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Allison Pearson talks to Tiffany Murray

I Think I Love You

Hay Festival 2011, 
Bestselling author and award-winning columnist Allison Pearson's first novel I Don't Know How She Does It is a lively social comedy about working motherhood, shortly to be made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan.
 
Her new novel I Think I Love You is a witty and poignant story about a young girl who falls hopelessly in love with her teenage pin-up and some twenty years later, with her life in pieces all around her, finally gets to meet him...

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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

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Jan Kizilhan talks to Philippe Sands

It’s Happened Before

Hay Festival 2017, 

Kizilhan is a psychologist who persuaded the state of Baden-Württemberg to spend €95m to rescue back to Germany 1,100 Yazidi women between the ages of 55 and eight, who had been enslaved, repeatedly raped, and tortured by IS in Iraq. He tells the stories of his patients and their desire for truth and justice in the face of genocide.

We recommend reading this article about Jan Kizilhan by Philippe Sands - https://www.ft.com/content/2ce55dee-01c7-11e6-ac98-3c15a1aa2e62

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Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

Fictions – The Illuminations

Hay Festival 2015, 

How much do we keep from the people we love? Why is the truth so often buried in secrets? Can we learn from the past or must we forget it? O’Hagan’s fifth novel is a beautiful, deeply charged story about love and memory, about modern war and the complications of fact.

Photo: Tricia Malley Ross Gillespie

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

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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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Iain Banks talks to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2007, 
Dark family secrets, a long-lost love affair, and a multi-million pound gaming business lie at the heart of Banks’ fabulous new novel The Steep Approach to Garbadale.

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Mike Goldsmith

Discord: The Story Of Noise

Hay Festival 2013, 

An intriguing journey of dissonance in science, in nature and in music: how composers have employed it from Baroque music to Rock feedback; how medicine harnesses it to shatter kidney stones and treat cancer; and even how the military uses it in (real and rumoured) weapons. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Thomas Asbridge

The Greatest Knight

Hay Festival 2015, 

The historian draws upon an array of contemporary evidence, including the C13th biography, to present a compelling account of the life and times of William Marshal, from rural England to the battlefields of France, the desert castles of the Holy Land and the verdant shores of Ireland. He lays bare the brutish realities of medieval warfare and the machinations of the royal court. Asbridge draws us into the heart of a formative period of our history when the West emerged from the Dark Ages and stood on the brink of modernity. It is the story of one remarkable man, the birth of the knightly class to which he belonged, and the forging of the English nation. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Thomas Asbridge

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Gillian Beer

Alice in Space

Hay Festival 2015, 

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Beer sets the Alice books in a number of different contexts in the Victorian period – what was going on in Punch, in maths, in language theory, in evolutionary theory, in child development – and asks how the books both thrive on these presences and wriggle free of them. Beer is also the editor of Carroll’s poems Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense.

Gillian Beer

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Andy Stanton

10 Years of Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2016, 

You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum has become a modern classic – pretty good at only 10 years old. But, as the winner of two Roald Dahl Funny Book Prizes, two Blue Peter Book Awards and the Red House Book Award, this was always something special. Celebrate Mr Gum with the author in an event that is likely to be as riotous as the book.

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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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David and Ben Crystal

You Say Potato: A Book About Accents

Winter Weekend 2014, 

From reconstructing Shakespeare’s accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English. Witty, authoritative and jam-packed full of fascinating facts, You Say Potato is a celebration of the myriad ways in which the English language is spoken – and how our accents, in so many ways, speak louder than words.

David and Ben Crystal

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Landmarc 100 Workshops

Professionals – Delivery and Innovation: Workshop 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

How do professionals across all sectors develop the survival skills for a resilient future? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

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Simon Hoggart

Life’s too Short to Drink Bad Wine

Hay Festival 2012, 
A delightful tasting of wines for the discerning drinker.

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Chris Tarrant

Extreme Railway Journeys

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the last two years Chris’ travels have taken him from Azerbaijan to Bolivia and Zimbabwe. He brings to life the romance of travelling by train, and the sights, sounds and smells of the countries and places visited. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Chris Tarrant

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Open Mic compèred by Lisa Dwan

Hay Festival 2011, 
Roll up! All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you’d like to read, please email siobhan@hayfestival.com with ‘Open Mic’ in the title line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry. 
Please note slots are open to unpublished writers only.

All proceeds to support the education initiatives of the Festivals of Literature Charitable Trust

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John Bercow vs Rosie Boycott

Tennis Maestros

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Speaker of the House, a former Junior competitor and LTA-qualified coach, argues the case for his ranking of the twenty greatest male tennis stars of all time, surface by surface, era by era. Rafa vs Bill Tilden? Perry vs Murray? Federer vs Lacoste? Anyone for an hour of nostalgic fanaticism?

John Bercow vs Rosie Boycott

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Juan Campanella en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2014, 
Juan Campanella es el director y guionista de cine argentino con mayor proyección internacional del momento. Director de El secreto de sus ojos (Óscar a la mejor película extranjera en 2009), ha dirigido películas tan exitosas como El hijo de la novia o El mismo amor, la misma lluvia. Campanella ha trabajado para series de televisión como Dr. House o Ley y Orden. Su último trabajo es la película de animación Metegol, estrenada en 2013. En conversación con Roberto Pombo.

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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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Matthew d’Ancona and Edward Luce

On the Brink: A Dialogue

Hay Festival 2017, 

In d’Ancona’s book Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back he examines how the art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy and the world as we know it. Brexit, Trump, the rejection of climate change science, and the vilification of immigrants have all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts. In The Retreat of Western Liberalism Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society’s economic losers, and complacency about our system’s durability. Our faith in history teaches us to take democracy for granted. Reality tells us something troublingly different.

Matthew d’Ancona and Edward Luce

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Owen Sheers

Reformations: The Men You’ll Meet

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Sheers’ contribution to the Festival’s 30th anniversary project is a powerful poem addressed to his two daughters. It conjures a reformation of masculinity that is enlightened and inspiring. Sheers’ recent work includes the poem Pink Mist, the National Theatre Wales play Mametz and the Aberfan television film poem The Green Hollow.

Owen Sheers

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For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies

Robert Irwin

Hay Festival 2006, 
Irwin makes an impassioned case for ardent scholarship against the allegation of western imperialism from ancient Greece to the present day.

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Catherine Bailey

Black Diamonds

Hay Festival 2007, 
The decline and fall of Wentworth, the finest Georgian house in England, and the dynastic seat of the Fitzwilliam family. A cautionary tale of industrial wealth and social change.

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Joanne Harris, Cristina Fuentes, Nazma Kabir, Claire Cohen

Because I am a Girl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Global children’s charity Plan UK introduces Because I am a Girl, the world’s biggest campaign for girls’ rights. With education, skills and the right support, girls in the developing world can make choices over their future and be a force for creating lasting change. Joanne Harris, author of the Rune fantasy series and the bestselling Chocolat trilogy, shares her personal stories as an inspiration for other women and girls worldwide to be able to fulfil their aspirations. She is joined by Plan UK’s Director of Programmes, Nazma Kabir, and Cristina Fuentes, International Director of Hay Festivals, who will talk about our work with Plan in Colombia.  Chaired by Claire Cohen, Deputy Women's Editor for Telegraph Wonder Women.

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Nick Crane

The Making of the British Landscape

Hay Festival 2017, 

The history of 12,000 years of the British landscape, from the Ice Age to the 21st century. A tour de force from the prize-winning author Nicholas Crane, co-presenter of Coast and President of the Royal Geographical Society.

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