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Jez Alborough

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creator of the Eddy And The Bear stories, which became a Bafta Award-winning television series, is here to bring you Nat The Cat’s Sunny Smile.

4+ years

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Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – The Diamond Chase

Hay Festival 2016, 

Shifty McGifty and his accomplice Slippery Sam, a pair of notorious robber dogs, have recently swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. Join their creators as they entertain with the comic rhymes and illustrations from their most recent hit.

3+
Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

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David Melling

Hugless Douglas

Hay Festival 2014, 

Come along for interactive storytelling with the 2014 World Book Day author-illustrator, and learn how to draw his huggable bear, Hugless Douglas. Watch out for the bear himself…
Duration 45 minutes
4+ years

David Melling

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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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George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

In Concert: Breaking the Spell of Loneliness

Hay Festival 2017, 

Hay regular George Monbiot and the folk singer and songwriter Ewan McLennan join their considerable forces for an evening that plays with songs and the human stories that inspired them. Mining the themes of loneliness and social isolation and the ways people overcome them, the interplay of words and music is poignant and encouraging.

George Monbiot and Ewan McLennan

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Richard J. Evans

The British Academy Lecture 2 - The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914

Hay Festival 2017, 

Drawing on a lifetime of thinking about 19th-century Europe, the pre-eminent historian re-evaluates this remarkable era bounded by the Battle of Waterloo and the outbreak of World War I. Charting overwhelming cultural, political and technological change, he highlights how Europe dominated the rest of the world as never before or since.

Richard J. Evans

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Justin Marozzi

Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood

Hay Festival 2014, 

Over thirteen centuries, Baghdad has enjoyed both cultural and commercial pre-eminence, boasting artistic and intellectual sophistication and an economy once the envy of the world. It was here, in the time of the Caliphs, that the Thousand and One Nights were set. Yet it has also been a city of great hardships, beset by epidemics, famines, floods, and numerous foreign invasions that have brought terrible bloodshed. This is the history of its storytellers and its tyrants, of its philosophers and conquerors. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Phil Rickman and Yrsa Sigurđardóttir

Crime Fictions – Supernature

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Icelandic superstar of Nordic Crime brings her lawyer Thóra Gudmundsdóttir to Hay – a humanely-drawn protagonist with much in common with Merrily Watkins, the ‘detective’ in Rickman’s series of supernatural thrillers set around the Borders. His latest novel is The Magus of Hay. They talk to Paul Blezard.

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Raymond Tallis, Anita Donley and Julie Grigg

We Need to Talk about the NHS

Hay Festival 2016, 

Why are the ‘junior doctors’ calling an all-out strike? What do the PFI hospital contracts mean? How much of the NHS is privatised already? How could it all be better? And what can we do about that? The physician, philosopher and writer Raymond Tallis is the author of NHS SOS; Donley is Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians; Grigg is a GP in the Hay Medical Centre practice.

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Piers Torday

The Wild Beyond

Hay Festival 2015, 
Piers Torday’s bestselling first book, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. His second book, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2014. Join Piers as he shares the passion for nature that inspired the trilogy, and find out if Kester can save the world from disaster.
9+ years
Piers Torday

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John Kampfner, Jon Lee Anderson, Carlos Aganzo and Peter Florence

Cause for Hope?

Segovia 2012, 
With the world racked with conflict and austerity the panel look for stories of truth and signs of hope from Veracruz to Aleppo, from wounded Spain to the Pussy Riot musicians. Come and join in the conversation. 

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Tristan Gooley

Wild Signs and Star Paths: The Keys to our Lost Sixth Sense

Hay Festival 2018, 
The author of the internationally bestselling How to Read Water and The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs shows how it is possible to achieve a level of outdoors awareness that will enable you to sense direction from stars and plants, forecast weather from woodland sounds and predict the next action of an animal from its body language – instantly. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.
Tristan Gooley

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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The hysterical tale of a snow-line gardener from Hay Bluff and his struggle From Derelict Smallholding to Mountain Paradise.

