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Jackie Morris with Kerry Andrew

The Lost Words: Live Painting

Hay Festival 2018, 

The artist, co-creator of the Book of the Year, talks about the extraordinary project to reclaim and celebrate The Lost Words whilst she paints live onstage. She is accompanied by the music and song of Kerry Andrew performing the spells. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – dandelion, otter, bramble, acorn – all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Morris and her poet-spellcaster, Robert Macfarlane, have created a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. They capture the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop, which is hosting an exhibition of Jackie’s work until 31 August 2018

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Caroline Ingraham

How Animals Heal Themselves

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the humble caterpillar to mighty elephants, animals have innate ability to forage for plant and mineral extracts, in order to look after their own emotional and physical health. If, however, an animal’s environment is devoid of these substances you can enrich their lives by offering many of these extracts for self-selection.

Caroline Ingraham

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Fairytale Hairdressing

Hay Festival 2014, 
Author Abie Longstaff and illustrator Lauren Beard will draw you in to a modern fairy tale world where the Big Bad Wolf runs the opticians (all the better to see you with…) and Red Riding Hood has a skateboard shop.
4–6 years
Fairytale Hairdressing

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ABC/IE Workshop

Novels and Journalists: Real Fictions

Segovia 2014, 

Novels by authors well-known from TV have been remarkably well received by readers. Apart from the authors’ fame as journalists and news readers on different channels, their forays into fiction have brought a new flavour to the literary scene. Fiction written by people who compile and convey news stories day after day contains dreams and stories that are worth taking a look at. What does journalism bring to literature? Marta Fernández and Sandra Barneda talk to Inés Martín Rodrigo and Jesús García Calero.

Produced live by the IE School of Communication Medialab team and broadcast via live streaming on the culture section of www.abc.es

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A World Without Bees

Hay Festival 2008, 
Guardian Environment Editor John Vidal faces the cataclysm with eco-authors Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum.

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Liz Kessler & Hilary McKay

Seaside Stories

Hay Festival 2013, 

North of Nowhere and Binny For Short are both set in seaside towns. These two acclaimed writers discuss the differences and similarities in their stories.

9+ years

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Germaine Greer

The Uses of Poetry

Hay Festival 2003, 
The celebrated teacher and Shakespearean communicates her passion for great poetry with her customary provocative and inspirational brilliance. Greer has edited two collections of poetry by women, Kissing the Rod and 101 Poems. She runs her own press, Stump Cross Books, which has published editions of work by Katherine Philips, Anne Wharton and other neglected poets.

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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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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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Nick Rosen

How to Live Off-Grid

Hay Festival 2007, 
From survivalist and hippy homes to new environmental adventurers, Rosen takes a journey outside the system of telephone, water and power.

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Jon Lee Anderson, Robin Yassin-Kassab and Åsne Sierstad in conversation with Benedict Brogan

From war to words

Beirut 2012, 
Journalists face the challenge of witnessing conflict and violence and having to transform often harrowing first-hand experience into suitable journalism. How do you put war into words? Jon Lee Anderson is a writer for The New Yorker who has worked extensively in conflict zones across the world. He is also the author of Che, a Revolutionary Life, a biography of Che Guevara, and The Fall of Baghdad. Robin Yassin-Kassab is co-editor of and a regular contributor to PULSE Media, recently listed by Le Monde diplomatique as one of its top five websites, and the author of The Road from Damascus. Åsne Seierstad is a norwegian freelance journalist and writer, best known for her accounts of everyday life in war zones: Kabul after 2001, Baghdad in 2003 and the ruined Grozny in 2007. She is the author of the international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul. Chaired by Benedict Brogan, Deputy Editor of The Daily Telegraph.
 
Event in English
With the support of the British Council and NORLA

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Austen Bicentenary Series 3

Austentatious: Literary Mischief

Hay Festival 2013, 

An hour-long comedy play spun in the style of Jane Austen. A seasoned cast including fast-rising comics Cariad Lloyd and Rachel Parris present an eloquent, irreverent and 100% improvised take on Britain’s best-loved novelist. Swooning guaranteed.

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Robert Tombs

Cambridge University Series 2: The English and their History

Hay Festival 2015, 

If a nation is a group of people with a sense of kinship, a political identity and representative institutions, then the English have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world. They first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. They have lasted as a recognizable entity ever since, and their defining national institutions can be traced back to the earliest years of their history.

