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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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Dragon Gold and Flying Bedrooms

Hay Festival 2014, 

Celebrated illustrator and writer Shoo Rayner, whose drawing tips are a big hit on YouTube, and prize-winning author Heather Dyer, introduce their new books, Dragon Gold and The Flying Bedroom, at a stories-and-pictures event to celebrate the launch of brand new children’s publisher Firefly Press.

6+ years

Dragon Gold and Flying Bedrooms

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Richard and Daniel Susskind

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts

Hay Festival 2016, 

In a digital society we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the C20th.  The Oxford thinkers explain how “increasingly capable systems’, from tele-presence to artificial intelligence will bring fundamental change in the way that the practical expertise of specialists is made available in society. The authors argue that our current professions are antiquated, opaque and no longer affordable, and that the expertise of the best is enjoyed only by a few. In their place, they propose six new models for producing and distributing expertise in society. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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Mary Aiken

The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behaviour Changes Online

Hay Festival 2017, 

The world’s leading expert in forensic cyberpsychology analyses everything from the impact of screens on the developing child to the explosion of teen sexting. She examines the acceleration of compulsive and addictive online behaviours (gaming, shopping, pornography) and the escalation in cyberchondria (self-diagnosis online), cyberstalking and organised crime in the Deep Web. Cyberspace is an environment full of surveillance, but who is looking out for us?

Mary Aiken

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David Melling

Hugless Douglas

Hay Festival 2015, 
The world’s most huggable bear, Hugless Douglas, and his creator David Melling return to Hay to celebrate Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School. Douglas is very excited to be going to Little School. There is so much to do – and lots of hugs to be given out! Come along to learn how to draw Douglas, and even have a hug with Douglas himself!
3+ years
David Melling

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Matthew Engel

Engel’s England

Hay Festival 2015, 

England is the most complicated place in the world. And, as the journalist and humorist travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that’s just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity.

He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county – from Yorkshire’s broad acres to the microdot of Rutland – Engel always finds the unexpected. Chaired by Justin Albert.

Matthew Engel

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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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Armando Iannucci

Interviewed by Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2007, 
The entertainer, comedy writer and producer (Alan Partridge, The Day Today, The Thick Of It) talks to Francine Stock.

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Dominic Sandbrook

A BBC Two Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

The cultural historian talks about and shows clips from his latest BBC Two series on post-war culture, Let Us Entertain You. In it he argues that Britain’s cultural contribution has been second to none, from music and fashion to art, film, literature and theatre, James Bond to Agatha Christie, Andrew Lloyd Webber to John Lennon, and it is through our culture that the world now sees us.

Not for broadcast.

BBC2
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Dominic Sandbrook

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Deyan Sudjic

Norman Foster

Hay Festival 2010, 
A study of the global architect who designed the Reichstag, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks headquarters in London and China, the new Wembley stadium and the British Museum’s new court.

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Gary Northfield and Alex Milway

Hay Festival 2016, 

Learn about the art of cartooning and comic illustration from two top creators of characterful creatures. Northfield’s Julius Zebra is back with a new mad-cap adventure in Bundle with the Britons and Milway’s adventurous pig and his hamster sidekick return in Pigsticks and Harold and the Pirate Treasure.

6+

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Anthony Verity

The Iliad and The Odyssey

Hay Festival 2017, 

War, glory, despair and mourning: for 2,700 years Homer has gripped listeners and readers with the stories of Achilles’ anger and Hector’s death, and of Odysseus’ decade-long journey home from Troy. Verity discusses his vigorous and elegant new translations with Peter Florence.

Anthony Verity

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John Mullan, Nell Leyshon, Marcus du Sautoy and Ben Okri

Talking About Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about Shakespeare’s greatest plays and roles, his fondness for prime numbers and his stagecraft. The UCL English Prof is joined by the first woman to write a play for the main stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Oxford Maths professor and the Booker-winning novelist and poet.

