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Miffy and Friends

Hay Festival 2014, 

Share stories, songs and games with everyone’s favourite bunny, Miffy, making a rare appearance in Hay. The Miffy books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide!
3+ years

Miffy and Friends

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Miranda Seymour

Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 1613 a beautiful Stuart princess married a handsome young German prince. This was a love match, but it was also an alliance that aimed to weld together Europe’s two great Protestant powers. Before Elizabeth and Frederick left London for the court in Heidelberg, they watched a performance of The Winter’s Tale. In 1943, a group of British POWs gave a performance of that same play to a group of enthusiastic Nazi guards in Bavaria. When the amateur actors suggested doing a version of The Merchant of Venice that showed Shylock as the hero, the guards brought in the costumes and helped create the sets. Nothing about the story of England and Germany is as simple as we might expect. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

Miranda Seymour

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Tracy Chevalier talks to Georgina Godwin

Fiction: At The Edge of the Orchard

Hay Festival 2016, 

The novelist discusses her new book set in C19th America. In this rich, powerful story, Chevalier is at her imaginative best, bringing to life the urge to wrestle with our roots, however deep and tangled they may be.

Tracy Chevalier talks to Georgina Godwin

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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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Michael Gove talks to Rosie Boycott

The Future of Farming and Food

Hay Festival 2018, 

An opportunity to discuss the immediate and longer-term challenges that range across his brief with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Boycott is chair of the London Food Board.

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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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Imagine the World: Afro Fusion Music Concert

Premium Event

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Featuring Nairobi’s headlining artists, this concert will leave you in a musical whirl. Kick off with the high-energy Afro fusion band Sarabi and then let Mumala and Kiu melt your dance sweat away. Phenomenal Fena will have you head-bopping and feet-tapping to soul and afro house, and the electrifying Jemedari will teach you just what jazzy hip hop is. Imagine it... we can.

 

 

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Anne Michaels, John Berger

Hay Festival 2000, 
Berger, the Booker Prize-winning novelist, poet, story-teller, essayist and playwright talks about stories and language with the Canadian novelist and poet, who won the Orange Prize for Fugitive Pieces. Berger's latest books are Once in Europa and King. Michaels' poetry collection is called Skin Divers. 

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HON

Hay Festival 1998, 
Golwyg Sgwarnoglyd ar fap dychymyg Twm Morys, sy'n eich gwahodd i ragflas o gyfresi teledu a radio mwya' pryfoclyd Cymru. Cewch groeso ar gan, cipolwg o ambell I olygfa ac yna trafodaeth rhwng Twm a John Hefin.

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Marcus Sedgwick in conversation with Peter Florence

Segovia 2014, 

‘They say dead men tell no tales, but they’re wrong. Even the dead tell stories.’ In this event, we embark on a journey into darkness with prestigious British author Marcus Sedgwick, who talks to Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

Co-organised with the British Council and in collaboration with El Norte de Castilla, the oldest Spanish journal, on its 160th anniversary

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Catherine Barr, Steve Williams and Amy Husband

The Story of Life Workshop

Hay Festival 2015, 
Award-winning illustrator Amy Husband and local authors Catherine Barr and Steve Williams will take children on the extraordinary journey of evolution. You will draw, cut and colour all kinds of creatures to create your own timeline of life on Earth.
6–10 years
Catherine Barr, Steve Williams and Amy Husband

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Martin Buckley

Grains of Sand

Hay Festival 2000, 
Images of the desert exert a powerful grip on the human imagination, from Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars and Christ's forty days in the wilderness. To open this day of adventurous travel writing, Buckley introduces the story of a unique journey: a circumnavigation of the earth via the belt of deserts, which make up one fifth of its landmass.

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Sounding It Out

A BBC Radio Drama Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Alison Hindell, the BBC’s Head of Audio Drama, in conversation with two leading writers of radio drama. Come for some tips on creating memorable stories and characters out of words and sound.

Not for broadcast.

