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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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The Massed Choirs

The Gwernyfed Minibus Concert

Hay Festival 2015, 

Talgarth Male Voice Choir are joined by Hay Community Choir and bands and choirs from schools in the Gwernyfed area. They sing a celebration concert of popular choral works to raise money for the school minibus. The concert will be compèred by Chris Davies. Please join us.

The Massed Choirs

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Matthew Haley

Tomorrow’s Treasures: Are Rare Books A Good Investment?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Bonhams’ Head of Books and Manuscripts talks about the collectors who have made and lost fortunes in rare books. He gives a summary of price trends in the book market, and considers whether rare books are a good investment.

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Rory Maclean talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Berlin

Hay Festival 2014, 

Maclean assembles a dazzlingly eclectic cast of Berliners over five centuries, from the wild medieval balladeer to the ambitious prostitute who refashioned herself as a royal princess. Alongside them we encounter Marlene Dietrich flaunting her sexuality in The Blue Angel, Goebbels concocting Nazi iconography, Hitler fantasising about the mega-city Germania and David Bowie recording Heroes.

Rory Maclean talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Hay 25 - Ben Okri, Jung Chang, Földényi F. László, Dragomán György, Tibor Fischer, Tiffany Murray talk to Jon Gower

Budapest 2012, 
The Hay Festival is 25 this year, and as part of the celebrations we have put 25 Questions to everyone taking part in all our 15 festivals around the world. Please join the panel to discuss three of the Questions – Why do we read books? We’re building a library of literature, music and cinema. Which one book, film and album would you contribute to it? 25 years ago, the whole world lived in fear of an Aids pandemic, the Berlin Wall divided East and Western Europe, China and Latin America were considered part of the developing world and less than 1% of the world’s population used mobile phones or computers. What changes will we see to the way we live now in 25 years’ time?
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Nick Crane

The Making of the British Landscape

Hay Festival 2017, 

The history of 12,000 years of the British landscape, from the Ice Age to the 21st century. A tour de force from the prize-winning author Nicholas Crane, co-presenter of Coast and President of the Royal Geographical Society.

Nick Crane

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Rebecca F. John and Jake Arnott talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: London Tales

Hay Festival 2017, 

John presents her novel The Haunting of Henry Twist – a mysterious love story set in 1926 that recalls the power and strangeness of Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Arnott’s The Fatal Tree is set 200 years earlier and is about the true story of Edgeworth Bess, which mesmerised C18th society: a riveting, artful tale of crime and rough justice, love and betrayal. Rich in the street slang of the era, it vividly conjures up a murky world of illicit dens and molly-houses; a world where life was lived on the edge, in the shadow of that fatal tree – the gallows.

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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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Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragonslayer

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the UK’s most imaginative and entertaining authors creates hilarious, often absurd but always compelling adventures within bizarre and zany worlds. Find out all about The Eye of Zoltar, the third novel in his hugely popular Last Dragonslayer series, packed with Jasper’s trademark magic and invention. 

11+ years

Jasper Fforde

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John Boyne en conversación con Peter Florence

Cartagena 2014, 
Ganador de premios como el Curtis Brown, el IMPAC, el Irish Novel of the Year o el Qué Leer a la mejor novela extranjera, John Boyne es el autor de la celebrada El niño con el pijama de rayas. John, autor de literatura juvenil y para adultos, habla con Peter Florence, director de Hay Festival, sobre su último trabajo traducido al español, El Pacifista.

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Dan Pearson

Natural Selection: a Year in the Garden

Hay Festival 2017, 

Pearson draws on ten years of his Observer columns to explore the rhythms and pleasures of a year in the garden. Travelling between his city-bound plot in Peckham and 20 acres of verdant hillside in Somerset, he celebrates the beautiful skeletons of the winter garden, the joyous passage into spring, the heady smell of summer’s bud break and the flaring of colour in autumn.

