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Paul Collier

Bottom Billion

Hay Festival 2007, 
Why the world’s 50 poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it.

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Stefan Collini

Two Cultures? The Significance of CP Snow

Hay Festival 2014, 

The academic presents his annotated edition of FR Leavis’ famous critique of CP Snow’s theory of the ‘two cultures’ of arts and sciences. Collini describes what was at stake in the dispute, reappraises its literary tactics and evaluates the purpose of Leavis’ brand of cultural criticism.

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Etgar Keret in conversation with Marta del Riego

Segovia 2014, 

Etgar Keret is an Israeli writer of award-winning stories, comics and novels, which have been translated into over 30 languages. Intensive research over a seven-year period into his family background gave rise to his latest novel The Seven Good Years, which is a reflection of Etgar’s own life story and at the same time a reflection of current Israeli society. Etgar Keret discusses his work with author Marta del Riego, Features Editor at Vanity Fair.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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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 

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The Commonwealth Writers Conversation

The Untold Story

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

The first in a global series of conversations invites writers, artists and thinkers to discuss the subjects and themes that are sometimes met with silence in societies around the world.  This is the place to talk about how to communicate the difficult and the unsayable, whether through words or other forms of expression. Panelists include Chief Nyamweya and Keguro Macharia.Tell us on email or twitter what you'd like to discuss with the panel. 

 

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David de Rothschild

Adventure Ecology

Hay Festival 2007, 
Bulding on its ethos of making learning an adventure, Adventure Ecology has successfully created a global youth network for learning, acting and speaking on the environment and climate change. Adventure Ecology uses three platforms to build the environmental message to a broader audience: education, arts and expeditions.

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Jim Broadbent and Dix

Dull Margaret

Hay Festival 2018, 

Inspired by Dulle Griet (aka Mad Meg), Pieter Bruegel's 16th century painting of a "strong, intense woman striding determinedly across a violent landscape", Dull Margaret is the first graphic novel by Academy award-winning-actor Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and artist Dix (best known for his comics in the Guardian). The Dulle Griet painting shows a breastplated woman with a sword in one hand in front of the mouth of hell. Broadbent uses that single, vivid image as a launching point to explore what the rest of Dull Margaret’s bleak existence may have been like. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Carol Adlam and Helen Cross

Soldiers’ Art: What’s it Like to Be a Woman in the Army?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Most stories we hear about the army relate to the service of men. But one hundred years on from the formation of women’s units, front-line combat roles are made available to female soldiers. Join the National Army Museum with project partners artist Carol Adlam and writer Helen Cross, as they discuss the forgotten voices of women in the army, and how a new graphic anthology, made with female soldiers, will bring their stories to life.

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Roy Hattersley and Deborah Moggach

Hay Festival 1995, 
Hattersley recommends Arnold Bennett's family saga The Old Wives' Tale. Hattersley's own family trilogy is The Maker's Mark, In that Quiet, and Skylark Song. Moggach chooses Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist. Moggach's new novel, Changing Babies published in July.

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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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Tessa Dunlop talks to Claire Armitstead

The Century Girls

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author of The Bletchley Girls interviewed six centenarians for this wonderful collection of tales: The Final Word From the Women Who’ve Lived the Past Hundred Years of British History. Through the prism of their own experiences and memories, she tells the human story of how women gradually began to build independent lives for themselves in the modern world of post-Great War Britain, by re-telling what their actual day-to-day reality was like, through the decades.

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Sophy Ridge and Yvette Cooper

The Women Who Shaped Politics

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Sky News presenter introduces her book filled with empowering stories of women who have shifted the political landscape, from the Suffragettes to the present day.  She discusses sexism, resilience and opportunity with the Labour politician and former Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper.  This book went to press on the day the Daily Mail splashed the meeting between the First Minister of Scotland and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom with the headline: ‘Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it?’

Sophy Ridge and Yvette Cooper

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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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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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Meghnad Desai in conversation with Adam Austerfield

Segovia 2014, 

The world economy has changed completely in the last five years and Spain is one of the most affected countries. What future is there for young Spaniards and Europeans in the 21st century? How will they survive and prosper given the prospects for employment, technological changes and the development of emerging markets as engines of the world economy? Lord Desai is an economist, Emeritus Professor of LSE and member of the British Labour Party.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Juan Gossaín with Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda

El Tuerto López

Cartagena 2012, 
The complete works of Luis Carlos López, the great Cartagena poet, have just been published. “El Tuerto (‘One-eyed’) López had the supernatural gift of contrast, of bringing together the sublime and the ordinary, without the result being discordant or any verses being degraded,” says the writer Juan Gossaín in his masterly essay. Juan Gossaín will talk about him to the poet and writer Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda.

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Lane Ashfeldt

Kells 2015, 

Lane Ashfeldt discusses the pros and cons, and practicalities of raiding history books and family stories to create fiction. The short stories in Lane’s book SaltWater cover the century from 1918 to 2018. SaltWater was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize and the Edge Hill Prize. Lane talks to Sam Tranum, writer and editor, and member of the Liberties Press editorial team.

Photo by Sissu

Lane Ashfeldt

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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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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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Meg Rosoff

Picture Me Gone

Hay Festival 2015, 
One of the finest writers for young adult readers, Meg Rosoff is best known for her novel How I Live Now, which won the Guardian Prize, the Printz Award and the Branford Boase Award, became an international bestseller and was then adapted for cinema. Her work is always layered, subtle and thought-provoking and her latest novel Picture Me Gone is one of her finest. Come and hear her speak about her writing life and what’s coming next.

Photo: Zoe Norfolk

12+ years/YA
Meg Rosoff

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Jon Salfield and Simon Stanton

The Alegria Duo

Hay Festival 2014, 

The exhilarating World music fusion of the guitar/percussion duo has excited audiences around Europe. Guitarist Jon Salfield and percussionist Simon Stanton have crafted a unique and dynamic repertoire combining Flamenco and Latin traditions, with elements of North African, Caribbean and jazz traditions, and a healthy dose of improvisation.

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Miffy and Friends

Hay Festival 2014, 

Share stories, songs and games with everyone’s favourite bunny, Miffy, making a rare appearance in Hay. The Miffy books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide!
3+ years

Miffy and Friends

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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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Juan David Morgan en conversación con J. J. Armas Marcelo

Cartagena 2014, 
Novelista panameño, Juan David Morgan lleva décadas escribiendo la historia de Panamá desde la Independencia y la construcción del primer tren transoceánico. Tres novelas fundamentales y fundacionales recrean literariamente ese mundo panameño poco conocido, con tres calas galdosianas de primer relieve: cómo se fraguó la Independencia de Panamá y por qué (Con ardientes fulgores de gloria), la construcción del tren entre el Atlántico y el Pacífico (El caballo de oro) y la biografía novelada del pirata Morgan (Entre el honor y la espada). Morgan, el autor (no el pirata), hablará con Armas Marcelo, escritor y director de la Cátedra Vargas Llosa, sobre la actualidad y validez de la novela histórica y del género de la novela en general. Co-organizado con la Cátedra Vargas Llosa

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Ben Okri talks to Jon Gower

Budapest 2012, 
The Booker Prize winner (The Famished Road) reads and discusses his poetry and essays.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian