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Whitney Brown talks to Francine Stock

Between Stone and Sky: Memoirs of a Waller

Hay Festival 2018, 

Whitney Brown was midway through her Masters thesis and on track for an exciting position at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington when a chance meeting with a Welsh dry-stone waller at a folklife festival changed the course of her life. Within weeks Whitney had left behind her secure world in the States and was living with him in rural Wales, learning the craft of dry-stone walling. She fell irretrievably in love with Wales and for what she found there – for stone, for the act of physical creation and accompanying physical exhaustion, for life in the countryside and days spent working in the sanctuary of a lonely hillside to repair structures older than the country of her birth, for windswept valleys and low hanging clouds and chilly nights by the wood stove and, much to her dismay, for a man 33 years her senior. She had no choice but to trust these things and see where they might lead her. It was, after all, the first time in her life she'd ever truly felt at peace.

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Barry Norman and Philip Kerr talks to John Russell

L. A. Stories

Hay Festival 1995, 
The hugely popular presenter of Film 95 Talks to Classic FM's John Russell about the lastest adventure of his Hollywodd sleuth Bobby Lwnnox in the itty new thriller The Mickey Mouse Affair. Kerr introduces his $1,000,000 thriller Gridiron - about a state-of-the-art "smart" building in downtown LA, whose computer revolts against its architects like a contemporary Frankenstein.

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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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Ian Whybrow

Harry And The Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2011, 
Delve into the bucketful of stories, to hear more adventures from one of Britain’s best-loved picture book authors. With songs and games galore, it’s going to be raaah-tastic!
 
5–7 years

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Piers Torday

The Last Wild

Hay Festival 2013, 

An animal adventure like no other, The Last Wild is hotly tipped to be a modern classic and Piers Torday is a highly acclaimed new writer. Hear him at Hay first!

9+ years

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Brian Eno en conversación con Georgina Godwin - Versión española

Cartagena 2015, 
Brian Eno es uno de los músicos más innovadores de las últimas décadas. Ha publicado numerosos discos en solitario y en colaboración con otros músicos. Ha producido además algunos de los mejores álbumes de David Bowie, Coldplay, Devo y U2, entre otros. Destaca también como artista visual, activista político y escritor. En 2014 lanzó dos últimos trabajos junto con Karl Hyde: Someday World y High Life. Hablará sobre su trayectoria y los libros que más han influido en su vida con la periodista Georgina Godwin.

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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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Heather Dune Macadam

Rena’s Promise

Hay Festival 2015, 

Sent to Auschwitz on the first Jewish transport, Rena Kornreich survived the Nazi death camps for over three years. While there she was reunited with her sister Danka. Each day became a struggle to fulfill the promise Rena made to her mother when the family was forced to split apart – a promise to take care of her sister. New research informs this event, based on the original transport list that Macadam found in the archives of Yad Vashem with all 998 names of the first women in Auschwitz on it — 297 of whom were teenagers. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

Heather Dune Macadam

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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.

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Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

Hay Festival 2018, 

The poetry curator's latest anthology is a journey through a calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with a poem for every day, by writers including Wordsworth, Lewis Carroll, Maya Angelou and Emily Dickinson. Join Allie and a host of actors including Tobias Menzies (The History BoysGame of Thrones, starring as Prince Philip in The Crown season three and four), Ophelia Lovibond, Tony Robinson, Toby Jones and Gina Bellman (star of Coupling, currently streaming to a new generation of fans on Netflix, and Ophelia in Peter Hall’s Hamlet opposite Stephen Dillane) in a highly entertaining hour as they perform their favourite poems from the book, a humorous journey through history and human experience.

9 - Adult
Allie Esiri

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Cat Weatherill

Bluebeard

Hay Festival 2017, 

The charismatic storyteller takes us on a journey into obsession. Inspired by Perrault’s classic Gothic horror story, it’s magnificently dark, erotic and disturbing. But it’s also fiercely life affirming – a celebration of the love of sisters and the resilience of women. This is a defiantly female version of the tale, in which the sister and mother of the bride, Eva, are given far greater prominence. Eva is awarded infinitely more emotional complexity than usual, as she explosively transforms from a victim into a survivor who will not “rake through the ashes for half burned hopes”.

