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Newport Red Cross Writers

Welcome to Wales

Hay Festival 2016, 

Amidst the numbers and summits of the refugee crisis, the voices of those who have fled conflict and persecution can be lost. Join us for readings from women across the world who have sought protection in the UK and learnt English with the British Red Cross in South Wales, where they have been writing about their experiences. Sharing their stories from the point of departure to their arrival in Britain, they write eloquently about the asylum system and life in the UK.

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Not for the Faint-hearted

John Stevens

Hay Festival 2006, 
The much-admired Met Commissioner (2000–2005) discusses shoot-to-kill, terrorism, corruption, Blunkett, and Ongoing – his investigation into the death of Princess Diana.

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Anthony Verity

The Iliad and The Odyssey

Hay Festival 2017, 

War, glory, despair and mourning: for 2,700 years Homer has gripped listeners and readers with the stories of Achilles’ anger and Hector’s death, and of Odysseus’ decade-long journey home from Troy. Verity discusses his vigorous and elegant new translations with Peter Florence.

Anthony Verity

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Susan Molyneux Hodgson, Julie Hill and Dale Sanders

The Royal Society Platform: We Need To Talk About Gene Tech

Hay Festival 2017, 

Why does public debate and policy treat the application of genetic technology differently when we are discussing medicine and food? Why is our concept of what is ‘natural’ so controversial and the idea of GM food so alarming? Scientists and sociologists come together with Daniel Davis to discuss what’s being ventured and how it is perceived.

Susan Molyneux Hodgson, Julie Hill and Dale Sanders

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John Boyne en conversación con Peter Florence

Cartagena 2014, 
Ganador de premios como el Curtis Brown, el IMPAC, el Irish Novel of the Year o el Qué Leer a la mejor novela extranjera, John Boyne es el autor de la celebrada El niño con el pijama de rayas. John, autor de literatura juvenil y para adultos, habla con Peter Florence, director de Hay Festival, sobre su último trabajo traducido al español, El Pacifista.

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Oz Clarke

Wine Talk and Tasting

Hay Festival 2015, 

Known throughout the world for his phenomenal palate, irreverent style, accurate predictions and enthusiasm for life in general and wine in particular, Oz Clarke is Britain’s most popular wine writer. His latest book is The History of Wine in 100 Bottles.

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Simon Horobin

How English Became English

Hay Festival 2016, 

The English Language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? The Oxford Professor investigates the evolution of the English language, examining how it continues to adapt, as English continues to find new speakers and new uses. Engaging with contemporary concerns about correctness, he considers whether such changes are improvements, or evidence of slipping standards. What is the future for the English Language? Will Standard English continue to hold sway, or are we witnessing its replacement by newly emerging Englishes?

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Hay 25 - Ben Okri, Jung Chang, Földényi F. László, Dragomán György, Tibor Fischer, Tiffany Murray talk to Jon Gower

Budapest 2012, 
The Hay Festival is 25 this year, and as part of the celebrations we have put 25 Questions to everyone taking part in all our 15 festivals around the world. Please join the panel to discuss three of the Questions – Why do we read books? We’re building a library of literature, music and cinema. Which one book, film and album would you contribute to it? 25 years ago, the whole world lived in fear of an Aids pandemic, the Berlin Wall divided East and Western Europe, China and Latin America were considered part of the developing world and less than 1% of the world’s population used mobile phones or computers. What changes will we see to the way we live now in 25 years’ time?
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian

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Juno Dawson

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the author for a discussion of her new book, Margot and Me, a tender cross-generation story of the unexpected truth that a girl uncovers about her grandmother, when she reads the diary of her life during the War.

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12+
Juno Dawson

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Helen Thomson

Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains

Hay Festival 2018, 

The neuroscientist and writer explains how the mind works – from memory to emotion, navigation to creativity, through nine extraordinary case studies.

Helen Thomson

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Kate Fletcher talks to Andy Fryers

Fashion: Craft of Use

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rather than continually making more clothes using more materials, there should be a greater emphasis on how clothes can be repaired, adapted and upcycled. The Professor of Sustainability, Design and Fashion at University of the Arts London presents an inspiring manifesto for improving durability and resourcefulness in the fashion industry.

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Becoming A Writer

Dhaka 2012, 
In anticipation of the Commonwealth Short Story competition deadline on 6 December, Philip Hensher, Kaiser Haq, Mohammed Hanif and Lucy Hannah give advice to aspiring writers.

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Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm: May Require Batteries

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

With overdue homework, overdue pocket money and a bag full of overdue newspapers, can life get any more unfair for Norm? Abso-flipping-lutely.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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The Science of Star Wars

Hay Festival 2014, 
Star Wars conjures up images of spaceships, super-weapons, and all sorts of visions of the future. Author Mark Brake and TV science presenter Jon Chase probe the fantastic frontier between movie magic and cutting-edge science in a high energy session for all the family inspired by one of the most successful epics in entertainment history.
8+ years
The Science of Star Wars

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Joe Lycett talks to Stephanie Merritt

Parsnips, Buttered: bamboozle and boycott modern life, one email at a time

Hay Festival 2017, 

This is the comedian’s first book. His first book that he’s written. He’s read loads of books. “Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.” So..

Joe Lycett talks to Stephanie Merritt

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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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Jasper Fforde talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2008, 
The cult humorist and Wodehouse Prize-winner, yarns his latest adventure comedy First Among Sequels.

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David Dimbleby

How We Built Britain

Hay Festival 2007, 
The broadcaster gives an illustrated talk about the nation’s architecture, from the palaces to the out-of-town shopping malls.

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Peter Lord

The Tradition: A New History of Welsh Art

Hay Festival 2016, 

The distinguished art historian presents his elegant and intriguing survey of the evolution of visual art in Wales from the Renaissance to the present day, told through landscape and portrait paintings, drawings and sculptures. Chaired by Jon Gower.

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William Perry talks to Nik Gowing

The 2016 Joseph Rotblat Lecture: My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

Hay Festival 2016, 

Perry was Bill Clinton’s Defence Secretary and has worked on security throughout his career. He explains the development of his thinking on weaponry and security as he journeys from the Cuban Missile Crisis to crafting a defence strategy in the Carter Administration to offset the Soviets’ numeric superiority in conventional forces, presiding over the dismantling of more than 8,000 nuclear weapons in the Clinton Administration, and his creation in 2007 (with George Shultz, Sam Nunn and Henry Kissinger) of the Nuclear Security Project to articulate “a vision of a world free from nuclear weapons and to lay out the urgent steps needed to reduce nuclear dangers”.

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Rob Biddulph

Blown Away

Hay Festival 2015, 
Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, kite-flying larks and new experiences in Blown Away, the very first picture book from Rob Biddulph. Join Rob for some blustery fun and arty activities.
4+ years
Rob Biddulph

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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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Mike Snook

Beyond the Reach of Empire: Wolseley’s Failed Campaign to Save Gordon and Khartoum

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the early 1880s the Mahdi unleashed a spectacularly successful jihadist uprising against Egyptian colonial rule in the Sudan. Major General Charles Gordon was despatched to evacuate Khartoum and turn the Sudan over to self-rule. The mission backfired and Sir Garnet Wolseley was sent to relieve him…

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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.

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Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragonslayer

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the UK’s most imaginative and entertaining authors creates hilarious, often absurd but always compelling adventures within bizarre and zany worlds. Find out all about The Eye of Zoltar, the third novel in his hugely popular Last Dragonslayer series, packed with Jasper’s trademark magic and invention. 

11+ years

Jasper Fforde