Photo: Alison Hindell by Mark Bassett

BBC Radio Drama
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Sounding It Out

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Ulinka Rublack

The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight for his Mother

Hay Festival 2016, 

Kepler is one of history’s most admired astronomers, who famously discovered that planets move in ellipses and defined the three laws of planetary motion. In 1615, at the height of his career, his widowed mother Katharina was accused of witchcraft; the proceedings led to a criminal trial that lasted six years. Kepler conducted his mother’s defence. The trial and the arguments advanced give a revealing picture of Europe on the cusp between the Reformation and the scientific revolution that was to follow.

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Abi Elphinstone

Dreamsnatcher

Hay Festival 2015, 
Abi talks about the childhood adventures that inspired her book, the magic behind the fast-disappearing Romany gypsy culture, and the wild research trips she went on to build up the Dreamsnatcher world. Passionate about outdoor adventure, Abi also shows children how to carve catapults, build dens, and throw the oracle bones…
9+ years
Abi Elphinstone

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Pierre Lemaitre in conversation with Charo Izquierdo

Segovia 2014, 

Pierre Lemaitre talks about his novel, Au revoir là-haut, winner of the 2013 Prix Goncourt, which is set in the aftermath of the First World War. He talks to Charo Izquierdo. The event is presented by Alain Forh, Minister-Counsellor of the French Embassy in Spain.

Simultaneous translation from French into Spanish.

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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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Harvey Goldsmith talks to Dylan Jones

Live Onstage

Hay Festival 2015, 

The legendary promoter has been at the heart of the music industry for 40 years. He talks to the editor of GQ.

Harvey Goldsmith talks to Dylan Jones

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Carol Adlam and Helen Cross

Soldiers’ Art: What’s it Like to Be a Woman in the Army?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Most stories we hear about the army relate to the service of men. But one hundred years on from the formation of women’s units, front-line combat roles are made available to female soldiers. Join the National Army Museum with project partners artist Carol Adlam and writer Helen Cross, as they discuss the forgotten voices of women in the army, and how a new graphic anthology, made with female soldiers, will bring their stories to life.

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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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Tim Parks talks to Rosie Goldsmith

A Conversation

Hay Festival 2017, 

Parks is a profoundly European writer, steeped in Italian culture as a travel writer and a translator. He is publishing an introduction to a selection of Montaigne’s essays: Drawn From Life, and his new novel In Extremis is one of the most implacable, but also one of the funniest novels about death and family you will ever read.

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Jim Baggott

Origins: The Scientific Story of Creation

Hay Festival 2016, 

There are many different versions of our creation story. Baggott tells the version according to modern science. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, he starts with the Big Bang and travels right up to the emergence of humans as conscious intelligent beings, 13.8 billion years later. Chaired by Dan Davis.

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Soy tu hombre. La vida de Leonard Cohen.

Sylvie Simmons en conversación con Jacobo Celnik

Cartagena 2015, 

La periodista, cantante y escritora Sylvie Simmons es autora de Soy tu hombre. La vida de Leonard Cohen, biografía oficial del celebrado músico, imprescindible para todos sus seguidores, que ha sido traducida a 15 idiomas con un enorme éxito de ventas y críticas. En este evento Simmons hablará sobre su experiencia con Cohen durante la preparación del libro e interpretará alguna de las míticas canciones de este músico acompañada de su ukelele.

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Philippa Malmgren

Signals – How Everyday Signs can Help us Navigate the World’s Turbulent Economy

Hay Festival 2016, 

The rising price but shrinking size of a steak, a bar of chocolate, and an apartment not only cause pain at home, they also propel some nations to deploy their militaries to secure resources and protect their citizens from higher prices. The economist, global strategist and presidential adviser reveals how our daily lives are informed and affected by the on-going battle, created by central bankers, between inflation and deflation.

Philippa Malmgren

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Ng’endo Mukii, Tazim Elkington, Zukiswa Wanner, Renee Mboya

Shadeism

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

The film-maker of Yellow Fever, Ng’endo Mukii chats with Tazim Elkington, Zukiswa Wanner and Renee Mboya about the shades of discrimination arising from our convoluted ideas around beauty and skin colour.