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Sarah Raven

Garden Cookbook

Hay Festival 2007, 
Taking us through the year in six seasonal chunks of two months each, the gardener introduces us to the best vegetables, fruit and herbs from around the world, all grown in the UK, and then shows us how to cook them in fresh, simple and delicious recipes.

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Dan Green

Rebel Science

Hay Festival 2017, 

Do you think scientists are boring boffins who don’t leave the lab? Think again! The brainiacs of history spent hundreds of years breaking the rules, blowing things up and performing dangerous experiments. Come and celebrate 400 years of rebel antics. Expect plenty of silly wigs and terrible jokes. Dress up as a scientist and be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Dan Green’s Rebel Science, shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2016, which celebrates the best books that communicate science to young people.

9+
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Julia Green

The Wilderness War - Woodland Trust Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Can Noah and his friends save their wilderness from developers? It’s the place where they make dens and sleep under the stars and they’re prepared to fight to save it. Join the author as she discusses the book and her own passion for preserving and protecting the countryside.

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Roy Hattersley and Deborah Moggach

Hay Festival 1995, 
Hattersley recommends Arnold Bennett's family saga The Old Wives' Tale. Hattersley's own family trilogy is The Maker's Mark, In that Quiet, and Skylark Song. Moggach chooses Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist. Moggach's new novel, Changing Babies published in July.

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William Boyd

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Novelist And screenwriter talks about his work and introduces his new short story collection The Destiny of Nathalie "X". Boyd's award-winning books include A Good Man in Africa, An Ice Cream War, The New Confessions, Brazzaville Beach, The Blue Afternoon. 

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Juan David Morgan en conversación con J. J. Armas Marcelo

Cartagena 2014, 
Novelista panameño, Juan David Morgan lleva décadas escribiendo la historia de Panamá desde la Independencia y la construcción del primer tren transoceánico. Tres novelas fundamentales y fundacionales recrean literariamente ese mundo panameño poco conocido, con tres calas galdosianas de primer relieve: cómo se fraguó la Independencia de Panamá y por qué (Con ardientes fulgores de gloria), la construcción del tren entre el Atlántico y el Pacífico (El caballo de oro) y la biografía novelada del pirata Morgan (Entre el honor y la espada). Morgan, el autor (no el pirata), hablará con Armas Marcelo, escritor y director de la Cátedra Vargas Llosa, sobre la actualidad y validez de la novela histórica y del género de la novela en general. Co-organizado con la Cátedra Vargas Llosa

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Nik Gowing

Thinking The Unthinkable

Hay Festival 2016, 

Brexit? DAESH? President Trump? Europe’s migration crisis? Oil prices crashing? The ‘unusual extremes’ causing UK flooding? The international affairs analyst, a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London introduces new research revealing why top leaders in big corporates and governments struggle to handle the scale of new unthinkables.

Numbers are limited for this seminar. The full report, co-written with Chris Langdon, can be downloaded from here: http://www.thinkunthinkable.org

Nik Gowing

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Emma Dodd

I Love You

Hay Festival 2015, 
Emma won the Booktrust Early Years Award with I Love My Mummy. In this session, celebrating the release of I Love My Granny, Emma reads stories, draws pictures of your pets and family, and helps you to design your own card for someone you love.
3+ years
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Bella Bathurst

Sound

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 1997, Bella Bathurst began to go deaf. Within a few months, she had lost half her hearing, and the rest was slipping away. For the next 12 years deafness shaped her life, until, in 2009, everything changed again. Sound draws on this extraordinary experience, exploring what it is like to lose your hearing and – as Bella eventually did – to get it back. What does that teach you about listening and silence, music and noise? She investigates the science behind deafness, hearing loss among musicians, soldiers and factory workers; sign language, and what the deaf know about these subjects that the hearing don’t. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed.

Bella Bathurst

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Miguel Ángel Aguilar in conversation with Malcolm Oterro Barral

Segovia 2013, 

The celebrated journalist and chief secretary of the Asociación de Periodistas Europeos (APE)  Miguel Ángel Aguilar speaks with the editor Malcolm Otero Barral about his latest book España contra pronóstico (Aguilar), in which he takes us through recent Spanish history from the end of Franco’s regime and the Transition to the present day.

