes-ranging from revolution to militant puritanical religion. Chayes is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of The Punishment of Virtue. Harding is the author of A Very Expensive Poison [see event 83] and one of the journalists on the Panama Papers story. They talk to Oliver Bullough, Orwell Prize shortlisted author of Let Our Fame Be Great and the writer and presenter of the film about Ukranian corruption Bloody Money [see event 443].

Sarah Chayes and Luke Harding, with Oliver Bullough

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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

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Chris Tarrant talks to Paul Blezard

Dad’s War

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster discusses his memoir: a profoundly moving and heartfelt tribute to a much-loved father who was involved in some of WWII’s most significant campaigns, including the Dunkirk evacuation and the D-Day landings; and a sincere and humble commemoration of the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers of WWII.

Chris Tarrant talks to Paul Blezard

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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.