Dan Pearson

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Jackie Morris with Kerry Andrew

The Lost Words: Live Painting

Hay Festival 2018, 

The artist, co-creator of the Book of the Year, talks about the extraordinary project to reclaim and celebrate The Lost Words whilst she paints live onstage. She is accompanied by the music and song of Kerry Andrew performing the spells. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – dandelion, otter, bramble, acorn – all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Morris and her poet-spellcaster, Robert Macfarlane, have created a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. They capture the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.
Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop, which is hosting an exhibition of Jackie’s work until 31 August 2018

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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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Edna O’Brien talks to Matt Frei

The Little Red Chairs

Hay Festival 2016, 

When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community is in thrall and one woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell. In this astonishing novel, O’Brien charts the consequences of that fatal attraction.

Edna O’Brien talks to Matt Frei

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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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Philip Ardagh

The World Of Moominvalley

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Escape to the magical world of the Moomins and their friends as it is explored in this beautiful book, The World of Moominvalley. Join the author as he delves into the background to the classic Moomin stories and reveals the richly creative life of their author Tove Jansson. Moomin fans old and new will be entranced by the wealth of knowledge that this book adds to the familiar stories.

Introduced by Nat Jansz

In association with Oxfam

Age 6+

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Nick Mansfield

Buildings of the Labour Movement

Hay Festival 2014, 

This fascinating survey ranges from the communal buildings of the early nineteenth-century political radicals, Owenites and Chartists, through Arts and Crafts influenced socialist structures of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods to the grand union ‘castles’ of the mid-twentieth century.

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John Lewis-Stempel and Jim Wight

Young James Herriot

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author is joined by the real James Herriot’s son to discuss The Making of the World’s Most Famous Vet.

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Catherine Rayner

Hay Festival 2015, 
Have fun counting with Abigail and search for new smells with Smelly Louie in this friendly interactive event with an award-winning writer and illustrator. There is live drawing between storytelling, and children get the chance to create their own masterpieces with Catherine’s help.
5+ years
Catherine Rayner

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Zoë Wilcox and Julian Harrison

Talking About Shakespeare: Showing Shakespeare in the Library

Hay Festival 2016, 

The curators of the two landmark exhibitions of the 400th anniversary celebrations share their treasures at Hay – from First Folios and the now famous handwritten plea for refugees, to Vivien Leigh’s Titania costume and some of the richest theatrical memorabilia of the last 400 years.

Zoë Wilcox and Julian Harrison

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Eric Siblin with Natalie Clein

The Cello Suites: In Search of a Baroque Masterpiece

Hay Festival 2011, 
The music critic rhapsodises about Bach and the missing manuscript of the iconic suites, and the legendary Spanish Catalan cellist Pablo Casals and his historic discovery of the music. Illustrated by the cellist Natalie Clein.
 

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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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Philipp Meyer and Linda Spalding talk to Kirsty Wark

Fictions – Once Upon a Time in the West

Hay Festival 2014, 

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, Meyer’s The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. In Spalding’s The Purchase a young Quaker father and widower leaves his home in Pennsylvania to establish a new life. He sets out with two horses, a wagon full of belongings, his five children, a 15-year-old orphan wife, and a few land warrants for his future homestead. When Daniel suddenly trades a horse for a young slave, Onesimus, it sets in motion a struggle in his conscience that will taint his life forever.

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Julia Donaldson and The Giant Jumperee

Working with Helen Oxenbury and other illustrators

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Julia Donaldson discussing the creation of The Giant Jumperee. Chaired by Children’s Director Julia Eccleshare.

9–adult
Julia Donaldson and The Giant Jumperee

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Oz Clarke

Wine Talk and Tasting

Hay Festival 2015, 

Known throughout the world for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions and enthusiasm for life in general and wine in particular, Oz Clarke is Britain’s most popular wine writer. His latest book is The History of Wine in 100 Bottles.

Oz Clarke