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Ali Sparkes

S.W.I.T.C.H

Hay Festival 2012, 
Boy or insect? Josh and Danny are in big bug trouble. Learn how to write creepy crawly adventures and why you might want to think twice before squishing ants in future.
 
7+ years

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Helen Rappaport

Magnificent Obsession

Hay Festival 2012, 
Victoria, Albert and the Death That Changed the Monarchy.

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John Bolton talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 2008, 
President Bush's Ambassador to the UN (2005-06) discussed international relations.

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Stephen Harris

What Have Plants Ever Done for Us?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Which tree is often used in the treatment of cancer? Which everyday condiment is the most widely traded spice on the planet? Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday lives. From the coffee bush and grass for cattle (which give us milk for our cappuccinos), to the rubber tree that produces tyres for our cars, our lives are inextricably linked to the world of plants. The Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria identifies the plants that have been key to the development of the western world.

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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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Saci Lloyd

Quantum Drop

Hay Festival 2013, 

Writer and activist Saci Lloyd’s acclaimed Carbon Diaries is in development with the BBC. Quantum Drop lurches between a shadowy urban sprawl and a dangerous cyberworld. Which is real?

13+ years

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Joanna Trollope talks to Rosie Boycott

Daughters in Law

Hay Festival 2011, 
The acute chronicler of English mores and manners scrutinizes mother-love in her new novel.

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Yuval Noah Harari

The Sapiens Secret of Success: How Humans Conquered the World

Hay Festival 2015, 

How did humans turn themselves from insignificant African apes into the rulers of planet earth? Our secret of success is that we are the only animals that can talk about things that exist purely in our own imagination, such as gods, nations, money, and human rights.

Yuval Noah Harari

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Jill Paton-Welsh and John Rowe Townsend

The Double Audience

Hay Festival 1995, 
Children's books are written and bought by adults. The writer must somehow smuggle the goods to the true audience of children past an intervening reception committee of grown ups. The trick is to get them involved on the way. John Rowe Townsend is the author of the definitive history of Children's Literature Written For Children. Jill Paton-Walsh has won the Whitbread Prize, Smarties Award and Universe Prizes for her children's books. Her latest is Grace.

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Mariana Enriquez and Lisa McInerney talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Tales of the City

Hay Festival 2017, 

Thrilling and terrifying, The Things We Lost in the Fire takes the reader into Enriquez’s world of Argentine Gothic: of sharp-toothed children, of women racked by desire, of demons who lurk beneath the river, of stolen skulls and secrets half-buried under Argentina’s terrible dictatorship. McInerney follows her Baileys Prize-winning debut The Glorious Heresies with The Blood Miracles. The novel is set again in Cork with her vital, brilliant language and storytelling playing out the life and misdemeanours of Ryan Cusack.

Mariana Enriquez and Lisa McInerney talk to Rosie Goldsmith

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Chelsea Clinton talks to Alex Jones

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History

Hay Festival 2018, 

Come and be inspired by some great heroes. Clinton’s new picture book, with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, celebrates 13 women from around the world who have used their voices and determination to create change and to shape history. The women whose stories she tells include: Marie Curie, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Leymah Gbowee, Caroline Herschel, Wangari Maathai, Aisha Rateb, J.K. Rowling, Yuan Yuan Tan and Malala Yousafzai.  

4-8
Chelsea Clinton talks to Alex Jones

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Concurso de Cuentos RCN – Ministerio de Educación

Cartagena 2014, 
Los jurados del Concurso de Cuentos RCN – Ministerio de Educación, Pilar Lozano, Élmer Mendoza, Gonzalo Moure, Fernando Quiroz y Andrés Felipe Solano, todos grandes escritores y conocedores de la tradición literaria y en especial de los cuentos, conversarán con Juan Gossaín. A continuación se hará entrega de un diploma a los jóvenes narradores.

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Katrine Marçal

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?

Hay Festival 2015, 

When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life ‘economic man’. But every night Adam Smith’s mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that’s because their labour is worth less. How could it be otherwise? Marçal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.

