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Johnnie Walker talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
From DJ-ing local dance halls, and buccaneering with Radio Caroline to his current status as Radio 2 guru, Walker has always been an adventurer in contemporary music.

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Aurélia Masson-Berghoff

Sunken Cities

Hay Festival 2016, 

Beneath the waters of Abukir Bay, at the edge of the Nile Delta, lie the submerged remains of the ancient Egyptian cities Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion, which sank more than a thousand years ago. They were dramatically rediscovered in the C20th and brought to the surface by marine archaeologists in the 1990s. The wealth of ancient artefacts from these excavations are now exhibited in the British Museum’s landmark exhibition. The curator tells the story of how two iconic ancient civilisations, Egypt and Greece, interacted in the late first millennium BC.

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David Lodge

The Practice of Writing

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelest analyses the writing game, examining the mysterious process of creativity with a sharp eye for the subtleties of the different techniques needed for novels, plays, screenplays and adaptations.

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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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Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle

Getting Creative with Rap, Rhyme and Reality

Hay Festival 2015, 
Steven Camden, aka Polarbear, one of the top Spoken Word artists on the circuit today, loves rap, rhyme and stories that feel real. He talks about getting creative with words in different ways and shows you how he does it with some Spoken Word performance. Alex Wheatle’s first YA novel, Liccle Bit, about dreaming big when the odds are stacked against you, draws on his experience of council estate life in Brixton. A journalist, broadcaster, novelist and playwright, Alex also teaches creative writing. Join them for a session that will inspire you to be creative, be brave and dream big.
12+ years/YA
Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle

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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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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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Adam Henson

Like Farmer, Like Son

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Countryfile star and visionary farmer explores his bond with his life-long hero: his father, Joe. In the 1940s and ’50s Joe, the son of stage and film star Leslie Henson, chose a completely different path and decided to pursue a career as a farmer. Joe overcame a serious stammer to become a regular broadcaster on Country Matters. He became the saviour of Britain’s rare breeds and opened the world’s first Farm Park.

Adam Henson

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Ed Vere

Max the Brave

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet Max the Brave, a funny and loveable new character from acclaimed author and illustrator Ed Vere. Join Ed as he tells you about Max’s adventures and teaches you how to draw Max as well as some of his other characters.
4+ years
Ed Vere

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Mark Lynas

Will the planet survive humans?

Cartagena 2012, 
Mark Lynas won the prestigious Royal Society prize for his science books in 2008 and is anassociate of the Geography and Environment Departments at the University of Oxford. In his latest work, The God Species, he explains that there are planetary “boundaries” that humans must not cross if we want our civilisation to last. He will talk about matters such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, but also nuclear energy and genetic engineering. Mark Lynas is also author of the book High Tide: News from a Warming World.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Emer Stamp

Pig

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet famous diarist Pig – like Samuel Pepys, only smellier – as he invites you to read The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig. Emer will take you around the farmyard, introducing you to his pal Duck and those evil chickens, as well as Kitty who is oh so lovely…or is she? Emer’s event is packed with fun and drawing – not to be missed!
6+ years
Emer Stamp

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Pilita Clark, Sean Dagan Wood, Martin Wright and Mark Stevenson

Good News is No News

Hay Festival 2017, 

Environmentalists are good at scare stories; but is a diet of doom and gloom turning people off? Would it be better to inspire people with positive news? Or would that fail to win headlines in a media that still follows the old adage, ‘If it bleeds, it leads’? Pilita Clark, Financial Times Environment Correspondent, Sean Dagan Wood, Editor of Positive News and Futurologist Mark Stevenson talk to Forum for the Future's Martin Wright.

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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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Simon Jenkins

England’s Cathedrals

Hay Festival 2017, 

Cathedrals are custodians of culture and of the rituals of civic life. They offer welfare and relieve suffering. They uplift spirits with their beauty. In a real sense they are still what they were when first built a millennium ago, a glimpse of the sublime. Illustrated lecture.

