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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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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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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
Nicholas Allan

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Mark Watson is Crap at the Environment

Hay Festival 2008, 
And he's one of the funniest stand-ups around - acute, surprising and conveying a sense of delight - a real pleasure.

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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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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2017, 

The illustrator discusses and demonstrates his working practice.  This event is aimed at students and young artists.

Oliver Jeffers

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Emma Dodd

I Love You

Hay Festival 2013, 

A warm and joyful look at a child’s world and all the things they love. Follow on from the Booktrust Early Years Award-winner I Love My Mummy.

4+ years

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The Economist Debate: Political reform, not aid or trade, is the key to Africa’s development

Chaired by Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2007, 
Much of Africa remains crippled by famine, war, disease and underdevelopment. Many complain of lack of aid and unfair trade terms, but is Africa destined to be impoverished because of the venality and corruption in the nations’ governance? Or are the political leaders doing the best they can in a continent still devastated by the legacy of slavery and colonialism? Jon Snow chairs, speakers include June Arunga, Richard Cockett, Professor Tunde Zack-Williams and Michael Gidney (Chair of the Fairtrade Foundation's Board and Director of Policy for the NGO Traidcraft Exchange).

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Norma Percy talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Can TV Make History?

Hay Festival 2011, 
A discussion with the pre-eminent international affairs documentary film-maker whose meticulous work includes The Death of Yugoslavia, Iran and the West, Israel and the Arabs, Elusive Peace and The Fall of Milosevic.
 

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Gareth P Jones

Steam Punk Pirates

Hay Festival 2015, 
Attack of the Giant Sea Spiders is the second in the gloriously daft series The Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates by Blue Peter Award-winner, Gareth P Jones. Dropping anchor in Hay with his trusty ukulele, his musty accordion and his rusty cutlass, Gareth gives us an event like no other. Prepare for clashing cutlasses, rowdy readings, raucous sea shanties, and other such shenanigans. Piratical attire optional.
6+ years
Gareth P Jones

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Jonny Duddle

Gigantosaurus

Hay Festival 2014, 

Bonehead, the dino-kid lookout, raises so many false alarms that when the scary Gigantosaurus really appears, his friends may not believe him… High-energy fun from the exuberant Jonny Duddle.
4+ years

Jonny Duddle

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Katherine Freese

The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter

Hay Festival 2015, 

The ordinary atoms that make up the known universe, from our bodies and the air we breathe to the planets and stars, constitute only five percent of all matter and energy in the cosmos. The rest is known as dark matter and dark energy, because their precise identities are unknown. The Cosmic Cocktail is the inside story of the epic quest to solve one of the most compelling enigmas of modern science: what is the universe made of? Freese is Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan and one of today’s foremost pioneers in the study of dark matter.

Katherine Freese

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Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Hidden Roads

Hay Festival 2009, 
Well-known poet and one of the country’s most distinguished writers for children visits the rich memories of his childhood and 1950s England.

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Gillian Clarke en conversación con Peter Florence

Segovia 2008, 
La poeta, editora, traductora y guionista de teatro galesa, Gillian Clarke, presidente del centro de escritores del Norte de Gales, conversará sobre su obra con Peter Florence, Director del Hay Festival. Su poesia se estudia en todos los colegios de Inglaterra.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Rachael Jolley, Paul Caruana Galizia, Caroline Muscat with Katya Adler

The Index on Censorship Platform - The Death of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the Truth About Malta

Hay Festival 2018, 

The journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia investigated corruption in the Maltese government for decades in the face of intimidation, libel threats and persecution. She was assassinated in a car bomb attack on 16 October 2017. The editor of Index on Censorship is joined by Daphne’s son Paul and her fellow Maltese journalist Caroline Muscat of The Shift News. They talk to the BBC’s Europe Editor.

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HAY JOVEN: Javier Cercas en conversación con Guido Tamayo

Cartagena 2013, 
El escritor español Javier Cercas, ganador del Premio Nacional de Narrativa 2010, hablará sobre su última novela, Las leyes de la frontera, con el escritor Guido Tamayo.

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Fiona Reynolds and Simon Jenkins talk to Revel Guest

Octavia Hill’s Grand Idea

Hay Festival 2012, 
The National Trust Director General and Chair celebrate the centenary of Octavia Hill, the social reformer and founder of the National Trust, and discuss her legacy in the work of the Trust today.
 

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Howard Jacobson talks to Peter Florence

The Act of Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comic master pushes obsessional love to a crazy extreme in his outrageous novel. He discusses passion, neurosis and transgression.

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Dan Smith and Paul Dowswell

Big Game and Bomber

Hay Festival 2015, 
Nail-biting tension and compelling storytelling feature in both these books, delivering an edge-of-the-seat reading experience. Dan Smith’s Big Game, recently brought to the big screen, stars a young hero hunting in a Finnish wilderness, who stumbles upon an escape pod from a burning airplane. Soon he and the President of the United States are on the run from terrorists. Paul Dowswell’s Bomber is the meticulously-researched story of a young gunner in WW2 whose dreams of flying turn into nightmares as the Nazis sweep over Europe and war rages. Share the thrills and the tension, and get some top writing tips from these two masters of their craft.
10+ years
Dan Smith and Paul Dowswell

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Steve Hilton talks to John Kampfner

More Human: The Revolution Starts Here

Hay Festival 2016, 
The Stanford academic and former political advisor revisits his 2015 ideas about a more local, accountable and human society, and examines how this might drive political change. His commitment is given piquancy by the way the government he once advised is addressing public services and the state.
Steve Hilton talks to John Kampfner

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Leo Hickman

Will Jellyfish Rule The World?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Calling all mini eco-worriers! There is no getting away from it, you are the future. No pressure. But fear not, help is at hand from green guru Leo Hickman.  Come and quiz him on how we can save the planet one step at a time.

9 years +

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Cathy Cassidy

Hay Festival 2014, 
The much-loved author introduces the newest delicious addition to The Chocolate Box Girls series: Sweet Honey. Cathy is an award-winning author who writes about difficult subjects in a touching yet humorous way – and offers tips on friendship, daydreaming and chocolate.
8+ years
Cathy Cassidy

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Jonathan Fenby

The Great Wonders of China

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Fenby ranges across 3,000 years of continuous civilization to show and discuss treasures from the earliest forms of writing and bronze work to the towering urban development of the C21st.

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John Vidal, Patrick Kamzitu and Emma Taylor with Bettany Hughes

It Starts with a Book

Hay Festival 2018, 

Following the drought of 2012, the community of Gumbi in rural Malawi decided they needed to diversify to protect their families from further famine and create a brighter future for their children. They decided that education was the key. Today, thanks to the support of the Gumbi Education Fund, Book Aid International and others, Gumbi has a small library, three villagers are qualified teachers, and three more are going to university. John Vidal, who covered the famine in the Guardian,and Patrick Kamzitu from Gumbi, will tell this inspiring story. They are joined by broadcaster and historian Bettany Hughes, a long-term supporter of the Gumbi Education Fund and Emma Taylor, Book Aid International’s Head of Communications.

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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