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Joseph O’Connor and Maggie Shipstead

Fictions – Performers

Hay Festival 2014, 

O’Connor’s The Thrill Of It All charts twenty-five years of friendship and music for the members of the band The Ships in the Night. Shipstead’s Astonish Me is the story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star to defect in 1975. It’s a fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. They read and talk to the actress and writer Lisa Dwan.

Joseph O’Connor and Maggie Shipstead

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Norman Davies

The Open University Lecture: Vanished Kingdoms

Hay Festival 2012, 
How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? Europe’s history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now vanished. The historian peers through the cracks in mainstream history writing and listens to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries.
 

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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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Anthea Bell talks to Daniel Hahn

The BCLT Interview - From Sebald to Asterix

Hay Festival 2012, 
The pre-eminent literary translator discusses her work on a great range of European books from WG Sebald to Asterix with the Programme Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
 

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Julie Summers

Fashion on the Ration: Style in the Second World War

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the young woman who avoided the dreaded ‘forces bloomers’ by making knickers from military-issue silk maps, to Vogue’s indomitable editor Audrey Withers, who balanced lobbying government on behalf of her readers with driving lorries for the war effort, Julie Summers weaves together stories from ordinary lives and high society to provide a unique picture of life during the Second World War. As a nation went into uniform and women took on traditional male roles, clothing and beauty began to reflect changing social attitudes. For the first time, fashion was influenced not only by Hollywood and high society but by the demands of industrial production and the pressing need to ‘make-do-and-mend’.

Julie Summers

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Bryony Gordon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Mad Girl

Hay Festival 2016, 

On the surface it seems that Bryony Gordon has the perfect life. One of the UK’s most successful journalists, she is married to a man she loves with a two-year-old daughter she adores. Yet things inside Bryony’s head are never as straightforward as they seem. Is it possible that she’s murdered someone and can’t remember? Why did her hair fall out when she was a teenager? Is she capable of hurting her daughter? Has she mysteriously contracted an STD? Why is she always so fat? For while Bryony does have a life many would envy, she is also engaged in a daily battle with mental illness. Fighting with OCD, bulimia and depression, like millions of others in this country, sometimes she finds it a struggle just to get out of bed.

Bryony Gordon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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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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Francesca Martinez talks to Jasper Rees

What the **** is Normal?

Hay Festival 2014, 

What do you do when you’re labelled abnormal in a world obsessed with normality? If you grow up in a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, cellulite is cause for a mental breakdown and women over a size ten are encouraged to shoot themselves (immediately), what the **** do you do if you’re, gasp, disabled? The comedian discusses her memoir of growing up with cerebral palsy.

Francesca Martinez talks to Jasper Rees

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Dirty Bertie

Hay Festival 2013, 

David Roberts is back with his brilliant illustrations and the latest in the bestselling Dirty Bertie series.

5+ 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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Monty Halls

The Fisherman's Apprentice

Hay Festival 2012, 
The story of our fishermen's fight for survival, told from firsthand experience. Accompanying the BBC 2 series of the same name, Monty spends a year working as a fisherman from Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall, the last defiant outpost of Britain's traditional fishing industry. Through relentless labour of working on his own boat and the drama of great spiralling storms, Monty experiences a way of life that is quietly dying. Exploring the impact of industrial scale trawling on our small-scale fishing industry, with consumer advice on how we can save it and sustain it for the future, this is the story of British fishing today.

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HAY JOVEN: William Ospina sobre su trilogía de novelas

Cartagena 2013, 
El autor colombiano hablará sobre su celebrada trilogía literaria que inició conUrsúa, novela en la que aborda la historia de Pedro de Ursúa, conquistador español fundador de la ciudad colombiana de Pamplona. La segunda novela,El país de la canela, continúa con esta serie sobre los viajes al Amazonas durante el siglo XVI y fue galardonada con el Premio Rómulo Gallegos2009. La tercera ha sido publicada recientemente y lleva por título Laserpiente sin ojos.

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Mark Price talks to Kamal Ahmed

UK PLC

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Minister of State for Trade and Investment discusses Britain’s economic and business relationship with the European Union. He looks west at TTIP and east to China and India to see what the future might hold for Britain inside or outside the Union. Price was formerly MD of Waitrose, Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, and Deputy Chairman of Channel 4. Ahmed is the BBC’s Economics Editor.

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Henrietta L. Moore and Ricken Patel

Cambridge University Series 9: The Future of Civic Activism

Hay Festival 2014, 

Relationships between state and society have undergone a significant shift over the last decade. On both sides promises have been made and broken, expectations raised and shattered, partnerships brokered and roles reversed. Moreover, the influence of non-state actors has become impossible to discount. Professor Moore will talk about changes in ‘politics from below’ and ask whether there is something genuinely new in kind about the way in which civil society is now operating. She is joined by video link by the co-founder of the global protest movement AVAAZ. 

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Sean Davies and Mike Davies

The Last King Of Wales

Hay Festival 2013, 

Gruffudd ap Llywelyn took control of SE Wales in 1055. He then turned his attention to Herefordshire and the border country. He attacked the city of Hereford and destroyed the Cathedral. He wintered at Llangorse Lake and in 1056 he scored a major victory over an English army near Glasbury-on-Wye.

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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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Jacqueline Wilson

Rose Rivers – Hetty Feather Series

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join us for an afternoon with the much-loved author and discover how she started her writing career and created some of her most popular characters, then hear about her brand new book, Rose Rivers.

9+

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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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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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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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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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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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Claire Garabedian

Using the Creative Arts to Help People With Dementia to Live Well - University of Worcester Series 1

Hay Festival 2017, 

There are estimated to be 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Garabedian is a musician and a researcher within the Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester. She discusses ways in which the creative arts can help unlock memories and encourage communication.

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Lynne Jones

Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry

Hay Festival 2017, 

An astonishing insight into the life of a humanitarian psychiatrist working in war and disaster zones around the world from Bosnia and ‘mission-accomplished’ Iraq, to tsunami-affected Aceh, post-earthquake Haiti and ‘the Jungle’ in Calais. Chaired by Oliver Balch.