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Fflur Dafydd talks to M Wynn Thomas

The Welsh Books Council Lecture - In Two Minds

Hay Festival 2012, 
The singer and author of the multi-award-winning Y Llyfrgell, Twenty Thousand Saints, The White Trail and Atyniad talks about ‘the bilingual artist and the multi-media’. See also events 345 and 373.

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Jan Blake with Kouame and Raymond Sereba

The Old Woman, The Buffalo, and the Lion of Manding – Part 2

Hay Festival 2012, 
See Part 1 – event 339 for details. It is not necessary to see part 1 in order to enjoy part 2.

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Clara Sánchez in conversation with Antonio San José

Segovia 2014, 

The winner of the 2013 Planeta Prize recreates in her novel El cielo ha vuelto something that underlies all her work: reality and personal relations, where the characters are taken to the limit, and where the people closest to us can hurt us most.

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Simon Armitage

The Pembertons Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2011, 
The poet introduces and reads work selected from his collections, from Zoom and Kid to Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corderoy Kid and Seeing Stars.

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Debut Directors

Dhaka 2012, 
Celebrated actress and director Nandita Das and producer Catherine Masud discuss their first feature films, Firaaq and Matir Moina. Chaired by Sharbari Zohra Ahmed.

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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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Dan Rhodes, Helen Oyeyemi and Lucy Eyre

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
Challenging and inspiring new fiction with Eyre’s philosophical adventures in If Minds Had Toes, the wry comedy of Rhodes’ Gold and the Nigerian-London-Cuban dislocations of Oyeyemi’s The Opposite House. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Andrea Wulf

Reformations: The distinction between the arts and science

Querétaro 2017, 

The 30th Hay Festival coincides with the 500th anniversary of the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. In order to celebrate this important milestone in Western critical thinking, we have asked a number of thinkers to give us a “reform” that would be applicable now. Andrea Wulf will talk about the traditional distinction between the arts and the sciences, proposing a reformation of this classic separation of disciplines and questioning why the imagination is not present in science. Followed by a question and answer session with Peter Florence.

Andrea Wulf

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Paul Cartledge

Herodotus 2500

Hay Festival 2017, 

The classicist celebrates the spectacular anniversary of the birth of the ‘father of history’. Herodotus was a great, infinitely curious investigator and a digressive storyteller, whose Histories are the source of so much of what we know of the ancient world. Cartledge is AG Leventis Professor Emeritus of Greek Culture at Cambridge. His many books include The Greeks; Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed The World; After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars; The Spartans.

Paul Cartledge

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Mike Figgis talks to Ariane Koek

Digital Film-making

Hay Festival 2007, 
The director (Leaving Las Vegas, The Sopranos, Timecode) teaches aspiring cineastes how to get the best from easily available digital technology.

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Manchan Magan

Kells 2013, 

The writer, traveller and television programme-maker runs through the pleasures and pitfalls of travel writing.

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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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Janne Teller and Kamila Shamsie in conversation with John Kampfner

Beirut 2012, 
Two acclaimed international writers discuss their recent works with John Kampfner. Janne Teller (Denmark) is an author who has worked in conflict resolution for many years. Her much-lauded, multi awardwinning children’s novel Nothing tackles the meaning of life and the limits of tolerance and has provoked vigorous debate in europe since its publication in 2000. Teller will also discuss If Scandinavia Were at War a thrilling, chilling depiction of life as a refugee. Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan) is the author of five novels, including Burnt Shadows, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and translated into more than 20 languages. She has also written a book of non-fiction, Offence: The Muslim Case. She is a trustee of the english Pen, and writes for the International Herald Tribune and The Guardian.
 
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With the support of the Danish Arts Council and the British Council

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Michael Wright

Je t’aime à la Folie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The bucolic French provincial life is twisted with an improbable transatlantic love affair.
 
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Tim Pritchard

Street Boys

Hay Festival 2008, 
Tim Pritchard and Elijah Kerr (JaJa) tell the inspiring and terrifying tale of abandoned children on the Angell Estate in South London and their remaking of family.

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Jonathan Safran Foer talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Fictions: Here I Am

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new novel about modern family lives by the author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. “Jacob and Julia Bloch are about to be tested: By Jacob’s grandfather, who won’t go quietly into a retirement home. By the family reunion, that everyone is dreading. By their son’s heroic attempts to get expelled. And by the sexting affair that will rock their marriage…"

Jonathan Safran Foer talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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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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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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Victor Dixen, Jenny Valentine, Ene Sepp and Janis Jonevs

International Writing for YA readers

Hay Festival 2018, 

Are themes of childhood and adolescence universal? How are they represented in fiction? Join a panel of YA writers from France, Zimbabwe, Estonia, Latvia and the UK as they discuss the opportunities and challenges of writing children’s and YA novels in their countries. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Helen Pankhurst

Deeds Not Words

Hay Festival 2018, 

To mark the centenary of women in Britain first getting the vote, the women’s rights campaigner and great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst charts how women’s lives have changed over the past century and offers a powerful and positive argument for the way forward.

Helen Pankhurst

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John Guy

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years

Hay Festival 2016, 

History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power. But the reality, especially during her later years, was not as simple. In 1583 Elizabeth is 50 and beyond childbearing age, but her greatest challenges are still to come: the Spanish Armada; the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; and relentless plotting among her courtiers. The pre-eminent Tudor historian presents a gripping and vivid portrait of Elizabeth’s life and times –often told in her own words (“You know I am no morning woman”) and reveals a monarch who is fallible, increasingly insecure and struggling to lead Britain. The London theatre, however, was thriving.

John Guy

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John Lewis-Stempel

The War Behind the Wire: The Life, Death and Glory of British Prisoners of War, 1914–18

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the camps the war was eternal. There was the war against the German military, fought with everything from taunting humour to outright sabotage. British POWs also fought a valiant war against the conditions in which they were mired. They battled starvation, disease, Prussian cruelties, boredom, and their own inner demons. And, of course, they escaped.

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Archie Miles

The British Oak

Hay Festival 2014, 

The British oak is the iconic tree of Britain and its people. The specialist tree writer and photographer explores the environmental, cultural and economic aspects of oak, and reveals remarkable images and anecdotes of our greatest trees past and present.

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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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The Selected Later Poems of Peter Finch

Hay Festival 2008, 
The innovative and humorous poet, Peter Finch author of Real Cardiff, is treasured for experiment, mesmerising performance, and his subtle variations on other Welsh poets’ work. He talks to Jon Gower and performs.