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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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Franny Armstrong, Liz Crow and Jasvinder Sanghera talk to Rosie Boycott

Here We Stand

Hay Festival 2014, 

Contributors to Honno’s new anthology about women campaigners discuss how they became politicised, and how they were personally changed by the process of changing the world. Armstrong is director of the climate change blockbuster Age of Stupid, and is now working on a TV drama series based on the true story of the police spies who infiltrated British activist groups and the women who unwittingly had relationships and even children with them. Crow is a disability rights activist and performance artist. Sanghera has won many awards and accolades for her work against honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Antifragile

Hay Festival 2013, 

The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How To Live In A World We Don’t Understand.

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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.
 
7+ years

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Green Dragons’ Den 1

Hay on Earth 1

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from today’s Hay on Earth sustainability workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project. 

Entry this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Green Dragons’ Den 1

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Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

Born to be Wilde

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor previews clips from his forthcoming film about Oscar Wilde’s last days The Happy Prince and of Yentob's imagine… BBC documentary film about his life and work. One of Hollywood’s most wickedly gifted storytellers; Everett is the author of Vanished Years and Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.
 
The Happy Prince is released on 15 June. Photo by Wilhelm Moser.
Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

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Bryan Webb

Michelin Wales: Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Chef-patron, formerly of Hilaire in London, was awarded his first Michelin star this year. He introduces some of his signature dishes.
Bryan Webb

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Sharon Creech & Eleanor Updale

The Unfinished Angel & Johnny Swanson

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two acclaimed authors with a gift for transporting their readers to worlds past and magical come together for the first time at Hay. Chaired by Julia Eccleshare.
 
8–12 years

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Tony Juniper talks to Rosie Boycott

How many lightbulbs does it take to change the planet?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Director of Friends of the Earth presents his 95 ways to save the planet with missionary zeal.

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The Media and Carbon Reduction

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Executive Editor of The Guardian, Jo Confino, and Sky Communications Director Matthew Anderson discuss how their respective organizations are dealing withcarbon reduction and sustainability.

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Joanna Nadin & Tamsyn Murray

Ghosts, Gossip & Glee

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the lovely authors of Buttercup Mash and My So-Called Phantom Lovelife for a chat about their new characters Buttercup Jones and Skye Thackery.
 
10+ years Rib Ticklers

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Wings & Co: The Fairy Detective Agency

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sally Gardner and David Roberts talk and draw their way through the latest case, Operation Bunny.

6+ years

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Emma Kennedy – The Killing Handbook

Winter Weekend 2012, 
The actress, broadcaster and Celebrity Masterchef winner offers an hilarious and essential guide to the Danish supercult crime thriller The Killing. The superfan guide to Sarah Lund with all the crucial information on the characters, the plot holes and the politics, the language, the jumpers and dating the Danish way...

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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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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.

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David Crystal and Vicente Molina Foix

Talking About Shakespeare: Language

Hay Festival 2016, 

What did performances of Shakespeare’s plays sound like in his day? Linguistics professor David Crystal introduces OP (original pronunciation) and marvels at the wonders of the playwright’s revolutionary vocabulary. Molina Foix (who translates Shakespeare for contemporary Spanish theatre) considers the reality that most people in the world discover the great writer’s work in translation.

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Lyndall Gordon with Emily Woof

Lives Like Loaded Guns

Hay Festival 2010, 
The biographer sees the great poet as ‘a soul at white heat’ as she explores Emily Dickinson and her family’s feuds. With readings by actress Emily Woof.

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Stephen Daldry talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2009, 
The film director discusses his work on Billy Elliott, The Hours and The Reader.

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Rachel Lowe and Gemma Modinos

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2018, 

From planetary exploration and micro-sensors to tropical disease and psychosis, two Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science. Lowe’s research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine involves understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. Modinos’ work at King’s College London attempts to understand the neural mechanisms of emotion and stress response in schizophrenia. Chaired by Hannah Critchlow.

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Rory Maclean

The Traveller

Hay Festival 2009, 
The intrepid wanderer charts the evolution of travel writing from the fall of the Wall to the rise of the Taliban. His books, including Magic Bus, Stalin’s Nose, and Under The Dragon, have invited realistic comparisons with Chatwin and Kapuscinski.

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Emily Perkins and Jhumpa Lahiri

Hay Festival 2008, 
The dazzling New Zealand writer launches her compelling Novel About My Wife. The Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer Lahiri launches her new collection Unaccustomed Earth. Chaired by Ariane Koek of the Arvon Foundation.

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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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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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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.