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Nick Sharratt Draw-Along

Vikings in the Supermarket

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join the much-loved illustrator as he sets loose six Vikings in a rollicking, rhyming adventure. Pencils and paper will be provided for the whole family so that you can draw along with Nick. Look out for a tartan-patterened cat, a naughty vampire bat and a clever mermaid.

3+

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Graham Swift talks to Peter Florence

England and Other Stories

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Through the 25 stories in Graham Swift's most recent anthology, we are steered effortlessly from the Civil War to the present day, from world-shaking events to the secret dramas lived out in rooms, workplaces, homes. With his remarkable sense of place, he charts an intimate human geography and, in doing so, he moves us profoundly, but with a constant eye for comedy. Graham will read from the collection and discuss his work with Peter Florence.

Graham Swift talks to Peter Florence

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Gordon McMullan and Katy Mair

By Me, William Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

McMullan and Mair have carefully selected the nine most fascinating documents held by The National Archives relating to Shakespeare’s life. Presented together for the first time, these are some of the most significant documents in the world that track Shakespeare’s life as a citizen of London, a businessman, a family man, a servant to the King, and even possibly a thief and a subversive. They explore both his domestic and professional lives, what it meant to live in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and the social impact of his plays. McMullan is also the editor of the new digital Norton edition of the complete plays.

Gordon McMullan and Katy Mair

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Michael Morpurgo and Barroux

In the Mouth of the Wolf – live drawing event

Hay Festival 2018, 

Michael Morpurgo is joined by the French illustrator of his remarkable new true story, about his two uncles, Pieter and Francis, one an airman and the other an SOE (Special Operations Executive) in the Second World War. The event will include reading by the author and live drawing by Barroux.

6+

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Peter Temple-Morris talks to Jim Naughtie

Across the Floor: A Life in Dissenting Politics

Hay Festival 2016, 

On 20 June 1998 Temple-Morris, Conservative MP for Leominster, crossed the floor to join his rivals on the Labour party benches. What drove a seasoned Conservative politician, one of the so-called Cambridge Mafia, with 24 years’ experience at Westminster, to change his allegiance so radically? He discusses his disillusionments and inspirations, his adventures in ‘the art of the possible’, and his colleagues on both sides of the House with the veteran BBC anchor.

Peter Temple-Morris talks to Jim Naughtie

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Kate Summerscale talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer

Hay Festival 2016, 

Early in the morning of Monday 8 July 1895, 13-year-old Robert Coombes and his 12-year-old brother Nattie set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lords. They told their neighbours their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next 10 days Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents’ valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside. But as the sun beat down on the Coombes’ house, a strange smell began to emanate from the building. When the police were finally called to investigate, the discovery they made sent the press into a frenzy of horror and alarm... Summerscale won the Samuel Johnson Prize for The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

Kate Summerscale talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Clive Aslet

War Memorial: The Story of One Village’s Sacrifice from 1914 to 2003

Hay Festival 2014, 

In an intimate portrait of a single countryside community, the historian traces in vivid detail the lives of the twenty-two men and one woman from the Dartmoor village of Lydford who made the supreme sacrifice fighting for Britain in the two World Wars, the Falklands and Iraq.

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Richard Harries

The Image of Christ in Modern Art

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former bishop of Oxford looks at the work of David Jones, Jacob Epstein, George Rouault, Stanley Spencer, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland and suggests that the modern movement in art has turned out to be a friend, not a foe, of Christian art.

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Tom Percival

Herman’s Letter

Hay Festival 2014, 

Herman the bear embarks on an epic journey to deliver a very special letter and ensure that his friendship with Henry the raccoon really is forever. Tom talks about Herman’s adventure in a creative event: prepare to get crafty and remember to bring your imagination!
5+ years

Tom Percival

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Jay Griffiths

Kith

Kells 2015, 

An examination of childhood and the freedoms of space, time and the natural world, from West Papua and the Arctic to suburban western Europe.

Jay Griffiths will be the International Hay Festival Fellow for the next 12 months, visiting all our festivals around the world. Her visionary and poetic work explores her interest in nature, anthropology and art. Her books include Kith: The Riddle of the ChildscapeWild: An Elemental JourneyPip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, and her fictionalised hymn to Frida Kahlo, A Love Letter from a Stray Moon.

