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Jude England

The British Library Lecture; Propaganda: Power And Persuasion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Curator of the new BL show examines C20th and C21st propaganda. What have the Olympics, Chairman Mao and matchboxes got in common? Who portrayed Margaret Thatcher as Napoleon, and why? Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Fflur Dafydd and Samanta Schweblin

Wales/Argentina

Hay Festival 2014, 

In a prelude celebration to next year’s 150th anniversary of the Welsh colony in Patagonia, two of the most brilliant writers from the two countries exchange stories across languages and cultures. They talk with Daniel Hahn.

Fflur Dafydd and Samanta Schweblin

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Ian Gibson talks to Jesús Fonseca

Segovia 2012, 
La Berlina de Prim by Ian Gibson is one of the historical novels of the year and the first foray into Spanish narrative for the writer. He talks to journalist Jesús Fonseca.
 
Co-organized with Fundación Lara and with the collaboration of the Embassy of Ireland in Spain.

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Melvyn Bragg

Twelve Books that Changed the World

Hay Festival 2006, 
Shakespeare, Newton, Wollstonecraft, Wilberforce, Darwin... so (far so?) good. The Rule Book of Association Football? The culture and science champion marks out Britain’s turning points in books.

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Deyan Sudjic

Norman Foster

Hay Festival 2010, 
A study of the global architect who designed the Reichstag, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks headquarters in London and China, the new Wembley stadium and the British Museum’s new court.

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Tim Bowler, Sam Hepburn and Ken Oppel

Adventure, Thrills and Terror

Hay Festival 2015, 
Carnegie Medal-winner Tim Bowler’s new novel Game Changer is a tense thriller, as is Sam Hepburn’s If You Were Me. They are joined by the internationally-acclaimed Ken Oppel on a rare visit to the UK to promote his new adventure The Boundless. They share with us the secret of keeping their readers turning the pages.
11+ years
Tim Bowler, Sam Hepburn and Ken Oppel

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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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Robin Ince and Christopher Edge

Science in Stories: The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the stand-up comedian and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, and the author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, as they tackle questions of science and creativity, puzzling over mysteries such as black holes, the Big Bang and the nature of reality as explored in their books The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day and How to Build a Universe Part I.

9+

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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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Stephen Poliakoff talks to Ariane Koek

Hay Festival 2008, 
The screenwriter discusses his two latest films Joe’s Palace and Capturing Mary with the Arvon Foundation director.

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Zeina Abirached, Judith Vanistendael and Mazen Kerbaj in conversation with Nadine Touma

Graphic stories

Beirut 2012, 
Three accomplished artists discuss graphic storytelling and the relationship between words, images and autobiographical content. Zeina AbiRached is an illustrator, graphic novelist and filmmaker from Beirut. Her titles include Beyrouth-catharsis; 38, Rue Youssef Semaani and Mourir, partir, revenir - Le jeu des hirondelles. Judith Vanistendael (Belgium) creates comics that depict daily life in a realistic way. Author of the semiautobiographical Dance by the Light of the Moon, her latest graphic novel is When David Lost his Voice, a moving story about cancer and its effect on one ordinary family. Mazen Kerbaj is a Lebanese artist, musician and comic cartoonist. His comic strip diary Journal 1999 was published in 2000 and he has published eleven books and several short stories since then. Chaired by the artist and writer nadine Touma, founder of the Dar Onboz publishing house.
 
Event in French
With the support of Passa Porta and the Flemish Literary Fund

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Margaret Atwood

The Waterstone's Lecture

Hay Festival 1995, 
To celebrate the publication of her first collection of new poetry for over a decade, the Canadian writer talks about her writing and the Genesis of her poems in Morning in the Burned House, which draw on classical and popular myth and the more personal concerns of love and the death of her father. "Atwiid brings all the violence of mythology into the present world...she is the quiet Mata Hari, the mysterious, violent... who pits herself against the ordered, too clean world like an arsonist" - Michael Ondaatje."

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Marie-Elsa Bragg

Reformations: Christmas

Winter Weekend 2017, 
Novelist and priest Marie-Elsa Bragg re-examines Christmas through the image of Mary. A powerful influence for over 2000 years which continues to affect our views of women, the feminine and spirituality today. In light of liberation theology, feminism and interfaith relations, Marie-Elsa proposes a new debate about Mary and the sacred for issues we face today. 
Marie-Elsa Bragg

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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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Alex Voorhoeve

LSE Lecture 2: Can We Trust Our Moral Intuitions?

Hay Festival 2011, 
In 2008, Dr Hootan Roozrokh was charged with hastening the death of a patient in order to extract his organs for transplantation before these organs deteriorated. The author of Conversations on Ethics explores how far we can trust our judgments and intuitive and emotional responses to such crises.

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Sue Monroe

The Magnificent Moon Hare

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the dazzling former CBBC presenter for an offbeat story starring a spoilt princess and a moon hare. Alice in Wonderland meets Roald Dahl, with a game of Top Trumps thrown in.
 
7+ years

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Xanadu* Poetry Slam

Beirut 2013, 

Xanadu* and The Poeticiansare proud to be hosting the closing party for the Hay Festival.  The closing event will include a dynamic and moving  spoken word/poetry performance by Poeticians founder Hind Shoufani, as well as Poeticians Rewa Zeinati, The Amazin' Sardine, Tina Fish and surprise performances by more poets and musicians...... The evening will also be hosting the launch of yet another xanadu* publication-- Rewa Zeinati's first book (of creative non-fiction) entitled, Nietzsche's Camel Must Die.

Event in English, Arabic and French

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Eurig Salisbury and Alan Titley

Welsh and Irish

Kells 2013, 

Scoláire, colúnaí le The Irish Times, úrscéalaí, gearrscéalaí, fabhalscéalaí, staraí liteartha, craoltóir agus drámadóir is ea Alan Titley.

The Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh Children’s Poet Laureate) 2011–2013 and Hay International Fellow for 2012–2013 Eurig Salisbury has published a collection of children’s poetry amd a book of poems, Llyfr Glas Eurig (‘Eurig’s Blue Book’). Alan Titley is a scholar, columnist with The Irish Times, novelist, short story and fable writer, literary historian, broadcaster and playwright. They read from their work and discuss the riches of the Welsh and Irish languages. Chaired by Sharon ni Bheoláin of RTÉ News.

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Min Jin Lee and Julianne Pachico talk to Lena de Casparis

Fictions: Scale

Hay Festival 2017, 

Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko is an epic tale of identity and survival and love, set across four generations of a Korean family in Japan. Julianne Pachico’s stories collected as The Lucky Ones explore the riveting lives and stories of a huge range of people caught up in the violence of Colombia’s guerrilla insurgencies. They talk to Lena de Casparis of Elle magazine.

Min Jin Lee and Julianne Pachico talk to Lena de Casparis

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Dan Pearson

Natural Selection: a Year in the Garden

Hay Festival 2017, 

Pearson draws on ten years of his Observer columns to explore the rhythms and pleasures of a year in the garden. Travelling between his city-bound plot in Peckham and 20 acres of verdant hillside in Somerset, he celebrates the beautiful skeletons of the winter garden, the joyous passage into spring, the heady smell of summer’s bud break and the flaring of colour in autumn.

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