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Swat! A Fly’s Guide To Staying Alive

Hay Festival 2014, 
How does a house-fly survive the dangers in life, such as being eaten by animals or killed by humans? Mike Barfield shares their insect survival secrets with us. Scientifically accurate and great fun for any child who enjoys death, destruction, peril and poo.

7+ years
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Green Dragons’ Den: The Final 3

Home and Hearth

Hay Festival 2011, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books, and win a chance of £10,000 for their project.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
There will be a collection for the Festival’s Greenprint charity.

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Stig Abell talks to Amol Rajan

How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation

Hay Festival 2018, 

Britain is a State that chose Brexit, rejects immigration but is dependent on it, is getting older but less healthy, is more demanding of public services but less willing to pay for them, is tired of intervention abroad but wants to remain a global authority. We have an over-stretched, free health service (an idea from the 1940s that may not survive the 2020s), overcrowded prisons, a military without an evident purpose, an education system the envy of none of the Western world. How did we get here and where are we going? Abell is editor of the Times Literary Supplement. Rajan is the BBC's Media Editor.

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Jo Cotterill

A Storm of Strawberries

Hay Festival 2017, 

In our divided world, children need empathetic skills more than ever. The author explores empathy themes in an inspiring, interactive Empathy Lab workshop based on her new book. She will lead children through activities designed to help them discover and understand other people’s feelings and perspectives.

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Azar Gat

War in Human Civilisation

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Professor of National Security asks: why do people go to war? Is it rooted in human nature or is it a late cultural invention? How does war relate to the other fundamental developments in the history of human civilization?

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Callum Roberts talks to Gabrielle Walker

Ocean of Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

Oceans are the most mysterious places on earth. Their depths remain largely unexplored, yet 95% of the planet’s habitable space lies within them. And now the life they support hangs in the balance.

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José María Lassalle and Jorge Edwards read Bolaño

Segovia 2013, 

José María Lasalle, State Secretary of Culture, begins the Hay Festival Segovia tribute to the literary figure of Roberto Bolaño with the reading of Nocturno de Chile (Anagrama), punctuated by the anecdotes about the author made by his compatriot, the Chilean Jorge Edwards, the most “persona grata” and a Premio Cervantes winner who never shies away from controversy, despite knowing the intricacies of diplomacy.

 

Co-organised and produced by ACE (Acción Cultural Española)

 

 

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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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Colin Mayer

Firm Commitment

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Professor of Management Studies at the SaïdBusinessSchool at the University of Oxford offers a lucid and revelatory analysis of Why The Corporation Is Failing Us And How To Restore Trust In It.

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Wole Soyinka talks to Alastair Niven

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Nigerian Nobel Laureate, ferocious and heroic champion of freedom of speech, discusses his plays, novels and poetry with the Director of Cumberland Lodge.

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The Perfect Coole Swan Afternoon Tea

Kells 2014, 

You may thank Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, for the revolution that is ‘afternoon tea’ – back in the early nineteenth century she complained of feeling peckish, so the solution was a pot of tea and a light snack, taken privately in her boudoir during the afternoon.

Join Coole Swan and chef Shane Smith to explore some traditional and not-so-traditional Afternoon Tea treats. Presented by John Healy from RTÉ's The Restaurant.

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Tom Maschler talks to Francine Stock

John Lennon: In His Own Write

Hay Festival 2014, 

On 4 June 2014 in New York the legendary Cape publisher auctions the drawings given to him by John Lennon when they were published 50 years ago. He shows the Beatle’s artwork and tells the story of their collaboration.

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Tommy Wieringa in conversation with Malcolm Otero Barral

Cartagena 2011, 
The novel Joe Speedboat, by the Dutch author of Antillean background, Tommy Wieringa, has been translated into more than ten languages, receiving the Bordewijk Prize in the Netherlands. Tommy spent a large part of his youth in the Dutch Antilles. He has been a radio and television screenplay writer and is now one of the most high-profile Dutch authors internationally. He will talk to the editor Malcolm Otero Barral. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Daniel Kehlmann and Dorthe Nors

Fictions – Laughter

Hay Festival 2015, 

Two international superstars read and discuss their stories with Daniel Hahn. Kehlman presents his new novel F: the Friedland brothers have nothing in common. Martin is a priest with no faith. Ivan is an artist with no integrity. Eric is a financier – now, with no money. Each, in their own way, a fake. Each about to step into the abyss. Nors introduces her glitteringly funny and acute stories of Danish life collected in Karate Chop / Minna Needs Rehearsal Space. Blending compassion with dark delight, Nors conjures up a flawed, unsettlingly familiar world with each cautionary glance as fresh moments of wonder, romance and frail beauty are unexpectedly infiltrated by depravity, isolation and despair.

