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Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Hay Festival 2013, 

Guy Parker-Rees’ exuberant illustrations have made him a bestseller. You’ll recognise his work from the worldwide hit, Giraffes Can’t Dance, a World Book Day book for 2013. Join the fun!

Duration 45 mins.

4+ years

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Tobias Hill talks to Peter Guttridge

The Hidden

Hay Festival 2009, 
Secrets, beauty and extremism turn the plot of this stupendous novel.

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Alex James

Bit of a Blur

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Costwold cheese farmer and wild man of Britpop band Blur tells a picaresque tale of musical celebrity.

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Laetitia Maklouf

Sweet Peas for Summer

Hay Festival 2012, 
Effortless proof that a life full of plants is the only one worth living - How to Create a Garden in a Year.

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Doris Lessing talks to Julian Mitchell

Hay Festival 1996, 
We celebrate the publication of Lessing's first novel for ten years Love, Again with this interview in which she talks to the playwright and screenwriter Julian Mitchell.

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Guto Harri and Dylan Jones

The News Academy

Hay Festival 2015, 

Join Dylan Jones, author and award-winning editor of GQ magazine, and Guto Harri, former BBC Chief Political Correspondent, Communications Director for Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and now Communications Director for News UK, in a special Q&A on their career insights, experiences and advice for entering the world of journalism.

For students aged 16–18 years

Guto Harri and Dylan Jones

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Melvin Burgess & Anthony McGowan

Hay Festival 2013, 

Melvin Burgess talks to Anthony McGowan about the unusual genesis of The Hit, Melvin’s new book – a tense and violent thriller based on a very interesting premise.

12+ years

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Ally Kennan & Tim Bowler

Quarry, Buried Thunder

Hay Festival 2011, 
Dangerous secrets and deadly traps from two award-winning writers who know exactly what makes a page-turning thriller. Chaired by Pete Hurley
 
12+ years Goosebumps 

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Kathy Burke talks to John Mitchinson

in Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor introduces and reads from her book 24 Stories, an anthology of stories written on themes of community and hope, by a mix of the UK’s best established writers and previously unpublished authors inspired by the Grenfell Tower disaster. She is joined by Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina and Man at the Helm and a contributor to the anthology.
 
On the night of 14 June 2017, a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London, killing at least 72 people and injuring many more. An entire community was destroyed. For many people affected by this tragedy, the psychological scars may never heal. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that affects many people who have endured traumatic events, leaving them unable to move on from life-changing tragedies. In the immediate aftermath of the fire, the focus was rightly placed on providing food, shelter and health care for those left homeless – but it is important that we don’t lose sight of the psychological impact this fire will have had on its survivors.
 
Burke established herself as a great comic actress with parts like Waynetta Slob in Harry Enfield's Television Programme and the brattish teenager Perry in Kevin & Perry Go Large. She won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for her role as an oppressed wife to a violent alcoholic in Gary Oldman’s grim feature Nil By Mouth. Most recently she has directed an acclaimed production of Lady Windermere’s Fan in the West End.



portrait of Kathy Burke by Rankin, courtesy of Rankin Photography Ltd.

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Gaby Wood, Philippe Sands, Elif Shafak, Juan Gabriel Vasquez

The Golden Man Booker Prize

Hay Festival 2018, 

What is the best Booker winner? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the fiction prize, five judges have each selected what they think is the best winner of each decade since 1968. The shortlist result will be announced at Hay on 26 May. Wood, the Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, hosts an all-star panel who will have read the shortlisted books and will pick a Hay winner. Sands won the non-fiction Baillie Gifford Prize for East West Street. Turkish author Shafak’s novels include Honour, The Forty Rules of Love and Three Daughters of Eve.  The Colombian novelist Gabriel Vasquez won the Premio Alfaguara and the IMPAC award for The Sound of Things Falling. His latest novel is The Shape of the Ruins.

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The Collector of Worlds

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ilya Troyanov considers the extraordinary life of Sir Richard Burton, the first westerner to make the hajj to Mecca, discoverer of the source of the Nile, and translator of The Arabian Nights.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tim Telling

The Early Edition

Hay Festival 2015, 

Sub-editors and journos beware…the comedians mock facts and folly in today’s papers. The home team is joined by Daily Mash editor Tim Telling.

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tim Telling

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David Reynolds

Cambridge University Series 3: The Great War and the Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2014, 

Re-examining the differing impacts of WWI on Britain, Ireland and the United States, The Long Shadow throws light on the whole of the last century and demonstrates that the First World War is a conflict from which Britain, more than any other nation, is still recovering.

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Richard Cohen

Chasing The Sun

Hay Festival 2011, 
From Galileo and Homer to macro astronomy and bird migration – a brilliant tour of the cultural and scientific history of The Star That Gives Us Life.
 
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By the Sword - Richard Cohen

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Julia Donaldson and The Giant Jumperee

Working with Helen Oxenbury and other illustrators

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Julia Donaldson discussing the creation of The Giant Jumperee. Chaired by Children’s Director Julia Eccleshare.

9–adult
Julia Donaldson and The Giant Jumperee

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Stuart Franklin

The Documentary Impulse

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Magnum photographer took one of the most powerful photographs of the twentieth century - the “tank man” in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989. From his insightful position as a photographer, Franklin explores why we are driven to visually document our experiences and the world around us. He focuses on photography but traces this universal need through art, literature and science. Looking at photojournalism, war photography and work recording our culture, Franklin identifies some of its driving impulses: curiosity, outrage, reform and ritual; the search for evidence, for beauty, for therapy; and the immortalisation of memory. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Howard Marks talks to Jon Gower

Hay Festival 2011, 
Mr Nice talks nasty with the launch of his Cardiff-set crime novel Sympathy for the Devil.

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Sinclair McKay talks to Mark Skipworth

The Secret History of Bletchley Park

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author discusses his History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There.

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Saci Lloyd and Andrew Simms

Cancel The Apocalypse

Hay Festival 2013, 

A bold and radical look at a world obsessed with economic growth at the expense of quality of life – and what we can do to change. Environmental author and campaigner Saci Lloyd talks to New Economics Foundation fellow Andrew Simms.

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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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Carolin Crawford

Cambridge Series 12 - Turbulence: the Birth and Death of Stars

Hay Festival 2012, 
The astronomer explores the science behind the glorious and complex nebulae that inhabit interstellar space.
 
In association with Cambridge University

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Andy Rouse

RSPB Cymru Lecture

Hay Festival 2011, 
The charismatic and irreverent superstar wildlife photographer talks about his work and shows some of his astounding images.

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Tristan Gooley

The Natural Explorer

Hay Festival 2012, 
A beautiful and engaging introduction to Understanding Your Landscape - a naturalist, countryman’s guide to ‘creative rambling’.

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The Story of God

Robert Winston

Hay Festival 2006, 
The eminent medic and broadcaster discusses the relationship between religion and science from primitive times to our multi-faith world.

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Nicholas Allan

My Dad’s the Best

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nicholas Allan, author and illustrator of The Queen’s Knickers and Father Christmas Needs a Wee, reads from his latest book, My Dad’s the Best. This warm and witty story is a celebration of dads everywhere. Nicholas also performs magic tricks… Don’t forget to bring your dad.
4+ years
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