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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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Guy Bass

Dinkin Dings

Hay Festival 2011, 
Dinkin is afraid of everything (and we mean everything, not just scary things). Join his infectiously enthusiastic creator and learn how to protect yourself from Zombaliens and whatnot.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Elmehdi Ag Wakina

The News from Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of the AMSS, the local NGO that liaises with Hay as part of the town twinning, talks about the situation in Northern Mali. In April 2012 Timbuktu City was overtaken by an Islamic fundamentalist group which has imposed sharia law. There are diverse rebel groups in the region and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Elmehdi, a Tuareg from Timbuktu, will give an update on the situation in Northern Mali, and will discuss the relationship between Hay and Timbuktu in this context
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
 
All welcome. Donations will be made to relief work on the ground.

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Jan Blake with Raymond Sereba

The Buffalo Woman - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
A hunter kills buffalo and takes the meat back to his village. But the young buffalo calf that watched him kill her mother is determined to make him pay. After many years of planning, the shape-shifting Buffalo Woman goes on a quest for revenge but doesn’t anticipate the lengths a mother will go to in order to protect her son.
 
Delicate and dramatic by turn, their song and music, which includes the extraordinary Dodo mouth bow, cradles the story in a truly evocative soundscape

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Philip Ball

Unnatural – The Heretical Idea of Making People

Hay Festival 2011, 
The writer delves beneath the surface of the cultural history of ‘anthropoesis’ – the artificial creation of people – to explore what it tells us about our views on life, humanity, creativity and technology. And what it tells us about the soul.

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Chris Stephens

The Tate Lecture: Ben Nicholson

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ben Nicholson was the leader of the modernist movement in art in the 1930s. Much of his work, however, was of the English landscape. Drawing on his lively correspondence, this richly illustrated talk by the curator of his current Tate Liverpool show will explore both the familiar and lesser- known aspects of his art.

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Wanjiru Kairu, Eric Gitari, Anthony Oluoch

Queer Life Stories

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 
The Kenyan première screening of the Commonwealth Short Film New Year’s Eve. The screening of the film is followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Wanjiru Kairu. Eric Gitari, the co-founder of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and Anthony Oluoch, previous Executive Director of Gay Kenya Trust and Regional Director of Kaleidoscope Trust join the discussion about queer life stories.

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Tony Hawks

Once Upon a Time in the West Country

Hay Festival 2015, 

The comedian and bestselling author gives an hilarious account of his move from London life to deepest Devon. Hawks is a townie but, as we know from his entertaining exploits hitchhiking around Ireland with a fridge and taking on the Moldovan football team one by one at tennis, he is up for a challenge. He takes part in a calamitous tractor run, chairs a village meeting, and finds time for one last adventure as fatherdom beckons – cycling coast to coast with a mini pig called Titch.

Tony Hawks

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Frances Hardinge, Katherine Woodfine and Lyn Gardner

Mystery Moments

Hay Festival 2016, 

Unexplained death! Who knows what will happen next? Come and meet the authors of The Lie Tree, The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth and Rose Campion and the Stolen Secret – three hugely entertaining and gripping stories. In conversation with Emma Carroll.

10+

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Emma Rothschild

The Inner Life of Empires

Hay Festival 2011, 
Tracing the lives of a single Scottish family whose eleven siblings roamed the globe to seek their fortunes, the historian explores the great elements of the C18th world: empire, politics, slavery, warfare and Enlightenment thought and sensibility. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Elif Shafak

Reformations 22: Honour

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Turkish novelist reimagines the concept of honour, also the title of her 2015 novel. How has the word come to be understood in different communities? Can it be rescued from the grotesque association with the world “killing”? What might a truer application of honour mean for men and for women, for society and humanity? Chaired by A. C. Grayling

Elif Shafak

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Holly Webb’s Animal Stories

Hay Festival 2013, 

Holly Webb’s popular animal stories may tug the heartstrings but always have a happy ending. An unmissable treat for her fans.

6+ years

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Holly Smale

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Holly Smale, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and creator of the bestselling Geek Girl series, talking to Damian Kelleher about smart and funny fiction for smart and funny readers. Guaranteed to get your geek on!

