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Matthew Engel

That’s The Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English

Hay Festival 2017, 

Americanisms have been slyly colouring the English language for centuries and this practice must stop. Period. What d’y’all think?

Matthew Engel

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The Seductress of the Nile (and elsewhere)

Hay Festival 1995, 
Roger Barnard celebrates Agatha Christie as the supreme crime writer of the century, who forged a new sort of relationship with readers and took crime writing, particularly thw hodunnit, in directions in which current writers, often grudgingly and ungratefully, still follow her.

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Stanley Wells

The First Folio: Where Would We Be Without It?

Hay Festival 2000, 
The First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays, published in 1623, is one of the most valuable, in all senses of the word, and important documents of Western civilsation. The pre-eminent Shakespeare scholar will discuss the impact it has had on our perception of its author

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Gavin Esler

United States of Anger

Hay Festival 1998, 
Americans are angry - about their politics, their economy, about race, about crime, abortion, and immigration. The BBC's chief North America correspondent analyses what has happened to the American Dream at the end of the century of the Superpower.

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Marie Stubbs

Ahead of the Class

Hay Festival 2003, 
Stubbs took over Philip Lawrence's school after he was murdered. Her book, subtitled How an Aspiring Headmistress Gave Children Back Their Future, tells her inspiring story. She talks to the broadcaster Rosie Boycott.

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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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Eimear McBride talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: The Lesser Bohemians

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new novel from the author of the multi-award winning A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. An 18-year-old Irish girl arrives in London to study Drama and falls violently in love with an older actor. The older man has a disturbing past that the young girl is unprepared for. The young girl has a troubling past of her own. This is her story and their story. The Lesser Bohemians is about sexual passion. It is about innocence and the loss of it. At once epic and exquisitely intimate, it is a celebration of the dark and the light in love.

Eimear McBride talks to Claire Armitstead

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Laurence Rees

The Holocaust: A New History

Hay Festival 2017, 

Mixing extensive research and testimony from survivors with a searing analysis of the decision-making of the Nazi state, the distinguished film-maker and historian’s landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history – how, and why, did the holocaust happen?

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Sergio González Rodríguez en conversación con Juan David Correa

Cartagena 2015, 
El autor de la aclamada crónica Huesos en el desierto, Sergio González Rodríguez, ha sido galardonado con el Premio Anagrama de Ensayo 2014 por Campo de guerra, un libro en el que explora los diferentes fenómenos económicos, sociales e históricos que han llevado a México a convertirse en un estado en el que lo bélico, su posición geopolítica y su particular relación con Estados Unidos tienen una gran importancia.

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Marc Rees, Owen Morgan Roberts, Owen Griffiths and Owen Sheers

Now The Hero - Preview

Hay Festival 2018, 
 
Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero is an immersive theatrical experience that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey through three intertwining narratives of war; from Celtic history, the First World War, and today’s conflicts.  Marc Rees’ bold production was inspired by Frank Brangwyn’s rejected WW1 memorial paintings, the exuberant British Empire Panels, housed in Swansea’s Guildhall.

Also drawing upon an epic poem and an intimate portrait of a serving Swansea soldier, Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero brings the stories of war to life but counterpoints the tragic telling with hope.  At its heart is a site specific  Requiem, realised from a collaboration between the late Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhansson and Owen Morgan Roberts; with a libretto by BAFTA nominated writer Owen Sheers. Artist Owen Griffiths (Arts Council of Wales Creative Ambassador) will also join the conversation to discuss his contribution to the project – the creation of an edible landscape and harvest gathering, as featured in Brangwyn's paintings.

Rees introduces the concepts of Nawr Yr Arwr \ Now The Hero and discusses Sheers’ response to the ancient Celtic poem Y Gododdin; Roberts’ interpretation of this in musical form in a specific setting; and Griffiths unique interpretation of paintings as war memorials in contemporary landscape.

 Chaired by Jasper Rees.

Now The Hero is the highlight in Wales for the final year of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Marc Rees, Owen Morgan Roberts, Owen Griffiths and Owen Sheers

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Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff

Traitor to the Throne and Nanodel

Hay Festival 2017, 

Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff have both recently completed their second titles in powerful trilogies set in richly imagined worlds. Join the authors as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating whole new worlds and the people who live in them. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.

