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Animal Adventures

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sarah Lean’s debut A Dog Called Homeless went down a storm with Morpurgo fans. Learn how she creates her stories and join in with some ideas of your own.

8+ years

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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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Luis Rubio

Mexico Beyond The Headlines

Hay Festival 2011, 
The President of the Centre of Research for Development discusses the political and economic situation in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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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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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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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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Patrick French

India

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author discusses his India: A Portrait.

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Simon Thirsk and Tessa Hadley

Fictions: Dragons

Hay Festival 2011, 
Hadley’s The London Train is a remarkable portrayal of a man and woman whose lives collide on the Cardiff to London train. In Thirsk’s Not Quite White, the young Jon Bull is sent by Westminster to Wales’ last remaining Welsh-speaking town to see why all attempts to bring it into the twenty-first century have failed. Chaired by Anita Sethi.

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Karrie Fransman, Zeina Bassil and Joumana Medlej in conversation with Lana Asfour

Beirut 2012, 
Karrie Fransman (UK) came into the public eye with her autobiographical comic strips My Peculiar Life, published in The Guardian, and The Night I Lost My Love, printed in The Times, and who is author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel The House that Groaned. Zeina Bassil (Lebanon) is a freelance illustrator, editor of La Furie des Glandeurs, an illustration and comic fanzine that tackles social related issues in Lebanon, she also has a column in the monthly French literary supplement L’Orient Littéraire. Joumana Medlej (Lebanon) is a designer, calligrapher and illustrator that has created and published her own graphic novels, works with calligraphy and designs desktop icons and computer games. The three participants will discuss the wonders of comic writing, picture making and storytelling with the journalist Lana Asfour.
 
Event in English
With the support of the British Council

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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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Philip Walling

Counting Sheep: A Celebration of the Pastoral Heritage of Britain

Hay Festival 2014, 

Sheep are the thread that runs through the history of the British countryside. Our fortunes were once founded on sheep, and this book tells a story of wool and money and history, of merchants and farmers and shepherds, of English yeomen and how they got their freedom and, above all, of the soil. He talks to Kitty Corrigan.

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Brendan Simms

Cambridge University Series 15: Did the Germans Win the Battle of Waterloo?

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1815, after Europe had been at war for over 20 years, two large, hastily-mobilised armies faced each other at the small Belgian village of Waterloo to decide the future of Europe. Unknown to Napoleon or Wellington, the battle would be decided by a small, ordinary group of British and German troops given the task of defending the farmhouse of La Haye Sainte.

Brendan Simms

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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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Richard Sennett

Together- The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Co-operation

Hay Festival 2012, 
The thinker discusses one of the most difficult challenges facing us today: living with people who are different – racially, ethnically, religiously or economically.
 
Richard Sennett is unable to come to Hay, as he needs to be in close proximity to the hospital in London where he is being treated, but he is - heroically - adamant he wants to do his session so we are going to beam him on a live video link..

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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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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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Tariq Ramadan

The Arab Awakening - Islam and the New Middle East

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of the Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics asks: Can Muslim countries bring together Islam, pluralism and democracy without betraying their identity? Can this emancipation be envisioned with Islam, experienced not as a straitjacket, but as an ethical and cultural wealth? Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

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Jan Blake with Kouame Sereba

The Leopard Woman - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
A hunter goes in search of a leopard cub, a sacrifice in honour of his newborn son - but on finding two cubs, greed overcomes reason and he takes both. Their mother however, a shape-shifting leopard is determined to see her children returned home safely and the hunter pay a high price for his selfishness.

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James Holland

The Battle of Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian tells the stories of the few who did so much for the many in the five months in 1940 that saved Britain.

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Lauren Owen and Marcus Sedgwick

Fictions – Gothic

Hay Festival 2014, 

Owen’s The Quick is a macabre gothic mystery set in Yorkshire and fin de siècle London. Sedgwick’s A Love Like Blood is a dark, compelling thriller about how a man’s life can change in a moment; about where the desire for truth – and for revenge – can lead; about love and fear and hatred. And it is also about the question of blood. They talk to Sameer Rahim.

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Mariana Enriquez and Lisa McInerney talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Tales of the City

Hay Festival 2017, 

Thrilling and terrifying, The Things We Lost in the Fire takes the reader into Enriquez’s world of Argentine Gothic: of sharp-toothed children, of women racked by desire, of demons who lurk beneath the river, of stolen skulls and secrets half-buried under Argentina’s terrible dictatorship. McInerney follows her Baileys Prize-winning debut The Glorious Heresies with The Blood Miracles. The novel is set again in Cork with her vital, brilliant language and storytelling playing out the life and misdemeanours of Ryan Cusack.

Mariana Enriquez and Lisa McInerney talk to Rosie Goldsmith

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The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

Who has won the 2017 Bookseller YA Prize? Join the distinguished line-up of some of the authors shortlisted for the 2017 The Bookseller YA Book Prize as they discuss their books before the moment that the winner is announced and celebrated. The shortlisted authors are: Sara Barnard, Malorie Blackman, Laure Eve, Clare Furniss, Lisa Heathfield, Patrice Lawrence, Peadar O’ Guilin, Francesca Simon, Martin Stewart and Alex Wheatle. Chaired by Gemma Cairney.

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12+

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Doris Lessing talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2007, 
The writer’s latest novel The Cleft imagines a mythical society free from men.

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Paulo Coelho talks to Mick Brown

Hay Festival 2002, 
A rare opportunity to meet the author of The Alchemist, The Devil and Miss Prym, The Fifth Mountain, By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, and Veronika Decides to Die. The Brazilian novelist talks to Mick Brown, author of The Spiritual Tourist.

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Emily Gravett, Chris Haughton and Yasmeen Ismail

Words and Pictures

Hay Festival 2015, 
Three of the most talented picture book artists working today will share and swap ideas with each other and the audience to give a fascinating insight into their working methods, and the other creative projects they get involved in when not making picture books.
10+ years
Emily Gravett, Chris Haughton and Yasmeen Ismail