Robert Tombs

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Matt Dickinson

The Everest Files: A Short (and Turbulent!) Trip to the Top of the World

Hay Festival 2014, 

Is chaos descending on Mount Everest? Why are Sherpas and Westerners fighting on the slopes? How come the Nepalese authorities have had to put an army post at base camp? And what about the ever-younger age of climbers? Do 13-year-olds really belong in this lethal place? Everest Summiteer Matt Dickinson discusses these dramatic changes and presents a fact-filled journey to the top of the world’s highest mountain. He also discusses his new teen novel The Everest Files, which follows an Everest expedition from the point of view of a 16-year-old Sherpa climber.
8+ years

Matt Dickinson

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Jeremy Farrar

The Future of Global Health

Hay Festival 2016, 

The recent Ebola outbreak highlights the serious threat that emerging infectious diseases can pose to global public health. Despite years of apparent preparations for a devastating pandemic, responses to outbreaks are cumbersome and delayed, and opportunities to save lives are missed. Over the past 15 years, the systematic failure to collect and share clinical data during epidemics, including zoonotic viruses such as SARS, H5N1, Nipah, and MERSCoV, has been a recurring problem. Understanding the inter-relationships between human behaviour, animal health and the environment is essential for mobilising successful responses to future spillover events. Professor Farrar is the Director of the Wellcome Trust.

Jeremy Farrar

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Paul Fischer

A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Incredible True Story of North Korea and the Most Audacious Kidnapping in History

Hay Festival 2015, 

Before becoming the world's most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea's film industry. He directed every film made in the country but knew they were nothing compared to Hollywood. Then he hit on the perfect solution: order the kidnapping of South Korea's most famous actress and her ex-husband, the country's most acclaimed director.

In a jaw-dropping mission the couple were kidnapped, held hostage and then 'employed' to make films for the Dear Leader, including a remake of Godzilla. They gained Kim's trust – but could they escape?

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Göran Rosenberg talks to Philippe Sands

A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz

Hay Festival 2015, 

On 2 August 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having survived the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the harrowing slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival. In his intelligent and deeply moving book, Rosenberg returns to his own childhood in order to tell the story of his father; walking at his side, holding his hand, trying to get close to him again. It is also the story of the chasm that soon opens between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past.

Göran Rosenberg talks to Philippe Sands

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Julian Richards

The Viking Great Army and the Winter of AD 872–3

Hay Festival 2014, 

Recent discoveries have allowed archaeologists to locate the site, near Torksey in Lincolnshire, where the Viking Great Army wintered in AD 872–3. Richards describes what archaeological fieldwork can tell about the Great Army and their camp.

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Diana McCaulay, Michael Mendis and Maggie Gee

A Commonwealth Writers Conversation

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Untold Story: The Environment in Fiction 

The impact of global warming is likely to be, ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible’, according to a recent UN report. Diana McCaulay, environmental activist and author from Jamaica, Michael Mendis, blogger and short story writer from Sri Lanka, and UK novelist Maggie Gee explore what happens when science and fiction meet, with Daniel Hahn.

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Philip Hook

Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A–Z of the Art World

Hay Festival 2014, 

When you stand in front of a work of art in a museum or exhibition, the first two questions you normally ask yourself are 1) do I like it? and 2) who’s it by? When you stand in front of a work of art in an auction room or dealer’s gallery, you ask these two questions followed by others: how much is it worth? how much will it be worth in five or ten years’ time? and what will people think of me if they see it hanging on my wall? A wry, intimate, and revealing exploration of how art acquires its financial value, from a senior director at Sotheby’s. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Val McDermid in conversation with Tiffany Murray

Segovia 2013, 

Val McDermid is one of the best selling crime writers in the English-speaking world. Her prolific literary work, which has been translated into more than 30 languages, includes titles such as The Wire in the Blood, The Distant Echo and her latest work The Retribution. She has been awarded the prestigious Cartier Diamond Daggerprize for her contribution to the genre throughout her career. She speaks with the writer Tiffany Murray.

Event in English.


Co-organised with the British Council and the Arts Council of Wales and the collaboration of RBA publishing house.

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Marian Keyes

The Woman Who Stole My Life

Kells 2015, 

Keyes’ stunning new novel The Woman Who Stole My Life is about losing the life you had and finding a better one. Her internationally bestselling novels include Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky and The Mystery of Mercy Close.

Marian Keyes

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Michael Rosen

Jelly Boots/Uncle Gobb

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jelly Boots is a riotous celebration of words – silly words, funny words, new words, old words, words you only use in your own family and the very best words in the right order. Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads is the second uproarious Uncle Gobb adventure. Join Michael Rosen for an introduction to these and others of his much-loved and amazing stories.

6+
Michael Rosen

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Edith Grossman in conversation with Daniel Hahn

Why Translation Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

The doyenne of literary translators, the English voice of García Márquez, Cervantes, Vargas Llosa and Roncagliolo discusses her craft.

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Melanie Challenger

On Extinction: How We Became Estranged From Nature

Hay Festival 2012, 
The destruction of nature as a consequence of modern human lifestyles, industry and agriculture is leading to the Earth’s sixth great extinction of species, an extinction thousands of times more extensive than that counted in the fossil record before the emergence of modern man.