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Iain Overton talks to Oliver Balch

Gun Baby Gun

Hay Festival 2015, 

There are almost a billion guns across the globe today. There are 12 billion bullets produced every year and as many as 500,000 people are killed by them annually. Meeting people affected by guns from all walks of life in 25 countries – porn starlets who appear as snipers in XXX films, Zionist anti-terror gun trainers, El Salvadoran gangland killers – Overton unearths some hard truths about the terrible realities of war and gun crime. Overton is Director of Investigations at the London-based charity Action on Armed Violence and an investigative journalist who has worked in over 80 countries around the world.

Iain Overton talks to Oliver Balch

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Piers Torday

The Last Wild

Hay Festival 2013, 

An animal adventure like no other, The Last Wild is hotly tipped to be a modern classic and Piers Torday is a highly acclaimed new writer. Hear him at Hay first!

9+ years

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Robert Hutchinson

Thomas Cromwell

Hay Festival 2007, 
The rollicking tale of Henry VIII’s tyrannical Chancellor, who prosecuted Anne Boleyn, seized the monasteries and bought off the nobility.

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Jez Alborough

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creator of the Eddy And The Bear stories, which became a Bafta Award-winning television series, is here to bring you Nat The Cat’s Sunny Smile.

4+ years

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Two Giants

Dhaka 2012, 
Fakrul Alam, Rafiqul Islam and Sitakant Mahapatra discuss the two iconic figures of Bangla literature, Rabidranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam. Accompanied by vocalists Audity Mohsin and Khairul Anam Shakil. Chaired by Anisuzzaman.

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Adele Nozedar

Great British Sweets

Winter Weekend 2014, 

A gloriously indulgent celebration of our Great British love affair with sweet-making and good old-fashioned confectionery. From peardrops to humbugs, honeycomb confections to liquorice, coconut ice to sugar mice, Nozedar gives us the rich history of these classic sweets along with over fifty easy-to-follow recipes for how to make them at home.

There will be a vodka sherbet tasting at this event.

Adele Nozedar

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Iain Finlayson

Tangier: City of the Dream

Hay Festival 2015, 

No city in the world has quite the exotic allure of Tangier. From the C17th, it has been a place on the edge, beyond the normal disciplines of government, a city of refuge and excitements where sex is cheap, drugs are plentiful and where the outcasts of the world can breathe easily. The golden years of Tangier began after World War I and barely survived World War II. Among those who sought sanctuary in or inspiration from this legendary city were Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Paul and Jane Bowles, Ronnie Kray, Tennessee Williams, Joe Orton, Cecil Beaton and Truman Capote. It is this ‘last resort of the living dead, alive but not madly kicking’ that Finlayson explores in his witty, enthralling study.

Iain Finlayson

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Chris Parry talks to Guto Harri

Down South

Hay Festival 2012, 
Fascinating and deeply alarming, Down South: A Falklands War Diary is an intimate story of heroism, extreme weather and chaos.

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Fred Pearce

Confessions of an Eco Sinner

Hay Festival 2008, 
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner From Kenyan bean-fields to Bangaldeshi sweatshops, and from rainforest to desert, Fred Pearce travels to find where my stuff comes from.

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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.

Danny Dorling

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Srijato Bandopadhyay, Natalie Holborow, Arunhava Sinha, Sophie McKeand, Aniesha Brahma and Sion Tomos Owen

Hay Mela 1: And Suddenly You Find Yourself in India

Hay Festival 2017, 

The first of four events this afternoon and evening that celebrate the vibrant cultural exchange between Wales and India. The poets relate and perform their experience of the India Wales project 2017, Valley City Village: with words and pictures introduced by Gary Raymond.

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Kathy Burke talks to John Mitchinson

in Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor introduces and reads from her book 24 Stories, an anthology of stories written on themes of community and hope, by a mix of the UK’s best established writers and previously unpublished authors inspired by the Grenfell Tower disaster. She is joined by Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina and Man at the Helm and a contributor to the anthology.
 
On the night of 14 June 2017, a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London, killing at least 72 people and injuring many more. An entire community was destroyed. For many people affected by this tragedy, the psychological scars may never heal. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that affects many people who have endured traumatic events, leaving them unable to move on from life-changing tragedies. In the immediate aftermath of the fire, the focus was rightly placed on providing food, shelter and health care for those left homeless – but it is important that we don’t lose sight of the psychological impact this fire will have had on its survivors.
 
