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Don DeLillo talks to James Naughtie

Cosmopolis

Hay Festival 2003, 
A unique opportunity to meet the American novelist, author of Underworld, Libra, White Noise and Mao II and hear him discuss his new novel Cosmopolis in conversation with the Today programme anchor.

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Simon Jenkins

Thatcher and Sons

Hay Festival 2007, 
The journalist examines how the Iron Lady changed our country and the nature of democratic leadership.

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James Hawes

We Need to Talk About Germany

Hay Festival 2017, 

Hawes takes a long view to ask: did the Germans destroy the culture of Rome or inherit it? Did Bismarck unify Germany or conquer it? Where are the roots of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich? Why did it lose? By what miracle did a better Germany arise from the rubble? Is Germany now the last Western bastion of industrial prosperity and rational politics? Or are the EU and the Euro merely window-dressing for a new German hegemony?

James Hawes

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Whitney Brown talks to Francine Stock

Between Stone and Sky: Memoirs of a Waller

Hay Festival 2018, 

Whitney Brown was midway through her Masters thesis and on track for an exciting position at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington when a chance meeting with a Welsh dry-stone waller at a folklife festival changed the course of her life. Within weeks Whitney had left behind her secure world in the States and was living with him in rural Wales, learning the craft of dry-stone walling. She fell irretrievably in love with Wales and for what she found there – for stone, for the act of physical creation and accompanying physical exhaustion, for life in the countryside and days spent working in the sanctuary of a lonely hillside to repair structures older than the country of her birth, for windswept valleys and low hanging clouds and chilly nights by the wood stove and, much to her dismay, for a man 33 years her senior. She had no choice but to trust these things and see where they might lead her. It was, after all, the first time in her life she'd ever truly felt at peace.

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Ian Goldin

The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas

Hay Festival 2016, 

The process by which nations escape poverty and achieve economic and social progress has been the subject of extensive examination for hundreds of years. Goldin considers the contributions that education, health, gender, equity and other dimensions of human wellbeing make to development, and discusses why it is also necessary to take into account the role of institutions and the rule of law as well as sustainability and environmental concerns. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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Ian Goldin

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Jackie Morris

Illustration Master Class

Hay Festival 2014, 

Find out about the techniques and materials that Jackie Morris uses to create her beautiful books, including the stunningly beautiful Song of the Golden Hare, in this illustration master class for adults and children.
12+ years (YA)

Jackie Morris

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John Kampfner, Jon Lee Anderson, Carlos Aganzo and Peter Florence

Cause for Hope?

Segovia 2012, 
With the world racked with conflict and austerity the panel look for stories of truth and signs of hope from Veracruz to Aleppo, from wounded Spain to the Pussy Riot musicians. Come and join in the conversation. 

With the support of Google

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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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Con Coughlin

What the Paper Said: The Telegraph Archive

Hay Festival 2015, 

Hosted by senior Telegraph journalists, stories from 30 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
Con Coughlin

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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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Steve Smallman

Big, Bad Owl

Hay Festival 2014, 

Feeling cranky? Out of sorts? In a big bad mood? Then flap off over to Scowl’s grumpy branch for a good old grouch and grumble… Steve’s new picture book Big, Bad Owl is a fabulously funny tale about learning to deal with moods and emotions.
4+ years

Steve Smallman

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Imagine the World: Afro Fusion Music Concert

Premium Event

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Featuring Nairobi’s headlining artists, this concert will leave you in a musical whirl. Kick off with the high-energy Afro fusion band Sarabi and then let Mumala and Kiu melt your dance sweat away. Phenomenal Fena will have you head-bopping and feet-tapping to soul and afro house, and the electrifying Jemedari will teach you just what jazzy hip hop is. Imagine it... we can.

 

 

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Richard Greatrex, Jose Quiros & Jonathan Paulus talk to Rob Penn

Working Wales – The Bike

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Jonathan and Jose are custom bike builders from Burry Port. Photographer Richard Greatrex has chronicled their journey to complete a unique and magnificent bike, documenting the joys and difficulties of small-scale manufacturing. In conversation with Rob Penn, author, journalist, TV presenter and inveterate cyclist. The Working Wales project celebrates makers and the things they make.