11+ years

Holly Smale

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Miguel Angel Díaz, Enrique Ortego and Silvia Barba

Segovia 2014, 
Books about great athletes can stimulate young people to read. In this event, Hay Festival has invited three famous sports journalists and authors, Miguel Angel Díaz, Enrique Ortego and Silvia Barba, to share their experiences and discuss ‘La Roja’ (the Spanish football team), and Raúl and Sergio Ramos.

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Simon Schama, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jennifer Clement, Andrés Neuman, Cristina Fuentes

Gabriel García Márquez, 1927–2014

Hay Festival 2014, 

Celebrating the life and work of the Colombian writer, founder of the Foundation for New Journalism, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, News of a Kidnapping and Love in the Time of Cholera. He won the Nobel Prize in 1982 and was the Patron of Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias.

Simon Schama, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Jennifer Clement, Andrés Neuman, Cristina Fuentes

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Karrie Fransman

The Power and Potential of Graphic Novels

Hay Festival 2015, 
Following her TEDx talk on the power of comics, join Karrie Fransman to look at why graphic novels are one of the fastest growing categories in publishing. Explore stunning, printed graphic novels, digital, interactive comics and Fransman’s own experimental comics including her book Death of the Artist, in which she embodies five different hedonistic artists to tell their story across watercolour, digital art, photography and collage, taking the graphic novel into entirely new realms. She tells Stephanie Merritt why visual storytelling is entering a golden age.
Karrie Fransman

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Miriam González Durántez

Made In Spain

Hay Festival 2017, 

The lawyer and Inspiring Girls champion introduces her delicious “recipes and stories from my country and beyond” in a glorious celebration of Spanish culture and cooking.

Miriam González Durántez

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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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Ian Bostridge talks to Tom Service

Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession

Hay Festival 2015, 

Franz Schubert’s Winterreise is one of the most powerful and enigmatic masterpieces in Western culture. One of the work’s finest interpreters, Bostridge, focuses on the context, resonance and personal significance of a work that is possibly the greatest landmark in the history of Lieder. He unpicks the enigmas and subtle meaning of each of the twenty-four songs to explore for us the world Schubert inhabited, bringing the work and its world alive for connoisseurs and new listeners alike.

Ian Bostridge talks to Tom Service

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Green Dragons’ Den Final 2

Build It

Hay Festival 2013, 

Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a £15,000 cash award and one-to-one support from UnLtd.

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Jonny Duddle

Pirate Cruncher

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ahoy there me hearties! Join this salty sea dog of an illustrator as he tells monsterish tales inspired by his role as an artist for Pirates of the Caribbean. Don’t forget to dress the part, or you may have to walk the plank!
 
5–7 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Alan MacDonald

Dirty Bertie

Hay Festival 2012, 
Dirty Bertie is back ay Hay, and is as stupendously smelly as ever. Join his author for dress-up, drawing and stories.
 
7+ years

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Preti Taneja

We that are young: Imagining King Lear in India

Hay Festival 2017, 

Taneja's debut novel We That Are Young sets Shakespeare’s King Lear in contemporary India, where the clash of youth and age, the rise of the religious right wing, the repression of free speech and civil conflict in Kashmir are ongoing. She discusses the hidden history, politics and urgent contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s plays in India. Chaired by Anil Dharker, Founder & Director of Tata Literature Live! the Mumbai LitFest

Preti Taneja

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Simon Pearson

The Great Escaper

Hay Festival 2014, 

Roger Bushell was ‘Big X’, mastermind of the mass breakout from Stalag Luft III in March 1944, immortalised in the Hollywood film The Great Escape. Through exclusive access to his private papers – as well as fascinating new research from other sources – journalist Pearson has now written the first biography of this iconic figure. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Word Play Workshop – The Roots of Poetry

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

A Ghanaian poet, novelist, editor, social commentator and broadcaster, Nii is an inspirational writer. Join him for this poetry workshop as he takes you through structure, metaphor and imagery to discover the similarities and differences between poetry and rap/hip hop.


14–18 years