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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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Alexander Betts talks to Amol Rajan

Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System

Hay Festival 2017, 

Betts and his co-author Paul Collier suggest how international policymakers can deliver humane, sustainable results that are better for refugees and host countries. Drawing upon years of research in the field and original solutions that have already been successfully trialled, they outline a compelling vision that can empower refugees to help themselves, contribute to their host societies and even rebuild their countries of origin. Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of the Refugee Studies Centre.

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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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Jay Griffiths

The Wild

Hay Festival 2007, 
The adventurer encounters cannibals, polar bears, Amazonian healers and sea gypsies in her extraordinary odyssey around geographical and mental wildernesses.

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Jonathan Coe talks to Francine Stock

Number 11

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great comic writer, author of What A Carve Up! and The Rotters’ Club, introduces his new novel. It’s about the hundreds of tiny connections between the public and private worlds and how they affect us all. It’s about the legacy of war and the end of innocence. It’s about living in a city where bankers need cinemas in their basements and others need food banks down the street. It’s about how comedy and politics are battling it out and how comedy might have won.

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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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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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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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Pablo García Baena in conversation with Clara Janés

My Words, Others’ Words

Segovia 2014, 

The great poet Pablo García Baena, winner of the Príncipe de Asturias Award for Literature, and member of the jury of the Loewe Foundation International Poetry Awards, and versatile poet and translator Clara Janes discuss their work.

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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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International Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
Australian novelist and Commonwealth Prize-winner Michelle de Kretser introduces The Lost Dog; Linda Grant’s The Clothes on Their Backs is an elegant tale of clothing, identity and assimilation. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

The Dunce’s Grammar: Truth and Fiction in the Age of Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

The multi award-winning journalist and novelist conducts an exacting examination of identity, secrecy and the relationship between the individual, the state and technology in his new book The Secret Life: Three True Stories.

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

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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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Jacqueline Mitton

Journey to the Planets

Hay Festival 2015, 
Space holds a fascination for everyone. What exactly is out there? Take a journey around the planets with astronomer Jacqueline Mitton, who delivers a talk illustrated with amazing facts and stunning images that all the family will enjoy.
8+ years
Jacqueline Mitton

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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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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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James Holland

WWII

Hay Festival 2014, 

Well-known historian and author of both fiction and non-fiction about war, including the Jack Tanner series of novels and the acclaimed Battle of Britain, James Holland’s books for young people include the Duty Calls novels. He uses wartime artefacts to illustrate a riveting talk about WWII that will enthral children and adults alike.
10+ years

James Holland

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Robert Colvile

The Great Acceleration

Hay Festival 2016, 

The journalist explains how the cult of disruption in Silicon Valley, the ceaseless advance of technology, and our own fundamental appetite for novelty and convenience have combined to speed up every aspect of daily life. He explains how this is transforming the media, politics, farming and the financial markets, and asks whether our bodies and the natural environment can cope. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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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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Gary Gerstle talks to Bronwen Maddox

Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government

Hay Festival 2016, 

On the one hand, Americans don’t want ‘big government’ meddling in their lives; on the other, they have repeatedly enlisted governmental help to impose their views regarding marriage, abortion, religion and schooling on their neighbours. These contradictory stances on the role of public power have paralysed policymaking and generated rancorous disputes about government’s legitimate scope. How did America reach this political impasse? And what happens now? Gerstle is Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge.

Gary Gerstle talks to Bronwen Maddox

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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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Lauren Child talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Time to Dream

Hay Festival 2018, 
Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, creator of Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort, Hubert Horatio, Bartle Bobton-Trent and Charlie and Lola, will be in conversation with super-geek mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, consultant and code designer for the Ruby Redfort series. This exciting and unusual combination of author/illustrator and mathematician brings together two of the very best in their fields to discuss the poetry of illustration, creativity, taking time to dream, telling stories with codes and theorems and the excitement of finding the hidden patterns and mathematics in all art.
Lauren Child talks to Marcus du Sautoy

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Where’s Spot?

Hay Festival 2015, 
Where’s Spot? Have you seen him? Come along and join in the fun with this storytelling session featuring games, dancing and singing, plus a chance to meet the world’s most lovable puppy!
3+ years
Where’s Spot?

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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.