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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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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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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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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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Bryony Gordon and Friends

Mental Health Mates’ Breakfast

Hay Festival 2017, 

Come and join the journalist and author of Mad Girl for a conversation about the friendship and solidarity group she’s set up. Hear how people concerned with mental health issues can support each other.

Bryony Gordon is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation

Bryony Gordon and Friends

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Katie Harnett, Joe Todd-Stanton, Jim Stoten, Ben Newman

Studio Dreams

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the Nobrow magazine illustrators as they discuss their work and how the environment in which we work affects what we make. The Nobrow tenth anniversary magazine celebrates 70 different illustrators’ vision of their ideal workspaces, if the sky was the limit.

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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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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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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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Rhidian Brook

Fictions: The Killing of Butterfly Joe

Hay Festival 2018, 

Llew Jones wanted to see the States and write about the experience. Then he met Joe Bosco, a butterfly salesman as charismatic as he was infuriating, and they were soon hurtling across 1980s America together, caught up in an adventure that got way, way out of control. Now Llew is in jail, his friend is gone, and he has to give his side of the story if he’s ever going to get free . . . Part existential road trip, part neo-Gothic thriller, part morality tale, The Killing of Butterfly Joe is a dazzling and propulsive novel full of characters you’ll never forget. The film of Brook’s novel The Aftermath starring Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård comes out later this year. He talks to Peter Florence.

Rhidian Brook

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Julia Samuel and Cathy Rentzenbrink

Talking About Death, a Dialogue

Hay Festival 2017, 

Death affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. Two writers, whose outstanding books offer compassion and solace, discuss ways to live on. Samuel is a grief psychotherapist and author of Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving. Rentzenbrink is the author of The Last Act of Love and now A Manual for Heartache.

Julia Samuel and Cathy Rentzenbrink

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Akala

Hip and Hop

Hay Festival 2017, 

Follow the adventures of Hip, a wise and cool hippo, and Hop, his excitable best friend. Hip and Hop are looking forward to the Blueberry Hill bike race. But will Hop have the courage to get back on his bike? He will need your help! Join the hip-hop artist and author for a storytelling session packed with awesome rhythms and rhymes.

3+
Akala

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Julia Hobsbawm

Fully Connected

Hay Festival 2017, 

The networking expert and entrepreneur takes us on a journey ‘from Telex to Twitter’ to illustrate how the answer to the Age of Overload can come from devising management-based systems which are both highly practical and intuitive; and which draw inspiration from the huge advances the world has made in tackling other kinds of health and mental wellbeing. 

Julia Hobsbawm

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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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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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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.

8+

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Rosie Harding

Why We All Have a Duty of Care About Dementia

Hay Festival 2017, 

We need a fundamental re-appraisal of how we resource and regulate care for people with dementia. Harding, Professor of Law and Society, exposes the everyday problems generated by the uneven implementation of the legal frameworks and the chronic underfunding of social care. She examines the everyday relationships between family, carers and those for whom they care.

Rosie Harding

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Oliver Bullough, Chibundu Onuzo, Eva Anderson

How to steal a trillion dollars

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Journalist and author Oliver Bullough brings his popular kleptoscope series to Hay to discuss why so much money is stolen from the world's poorest countries, and what we can do about it. Nigerian novelist Onuzu talks about how she put corruption at the heart of her brilliant second novel Welcome to Lagos, and Transparency International's Anderson explains why so much of that stolen money ends up in the UK.

Oliver Bullough, Chibundu Onuzo, Eva Anderson

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Jonathan Drori

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Trees... in 10 Species

Hay Festival 2019, 

By popular demand, the author of Around the World in 80 Trees returns with a new selection of species that allows him to talk about trees and sex, defence, communication, climate change, invasive species and bizarre arborial behaviours. Drori, a trustee of The Woodland Trust and The Eden Project, uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable.

Jonathan Drori