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Hawa Golakai, Mark Gevisser and Kevin Eze

Whose Story is it Anyway?

Hay Festival 2016, 

In times of instability and change, more and more African writers are turning to non-fiction. A new anthology, Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, brings local perspectives to the stories behind the headlines, and highlights contemporary issues across the continent. It addresses the Chinese in Africa, the refugee crisis, and Ebola. Can creative nonfiction move readers where fiction falls short, or simply fails to inspire action? Rosie Goldsmith hosts South African-based author Mark Gevisser, Hawa Golakai from Liberia and Kevin Eze from Senegal.

Hawa Golakai, Mark Gevisser and Kevin Eze

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David Rose and Clive Stafford Smith

American Justice

Hay Festival 2007, 
Stafford Smith (Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons) and Rose (Violation: Justice, Race and Serial Murder in the Deep South; Guantanamo: America's War on Human Rights) explore America's negation of constitutional principle and the rule of law.

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Mark Stevenson talks to Andy Fryers

We Do Things Differently

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our systems are failing. Old models for education, healthcare, government, food production and energy supply are no longer fit for purpose. As the world’s population heads towards eight billion, it’s clear that we need new approaches. Futurist Mark Stevenson sets out across four continents to find them. From Brazilian favelas to high- tech Boston, and from rural India to a shed inventor in England’s home counties, We Do Things Differently travels the world to find the advance guard re-imagining our future.

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Rory Spowers

The Road to Samakanda

Hay Festival 2008, 
Web of Hope co-founder and ecological writer Rory Spowers recounts his development from his Three Men on a Bike cycling trip through Africa, to settling in Sri Lanka, where he has established Samakanda, the world’s fist ‘Bio- versity’ - an ecological learning centre that forms the subject for his latest book, A Year in Green Tea and Tuk Tuks.

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Tibor Fischer talks to Friedrich Judit

Budapest 2012, 
The novelist discusses his work from Under The Frog and The Thought Gang to Good to be God and the two short stories Crushed Mexican Spiders.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Ashley Moffett

Cambridge Series 3: A Journey into No Man’s Land

Hay Festival 2016, 
Professor Moffett, a leading authority on immunity in pregnancy, explores the fascinating way the boundaries between mother and baby are regulated during this time. And she examines the risks involved when things go wrong.
Ashley Moffett

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Richard Shirreff talks to Nik Gowing

The President’s War

Hay Festival 2016, 

General Sir Richard Shirreff, one of Britain’s highest-ranking soldiers and until recently Deputy Head of NATO, was threatened with court martial when he dared to criticise David Cameron’s defence policy. What he says here goes much further. He brings an urgent warning: We are sleepwalking our way into war with Russia and we need to act now, with resolution, to avoid it.

Richard Shirreff talks to Nik Gowing

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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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David Buttress talks to Guto Harri

The Ten-Year Overnight Success

Hay Festival 2019, 

What skills and approaches are transferable when building a start-up into a FTSE 100 company, and turning around an elite sports team? Buttress is the co-founder of Just Eat. He started the business in his basement London flat, turned over £36 in the first month and stood down as chief executive in 2017 when the company had a market capitalisation of £5bn, in order to take on a struggling Welsh rugby union team. He tells the story of Just Eat and the evolving story of the Dragons.

David Buttress talks to Guto Harri

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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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Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mark Lynas introduces the National Geographic film of his climate change book, predicting advancing deserts, melting glaciers and mass extinctions. Followed by Q&A.

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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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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
 
See event [HF75]

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Bronwen Maddox, Terry Burns, David Allen Green and Vicky Pryce

Brexit Britain 2: How To Do It

Hay Festival 2017, 

If the political decision is difficult, what will the practical delivery be like? How can it be done? By whom? And when? Maddox is the Director of the Institute for Government; Lord Burns was Permanent Secretary to the Treasury in the 1990s; Pryce was joint head of the Government’s Economic Service until 2010, and is the author of Greekonomics; Allen Green writes the Jack of Kent blog and is the author of Brexit: What Everyone Needs to Know.

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Marc Rees, Owen Morgan Roberts, Owen Griffiths and Owen Sheers

Now The Hero - Preview

Hay Festival 2018, 
 
Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero is an immersive theatrical experience that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey through three intertwining narratives of war; from Celtic history, the First World War, and today’s conflicts.  Marc Rees’ bold production was inspired by Frank Brangwyn’s rejected WW1 memorial paintings, the exuberant British Empire Panels, housed in Swansea’s Guildhall.

