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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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Justin Marozzi

Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood

Hay Festival 2014, 

Over thirteen centuries, Baghdad has enjoyed both cultural and commercial pre-eminence, boasting artistic and intellectual sophistication and an economy once the envy of the world. It was here, in the time of the Caliphs, that the Thousand and One Nights were set. Yet it has also been a city of great hardships, beset by epidemics, famines, floods, and numerous foreign invasions that have brought terrible bloodshed. This is the history of its storytellers and its tyrants, of its philosophers and conquerors. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Word Play Workshop – The Roots of Poetry

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

Ghanaian poet, novelist, editor, social commentator and broadcaster, Nii is an inspirational writer. Join him for this poetry workshop as he takes you through structure, metaphor and imagery to discover the similarities and differences between poetry and rap/hip hop.

14–18 years

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Shashi Tharoor

Why I Am a Hindu

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer, diplomat and politician offers a profound examination of Hinduism, one of the world's oldest and greatest religious traditions. He lays out Hinduism’s origins and its key philosophical concepts, and its everyday beliefs and practices, from worship to pilgrimage and caste. Tharoor is unsparing in his criticism of extremism and unequivocal in his belief that what makes India a distinctive nation with a unique culture and democratic tradition will be imperilled if Hindu fundamentalists, the proponents of ‘Hindutva’, or politicised Hinduism, seize the high ground.

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Diane Reay, Alex Beard, Margaret White

Every Child: Access, Miseducation

Hay Festival 2018, 

What constitutes a good education? Why are less advantaged children still faring so much worse than more affluent pupils? And what we can do to achieve a fairer system? Diane Reay, author of Miseducation, grew up in a working class, coal mining community before becoming an inner city, primary school teacher for 20 years. She is now emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge and visiting Professor of Sociology at the LSE. In his Natural Born Learners the Teach for All pioneer Alex Beard leads us from the crowded corridors of a London comprehensive to the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, through the exam factories of South Korea and the inclusive classrooms of Finland to reveal that today we stand on the cusp of a learning revolution. Margaret White has distilled a lifetime of teaching experience into A Good Education – a study that keeps the individual child at the heart of the discussion, focusing on every pupil’s worth, identity, interactions and development. Chaired by Dylan Moore, Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow / Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol – Gwyl y Gelli for 2018.

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HON

Hay Festival 1998, 
Golwyg Sgwarnoglyd ar fap dychymyg Twm Morys, sy'n eich gwahodd i ragflas o gyfresi teledu a radio mwya' pryfoclyd Cymru. Cewch groeso ar gan, cipolwg o ambell I olygfa ac yna trafodaeth rhwng Twm a John Hefin.

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Ranulph Fiennes talks to Peter Grose

Hay Festival 1996, 
In 1984, Birmingham accountant Alex Goodman went for a walk in his local woods with his family. The outing turned to bloody carnage and Goodman found himself, hours later, alone in a hospital bed with no memory and no past. The 10 year odyssey that followed is the story he brought to the explorer and writer, who has written the tale as The Sett.

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Sobre América Latina.

Jon Lee Anderson, Leila Guerriero y Álvaro Tirado Mejía en conversación con Alejandro Santos

Cartagena 2015, 

Tres expertos analizan los movimientos políticos, culturales y sociales en Latinoamérica, enmarcándolos en un contexto global. Juntos conversarán sobre cómo han cambiado las estructuras de poder y la cultura dentro de la región. Con el escritor y periodista de The New Yorker Jon Lee Anderson (Estados Unidos); la periodista y escritora Leila Guerriero (Argentina), colaboradora de medios como Gatopardo y El País; y el historiador colombiano Álvaro Tirado Mejía, autor de Los años sesenta: Una revolución en la cultura.

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Sarah Raven

Garden Cookbook

Hay Festival 2007, 
Taking us through the year in six seasonal chunks of two months each, the gardener introduces us to the best vegetables, fruit and herbs from around the world, all grown in the UK, and then shows us how to cook them in fresh, simple and delicious recipes.

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Paul Blezard MCs

Open Mic 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
Roll up! All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you’d like to read, please email siobhan@hayfestival.com with ‘Open Mic’ in the title line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry.
Please note slots are open to unpublished writers only.
 

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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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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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Jonny Lambert

Tiger Tiger

Hay Festival 2017, 

In celebration of Little Tiger Press’ 30th birthday, illustrator and paper engineer Jonny Lambert demonstrates how he creates his amazing animals. Join his workshop as he talks about Tiger Tiger and the art of illustration and storytelling. Discover the art of creating a character with the Tiger Tiger mural and create a mini 3D tiger cut-out to take home.

3+

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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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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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Sabrina Ghayour and Oliver Rowe

Talking About Food

Hay Festival 2016, 

Two great international chefs discuss their taste and imagination with John Mitchinson. Ghayour follows her iconic cookbook Persiana with Sirocco: Fabulous Flavours from the East. Rowe, who trained at Moro and later opened Konstam, has written Food for All Seasons - a touching and informative culinary journey exploring the way our lives and our food are intertwined.

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Marina Warner

Phantasmagoria

Hay Festival 2007, 
The novelist, mythographer and cultural historian explores ideas of spirit and the soul.

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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.

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Will Self talks to Elizabeth Young

Planet Self

Hay Festival 1997, 
The writer talks about his new novel Great Apes. Some people lose their sense of reality, others their sense of scale, but Self's hero, Simon Dykes has lost his sense of perspective in a most disturbing fashion. The world has gone ape around him, as everyone has transmogrified and become chimpanzees...

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Steven Camden and Nick Lake

Keeping it Real

Hay Festival 2015, 
Steven Camden is also known as Polarbear, one of the UK’s foremost Spoken Word artists. His debut YA novel, Tape, was one of the biggest debuts of 2014. He will talk about It’s About Love, his latest book, with Nick Lake, who is his editor as well as a brilliant and Printz Award-winning YA novelist himself, with highly acclaimed novels such as the bold and brilliant In Darkness to his name. Nick’s latest book, There Will Be Lies, is out now. Find out how they work together and if they ever steal each other’s ideas.
12+ years/YA
Steven Camden and Nick Lake

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Thomas & Friends

Hay Festival 2015, 
All aboard! Put your party hats on as we celebrate Thomas the Tank Engine’s birthday. Join brilliant storyteller Liz Fost as she takes you on a fun adventure into the world of Thomas & Friends.
3+ years
Thomas & Friends

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Ahdaf Soueif and The Winner

The 2017 Rathbones Folio Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

The prize aims to reward the best work of literature published in the UK in any given year, regardless of form. Chair of the judges, Ahdaf Soueif, will discuss the challenge of judging fiction against non-fiction and how the jury arrived at its decision. She’ll be in conversation with the newly inaugurated winner, who will have been announced just three days previously.

Ahdaf Soueif and The Winner

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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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Harry Mount

Amo Amas Amat and All That

Hay Festival 2007, 
Come and join a Latin primer, from the Python’s grammar lesson to Beckham’s tattoos and Virgil’s Aeneid.

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Adam Boulton

What's Next?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Sky News anchor hosts a tabletalk discussion on what might follow Blair’s leadership.