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Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Word Play Workshop – The Roots of Poetry

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

A Ghanaian poet, novelist, editor, social commentator and broadcaster, Nii is an inspirational writer. Join him for this poetry workshop as he takes you through structure, metaphor and imagery to discover the similarities and differences between poetry and rap/hip hop.


14–18 years

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Nicholas Orme

The Beginnings Of Children’s Literature In England

Hay Festival 2013, 

One of the world authorities on medieval children and schools examines the poetry and stories of the middle ages, the myths and the legends. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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Andrew O’Hagan

The Atlantic Ocean

Hay Festival 2008, 
Andrew O’Hagan makes an argument for the personal essay as the great British form of writing, a form that once described the world back to itself in the eras of William Hazlitt and George Orwell. More argumentative than film, more risky than the novel, can the essay tell us how the culture of British life has become enslaved to the commercial and military dreams of America?

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Philip Ardagh

When Bunnies Turn Bad

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beardy Ardagh (it’s ok, we’re allowed to call him that!) shows just what it is that would make any sane-minded person avoid visiting Grubtown for business or pleasure at all costs, and exactly why we love it so.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers

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Peter Jukes and John Sutherland

Lines of Duty

Hay Festival 2017, 

Private investigator Daniel Morgan was murdered with an axe to the head in the car park of the Golden Lion pub, Sydenham on 10 March 1987. Thirty years on, after five failed police investigations and an ongoing Home Office inquiry, Daniel’s murder remains unsolved. Jukes co-wrote Untold with Daniel’s brother, Alastair. Sutherland is one of the Met’s most distinguished police officers. His book Blue: A Memoir – Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces is an account of the uplifting highs and crushing lows of a career in policing, and the story of slow recovery from serious illness. They talk to LBC’s Matt Stadlen.

Peter Jukes and John Sutherland

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Hannah Rothschild, Elif Shafak, Bryony Gordon, Sabrina Mahfouz and Gabrielle Walker

Question Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

An all-star cast will take questions from anyone on any topic in or out of the news. Shafak is a Turkish novelist and public intellectual, Rothschild is chair of the National Gallery, Walker is a climate scientist and broadcaster, Mahfouz is an award-winning poet and playwright and Gordon writes for the Telegraph and is a mental health campaigner.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ece Temelkuran talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: The Journey

Hay Festival 2017, 

Nguyen’s The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of 20 years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love and family. Temelkuran’s Women who Blow on Knots about three women on a road trip from Tunisia to Lebanon has become a controversial classic of Turkish literature.

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ece Temelkuran talk to Daniel Hahn

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A sea of hope? Climate change and its effects on the oceans

Alanna Mitchell

Cartagena 2011, 
The Canadian journalist Alanna Mitchell is a specialist in science and the environment. Her talk will be about the effects of climate change on biodiversity in the oceans, particularly focusing on its consequences for coral reefs in the Caribbean. Alanna analyses this problem in her book Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, a popular success that has also won the 2009 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Environmental Reporting.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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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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Farah Faizal and Ahmed Shaheed talk to Philippe Sands

Paradise Lost: The Maldives Experience

Hay Festival 2015, 

When long-standing dictatorships fall and democracies are born, without economic support these countries will struggle. And when they do, it can breed extremism. We need a Marshall Plan for these countries to ensure that they are economically supported. Former Maldives High Commissioner Farah Faizal and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran talk to international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands.

Farah Faizal and Ahmed Shaheed talk to Philippe Sands

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Zoe Williams, Amelia Womack, David Boyle, Andrew Simms

The Alternative – Is it Time for a new Progressive Politics to Arise in Britain?

Hay Festival 2017, 

With old British political alignments shifting, sharp divisions within government and at least as much in the official opposition, is a very different, new, progressive alliance the way ahead? Contributors to the book ‘The Alternative,’ debate including Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist, David Boyle, author of How to be English, and Andrew Simms of the New Weather Institute.

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Story of a Death Foretold

Hay Festival 2014, 

On 11 September 1973, President Salvador Allende of Chile, Latin America’s first democratically elected Marxist president, was deposed in a violent coup d’état. The Colombian historian explains why and how business leaders in Chile, extreme right-wing groups, high-ranking officers in the Chilean military and the US administration, and the CIA worked together to secure a prompt and dramatic end to his progressive social programme.

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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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Chetan Bhatt, Óscar Guardiola-Rivera and Nizar Saghieh in conversation with John Kampfner

Let’s talk about Human Rights

Beirut 2012, 
Three experts from different corners of the world discuss a universal issue: how to ensure that human rights are respected and protected. Professor Chetan Bhatt is Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of economics. Óscar Guardiola-Rivera teaches International Law and International Affairs at Birkbeck College, university of London; he also served as an aid to the Colombian Congress and as a consultant for a united nations unit in the region. Nizar Saghieh is a leading lawyer, legal researcher and human rights activist. He is currently a legal consultant for the International Labour Organization and one of the founders of the Legal Agenda. John Kampfner is Adviser to Google on freedom of expression and culture. He is an author, broadcaster and commentator specialising in uK politics, international affairs, media and human rights issues.
 
