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Maggie Andrews

The ‘Acceptable Face of Feminism’: 100 years of the Women’s Institute - University of Worcester Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

The WI is fondly thought of in terms of ‘jam and Jerusalem’, but its roots are intertwined with the women’s suffrage movement and the many campaigns that have sought to articulate the needs of women since the First World War. The Professor of Cultural History will explore the political and social initiatives that helped define the radical organisation.

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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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The Delightful World of Jeremy Strong

Hay Festival 2016, 

The best-selling author has jokes a-plenty as he talks about Vikings, Romans, My Brother’s Famous Bottom, a karate princess and Streaker, the world-famous, hundred-mile-an-hour dog.

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The Delightful World of Jeremy Strong

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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

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Benjamin Black

Kells 2014, 

The creator of Quirke talks to Myles Dungan about his renewal of the Raymond Chandler franchise in his novel The Black Eyed Blonde.

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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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Claudia Piñeiro in conversation with Sergio Dahbar

Cartagena 2012, 
Claudia Piñeiro won the 2005 Clarín Novel Prize for her book Las viudas de los jueves, an “implacable analysis of a social microcosm in an accelerated process of decadence,” according to José Saramago. 2010 winner of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for her novel Las grietas de Jara, she has recently published Betibú, a story that begins with the appearance of a man with his throat cut, sitting in his favourite armchair, with an empty bottle of whisky pressed to his chest and a bloody knife in his hand. She will talk to Sergio Dahbar, journalist and editor of the magazine El Librero.

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Simon Jenkins

Thatcher and Sons

Hay Festival 2007, 
The journalist examines how the Iron Lady changed our country and the nature of democratic leadership.

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Kazuo Ishiguro, Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Booker Prizewinner talks to the BBC Radio 4 Front Row presenter about his novel When We Were Orphans. His other books include The Remains of the Day, An Artist of the Floating World, and The Unconsoled.

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Meg Rosoff

Beck

Hay Festival 2017, 

The final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is a sweeping coming-of-age adventure of a mixed-race boy transported to North America in the 1900s. Mal sadly passed away in 2015, leaving Meg Rosoff to complete the story. In conversation with Daniel Hahn she discusses the process of working with Mal’s idea, writing it in her own way, and about the reception to the book.

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Peter Chadwick

This Brutal World

Hay Festival 2016, 

The graphic designer and art director presents his global survey of this compelling and much-admired style of architecture. He brings to light virtually unknown Brutalist architectural treasures from across the former eastern bloc and other far flung parts of the world. He introduces works by some of the best contemporary architects including Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield alongside some of the master architects of the C20th including Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Paul Rudolph and Marcel Breuer.

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David Graeber

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory

Hay Festival 2018, 

Back in 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes prophesied that by the century's end, technology would see us all working 15-hour weeks. But instead, something curious happened. Today average working hours have not decreased but increased. And now, across the developed world, three-quarters of all jobs are in services or admin, jobs that don't seem to add anything to society: bullshit jobs. The LSE anthropologist explores how this phenomenon – one more associated with the 20th-century Soviet Union, but which capitalism was supposed to eliminate – has happened. In doing so, he looks at how we value work, and how, rather than being productive, work has become an end in itself; the way such work maintains the current broken system of finance capital; and, finally, how we can get out of it. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

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Ian Cobain

The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation

Hay Festival 2017, 

The award-winning investigative journalist takes aim at the official versions of UK history and the British establishment’s culture of secrecy. He examines key episodes – including the long denial of the existence of Bletchley Park, the time of talking to terrorists and the modern surveillance state and the convenient loopholes in the Freedom of Information Act.

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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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Dead Not Buried

Hay Festival 1995, 
Herbert Rowse Armstrong was accused of poisoning his wife with arsenic, and after a sensational trial was found guilty and executed in 1922, the only solicitor to be hanged, In the light of Armstrongs unceasing protestations of innocence and the highly circumstantial evidence that suggest a questionable judgement, Hay solicitor Martin Beales, reopens the files and makes the case for Armstrong's innocence. He is joined by robin Odell, author of Landmarks in 20th Century Murder, whose book about Armstrong inspired the recent television film Dandelion Dead. The event is chaired by Mavis Nicholson. Beales book, Dead Not Buried is launched at the Festival, but will be available only through Pembertons Bookshop in Hay, from 12th May.

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Harry Mount

Amo Amas Amat and All That

Hay Festival 2007, 
Come and join a Latin primer, from the Python’s grammar lesson to Beckham’s tattoos and Virgil’s Aeneid.

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What Did You Do In The War Mummy?

Public Discussion

Hay Festival 1995, 
Mavis Nicholson presents the stories told to her by women from all walks of life about how they lived, worked, loved and managed during the war years, and about the freedoms, the hopes and terrors, and the postwar adjustments that had to be made. Mavis hosts a discussion with audience participation. Please come along and tell your story.

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Raoul Martinez talks to William Sieghart

Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future

Hay Festival 2017, 

Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society - myths about free will, free markets, free media and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the consent-manufacturing influence of concentrated wealth and power, this far-reaching manifesto lifts the veil on the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives.

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Lucy Worsley

Lady Mary

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the historian for the dramatic and captivating story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce, told through the eyes of their daughter, Lady Mary. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get a princess out of jail.

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Jacqueline Wilson

Rose Rivers – Hetty Feather Series

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join us for an afternoon with the much-loved author and discover how she started her writing career and created some of her most popular characters, then hear about her brand new book, Rose Rivers.

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Claire Vaye Watkins and John Wray talk to Laura Powell

Fictions: Other Worlds…

Hay Festival 2016, 

Gold Fame Citrus is the debut novel from the winner of the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. In a dystopian, apocalyptic vision, desert sands have laid waste to south-west America and challenge the resilient to survive. The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the C20th. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar ‘Waldy’ Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back. Laura Powell is Features Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph and her debut novel, The Unforgotten, was recently published.

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Hay Writers Circle

New Work 2013

Hay Festival 2013, 
The local writers club present their new stories. All welcome.

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Hari Kunzru and Samanta Schweblin talk to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Bad Timing

Hay Festival 2017, 

New novels by two of the world’s most gifted and exacting prose writers bring the past terrifyingly into the present. In Kunzru’s White Tears, two ambitious musicians are drawn into a dark underworld in contemporary New York. Schweblin’s Fever Dream explores the history of a young woman and the boy who sits at her death-bed. Fever Dream has been long-listed for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize.

Hari Kunzru and Samanta Schweblin talk to Claire Armitstead

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Emily Gravett

Hay Festival 2015, 
2015 marks the ten year anniversary of Emily Gravett’s acclaimed and much-loved debut novel, Wolves. Join Emily as she talks about all her beloved characters, from Wolf to Little Mouse to Bear and Hare – and help her create a brand new story live on stage!
5+ years
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Ffyona Campbell

The Beat of a Different Drum

Hay Festival 1995, 
On 2nd April 1991, 24 year-old Ffyona Campbell waved goodbye to the chearing crowds in Cape Town and started walking north. Ahead lay 10,000 miles of some of the harshest, loneliest, most inhospitable wilderness on earth.
The Beat of a Different Drum is her gripping account of her extraordinary journey. Illustrated with breathtaking photos of Africa at it's most awesome, it is a story of high adventure, personal discovery and deep concern for the continent and people of Africa.