Also drawing upon an epic poem and an intimate portrait of a serving Swansea soldier, Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero brings the stories of war to life but counterpoints the tragic telling with hope.  At its heart is a site specific  Requiem, realised from a collaboration between the late Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhansson and Owen Morgan Roberts; with a libretto by BAFTA nominated writer Owen Sheers. Artist Owen Griffiths (Arts Council of Wales Creative Ambassador) will also join the conversation to discuss his contribution to the project – the creation of an edible landscape and harvest gathering, as featured in Brangwyn's paintings.

Rees introduces the concepts of Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero and discusses Sheers’ response to the ancient Celtic poem Y Gododdin; Roberts’ interpretation of this in musical form in a specific setting; and Griffiths unique interpretation of paintings as war memorials in contemporary landscape.

 Chaired by Jasper Rees.

Now The Hero is the highlight in Wales for the final year of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Marc Rees, Owen Morgan Roberts, Owen Griffiths and Owen Sheers

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Jokha Alharthi and Marilyn Booth in conversation with Bettany Hughes

The Man Booker International Prize 2019

Hay Festival 2019, 

The winning author and translator of Celestial Bodies join us for a conversation with the chair of the jury. Celestial Bodies is set in the village of al-Awafi in Oman, where we encounter three sisters: Mayya, who marries Abdallah after a heartbreak; Asma, who marries from a sense of duty; and Khawla who rejects all offers while waiting for her beloved, who has emigrated to Canada. These three women and their families witness Oman evolve from a traditional, slave-owning society slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, to the crossroads of its complex present. 

Bettany Hughes says: “Through the different tentacles of people’s lives and loves and losses we come to learn about this society – all its degrees, from the very poorest of the slave families working there to those making money through the advent of a new wealth in Oman and Muscat. It starts in a room and ends in a world. We felt we were getting access to ideas and thoughts and experiences you aren’t normally given in English. It avoids every stereotype you might expect in its analysis of gender and race and social distinction and slavery. There are surprises throughout. We fell in love with it.”

Jokha Alharthi and Marilyn Booth in conversation with Bettany Hughes

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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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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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Time for One More Question

A BBC Radio Drama Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

A lights-down-and-listen session and Q&A with writer Glyn Maxwell and BBC Radio Drama producer Nadia Molinari. Love is put through the toughest Q&A in Glyn Maxwell’s comedy of festival manners. Come and listen to this 45-minute original drama recorded on location at this year’s Hay Festival, followed by a discussion about how it was created.

This session is not for broadcast, but the original recording of Time for One More Question will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Friday 29 May at 2.15pm.

BBC Radio Drama
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Time for One More Question

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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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Pádraic Óg Gallagher

Potato

Kells 2013, 

The Gallagher’s Boxty House chef looks at the introduction and assimilation of the potato into Irish culture and cuisine, from its late 16th-century arrival to its role in NASA’s exploration of Mars. He talks to Kevin Sheridan of Sheridan’s Cheesemongers.

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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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Alicia García and Julio Gómez-Pomar in conversation with Miguel Angel Barroso

Travelling through Spain

Segovia 2012, 
A discussion on tourism, culture and culture-based industries with Alicia García, Regional Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Junta de Castilla y León Julio Gómez-Pomar, President of Renfe and Miguel Ángel Barroso from the travel supplement of ABC.
 
With the collaboration of Renfe, the Junta de Castilla y León and ABC.

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Iain Finlayson

Tangier: City of the Dream

Hay Festival 2015, 

No city in the world has quite the exotic allure of Tangier. From the C17th, it has been a place on the edge, beyond the normal disciplines of government, a city of refuge and excitements where sex is cheap, drugs are plentiful and where the outcasts of the world can breathe easily. The golden years of Tangier began after World War I and barely survived World War II. Among those who sought sanctuary in or inspiration from this legendary city were Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Paul and Jane Bowles, Ronnie Kray, Tennessee Williams, Joe Orton, Cecil Beaton and Truman Capote. It is this ‘last resort of the living dead, alive but not madly kicking’ that Finlayson explores in his witty, enthralling study.

Iain Finlayson

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Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens

Experience

Hay Festival 2000, 
John Updike writes of novels: 'Amis is trying to construct a large, reaching, ambitious set of books - trying to cover the world in fiction'. In his autobiographical portrait Experience Amis writes about his father, his writing, his cousin Lucy Partington who was murdered by the Wests and the literary world. He talks to the journalist Christopher Hitchens.