 

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César Molinas and Gerard Riemen

Segovia 2013, 

Gerard Riemen, director of the Dutch Federation of Retirement, and the economist César Molinas, author of the book ¿Qué hacer con España? (Destino), in which he suggests re-launching our political structure as well as our governmental system, debate this challenge in Europe, where the percentage of señor citizens is getting ever bigger than the working population.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

 

Co-organised with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Spain, Nederlands letternfonds dutch foundation for literature and Fundación Lara.

 

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John Humphries talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1998, 
The BBC Today Programme's hard man inquisitor discusses dialogue, the language of politics, and Michael Heseltine's hair with the BBC World anchor presenter.

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Raymond Tallis

The Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

Tallis is inspired by EM Forster’s thought that ‘Death destroys a man but the idea of it saves him’. He looks back on his world from the standpoint of his future corpse. He reflects on the senses that opened up his late world, the elements they reveal, the distances, divisions and intimacies of space, the multifarious activities that occupied his days; his possessions, his utterances, his relationship to others, the extinguished flame that was his self, his journey towards the end, and his afterlife either side of the grave.

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Raymond Tallis

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Jonathan Drori

Around the World in 80 Trees

Hay Festival 2018, 

Trees are one of humanity’s most constant and most varied companions. From India’s sacred banyan tree to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration – not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup. Jonathan Drori, a trustee of The Woodland Trust and The Eden Project, uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable.

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Leila Slimani talks to Philippe Sands

A Conversation

Hay Festival 2019, 

Leïla Slimani is the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, which she won for the shocking thriller and global best-seller, Lullaby. She discusses her work and her new novel Adèle with the Anglo-French author of East West Street, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize. A journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, Slimani is Presidents Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture. 

Leila Slimani talks to Philippe Sands

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Shashi Tharoor talks to Oliver Balch

Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the 18th century India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed. Tharoor, an historian, novelist and politician, takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial ‘gift’ - from the railways to the rule of law, was designed in Britain’s interests alone and funded Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

Shashi Tharoor talks to Oliver Balch

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David Buttress talks to Guto Harri

The Ten-Year Overnight Success

Hay Festival 2019, 

What skills and approaches are transferable when building a start-up into a FTSE 100 company, and turning around an elite sports team? Buttress is the co-founder of Just Eat. He started the business in his basement London flat, turned over £36 in the first month and stood down as chief executive in 2017 when the company had a market capitalisation of £5bn, in order to take on a struggling Welsh rugby union team. He tells the story of Just Eat and the evolving story of the Dragons.

David Buttress talks to Guto Harri

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Emily Bell, Richard Sambrook, Tony Phillips and guests

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? A Free Press

Hay Festival 2015, 

Do we need a First Amendment? What’s the best we can argue for in terms of independence, regulation, ownership, and authority? Bell is a member of the Scott Trust and Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism; Sambrook was Director of the BBC World Service and now runs Cardiff School of Journalism. Tony Phillips is Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, World Service. Chaired by Jon Snow.

Emily Bell, Richard Sambrook, Tony Phillips and guests

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Howard Johns, Lindsay Mackie and Andrew Simms

How Quickly can we Change… the Built Environment?

Hay Festival 2016, 

We are locked in by our buildings, roads and homes, and the high, unsustainable energy use they depend on. Lindsay Mackie of the New Weather Institute; Howard Johns, author of The Energy Revolution and author Andrew Simms discuss how we can instigate the transformational change required to make our homes and cities viable in the future.

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Michael Axworthy

Revolutionary Iran: A History of the Islamic Republic

Hay Festival 2014, 

For over 30 years the Islamic Republic has resisted widespread condemnation, sanctions, and sustained attacks by Iraq in an eight-year war. With Iran’s continuing commitment to a nuclear programme and its reputation as a trouble-maker in Afghanistan, Lebanon and elsewhere, it’s unlikely that the ‘rogue state’ problem is going to go away anytime soon. The distinguished Persian scholar was Head of the Iran Section at the FCO.

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Adele Nozedar and Lizzie Harper

Hedgerow Handbook

Hay Festival 2012, 
Recipes, Remedies and Rituals. With drawings by Lizzie Harper.
 
Join Adele for foraging trips throughout the week.

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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