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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
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Behind the Scenes: Broadcasting House

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Presenter Paddy O’Connell talks about life behind the scenes at the BBC and programme-making. Plus he’ll give the audience a chance to contribute and influence the running orders of future editions of Broadcasting House.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Behind the Scenes: Broadcasting House

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John Kampfner and guests

Full STEAM Ahead

Hay Festival 2016, 

How should we value the Arts in the schools curriculum? What do we learn from putting on plays, playing in bands, painting and dancing? The CEO of the Creative Industries Federation and his guests challenge the government’s focus on STEM subjects and examine the place of culture in British education and the national economy.

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Philipp Meyer and Linda Spalding talk to Kirsty Wark

Fictions – Once Upon a Time in the West

Hay Festival 2014, 

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, Meyer’s The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. In Spalding’s The Purchase a young Quaker father and widower leaves his home in Pennsylvania to establish a new life. He sets out with two horses, a wagon full of belongings, his five children, a 15-year-old orphan wife, and a few land warrants for his future homestead. When Daniel suddenly trades a horse for a young slave, Onesimus, it sets in motion a struggle in his conscience that will taint his life forever.

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Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Hay Festival 2016, 

Terrifying Tudor? No. Rotten Roman? No. It’s Martin Brown – the ever-popular illustrator of Horrible Histories. In Martin’s action-packed show full of jokes, drawing and fantastic facts, he will reveal secrets about illustrating the bestselling series and show why everyone can draw. With tons of activity and audience suggestions, all the family will enjoy this Horrible show.

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William Waldegrave talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

A Different Kind of Weather

Hay Festival 2015, 

A beautifully weighted memoir of political success and failure from the son of an Earl, who after Eton and Oxford found himself in cabinet and at the heart of Margaret Thatcher’s government. Just as his star was in the ascent, Waldegrave became embroiled in a scandal that tarnished his reputation but could not dampen his voracious enthusiasm for the political game.

William Waldegrave talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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David Foenkinos en conversación con Guadalupe Nettel

Cartagena 2014, 
David Foenkinos es un escritor y guionista francés cuya novela, La delicadeza, ha sido galardona con diez premios internacionales, entre los que destacan el premio de los lectores del Télégramme, el premio An Avel o el 7ème Art. La novela fue finalista de otros grandes premios como el Goncourt, el Fémina o el Médicis y el propio autor la adaptó al cine en una película protagonizada por Audrey Tautou y François Damiens. Conversará con Guadalupe Nettel sobre su último libro, Estoy mucho mejor. Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Francia

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John Maddox

What Remains to be Discovered

Hay Festival 1997, 
Far from being played out, Science is just beginning. Some of the outstanding questions that cannot yet be answered are: Where did the Universe come from? How did life begin? And how does the brain work? But the questions that will occupy our grandchildren are those we are not yet smart enough to ask...

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International Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
Introducing Sasa Stanisic’s Bosnian comedy How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone and Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, which examines NY cricket, belonging and un-belonging and the depths and shallows of male friendship.

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The Bookseller YA Prize

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join a stellar line-up of some of this year’s shortlisted authors for The Bookseller YA Prize as they are put under the spotlight by the judges before the winner is finally revealed.  And celebrate with them afterwards! This year’s frontrunners are Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Downham, Frances Hardinge, Catherine Johnson, Patrick Ness, Louise O’Neill, Mel Salisbury, William Sutcliffe and Lisa Williamson.

12+

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Matthew Engel

Extracts from the Red Notebooks

Hay Festival 2007, 
A delightfully eclectic selection of astute insight and observation from the 35 commonplace books the journalist has kept over 27 years. Proceeds from the event and the book will go towards the Laurie Engel Fund that is raising money with the Teenage Cancer Trust to support the appropriate care of teenage cancer patients.

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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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Simon Armitage

Pearl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Armitage’s acclaimed version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight confirmed his reputation as a leading poetry translator. This new work is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love. The narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved, Pearl. Retaining all the alliterative music of the original, a Medieval English poem thought to be by the same anonymous author responsible for Gawain, Pearl is here brought to vivid and intricate life.

Simon Armitage

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Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

Born to be Wilde

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor previews clips from his forthcoming film about Oscar Wilde’s last days The Happy Prince and of Yentob's imagine… BBC documentary film about his life and work. One of Hollywood’s most wickedly gifted storytellers; Everett is the author of Vanished Years and Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.
 
The Happy Prince is released on 15 June. Photo by Wilhelm Moser.
Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

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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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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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Tom Hart Dyke con Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2014, 
Tom Hart Dyke es un horticultor y experto en plantas británico. En el año 2000 fue secuestrado por la guerrilla mientras recolectaba orquídeas junto con un compañero en la región del Darién y pasó nueve meses en cautiverio. Fue el día que le dijeron que le iban a matar que imaginó “un jardín del mundo de las plantas” para el castillo de sus ancestros en Kent. Desde entonces, ha viajado recolectando plantas y trabajado en ese jardín. Ha realizado una serie para la BBC2 en la que muestra el jardín, que cuenta ya con más de 8000 especies, y ha publicado libros como An Englishman’s Home y The Cloud Garden. Estará en conversación con Rosie Boycott.

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Rachel Lowe and Gemma Modinos

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2018, 

From planetary exploration and micro-sensors to tropical disease and psychosis, two Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science. Lowe’s research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine involves understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. Modinos’ work at King’s College London attempts to understand the neural mechanisms of emotion and stress response in schizophrenia. Chaired by Hannah Critchlow.

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Raymond Tallis

Tetchy Interludes

Hay Festival 2014, 

The medic/philosopher takes a wry look at a variety of topics such as stupidity (including the author’s own), fashions in academe, and the human propensity for mission drift. His latest book of essays is Epithemean Imaginings.

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Dieter Helm talks to Horatio Clare

Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet

Hay Festival 2015, 

The trailblazing economist, author of The Carbon Crunch, shows the commonly held view that environmental protection poses obstacles to economic progress to be false. He explains why the environment must be at the very core of economic planning. He presents the first real attempt to calibrate, measure and value ‘natural capital’ from an economic perspective and goes on to outline a stable new framework for sustainable growth.

Dieter Helm talks to Horatio Clare

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Rosamond McKitterick

Cambridge Series 17: History, Memory and Ideas About the Past

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian mines the cultural memory of the Dark Ages and shows how medieval ideas about the state echo down the ages.

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Inua Ellams, Coco Khan and Chimene Suleyman talk to Rachael Kerr

The Good Immigrant

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are delighted to launch the paperback of Nikesh Shukla’s award-winning collection of essays and stories with three of the contributing writers. Inspired by discussion around why society appears to deem people of colour as bad immigrants – job stealers, benefit scroungers, undeserving refugees – until, by winning Olympic races or baking good cakes, or being conscientious doctors, they cross over and become good immigrants, Shukla has compiled a collection of essays that are poignant, challenging, angry, humorous, heartbreaking, polemic, weary and – most importantly – real.

Inua Ellams, Coco Khan and Chimene Suleyman talk to Rachael Kerr

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Kathy Burke talks to John Mitchinson

in Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor introduces and reads from her book 24 Stories, an anthology of stories written on themes of community and hope, by a mix of the UK’s best established writers and previously unpublished authors inspired by the Grenfell Tower disaster. She is joined by Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina and Man at the Helm and a contributor to the anthology.
 
On the night of 14 June 2017, a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London, killing at least 72 people and injuring many more. An entire community was destroyed. For many people affected by this tragedy, the psychological scars may never heal. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that affects many people who have endured traumatic events, leaving them unable to move on from life-changing tragedies. In the immediate aftermath of the fire, the focus was rightly placed on providing food, shelter and health care for those left homeless – but it is important that we don’t lose sight of the psychological impact this fire will have had on its survivors.
 
Burke established herself as a great comic actress with parts like Waynetta Slob in Harry Enfield's Television Programme and the brattish teenager Perry in Kevin & Perry Go Large. She won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for her role as an oppressed wife to a violent alcoholic in Gary Oldman’s grim feature Nil By Mouth. Most recently she has directed an acclaimed production of Lady Windermere’s Fan in the West End.



portrait of Kathy Burke by Rankin, courtesy of Rankin Photography Ltd.

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Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Elmer Day

Hay Festival 2016, 

Celebrate everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, on the very first Elmer Day. Listen to the wonderful stories about Elmer, and share in the funny adventures he and his friends get up to. Come dressed in your brightest clothes.

3+
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

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Pen Vogler

Dinner With Mr Darcy

Hay Festival 2014, 

Food is an important theme in Jane Austen’s novels: it is used as a commodity for showing off, as a way of showing kindliness among neighbours, as part of the dynamics of family life, and – of course – for comic effect. Dinner With Mr Darcy takes authentic recipes from the period, inspired by the food that features in Austen’s novels and letters, and adapts them for contemporary cooks.