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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
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Mike Figgis talks to Ariane Koek

Digital Film-making

Hay Festival 2007, 
The director (Leaving Las Vegas, The Sopranos, Timecode) teaches aspiring cineastes how to get the best from easily available digital technology.

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Louis de Bernières talks to Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses A Partisan’s Daughter, his superb 1970s love story about a bored husband and a Yugoslav Scheherazade.

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David Puttnam

Hay Festival 2007, 
The advertising-man, film-maker, studio-head and now educator and political heavyweight discusses his career with Peter Florence.

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Ewan Fernie, Simon Palfrey and Tom de Freston

A reading of Macbeth, Macbeth - University of Birmingham Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Macbeth, Macbeth is by Fernie and Palfrey, with stunning original pictures by de Freston.  The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams of national revival, smaller lives are seeding. In the ruins of Dunsinane, the Porter tries to keep his three young boys safe from the nightmare of history. In a nunnery deep in Birnam Wood, a girl attempts to forget what she lost in war. Flitting between them, a tortured clairvoyant shakes with the knowledge of what’s to come. An unprecedented collaboration between two leading Shakespeareans, Macbeth, Macbeth sparks a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare’s darkest play.

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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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Jacek Dehnel

Kells 2014, 

Jacek Dehnel is a poet, novelist, painter and translator. In 2005 he was one of the youngest ever winners of Poland’s Koscielski Prize for promising writers and was also awarded the prestigious Paszport Polityki prize. He talks to RTE's Zbyszek Zalinski.

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John Bird

Hay Festival 2008, 
The heroic Big Issue founder yanks on the bootstraps in his The 10 Keys to Success. He talks to Paul Blezard.

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Peter Taylor talks to Guto Harri

Talking to Terrorists

Hay Festival 2011, 
Forty years of investigative reporting from Bloody Sunday to Guantanamo Bay in A Personal Journey from the IRA to Al Qaeda.

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Where’s Spot?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Spot the playful puppy is coming to Hay for a game of hide and seek, with plenty of storytelling and songs along the way.
 
3–5 years
 
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Fflur Dafydd talks to M Wynn Thomas

The Welsh Books Council Lecture - In Two Minds

Hay Festival 2012, 
The singer and author of the multi-award-winning Y Llyfrgell, Twenty Thousand Saints, The White Trail and Atyniad talks about ‘the bilingual artist and the multi-media’. See also events 345 and 373.

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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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Archie Miles

The British Oak

Hay Festival 2014, 

The British oak is the iconic tree of Britain and its people. The specialist tree writer and photographer explores the environmental, cultural and economic aspects of oak, and reveals remarkable images and anecdotes of our greatest trees past and present.

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AC Grayling

Democracy and its Crisis

Hay Festival 2018, 

The philosopher investigates why the institutions of representative democracy seem unable to hold up against forces they were designed to manage, and why it matters. He considers those moments in history when the challenges we face today were first encountered and what solutions were found. Then he lays bare the specific threats facing democracy today.

AC Grayling

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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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Simon Jenkins

England’s Cathedrals

Hay Festival 2017, 

Cathedrals are custodians of culture and of the rituals of civic life. They offer welfare and relieve suffering. They uplift spirits with their beauty. In a real sense they are still what they were when first built a millennium ago, a glimpse of the sublime. Illustrated lecture.

Simon Jenkins

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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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Ruth Rendell talks to Stephanie Merritt

Hay Festival 2007, 
The great psychological thriller and crime writer discusses her work.

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Rituparno Ghosh talks to Boris Izaguirre, followed by the screening of the film ‘Nouka Dubi’

Segovia 2011, 
Rituparno Ghosh, Indian film director and author, winner of eight National Film Awards in India and various international awards in film festivals, and Boris Izaguirre, presenter, scriptwriter and writer, will talk about the genre themes in Indian film and society and present the film Nouka Dubi (based on a novel by Tagore), that will be screened immediately thereafter.
 
Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea al español.
 
‘Nouka Dubi’ (2010, 144 min, Bengali), by Rituparno Ghosh
First film made on Tagore on the 150th anniversary of his birth. The story begins with a boating accident during a stormy night that changes the life of the four protagonists whose relationships change into something altogether different from their initial expectations in the social framework of the period.

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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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Hyam Yared in conversation with Nayla Tamraz

Beirut 2012, 
Hyam Yared is a poet and novelist from Beirut. She has published two books of poetry with Dar An-nahar, and two novels, L’armoire des ombres and Sous la tonnelle. Her books have received several awards, such as the Prix FranceLiban, and she was selected as one of the best young Arab writers under forty by Beirut39. Chaired by Nayla Tamraz, Head of French Literature at Saint Joseph university.
 
Event in French.
With the support of Literature Across Frontiers

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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.

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Tim Birkhead

Bird Sense

Hay Festival 2012, 
What is it like to be a swift, flying at over 100km an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings?
 

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Adam Rutherford

Creation, Synthetic Biology and Hip-Hop

Hay Festival 2016, 

The geneticist, author of Creation: The Origin of Life/The Future of Life explains how the evolution of music is notably similar to biological evolution: sampling closely mimics synthetic biology, as wholesale pieces of other organisms are swapped to add functions and behaviours for our purposes. And now, as with the copyright issues that strangled creativity in hip-hop, patents in genetics act as crippling hindrances to scientific progress.

Adam Rutherford

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Simon Thurley

The Building of England: How the History of England Has Shaped Our Buildings

Hay Festival 2014, 

From awe-inspiring Norman castles to the homes we live in, Thurley explores how the architecture of this small island influenced the world. He tells the fascinating story of the development of architecture and the advancements in both structural performance and aesthetic effect. Chaired by Justin Albert.