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Mitchell Symons

Don’t Wipe Your Bum on a Hedgehog

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ‘revolting reference’ expert and twice Blue Peter Book Prize- winner makes his debut at Hay to take a weird and wonderful look at life.
 
8+ years

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Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

From Screen To Stage

Hay Festival 2013, 

Eight years ago the creators of TV hits Shine On Harvey Moon and Birds Of A Feather had supper with Alan Ayckbourn at Kilvert’s Hotel after their festival sessions. He suggested they write for the theatre. They currently have two musicals running in the West End – Dreamboats And Petticoats and Save The Last Dance For Me – and an adaptation of their Goodnight Sweetheart on the way. They talk to Peter Florence.

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Lars Mytting talks to Rob Penn

Norwegian Wood

Hay Festival 2016, 

Part guide to the best practice in every aspect of working with this renewable energy source, part meditation on the human instinct for survival, Mytting’s definitive handbook on the art of chopping, stacking and drying wood in the Scandinavian way has resonated across the world.

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Adrian Edmondson

Tilly and the Time Machine

Hay Festival 2017, 

The comedian, actor and writer introduces his debut story about a little girl who gets lost in time. Learn what inspired him to write it and help him to create a time machine in this fun-filled interactive event.

6+
Adrian Edmondson

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Antifragile

Hay Festival 2013, 

The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How To Live In A World We Don’t Understand.

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Discover The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 1

Hay Festival 2009, 
Back by popular demand, authors long listed for this prestigious award share the secrets of their success with Julia Eccleshare. Previous winners include Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness, Jacqueline Wilson and Meg Rosoff.

Participating authors announced in May at: www.hayfestival.com/hayfever

10 years +

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Rory Maclean

The Traveller

Hay Festival 2009, 
The intrepid wanderer charts the evolution of travel writing from the fall of the Wall to the rise of the Taliban. His books, including Magic Bus, Stalin’s Nose, and Under The Dragon, have invited realistic comparisons with Chatwin and Kapuscinski.

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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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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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Christopher Lloyd

Magna Carta and the Story of Freedom

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Christopher Lloyd on an epic ride through eight centuries in the fight for freedoms and liberties, from the sealing of Magna Carta by King John in 1215, to the present day. Using a giant eight-metre-long timeline, Christopher will stop off at 10 key moments in the last 800 years, showing how today’s ideas of freedom and liberty have emerged through time.
8+ years
Christopher Lloyd

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Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton

That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown

Hay Festival 2015, 
Celebrate the reissue of this classic picture book about adventurous Emily Brown and her toy rabbit companion, Stanley. Learn Cressida’s real life inspiration behind the books, and watch Neal Layton recreate the illustrations.
3+ years
Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton

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Anabel Hernández, Dina Meza y Jorge Ángel Pérez en conversación con María Jimena Duzán

Literatura y estado

Cartagena 2014, 
Tres distinguidos escritores latinoamericanos comprometidos con la libertad de expresión hablarán de literatura, política y las responsabilidades éticas que debe afrontar un escritor en la Latinoamérica de hoy en día. Anabel Hernández (México), Dina Meza (Honduras) y Jorge Ángel Pérez (Cuba) en conversación con María Jimena Duzán (Colombia). Con el apoyo de PEN International. Un evento ¡Libera la Palabra!

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GF Newman talks to Peter Florence

Dark Heart

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The story of Jake Mann, a Jesuit priest who is posted to Nigeria where he suppresses his obsessive desire for women but proves too radical for both the Church and the local security forces, getting involved in campaigns against Big Oil, and discovering a talent for exorcism. A series of bizarre killings follow, both in Nigeria and back in the UK. Most terrifying for Jake is when he realises the identity of the darkest heart behind these killings…

GF Newman talks to Peter Florence

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Leigh Hodgkinson and YOU!

Magical Mix-ups

Hay Festival 2012, 
There’s a party to plan, but there’s been a mix-up in Fairyland. Bring coloured pencils and glitter pens to help Emerald and Sapphire put everything right.
 
