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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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Alfred Brendel

A Pianist’s A–Z: A Piano Lover’s Reader

Hay Festival 2014, 

The legendary musician shares the insights and experience of his sixty-year career with Clemency Burton-Hill. ‘This book distils what, at my advanced age, I feel able to say about music, musicians, and matters of my pianistic profession.’

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Ifor ap Glyn & Gillian Clarke

The National Poet of Wales / Bardd Cenedlaethol Cymru

Hay Festival 2016, 

In his first official event as National Poet of Wales, Ifor ap Glyn will discuss Welsh literature with his predecessor, Gillian Clarke. Both poets will read from their work and share their stories and thoughts on this thriving scene.

Yn ei ddigwyddiad cyntaf fel Bardd Cenedlaethol Cymru, bydd Ifor ap Glyn yn trafod llenyddiaeth Cymru gyda’i ragflaenydd, Gillian Clarke. Bydd y ddau fardd yn trin a thrafod byd barddoniaeth ac yn taflu ambell gerdd i’r pair hefyd. 

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition: The News Review Revue 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

The comedians read the papers for laughs. A little breakfast-time mockery may be in order as they hunt for the news that makes the biggest splash and the least sense. Not for the easily offended or the politically confident. #factcheck #funcheck

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

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Juan Bonilla in conversation with Carlos Granés

Segovia 2014, 

Juan Bonilla is the winner of the first Biennial Mario Vargas Llosa Novel Prize in 2014. He presents Prohibido entrar sin pantalones, a novel based on the figure of the Russian futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovski.

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Sergio Ramírez, Martin Caparrós and Cristian Alarcón with Jaime Abello Banfi

Tribute to Tomás Eloy Martínez: Journalism as narrative

Cartagena 2011, 
The last day of the 2010 Cartagena Hay Festival was saddened by the death of the Argentinean writer Tomás Eloy Martínez in Buenos Aires. The Hay Festival pays homage to him with the participation of his colleagues and followers from the FNPI, Gabriel García Márquez’s Foundation for New Latin American Journalism, who will assess his work and his example as a master of literary reporting and the author of great novels inspired by journalism.

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Helen Parr and Cedric Delves in conversation with Arthur Denaro

Across an Angry Sea/Our Boys

Winter Weekend 2018, 

The book Across an Angry Sea: The SAS in The Falklands War is an account of Special Forces actions by Lieutenant General Sir Cedric Delves, who commanded D Company, 22 SAS in the South Atlantic. Parr's Our Boys: The Story of a Paratrooper is partly about the Falklands War itself and the terrible things that the Paras endured, and the terrible things that some of them did, but it is also about the white working class of the 1970s and why some men born into this class ended up marching across an island that most of them had never heard of. Delves commanded the SAS at every level before becoming Commander of the Field Army. Parr is a Hennessy Award-winning historian who teaches International Relations at Keele University. Chaired by Major General Arthur Denaro.

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George Monbiot

In the Green Corner 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
Eco-firebrand George Monbiot develops his conversation with the audience about global sustainability and political accountability.

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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.

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Helen Rappaport

Magnificent Obsession

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

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David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

The Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam, an editor at Nature, explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works – to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers, and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.

David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

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John Haynes

Letter to Patience

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Costa Poetry Award-winner reads from his book-length poem in iambic pentameter, set in Patience’s Parlour, a small, mud-walled bar in northern Nigeria in 1993, and he talks to Owen Sheers.

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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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StoryBoard and Young Film Academy

Eureka Movie Project

Hay Festival 2012, 
Following last year’s fabulous launch at Hay Fever, the ground-breaking collaboration: a major motion picture, made for kids by kids is back. Let loose your wildest ideas for the big screen, and the Eureka moment could be yours.
 
Duration 75 mins.   9+ years

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Poetry Masterclass 1

Yusef Komunyakaa and Njeri Wangari

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
American Pulitzer prize-winner Komunyakaa and celebrated Kenyan poet Wangari lead this poetry masterclass for students.

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Philip Ball

Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Physics is Different

Hay Festival 2018, 

“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.” Since Niels Bohr said this many years ago, quantum mechanics has only been getting more shocking. We now realise that it’s not really telling us that “weird” things happen out of sight, on the tiniest level, in the atomic world. Rather, we can now see that everything is quantum: our everyday world is simply what quantum becomes at the human scale. But if quantum mechanics is right, what seems obvious and right in our everyday world is built on foundations that don’t seems obvious or right – or even possible. The writer Philip Ball was formerly an editor at Nature.

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Chris Stewart: Three Ways to Capsize a Boat

Segovia 2010, 
Chris Stewart, the author of the celebrated book Driving Over Lemons, will speak about his new work, Three Ways to Capsize a Boat, based on nautical themes. However, this will just be the starting point to find, along winding routes, the hidden mysteries and beauties of the world of agriculture.

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Jay Griffiths

Imagine the World

Hay Festival 2015, 

Griffiths will be the International Hay Festival Fellow for the next 12 months, visiting all our festivals around the world. Her visionary and poetic work explores her interest in nature, anthropology and art. Her books include Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape, Wild: An Elemental Journey, Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, and her fictionalised hymn to Frida Kahlo, A Love Letter to a Stray Moon. She talks to Peter Florence.

Jay Griffiths

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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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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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Archie Miles

The British Oak

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Archie Miles has been a professional photographer for forty years. With an abiding passion for the British landscape, he has carved a specialist niche in the world of trees. He has written and photographed eight books on the subject and his latest, The British Oak, is a stunning reflection of Archie’s particular love of our ancient oak trees, profiling fifty of the most famous in Britain and celebrating the diverse array of fascinating stories and historic associations that have made them so remarkable.

Archie Miles

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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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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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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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Ella McPherson

Cambridge Series 4: Digital Fakery and its Consequences

Hay Festival 2018, 

Drawing on her research about human rights reporting in the digital age, the Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge argues that digital fakery’s consequences for democracy arise not because we are duped, but because of what we do to not be duped. Chaired by Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship.