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Nick Clarke, Eric Wagner, Peter Stanford, Brenda Maddox

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Hay Festival 2000, 
A discussion about the relationship between biographer and subject, dead or alive. BBC broadcaster and biographer of Alistair Cooke, Clarke is joined by Erica Wagner, author of Ariel's Gift about Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and The Birthday Letters, and Peter Stanford the historian of Catholicism, and biographer of Bronwen Astor. Maddox is the award-winning biographer of Nora Joyce, D. H. Lawrence and W. B. Yeats.

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Erwin James talks to Claire Armitstead

Redeemable

Hay Festival 2016, 

James lost his mother when he was seven. Shipped from home to home and subject to the whims of various care-givers after his father turned to alcohol and violence, he committed his first crime of breaking and entering when he was ten. His teenage and early adult years were spent drifting, and his petty crime turned increasingly violent, culminating in the terrible events for which he was jailed for life in 1984. Entering prison at 27, James struggled to come to terms with the enormity of his crimes and a future without purpose or hope. Then he met Joan, a prison psychologist, who helped him to confront the painful truth of his past, and to understand how it had shaped him from such a young age. Encouraged to read and to educate himself, over the next 20 years Erwin James would go on to receive a BA in History and become a regular columnist for the Guardian.

Erwin James talks to Claire Armitstead

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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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Alison Weir

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obssession

Hay Festival 2017, 

The second novel in the popular historian’s Six Tudor Queens series mines the story of Anne Boleyn, the young woman who changed the course of history. Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game.

Chaired by Phil Rickman.

Alison Weir

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The Edge of Love

Hay Festival 2008, 
Director John Maybury talks to Francine Stock about his new Dylan Thomas film, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Rhys and Siena Miller, and previews clips.

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David Hart, Gavin Selerie and Glenn Storhaug

Five Seasons Press Poetry

Hay Festival 2007, 
A multi-media session with film, poetry readings and conversation, celebrating the design and art of the exquisitely produced Five Seasons Press publications.

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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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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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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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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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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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Muthoni Garland and Joan Kabugu

Meet The Authors

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Join Muthoni Garland (Matatu from Watamu) and Clifford Oluoch (Boom Boom Bus) talk about the inspiration behind their stories, and share secrets about the writing process.

6–9 years with parents

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Holly Webb

The Secret Kitten

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join author Holly Webb for an event based on her bestselling animal stories. Find out all about the real kittens, puppies and other animals behind the books, and take part in a craft activity based on the series.
6+ years
Holly Webb

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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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John Mullan, Peter Florence and guests

The Books that Defined the Century

Hay Festival 2007, 
In April a panel of experts selected 50 era-defining books that mapped each decade of the C20th. We announce the Guardian readers’ top ten books of the century, and discuss what's resonating in the Noughties.

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Fred Pearce

Confessions of an Eco Sinner

Hay Festival 2008, 
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner From Kenyan bean-fields to Bangaldeshi sweatshops, and from rainforest to desert, Fred Pearce travels to find where my stuff comes from.

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Robert Hutchinson

Thomas Cromwell

Hay Festival 2007, 
The rollicking tale of Henry VIII’s tyrannical Chancellor, who prosecuted Anne Boleyn, seized the monasteries and bought off the nobility.

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Owen Sheers talks to Francine Stock

Resistance – The Movie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist and screenwriter previews clips from the counterfactual film of the novel launched here two years ago – a thriller set up in the Olchon Valley above Hay during the Nazi occupation of Britain.

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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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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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Gitta Sereny talks to Anthony Clare

Hay Festival 1998, 
The journalist and writer whose books include the award-winning portrait of Albert Speer and Into That Darkness - the conversations with the commandant of the Treblinka camp - discusses morality and the humanity with the psychiatrist Anthony Clare. The subject of Sereny's new book Cries Unheard is under embargo untill 11th May.

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Patrick Barkham

Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals

Hay Festival 2011, 
A joyful celebration of the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly.

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Sophie Grigson, William Black

Fish

Hay Festival 2000, 
Everything you ever wanted to know about fish, but were afraid to ask is lavishly covered in their book Fish. The authors share their secrets and produce supurb new recipes.

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Steve Herington talks to Mathew Engel

Bob Cole The Runner

Hay Festival 2016, 

Bob Cole from Herefordshire was the long-distance Olympian who never got the chance to prove it. Eccentric and solitary, he competed on the professional circuit and was proclaimed world champion, but forever banned from the Olympics. Herington, author of a new biography, discusses the amazing story of a forgotten hero from the Chariots of Fire era.

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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.