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Margaret Atwood talks to David Aaronovitch

Hay Festival 2003, 
The great Canadian novelist and poet discusses her ingenious and savage biotech fantasy Oryx and Crake with David Aaronvitch

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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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Deborah Moggach talks to Louise Chunn

Hay Festival 2007, 
The screenwriter (Pride and Prejudice) and novelist (Tulip Fever, These Foolish Things) launches In The Dark, a tantalising, pageturning story of war, meat and desire on the home front, set in South London’s dark and dirty wartime streets during WWI. Chunn is the editor of Good Housekeeping.

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Sophie Howe talks to Jane Davidson

One Year In–Making Progress?

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 came into full force in April 2016. It puts a legal responsibility on the Welsh public sector, including the Welsh Government, to consider sustainability in all of its actions. The potential for this to change the private sector too is huge but how much progress has been made during the first year of implementation? Environment Minister, Davidson was the original architect of this Act. Howe is the Commissioner currently responsible for delivery.

Sophie Howe talks to Jane Davidson

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Emma Dodd

I Love You

Hay Festival 2015, 
Emma won the Booktrust Early Years Award with I Love My Mummy. In this session, celebrating the release of I Love My Granny, Emma reads stories, draws pictures of your pets and family, and helps you to design your own card for someone you love.
3+ years
Emma Dodd

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Madeleine Thien talks to Jemimah Steinfeld

The Index Platform: Fictions

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation with the Canadian novelist whose Do Not Say We Have Nothing was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker, and who is now publishing her early novel Certainty. Her humane and exacting writing often explores the Asian diaspora. She has won many awards including the Governor General’s Award and The Giller Prize. She talks to the deputy editor of Index on Censorship who has reported from and written extensively on China.

Madeleine Thien talks to Jemimah Steinfeld

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Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson

We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

In our small corner of the universe we know how some matter behaves most of the time and what even less of it looks like, and we have some good guesses about where it all came from. But we really have no clue what's going on. In fact, we don’t know what approximately 95% of the universe is made of. So what happens when a cartoonist and a physicist walk into the tent?

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Sherard Cowper-Coles talks to Nik Gowing

Ever The Diplomat

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Cables From Kabul unpacks his diplomatic bag and spills the beans on how the world works in his riveting memoir Confessions Of A Foreign Office Mandarin.

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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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Gustavo Guerrero, Santiago Gamboa, Raúl Arias Lovillo and Mario Bellatin in conversation with Rodolfo Mendoza

Cartagena 2012, 
Sergio Pitol, a Mexican writers with a very high international profile, and the 2005 Cervantes Prize winner, will receive a celebration from his writer friends. 

With the support of the University of Veracruz

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Andrew Pettie

What the Paper Said: The Telegraph Archive

Hay Festival 2015, 

Hosted by senior Telegraph journalists, stories from 24 May at key historical moments over the past 150 years are brought to life using the paper’s unique archive. From World War One and D-Day to the rise of the Suffragettes and the birth of the nuclear age; not to mention fashion through the decades and legendary stars of sport. Here is a past world documented in fascinating and revealing detail by daily reporting.

30 mins
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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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Jules Pretty

The Edge of Extinction

Hay Festival 2015, 
The natural world is rapidly diminishing. Traditions and cultures are dying out.
Extinction has denied many human groups and languages a future and it now
even threatens the ways of life of the affluent.
Pretty takes us on a personal journey to show why we should look again at those marginal communities who still live close to nature, the land and sea. The lessons these disappearing societies have to teach us may well be ones that we later come to rely on. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
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The Ghostwriters Séance

Tom Watt, Paul Hayward, Alison Kervin and Peter Burden

Hay Festival 2007, 
The inside track on the great act of literary ventriloquism with celebrity sportswriters Tom Watt (David Beckham), Paul Hayward (Michael Owen, Bobby Robson), Alison Kervin (Paula Radcliffe, Jason Leonard, etc.). Chaired by Peter Burden (John Francome, Jenny Pitman, Leslie Phillips).

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Caryl Lewis, Davide Longo, Ingo Niermann

Scritture Giovani 2017

Hay Festival 2017, 

Three stylistically diverse graduates of the partnership exchange between Hay, Literaturfestival Berlin and Festivaletteratura Mantova, now in its fifteenth year, meet again to discuss translation and Europe with Daniel Hahn. Niermann’s Solution 257 – Complete Love is an erotic treasure in which political activists argue for justice through intimacy. Lewis’s short story collection Y Gwreiddyn explores nature and loss. Longo’s Bramard’s Case is a revenge thriller.

Ticket to include Italian coffee, German biscuits and Welsh cakes.

