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Glyn Maxwell and Catherine O’Flynn

Hay Festival 2008, 
Maxwell presents his chilling satire of our media-culture obssession The Girl Who Was Going To Die. O’Flynn ntroduces her multi-award-winning debut What Was Lost. Chaired by Jon Gower.

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Andrew Robinson

Sudden Genius? Mozart and Marie Curie

Hay Festival 2011, 
Insight into two of the ten arts and sciences lives featured in his revelatory study of The Gradual Path to Creative Breakthroughs. Robinson is also the author of the Genius book in the Very Short Introductions series.

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David Beerling

Fossil Forests and Climate Crisis

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paleoclimatology Prof David Beerling, author of Emerald Planet, examines the impact of mankind’s fossil fuel burning on climate change, and maps the action needed to arrest the damage done.

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Mark Hudson

Titian: The Last Days

Hay Festival 2010, 
Towards the end of his life the artist didn’t finish his paintings. Created with the fingers as much as the brush, the last paintings are imbued with a sense of final desperate effort – a rawness and immediacy that weren’t to be seen again in art for centuries. How did it come to this? And what happened to the paintings?
Mark Hudson

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Maddy Abbas, Chris Bickerton, Katharina Karcher and Brendan Simms

Cambridge Series 9: The Future of Europe

Hay Festival 2016, 

As support for the extremes of the political spectrum increases across Europe, and Britain threatens to pull out of the EU, what does the future hold for our continent? Abbas is a research associate at the University of Cambridge, Bickerton is a lecturer in politics and Karcher is a research associate in the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages. Simms is the author of Britain's Europe: A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation.

Maddy Abbas, Chris Bickerton, Katharina Karcher and Brendan Simms

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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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Adam Zamoyski

Rights of Peace

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian exposes the chaos, corruption and sexual depravity of the 1815 Congress of Vienna, at which Europe was scrambled by Napoleon’s vanquishers.

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Frances Osborne and Alexandra Shulman talk to Paul Blezard

Fictions - Women of the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
Park Lane the debut novel from the author of The Bolter is a tale of suffrage, war and love, upstairs and down in Edwardian London; Can We Still Be Friends follows three friends leaving University and emerging into the reality of 1980s Britain.

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Michael Marriott

English Roses

Hay Festival 2016, 

A huge breeding programme is needed to produce the new varieties of English Roses. The Rosarian talks about the work involved and gives a behind-the-scenes look at making the David Austin Roses garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Join us to launch the Roald Dahl Rose, in celebration of the writer’s centenary year.

Michael Marriott

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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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Josh Cohen

The Private Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

The war over private life spreads inexorably. Some seek to expose, invade and steal it, others to protect, conceal and withhold it. But what if what we call ‘private life’ is the one element in us that we can’t possess? Could it be that we’re so intent on taking hold of the privacy of others or keeping hold of our own only because we’re powerless to do either? Cohen is a psychoanalyst and professor of literature.

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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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Jonathan Fenby

The Dragon Throne: A History of Imperial China

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Fenby charts the history and nature of China’s imperial system, 221BC–1912AD, which set the template for the way the world’s most populous (and often richest) nation was ruled, with a heritage still felt today.

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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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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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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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Simon Blackburn

Cambridge Series 8: Practical Tortoise Raising

Hay Festival 2011, 
The philosopher explores the relationship between language and action, pragmatism, pluralism and practical reasoning.
 
Read more about Simon Blackburn on his web page

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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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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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The Remi Harris Quartet

Winter Weekend 2012, 
Join us to celebrate the Festival finale with this exuberant gypsy jazz group. Dance your Christmas socks off to swing, jazz and bebop – there’s only 23 days till Christmas…

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Dennis the Menace with Steven Butler

Hay Festival 2015, 
Becoming the master of menacing is not easy. If you want to learn the rules, join the author of the hilarious Diary of Dennis the Menace series for a sneak peek into the mischievous life of the naughtiest boy in The Beano (and therefore the World’s wildest boy!). Expect lots of fun and games and maybe even a prank or two!
7+ years
Dennis the Menace with Steven Butler

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Colum McCann en conversación con Jonathan Bastian

Cartagena 2013, 
El escritor irlandés Colum McCann es autor de cinco novelas y dos colecciones de cuentos y su trabajo ha sido traducido a treinta idiomas. Galardonado con el National Book Award, el International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award y el Pushcart Prize, conversará con Jonathan Bastian.

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Andy Cope & Lara the dog

Spy Dog

Hay Festival 2012, 
Meet the inspiration behind the Spy Dog series and hear all about the thrilling adventures of her namesake. 
 
7+ 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