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Wine & Cheese

Kells 2014, 

At this social event Kevin Sheridan of Sheridans Cheesemongers and Enrico Fantasia of Grape Circus present a selection of modern Irish cheeses and Old World wines. Tastings included.

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Muriel Spark

Hay Festival 1998, 
The novelist whose books include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, The Ballard of Peckham Rye and Curriculum Vitae reads her autobiographal short story The Gentile Jewesses and takes questions from the audience. Chaired by Geordie Greig.

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Jules Howard

Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution and Mortality

Hay Festival 2016, 

Some animals live for just a few hours as adults, others prefer to kill themselves rather than live for longer than they are needed, and there are a number of animals that live for centuries. There are parasites that drive their hosts to die awful deaths, and parasites that manipulate their hosts to live longer, healthier lives. There is death in life. Among all of this is us: perhaps the first animal in the history of the universe fully conscious that death really is going to happen in the end. The zoologist explores the never-ending cycle of death and the impact it has on the living.

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Jane Davidson and Sophie Howe

The Single Most Important Piece of Legislation in the Past 20 Years?

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 came into full force in April 2016. It puts a legal responsibility on the Welsh public sector, including Welsh Government, to consider sustainability in all of its actions. The potential for this to change the private sector, too, is huge. Jane Davidson was the original architect of this Act and Sophie Howe is the new Commissioner responsible for delivery. Will it change the world, or is it a well-meaning Act with no Teeth?

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Helen Fielding

Hay Festival 1998, 
The begetter of Bridget Jones' Diary previews her sequel to the mega-selling tale of pride and prejudice, and reveals what Bridget did next.

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Terry Waite and Beryl Bainbridge talk to John Walsh

A Good Read

Hay Festival 1995, 
Which books do you treasure?
Bainbridge's novels include The Dressmaker, The Birthday Boys and the recently filmed An Awfully Big Adventure. She recommends Sherwin V Nuland's non-fiction book How We Die. The former hostage chooses Sir Stephen Spender's autobiography World Within World.

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Jeremy Seal, Edward Marriott

Here Be Monsters?

Hay Festival 2000, 
A double bill of travel to tickle your psyche. Seal's The Snake Bite Survivours Club: Travels Amongst Serpents is a mix of travel, history and modern fable, with the author travelling to the USA, Africa, Australia and India to meet people living amongst the worlds deadliest snakes-and attempting to overcome his personal fear in the process. Marriott's Wild Shore: Life and Death with Nicaragua's Last Shark Hunters pits men against monster in a struggle for supremacy.

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Katherine Willis

From Genes to Beans

Hay Festival 2016, 

From the food on our plates to the greens in our garden, many plants share one extraordinary characteristic – they contain two, three or even 10 copies of their entire genetic code in each of their cells. This so-called ‘polyploidy’ crams cells full of DNA and not only gives us weird and wonderful-looking plants, but almost all of the plants we eat every day. The Director of Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Michael Faraday Prize winner talks about polyploidy and how it will help us take on our great global challenges.

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Helen Fielding talks to Joanna Coles

Bridget Jones

Hay Festival 1997, 
London's most famous single thirty-something talks about scratchcards, cigarette consumption, Mr Darcy and the emotional fuckwittage of men. Joanna Coles is the New York correspondent of the Guardian.

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Catherine Merridale

The British Academy Lecture 1: Lenin on the Train

Hay Festival 2017, 

In April 1917, the exiled leader of the Bolsheviks, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, travelled back to Russia by train.  His country was at war and his route would take him through enemy territory; the plan was controversial from the start.  The destination was the Finland Station and the first steps on the road to Soviet power.  Merridale, the great Russia scholar, follows in the leader's tracks, creating a gripping account of events in Russia and Europe at one of the tensest moments of the First World War. Chaired by Peter Hennessy.

Catherine Merridale

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Pete Brown

Miracle Brew – A Journey into the Four Ingredients of Beer

Hay Festival 2017, 

Beer is the most popular alcoholic drink on the planet, but very few people have any idea what it is made of. We all know that wine is made by fermenting pressed juice from grapes and cider comes from pressing apples but what about beer? Beer is traditionally made from four natural ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water, and each of these has an extraordinary story to tell. Brown is a journalist and author who specialises in making people thirsty.

Pete Brown

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Stephen L. Carter talks to Gary Young

The Emperor of Ocean Park

Hay Festival 2002, 
We launch the literary thriller that is gripping America and won a $4,000,000 advance from Random House. Talcott Garland, a black Ivy League law professor and son of the famous right-wing Judge Oliver Garland, is coming to terms with his father's murder. He begins a long and thrilling quest for the truth through a fascinating maze of high political ambition, family secrets and US justice horribly perverted. The Emperor of Ocean Park is, among many other things, an investigation into the soul of America during the darker years of the Nixon and Reagan presidencies. The author talks to The Guardian journalist Gary Younge.

