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Miranda Seymour

Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 1613 a beautiful Stuart princess married a handsome young German prince. This was a love match, but it was also an alliance that aimed to weld together Europe’s two great Protestant powers. Before Elizabeth and Frederick left London for the court in Heidelberg, they watched a performance of The Winter’s Tale. In 1943, a group of British POWs gave a performance of that same play to a group of enthusiastic Nazi guards in Bavaria. When the amateur actors suggested doing a version of The Merchant of Venice that showed Shylock as the hero, the guards brought in the costumes and helped create the sets. Nothing about the story of England and Germany is as simple as we might expect. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

Miranda Seymour

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Peter Bunzl and Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Moonlocket and The Island at the End of Everything

Hay Festival 2017, 

Promising myth, adventure and mechanimals, Bunzl and Hargrave will begin an illustrated conversation in which they discuss the inspiration behind their best-selling debuts Cogheart and The Girl of Ink and Stars and introduce their new books, Moonlocket and The Island at the End of Everything.

9+

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Shruti Kapila

Cambridge Series 15: India, Empire and the Invention of Terror in the Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2018, 

The lecturer in modern Indian history and global political thought explores the origins of modern anti-terror legislation in India’s struggle for independence and the reverberations today.

Shruti Kapila

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Maggie O’Farrell talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

Hay Festival 2018, 

A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. Shocking, electric, unforgettable, this is the extraordinary memoir from Costa novel award-winner Maggie O’Farrell. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose? She talks to the author of A Manual for Heartache and The Last Act of Love.

Maggie O’Farrell talks to Cathy Rentzenbrink

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Paul Mason

PostCapitalism - A Guide to Our Future

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone economic cycles that veer from boom to bust. The Economics Editor for Channel 4 News argues that we are on the brink of a change so big and profound that this time capitalism itself will mutate into something wholly new.

Paul Mason

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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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John Crace and Tim Shipman

Recess Tales

Hay Festival 2018, 

Two fabulously funny, acute and savage journalists give us the skinny on the House of Commons, its characters and madness. Crace is parliamentary sketch writer for the Guardian and is the author of I, Maybot – a wicked chronicle of Theresa May’s first year in power. Shipman is political editor of The Sunday Times and author of All Out War and now Fall Out – A Year of Political Mayhem. Pull up a chair. This will be fun. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

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Adam Phillips talks to Tom Clark

In Writing

Hay Festival 2017, 

For Adam Phillips - as for Freud and many of his followers - poetry and poets have always held an essential place, as both precursors and unofficial collaborators in the psychoanalytic project. But the same has never held true in reverse. What, Phillips wonders, at the start of this deeply engaging book, has psychoanalysis meant for writers? Phillips explores these questions through an exhilarating series of encounters with writers he has loved, from Byron and Barthes to Shakespeare and Sebald. And in the process he demonstrates how literature and psychoanalysis can speak to and of each other.

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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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Jon Lee Anderson in conversation with Ramón Lobo

Segovia 2012, 
Jon Lee Anderson, the New Yorker reporter, has published The Fall of Baghdad and Che Guevara: a Revolutionary Life. He presents his latest book, La Herencia Colonial y Otras Maldiciones. Crónicas de África, incorporating years of research in countries throughout the continent, ravaged by armed conflict and inequality, largely due in his view to the colonial division. He talks to journalist Ramón Lobo.
 
Event in Spanish.

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Owen Hopkins

Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture

Hay Festival 2016, 

The history of architecture is a story of continual innovation, and yet at certain points within that story comes an architect whose vision completely defies convention. Hopkins focuses on 12 such figures from the history of British architecture, including Sir John Soane, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Cedric Price and Zaha Hadid. Their work is bold, frequently controversial, often radical; it is architecture that actively resists being pigeon-holed into a particular style or period.

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Teju Cole in conversation with John Sibi-Okumu

Open City

Storymoja Nairobi 2013, 

 

This story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11 was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won both the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Internationaler Literaturpreis. ‘A powerful and un-nerving inquiry into the human soul. Open City is ‘a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.’ – Time Magazine. John Sibi-Okumu is a Kenyan playwright (Role Play and Minister Karibu) journalist and actor best known internationally for his role in The Constant Gardener.

 

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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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Timandra Harkness, Harriet Kingaby, Peter Lacy, Rohit Talwar

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Ethical?

Hay Festival 2018, 

AI is going to transform society over the next couple of decades, and we can’t wish it away. But can we ride the robot tiger and make it serve, rather than enslave, us? Can AI be a tool of liberation and sustainability, not just a scarily efficient way of making rich corporations richer, while robbing us of all our privacy? Do we need an ethical code for computers – a Hippocratic Oath for the algorithms? And if so, how do we go about creating one – and getting it adopted? Chaired by Writer and Green Futurist, Martin Wright.

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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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Antony Sher talks to Sarah Dunant

Hay Festival 1995, 
Sher's new novel Cheap Lives is a murderous love story contrasting its protagonists' experiences of the divided country of South Africa as it strumbles towards democracy. Sher's acting roles have included The History Man on television and Richard III on stage. He has written two other novels The Indoor Boy and Middlepost - praised by The Guardian as "fearfully accomplished... peeling away skeins of history with blinding imaginative certainty."

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Floella Benjamin

Coming to England

Hay Festival 2017, 

An actress, author, producer and working peer, Benjamin is best known for her work presenting children’s TV programmes such as Play School. Join her for a truly inspiring event as she talks about her childhood memoir and the journey she made as a youngster from Trinidad to embark on a very different life with her family in England in 1960. She shows how having the courage to believe in yourself can help you tackle new challenges and overcome adversity.

9+
Floella Benjamin

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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

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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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David Grossman en conversación con Jonathan Levi

Cartagena 2013, 
La literatura contemporánea en hebreo tiene en David Grossman a uno de sus principales exponentes. Ensayista y novelista, Grossman ha sabido retratar la realidad cotidiana en Israel, fijándose en la condición de las personas, los dilemas morales y el componente emocional de la vida diaria. Su última novela en español es La vida entera, en la que narra la terrible historia de una madre que inicia un viaje por Israel para evitar recibir la noticia de la muerte de su hijo en el campo de batalla y que incluye un fuerte componente autobiográfico. En conversación con Jonathan Levi.

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Where’s Spot?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Have you seen Spot? This storytelling session includes games, dancing, plus a chance to meet the world’s most lovable puppy.

Duration 40 mins.

3–7 years

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Marybeth Hamilton talks to Hannah Rothschild

In Search of the Blues

Hay Festival 2007, 
An adventure through the musicology and racial history of C20th America, cut with some of the world's greatest singers.

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Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the winners of the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal and the 2016 Costa Children’s Book Award respectively to discuss their original way of writing their most recent book. These two authors collaborated on writing a novel in verse, sending chapters back and forth on WhatsApp, and created an extraordinary tale. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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Young Adult
Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

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Mark Price talks to Nik Gowing

Fairness for All

Hay Festival 2017, 

Drawing heavily on the much vaunted John Lewis Partnership of which he was Managing Director, Price champions ‘inclusive capitalism’, by which he means getting people in and on in work. Acting responsibly to all stakeholders is central to his theme; with employees, the most important stakeholder - drivers of it all. He became Minister of State for International Trade in February 2016.

Mark Price talks to Nik Gowing

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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