Daniel Kehlmann and Dorthe Nors

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Brian Eno en conversación con Georgina Godwin

Cartagena 2015, 
Brian Eno es uno de los músicos más innovadores de las últimas décadas. Ha publicado numerosos discos en solitario y en colaboración con otros músicos. Ha producido además algunos de los mejores álbumes de David Bowie, Coldplay, Devo y U2, entre otros. Destaca también como artista visual, activista político y escritor. En 2014 lanzó dos últimos trabajos junto con Karl Hyde: Someday World y High Life. Hablará sobre su trayectoria y los libros que más han influido en su vida con la periodista Georgina Godwin.

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Joanne Harris, Cristina Fuentes, Nazma Kabir, Claire Cohen

Because I am a Girl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Global children’s charity Plan UK introduces Because I am a Girl, the world’s biggest campaign for girls’ rights. With education, skills and the right support, girls in the developing world can make choices over their future and be a force for creating lasting change. Joanne Harris, author of the Rune fantasy series and the bestselling Chocolat trilogy, shares her personal stories as an inspiration for other women and girls worldwide to be able to fulfil their aspirations. She is joined by Plan UK’s Director of Programmes, Nazma Kabir, and Cristina Fuentes, International Director of Hay Festivals, who will talk about our work with Plan in Colombia.  Chaired by Claire Cohen, Deputy Women's Editor for Telegraph Wonder Women.

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Enrique Vila-Matas en conversación con Valeria Luiselli

Xalapa 2012, 
Valeria Luiselli, escritora y crítica literaria, conversa con el escritor español Enrique Vila-Matas, autor de más de una veintena de títulos traducidos a casi treinta idiomas y creador de un particular y refinado estilo literario admirado internacionalmente. El último trabajo del autor es Aire de Dylan.

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Closing

Dhaka 2012, 
Featuring Tagore's dance-drama "Shapmochon", by Pallavi Dance Centre. Followed by closing words by Professor Aniuzzaman, President of Bangla Academy, and Motiur Rahman, editor of Prothom Alo.

Our festival comes to an end with the soulful ballads of esoteric philosopher-poet Lalon Shah, featuring Arif Baul.

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Simon Wright talks to Carolyn Hitt

True Taste Chefs of Wales 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
The True Taste 2010–11 Champion from the Carmarthenshire restaurant Y Polyn was formerly the editor of the AA restaurant guide.

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Mark Price talks to Kamal Ahmed

UK PLC

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Minister of State for Trade and Investment discusses Britain’s economic and business relationship with the European Union. He looks west at TTIP and east to China and India to see what the future might hold for Britain inside or outside the Union. Price was formerly MD of Waitrose, Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, and Deputy Chairman of Channel 4. Ahmed is the BBC’s Economics Editor.

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John Lewis-Stempel

The War Behind the Wire: The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War, 1914–18

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the camps the war was eternal. There was the war against the German military, fought with everything from taunting humour to outright sabotage. British POWs also fought a valiant war against the conditions in which they were mired. They battled starvation, disease, Prussian cruelties, boredom, and their own inner demons. And, of course, they escaped.

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Xiaolu Guo and Tash Aw talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions – China

Hay Festival 2014, 

Guo’s love story I Am China explores ideas of translation and exile and the role of the artist. Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, Aw’s Five Star Billionaire maps the overlapping lives of five newcomers to Shanghai.

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Andy Fryers, Kate Flood, Jon O'Sullivan, Brian Donovan and Dan Courtney

The Eirgrid Debate

Kells 2014, 
What’s been happening in the environmental world during festival week? We pick through the best and worst, sort the bizarre from the banal and generally sift the global media. Our panel of festival guests discuss with Hay Festival's Sustainability Director, Andy Fryers.

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Helen Margetts

Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action

Hay Festival 2016, 

As people spend increasing proportions of their daily lives using social media such as Twitter and Facebook, they are being invited to support myriad political causes by sharing, liking, endorsing or downloading. Chain reactions caused by these tiny acts of participation form a growing part of collective action today, from neighbourhood campaigns to global political movements. Margetts is the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and co-author of Political Turbulence: How Social Media Shape Collective Action.

Helen Margetts

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Rob Eastaway

Maths, Magic and Mystery

Hay Festival 2015, 
Rob Eastaway returns with more engaging ways to make maths more fun at home in this lively, interactive session. Entertaining and enlightening for everyone.
7+ years
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