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Ted Nield

Incoming! Or, Why We Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Meteorite

Hay Festival 2011, 
470 million years ago, a stupendous collision in the Asteroid Belt bombarded the Earth with meteorites of all sizes. A revolutionary idea is emerging that the resulting ecological disturbance may have been responsible for the single greatest increase in biological diversity since the origin of complex life.

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Daniel Mordzinski in conversation with Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2012, 
Daniel Mordzinski, the writers’ photographer, has been working on an ambitious “human atlas” of Spanish and Latin American literature for more than thirty years. This Argentinean, who has been living in Paris since 1980, has been taking portraits of the most important figures in Spanish-language literature and has become a companion to three generations of writers. Photographer of the Spanish-speaking Hay Festivals and graphic correspondent for the newspaper El País in Paris, Mordzinski is the author of a number of books, the latest of which is Últimas noticias del sur. Created together with Luis Sepúlveda, it tells of a long trip through Patagonia. It is also “a book of posthumous news, the novel of a region that has disappeared.”

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Evelyn Juers

House of Exile

Hay Festival 2011, 
A unique imagining of the unconventional love affair between the writer and political activist Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger – a tall, blonde ex-barmaid twenty-seven years his junior – recounting their flight from Nazi Germany in 1933, to France and then to Los Angeles. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Debbie Moon and Leona Vaughan

Wolfblood

Hay Festival 2016, 

Meet the creators, producers and stars of hot CBBC drama Wolfblood, an award-winning combination of thrilling action and intrigue entwined with stories of secrets and friendships surrounding the mysterious race of Wolfbloods who live among us.

12+

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Frank Gardner talks to Peter Florence

Crisis

Hay Festival 2016, 

The renowned BBC Security Correspondent, author of Blood and Sand, launches his debut novel, a hi-tech thriller that involves South American drug cartels and a terrorist attack on London.

Frank Gardner talks to Peter Florence

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Vanessa Feltz – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio 2 Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Vanessa Feltz will be presenting the Jeremy Vine Show live from Hay Festival. As well as reporting on the highlights of the festival she will be interviewing a leading author as part of the popular series What Makes Us Human.

Broadcast weekdays on BBC Radio 2.

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Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 2 hours
Vanessa Feltz – LIVE ON AIR

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Timothy Garton Ash talks to John Kampfner

freespeechdebate.com

Hay Festival 2012, 
The distinguished author of The File and Facts Are Subversive introduces the ten founding principles of his new global Free Speech project and demonstrates its international reach with Google's Free Speech advisor.

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Andy Cope & Lara the dog

Spy Dog

Hay Festival 2012, 
Meet the inspiration behind the Spy Dog series and hear all about the thrilling adventures of her namesake. 
 
7+ years

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Anna Pavord

The Curious Gardener

Hay Festival 2011, 
Reflections on the weather, soil and the English landscape and a guide to the gardening year from the author of The Tulip.

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Brian Kimberling and Nathan Filer talk to Lisa Dwan

Fictions – Coming Of Age

Hay Festival 2013, 

Set in a brilliantly-observed rural Indiana, ‘the bastard son of the Midwest’, Kimberling’s Snapper is a book about bird-watching, a woman who won’t stay true, and a pick-up truck that won’t start. Filer’s The Shock Of The Fall tells the tale of a man’s descent into mental illness.

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Timothy Brook

The Troubled Empire

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Vermeer’s Hat uses environmental crises to re-narrate China’s history from the time of Khubilai Khan down to the collapse of the Ming dynasty. His unique environmental indicator? Dragon sightings! Just because the Chinese saw dragons, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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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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Edith Hall

Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

Aristotle was an extraordinary thinker, perhaps the greatest in history. Yet he was preoccupied by an ordinary question: how to be happy. His deepest belief was that we can all be happy in a meaningful, sustained way – and he led by example. Life deals the same challenges in ancient Greece or the modern world. Aristotle’s way is not to apply rules, it’s about engaging with the texture of existence, and striding purposefully towards a life well lived. Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

Edith Hall

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Dennis Lehane talks to Jon Gower

Fictions – World Gone By

Hay Festival 2015, 

One of America’s most powerful and feared gangsters is about to face up to his past… On a rare public appearance in Britain, the cult thriller writer of The Wire, author of Gone, Baby, Gone and Mystic River discusses his work and his new novel.

Dennis Lehane talks to Jon Gower

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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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Cow Girl

Hay Festival 2014, 

Home is where the herd is. Cow Girl is a dairy-inspired debut set in Wales, from Giancarlo Gemin. A heartwarming tale of friendship, community, family…and cows. You won’t see the bovine beasts in quite the same way ever again.
9+ years

Cow Girl

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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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Charlie English

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2017, 

A medieval centre of learning, Hay’s twin-town was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology to astronomy. When al-Qaeda–linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. This is their story. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Chris Woods and Chris Hunter talk to Oliver Bullough

Homeland Security?

Hay Festival 2015, 

How are wars conducted today? What happens when you only see your enemy onscreen or driving past an IED? And what effect does digital warfare have on the long-term security of the West? Woods is the author of Sudden Justice – America’s Secret Drone Wars. The investigative journalist charts the deployment of the CIA Predator drones for targeted counterterrorism killings in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. He challenges with damning evidence the assertion that drones minimize civilian casualties and are ‘the most precise weapon ever invented’. Major Hunter is the author of Eight Lives Down and Extreme Risk. He was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his work in Iraq as a bomb disposal operative.

Chris Woods and Chris Hunter talk to Oliver Bullough

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RIBA Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ken Shuttleworth of MAKE Architects, who’s previously worked on groundbreaking buildings like Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport and St Mary’s Axe (The Gherkin) in London looks at the challenge of designing a new generation of compelling, dynamic and environmentally responsible buildings within our globally changing landscape. In conversation with Wayne Hemingway.

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Dave Cousins

15 DAYS WITHOUT A BLOG!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of novel 15 Days Without a Head shows you how to set-up, write and publicize a blog, plus a glimpse into his own journey to publication, via eight years as a minor rock star!
 
12+ years

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Peter James talks to Peter Guttridge

Dead Like You

Hay Festival 2010, 
His new serial rapist tale marks James as one of the most compelling and successful crime novelists in the world.

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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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Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

The Sorrows of Mexico

Hay Festival 2017, 

Veering between carnival and apocalypse, Mexico has in the past ten years become the epicentre of the international drug trade. The so-called war on drugs has been a brutal and chaotic failure: more than 160,000 lives have been lost. The drug cartels and the forces of law and order are often in collusion; corruption is everywhere. Life is cheap, and inconvenient people – the poor, the unlucky, the honest or the inquisitive – become the ‘disappeared’, leaving not a trace behind. In September 2015, more than 26,798 were officially registered as ‘not located’. Yet people in all walks of life have refused to give up. Hernandez gives a chilling account of the ‘disappearance'” of 43 students. Cacho describes what it’s like to live every day as a journalist under threat of death.

Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

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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