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Catherine Gee, Duncan Cunningham, and Imogen Green

Finding Love in the Countryside

Hay Festival 2016, 

Discover the good, the bad and intriguing world of online dating and rural matchmaking with Farmer Wants a Wife presenter Catherine Gee. Duncan Cunningham is founder of The Dating Lab, which has launched dozens of dating sites including Country Living Magazine’s own country-loving.co.uk. After seeing tens of thousands of dating profiles he knows the difference between eye-catching and off-putting. Country Living columnist and author Imogen Green, has written extensively about her personal experience of rural romance and will share her highlights and low points. Followed by a drinks reception to chat to the speakers and meet like-minded country singletons. Who knows where it might lead?

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Felipe González en conversación con Rodrigo Pardo

El liderazgo en el siglo XXI

Cartagena 2014, 
Presidente de España entre 1982 y 1996, Felipe González ha sido uno de los políticos más influyentes de la historia democrática del país. Presenta su libro En busca de respuestas. El liderazgo en el siglo XXI, en el que analiza la profunda crisis española, económica y social, pero también de liderazgo. A partir de su experiencia en momentos muy complicados de la historia reciente de España, Felipe González realiza una amplia reflexión sobre qué significa hoy el liderazgo político, empresarial y social, y cómo se pueden afrontar los desafíos del presente para sentar las bases de un futuro mejor. En conversación con el periodista Rodrigo Pardo.

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Christopher Stocks talks to John Mitchinson

Forgotten Fruits

Hay Festival 2008, 
Christopher Stocks talks to John Mitchinson about his Guide to Britain’s traditional fruit and vegetables, from Kelvedon King Leeks to White Princess Tomatoes.

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Armando Iannucci

Interviewed by Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2007, 
The entertainer, comedy writer and producer (Alan Partridge, The Day Today, The Thick Of It) talks to Francine Stock.

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Owen Sheers

Pink Mist – Reading followed by Q&A

Kells 2013, 

A reading from this verse drama originally broadcast over a week on Radio 4. Three school friends return from Afghanistan to face the consequences of their tours, for them and the women in their lives. Drawn from interviews with wounded veterans, Pink Mist is a lyric narrative of rare dramatic and emotional intensity. Followed by Q&A with poet Nerys Williams.

‘Breathtaking, unforgettable’ – Dannie Abse.

‘A phenomenal poem’ – Captain Ed Poytner, 2 Rifles.

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Derek Niemann – Birds in a Cage

Winter Weekend 2012, 
The remarkable untold story of a group of POWs who, through a shared love of birds, overcame hunger, hardship and boredom to bring purpose and dignity to their lives behind barbed wire. Under the gaze of Nazi guards, they founded a secret birdwatching society, and their legacy lives on in institutions such as the RSPB and the British Wildlife Trust.

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John Browne talks to Nik Gowing

Beyond Business

Hay Festival 2010, 
The former CEO of BP presided over phenomenal and sustained global growth and was hailed as one of the world’s great business leaders until his private life crashed into the public sphere and prompted his resignation.

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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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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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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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Alison and Laurence Matthews

Zoom Control

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Reimagine life and work and look again at your preconceptions. Learn to spot Trojan Horse assumptions by looking at the really big picture. It’s liberating, simple and inspiring – and might unlock a saner future. ‘Hopeful, realistic and original’ – Rowan Williams.

Alison and Laurence Matthews

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Malorie Blackman

Chasing the Stars

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author pays tribute to Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary in this brilliant new novel inspired by Othello. Her heartrending tale blends a love story with a sci-fi twist in an original Space-age adventure. Hear her discuss the story and her own love of Shakespeare with Claire Armitstead of the Guardian.

12+

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Do book fairs have a future?

Segovia 2012, 
Book fairs promote reading and offer an opportunity for people to meet and discuss writing. Julia Navarro, writer, Teodoro Sacristán, director of the Madrid Book Fair, Ángel María Herrera, president of Bubok and Pedro de Andrés and president of CEDRO analyse the present and future of book fairs.
 
Co-organized with the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO)

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Virginia Nicholson

Millions Like Us

Hay Festival 2011, 
The social historian examines the decade that revolutionised gender relations in C20th Britain in her Women’s Lives in War and Peace, 1939–1945.

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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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Oliver Jeffers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Award-winner Jeffers returns to Hay Festival to entertain his many fans with stories and live drawing from his recent titles including A Child of Books, as well as giving an insight into his future titles. A  Child of Books is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Fiction Award.

3+
Oliver Jeffers

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Ismail Kadare and David Bellos

Hay Festival 2008, 
The first winner of the Man Booker International Prize and his translator discuss his new novel The Siege which explores the familiar thoughts and sufferings of C15th Ottoman warriors in Albania. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Lucy Worsley

My Name is Victoria

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the acclaimed historian as she vividly tells the story of the childhood of Queen Victoria, growing up hidden from public view. There will be stories, facts, and even the chance to become part of history by joining in a living timeline complete with props.

9+

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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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Gabrielle Walker

Antarctica

Hay Festival 2012, 
100 years after Scott and Amundsen’s race to the pole, the writer weaves science, natural history, poetry and epic history to give An Intimate Portrait of the World’s Most Mysterious Continent.

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Cullen Murphy

God’s Jury

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World is an examination of the battle between the individual private conscience and the forces that try to contain it, from the 13th century to today. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

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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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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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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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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