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Melvyn Bragg

Fiction: Now is the Time

Hay Festival 2016, 

A fictional recreation of the biggest rebellion in English history, the Peasants’ Revolt of May 1381. The plague had returned, the king’s coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax had been introduced but was widely evaded. A large force of common people entered London demanding freedom, equality and the uprooting of Church and State.

Melvyn Bragg

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Senel Paz and Hugo Chaparro

My Favourite Films

Cartagena 2011, 
Senel Paz is a scriptwriter and author of plays, stories and novels; the adaptation of his story El lobo, el bosque y el hombre nuevo into the film Strawberry and Chocolate, brought international recognition, with both the script and the film winning a number of awards. At this event, he will talk to the Colombian writer and cinema enthusiast, Hugo Chaparro, about the films he has most enjoyed, and he will show some scenes from these.

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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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AC Grayling

Democracy and its Crisis

Hay Festival 2018, 

The philosopher investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to hold up against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. He considers those moments in history when the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions were found. Then he lays bare the specific threats facing democracy today.

AC Grayling

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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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John Browne talks to Nik Gowing

Beyond Business

Hay Festival 2010, 
The former CEO of BP presided over phenomenal and sustained global growth and was hailed as one of the world’s great business leaders until his private life crashed into the public sphere and prompted his resignation.

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Gwynfor: Portrait of A Patriot

Hay Festival 2008, 
Biographer Rhys Evans launches his study of Gwynfor Evans, the great Welsh politician, Plaid Cymru president for 36 years, pacifist and language rights campaigner. He talks to Guto Harri.

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Yuri Herrera, Marcos Giralt Torrente, Ben Okri

Talking About Shakespeare: Lunatics, Lovers and Poets 1

Hay Festival 2016, 

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare we have commissioned six English language and six Hispanic writers to create stories to celebrate both writers and to offer new and intriguing perspectives on them. In this first of three sessions chaired by Rosie Goldsmith, the first three writers introduce their tales. “Yuri Herrera must be a thousand years old. He must have travelled to hell, and heaven, and back again. He must have once been a girl, an animal, a rock, a boy, and a woman. Nothing else explains the vastness of his understanding” – Valeria Luiselli. Marcos Giralt Torrente is the winner of the Spanish National Book Award, whose The End of Love is published in English. Poet and novelist Ben Okri won the Booker Prize for The Famished Road.

Yuri Herrera, Marcos Giralt Torrente, Ben Okri

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John France

The Battle of Hattin 1187-2016

Hay Festival 2016, 

On 4 July 1187 Saladin destroyed the Crusader army of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in a terrible slaughter at the battle of Hattin. He went on to restore the Holy City of Jerusalem to Islamic rule. The carnage at Hattin was the culmination of almost a century of religious wars between Christian and Muslim in the Holy Land. In the C20th the battle was revived as a symbol of Arab hope for liberation from Crusader-Imperialism, and in the C21st it has become a rallying cry for radical Muslim fundamentalists in their struggle for the soul of Islam. Chaired by Peter Florence.

John France

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Cathy Cassidy

The Chocolate Box Girls: Fortune Cookie

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join much-loved author Cathy Cassidy as she introduces The Chocolate Box Girls series finale: Fortune Cookie. Cathy is a bestselling, award-winning author who writes about difficult subjects in a touching yet humorous way. Join her to discover which of the Tanberry sisters you are most like, and get Cathy’s tips on friendship, daydreaming and chocolate.
8+ years
Cathy Cassidy

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Gill Lewis and Julia Green

Animal Adventures

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Gill Lewis, bestselling author of Skyhawk and Moonbear, and novelist Julia Green as they talk about their new books, Scarlet Ibis and Seal Island. They share lots of interesting animal facts and stories about how animals bring people together in some very special places.
7+ years

Gill Lewis and Julia Green

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Kate Summerscale talks to Sarah Crompton

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

Hay Festival 2012, 
A compelling story of romance and fidelity, insanity, fantasy, and the boundaries of privacy in a society clinging to rigid ideas about marriage and female sexuality. The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) brings vividly to life a complex, frustrated Victorian wife, longing for passion and learning, companionship and love.

