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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Young Stalin

Hay Festival 2007, 
The historian investigates the development of the charismatic cobbler’s son, who was hailed as a poet, trained as a priest, and became a consummate politician and murderous psychopath.

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David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

The Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam, an editor at Nature, explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works – to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers, and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.

David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Black Swan

Hay Festival 2008, 
A Black Swan is a highly improbable event with three principle characteristic it is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct a explanation that makes it appear less random and more predictable than it was. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Green Dragons' Den: The Final 2

Field to Fork

Hay Festival 2011, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books, and win a chance of £10,000 for their project.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
There will be a collection for the Festival’s Greenprint charity.

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Harry And The Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join Ian Whybrow to find out all about Harry’s latest adventures with his dinosaurs.

Duration 60 mins.

4+ years

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Ken Russell and Brenda Maddox talk to Jaci Stephen

Hay Festival 1995, 
Maddox's D. H. Lawrence: The Married Man won the 1994 Whitbread Biography Prize. Ken Russell has filmed Lawrence's novels Women in Love, The Rainbow, and Lady Chatterley. They talk to the Mirror's television critic about the language and images of the books and films.

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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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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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John Gurdon

Cambridge University Series 6: Cloning Stem Cells – A Modern Medicine Revolution

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Nobel Prize-winning developmental biologist was among the first to challenge the idea that a cell’s fate was irreversibly determined. His demonstration that the nuclei of differentiated cells could be ‘reprogrammed’ has ultimately led to successful cloning of mammals, and has provided the basis for much of modern stem cell research.

John Gurdon

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Aarhus 39 with Michael Rosen

Hay Festival 2017, 

Michael Rosen discusses different journeys through life with writers whose stories have been selected for the Hay Aarhus 39 anthologies QUEST and ODYSSEY: stories of journeys from around Europe. Selected by three of Europe’s top authors – Matt Haig (UK), Kim Fupz Aakeson (Denmark) and Ana Cristina Herreros (Spain) – some of the best emerging writers for young people from across wider Europe have contributed to the collections. Rosen will talk to Dy Plambeck and Sanne Munk Jensen from Denmark, Sandrine Kao from France and Maria Turtschaninoff from Finland. The event will explore how stories can bring people together through shared experiences.

11+
Aarhus 39 with Michael Rosen

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Judith Kerr talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fifty years of The Tiger who Came to Tea

Hay Festival 2018, 

The 94-year-old author's creation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The writer discusses its enduring appeal and her long career as a writer and illustrator with the broadcaster, musician and novelist.

6-Adult

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Marie-Elsa Bragg talks to Rowan Williams

Fictions: Towards Mellbreak

Hay Festival 2017, 

Bragg’s novel is a hymn both to the landscape of Cumbria and to a disappearing farming world. Poetic, beautiful and tragic, it gives an account of the struggle to preserve traditions and beliefs in the face of change. It is a quietly bold indictment of the treatment of generations of British men, and an assertion of the power to be found in the rituals we pass down through our families. She talks to the poet, academic and former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Marie-Elsa Bragg talks to Rowan Williams

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HAY JOVEN: Proyección de El secreto de sus ojos, presentada por Eduardo Sacheri

Cartagena 2013, 
Director: Juan José Campanella. Guión: Eduardo Sacheri y Juan José Campanella. Duración: 129 min.

Sinopsis: Benjamín Espósito ha trabajado toda la vida como empleado en un Juzgado Penal. Ahora acaba de jubilarse y, para ocupar sus horas libres, decide escribir una novela. No se propone imaginar una historia inventada. No la necesita. Dispone, en su propio pasado como funcionario judicial, de una historia real conmovedora y trágica de la que ha sido testigo privilegiado.

Presentamos la película ganadora del Óscar a la mejor película extranjera 2010 introducida por uno de sus guionistas, Eduardo Sacheri.

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Fiction International

Hay Festival 2008, 
Isabel Fonseca’s debut novel Attachment examines marriage and desire; Julie Myerson’s Out of Breath is a deeply unsettling fairytale about runaway children; Katie Hickman’s The Aviary Gate is a tale of intrigue set in C16th Constantinople. They talk to Stephanie Merritt.

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Charles Leadbeater

WE-THINK: The power of mass creativity

Hay Festival 2007, 
The rise of YouTube, Linux, MySpace and Wikipedia defines a new society in which participation will be the key organising idea. Join us for a last chance to shape Leadbeater’s groundbreaking investigation before publication. Chaired by Ariane Koek, Director of the Arvon Foundation.

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Shashi Tharoor talks to Oliver Balch

Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the 18th century India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed. Tharoor, an historian, novelist and politician, takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial ‘gift’ - from the railways to the rule of law, was designed in Britain’s interests alone and funded Britain’s Industrial Revolution.

Shashi Tharoor talks to Oliver Balch

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Andres Neuman, Juan Villoro and Carolina Sanin talk to Richard Gwyn

Gabo & Bolaño

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation about Gabriel García Márquez and Roberto Bolaño, two great, dead Latin American writers whose work has been read around the world, with three great contemporary writers: the Argentinian novelist Andres Neuman (pictured) is joined by his Colombian colleague Carolina Sanin and the Mexican writer Juan Villoro.

Andres Neuman, Juan Villoro and Carolina Sanin talk to Richard Gwyn

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Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages and the Old Norse Sagas

Hay Festival 2017, 

The depiction of the Viking world in the Old Norse-Icelandic sagas goes far beyond historical facts. What emerges from these tales is a mixture of realism and fantasy, quasi-historical adventures and exotic wonder-tales that rocket far beyond the horizon of reality. On the crackling brown pages of saga manuscripts, trolls, dragons and outlandish tribes jostle for position with explorers, traders and kings.

Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough

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Michael Chabon and Anthony Swofford

Chaired by Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2007, 
Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union is a gumshoe thriller set in (alternative history) Yiddish reservation in Alaska; Swofford follows his memoir Jarhead with a debut novel that seeks lost love and identity in Japan, Exit A. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Rob Eastaway

Maths, Magic and Mystery

Hay Festival 2015, 
Rob Eastaway returns with more engaging ways to make maths more fun at home in this lively, interactive session. Entertaining and enlightening for everyone.
7+ years
Rob Eastaway

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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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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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Emily Wilson

The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer

Hay Festival 2018, 

The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey, is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. The vivid new translation, the first by a woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’. She recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature. This inaugural translation lecture is given in the name of the pre-eminent translator, whose peerless work rendering French, Danish and German literature into English ranges from Asterix to Austerlitz.  Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.

Emily Wilson

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Val McDermid in conversation with Giles Tremlett

Segovia 2013, 

Val McDermid is one of the bestselling authors of thriller novels in the English-speaking world. Her prolific literary work, which has been translated into more than 30 languages, includes titles such as The Wire in the Blood, The Distant Echo and her latest work The Retribution. She has received the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger prize, awarded for her contribution to the genre throughout her career. She talks to writer and contributor for The Guardian, Giles Tremlett.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.

Co-organized with the British Council

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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