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CJ Busby

Frogspell

Hay Festival 2013, 

Discover more about Max and Olivia and their pet dragon Adolphus as they help protect King Arthur from dastardly plots. Find out how to create a spell using ‘magical’ words.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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John Kampfner and guests

Full STEAM Ahead

Hay Festival 2016, 

How should we value the Arts in the schools curriculum? What do we learn from putting on plays, playing in bands, painting and dancing? The CEO of the Creative Industries Federation and his guests challenge the government’s focus on STEM subjects and examine the place of culture in British education and the national economy.

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Tom Bower talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Broken Vows: Tony Blair, The Tragedy of Power

Hay Festival 2016, 

When Tony Blair became prime minister in May 1997, he was, at 43, the youngest person to hold that office since 1812. With a landslide majority, his approval rating was 93% and he went on to become Labour’s longest-serving premier. What went wrong? #Corruptiooptimipessima. The Chilcot report is expected in June.

Tom Bower talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Emily Wilson

The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer

Hay Festival 2018, 

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey, is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. The vivid new translation, the first by a woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’. She recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature. This inaugural translation lecture is given in the name of the pre-eminent translator, whose peerless work rendering French, Danish and German literature into English ranges from Asterix to Austerlitz.  Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

Emily Wilson

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Simon Schama

The Power of Art

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘The power of the greatest art is the power to shake us into revelation, and rip us from our default mode of seeing … We don’t look at a face, a colour, a sky, a body in the same way again.’

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George Alagiah

A Home from Home: From Immigrant Boy to English Man

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Sri-Lankan-born broadcaster and writer views the issues of racism and multiculturalism in his adopted Britain.

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Dan Rhodes, Helen Oyeyemi and Lucy Eyre

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
Challenging and inspiring new fiction with Eyre’s philosophical adventures in If Minds Had Toes, the wry comedy of Rhodes’ Gold and the Nigerian-London-Cuban dislocations of Oyeyemi’s The Opposite House. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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William Cohan

Money and Power

Hay Festival 2011, 
The skinny on Goldman Sachs – heavily embargoed until publication. Hmmm.

Duration 45 minutes.

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Per Petterson and Gerbrand Bakker talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions – The Prizewinners

Hay Festival 2015, 

A conversation with two giants of European Literature, both of whom have won both the IMPAC Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Petterson follows Out Stealing Horses with his new novel I Refuse. Tommy’s mother has gone. She walked out into the snow one night, leaving him and his sisters with their violent father. Without his best friend Jim, Tommy would be in trouble. But Jim has challenges of his own which will disrupt their precious friendship. Bakker follows The Detour with June. On a hot summer’s day in June 1969 everyone is gathered to welcome Queen Juliana. The young boys and girls wave their flags enthusiastically. But just as the monarch is getting into her car to leave, little Hanne Kaan and her mother arrive late – the Queen strokes the little girl’s cheek and regally offers Anna Kaan her hand. It would have been an unforgettable day of celebration if only the baker hadn’t been running late with his deliveries and knocked down Hanne, playing on the roadside, with his brand-new VW van…

Per Petterson and Gerbrand Bakker talk to Daniel Hahn

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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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George Peterken, Fiona Stafford and Christiana Payne

Living Landscapes – Tree Charter Series 1

Hay Festival 2017, 

The changing ‘treescape’ of the UK holds clues to social, political and natural events throughout history. From agriculture to boat building, Dutch elm disease and the great storm of 1987, the state of trees and woods in our landscape tell a story of our past and hold lessons for our future. Author Fiona Stafford and woodland ecologist George Peterken, both featured in Arboreal, a Common Ground collection of woodland writing, talk to Christiana Payne, Professor of History of Art at Oxford Brookes University.

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Jennifer Gray

Atticus Claw, Chickens and More

Hay Festival 2015, 
Find out about Atticus Claw, the world’s greatest cat burglar, and be introduced to the hen-sational Amy Cluckbucket, heroine of Jennifer’s new Chicken Mission series. Answer a quiz, hear all about the characters and help Jennifer plan the next part of the story.
6+ years
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Jacqueline Wilson

Green Glass Beads

Hay Festival 2012, 
The treasured author selects and reads some of her favourite poetry.
 
