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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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Adam Phillips, Lisa Jardine

Darwin's Worms

Hay Festival 2000, 
Darwin and Freud, it seems, took God out of the big picture and left us in a world determined by nature and overshadowed by mortality. In his new book Darwin's Worms the psychoanalyst and author of Monogamy, The Beast in the Nursery and On Flirtation considers how these giants of science felt about death, and develops a new understanding of ageing, loss and the art of transience.

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Mummy’s Gold

Hay Festival 2017, 

The ever-popular Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in now deep in the desert on a mission to return a sack of stolen Egyptian gold back to its rightful owner. Join the writer for a musical, storytelling journey. There are mummies, pharaohs and a live performance of songs from the Sir Charlie Stinky Socks books.

3+
Kristina Stephenson

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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
Andrew Pettie

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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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Will Hutton and Andrew Adonis

Saving Britain: How we can Prosper in a New European Future

Hay Festival 2018, 

The former Observer editor and the politician and writer say the EU is a success story despite its frailties. It has guaranteed fundamental human freedoms and provided economic prosperity and order. They argue that Britain is abandoning four centuries of being part of the European diplomatic order for illusory gains and actual losses.

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Matthew Carr

Blood and Faith–The Purging of Muslim Spain 1492-1614

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 1609, the entire Muslim population of Spain was given three days to leave Spanish territory or be killed. In a brutal and traumatic exodus, entire families were forced to abandon the homes and villages where they had lived for generations. An estimated 300,000 Muslims had been removed from Spanish territory, making it – then – the largest act of ethnic cleansing in European history. Chaired by Abdul-Rehman Malik.

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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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AC Grayling, David Grossman, Earl Lovelace, Mauricio Rodríguez, Kamila Shamsie y Jonathan Weiner en conversación con Gaby Wood

Hay 25

Cartagena 2013, 
En 2012 nuestro festival en Gales cumplió 25 años y, para celebrarlo, hemos compilado una selección de veinticinco preguntas sugeridas por autores y amigos que nos parecen relevantes para el momento en que vivimos. En esta ocasión, los invitados deben responder las tres siguientes:

¿A qué libertades estaría dispuesto a renunciar a cambio de una mayor seguridad?

¿Qué texto ha cambiado más su corazón y su mente? Una frase, la letra de una canción, una carta, un libro, un poema, una inscripción…

Si se convirtiera en el líder de tu país, ¿qué es lo primero que solucionaría?

Moderado por Gaby Wood.

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Matthew Engel

Extracts from the Red Notebooks

Hay Festival 2007, 
A delightfully eclectic selection of astute insight and observation from the 35 commonplace books the journalist has kept over 27 years. Proceeds from the event and the book will go towards the Laurie Engel Fund that is raising money with the Teenage Cancer Trust to support the appropriate care of teenage cancer patients.

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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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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
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Ursula Martin

Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist

Hay Festival 2018, 

Ada, Countess of Lovelace, daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron and his highly educated wife, Anne Isabella, is sometimes called the world’s first computer programmer and has become an icon for women in technology. But how did a young woman in the 19th century, without access to formal school or university education, acquire the knowledge and expertise to become a pioneer of computer science? Ursula Martin is a professor at the University of Oxford whose research interests span mathematics, computer science and the humanities.

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Markus Zusak talks to Stephanie Merritt

Hay Festival Book of the Month Club – The Book Thief

Hay Festival 2019, 

We re-read the contemporary classic, narrated by Death and first published in 2007.

It is 1939. In Nazi Germany, the country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier - and will become busier still. 

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed forever when she picks up a single object, abandoned in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, and this is her first act of book thievery. So begins Liesel's love affair with books and words, and soon she is stealing from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library . . . wherever there are books to be found. 

The Australian novelist talks to Stephanie Merritt, who also writes historical fiction as SJ Parris. Zusak’s latest novel is Bridge of Clay.

Markus Zusak talks to Stephanie Merritt

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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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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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Colin Thubron

Shadow of the Silk Road

Hay Festival 2007, 
The travel-writer passes through China, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, taking in the most sterile desert on earth and the strife-torn mountain valleys of today’s conflicts. ‘To be travelling the Silk Road is to be travelling the history of the world: tracing the passage not just of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.’

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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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Sue Black

All that Remains: A Life in Death

Hay Festival 2018, 

Sue Black confronts death every day. As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. She reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and what her work has taught her. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel. Our own death will remain a great unknown. But as an expert witness from the final frontier, Sue Black is the wisest, most reassuring, most compelling of guides. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

Sue Black

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The Last Poets with Christine Otten

The Last Poets Live – Reading and Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 
The Last Poets were formed in the US in the late 1960s, a period full of hope and dreams of revolution, and a time when the Black Panthers were at the height of their power. Taking their name from those who believed they were in the last era of poetry before guns would take over, these African-American poets and musicians ignited the imagination of a generation – and laid the groundwork for the hip hop movement of the 1980s and '90s. Dutch author Christine Otten was inspired to write about their lives – and there began a deep friendship and an acclaimed novel. The last poets are Felipe Luciano, David Nelson, and the three who are with us today, Abiodun Oyewole, Donn Babatunde and Umar Bin Hassan.

The Last Poets are supported by Apples and Snakes, the UK's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry.
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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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Charlotte and Adam Guillain

Muffins for Mummies

Hay Festival 2017, 

Brave explorer George has packed 25 muffins for his night-time adventure in the museum to catch the fabled thief. Can he and his faithful puppy Trixie track down the criminal without getting squashed by the great big mammoth? With storytelling and funny songs, the authors bring the entertaining adventure to life.

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Charlotte and Adam Guillain

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Ricardo Piglia

Los libros de mi vida. Ensayo de una autobiografía futura

Cartagena 2014, 
Ricardo Piglia, ganador del premio Planeta Argentina 1997 por Plata quemada y recientemente galardonado con el Premio Manuel Rojas, el Premio Nacional de la Crítica en la categoría de narrativa y con el Premio Rómulo Gallegos por su novela Blanco nocturno (2010), nos hablará de los libros que más le han marcado y del impacto que han tenido en su trayectoria. Evento presentado por Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Evento patrocinado por el BBVA: Grandes Personajes
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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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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.