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Ed Vere

Grumpy Frog

Hay Festival 2017, 

Do you sometimes feel grumpy? Do you wish every day was your birthday? Join the author and illustrator of Grumpy Frog for a fantastic interactive event with storytelling and live drawing. 

3+
Ed Vere

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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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John Dougherty

Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Evilness of Pizza

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join John Dougherty and his guitar for a trip around the little island of Great Kerfuffle, home of Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face. Why is the army just one small cat? Why does the king have such a silly name? And what is the evilness of pizza? All these questions and more may be answered in this fun-filled session – but whatever happens, laughter is guaranteed, and singing too.
8+ years
John Dougherty

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Dominic Johnson

God is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human

Hay Festival 2016, 

The flood that God used to destroy the sinful race of man on Earth in Genesis 6:17 crystallises in its terrifying, dramatic simplicity the universally recognised concept of payback. For millennia human civilisation has relied on such beliefs to create a moral order that threatens divine punishment on people who commit crimes, while promising rewards – abstract or material – for those who do good. Today, while secularism and unbelief are at an all-time high, this almost superstitious willingness to believe in karma persists. Why?

Dominic Johnson

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Trevor Cox talks to Adam Rutherford

Now You’re Talking: Human Conversation from the Neanderthals to Artificial Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

If you’ve ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your voice is to your personal identity. We judge others not just by their words but by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent. The Professor of Acoustic Engineering explores the full range of our voice – how we speak and how we sing; how our vocal anatomy works; what happens when things go wrong and how technology enables us to imitate and manipulate the human voice.

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Jay Griffiths talks to Rosie Boycott

Tristimania: A Diary of Manic Depression

Hay Festival 2016, 

A raw and poetic account of a mind lost in madness, and how the author found her way back from the wilderness. In 2013, while completing work on her book Kith, Jay suffered a devastating, year-long episode of hypomania. She gives a lyrical and painfully honest account of that year. Lost in the depths of her illness, she eventually decided to walk the Camino de Santiago. Undertaking this ancient pilgrimage in her fragile condition against medical advice, she was determined to find a cure for her torment. Jay is the 2015-2016 Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol – Gwyl y Gelli/Creative Wales International Hay Festival International Fellow.

Jay Griffiths talks to Rosie Boycott

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Ghazi Hammad

Hay Festival 2007, 
Ghazi Hammad is the spokesman for Hamas and the Palestinian government. He makes a suprise appearance at the twentieth anniversary of the festival.

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Jessica Seaton

Gather Cook Feast: Recipes from Land and Water

Hay Festival 2017, 

Seaton, the founder of TOAST, is inspired by the food from our seas, our rivers, our farmland, our gardens and our wild places. Her new cookbook is full of simple, seasonal and nourishing recipes such as braised short ribs with horseradish, courgette fritters with minted yoghurt, mackerel escabeche with wild fennel and kale, and roast vegetable and barley salad with crisped artichokes. She shares her love of food and landscape with Kitty Corrigan.

Jessica Seaton

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Kate Humble and Neil Sinclair talk to Andy Fryers

WoodWatch – Woodland Trust Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

With their bluebells, blackbirds and beech trees, our woodlands are beautiful and inspiring places to explore. Discover why the British love nature-watching, and how it can help protect our woods and trees. Wildlife and science broadcaster Kate Humble is joined by Neil Sinclair, author of the 'Commando Dad' series.

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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.

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Stephan Pastis

Timmy Failure

Hay Festival 2015, 
Stephan Pastis is a lawyer-turned cartoonist, and creator of the New York Times bestselling series, Timmy Failure. In this lively event Stephan talks about his career, from lawyer to cartoonist. Expect lots of live drawing and cartooning from Stephan, and plenty of laughs.
8+ years
Stephan Pastis

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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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Frank Cottrell-Boyce

The Hay Lecture: The Olympic Flame

Hay Festival 2017, 

The novelist and screenwriter who penned the celebrated Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics looks at the cultural legacy of 2012, the importance of arts in education and the wider influence of the arts on society.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

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James Edwards

Science of the Skeleton

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Oxford scientists in this interactive presentation as they use hands-on experiments and impressive dinosaur and museum specimens to highlight how the sciences of biology, chemistry and engineering combine to create a dynamic and multi-functional skeleton. How are bones formed and broken down? How does our skeleton differ from other animals? James and his team will dispel myths and discuss ongoing skeletal research projects investigating how diet, exercise and ageing affect our bones.

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Jez Alborough

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creator of the Eddy And The Bear stories, which became a Bafta Award-winning television series, is here to bring you Nat The Cat’s Sunny Smile.

4+ years

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Emma Rutland

Capability Brown and Belvoir: Discovering a Lost Landscape

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Duchess of Rutland tells the story of the rediscovery of the great landscape designer’s abandoned plans for the Leicestershire estate. In a sumptuously illustrated lecture she shows how the original vision has now been articulated at one of Britain’s most spectacular country houses. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Francesca Rhydderch, Courttia Newland and Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Protest!

Hay Festival 2017, 

When does a riot become a revolution? When does a demonstration of dissent tip over into a moment of unstoppable political change? Ra Page’s inspiring new collection of stories matches fiction writers with great moments of history: Rhydderch writes of the Welsh Language protests of 1979; Cottrell-Boyce reimagines Venner’s Rising of 1661; Newland writes up The Poll Tax Riots of 1990.

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Andy Riley

King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong

Hay Festival 2017, 

Don your crowns to discover the key elements of the insanely funny King Flashypants as he determines to be a proper king and sets off to fight Gizimoth, a huge and terrible monster.  Join Emmy-winning author/illustrator Andy Riley for an event filled with plenty of Foo Hoo Hooing, strident music and royally good drawing.

6+

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Elizabeth Buchan, William Corlett and Sue Gee talk to Phil Rickman

The Country and The City

Hay Festival 1997, 
Buchan's new novel Against Her Nature is a wonderful tale of female survival and empowerment in the financially high-rolling and morally bankrupy eightes. Corlett's Two Gentlemen Sharing is a roller coaster ride throug the sexual mores of life in a "sleepy English village" that leaves its protagonists longing for the relative calm of Carnival Day in Rio. Gee's novel The Hours of the Night is a more sober vision of a similar community on the Welsh Borders.

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Karl Jenkins talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Still With the Music

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rightly celebrated for iconic works such as ‘Adiemus' and 'The Armed Man', Sir Karl Jenkins is now the most-performed living composer in the world, with 17 gold and platinum disc awards. In 2015 he became the first Welsh-born composer to receive a knighthood for services to composing and crossing musical genres. His is one of the most versatile careers in modern music, from a modest upbringing in Penclawdd to the 1960s London jazz scene, the prog-rock band Soft Machine and his huge success in the world of 1980s advertising, composing for brands such as Levi’s, BA and Renault. In 1995 his composition ‘Adiemus’, combining a classical music style with an invented language, ethnic vocals and percussion, propelled him to international stardom.

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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

Nicola Davies

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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.

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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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Marie Darrieussecq, Rupert Thomson, Louise Dean

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Broadcaster Paul Blezard discusses new fiction. Darrieussecq's White is set on and Antarctic station. Thomson's satirical fable Divided Kingdom is set here in the UK. Dean's This Human Season is set in Belfast in 1979.

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Readers from Riohacha present Sergio Ramírez

Cartagena 2012, 
Four readers from La Guajira will introduce and talk to the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez about his latest book La Fugitiva. Sergio has just been awarded the 2011 José Donoso Ibero-American Letters Prize for his literary career. 

With the support of Cerrejón