Please keep your ticket if you wish to get your book signed by Jacqueline after the event.
 
9+ years

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Dui Banglar Shahitter Halchal

Dhaka 2012, 
Syed Shamsul Haq, Hassan Azizul Haq and Debesh Ray discuss Bangla fiction from both sides of the border. Chaired by Prothom Alo's Sajjad Sharif.

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Janne Teller and Kamila Shamsie in conversation with John Kampfner

Beirut 2012, 
Two acclaimed international writers discuss their recent works with John Kampfner. Janne Teller (Denmark) is an author who has worked in conflict resolution for many years. Her much-lauded, multi awardwinning children’s novel Nothing tackles the meaning of life and the limits of tolerance and has provoked vigorous debate in europe since its publication in 2000. Teller will also discuss If Scandinavia Were at War a thrilling, chilling depiction of life as a refugee. Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan) is the author of five novels, including Burnt Shadows, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and translated into more than 20 languages. She has also written a book of non-fiction, Offence: The Muslim Case. She is a trustee of the english Pen, and writes for the International Herald Tribune and The Guardian.
 
Event in English
With the support of the Danish Arts Council and the British Council

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Jenny Uglow

The Pinecone

Hay Festival 2013, 

The story of Sarah Losh – forgotten Romantic heroine, antiquarian, architect and visionary. In the church in Wreay, her masterpiece, there are carvings of ammonites, scarabs and poppies; an arrow pierces the wall as if shot from a bow; a tortoise-gargoyle launches itself into the air. And everywhere there are pinecones, her signature in stone. The church is a dramatic rendering of the power of myth and the great natural cycles of life and death and rebirth. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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Ed Vulliamy

The War is Dead, Long Live the War - Bosnia: the Reckoning

Hay Festival 2012, 
The journalist bears witness to the Serbian death camps he uncovered in 1992 and examines the aftermath of the catastrophic Bosnian war and its terrible human consequences.

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Oliver James

Creating a Sane Society

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author of Affluenza, How Not To F*** Them Up and Britain on the Couch examines what effect ‘the new austerity’ may have on the ways in which people perceive themselves, their aspirations, relationships and professional lives.

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Holly Webb

The Secret Kitten

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join author Holly Webb for an event based on her bestselling animal stories. Find out all about the real kittens, puppies and other animals behind the books, and take part in a craft activity based on the series.
6+ years
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Mairi Kidd

Breaking Down The Barriers

Hay Festival 2015, 
Mairi Kidd is MD of Barrington Stoke, which commissions and publishes a wide range of books intended to help kids ‘crack’ reading. What can be done to help young people who may be dyslexic or appear to be ‘reluctant’ to read? How can we help every child develop a love of reading? Mairi is joined by guest panellists to discuss why our children don’t want to read and what to do about it.
11+ years
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Glen Baxter

Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings

Hay Festival 2016, 

Baxter’s drawings are a delicious stew of pulp adventure novels, highbrow jinks, and outright absurdity: lonesome cowboys confront the latest in modern art, brave men tremble before moussaka, schoolgirls hoard hashish, and the world’s fruits are in constant peril. Wimples abound. The artist talks to John Mitchinson.

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Behind the Scenes: Broadcasting House

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Presenter Paddy O’Connell talks about life behind the scenes at the BBC and programme-making. Plus he’ll give the audience a chance to contribute and influence the running orders of future editions of Broadcasting House.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Behind the Scenes: Broadcasting House

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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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Ingo Schulze, David Safier, Andrés Neuman, Martín Solares, Sergio Ramírez, Guadalupe Nettel and many others

Favourite Book Gala

Cartagena 2011, 
Ingo Schulze, David Safier, Andrés Neuman, Martín Solares, Sergio Ramírez, Guadalupe Nettel, Jorge Franco, Agustín Fernández Mallo, Julio César Londoño, Tomás González, Michelle Paver, David Trueba, Fernando Quiroz and Tommy Wieringa

Some of our guests tell us about the book that has had greatest impact on them as readers. Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Ian Rankin talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rebus series.