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Luis Pescetti in conversation with Daniel Samper Pizano

Humour in Writing

Cartagena 2011, 
The Argentinean Luis Pescetti is author of many children’s books with a sharp and provocative sense of humour, an activity that he came to through his career as a music therapist and educationalist. In the 1990s, with the backing of Unicef, he designed a number of publications for teachers regarding the educational use of humour and music. Today he will talk about the role of humour in literature with writer and journalist Daniel Samper, who has written a range of critical, and comical, books.

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Secret Treasures of Ancient Egypt

Hay Festival 2016, 

Step back in time and explore the amazing lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus with the help of Xanthe Gresham Knight, one of the core Storytellers for the British Museum. Enjoy incredible tales of submerged deities and treasures and discover how these fantastic cities were rediscovered.

8+

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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2017, 

The illustrator discusses and demonstrates his working practice.  This event is aimed at students and young artists.

Oliver Jeffers

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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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Patrick Barkham

Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals

Hay Festival 2011, 
A joyful celebration of the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly.

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Catherine Barnard

Cambridge Series: Me, You and the EU

Hay Festival 2017, 

The EU legal expert, Professor Catherine Barnard, explains the complexity of the Brexit negotiations and how they might work.

Catherine Barnard

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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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Roy Strong and Clive Boursnell

Remaking a Garden: The Laskett Transformed

Hay Festival 2014, 

The great formal garden at The Laskett was made by Strong and his late wife, the designer Julia Trevelyan Oman. Since her death, he has remade the garden completely, a process recorded over many years by the photographer Clive Boursnell.

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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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Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Countess of Carnarvon, chatelaine of Highclere Castle, tells the story of her ancestor who actually ran the house during the Great War. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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Lionel Shriver talks to Rosie Boycott

The New Republic

Hay Festival 2012, 
We are delighted to launch a biting political satire set in the Portuguese backwater of Barba by the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need To Talk About Kevin and So Much For That.

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The Concern Universal Youth Debate

Who Needs Our Aid Most?

Hay Festival 2011, 
In the light of the DFID reassessment of budget priorities, how should we target our overseas aid? India and China where there is most poverty, or Somalia and Libya?
 
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Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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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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The Gaia Lectures 2: In Our Hands

Hay Festival 2008, 
Friends of the Earth Director Tony Juniper shows how we can all face the big eco-problems with mass attention to simple domestic practice, from energy conservation to green business networks.

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John Mullan

How Novels Work

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Prof builds on his hugely popular Guardian book-club column analysing contemporary fiction, to produce an accessible and hugely entertaining guide to creative reading.

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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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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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Élmer Mendoza

Narcoliteratura

Cartagena 2014, 
Su primera novela, Un asesino solitario (1999), lo situó según el crítico mexicano Federico Campbell como “el primer narrador que retrata con acierto la cultura del narcotráfico en nuestro país”. Mendoza, creador del inolvidable personaje Edgar, el Zurdo Mendieta, es un escritor comprometido con su tiempo y la situación de su país; participa en la presente edición del Hay Joven para compartir con los estudiantes sus planteamientos literarios y sus últimos trabajos.

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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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The RSPB Cymru Lecture: Saving Special Places

Hay Festival 2008, 
Graham Wynne talks about why the RSPB, a UK-based conservation charity, is involved in saving the Harapan Rainforest? Find out how the destruction of this special place is not only a disaster for the local people and wildlife, but also for the world's climate.

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Les Murray

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great Australian poet reads and talks about his work. ‘Given his encyclopaedic memory, his gargantuan appetite for language, and his acrobatic dance in all forms of expression, The Bi-Plane Houses is as rich and diverse as we would expect.’ – Poetry Book Society.

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Richard Goldstone talks to Nik Gowing

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want?: The Rule of Law

Hay Festival 2015, 

A conversation with one of the world’s foremost jurists. The ruling in the Groups Areas Act and the Goldstone Commission were fundamental to the transition from apartheid to multiracial democracy in South Africa. At the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Goldstone prosecuted Radovan Karadzič and Ratko Mladić. In 2009, he led a fact-finding mission created by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate international human rights and humanitarian law violations related to the Gaza War.

Richard Goldstone talks to Nik Gowing

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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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Danny Dorling

People and Places: A 21st-Century Atlas of the UK

Hay Festival 2016, 

The geographer introduces this staggeringly detailed analysis of social change over the past 15 years, gleaned from census statistics and big data. It is essential reading for all those working in local authorities, health authorities, and statutory and voluntary organisations, as well as for researchers, students, policy makers, journalists and any Haymakers interested in social geography, social policy, social justice and social change.

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Commonwealth Writers Conversation

Dhaka 2012, 
A panel chaired by Godfrey Smith, the award-winning writer from Belize, explores how artists can participate in the mechanisms which affect our lives and what participatory governance really means. With writer Farah Ghuznavi, entrepreneur Kamal Quadir, activist Shireen Huq and photographer Shahidul Alam.