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Michael Wolff talks to Dylan Jones

Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Vanity Fair journalist and biographer of Rupert Murdoch discusses and updates his classic work The Man Who Owns The News.

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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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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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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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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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Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

Establishment and Meritocracy

Hay Festival 2015, 

The interlocking themes of Establishment and Meritocracy form a crucial part of the intellectual compost that made Hennessy’s generation of post-war Britons. The Establishment and the concept of a growing and eventually self-propelling meritocracy were always at odds, and the policies that brought it about dramatically altered British society. He talks to economist Susie Symes, Chair of 19 Princelet Street.

Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

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Chris Parry

Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century

Hay Festival 2014, 

The maritime strategist and former Rear Admiral argues that in the second decade of the 21st century, the sea is set to reclaim its status as the world’s pre-eminent strategic medium. Parry makes the case that the next decade will witness a ‘scramble’ for the sea, involving competition for oceanic resources and the attempted political and economic colonisation of large tracts of what have, until now, been considered international waters and shipping routes. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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David Fraser

Frederick the Great

Hay Festival 2000, 
The military biographer and former general presents his adulatory study of the Prussian dictator, 'one of the most extraordinary men ever to sit on the throne or command an army.'

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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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Christopher Tyerman

God's War: A New History of the Crusades

Hay Festival 2007, 
Driven by faith, greed and wanderlust, from 1095 to 1291 successive generations of Christian soldiers ransacked the Middle East. They defined the shape of the Mediterranean world and the relationship between Christianity and Islam.

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African Literature in Spanish

Segovia 2010, 
Authors Justo Bolekia Boleká, César Mba Abogo, Recaredo Silebo Boturu and Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, coordinated by Landry Wilfrid Miampika (lecturer at the University of Alcalá), will speak about the problems, trends, writing conditions and obstacles in the reception of African literature in Spanish, drawing on the experiences of some of its main figures.

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Peter Godwin

The Fear

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

At the time of writing, Robert Mugabe has just secured his seventh term in office. Peter Godwin’s The Fear records the journalist’s travels through his home country after the 2008 elections to see the torture bases, the burned villages, the death squads, the opposition leaders in hiding, the last white farmers, the churchmen and the diplomats putting their own lives on the line to stop the carnage. He currently serves as President of PEN’s American Center.

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Peter Oborne talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Wounded Tiger: The History of Cricket in Pakistan

Hay Festival 2014, 

Since the early days of the Raj, cricket has been entwined with national identity and Pakistan’s successes helped to define its status in the world. In recent years its cricketers have been a prey to problems which have threatened Pakistan’s very existence: fall out from the ‘war on terror’, sectarian violence, gangsterism and corruption, deep-seated crises in education, health and the environment, and a shortage of effective leaders. For twenty years, Pakistani cricket has been stained by the scandalous behaviour of the players involved in match-fixing.

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Dan Pearson

Natural Selection: a Year in the Garden

Hay Festival 2017, 

Pearson draws on ten years of his Observer columns to explore the rhythms and pleasures of a year in the garden. Travelling between his city-bound plot in Peckham and 20 acres of verdant hillside in Somerset, he celebrates the beautiful skeletons of the winter garden, the joyous passage into spring, the heady smell of summer’s bud break and the flaring of colour in autumn.

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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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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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Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

Establishment and Meritocracy

Winter Weekend 2014, 

The interlocking themes of Establishment and Meritocracy form a crucial part of the intellectual compost that made Hennessy’s generation of post-war Britons. The Establishment and the concept of a growing and eventually self-propelling meritocracy were always at odds, and the policies that brought it about dramatically altered British society. He talks to economist Susie Symes, Chair of 19 Princelet Street.

Peter Hennessy talks to Susie Symes

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Hay on Earth 4

A Market Place for Innovation

Hay Festival 2010, 
Groups participating by invitation in the Hay on Earth 4 social enterprise and business sustainability workshop taking place earlier this morning have the opportunity here to engage members of the public in discussion and sharing of ideas that make their projects stronger and more likely to succeed.

Entry to this event is free, and no need to reserve a ticket – just drop in.

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John Heilbron

Galileo

Hay Festival 2011, 
A profile of the Renaissance genius that celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publication of Siderius Nuncius – The Starry Messenger, one of the turning points of science that changed perceptions of the perfection of the heavens and the centrality of the Earth forever.

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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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David Wilson talks to Mark Skipworth

Scott Centenary - Winter Journey

Hay Festival 2012, 
Edward Wilson, Chief of the Scientific Staff and Expedition Artist to Captain Scott’s final expedition, died with his comrades on the Great Ice Barrier while returning from the South Pole. He also led one of the greatest scientific quests of the era, ‘The Worst Journey in the World’ through the Antarctic winter-night to find proof of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in the eggs of the Emperor Penguin. The explorer’s great nephew, author of The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott and Edward Wilson’s Antarctic Notebooks tells the tales.

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Dannie Abse talks to Gwyneth Lewis

Hay Festival 2007, 
The writer discusses his latest collection of poetry Running Late and his memoir The Presence. After his wife Joan died in a car accident in June 2005, he began to write a diary which is both a record of present grief, and a portrait of a marriage which lasted more than fifty years.

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John Campbell, Anthony Howard

Margaret Thatcher

Hay Festival 2000, 
The award-winning biographer of Edward Heath and Aneurin Bevan discusses his radical study of the early years and political career of the millionaire's wife who challenged for the leadership of the Conservative Party in 1975, and rediscovered the value of her roots above the grocer's shop in Grantham. Campbell analyses the clarity of ambition and the ruthless determination of the woman who became one of the most dominant political leaders of the twentieth century.

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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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Lily Ashley, Grace Pilkington, James Massiah

Little Grape Jelly–in Performance

Hay Festival 2017, 

The trio of poets bill themselves asconversations between a recovering love addict, a born again nihilist and an emotionally naked feminist’.They’re clever and inventive and they give good show.