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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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Nicola Davies

Wildlife Adventures

Hay Festival 2014, 

The zoologist, Really Wild Show presenter and award-winning writer combines heart-stopping adventure stories with real-life conservation projects in an entertaining and informative session for all the family.
8+ years

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Paul Blezard MCs

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Please note slots are open to unpublished writers only.
 

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Marybeth Hamilton talks to Hannah Rothschild

In Search of the Blues

Hay Festival 2007, 
An adventure through the musicology and racial history of C20th America, cut with some of the world's greatest singers.

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Chris Bonington

Ascent

Hay Festival 2018, 

The great climber charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world – from the Alps to the Eiger, and the Himalaya but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains. An evening with a legend.

Chris Bonington

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Nat Luurtsema and Yassmin Abdel-Magied

The Guilty Feminist: Live at Hay

Hay Festival 2018, 

A funny, frank conversation about embracing both feminism and our imperfections with the host of the hit comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist (22 million downloads). From confidence to the secret power of rom-coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about gender, Nat and Yassmin explore what it means to be a 21st century woman, and encourages us to make the world better for all women. guiltyfeminist.com

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David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

Executive Orders and wiretapping, and let’s face it – lying - have called the separation of powers and basic constitutional principles into question in the United States as never before. Trump threatens rights of speech, privacy, religious freedom, voting and equality -- and we’re just getting started.  Cole is the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has emerged as a leader in the fight to preserve civil liberties. He explains what’s going on to Philippe Sands.

David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

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Adam Boulton

What's Next?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Sky News anchor hosts a tabletalk discussion on what might follow Blair’s leadership.

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Jay Griffiths

The Wild

Hay Festival 2007, 
The adventurer encounters cannibals, polar bears, Amazonian healers and sea gypsies in her extraordinary odyssey around geographical and mental wildernesses.

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The Tale Of The Gingerbread Man

Hay Festival 2013, 

An imaginative interactive telling of a much-loved classic story, which parents will enjoy as much as their children.

Duration 30 mins.

3–7 years 

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Frédéric Martel

La Culture Mainstream

Beirut 2013, 

Le sociologue et journaliste français présente son livre Mainstream: Enquête sur la guerre globale de la culture et des médias, qui analyse l’état dans le monde de la culture de divertissement et son importance en termes de compréhension de la situation géopolitique actuelle. Une analyse du présent qui met l’accent sur des types plus subtils du pouvoir.

Événement en français

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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The hysterical tale of a snow-line gardener from Hay Bluff and his struggle From Derelict Smallholding to Mountain Paradise.

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Allie Esiri

A Poem for Every Day of the Year

Hay Festival 2018, 

The poetry curator's latest anthology is a journey through a calendar year, highlighting key moments and dates with a poem for every day, by writers including Wordsworth, Lewis Carroll, Maya Angelou and Emily Dickinson. Join Allie and a host of actors including Tobias Menzies (The History BoysGame of Thrones, starring as Prince Philip in The Crown season three and four), Ophelia Lovibond, Tony Robinson, Toby Jones and Gina Bellman (star of Coupling, currently streaming to a new generation of fans on Netflix, and Ophelia in Peter Hall’s Hamlet opposite Stephen Dillane) in a highly entertaining hour as they perform their favourite poems from the book, a humorous journey through history and human experience.

9 - Adult
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Meg Rosoff and Shappi Khorsandi talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Funny Business

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writers introduce their two delightful comic novels: Rosoff’s Jonathan Unleashed is a blisteringly funny, touching story of a man whose love life is going to the dogs. Khorsandi’s Nina is Not OK is a darkly funny coming-of-age novel.

Meg Rosoff and Shappi Khorsandi talk to Stephanie Merritt

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Will Millard talks to Corisande Albert

The Old Man and the Sand Eel

Hay Festival 2018, 

Growing up on the Cambridgeshire Fens, Will Millard never felt more at home than when he was out with his granddad on the riverbank, whiling away the day catching fish. As he grew older, his competitive urge to catch more and bigger fish led him away from that natural connection between him, his grandfather and the rivers of his home. That is, until the fateful day he let a record-breaking sand eel slip through his fingers and he knew that he had lost the magic of those days down by the river, and that something had to change. The Old Man and the Sand Eel is at its heart the story of three generations of men trying to figure out what it is to be a man, a father and a fisherman.

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Matt Hancock, Helen Margetts, Timandra Harkness

Spark Salon 1: Creators and Consumers: What’s our role in responsibly designing the future?

Hay Festival 2018, 
Rapid advancements in computational power, decreasing costs of hardware and software, and the ubiquity of data, mobile and embedded technology have created unthought-of dilemmas. Policymakers, businesses and citizens are scrambling to understand the impact and challenges of technological progress. As creators, consumers and users do we all need to understand how technology works? And who can we hold to account when it fails? Is it possible to develop a set of regulatory principles for digital products? Hancock is Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Margetts is Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and Professor of Society and the Internet at University of Oxford. Harkness is a science writer, presenter and comedian.

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Teju Cole in conversation with John Sibi-Okumu

Open City

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

 

This story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11 was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Internationaler Literaturpreis. ‘A powerful and un-nerving inquiry into the human soul. Open City is ‘a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.’ – Time Magazine. John Sibi-Okumu is a Kenyan playwright (Role Play and Minister Karibu) journalist and actor best known internationally for his role in The Constant Gardener.

 

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Harry Potter: Calling All Fans

Hay Festival 2015, 
Have you ever wanted to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books? Join our ‘Professor of Potter’ and his plucky assistant as they bring to life the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A fun and interactive event for all the family, whether you’re new to the books or a dedicated fan. Prizes for best costume. Certificates and postcards for keen muggles! Come and share the magic!
7+ years
Harry Potter: Calling All Fans

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The National Museum of Wales presents Sounds Of The Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2013, 

Children get to handle dinosaur bones and other fossils, and then play with the noises dinosaurs might have made before joining in the soundtrack for an interactive reading of the museum’s Albie The Dinosaur story.

6–8 years

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Kathryn Gutteridge, David Green, Steven Thrush

Does the future of the NHS lie in the resilience and innovation of its staff?

Hay Festival 2018, 

It is 70 years since the creation of the NHS, and health sector staff face more challenges than ever. How do our health care staff remain resilient, compassionate and continue to innovate in the face of mounting pressures from over-stretched NHS budgets, pay freezes, and a demanding population?

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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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Antony Feltham-White and Claire Worden, chaired by Bella Bathurst

Talking About It

Hay Festival 2017, 

What do we do when the going gets roughest, and what on earth can we say? Rev LT Col Feltham-White is an army chaplain who has dealt with the full psychological cost of war both on the frontline and behind it. Worden is a farmer and campaigner whose father made an attempt on his life after the family farm had to be sold. With wisdom, humour and insight, they talk about when and how to listen.

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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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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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Hugh Sebag-Montefiore

Somme: Into the Breach

Hay Festival 2016, 

Planned as a decisive strike but fought as a bloody battle of attrition in 1916, the Battle of the Somme claimed over a million dead or wounded in months of fighting that have long epitomized the tragedy and folly of the First World War. By focusing on the first-hand experiences and personal stories of both Allied and enemy soldiers, Sebag-Montefiore defies the customary framing of incompetent generals and senseless slaughter. In its place, eyewitness accounts relive scenes of extraordinary courage and sacrifice, as soldiers ordered over the top ventured into No Man’s Land and enemy trenches, where they met a hail of machine-gun fire, thickets of barbed wire, and exploding shells. Chaired by Jesse Norman.