With simultaneous live drawing by Chris Riddell

Cat Weatherill

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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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Fiona Sampson

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

Hay Festival 2018, 

Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged 16, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe, as she coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life for ever. Most astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, which was published exactly 200 years ago. In this fascinating dialogue with the past, Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to find the real woman behind the story.

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Danny Dorling

People and Places: A 21st-Century Atlas of the UK

Hay Festival 2016, 

The geographer introduces this staggeringly detailed analysis of social change over the past 15 years, gleaned from census statistics and big data. It is essential reading for all those working in local authorities, health authorities, and statutory and voluntary organisations, as well as for researchers, students, policy makers, journalists and any Haymakers interested in social geography, social policy, social justice and social change.

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Gabriel Rosenstock

Kells 2013, 

Údar/aistritheoir breis is 160 leabhar é Gabriel Rosenstock, dánta, haiku, úrscéalta, leabhair do dhaoine óga, drámaí, gearrscéalta, aistí agus eile ina measc.

Haiku master Gabriel Rosenstock will conduct a bilingual haiku workshop in Irish and English. Rosenstock's Irish translation of the haiku of Jack Kerouac, sioc maidine/morning frost, was recently launched at the Dublin Writers Festival. Internationally known as a poet and haikuist, Rosenstock's titles include Haiku Englightenment and Haiku, The Gentle Art of Disappearing (Cambridge Scholars Publishing). Come and learn how to write and enjoy haiku.

Irish language event

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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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Lila Azam Zanganeh y Marcos Giralt Torrente en conversación con Valerie Miles

Xalapa 2012, 
Lila Azam Zanganeh (Irán/Francia) es autora de El encantador: Nabokov y la felicidad, un estudio muy personal de la obra del gran novelista desde el punto de vista de una lectora enamorada del autor. Marcos Giralt Torrente (España), autor de Tiempo de vida y El fi nal del amor, nos habla de amores en otras variantes. En conversación con la editora Valerie Miles.

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Katya Rogatchevskaia

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy and Myths

Hay Festival 2017, 

100 years on, as Russia again fills the headlines, an intriguing insight into a world shocked and changed forever. The British Library curator introduces the most resonant exhibits from their Russian collection -- from a first edition of the Communist Manifesto to anti-Bolshevik propaganda and Lenin’s handwritten application for a Reader Pass. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Katya Rogatchevskaia

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Matthew Francis

Mabinogi

Hay Festival 2017, 

Francis’ re-telling of the first four stories of the Welsh classic is the first to situate it in poetry, and captures the magic and strangeness of this medieval Celtic world: a baby is kidnapped by a monstrous claw, a giant wades across the Irish Sea to do battle, a wizard makes a woman out of flowers, only to find she is less biddable than he expected. Permeating the whole sequence is a delight in the power of the imagination to transform human experience into works of tragedy, comedy and wonder. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Matthew Francis

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The British Academy Warton Poetry Lecture 2008

Hay Festival 2008, 
Poet and professor Tony Curtis: ‘We keep the bread and wine for show’: Consistent irony and reluctant faith in the poetry of Dannie Abse. Chaired by Professor Christopher Morgan.

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Ben Shephard

The Long Road Home

Hay Festival 2010, 
Surprisingly early in the Second World War – long before an Allied victory was assured – people began to plan for its aftermath, haunted by memories of what had happened a generation earlier when millions more civilians were killed by disease and starvation after the conflict was over.

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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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Dominic Lieven

Cambridge University Series 18: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia

Hay Festival 2015, 

'As much as anything, World War I turned on the fate of Ukraine...' The decision to go to war in 1914 had catastrophic consequences for Russia. The result was revolution, civil war and famine in 1917–20, followed by decades of Communist rule. Dominic Lieven explains why this suicidal decision was made and explores the world of the men who made it. But by looking at the origins and results of the First World War from a mostly Russian angle he also offers a radically different view of why Europe descended into disaster, overturning assumptions about the war's causes and consequences in a way that still has major implications for world history down to the present day. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Dominic Lieven

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Marcus du Sautoy

Symmetry

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy takes A Journey Into the Patterns of Nature and maps the contours of evolutionary biology, physics and chemistry.

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Tim Birkhead

Bird Sense

Hay Festival 2012, 
What is it like to be a swift, flying at over 100km an hour? Or a kiwi, plodding flightlessly among the humid undergrowth in the pitch dark of a New Zealand night? And what is going on inside the head of a nightingale as it sings?