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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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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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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.

Irving Finkel

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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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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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Matthew Green

Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace

Hay Festival 2016, 

Over the past decade, we have sent thousands of people to fight on our behalf. But what happens when these soldiers come back home, having lost their friends and killed their enemies, having seen and done things that have no place in civilian life? Through wide-ranging interviews with former combatants, the war correspondent tells the story of our veterans’ journey from the frontline to the reality of return and asks: why do people who are trained to thrive within the theatre of war so often find themselves ill-prepared for peace? He talks to Jamie Hacker Hughes, the PTSD and trauma specialist, Visiting Professor of Military Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University.

Matthew Green

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Oliver Jeffers

Hay Festival 2014, 
Enjoy live drawing and storytelling with Oliver Jeffers. Born in Australia, raised in Belfast, Oliver now lives in Brooklyn and brings some NYC cool to Hay while celebrating the 10th anniversary of How To Catch a Star, and a brand new Hueys book, None the Number, in which the Hueys have an important question about counting…
6+ years
Oliver Jeffers

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Francis Pryor

The Birth of Modern Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ranging over topics as diverse as the birth of modern agriculture, the growth of towns and cities, and the development of roads, canals and railways, the historian takes us on A Journey into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 to the Present. Chaired by Michael Prodger.
 
Read an article about Francis Pryor www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/
 
 
 

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Philip Bobbitt

Is a War on Terror Absurd?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The answer from the author of The Shield of Achilles and Terror and Consent might surprise you, and might also tell us something about the nature of war in the C21st.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Phillip Bobbit www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us

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Tony Parsons talks to Stephanie Merritt

Men from the Boys

Hay Festival 2010, 
We’re delighted to launch the concluding part of the Harry Silver trilogy: ‘The love between a father and his son. Plus all the other stuff.’
Tony Parsons talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Thomasina Miers

Mexican Food Made Simple – Demonstration

Hay Festival 2010, 
The sizzling Oaxaca chef celebrates the flavours, textures and pleasures of twisting classic recipes and tastes.
Thomasina Miers

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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

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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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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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Simon Hoggart

Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine: 100 wines for the discerning drinker

Hay Festival 2010, 
The humorist introduces and tastes four of the wines in the book with the audience.

Ticket price includes wine.

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Ciaran Murtagh

A Prehistoric Poo Party

Hay Festival 2011, 
Star of CBBC’s The Slammer joins us for comedy, capers and cave-boy antics with his latest Charlie Flint adventure.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers

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Jenny Colgan talks to Paul Blezard

Fictions – Chocolates

Hay Festival 2013, 

The romcom bestseller samples her novel The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris and her contribution to the Dr Who 50th anniversary, Doctor Who – Dark Horizons

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Karrie Fransman

The House That Groaned

Kells 2013, 

The graphic novelist and comic strip creator talks about her latest novel, about the oddball tenants of a shared London house. ‘A brilliant gothic description of the atomized nature of city living’ – Metro.


This event is not suitable for children.

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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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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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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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Cristina Fernández Cubas en conversación con Juan Antonio Masoliver

Segovia 2008, 
Cristina Fernández Cubas, referente indiscutible para sucesivas generaciones de cuentistas, es autora de cinco libros de relatos, el más reciente Hermanas de sangre y un original libro de memorias narradas, Cosas que ya no existen, títulos que han recibido un caluroso tratamiento por parte de la crítica y del público. Su obra está traducida a diez idiomas. Conversará con Juan Antonio Masoliver, critico literario, poeta y ensayista.

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Ed Vere

Bedtime for Monsters

Hay Festival 2011, 
What if a monster were looking for a you-shaped bedtime snack? GULP! Fear not, the brilliant creator of Chick, Mr Big and Banana! returns to Hay with so much energy even the biggest of tummy rumbles will be silenced.
 
3–5 years Goosebumps 

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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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Anne Sebba and Juliet Nicolson talk to Lorna Bradbury

Not the Queen of England

Hay Festival 2012, 
The authors of the biography That Woman - The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor and the novel Abdication look at the characters and events that eventually led to the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.