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Dexter Dias talks to Tom Clark

The Ten Types of Human

Hay Festival 2017, 

We want to believe that there are some things we would never do. We want to believe that there are other things we always would. But how can we be sure? What are our limits? Do we have limits? The human rights lawyer examines the best and worst of our capabilities.

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Patrick Barkham

Coastlines

Hay Festival 2015, 

Barkham reflects on the long campaign to protect our shoreline from tidal erosion and human damage. He weaves together fascinating tales about every aspect of the coast – from ancient conquests and smugglers’ routes, to exotic migratory birds and bucket-and-spade holidays – to tell a more profound story about our island nation and the way we are shaped by our shores. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

Patrick Barkham

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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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John Crace, John Sutherland, Clemency Burton-Hill and Marcus Brigstocke

The Two Johnnies do Hamlet!

Hay Festival 2017, 

An irreverent, delightful and wickedly clever insight into Shakespeare’s greatest play, with a spectacular performance of their abridged version. Sutherland is Emeritus Professor of English at UCL; Crace is the Digested Read satirist and writes the parliamentary sketch for The Guardian.

John Crace, John Sutherland, Clemency Burton-Hill and Marcus Brigstocke

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Abbas Baydoun, Abdo Wazen and Najwa Barakat in conversation with Hala Kawtharani

The Role of Writers in a Sectarian Society

Beirut 2012, 
The acclaimed Lebanese writers Abbas Baydoun, Abdo Wazen and najwa Barakat, discuss with Hala Kawtharani (writer and journalist) the challenges writers face in a deeply divided society.
 
Event in Arabic

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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
Jennifer Gray

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Sarah Webb

Ask Amy Green

Kells 2013, 

Using toys, clothes and photos from her childhood, Sarah will talk about growing up in Dublin and how she became a writer. She will also read from the latest book in the Ask Amy Green series, Wedding Belles (published in September 2013) and take questions from the audience. Be warned: this may involve some audience participation, acting and wig-wearing.


10+ years


All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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Harry And The Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join Ian Whybrow to find out all about Harry’s latest adventures with his dinosaurs.

Duration 60 mins.

4+ years

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Richard Perle talks to Philippe Sands QC

Hay Festival 2007, 
Bush’s former NeoCon Defense Policy Advisory Committee Chairman recently recanted his support for the invasion of Iraq: ‘At the end of the day, you have to hold the President responsible’.

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Chief Nyamweya

Comics Take Over the World

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Comics and animation entrepreneur Chief Nyamweya explores the many unexpected lessons learned while trying to re-invent an industry in Kenya. Chief is best known for the prolific crime-fiction comics Roba (syndicated daily in The Star newspaper) and Emergency - both of which popularized the Kenya Noir style of art characterized by abundant use of black ink, high contrasts and dark themes.

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Louise Welsh and Sophie Hannah talk to Marcel Berlins

Fictions – Crimes

Hay Festival 2014, 

A pandemic called ‘The Sweats’ is sweeping the globe. London is a city in crisis. Hospitals begin to fill with the dead and dying, but Stevie Flint is convinced that the sudden death of her boyfriend Dr Simon Sharkey was not from natural causes. Welsh introduces A Lovely Way To Burn, the first outbreak in her Plague Times trilogy. Hannah reveals The Telling Error, the latest in her Culver Valley Crime series of novels.

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Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts

Hay Festival 2015, 
Eight books into the bestselling, award-winning, ‘laugh-out-loud’ World of Norm series, life is still totally unfair for poor old Norm! Come and meet Norm’s creator, Jonathan Meres. Hear him say stuff. Ask him anything you like. He might even sing. May contain nuts.
9+ years
Jonathan Meres

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Jo Cotterill

A Storm of Strawberries

Hay Festival 2017, 

In our divided world, children need empathetic skills more than ever. The author explores empathy themes in an inspiring, interactive Empathy Lab workshop based on her new book. She will lead children through activities designed to help them discover and understand other people’s feelings and perspectives.

9+
Jo Cotterill

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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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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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Triumphs On And Off The Track

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
Moroccan-Dutch writer and marathon runner Abdelkader Benali talks with Paralympic Silver Medalist runner Francis Thuo, Paralympic Gold Medalist Mary Namancha and the British High Commissioner Rob MaCaire.

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Azar Nafisi talks to Sarah Churchwell

The Republic of Imagination

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the author of the bestselling memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran comes a powerful and passionate case for the vital role of fiction today. Blending memoir and polemic with close readings of her favourite novels, the scholar and teacher invites us to join her as citizens of her ‘Republic of Imagination’, a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream.

Azar Nafisi talks to Sarah Churchwell

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John Julius Norwich

The Middle Sea

Hay Festival 2007, 
The history, culture, heroes and wonders of the Mediterranean world.

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Dominic Sandbrook

A BBC Two Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

The cultural historian talks about and shows clips from his latest BBC Two series on post-war culture, Let Us Entertain You. In it he argues that Britain’s cultural contribution has been second to none, from music and fashion to art, film, literature and theatre, James Bond to Agatha Christie, Andrew Lloyd Webber to John Lennon, and it is through our culture that the world now sees us.

Not for broadcast.

BBC2
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Dominic Sandbrook

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Mark Price talks to Kamal Ahmed

UK PLC

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Minister of State for Trade and Investment discusses Britain’s economic and business relationship with the European Union. He looks west at TTIP and east to China and India to see what the future might hold for Britain inside or outside the Union. Price was formerly MD of Waitrose, Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, and Deputy Chairman of Channel 4. Ahmed is the BBC’s Economics Editor.

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Ken Thompson

Where Do Camels Belong?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Where do camels belong? ‘In the Arab world’ may seem the obvious answer, but they are relative newcomers there. They evolved in North America, retain their greatest diversity in South America, and the only remaining wild dromedaries are in Australia. Thompson examines The Story and Science of Invasive Species.

Ken Thompson

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Stephen D King

Grave New World

Hay Festival 2017, 

The economist offers a controversial look at the end of globalisation and what it means for prosperity, peace, and the global economic order. King is HSBC’s Chief Economic Adviser and a Special Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He talks to the BBC’s Rajan Datar.

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Raja Shehadeh talks to Hugh Muir

Where the Line is Drawn: Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine

Hay Festival 2017, 

Brave, intelligent and deeply controversial, the award-winning author of A Rift in Time, Occupation Diaries, Language of War ~ Language of Peace and Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape explores the devastating effect of Occupation on even the most intimate aspects of life. Looking back over decades of political turmoil, Shehadeh traces the impact on the fragile bonds of friendship across the Israel-Palestine border, and asks whether those considered bitter enemies can come together to forge a common future.

Raja Shehadeh talks to Hugh Muir

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Alain de Botton

The Architecture of Happiness

Hay Festival 2006, 
From the humble terraced house to some of the world’s most renowned buildings, the writer and thinker considers how our private homes and public edifices influence how we feel; and how we could learn to build in ways that would increase our chances of happiness.

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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