Simon Jenkins

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Artemis Cooper

Elizabeth Jane Howard: A Dangerous Innocence

Hay Festival 2017, 

Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923-2014) wrote brilliant novels about what love can do to people, but in her own life the lasting relationship she sought so ardently always eluded her. The biographer examines the life of the author of The Cazalet Chronicle, her marriages to the naturalist Peter Scott and the novelist Kingsley Amis, as well as her turbulent relationships with Cecil Day-Lewis, Arthur Koestler and Laurie Lee. Cooper’s biography depicts a woman trying to make sense of her life through her writing, as well as illuminating the literary world in which she lived.

Artemis Cooper

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Tom Dyckhoff

The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City

Hay Festival 2017, 

In Dubai, a luxury apartment block is built in the shape of a giant iPod. In China, President Xi Jinping denounces the trend of constructing ‘bizarre’ new buildings in wacky shapes and colours. In Cincinnati, celebrity architect Zaha Hadid is paid millions to design a single ‘iconic’ structure – with the hope of single-handedly transforming the region’s ailing fortunes. These incidents are all part of the same story: the rise of the age of spectacle. Chaired by Simon Jenkins.

Tom Dyckhoff

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Danny Postel

Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran

Hay Festival 2007, 
A brilliant inquiry into the contemporary Iranian predicament and what it means for the world.

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Ben Okri in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2012, 
Ben Okri is a member of the UK’s Royal Society of Literature and in 1991 won the Booker Prize for The Famished Road. This Nigerian writer, who covers the history and present-day realities of his country in his novels, is one of Africa’s most respected voices. He will talk to the journalist Rosie Boycott. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the British Council

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Eric Hobsbawm

Interview on the new Century

Hay Festival 2000, 
In the Predictions Lecture, looking at the medium term future of history, Hobsbawm analyses the crisis of the mulit-ethnic Nation State and the resurgence of nationalisims. He examines globalisation, the triumph of the free market, and our relationship to the environment. 'For sheer intelligence, Hobsbawm has no superior'. (The Guardian)

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Gabriel Rolón and Boris Izaguirre with Sergio Vilela

Cartagena 2012, 
Gabriel Rolón, writer of the successful Historias de diván, is also author of Los padecientes, the bestselling fiction book by an Argentinean author in 2010-2011. Boris Izaguirre was shortlisted for the Planeta Prize in 2007 for his novel Villa Diamante. His latest published work is entitled Dos monstruos juntos. The two writers have worked for radio and participated in the making of major television programmes, Gabriel Rolón in Argentina and Boris Izaguirre in Spain. They will discuss frivolity and humour, important elements in the media, with Sergio Vilela.

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Rick Stroud and Tania Szabó talk to Francine Stock

Lonely Courage

Hay Festival 2017, 

Stroud tells the true stories of the SOE heroines who fought with the Resistance to free Nazi-occupied France. He is joined by Tania Szabó, who has also written a book about one of those agents, her mother: Young, Brave and Beautiful: The Missions of Special Operations Executive Agent Lieutenant Violette Szabó, George Cross, Croix de Guerre avec Étoile de Bronze.

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Freedom of Expression in the Digital Era

Segovia 2011, 
William Echikson, currently senior manager of communication at the headquarters of Google in Brussels, will talk about the opportunities and challenges in the freedom of expression in the digital society. Echikson has worked for over two decades as a correspondent for European and U.S. media such as The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week and Libération.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Mukesh Kapila

Careerpedia – Human Rights

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Alex Kandie interviews former Head of United Nations to Sudan and the author of Against a Tide of Evil about his activism, his writing and how his career unfolded. Kapila has received many awards in recognition of his work, including the Global Citizenship Award of the Institute for Global Leadership. Kapila challenges teenagers to engage in the fight for human rights around the world.

14–18 years

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Steve Evans

Cambridge Series: Our Sustainable Industrial Future

Hay Festival 2017, 

Factories that forage, X-ray glasses that can see energy, why price is not value and lots of stupid stuff as well. The Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability explores how the industrial system is (slowly) changing and why free energy is ignored. He explains how to be an environmental optimist and how to love factories. Chaired by Jane Davidson.

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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.