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Adelaida Sourdis, Roberto Burgos Cantor and Wieldler Guerra with Ernesto McCausland

A History of Multiculturalism on the Colombian Coast

Cartagena 2011, 
Adelaida Sourdis, historian and author of El Registro Oculto: los sefardíes del Caribe en la formación de la nación colombiana 1813-1886; Roberto Burgos Cantor, the Cartagenan writer of Rutas de Libertad, a story about the afros -people of African origin- in Colombia; and the Wayuu anthropologist Wielder Guerra, who has been Secretary of Indigenous Affairs for La Guajira region, Senator of the Republic and Director of the Colombian Caribbean Observatory. They will talk to the editor of the Heraldo newspaper, Ernesto McCausland, about the great social riches of the Caribbean coast.

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Elif Shafak talks to William Sieghart

Fictions: Three Daughters of Eve

Hay Festival 2017, 

Shafak’s new book confirms her status as one of the world’s greatest novelists. Set in Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal.

Elif Shafak talks to William Sieghart

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Susan Molyneux Hodgson, Julie Hill and Dale Sanders

The Royal Society Platform: We Need To Talk About Gene Tech

Hay Festival 2017, 

Why does public debate and policy treat the application of genetic technology differently when we are discussing medicine and food? Why is our concept of what is ‘natural’ so controversial and the idea of GM food so alarming? Scientists and sociologists come together with Daniel Davis to discuss what’s being ventured and how it is perceived.

Susan Molyneux Hodgson, Julie Hill and Dale Sanders

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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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Richard Greatrex talks to David Gritten

StillFilm

Hay Festival 2012, 
The BAFTA-winning cinematographer (Shakespeare in Love, A Knight’s Tale) shows and discusses his 17-minute re-imagining of Owen Sheers’ novel Resistance captured in still photographs.

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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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Guinea Pigs Online

Hay Festival 2013, 

Jennifer Gray and Amanda Swift introduce you to the antics of a cast of fun-loving guinea pigs and their latest adventure Viking Victory.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Peter Florence

The Pity of War

Hay Festival 2015, 

A performed reading of the play about Wilfred Owen, who died in action on 4 November 1918 having written some of the greatest war poetry in the English language. The play is edited from Owen’s poems and letters and tells his story from the outbreak of war when he was teaching in provincial France. Owen joins up and is drafted straight into the realities of trench warfare on the frontline; he is invalided back to hospital in Edinburgh where he meets Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon before returning to his men in France, where he wins the Military Cross. Owen’s writing was savagely critical of church and state, and hugely compassionate towards the soldiers sacrificing their lives: ‘All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the poet must be truthful.’

Peter Florence

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Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Hay Festival 2016, 

Terrifying Tudor? No. Rotten Roman? No. It’s Martin Brown – the ever-popular illustrator of Horrible Histories. In Martin’s action-packed show full of jokes, drawing and fantastic facts, he will reveal secrets about illustrating the bestselling series and show why everyone can draw. With tons of activity and audience suggestions, all the family will enjoy this Horrible show.

8+

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Elmehdi Ag Wakina

The News from Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of the AMSS, the local NGO that liaises with Hay as part of the town twinning, talks about the situation in Northern Mali. In April 2012 Timbuktu City was overtaken by an Islamic fundamentalist group which has imposed sharia law. There are diverse rebel groups in the region and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Elmehdi, a Tuareg from Timbuktu, will give an update on the situation in Northern Mali, and will discuss the relationship between Hay and Timbuktu in this context
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
 
All welcome. Donations will be made to relief work on the ground.

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Mamta Sagar, Sian Melangell Dafydd, Anitha Thampi and Nia Davies

Hay Mela 2: Literature Across Frontiers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Sagar is a performance poet in the Kannada language, the Keralan poet Thampi writes in Malayalam. They’ve created a multi-lingual performance translating and writing together with the Cymraeg (Dafydd) and English-language (Davies) poets from Wales.

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Peter Lacy talks to Andy Fryers

Waste to Wealth  – The Circular Economy Advantage

Hay Festival 2016, 

Waste to Wealth proves that ‘green’ and ‘growth’ need not be contradictions and shows a new way for companies to compete with new markets, products and services that drive sustainable outcomes. The Global Managing Director of Strategy & Sustainability at Accenture examines five new business models that decouple harmful use or use of scarce natural resources from growth - looking at the latest innovation & technology disruption in areas like circular supply chains, recovery and recycling, product life extension, sharing economy and moving from products to services - before setting out what business leaders need to do to implement the models successfully. Already an Amazon best-seller & published in English, Mandarin, German, French, Italian & Korean in its first six months, the book includes more than 120 practical case studies anyone can learn from and apply, which Peter will share & debate.

Peter Lacy talks to Andy Fryers

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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.