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Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

I Need a Wee!

Hay Festival 2015, 
The creators of Barry, the Fish with Fingers and Norman, the Slug with the Silly Shell share their latest book I Need A Wee and assist you in making your very own character from the book using nothing other than…a toilet roll!
3+ years
Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

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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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Lynda La Plante

Kells 2015, 

The sensational Prime Suspect, written for Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison, sealed Lynda La Plante’s reputation as one of the greatest ever British crime writers. Her other screenwriting credits include Widows, Trial and Retribution, The Commander and Above Suspicion. Lynda discusses her writings and career, and previews her new book Tennison (due out on 24 September), the prequel to Prime Suspect, which sees Jane's induction into police life and her development into the character we see portrayed on screen. Chaired by Myles Dungan.

Lynda La Plante

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David Spiegelhalter

Cambridge Series 18: Sex by Numbers

Hay Festival 2016, 

How often, with whom, and doing what? The statistics of sexual behaviour are riveting, but can we believe them? A Cambridge professor of statistics investigates. Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk.

David Spiegelhalter

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Fiction International

Hay Festival 2008, 
A reading and conversation with the two hottest new international fiction stars: Daniel Kehlmann’s masterpiece Measuring the World recreates the parallel but contrasting lives of two geniuses of the German Enlightenment; Steve Toltz’s A Fraction of the Whole is a magnificently achieved family story.

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Tony Parsons talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Murder Bag

Hay Festival 2014, 

The bestselling novelist launches his new crime series. Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter’s Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Cometh Detective Max Wolfe…

Tony Parsons talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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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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Salman Rushdie and Tishani Doshi

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist discusses contemporary American culture, so presciently imagined in his latest novel The Golden House, freedom of speech, language, literature, love and death. Few writers have such a keen sense of human absurdity, and such a spectacular gift for telling its stories.

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Brian Keenan talks to Andrew Marr

Hay Festival 1995, 
The former hostage, and author of An Evil Cradling, talks to the Independant's Chief Political Commentator, and 1995 Commentator of the Year about his reading, and his enthusiasm for the poetry of his fellow Irishman Padriac Fiace, author of ruined of Ruined Pages.

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Fiona Carnarvon

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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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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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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Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Cambridge Series: The start of life – how far should science go?

Hay Festival 2017, 

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz is a Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology. Her passion lies in understanding how cells decide their fate for the very first time and how embryos build their architecture. This passion allowed her and her team to reveal the remarkable self-organising properties of human embryos, pioneering the way for future studies of human and mouse embryogenesis. She created a technique that almost doubles the time scientists can culture human embryos in the lab so they can study the beginnings of human life. It raises ethical issues about research on embryos and when an embryo becomes a human. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

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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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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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Rüdiger Safranski

El origen del mal

Cartagena 2014, 
Tarde o temprano, con mayor o menor intensidad, y desde una u otra posición, todos acabamos teniendo que afrontar la experiencia del mal en nuestra vida. El filósofo alemán Rüdiger Safranski plantea su charla en torno a dos ejes fundamentales: de dónde surge el mal y por qué. La primera es la pregunta acerca del origen; y tanto en los relatos bíblicos como en las teogonías griegas aparece la sospecha de que el caos, la violencia y la destrucción no sólo son el principio de todas las cosas, sino que siguen ahí, latentes en la civilización. La segunda es la pregunta acerca del porqué del mal, y aquí nos vemos enfrentados al tema de la libertad y al hecho de que el hombre es, como se ha dicho, el “animal no fijado”, el que tiene la posibilidad de elegir. Con el apoyo del Goethe-Institut

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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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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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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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Lisa Jardine

Going Dutch

Hay Festival 2008, 
Lisa Jardine’s revelatory history of big ideas and remarkable individuals redefines the cultural and commercial weft of the two great C17th trading empires, and offers a brilliant revision of the Enlightenment and the relationship between England and the Netherlands.

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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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Tristan Gooley

Wild Signs and Star Paths: The Keys to our Lost Sixth Sense

Hay Festival 2018, 
The author of the internationally bestselling How to Read Water and The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs shows how it is possible to achieve a level of outdoors awareness that will enable you to sense direction from stars and plants, forecast weather from woodland sounds and predict the next action of an animal from its body language – instantly. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.
Tristan Gooley

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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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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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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.