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Tim Pritchard

Street Boys

Hay Festival 2008, 
Tim Pritchard and Elijah Kerr (JaJa) tell the inspiring and terrifying tale of abandoned children on the Angell Estate in South London and their remaking of family.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Hay Festival 2008, 
John Boyne retells the story of Captain Bligh from the point of view of his 14-year-old cabin boy. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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John Bird

Hay Festival 2008, 
The heroic Big Issue founder yanks on the bootstraps in his The 10 Keys to Success. He talks to Paul Blezard.

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Ian Rankin talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rebus series.

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Simon Armitage

The Pembertons Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2011, 
The poet introduces and reads work selected from his collections, from Zoom and Kid to Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corderoy Kid and Seeing Stars.

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Jacek Dehnel

Kells 2014, 

Jacek Dehnel is a poet, novelist, painter and translator. In 2005 he was one of the youngest ever winners of Poland’s Koscielski Prize for promising writers and was also awarded the prestigious Paszport Polityki prize. He talks to RTE's Zbyszek Zalinski.

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Nikalas Catlow, Tim Wesson and YOU!

Hay Festival 2012, 
What happens when aliens meet a mad scientist under the ocean, or secret agents take on giant slugs in the jungle? Well, that’s up to you… Bring a pad and pencil.
 
7+ years

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Dragon Frontier

Hay Festival 2013, 

Dan Abnett, who has written some of the most famous superhero comics in the world, introduces a fantasy adventure series set in the wild west – with added dragons!

8+ years

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Simon Schama

The Power of Art

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘The power of the greatest art is the power to shake us into revelation, and rip us from our default mode of seeing … We don’t look at a face, a colour, a sky, a body in the same way again.’

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Patricio Fernández Chadwick

The Clinic

Cartagena 2014, 
Principalmente conocido por su faceta como periodista, Fernández Chadwick ha escrito recopilaciones de sus crónicas y es director del diario satírico chileno The Clinic. Bajo el eslogan “firme junto al pueblo”, la publicación lleva más de quince años retratando la realidad chilena con humor y acidez.

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Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

Sex, Lies and Brain Scans

Hay Festival 2017, 

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has proved to be game-changing for understanding the brain. Through fMRI, patients in a persistent vegetative states have been able to communicate, and unconscious biases have been uncovered. Join Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald as they explore how this technique could be used, and abused, in the future. Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge; Gottwald is a PhD student.

Barbara Sahakian and Julia Gottwald

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Manchan Magan

Kells 2013, 

The writer, traveller and television programme-maker runs through the pleasures and pitfalls of travel writing.

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Simon Jenkins

England’s 100 Best Views

Hay Festival 2014, 

The National Trust chairman presents his rhapsodic celebration of the landscapes and cityscapes of England, informed with his insightful historical, geographical and architectural commentary. Chaired by Justin Albert.

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Shani Boianjiu in conversation with Guillermo Altares

Segovia 2013, 

The new star of Israeli literatura speaks with the journalist and editor in chief of the international section of El País, Guillermo Altares, about her book The People of Forever Are Not Afraid: A Novel (La gente como nosotros no tiene miedo, Alfaguara) in which she captures the frustration, cruelty, rage and pain depicted in the military service of young soldiers. Translated into 23 languages, awarded with the «5 Under 35» and finalist of the 2013 Sami Rohr and the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013. 

 

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.


Co-organised with the Embassy of Israel in Spain.

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Bad Blood: The Secret Life of the Tour De France

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jeremy Whittle and William Fotheringham discuss the agony, the ecstasy, the drugs and the disillusion.

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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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Jody Williams talks to Francine Stock

A Vermont Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

The dynamic and inspiring activist, advocate and hero won the Nobel Peace Prize for her International Campaign To Ban Landmines. She describes her life and work in My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path To The Nobel Peace Prize.

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Élmer Mendoza y Evelio Rosero en conversación con Esteban Carlos Mejía

Cartagena 2014, 
Dos consagrados autores conversan con Esteban Carlos Mejía sobre su trabajo. Élmer Mendoza (México) es escritor y un apasionado formador de novelistas; creador del personaje el Zurdo Mendieta, protagonista de varias de sus novelas, su último trabajo es Nombre de perro. Evelio Rosero (Colombia) pertenece a las últimas generaciones de novelistas y cuentistas posteriores al llamado “Boom” latinoamericano. Premio Nacional de Literatura 2006, su obra Los ejércitos ganó el Premio Tusquets de Novela y el Foreign Fiction Prize otorgado por el diario The Independent. En 2014 lanzará su nuevo trabajo, Plegaria por un Papa envenenado.

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Gulwali Passarlay talks to Oliver Bullough

The Lightless Sky: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey of Escape to a new Life in Britain

Hay Festival 2016, 

Passarlay was sent away from Afghanistan at the age of 12, after his father was killed in a gun battle with the US army. Smuggled into Iran, Gulwali embarked on a 12-month odyssey across Europe, spending time in prisons, suffering hunger, cruelty and violence. He endured a terrifying journey on a tiny boat in the Mediterranean, braved the brutality of those who should care for children and spent a desolate month in the camp at Calais. Somehow he survived and made it to Britain, no longer an innocent child but still a young boy alone. Here in Britain he was fostered, went to a good school, worked hard and won a place at a top university. Gulwali was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in 2012. Many refugees die along the way. Some are sent back to face imprisonment and possible death. Some survive and make it here, to a country that offers them the chance of a life of freedom and opportunity.

Gulwali Passarlay talks to Oliver Bullough

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Rory Spowers

The Road to Samakanda

Hay Festival 2008, 
Web of Hope co-founder and ecological writer Rory Spowers recounts his development from his Three Men on a Bike cycling trip through Africa, to settling in Sri Lanka, where he has established Samakanda, the world’s fist ‘Bio- versity’ - an ecological learning centre that forms the subject for his latest book, A Year in Green Tea and Tuk Tuks.

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Debut Directors

Dhaka 2012, 
Celebrated actress and director Nandita Das and producer Catherine Masud discuss their first feature films, Firaaq and Matir Moina. Chaired by Sharbari Zohra Ahmed.

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Jan Blake with Kouame and Raymond Sereba

The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and the Lion of Manding – Part 2

Hay Festival 2012, 
See Part 1 – event 339 for details. It is not necessary to see part 1 in order to enjoy part 2.

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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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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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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.