Event in English
With the support of Google, the Embassy of Colombia in the Republic of Lebanon and the London School of Economics

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Marc Morris

Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta

Hay Festival 2015, 

The historian introduces his biography of King John – a ruler managing the aftermath of another ruinous Crusade, conflicts with France, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, excommunication, taxation and some very demanding Nobles. King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood — greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel. But who was the man behind the legend? Was he truly a monster, or a capable ruler cursed by ill luck? In this talk, the historian draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to bring the real John vividly to life.

Marc Morris

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Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

Collusion

Hay Festival 2018, 

In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the President-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’. Collusion is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier. 


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Germaine Greer

The Sidney Nolan Centenary

Hay Festival 2017, 

A celebration of the great Australian artist who settled at The Rodd in Kington. Nolan exhibited at our very first Festival 30 years ago.

Image: Sidney Nolan, Moon Garden, 1977, oil on canvas, ©Sidney Nolan Trust

For further information about the public opening of Sidney Nolan’s studio and the exhibition of his paintings, please visit sidneynolantrust.org

Germaine Greer

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Steve Cole

Magic Ink

Hay Festival 2013, 

Hear all about Magic Ink, the brand-new comic strip adventure from the madcap mind of Steve Cole, bestselling author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action and Slime Squad.

8+ years

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Caroline Shenton

The Day Parliament Burned Down

Hay Festival 2013, 

In the early evening of 16 October 1834 a huge ball of fire exploded through the roof of the Houses of Parliament, creating a blaze so enormous that it could be seen by the King and Queen at Windsor. Rumours as to the fire’s cause were rife. Was it arson, terrorism, the work of foreign operatives, a kitchen accident, careless builders, or even divine judgement on politicians? Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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Jerry Brotton

Talking About Shakespeare: This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World

Hay Festival 2016, 

In 1570, when it became clear she would never be gathered into the Catholic fold, Elizabeth I was excommunicated by the Pope. On the principle that my enemy’s enemy is my friend, this marked the beginning of an extraordinary English alignment with the Muslim powers fighting Catholic Spain in the Mediterranean, and of cultural, economic and political exchanges with the Islamic world of a depth not again experienced until the modern age. England signed treaties with the Ottoman Porte, received ambassadors from the kings of Morocco and shipped munitions to Marrakesh. By the late 1580s hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Elizabethan merchants, diplomats, sailors, artisans and privateers were plying their trade from Morocco to Persia.

These included the resourceful mercer Anthony Jenkinson who met both Süleyman the Magnificent and the Persian Shah Tahmasp in the 1560s, William Harborne, the Norfolk merchant who became the first English ambassador to the Ottoman court in 1582 and the adventurer Sir Anthony Sherley, who spent much of 1600 at the court of Shah Abbas the Great. The previous year, remarkably, Elizabeth sent the Lancastrian blacksmith Thomas Dallam to the Ottoman capital to play his clockwork organ in front of Sultan Mehmed. The awareness of Islam which these Englishmen brought home found its way into many of the great cultural productions of the day, including most famously Marlowe’s Tamburlaine, and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Merchant of Venice. The year after Dallam’s expedition, the Moroccan ambassador, Abd al-Wahid bin Mohammed al-Annuri, spent six months in London with his entourage. Shakespeare wrote Othello six months later. Brotton shows that England’s relations with the Muslim world were far more extensive, and often more amicable, than we have appreciated, and that their influence was felt across the political, commercial and domestic landscape of Elizabethan England.

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Jerry Brotton

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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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Rebecca F. John and Jake Arnott talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: London Tales

Hay Festival 2017, 

John presents her novel The Haunting of Henry Twist – a mysterious love story set in 1926 that recalls the power and strangeness of Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Arnott’s The Fatal Tree is set 200 years earlier and is about the true story of Edgeworth Bess, which mesmerised C18th society: a riveting, artful tale of crime and rough justice, love and betrayal. Rich in the street slang of the era, it vividly conjures up a murky world of illicit dens and molly-houses; a world where life was lived on the edge, in the shadow of that fatal tree – the gallows.

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Yasmeen Ismail

Specs for Rex

Hay Festival 2015, 
Time for Bed, Fred! is Yasmeen Ismail’s award-wining debut picture book. Join her for storytelling and find out how to draw Rex, a young lion character from her newest book Specs for Rex.

Photo: Olivia Hemmingway

4+ years
Yasmeen Ismail

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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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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.