Katrine Marçal

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Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Astounding Broccoli Boy

Hay Festival 2015, 
What would you do if your skin suddenly turned a bright, broccoli shade of green? Join multi-award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce as he introduces the colourful cast of characters in his fantastic new book, The Astounding Broccoli Boy. Frank is a successful scriptwriter who, along with Danny Boyle, devised the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Super-powers, suspicious vegetables and penguin sidekicks all play a part in this not-to-be-missed event.
9+ years
Frank Cottrell Boyce

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Glenn Patterson and David Vann talk to Lisa Dwan

Fictions - Place

Hay Festival 2012, 
Patterson’s Belfast-set The Mill for Grinding Old People Young is a novel about a young man caught up in the political fever of the times and a love story about discovering who you are and how you define yourself; Vann’s Dirt, set in Sacramento, focuses on a family tragedy and the enveloping landscape.

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Sue Clifford

The Apple Source Book

Hay Festival 2008, 
Sue Clifford of Common Ground offers an illustrated insight into orchards as exemplars of how we can live well with nature whilst enriching both our culinary and cultural landscapes.

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George Zarkadakis

Artificial Intelligence

Hay Festival 2015, 

We explore AI’s history, technology and potential; its manifestations in intelligent machines; its connections to neurology and consciousness, as well as – perhaps most tellingly – what AI reveals about us as human beings. Zarkadakis is the author of In Our Own Image: Will Artificial Intelligence Save or Destroy Us?

George Zarkadakis

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Martin Rowson

Gulliver’s Travels

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award-winning cartoonist’s homage to the original masterpiece is a contemporary indictment of the same enduring human idiocies that enraged Swift so magnificently and memorably in the first place.

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Ladybird Live

Hay Festival 2011, 
Stories, songs and rhymes galore for tinies from a professional storyteller.
 
Duration 20 mins.
 
0–3 years
 
Entry to this event is free but you need to reserve a ticket.

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Lydia Monks and Alex T Smith

Hay Festival 2014, 

Mungo, a cheeky monkey, and Claude, a rather stylish dog, are brought to life alongside a host of colourful characters in this live drawing session with two of our favourite illustrators. Paper and pencils provided so everyone can join in.
5+ years

Lydia Monks and Alex T Smith

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Korky Paul

Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo

Hay Festival 2014, 
Fans of Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants will be delighted to hear that it is time for a brand new crazy adventure. Sir Scallywag and the Deadly Dragon Poo, from the inspired team of Giles Andreae and Korky Paul, is guaranteed high-octane fun.
5+ years
Korky Paul

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Kathleen Taylor

The Fragile Brain: The Strange, Hopeful Science of Dementia

Hay Festival 2017, 

Taylor presents the newest research into the cause and cure of the life-changing neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and dementia. She focuses on insights arising from the relatively new field of neuro-immunology: the increasing recognition of the important role of the immune system in the brain. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

Kathleen Taylor

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Hugh Johnson

Wine Writer

Hay Festival 2014, 

The peerless connoisseur and wine writer, author of Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book and co-author of The World Atlas of Wine,savours his craft and tastes and introduces Royal Tokaji.

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Gary Northfield

The Big Draw

Hay Festival 2015, 
Gary Northfield, cartoonist for The Phoenix, Beano, Dandy and Horrible Histories, is joined by special guests to stage a Big Draw with plenty of noisy audience interaction.
7+ years
Gary Northfield

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Raffaello Pantucci

We Love Death as You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Terrorists

Hay Festival 2015, 

As Mohammed Siddique Khan led his group of fellow-believers into London on the morning of 7 July 2005 it is unlikely that they were thinking much beyond the immediate impact of their actions. Driven by anger at the West’s treatment of Muslims worldwide, ideas fed to them by foreign extremists, and a sense of extreme rejection of the society in which they were born, they sought to reshape the world in an image they thought would be pleasing to God. Pantucci offers an insight into the motivations behind Khan and his group, as well as the hundreds of young British Muslims who have been drawn by jihadist ideas to fight on battlefields at home and abroad. Pantucci is Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

Raffaello Pantucci