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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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Anuradha Roy talks to Georgina Godwin

Sleeping on Jupiter

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Indian author of the award-winning Folded Earth discusses her work and her new novel Sleeping on Jupiter, a masterpiece. In awarding the novel the DSC South Asian Literature Prize, Mark Tully said “The setting is described faithfully and evocatively. Among the issues raised are the power of memory and myth, religious hypocrisy, sexuality, abuse and other forms of violence. The novel contains powerful portraits of both major and minor characters. We believe this book will be a source of inspiration to other writers.”

Anuradha Roy talks to Georgina Godwin

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads - A New History of the World

Winter Weekend 2015, 

From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the twentieth century, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Peter Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Peter Frankopan

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Paula Hawkins talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Into The Water

Hay Festival 2017, 

The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway No. 1 bestseller and global phenomenon.

Paula Hawkins talks to Georgina Godwin

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Rowan Pelling, Sally Gardner, Allegra Huston and Howard Jacobson

The Amorist

Hay Festival 2017, 

The editor of The Amorist magazine chairs a conversation about love and sex in fiction and asks: is erotic passion the hardest form of literary endeavour? Get one line wrong and there’s laughter, or disgust. Gardner writes erotic fiction under the pen name Wray Delaney. Delaney’s first erotic novel, An Almond for a Parrot, is set amidst the brothels of 18thcentury London. Huston is the author of Say My Name, an account of a love affair between a married woman and a much younger man, while Jacobson’s most controversial novel was The Act of Love.

Rowan Pelling, Sally Gardner, Allegra Huston and Howard Jacobson

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Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Alwyn Hamilton

Hay Festival 2016, 

Powerful girls, swirling adventures, fantasy worlds and a breathtaking love story – join the authors of The Girl of Ink and Stars and Rebel of the Sands, two of the most exciting first novels of 2016, as they reveal the inspiration behind their sensational debuts.

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Ed Vere

Max the Brave

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet Max the Brave, a funny and loveable new character from acclaimed author and illustrator Ed Vere. Join Ed as he tells you about Max’s adventures and teaches you how to draw Max as well as some of his other characters.
4+ years
Ed Vere

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Fern Riddell

Death in Ten Minutes: Kitty Marion – Activist, Arsonist, Suffragette

Hay Festival 2018, 

The never-before-told story of radical suffragette Kitty Marion. The historian Fern Riddell finds a hidden diary and uses Kitty's own words to tell the story of her sensational life and explosive actions. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Min Kym talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung

Hay Festival 2017, 

At 21 the prodigious violinist found her instrument: a rare 1696 Stradivarius, perfectly suited to her build and temperament. Her career soared. Then, in a train station café, her violin was stolen from her side. In an instant her world collapsed. This is Min's extraordinary story - of a young woman staring into the void, wondering who she was, who she had been. It is a story of isolation and dependence, of love, loss and betrayal, and of the intense, almost human bond that a musician has with their instrument. Above all, it's a story of hope through a journey back to music.

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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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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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Pierre Lemaitre in conversation with Charo Izquierdo

Segovia 2014, 

Pierre Lemaitre talks about his novel, Au revoir là-haut, winner of the 2013 Prix Goncourt, which is set in the aftermath of the First World War. He talks to Charo Izquierdo. The event is presented by Alain Forh, Minister-Counsellor of the French Embassy in Spain.

Simultaneous translation from French into Spanish.

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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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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.
The Last Poets with Christine Otten

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Kayo Chingonyi talks to Dai Smith

The 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under, as the 2018 winner talks to Dai Smith, chair of the jury. The shortlist for the prize comprised Kayo Chingonyi, Carmen Maria Machado, Gwendoline Riley, Sally Rooney, Emily Ruskovich and Gabriel Tallent. 

The Zambian-born poet Kayo Chingonyi is announced as the winner of the 2018 Prize.

Guardian profile HERE

Kayo Chingonyi talks to Dai Smith

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David Lodge

The Practice of Writing

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelest analyses the writing game, examining the mysterious process of creativity with a sharp eye for the subtleties of the different techniques needed for novels, plays, screenplays and adaptations.

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Daniela Krien in conversation with Marta del Riego

Segovia 2013, 

The writer Daniela Krien, presents her first novel Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything (Algún día nos lo contaremos todo, Salmandra), a special love store, awarded with one of the most prestigious prizes in Germany, the ‘Junger Literaturpreis’. The novel was also a finalist in ‘Leserpreis’, awarded by German readers. She speaks with Marta del Riego, author of Sendero de frío y amor, and features editor of VANITY FAIR.


Simultaneous translation from German into Spanish.

 

Co-organized with the Goethe-Institute Madrid, in collaboration with Vanity Fair

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Marcia Williams

Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays

Hay Festival 2016, 

Marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, the cartoonist and children’s author will bring the Bard’s work vividly to life. Come up on stage and help Marcia re-enact The Tempest, using masks, props and plenty of drama.

8+

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James Runcie talks to S J Parris

The Grantchester Mysteries

Hay Festival 2016, 

The creator of the romantically troubled Grantchester priest and sleuth introduces his new novel in the series Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation.

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Karen Armstrong

Islam

Hay Festival 2003, 
One of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs introduces her history of the world's most misunderstood religion. Armstrong explores the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the rise of Persian influence, the clashes with Western cusaders and Mongolian conquerors, the contemporary rise of fundamentalism, and the spiritual explorations that traced the route to God.

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Claire Harman

Charlotte Brontë 200

Hay Festival 2016, 

Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Brontë family. She pushed Emily to publish Wuthering Heights and took charge of their precarious finances when her feckless brother turned to opium. In Jane Eyre she introduced the world to a brand new kind of heroine, modelled on herself: quiet but fiercely intelligent, burning with passion and potential. Harman is the award-winning biographer of Sylvia Townsend Warner, Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the author of the best-selling Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. Chaired by Catherine Han of Cardiff University.

Claire Harman

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HAY JOVEN: Leonardo Padura sobre El hombre que amaba a los perros

Cartagena 2013, 
Uno de los escritores cubanos más respetados a nivel internacional, Leonardo Padura, es considerado también uno de los principales creadores de la nueva novela detectivesca. Su último libro, El hombre que amaba a los perros, es una fascinante reconstrucción novelada del asesinato de León Trotsky.

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Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere Big Project Book for Bold Engineers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Invention is at the heart of the adventures of Rosie Revere, Ada Twist and Iggy Peck. Andrea

Beaty’s stories of engineer Rosie, scientist Ada and architect Iggy show that anyone can be whatever they want to be if they are curious and apply themselves.

6+
Andrea Beaty

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David M. Pyle

Volcanoes: Encounters Through the Ages

Hay Festival 2017, 

Whether as signposts to an underworld, beacons to ancient mariners or as extraordinary manifestations of the natural world, volcanoes have intrigued many people, who have left records of their encounters in letters, diaries, sketches and illustrations. The Oxford volcanologist shares contemporary accounts of eruptions – from Pliny’s 79 CE report of Vesuvius to 21st century imaging of Santorini.

David M. Pyle