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Jamie Thomson

Laugh Like A Dark Lord

Hay Festival 2014, 

Meet Jamie Thomson, author of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning Dark Lord series, as he talks about his latest book Dark Lord: Eternal Detention. Jamie will teach the audience how to laugh like a Dark Lord.
9+ years

Jamie Thomson

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Dr Auma Obama

Sports for Social Change

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Auma discusses the role of sports as a vital vehicle to gain leadership and confidence skills that can help youth drive social change in their communities. She is CARE USA’s Sports for Social Change Initiative Technical Advisor, and sits on the board of Women Win, which promotes gender equality through sports. Her brother is President of the United States of America.


14–18 years

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Daping Chu, Lee Skrypchuk and Valerian Meijering

Cambridge Series: The Car of the Future, with Head-up Technology

Hay Festival 2017, 

Head-Up Display (HUD) technology can help drivers with a safer and more comfortable and enjoyable driving experience. It can provide ‘immersive entertainment’ and protection for human wellbeing in the autonomous cars of the future. Professor Chu is Director of the Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors at Cambridge. He presents his work with two colleagues from Jaguar Land Rover.

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John Guy

Would the Real Thomas More Please Stand Up?!

Hay Festival 2017, 

Who was Thomas More, the author of Utopia? The distinguished historian of Tudor England parses the propaganda and More’s writings to read behind the myth. He examines the ways in which More’s legacy has been contested or resisted. And he suggests which aspects of his thought are likely to continue to influence the world in the future.

John Guy

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Rick Stroud and Tania Szabó talk to Francine Stock

Lonely Courage

Hay Festival 2017, 

Stroud tells the true stories of the SOE heroines who fought with the Resistance to free Nazi-occupied France. He is joined by Tania Szabó, who has also written a book about one of those agents, her mother: Young, Brave and Beautiful: The Missions of Special Operations Executive Agent Lieutenant Violette Szabó, George Cross, Croix de Guerre avec Étoile de Bronze.

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Roy Hattersley

The Catholics: The Church and its People in Britain and Ireland, from the Reformation to the Present Day

Hay Festival 2017, 

The survival of Catholicism in Britain, in the face of persecution and institutionalised discrimination (‘the enemy within’ again…) is the triumph of more than simple faith. Hattersley argues that it is the victory of moral and spiritual unbending certainty. Catholicism survives because it does not compromise. It is a characteristic that excites admiration in even a hardened atheist.

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Megan Rix and Damian Kelleher

True Stories of Animals in War

Hay Festival 2014, 

There are hundreds of stories about the bravery and loyalty of dogs in wartime. Rix and Kelleher discuss the inspiration for their books, A Soldier’s Friend and A Dog in No Man’s Land. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
7+ years

Megan Rix and Damian Kelleher

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Henny Beaumont talks to Georgina Godwin

Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth

Hay Festival 2016, 

On Mother’s Day 2004 the artist Henny Beaumont gave birth to her third child. For the first few hours, her baby seemed no different from her two other little girls. With stunning art and refreshing honesty, Henny describes how family life changed the moment the registrar told her and her husband that their daughter might have Down’s syndrome. Henny’s wit and irony transform a deeply traumatic personal experience into a story that will resonate with every parent. She shares her family’s journey - in beautiful black and white drawings – from hospital to home, and from early years to school, in this moving, wise and unsparing graphic memoir.

Henny Beaumont talks to Georgina Godwin

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Rick Stroud

Kidnap in Crete

Hay Festival 2015, 

On a moonlit night in April 1944 a small band of fearless partisans, led by the British SOE agent Patrick Leigh Fermor, kidnapped a high-ranking Nazi general on the German-occupied island of Crete. Stroud is the author of The Phantom Army of Alamein: The Men Who Hoodwinked Rommel and The Book of the Moon. Chaired by Con Coughlin.