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Teju Cole in conversation with John Sibi-Okumu

Open City

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

 

This story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11 was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Internationaler Literaturpreis. ‘A powerful and un-nerving inquiry into the human soul. Open City is ‘a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.’ – Time Magazine. John Sibi-Okumu is a Kenyan playwright (Role Play and Minister Karibu) journalist and actor best known internationally for his role in The Constant Gardener.

 

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Wendy Scase

Beyond the Bling

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Simeon manuscript is one of the most exceptional books of English literature ever made. It measures 590 x 390 mm, and is carefully copied and lavishly decorated with gold leaf on almost every page. It was made around 1400 AD. Containing songs, prayers, homilies, legends, and classic works of spiritual guidance, it is a massive compendium of literature for pious readers. Even more remarkable is that, unlike most books that survive from this period, it is written in English. Professor Scase examines the illustrations and brushwork to unlock its many secrets and disclose how, for whom and why it was made.

Wendy Scase

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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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Dean Buonomano

The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is time? Is our sense of time’s passage an illusion? The human brain is a complex system that not only tells time but creates it; it constructs our sense of chronological flow and enables ‘mental time travel’ - simulations of future and past events. Chaired by Raymond Tallis.

Dean Buonomano

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Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

The Lost Words

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The creators of this year’s most staggeringly beautiful book read and present their collaboration. All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world – dandelion, otter, bramble, acorn – all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. Macfarlane and Morris offer a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke. With acrostic spell-poems by award-winning writer Robert Macfarlane and hand-painted illustrations by Jackie Morris, this enchanting book captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

The Lost Words is our Hay Festival Book of the Year 2017

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Tamasin Day Lewis

Hay Festival 2007, 
The food writer introduces her Kitchen Classics. She talks to John Mitchinson.

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Marina Warner

Phantasmagoria

Hay Festival 2007, 
The novelist, mythographer and cultural historian explores ideas of spirit and the soul.

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John Crace and John Sutherland

A Brontësaurus

Hay Festival 2016, 

To celebrate the bicentenary of Charlotte’s birth, the two Johnnies reread the best books by the sisters from Haworth: Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

John Crace and John Sutherland

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Taylor Cornes, David Green, Sue Gaston, Ed Dorrell and Jonathan Godfrey in Conversation

Is Teaching Still a Valued Profession? - University of Worcester Series 3

Hay Festival 2017, 

Heavy workloads, constantly changing government policies, and ‘media bashing’ are just some of the reasons cited in a 2015 survey of new teachers which showed that 73 per cent have considered leaving the profession. How do we make our teachers feel valued and better supported to enable them to educate our children for the future? Godfrey is Principal of Hereford Sixth Form College, Gaston is Headteacher of Fairfield High School, Ed Dorrell is Head of Content at Times Educational Supplement; Professor Green is Vice Chancellor of University of Worcester, from where Cornes recently graduated as a teacher.

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Rory Stewart

The Marches

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writer and politician  recounts his final journey with his 90-year-old father along the border between Scotland and England. They relive Scottish dances, reflect on Burmese honey-bears, and on the loss of human presence in the British landscape. On mountain ridges and in housing estates they uncover a forgotten country crushed between England and Scotland: the Middleland. They discover unsettling modern lives, lodged in an ancient land. Their odyssey develops into a history of nationhood, an anatomy of the landscape, a chronicle of contemporary Britain and an exuberant encounter between a father and a son. 

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Lane Ashfeldt

Kells 2015, 

Lane Ashfeldt discusses the pros and cons, and practicalities of raiding history books and family stories to create fiction. The short stories in Lane’s book SaltWater cover the century from 1918 to 2018. SaltWater was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize and the Edge Hill Prize. Lane talks to Sam Tranum, writer and editor, and member of the Liberties Press editorial team.

Photo by Sissu

Lane Ashfeldt

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Meeting Future Energy Needs

The Eirgrid Debates 1

Kells 2013, 

More than 1.3 billion people currently lack access to electricity, while a burgeoning global middle class is demanding more. How can we meet these energy needs while still reining in greenhouse gas emissions?