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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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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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Paul Murray

Kells 2015, 

The author of the inspired tragi-comic novel Skippy Dies (long-listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize) reads from that book and from his soon-to-be-published The Mark and the Void. He talks to Sinead Gleeson, presenter of The Book Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

Paul Murray

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How to Break into the Media

A BBC Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

A masterclass on how to get started in the media. Chaired by BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones. Panellists include Head of Digital Development for Arts, Peter Maniura; Susie Worster, Head of Talent for Shed Media; Sally Garwood, one of the apprentices on BBC Radio’s Journalism scheme, and Creative Access Production trainee Ashley Francis-Roy.

Not for broadcast.

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Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 50 mins

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Jo Smith

The Shape We’re In: Building Good Mental and Emotional Health

Hay Festival 2016, 

University of Worcester Series

The hyper-accelerated culture of the C21st presents many challenges for our mental and physical wellbeing. The consultant clinical psychologist explores positive strategies for handling life’s challenges, from taking care of your physical health to building strong relationships with those around you and developing coping strategies for negative moments.

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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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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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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.

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Edmundo Paz Soldán, Jordi Puntí, Bruno Arpaia and Juan Carlos Botero with Juan David Correa

Literary lives

Cartagena 2012, 
The Bolivian writer Edmundo Paz Soldán has won the Juan Rulfo Story Prize (1997) and the Bolivian National Novel Prize (2002). His latest novel is entitled Los vivos y los muertos. Jordi Puntí is a writer and columnist who writes in Catalan and Spanish, contributes to the newspaper El Periódico and has won a number of literary prizes. His latest novel is called Maletas perdidas. The Italian writer and journalist Bruno Arpaia is author of the novels Tempo perso and The Angel of History. He has won a number of prizes in Italy, such as the Selezione Campiello Prize and the Giovanni Comisso Literary Prize. Juan Carlos Botero is the author of El arte de Fernando Botero, he has contributed articles to El Tiempo and El Espectador, and has won awards such as the Juan Rulfo Prize for his work as a storyteller. They will talk about their relationship with literature with the writer and journalist Juan David Correa.

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Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

Transport Futures

Hay Festival 2017, 

Spowers is the Chief Engineer and Founder of Riversimple, whose goal is simple – to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport. Spowers, Clancy and their team have created Rasa, a super-efficient, hydrogen-powered car. They are joined by Will Vaughan, CEO of Hereford Pedicabs and Cargo, who provide financially and environmentally sustainable services by bike – including parcel delivery, trade waste recycling, inner city advertising and pedicab hire.

Hugo Spowers, Fiona Clancy and Will Vaughan talk to Andy Fryers

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Lisa Dwan

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour: Samuel Beckett; Live!

Hay Festival 2017, 

Dwan’s sensational performances of Beckett’s Not I and No’s Knife in London, on Broadway and around the world have perfectly captured the rhythms and beauty of his language.  In this specially commissioned Poetry Hour she introduces and reads his poetry and drama.

Lisa Dwan

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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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John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Hay Festival 2015, 

Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

The author revisits his 2008 novel, which is now read around the world. His latest book Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is the moving story of a boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.

10+ years
John Boyne talks to Peter Florence

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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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Nicola Davies

Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nicola Davies was one of the original presenters of BBC children’s wildlife programme The Really Wild Show and is the author of A First Book of Nature and Everything You Need To Know About Animals. Here she explains the complex science of micro-organisms simply and clearly in a clever and friendly way for the very young.
5+ years
Nicola Davies

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Robert Tombs

Cambridge University Series 2: The English and their History

Hay Festival 2015, 

If a nation is a group of people with a sense of kinship, a political identity and representative institutions, then the English have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world. They first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. They have lasted as a recognizable entity ever since, and their defining national institutions can be traced back to the earliest years of their history.

Robert Tombs

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Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

Firehoses to Fashion – Elvis & Kresse

Hay Festival 2017, 

Elvis & Kresse was founded after co-owner Kresse Wesling fell in love with a fire hose. When she found out that the London Fire Brigade threw tons of damaged fire hoses into landfill, she knew there must be a use for them. From bags and belts, purses to phone covers, the business now creates lifestyle accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless waste. It has seen phenomenal growth, saving tonnes of waste from landfill and opening outlets in ten countries.

Kresse Wesling talks to Andy Fryers

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Kevin N. Laland

Darwin’s Unfinished Symphony: How Culture Made the Human Mind

Hay Festival 2017, 

How did the human mind – and the uniquely human ability to devise and transmit culture – evolve from its roots in animal behaviour? The truly unique characteristics of our species – such as our intelligence, language, teaching, and co-operation – are not adaptive responses to predators, disease or other external conditions. Rather, humans are creatures of their own making. The evolutionary biologist traces our rise from scavenger apes in pre-history to modern humans able to design iPhones, dance the tango and send astronauts into space.

Kevin N. Laland

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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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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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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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Tahmina Anam & Sonia Faleiro talk to Rosie Boycott

It’s All True

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beautiful Thing, one of the most original works of non-fiction from India in years, is a vivid and intimate portrait of one reporter’s journey into the dark, pulsating and ultimately damaged soul of Bombay.

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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