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Laureates

Dhaka 2012, 
Syed Shamsul Haq is one of our greatest living poets. He discusses his body of work with National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke. Chaired by Kaiser Haq.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Black Swan

Hay Festival 2008, 
A Black Swan is a highly improbable event with three principle characteristic it is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct a explanation that makes it appear less random and more predictable than it was. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Inua Ellams, Coco Khan and Chimene Suleyman talk to Rachael Kerr

The Good Immigrant

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are delighted to launch the paperback of Nikesh Shukla’s award-winning collection of essays and stories with three of the contributing writers. Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants – job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees – until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and – most importantly – real.

Inua Ellams, Coco Khan and Chimene Suleyman talk to Rachael Kerr

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Danny Dorling

The Human Atlas of Europe

Hay Festival 2017, 

The geographer explores Europe’s society, culture, economy, politics and environment using state-of-the-art mapping techniques. With maps ranging from life expectancy, greenhouse gas emissions, GDP to Eurovision voting, Dorling addresses fundamental questions around social cohesion and sustainable growth as Europe negotiates the UK’s exit while continuing through the economic crisis. His other books that have been featured at Hay include Inequality and the 1%, Population 10 Billion, All That Is Solid and Injustice.

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Juno Dawson

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the author for a discussion of her new book, Margot and Me, a tender cross-generation story of the unexpected truth that a girl uncovers about her grandmother, when she reads the diary of her life during the War.

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Juno Dawson

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Iván Benavides, Andrés Cepeda, Fonseca y William Ospina en conversación con Fernando Gaitán

La poética popular: escribir música

Cartagena 2013, 
Tres grandes intérpretes, pero sobre todo compositores, hablarán sobre el acto de componer y escribir música para interpretar. Iván Benavides es músico, compositor y productor del proyectoSidestepper, pionero en la internacionalización de la cumbia colombiana; Andrés Cepeda es actualmenteuno de los más reconocidos cantantes y compositores del bolero a nivel nacional; y Fonseca, merecedor de dos premios Grammy Latinos y quien ha alcanzado el éxito internacional con su música, una mezcla de pop y ritmos folclóricos colombianos, con una trayectoria definida por la versatilidad. Conversarán sobre poesía y música con el libretista y escritor FernandoGaitán, actual vicepresidente de producto de RCN.

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Thomas Steinbeck talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author talks about his Nobel Prize-winning father and his own new short story collection Down to a Sunless Sea.

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Terry Eagleton

The Meaning of Life?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Prof ranges across literature and philosophy, and comes up with some answers of his own.

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James May’s Magnificent Machines

Hay Festival 2008, 
Top Gear star James May and Phil Dolling examine the tipping points— when technologies such as the car or the internet became unstoppable—and get up close to the nuts and bolts of remarkable inventions.

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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.

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Mark Haddon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Pier Falls

Hay Festival 2016, 

An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A 30-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. The author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Red House plays out his dark and wild imagination in his first collection of short stories.

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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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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Young Stalin

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian investigates the development of the charismatic cobbler’s son, who was hailed as a poet, trained as a priest, and became a consummate politician and murderous psychopath.

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Timothy Brook talks to Jerry Brotton

Mr Selden’s Map of China

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of Vermeer’s Hat discusses his picaresque adventure to decode an ancient map: a journey through Chinese science and folklore, the globalized spice trade, the tides of international exchange, and the disputes of the South China Sea.

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Jancis Robinson

The Oxford Companion To Wine

Hay Festival 2016, 

Now revised for its fourth edition, Jancis Robinson’s wine book has achieved legendary status, winning every major wine writing award, because it’s properly authoritative and utterly captivating. She talks about and tastes a selection of wines provided by Tanners of Hereford.

Jancis Robinson

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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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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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David Spiegelhalter

Cambridge Series 18: Sex by Numbers

Hay Festival 2016, 

How often, with whom, and doing what? The statistics of sexual behaviour are riveting, but can we believe them? A Cambridge professor of statistics investigates. Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk.

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Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

Hamish and the Worldstoppers

Hay Festival 2015, 
What would you do if the whole world stopped? Yes, the whole world, except you? Come and meet writer, TV and radio presenter and now children’s author Danny Wallace with his new book. Danny is joined on stage by illustrator Jamie Littler and together they introduce you to Hamish, his trusty gang – the PDF, the baddies or the Terribles and their world – the one that keeps stopping!
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Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 5

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian satirises the day’s papers and media.

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Gabriel Rosenstock

Kells 2013, 

Údar/aistritheoir breis is 160 leabhar é Gabriel Rosenstock, dánta, haiku, úrscéalta, leabhair do dhaoine óga, drámaí, gearrscéalta, aistí agus eile ina measc.

Haiku master Gabriel Rosenstock will conduct a bilingual haiku workshop in Irish and English. Rosenstock's Irish translation of the haiku of Jack Kerouac, sioc maidine/morning frost, was recently launched at the Dublin Writers Festival. Internationally known as a poet and haikuist, Rosenstock's titles include Haiku Englightenment and Haiku, The Gentle Art of Disappearing (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Come and learn how to write and enjoy haiku.

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Michael Chabon and Anthony Swofford

Chaired by Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2007, 
Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union is a gumshoe thriller set in (alternative history) Yiddish reservation in Alaska; Swofford follows his memoir Jarhead with a debut novel that seeks lost love and identity in Japan, Exit A. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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David Cordingly

The Spanish Gold

Hay Festival 2011, 
The true story of the C18th Governor of the Bahamas and his mission to clean up the high seas – Woodes Rogers and the Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Laia Jufresa and Cynan Jones talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: Survivors

Hay Festival 2017, 

With its taut narrative and its wincingly visceral portrait of a man locked in an uneven struggle with the forces of nature, Jones’s Cove is a powerful new work from one of the most distinctive voices in British fiction. Jufresa’s Umami is a quietly devastating novel of missed encounters, missed opportunities, missed people, and those who are left behind. Compassionate, surprising, funny and inventive, it deftly unpicks their stories to offer a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico, as whimsical as it is heart-wrenching.

Laia Jufresa and Cynan Jones talk to Daniel Hahn

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Olivia Laing

To The River: A Journey Beneath The Surface

Hay Festival 2011, 
To The River is the story of the Ouse, the Sussex river in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One midsummer week, over sixty years later, Olivia Laing walked Woolf’s river from source to sea. The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in a landscape – and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love.