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David Pryce-Jones

The War That Never Was

Hay Festival 1996, 
As the Russian Presidency is increasingly pressurized by a Communist resurgence, David Pryce-JOnes tells the inside story of shifting allegiances and alliances within Gorbachev and Yeltsin's Kremlin. The collapse of the Soviet Union caught everyone by surprise. Why did the Communist Party not seek to defend its hold on power through the use of force? Pryce-Jones asked those responsible in the Soviet Union and its satellites to explain how they had come to take a course leading to their own surrender of power.

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Jorge Edwards in conversation with Fernando Iwasaki

Segovia 2013, 

Jorge Edwards, writer, literary critic, journalist and Chilean diplomat, and well-deserved recipient of the Premio Cervantes, discusses his latest novel, El descubrimiento de la pintura (Lumen), with the Peruvian writer, Fernando Iwasaki.


With the collaboration of AC/E (Acción Cultural Española).

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Christopher Hitchens

Hay Festival 2005, 
Love Poverty War collects the majestic ire and love of this great contrarian. The objects of his attention include Michael Moore, David Irving and the Kennedys on the one side and Joyce, Proust and Borges on t'other.

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Mo Mowlam in conversation with Jim Naughtie

Hay Festival 2002, 
Labour's most popular ex-politician, the ex-Northern Ireland Secretary publishes her characteristically off-message autobiography Momentum. She talks to the Today anchor, author of The Rivals, a study of the Brown-Blair oxymoron at the heart of the New Labour project.

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Dave Rudden

Knights of the Borrowed Dark

Hay Festival 2016, 

This debut author’s thrilling series kicks off in style as orphan Denizen Hardwick is snatched from his orphanage to fulfil his amazing destiny. Hear about the ancient order of knights who control the terrifying creatures that can grow in the dark in a world where nothing can be taken for granted.

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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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Phil Forder, Graham Hartill, William Muir and Janet Wallsgrove

Hay in the Parc

Hay Festival 2017, 

The inspirational teacher, Phil Forder, brings the two writers in residence and the Director of HM Parc Prison, Bridgend to discuss the literary programme he’s pioneered and our sister Festival there that’s now in its ninth year. They discuss the impact of education and empathy, literacy and literature, and offer a vision of a successful reformation of prison experience. They talk to Peter Florence.

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Suzanne Vega

Hay Festival 2000, 
The songwriter in conversation. She talks about her lyrics, her music and her poetry, Her collected writings, interviews, and essays are published as The Passionate Eye.

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Catriona Crowe

Kells 2014, 

Genealogist Catriona Crowe demonstrates how to use the 1901 and 1911 censuses to trace your ancestry.

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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.

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Akala

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Rachel Dowse talks to Jane Davidson

Starling Song: Murmurations of Meaning

Hay Festival 2017, 

The 2017 INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Lecture

Often overlooked, taken for granted and sometimes even shooed away from our bird tables, the common starling is, as Rachel Dowse shows in this illustrated talk, a beautiful and inspiring bird with a long cultural and linguistic heritage. From Aristotle and Pliny, to Mozart and the Mabinogion and Peter Coates and Robert Macfarlane, the starling has inspired writers, musicians, and scientists.

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Kader Abdolah talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Talking About Islam

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Iranian-Dutch writer’s previous novels include the European best-sellers The House of the Mosque and The King. He discusses his new novel The Messenger: A Tale Retold that retells the life of the prophet Mohammad and his new translation of The Qur’an.

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Andy Riley

King Flashypants and the Creature from Crong

Hay Festival 2017, 

Don your crowns to discover the key elements of the insanely funny King Flashypants as he determines to be a proper king and sets off to fight Gizimoth, a huge and terrible monster.  Join Emmy-winning author/illustrator Andy Riley for an event filled with plenty of Foo Hoo Hooing, strident music and royally good drawing.

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HAY JOVEN: Earl Lovelace sobre Is just a movie

Cartagena 2013, 
El escritor, periodista y dramaturgo Earl Lovelace (Trinidad y Tobago) es una de las grandes figuras de la literatura caribeña en inglés. Exponente de una tradición literaria que va de V.S Naipul a Derek Walcott, su trabajo explora el legado del colonialismo y la esclavitud en Trinidad. Hablará sobre su última novela, Is just a movie.