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Eric Wolff

Cambridge Series 12: Climate - Lessons from the Past, Options for the Future

Hay Festival 2016, 

How will Earth’s climate respond to rising concentrations of carbon dioxide? Wolff uses records of the past, including those from Antarctic ice cores, to see how climate has responded to natural disturbances in the past. He is the Royal Society Research Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences and one of the world’s leading experts on polar ice-cores and Palaeoclimate.

Eric Wolff

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Rob Penn

It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

Winter Weekend 2010, 
This is the story of a journey to design and build a dream bike. It’s a tale of perfect components – parts that set the standard in reliability, craftsmanship and beauty. It tells how the bicycle has changed the course of human history, from the invention of the ‘people’s nag’ to its role in the emancipation of women, and from the engineering marvel of the tangent-spoked wheel to the enduring allure of the Tour de France.
 
To blow away the winter blues, Rob will also lead a group road bike ride, departing from the town clock in Hay at 9am and returning at 10.30am. Distance 20–25 miles, taking in some hills. Lots of chat, but no dawdling. If you'd like to sign up or want more information, contact Rob: 07979 265 436 or by email to post@robpenn.net. All welcome.
WE'RE SORRY THAT THE GROUP BIKE RIDE HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER. 
ROB'S SPEAKING EVENT WILL GO AHEAD AS PLANNED.
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Gillian Clarke with Peter Florence

Talking About Shakespeare: Of Lear and Language and Poetry

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great poet discusses her experience of Shakespeare and her long relationship with Lyr, the subject of her masterpiece full-length poem The King of Britain’s Daughter. That poem itself was commissioned by the festival as an exploration of the words and ideas she began to play with in the 1989 Poetry Squantum, held upstairs in the back bar of the British Legion club in Hay.

Gillian Clarke with Peter Florence

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Jennifer Wallace and Adrian Poole

Cambridge Series 11: Literary Celebrities in the 18th and 19th Centuries

Hay Festival 2016, 

Why are readers so interested in the lives and opinions of writers? When did writers become celebrities in the way we understand them today? And what did those lucky few who acquired some souvenir or relic of their favourite writer hope to gain from it? Two critics look at the rise of literary celebrity in the C18th and C19th, the cult of the poet and the trade in literary relics.

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Marcus Sedgwick

Segovia 2014, 

Marcus Sedgwick has established himself as a widely-admired writer of young adult fiction, and won several awards including the Printz Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. Sedgwick reflects on his popular, eclectic work with British Council Director Rod Pryde.

Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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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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Clare Bridge

Wearable Vintage Fashion

Winter Weekend 2014, 

They are desirable, affordable and accessible: vintage clothing and accessories present great opportunities to develop a unique style. Covering the looks of the twentieth century from the ’20s to the ’80s, Clare takes us on a journey of discovery.

Clare Bridge

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Philip Marsden and David Pryce-Jones

Hay Festival 1998, 
Marsden's The Spirit Werstlers is a journey through post-Soviet Russia. In villages unseen since before the Revolution, he explores the lives of Russians who seem to have stepped straight from the pages of Turgenev, Gogol and Babel. He discusses his adventure with the historian David Pryce-Jones, author of The War That Never Was.

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Terry Pratchett

Hay Festival 1998, 
An interview with one of the most brilliantly imaginative novelists of contemporary literature.

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Timothy Findley, C K Stead, Gunnar Kopperud

Fiction International

Hay Festival 2000, 
A reading and discussion. Canadian Findley's new novel is called Pilgrim about a man who cannot die. Stead, a New Zealander, publishes The Death of the Body and Talking about O'Dwyer. The Norwegian journalist Kopperud's The Time of Light explores a German soldier's experience of the Battle of Stalingrad and it's aftermath in the country his Nazi war machine had devastated.

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Max Hastings, Anthony Clare

Going to the Wars

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Evening Standard editor, and author of Bomber Command and Scattered Shots talks about his experience as a front-line War reporter in Cambodia, Vietnam and The Falklands.

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Álvaro Enrigue, Arturo Fontaine y Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Óscar Collazos

Historias políticas.

Cartagena 2013, 
La novela política nunca ha dejado de estar de actualidad en América Latina. Tres autores que han trabajado en el género conversarán con Óscar Collazos de esos libros de ficción que reflejan, analizan y hasta proponen las políticas del continente. Álvaro Enrigue (México), Arturo Fontaine (Chile) y Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia) en conversación con el escritor Óscar Collazos.

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Richard Hoggart

The Way We Live Now

Hay Festival 1997, 
The pre-eminent cultural critic, author of The Uses of Literacy, Only Connect, Speaking to Each Other and The Way We Live Now examines the way our society's relationship with reading and literature has developed in the late teentieth century. He explores the politics of culture and education, and analyses the impact or our language on our daily lives.