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The Tale Of The Gingerbread Man

Hay Festival 2013, 

An imaginative interactive telling of a much-loved classic story, which parents will enjoy as much as their children.

Duration 30 mins.

3–7 years 

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Sherard Cowper-Coles talks to Nik Gowing

Ever The Diplomat

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Cables From Kabul unpacks his diplomatic bag and spills the beans on how the world works in his riveting memoir Confessions Of A Foreign Office Mandarin.

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The RSPB Cymru Lecture: Saving Special Places 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
Tim Stowe looks at the Severn Estuary and assesses the potential impact of the barrier.

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Jane Ridley

Edwin Lutyens

Hay Festival 2002, 
The biographer in conversation about her study of the great English architect who moved with equal success from 'English Free School' style to magnificent classical Baroque architecture, and with Gertrud Jekyll, created many of the nation's finest country houses and gardens.

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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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Gillian Clarke

Hay Festival 2008, 
We celebrate the accession of the new National Poet of Wales, her prose anthology At The Source, and her forthcoming poetry collection A Recipe for Water. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Johann Hari

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Hay Festival 2018, 

A persuasive and inspiring argument exploring the subject matter of his radical and brilliant book Lost Connections. Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, as we are often told. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work.

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Alex Renton talks to Matt Stadlen

Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class

Hay Festival 2017, 

Confronting the truth of his own schooldays and the crimes he witnessed, Renton reveals a profound malaise in the British elite, shown up by tolerance of the abuse of its own children that amounts to collusion. This culture and its traditions, and the hypocrisy, cronyism and conspiracy that underpin them, are key to any explanation of the scandals over sexual abuse, violence and cover-up in child care institutions that are now shocking the nation.

Alex Renton talks to Matt Stadlen

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Harvey Goldsmith talks to Dylan Jones

Live Onstage

Hay Festival 2015, 

The legendary promoter has been at the heart of the music industry for 40 years. He talks to the editor of GQ.

Harvey Goldsmith talks to Dylan Jones

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Millie Dok and Wangari Grace

Storyhippo Storytellers

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Wangari Grace (The Forever Tree) and Millie Dok (Worms To Eat, What a Treat)

A lively, interactive session of play-songs and tales in English and Kiswahili. Be prepared to have too much fun!

Families 

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Aneirin Karadog and Martin Daws

Bilingual Poetry, Rap and Spoken Word

Hay Festival 2015, 
Aneirin Karadog and Martin Daws – Bardd Plant Cymru and Young People’s Laureate for Wales – meet in an interactive performance and discussion, taking the audience on a bilingual journey of poetry, rap and spoken word, through anecdotes and banter. Language will be no barrier to enjoyment, and beware, as you may be called upon to become a poet yourself!
9+ years
Aneirin Karadog and Martin Daws

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Colm Tóibín and Kamila Shamsie

Fictions: Mythic Grace

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation between two of the world’s great novelists about the elemental and eternal human crises they have explored in their engagement with classic Greek tragedies in their latest stories. House of Names is Tóibín’s version of the terrible fates visited upon the House of Atreus: Agamemnon, Clytemnestra and their children Iphigenia, Electra and Orestes. A contemporary reimagining of Sophocles' Antigone, Shamsie’s Home Fire is an urgent, fiercely compelling story of loyalties torn apart when love and politics collide.

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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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John Browne

Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically with Society

Hay Festival 2016, 

The former BP CEO of BP articulates and explores the recurring rift between big business and society, offering a practical manifesto for reconciliation. It’s a call to arms for real and effective corporate social responsibility.  Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

John Browne

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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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Shashi Tharoor

The Elephant, the Tiger and the Cellphone

Hay Festival 2008, 
Diplomat and writer Shashi Tharoor maps out India’s emergence as a C21st superpower.

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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and H.J. Golakai talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Africa 39

Hay Festival 2016, 

We’re delighted to celebrate two of the stars of our Africa 39 project. H J Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect sends a Cape Town journalist, Voinjama Johnson, on an investigation into missing children. In Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms, an affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer Reza was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative northern Nigeria. This story of love and longing – set against undercurrents of political violence – unfurls gently, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion.

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and H.J. Golakai talk to Georgina Godwin

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Abi Elphinstone and Emma Carroll

Writing Danger

Hay Festival 2016, 

Danger! Sometimes authors just have to be mean – characters in peril are an absolute must to drive the plot. The writers discuss the dangers faced by their characters in Strange Star and The Shadow Keeper, and why writing about danger is so thrilling.

8+

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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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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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Victoria Bateman

Cambridge Series 5: The Sex Factor – How Women Made the West Rich

Hay Festival 2019, 

The Industrial Revolution brings to mind famous male inventors and industrialists. Spanning the globe and drawing on thousands of years of history, Bateman weaves rigorous analysis with autobiographical insights to tell a bold, ambitious story about how the status and freedom of women – particularly freedom over their bodies – is central to our prosperity and economic wellbeing. Genuine female empowerment requires us not only to recognise the liberating potential of the market and the importance of smart government policies, but also to challenge the double standard of many modern feminists when they celebrate the brain while denigrating the body. Chaired by Jane Garvey of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

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M.G. Leonard, Sarah Beynon and Andy Holcroft

Beetle Queen

Hay Festival 2017, 

Would you eat an insect? Try it out for yourself at an amazing event with M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy, discussing the inspiration for the book including entomophagy – the practice of eating insects – which features in it. Entomologist Dr Sarah Beynon of The Bug Farm will explain why eating and farming insects could be the future of food, whilst Andy Holcroft of Grub Kitchen cooks up yummy insect bites live on stage for Leonard to eat.

9+

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Herta Müller en conversación con Philip Boehm

Cartagena 2013, 
La ganadora del Premio Nobel de Literatura 2009 es una escritora rumana de origen alemán autora de una remarcable obra de ficción y ensayística. Crítica con los regímenes totalitarios (Müller vivió bajo el régimen de Ceaucescu hasta el año 1987, cuando se exilió en Alemania), formó parte de un grupo de escritores defensores de la libertad de expresión en su país de origen y sufrió las consecuencias de la represión en carne propia perdiendo su trabajo de traductora al negarse a colaborar con la policía secreta. Su último libro en español es Todo lo que tengo lo llevo conmigo. Conversará con su traductor al inglés Philip Boehm.

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Jon Lee Anderson, Alfredo Molano y Marcela Turati en conversación con Jaime Abello Banfi

Nómadas periodistas. Viajeros de la realidad

Cartagena 2015, 

Escribir crónicas y reportajes implica enfrentarse a una realidad que muchas veces se niega a tener sentido. Jon Lee Anderson, reportero estadounidense de The New Yorker; Marcela Turati, mexicana ganadora del Premio Gabriel García Márquez a la Excelencia Periodística 2014; y Alfredo Molano, cronista colombiano de El Espectador, son claros ejemplos de periodistas que viajan con los cinco sentidos alerta para narrar hechos complejos que atrapen al lector, que lo inquieten y despierten su curiosidad. ¿Cómo recorren esos territorios propios y extraños?, ¿cómo rompen barreras físicas y mentales?, ¿cómo logran historias que aunque parezcan lejanas nos tocan mucho más de lo que creemos?

Co-organizado por la Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI) y la Fundación Tenaris TuboCaribe

Jon Lee Anderson, Alfredo Molano y Marcela Turati en conversación con Jaime Abello Banfi

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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.