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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 When we look at a painting by Raphael, Rembrandt or Rubens it speaks to us directly, but it’s also an historical document, part of a living world.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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Helen Fielding talks to Viv Groskop

Bridget Jones’s Baby

Hay Festival 2017, 

The world’s favourite singleton is back with a bump. Fielding discusses the (gloriously different) book and film versions of her comic masterpiece.

Helen Fielding talks to Viv Groskop

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Olivia Party

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and meet this gorgeous little pig – listen to her latest adventures, sing songs and twirl to your heart’s content.
 
3–5 years Rib Ticklers

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Andrew Marr

A History of Modern Britain

Hay Festival 2007, 
The victory of shopping over politics, the collisions of government and people, and the resilience, comedy, cars and greatness of Britannia.

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Charles Nicholl

Sudden Presence

Hay Festival 2012, 
The acclaimed traveller, biographer and literary sleuth reads from his new collection of investigations Traces Remain and talks about his fascination with the hidden details of the past, and the ‘sudden presence’ of distant historical figures. Chaired by Simon Mundy

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Colum McCann en conversación con Jonathan Bastian

Cartagena 2013, 
El escritor irlandés Colum McCann es autor de cinco novelas y dos colecciones de cuentos y su trabajo ha sido traducido a treinta idiomas. Galardonado con el National Book Award, el International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award y el Pushcart Prize, conversará con Jonathan Bastian.

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Maureen Lipman

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actress, writer, widow of the peerless Jack Rosenthal, and national treasure.

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Fay Weldon

Hay Festival 2008, 
The sparkling novelist introduces her witty, compassionate, casually libidinous updating of Boccaccio’s medieval masterpiece, The Spa Decameron.

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Daoud Hari, Chris Nugent and Tim Butcher talk to Paul Blezard

The Translator

Hay Festival 2008, 
Darfur tribesman Daoud Hari’s community was destroyed by Sudanese government-backed militias in 2003. He talks with human rights lawyer Chris Nugent about the conflict and his ‘treacherous’ work as a translator for the aid agencies and journalists. Tim Butcher discusses his extraordinary and audacious Congolese adventure Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart, which has been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Stephen Moss

Tweet of the Day

Hay Festival 2014, 

Imagine a jazz musician, improvising on a theme. Then imagine that he is able to play half a dozen instruments – not one after another, but almost simultaneously, switching effortlessly between instruments and musical styles with hardly a pause for breath. If you can countenance that, you are halfway towards appreciating the extraordinary song of the nightingale…

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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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Peter Carey talks to John Walsh

Theft: A Love Story

Hay Festival 2006, 
The double Booker Prizewinner (True History of the Kelly Gang, Oscar and Lucinda) discusses his lewdly funny new art world novel with the Independent writer.

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Richard House

Digital Publishing: Pixels vs paper – The Kills

Hay Festival 2014, 

The digital-first publication of the Booker long-listed The Kills combines over forty multimedia elements (film, audio, animation and text) alongside a sequence of four novels. House will talk about the development of the project and the potential of digital publishing.

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Lizzie Collingham

The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food

Hay Festival 2011, 
Tracing the interaction between food and strategy, on both the military and home fronts, this wide-ranging, gripping and dazzlingly original account demonstrates how the issue of access to food was a driving force both within Nazi policy and for the Allies.

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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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Mitchell Symons

Happily Never After: Modern Cautionary Tales

Hay Festival 2014, 

Mitchell has won the Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Awards twice, for Why Eating Bogeys Is Good For You and Do Igloos Have Loos? Here, the revolting rhymes expert treats his audience to a wickedly funny retelling of Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for Children.

9+ years

Mitchell Symons

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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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Rose Tremain

Fictions – The American Lover

Hay Festival 2015, 

The award-winning novelist, author of Restoration, The Road Home, Music and Silence, and The Colour, awakens the senses in this diverse collection of short stories. In her precise yet sensuous style she lays bare the soul of her characters– the admirable, the embarrassing, the unfulfilled, the sexy and the adorable – to uncover a dazzling range of human emotions and desires. She reads, and talks to Peter Florence.

Rose Tremain

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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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Emma Barrett and Sian Williams talk to Rajan Datar

Risk and Resilience

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about risk and resurgence. Barrett is the co-author of Extreme: Why Some People Thrive at the Limits, which examines what we can learn from people who embrace high-risk work and life and are attuned to survival. Sian Williams, one the nation’s most trusted broadcasters, is also a trauma assessor. She is the author of Rise: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma (embargoed until 30 May).

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Anthony Horowitz

Never Say Die

Hay Festival 2017, 

Alex Rider is back. Join the author as he reveals what’s in store in the next chapter of his legendary character’s life as he is forced to leave his home in San Francisco and head back east. There are some old friends and old enemies and, above all, there is plenty of action, adrenaline and adventure.

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Anthony Horowitz

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Jonathan Porritt, Claire Fox, Ed Gillespie and Martin Wright

Sustainability in an Age of Brexit and Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

How does the green movement best respond to the collapse of the liberal consensus and the defunding of the American EPA? Is it a useful slap in the face to a movement that may have become a little too comfortably ensconced in the mainstream? Veteran environmentalist Jonathan Porritt joins Claire Fox from the Institute of Ideas and sustainability expert Ed Gillespie to talk with Forum for the Future’s Martin Wright.

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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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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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Josh Cohen

The Private Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

The war over private life spreads inexorably. Some seek to expose, invade and steal it, others to protect, conceal and withhold it. But what if what we call ‘private life’ is the one element in us that we can’t possess? Could it be that we’re so intent on taking hold of the privacy of others or keeping hold of our own only because we’re powerless to do either? Cohen is a psychoanalyst and professor of literature.