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Fay Weldon

Hay Festival 2008, 
The sparkling novelist introduces her witty, compassionate, casually libidinous updating of Boccaccio’s medieval masterpiece, The Spa Decameron.

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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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Fairytale Hairdressing

Hay Festival 2014, 
Author Abie Longstaff and illustrator Lauren Beard will draw you in to a modern fairy tale world where the Big Bad Wolf runs the opticians (all the better to see you with…) and Red Riding Hood has a skateboard shop.
4–6 years
Fairytale Hairdressing

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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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Liz Kessler & Hilary McKay

Seaside Stories

Hay Festival 2013, 

North of Nowhere and Binny For Short are both set in seaside towns. These two acclaimed writers discuss the differences and similarities in their stories.

9+ years

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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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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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Nadifa Mohamed y Sunjeev Sahota en conversación con Razia Iqbal

Lo mejor de Granta

Cartagena 2014, 
Dos de los mejores novelistas jóvenes británicos de 2013, según la revista Granta, presentarán sus últimas novelas y hablarán sobre su trabajo. En 2010, Nadifa Mohamed logró el Betty Trask Prize por su primera novela Black Mamba Boy (HarperCollins). Sunjeev Sahota publicó su primera novela, Ours are the Streets (Picador), en 2011. En ella cuenta la historia de un joven británico-pakistaní que decide convertirse en terrorista suicida. Evento presentado por Chris Rawlings, director del British Council en Colombia. Con el apoyo del British Council

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Edna O’Brien talks to Matt Frei

The Little Red Chairs

Hay Festival 2016, 

When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community is in thrall and one woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell. In this astonishing novel, O’Brien charts the consequences of that fatal attraction.

Edna O’Brien talks to Matt Frei

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Tim Richardson

Avant Gardeners

Hay Festival 2008, 
Tim Richardson profiles the most exciting contemporary landscape visionaries from around the world.

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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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Frank Pope

Dragon Sea

Hay Festival 2007, 
The project’s archeological manager tells the intriguing and thrilling story of the excavation of the An Hoi wreck, embedded deep beneath a typhoon-prone stretch of the Vietnamese coast, known as the Dragon Sea.

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Maureen Lipman

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actress, writer, widow of the peerless Jack Rosenthal, and national treasure.

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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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Philip Hook

Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A–Z of the Art World

Hay Festival 2014, 

When you stand in front of a work of art in a museum or exhibition, the first two questions you normally ask yourself are 1) do I like it? and 2) who’s it by? When you stand in front of a work of art in an auction room or dealer’s gallery, you ask these two questions followed by others: how much is it worth? how much will it be worth in five or ten years’ time? and what will people think of me if they see it hanging on my wall? A wry, intimate, and revealing exploration of how art acquires its financial value, from a senior director at Sotheby’s. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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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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Francisco Montaña, Beatriz Helena Robledo, Jairo Buitrago y José María Plaza en conversación con Ricardo Silva

Literatura para niños y jóvenes, ¿un género menor?

Cartagena 2013, 
En una entrevista en la BBC, el escritor británico Martin Amis afirmó que "solo una lesión cerebral haría que escribiera literatura infantil". A lo que añadió: "La ficción es libertad y nunca escribiría sobre algo que me obligara a hacerlo en un registro más bajo del que puedo". Estos escritores reflexionarán sobre este comentario y hablarán de los retos de escribir en este género.

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Germaine Greer, Rob Penn and Beccy Speight talk to Andy Fryers

Tree Charter Series 3: Towards a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Tree Charter launches this year, built from more than 50,000 public stories about the value of trees and woods. How have the issues of rights and responsibilities shaped the relationship between people and trees over the 800 years since the 1217 Charter of the Forest? Germaine Greer, author of White Beech: The Rainforest Years and community woods enthusiast Rob Penn talk with Woodland Trust CEO Beccy Speight about the role of trees in our lives; and about the role of a Tree Charter in protecting this for the future.

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Danny Dorling

The Human Atlas of Europe

Hay Festival 2017, 

The geographer explores Europe’s society, culture, economy, politics and environment using state-of-the-art mapping techniques. With maps ranging from life expectancy, greenhouse gas emissions, GDP to Eurovision voting, Dorling addresses fundamental questions around social cohesion and sustainable growth as Europe negotiates the UK’s exit while continuing through the economic crisis. His other books that have been featured at Hay include Inequality and the 1%, Population 10 Billion, All That Is Solid and Injustice.

Danny Dorling

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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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First World

Hay Festival 2008, 
International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander, Harriet Lamb of Fairtrade, and Oxfam’s Duncan Green debate how sustainable principles can be managed in our relations with the developing world. Chaired by Jo Confino.

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Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Cambridge Series: The start of life – how far should science go?

Hay Festival 2017, 

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz is a Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology. Her passion lies in understanding how cells decide their fate for the very first time and how embryos build their architecture. This passion allowed her and her team to reveal the remarkable self-organising properties of human embryos, pioneering the way for future studies of human and mouse embryogenesis. She created a technique that almost doubles the time scientists can culture human embryos in the lab so they can study the beginnings of human life. It raises ethical issues about research on embryos and when an embryo becomes a human. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

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Emily Wilson

The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer

Hay Festival 2018, 

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey, is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. The vivid new translation, the first by a woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’. She recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature. This inaugural translation lecture is given in the name of the pre-eminent translator, whose peerless work rendering French, Danish and German literature into English ranges from Asterix to Austerlitz.  Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

Emily Wilson

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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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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.