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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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Elizabeth Buchan, William Corlett and Sue Gee talk to Phil Rickman

The Country and The City

Hay Festival 1997, 
Buchan's new novel Against Her Nature is a wonderful tale of female survival and empowerment in the financially high-rolling and morally bankrupy eightes. Corlett's Two Gentlemen Sharing is a roller coaster ride throug the sexual mores of life in a "sleepy English village" that leaves its protagonists longing for the relative calm of Carnival Day in Rio. Gee's novel The Hours of the Night is a more sober vision of a similar community on the Welsh Borders.

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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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Etgar Keret in conversation with Marta del Riego

Segovia 2014, 

Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer of award-winning stories, comics and novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages. Intensive research over a seven-year period into his family background gave rise to his latest novel The Seven Good Years, which is a reflection of Etgar’s own life story and at the same time a reflection of current Israeli society. Etgar Keret discusses his work with author Marta del Riego, Features Editor at Vanity Fair.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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James Holland

Burma ’44: The Battle That Turned Britain’s War in the East

Hay Festival 2016, 

In February 1944, a rag-tag collection of clerks, drivers, doctors, muleteers, and other base troops, stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese Army, and then defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World War. What became know as The Defence of the Admin Box, fought amongst the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a fifteen-day period, turned the battle for Burma. Holland is the author of Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters and runs Chalke Valley History Festival.

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Peter Parker

The Housman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2016, 

This year’s lecture is given by the distinguished biographer and critic, author of Housman Country: Into The Heart of England, The Old Lie: The Great War and the Public-School Ethos and biographies of J.R. Ackerley and Christopher Isherwood.

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Marc Marginedas and Gervasio Sánchez talk to Aurelio Martín

Living Through Wars

Segovia 2014, 

With dozens of wars going on in various places around the world, Marc Marginedas and Gervasio Sánchez are two examples of journalists who cover them. Their mission is to remove the curtain of opacity from conflicts, keeping information flowing and letting society know what is going on, even though they might personally suffer in wartime situations.

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David Solomons

My Brother is a Superhero

Hay Festival 2016, 

The award-winning author and screenwriter discusses his fast-moving, quick-talking story about the larger-than-life adventures of Luke, a comic-mad 11-year old who has only five days to rescue his brother and save the world after a dramatic alien visit and a case of mistaken identity.

8+

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Open Mic 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
Roll up! All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you’d like to read, please email siobhan@hayfestival.com with ‘Open Mic’ in the title line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry.
Please note slots are open to unpublished writers only.
 

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Mark Maslin

The Cradle of Humanity: How the changing landscape of Africa made us so smart

Hay Festival 2017, 

Humans are rather weak when compared to many other animals. We are not particularly fast and have no natural weapons. Yet we have influenced almost every part of the ecosystem and as a consequence we are changing the global environmental and evolutionary trajectory of the Earth. So how did we become the world’s apex predator and take over the planet? Maslin is Professor of Geography at UCL. He talks to Sarfraz Manzoor.

Mark Maslin

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Iwan Rhys Morus

Why The History of Science Matters

Hay Festival 2017, 

Science sometimes looks like a rather forbidding activity, carried out behind closed doors by mysterious, white-coated individuals, speaking their own incomprehensible language. But at the most basic level, the quest to understand the world around us is a fundamentally human activity. Science belongs, and has belonged, to all of us – and we all have a responsibility for it. That is what the history of science shows – and that’s why it matters very much indeed. Morus is the author of The Oxford Illustrated History of Science.

Photo: Marie Curie

Iwan Rhys Morus

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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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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 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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Sherard Cowper-Coles talks to Nik Gowing

Ever The Diplomat

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Cables From Kabul unpacks his diplomatic bag and spills the beans on how the world works in his riveting memoir Confessions Of A Foreign Office Mandarin.