Burke established herself as a great comic actress with parts like Waynetta Slob in Harry Enfield's Television Programme and the brattish teenager Perry in Kevin & Perry Go Large. She won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for her role as an oppressed wife to a violent alcoholic in Gary Oldman’s grim feature Nil By Mouth. Most recently she has directed an acclaimed production of Lady Windermere’s Fan in the West End.



portrait of Kathy Burke by Rankin, courtesy of Rankin Photography Ltd.

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John Mullan, Peter Florence and guests

The Books that Defined the Century

Hay Festival 2007, 
In April a panel of experts selected 50 era-defining books that mapped each decade of the C20th. We announce the Guardian readers’ top ten books of the century, and discuss what's resonating in the Noughties.

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It’s The Sun What Won It

Hay Festival 2008, 
Designer and campaigner Katharine Hamnett hosts this informal debate about alternative energy sources with Paul Brown discussing the latest nuclear options, and FoE boss Tony Juniper on the latest developments with CSP— concentrating solar power.

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Matthew d’Ancona and Edward Luce

On the Brink: A Dialogue

Hay Festival 2017, 

In d’Ancona’s book Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back he examines how the art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy and the world as we know it. Brexit, Trump, the rejection of climate change science, and the vilification of immigrants have all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts. In The Retreat of Western Liberalism Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society’s economic losers, and complacency about our system’s durability. Our faith in history teaches us to take democracy for granted. Reality tells us something troublingly different.

Matthew d’Ancona and Edward Luce

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Germaine Greer, Rob Penn and Beccy Speight talk to Andy Fryers

Tree Charter Series 3: Towards a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Tree Charter launches this year, built from more than 50,000 public stories about the value of trees and woods. How have the issues of rights and responsibilities shaped the relationship between people and trees over the 800 years since the 1217 Charter of the Forest? Germaine Greer, author of White Beech: The Rainforest Years and community woods enthusiast Rob Penn talk with Woodland Trust CEO Beccy Speight about the role of trees in our lives; and about the role of a Tree Charter in protecting this for the future.

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Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

Collusion

Hay Festival 2018, 

In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the President-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’. Collusion is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier. 


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Will Chase, Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Jane Scotter and Stephen Jones

Farming With A Difference

Hay Festival 2016, 

Meet four producers who have identified a specialist market and are making farming pay. Will Chase re-invented himself from potato grower to purveyor of posh crisps, Tyrrell’s, then sold the company to form Williams Chase Distillery, making gin and vodka. Illtud Llyr Dunsford of Charcuterie Ltd is a seventh-generation farmer flying the flag for home-cured meats and reviving a taste for veal. Jane Scotter of Fern Verrow farms fruit and veg biodynamically, and Stephen Jones is growing quinoa, the new superfood previously chalking up thousands of food miles from South America. Chaired by Dan Saladino of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

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Nick Clarke, Eric Wagner, Peter Stanford, Brenda Maddox

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Hay Festival 2000, 
A discussion about the relationship between biographer and subject, dead or alive. BBC broadcaster and biographer of Alistair Cooke, Clarke is joined by Erica Wagner, author of Ariel's Gift about Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and The Birthday Letters, and Peter Stanford the historian of Catholicism, and biographer of Bronwen Astor. Maddox is the award-winning biographer of Nora Joyce, D. H. Lawrence and W. B. Yeats.

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Julia Hobsbawm

Networking for Shy People

Hay Festival 2014, 

The founder of Editorial Intelligence and Professor of Networking at the Cass Business School conducts an open workshop to help develop this essential business skill. Her latest publication is Fully Connected – A Look Ahead to Working and Networking in 2020.

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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!
7+ years
Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

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Ken Russell and Brenda Maddox talk to Jaci Stephen

Hay Festival 1995, 
Maddox's D. H. Lawrence: The Married Man won the 1994 Whitbread Biography Prize. Ken Russell has filmed Lawrence's novels Women in Love, The Rainbow, and Lady Chatterley. They talk to the Mirror's television critic about the language and images of the books and films.

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David Hart, Gavin Selerie and Glenn Storhaug

Five Seasons Press Poetry

Hay Festival 2007, 
A multi-media session with film, poetry readings and conversation, celebrating the design and art of the exquisitely produced Five Seasons Press publications.

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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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Steve Antony

Pandas, Doughnuts, and the Queen’s Handbag

Hay Festival 2015, 
Steve Antony is one of the hottest talents around – his first book, The Queen’s Hat, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize. Learn to draw a panda who loves good manners (and doughnuts!), read stories together, and get a sneak peek of Steve’s next book, The Queen’s Handbag.
3+ years
Steve Antony