Rick Stroud

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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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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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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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David Runciman

How Democracy Ends

Hay Festival 2018, 

Democracy has died hundreds of times, all over the world. We think we know what that looks like: chaos descends and the military arrives to restore order until the people can be trusted to look after their own affairs again. However, there is a danger that this picture is out of date. Until very recently, most citizens of Western democracies would have imagined that the end was a long way off, and very few would have thought it might be happening before their eyes. Runciman, one of the UK’s leading professors of politics, answers all this and more as he surveys the political landscape of the West, helping us to spot the new signs of a collapsing democracy and advising on what could come next. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

David Runciman

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Don Van Natta talks to Philippe Sands

On The Record

Hay Festival 2011, 
Twice a Pulitzer Prize-winner, the New York Times Investigative Correspondent discusses his work on al Qaeda, Bill and Hillary Clinton, extraordinary rendition and the NoTW Met-celebrity phone-hacking scandal.
 
Read Don Van Natta's articles for the New York Times

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Gabrielle Walker

An Ocean of Air

Hay Festival 2007, 
Through the eyes and lives of its discoverers, the science writer celebrates the natural history of the earth’s atmosphere and reveals how we came to understand air, the true elixir of life.

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Juan Luis Guerra en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2015, 
El cantautor dominicano Juan Luis Guerra es uno de los artistas latinos más reconocidos internacionalmente de las últimas décadas. En 1990 grabó el aclamado álbum Ojalá que llueva café y ha lanzado en 2014 Todo tiene su hora. Galardonado con numerosos premios, incluyendo 15 Grammy Latinos, dos Grammy norteamericanos y dos Premios Latin Billboard, conversará sobre su trayectoria profesional con Roberto Pombo. Evento patrocinado por El Tiempo

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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.

8+

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The Telegraph Debate

Hay Festival 2011, 
Question Time style event - come and have your say.
 
On the panel: Peter Oborne, Henry Winter, Helen Mountfield, Matthew Norman, Tim Smit
 
Free but ticketed

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Rachael Jolley, Paul Caruana Galizia, Caroline Muscat with Katya Adler

The Index on Censorship Platform - The Death of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the Truth About Malta

Hay Festival 2018, 

The journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia investigated corruption in the Maltese government for decades in the face of intimidation, libel threats and persecution. She was assassinated in a car bomb attack on 16 October 2017. The editor of Index on Censorship is joined by Daphne’s son Paul and her fellow Maltese journalist Caroline Muscat of The Shift News. They talk to the BBC’s Europe Editor.

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Ulrich Raulff

A Farewell to the Horse: the Final Century of our Relationship

Hay Festival 2017, 

The German journalist and writer offers an engaging and moving discussion of what horses once meant to us. Cities, farmland, entire industries were once shaped as much by the needs of horses as humans. They were sculpted, painted, cherished, admired; they were thrashed, abused and exposed to terrible danger. Tolstoy once reckoned that he had cumulatively spent some nine years of his life on horseback. And then came the 20th century, and there were just racetracks and pony clubs… Chaired by Corisande Albert.

Ulrich Raulff

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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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Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine

Cream Buns and Crime and The Painted Dragon

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the super-sleuth, murder mystery authors as they reveal the secrets behind creating successful whodunits in their Murder Most Unladylike and The Sinclair Mysteries series respectively.

9+
Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine

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Thomas Pakenham

The Company of Trees

Hay Festival 2016, 

The acclaimed historian shares his profound love of trees and reverence for nature, rooted in the family estate of Tullynally in Ireland. He travels to the Tibetan border in search of a particular magnolia, to Eastern Patagonia to see the last remaining giants of the Monkey Puzzle tree, while the first of the Chinese-inspired gardens at Tullynally was planted entirely with seeds from south-west China. An expedition to Tibet’s Tsangpo Gorge goes awry only to lead to a fruitful exploration of the Rongchu Valley, which yields more than 100 bags of seeds, including the Tibetan golden oak, the Tsangpo cypress and blue-stemmed maples.

Thomas Pakenham

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Colin Thubron

Shadow of the Silk Road

Hay Festival 2007, 
The travel-writer passes through China, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, taking in the most sterile desert on earth and the strife-torn mountain valleys of today’s conflicts. ‘To be travelling the Silk Road is to be travelling the history of the world: tracing the passage not just of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.’

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Jenny Valentine

Finding Violet Park

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

The author of Broken Soup, The Ant Colony and Finding Violet Park which was awarded the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction shares insights about her work and invites your questions.

14–18 years