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Hugo Drochon

Cambridge Series 2: Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Was Diana killed by the Secret Services? Is climate change a hoax? Did man not walk on the moon? Who shot JFK? Drawing on a nationwide survey about belief in conspiracy theories, Drochon will explore what factors –religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories and what impact that has had on contemporary political events. Drochon is a political theorist and historian of modern political thought.

Hugo Drochon

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Crossing Borders

Owen Sheers and Fflur Dafydd

Hay Festival 2008, 
Poet and novelist Owen Sheers and singer/songwriter Fflur Dafydd move through song, instrumental, verse and prose exploring dialogues between music and words, English and Welsh, poetry and song.

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Arnold Wesker

The Shakespeare Lecture - Birth of a Play

Hay Festival 1995, 
The playwright analyses The Merchant of Venice and describes how and why he wrote his own play Shylock - not a rewrite of the Shakespeare, but and original work based on the same three stories; illustrated with readings from Shylock, which is set in the C16th Jewish Ghetto of Venice. Wesker is the author of 32 plays, short stories, and his autobiography As Much As I Dare.

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Philipp Meyer and Linda Spalding talk to Kirsty Wark

Fictions – Once Upon a Time in the West

Hay Festival 2014, 

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, Meyer’s The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. In Spalding’s The Purchase a young Quaker father and widower leaves his home in Pennsylvania to establish a new life. He sets out with two horses, a wagon full of belongings, his five children, a 15-year-old orphan wife, and a few land warrants for his future homestead. When Daniel suddenly trades a horse for a young slave, Onesimus, it sets in motion a struggle in his conscience that will taint his life forever.

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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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Juliet Barker

England Arise

Hay Festival 2015, 

In the summer of 1381 England erupted in a violent popular uprising as unexpected as it was unprecedented. Sceptical of contemporary chroniclers’ accounts, Barker draws on the judicial sources of the indictments and court proceedings that followed the rebellion to offer a new perspective on the so-called Peasants’ Revolt. She introduces us to the loyal rebels who believed they were acting in the king’s best interests, and suggests that the boy-king Richard II sympathised with their grievances. Had it been implemented, their radical agenda would have transformed English society and anticipated the French Revolution by four hundred years. In conversation with Stephanie Merritt.

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Juliet Barker

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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
Emily Gravett

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Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – Up, Up and Away!

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ex-robbers now bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam star in a new collection of stories about their comical adventures. The two dogs are best friends but they look like being in danger of falling out when a tempting looking package arrives at the café. Corderoy and Lenton entertain with comic rhymes and illustrations about their well-loved characters.

6+
Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

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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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Juno Dawson

The Gender Games

Hay Festival 2017, 

Gender isn’t just screwing over trans people, it’s messing with everyone. From exclusionist feminists to ‘alt-right’ young men; from men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t. Juno tells not only her own story but the story of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender –and what we can do about it. A frank, witty and powerful manifesto for a world where what’s in your head is more important than what’s between your legs. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

Juno Dawson

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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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Jasper Fforde talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2008, 
The cult humorist and Wodehouse Prize-winner, yarns his latest adventure comedy First Among Sequels.

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David Dimbleby

How We Built Britain

Hay Festival 2007, 
The broadcaster gives an illustrated talk about the nation’s architecture, from the palaces to the out-of-town shopping malls.

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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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River Out Of Eden

Richard Dawkins talks to Matt Ridley

Hay Festival 1995, 
Dawkins broke new ground in the theory of evolution with his book The Selfish Gene. He has contnued to promote the Darwinian cause in The Extended Phenotype and The Blind Watchmaker. His River Out of Eden is the river of DNA, a river of information that defines the genetic make-up of the species, uninfluenced by the experiences and acheivements of that species, and uninfluenced by another powerful source of potential contamination: sex. He discusses his theories of sexual recombination and the new tributaries of his DNA river with The Telegraph's Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen.

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Andy Hamilton talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Star Witness

Hay Festival 2017, 

The comedy-writer’s first novel is the hilarious story of one self-regarding man’s descent into disgrace and his journey back to join the human race. It’s a pin-sharp satire on the shallows of modern media culture and the dysfunctional relationship we all have with the idea of ‘celebrity’.

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Martin Rowson

Cartoons, Offence and Religion

Hay Festival 2008, 
The cartoonist and author of Stuff and The Dog Allusion explores the boundaries of satire.

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There’s a Shark in the Bath

Hay Festival 2014, 

BIG TEETH! BUBBLES! BATHROOM CHAOS! When a family of sharks pops out of the plughole, Dulcie must figure out a way to keep them from eating her up. Cue utter silliness, sea creatures and some crazy cartooning with Sarah McIntyre.

5+ years

There’s a Shark in the Bath

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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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Leif Wenar talks to Rosie Boycott

Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules That Run the World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Natural resources like oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. Petrocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend resource money on weapons and oppression; militants in Iraq and in the Congo spend resource money on radicalisation and ammunition. Resource-fuelled authoritarians and extremists present endless crises to the West and at home. And the source of their resource power is ultimately ordinary consumers, doing their everyday shopping at the filling station and the mall. Wenar holds the Chair of Phliosophy and Law at King’s College, London.

Leif Wenar talks to Rosie Boycott

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Fiction International

Hay Festival 2008, 
New Zealander Lloyd Jones was Booker-shortlisted for Mr Pip; Tim Winton’s Australian masterpiece Breath is a hot tip for this year. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Robert Service

The End of the Cold War 1985-1991

Hay Festival 2016, 

The dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the spread of perestroika throughout the former Soviet bloc was a sea change in world history, and two years later resulted in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The acclaimed Russian historian examines precisely how that change came about and analyses the role of the leaders who held power: Gorbachev and Reagan, Walesa, Havel, and the Pope.

Robert Service

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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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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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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