7+ years

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Stephen Bourne

Cambridge Series 7: Panda-monium – Social Responsibility in China

Hay Festival 2011, 
Cambridge University Press has adopted the young giant panda Jian Qiao at the Chengdu Research Foundation in China. The CEO reports on the practicalities and symbolism of this new relationship, and we’ll meet Jian Qiao on the big screen.
 

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Archie Miles

Heritage Trees of Wales

Hay Festival 2012, 
Steeped in history, surrounded by myth and legend and full of cultural and historical significance, the heritage trees of Wales dominate the Welsh landscape.

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Tony Juniper talks to Rosie Boycott

How many lightbulbs does it take to change the planet?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Director of Friends of the Earth presents his 95 ways to save the planet with missionary zeal.

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Martin Kemp

Art in History 600BC–2000AD

Hay Festival 2015, 

Art has always been part of history. But we often think of it as outside history. When we look at a painting by Raphael, Rembrandt or Rubens it speaks to us directly, but it’s also an historical document, part of a living world. The Oxford art historian takes us on an extraordinary trip through art, from devotional works to the revolutionary techniques of the Renaissance, from the courtly Masters of the C17th through to the daring avant-garde of the C20th and beyond.

Martin Kemp

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Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Patrick Kingsley and Ben Rawlence

Refuge and Redemption

Hay Festival 2016, 

In this 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia three writers tell the stories of people escaping horrors and seeking a better world elsewhere. These are the inside stories of refuge and migrations. McDonald-Gibson is the author of Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Kingsley is the author of The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Rawlence’s book is City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp. Chaired by Oliver Balch.


In association with Wales Pen Cymru

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Monique Roffey and Mitch Cullin

Fictions – Inventions

Hay Festival 2014, 

Set on the fictional Caribbean island of Sans Amen, Roffey’s House of Ashes tells the story of three characters, a gunman, a hostage and a boy soldier, caught up in a botched coup d’etat. Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the Mind introduces a nonagenarian Sherlock Holmes. In the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking – about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know. The authors talk to Georgina Godwin.

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Nicholas Clee

Eclipse

Hay Festival 2010, 
The astounding tale of the C18th champion racehorse who still dominates the global bloodstock market today. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
Nicholas Clee

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Marcos Giralt Torrente, Rodrigo Rey Rosa and Joumana Haddad with Guido Tamayo

What we talk about when we talk about love

Cartagena 2012, 
Love is a concept with a thousand and one definitions, and probably the subject most written about in the history of literature. However, we keep asking ourselves, again and again, about its meaning and relevance. Taking as a starting point the famous Raymond Carver story, we ask three writers from three different countries to talk to us about a matter that unites them: Marcos Giralt Torrente, Spanish winner of the 2011 National Narrative Prize for his work Tiempo de vida; Joumana Haddad, Lebanese poet, writer and editor whose latest book is I Killed Scheherazade; and Rodrigo Rey Rosa, the Guatemalan author, translated into English by Paul Bowles and whose latest work is Severina. Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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Katherine Quarmby and Damian Le Bas

Challenging Romaphobia

Hay Festival 2014, 

The award-winning non-fiction writer Quarmby introduces her book No Place to Call Home – Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies & Travellers. Le Bas is editor of the national magazine and website for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, Travellers’ Times, and author of All Change: Romani Studies through Romani Eyes. They talk to Guto Harri.

Katherine Quarmby and Damian Le Bas

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Germaine Greer

The Sidney Nolan Centenary

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the great Australian artist who settled at The Rodd in Kington. Nolan exhibited at our very first Festival 30 years ago.

Image: Sidney Nolan, Moon Garden, 1977, oil on canvas, ©Sidney Nolan Trust

For further information about the public opening of Sidney Nolan’s studio and the exhibition of his paintings, please visit sidneynolantrust.org

Germaine Greer

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The Media and Carbon Reduction

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Executive Editor of The Guardian, Jo Confino, and Sky Communications Director Matthew Anderson discuss how their respective organizations are dealing withcarbon reduction and sustainability.