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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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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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Mansoura Ez Eldin, Habib Selmi and Khaled Khalifa in conversation with Fadi Tofeili

Writers and witnesses

Beirut 2012, 
These three finalists of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction are living through remarkable changes in their own countries. They join us to share thoughts about literature, social change and the role of writers, and to tell us about their recent work. Mansoura ez eldin (egypt) was shortlisted for the 2010 Arabic Booker Prize for her acclaimed second novel Beyond Paradise. She also runs the book review section of the distinguished egyptian literary magazine Akhbar al-Adab. Habib Selmi (Tunisia) has published eight novels, four of which have been translated into French with Actes Sud, and two into German. His novel The Scents of Marie-Claire was shortlisted for the 2009 IPAF, with an english translation published by Arabia Books in 2010; his book The Women of al-Basateen was also shortlisted for the IPAF in 2012. Khaled Khalifa (Syria) attracted worldwide media attention with his 2006 novel In Praise of Hatred (Madih al-Karahiya) which was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Chaired by Fadi Tofeili, editor of Portal 9.
 
Event in Arabic
With the support of IPAF

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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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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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Helen Dunmore talks to Alex Clark

Fictions – The Lie

Hay Festival 2014, 

Behind Daniel lie the mud, barbed-wire entanglements and terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life. Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss.

Helen Dunmore talks to Alex Clark

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David Lodge talks to Georgina Godwin

Quite a Good Time to be Born

Hay Festival 2015, 

The novelist discusses his wartime childhood, his early married life and academic career, and the development of his fiction – all of which he explores in his memoir, which covers the years up to the publication of Changing Places.

David Lodge talks to Georgina Godwin

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Peter Wohlleben

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate–Discoveries from a Secret World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Much like human families, tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them and support them as they grow, sharing nutrients with those who are sick or struggling and creating an ecosystem that mitigates the impact of extremes of heat and cold for the whole group. Trees in a family or community are protected and can live to be very old. In contrast, solitary trees, like street kids, have a tough time of it and in most cases die much earlier than those in a group. Wohlleben presents the science behind the secret and previously unknown life of trees and their communication abilities. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

Peter Wohlleben

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Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

The Head of Gonzo Davies

Hay Festival 2015, 

Gonzo Davies, back-row forward and builder, knows the highs and lows of life; but as political and industrial corruption conspire to give parochial violence a national and international dimension, is he prepared to become the target of dark forces? The bestselling author of The Greatest Welsh XV Ever, best known now as the BBC’s voice of international rugby, brings us his first novel and looks forward to this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

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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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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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Wendy Cope

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

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Andrea Wulf

The Brother Gardeners

Hay Festival 2008, 
Andrea Wulf tells the tale of the C18th friends who fired the origins of modern horticulture in her magnificent study Botany, Empire and the Birth of An Obsession.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

Will Hutton

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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.