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Peter Hennessy talks to Alun Evans

The British Academy Platform at Hay: The UK’s Place in the World

Hay Festival 2017, 

Responding to today’s international challenges in a rapidly evolving geopolitical environment is placing new strain on the UK’s place in the world. The historian and constitutional expert assesses the challenges the UK faces in the coming years, discussing the impact of withdrawal from the EU and turning into a ‘Global Britain’ may have on the our foreign policy, security and territorial integrity.

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Joe Klein, David Halberstam, Christopher Hitchens and Jonathan Freedland

The Story is America

Hay Festival 2002, 
One of America's most brilliant political journalists, Klein was the anonymous author of the outrageous and unexaggerated satire Primary Colours and has just Published The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton. Halberstam's War In A Time of Peace explores America's role as the only international super-power and the effects of a generational shift in national leadership, the modern media's emphasis on entertainment over foreign news, and the leap in military technology and American economic prosperity that has rendered foreign policy largely irrelevant to many US citizens. Hitchens writes for Vanity Fair. Freedland writes for The Guardian and is the author of Bring Home the Revolution.

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Helen Parr and Cedric Delves in conversation with Arthur Denaro

Across an Angry Sea/Our Boys

Winter Weekend 2018, 

The book Across an Angry Sea: The SAS in The Falklands War is an account of Special Forces actions by Lieutenant General Sir Cedric Delves, who commanded D Company, 22 SAS in the South Atlantic. Parr's Our Boys: The Story of a Paratrooper is partly about the Falklands War itself and the terrible things that the Paras endured, and the terrible things that some of them did, but it is also about the white working class of the 1970s and why some men born into this class ended up marching across an island that most of them had never heard of. Delves commanded the SAS at every level before becoming Commander of the Field Army. Parr is a Hennessy Award-winning historian who teaches International Relations at Keele University. Chaired by Major General Arthur Denaro.

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Natalie Haynes talks to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: The Children of Jocasta

Hay Festival 2017, 

The classicist and novelist reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of two of the women who have often been overlooked, Jocasta and Ismene; re-telling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story.

Natalie Haynes talks to Daniel Hahn

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José María Beneyto, Giles Tremlett and Fernando Rodríguez Lafuente

Can European Cultural Identity Survive?

Segovia 2014, 

The role culture plays in European integration still has to be addressed by European institutions. Lawyer and Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, José María Beneyto, Director of ABC Cultural, Fernando Rodríguez Lafuente, and Madrid correspondent for the Economist and contributing editor for the Guardian, Giles Tremlett discuss this issue which is crucial for Europe’s future.

Event in Spanish

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Elif Shafak and Maureen Freely

Well-behaved Women Rarely Make History

Hay Festival 2007, 
Freely’s thriller Enlightenment spans 25 years of contemporary Turkish society. Shafak previews her forthcoming novel The Bastard of Istanbul and launches her Hay Festival Press story The Happiness of Blond People.

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Steve Jones

Here Comes the Sun

Hay Festival 2017, 
It was fifty years ago on Thursday Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play and the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' Abbey Road is just two years away. Steve Jones plans to jump on the bandwagon and is hard at work on a book named after its most famous track, George Harrison's Here Comes the Sun. It will say something about his own research on the ecology of sunlight and its effects on evolution in many creatures (ourselves included) but most of all will concentrate on how modern men and women (particularly the younger ones) have, since Abbey Road abandoned life under blue skies in favour of staying indoors, with potentially alarming effects on their health and happiness. Even though it will certainly be raining when he gives his talk, Steve Jones hopes that he can illuminate a field that does not get the attention it deserves".
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Julia Leigh talks to Bryony Gordon

Avalanche: A Love Story

Hay Festival 2017, 

Writing in the immediate aftermath of her decision to stop IVF treatment, Leigh lays bare the truths of her experience: the highs of hope and the depths of disappointment, the grip of yearning and desire, the toll on her relationships and the unexpected graces and moments of black humour. She navigates the science of IVF, copes with the impact of treatment and reconciles the seductive promises of the worldwide multi-billion dollar IVF industry with the reality.

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Craig Russell in conversation with Rod Pryde

Segovia 2013, 

Craig Russell has worked as a police officer, proof-reader and creative director in a advertisement agency. He is the author of a popular series set in Hamburg featuring Jan Fabel and the only foreign author awarded the prestigious Polizeistern Prize given by the Police of Hamburg. He has been finalist of the CWA Duncan Lawrie Golden Dagger, as well as the SNCF Prix Polar in France.  He speaks with Rod Pryde, Director of The British Council in Spain.

           

Co-organised with The British Council and the collaboration of Editorial Roca.

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Raymond Tallis, Anita Donley and Julie Grigg

We Need to Talk about the NHS

Hay Festival 2016, 

Why are the ‘junior doctors’ calling an all-out strike? What do the PFI hospital contracts mean? How much of the NHS is privatised already? How could it all be better? And what can we do about that? The physician, philosopher and writer Raymond Tallis is the author of NHS SOS; Donley is Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians; Grigg is a GP in the Hay Medical Centre practice.