Jay talks to Tiarnán de Hál.

Jay Griffiths

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Maureen Lipman talks to Jim Naughtie

Hay Festival 2007, 
The national treasure receives the 2007 Listening Books Award, celebrating outstanding contribution to the spoken word. Chaired by LBA Trustee Jim Naughtie.

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James Holland

The War in the West, Volume 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941–1943: Hitler’s invasion of Russia; America’s entry into the conflict; the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany; the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic.

James Holland

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Steve Antony

Betty Goes Bananas

Hay Festival 2015, 
Have you ever thrown a tantrum? Betty has! Join Steve Antony for an interactive storytelling of his funny picture book, about a toddler gorilla named Betty, who, though she looks cheerful, throws lots of tantrums. What happens when Betty finds a banana that just won’t open? Steve teaches everyone how to draw Betty and gives sneak peeks into his next book, Betty Goes Bananas in her Pyjamas.
4+ years
Steve Antony

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The Bookseller YA Book Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Alex Wheatle, Clare Furniss, Patrice Lawrence and Sara Barnard, all of whom have been shortlisted for the Bookseller YA Book Prize 2017, as they discuss writing about big themes for YA readers. Chaired by Carrie Quinlan.

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12+

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Fiona Reynolds

Cambridge Series 21: The Fight for Beauty

Hay Festival 2016, 

In a world where too often, it seems, only the economy matters, Fiona Reynolds argues that beauty should shape our lives. Dame Fiona is Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and was formerly Director-General of The National Trust.

Fiona Reynolds

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Paul Cartledge

Cambridge Series 13: Democracy, A Life

Hay Festival 2016, 

The classics super-prof explores the myths surrounding ancient and modern concepts of democracy, from its Athenian origins to the tests of Rome and the Middle Ages, and from its rebirth in C17th Britain all the way to the current state of the European Union.

Paul Cartledge

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Andrew Gant

Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Andrew Gant unravels the captivating, and often surprising stories behind the origin of some of our best loved carols. Tales of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys, choirboys, monks and drunks. It is a fittingly joyous account of one of our best-loved musical traditions.

Andrew Gant

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Gore Vidal, Mark Lawson

The Essential Gore Vidal

Hay Festival 2000, 
The great American novelist, historian and politico in conversation with the BBC broadcaster and writer.

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Nadine Gordimer talks to Sheena McDonald

The P.E.N. Lecture

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Nobel Prizewinner gives a rare interview about her novels and her work in the new South Africa. Gordimer's latest novel None to Accompany Me is published by Bloomsbury.

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Jonathan Haslam

Near and Distant Neighbours

Hay Festival 2016, 

Based on a mass of newly declassified Russian secret intelligence documentation, Haslam reveals the true story of Soviet intelligence from its very beginnings in 1917 right through to the end of the Cold War. Covering both branches of Soviet espionage, civilian and military, he charts the full range of the Soviet intelligence effort and the story of its development: in cryptography, disinformation, special forces, and counter-intelligence. He shows how their greatest weapon and ironically their greatest weakness was the human factor: their ability to recruit secret agents. Haslam is the George F Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Jonathan Haslam

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Natalie Haynes talks to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: The Children of Jocasta

Hay Festival 2017, 

The classicist and novelist reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of two of the women who have often been overlooked, Jocasta and Ismene; re-telling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story.

Natalie Haynes talks to Daniel Hahn

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Nativel Preciado in conversation with Fernando Delgado

Segovia 2014, 

Journalist and author Nativel Preciado discusses her latest novel Canta solo para mí, which won the 2014 Premio Fernando Lara de Novela. The novel depicts the journalistic profession in Spain in the 1970s, a very turbulent period during which huge changes took place. This provides the backdrop for a passionate love story. She talks to writer Fernando Delgado.

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Tove Jansson Centenary

Hay Festival 2014, 
Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia Jansson and Moomin superfan Philip Ardagh join Julia Eccleshare for a celebratory event on Tove’s centenary exploring the lasting appeal of the Moomins.
11+ years
Tove Jansson Centenary

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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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John Dougherty

Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face

Winter Weekend 2014, 

The funniest, craziest book featuring bananas that you’ll ever read. Anarchic, fun and clever – a proper, funny story for children to get their teeth into. 

7+ years

John Dougherty