Richard Greatrex, Jose Quiros & Jonathan Paulus talk to Rob Penn

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Marcus Sedgwick

Saint Death

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author takes listeners on a virtual trip into his writing space, revealing the research behind Saint Death. Think folk saints, migrants, gang warfare and human rights as he tells tales of the iconic Santa Muerte and reveals the shocking reality facing many communities living on the Mexican/US border. A fascinating and powerful talk from this prize-winning novelist. 

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12+
Marcus Sedgwick

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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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Thinking Mathematically

Hay Festival 2013, 

Exploring, questioning, visualising, conjecturing, explaining, generalising, justifying…are all at the heart of mathematical thinking. Come and take part in some stimulating activities designed to develop your capacity to work as a mathematician, with Cambridge University’s Charlie Gilderdale.

9+ years

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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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Ruth Scurr talks to Peter Stothard

John Aubrey: My Own Life

Hay Festival 2015, 

John Aubrey loved England. From an early age, he saw his England slipping away and, against extraordinary odds, committed himself to preserving for posterity what remained of it – in books, monuments and life stories. His Brief Lives would redefine the art of biography yet he published only one rushed, botched book in his lifetime and died fearing his name and achievements would be forgotten.

Scurr’s biography is an act of scholarly imagination: a diary drawn from John Aubrey’s own words, displaying his unique voice, dry wit, the irreverence and drama of a literary pioneer. Aubrey saw himself modestly as a collector of a vanishing past, a ‘scurvy antiquary’. But he was also one of the pioneers of modern writing, a journalist before the age of journalism, who witnessed the Civil War and the Great Fire of London in the company of some of the influential men and women, high and low, whose lives he would make his legacy.

Ruth Scurr talks to Peter Stothard

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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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James Holland

WWII

Hay Festival 2014, 

Well-known historian and author of both fiction and non-fiction about war, including the Jack Tanner series of novels and the acclaimed Battle of Britain, James Holland’s books for young people include the Duty Calls novels. He uses wartime artefacts to illustrate a riveting talk about WWII that will enthral children and adults alike.
10+ years

James Holland

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Extreme Greens

Cookery Demonstration

Kells 2014, 

Sally McKenna’s new book Extreme Greens reveals the culinary, health and cosmetic wonders of seaweeds, one of our greatest natural resources. Sally will also give an insight into being one of Ireland’s most noted food writers and critics. She talks to Olivia Duff.

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Marcus Sedgwick in conversation with Peter Florence

Segovia 2014, 

‘They say dead men tell no tales, but they’re wrong. Even the dead tell stories.’ In this event, we embark on a journey into darkness with prestigious British author Marcus Sedgwick, who talks to Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

Co-organised with the British Council and in collaboration with El Norte de Castilla, the oldest Spanish journal, on its 160th anniversary

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Marcus du Sautoy, Janne Teller, Wojciech Jagielski, Ben Okri y Rosie Boycott with Jon Gower

Cartagena 2012, 
The second session of “Ideas for the future,” in which major figures from the world of culture and politics, present a proposal for the future. We give them carte blanche, and so they can talk about any field, whether it be philosophy, physics, religion, the environment, literature, or anything else 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 4

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian takes apart the day’s papers and media.

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Janusz Kozinski

The Humanist Engineer

Hay Festival 2017, 

Britain needs over one million more engineers. Only 11 per cent of Britain’s engineers are women. Engineering degrees have become a maths-science death march where students are submerged in a theoretical deluge. Many of our most creative and talented minds, particularly women, are choosing fields where imaginative and human-centric thinking is cherished not chided. The Engineering Renaissance emerging across the world is re-imagining what it means to be an engineer and what it means to educate engineers in a world that’s more complex, more challenging yet more captivating than ever before. Kozinski is senior adviser to the university project in Hereford.

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