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Ian Burney and Barbara Machin

Murder and the Making of English CSI

Hay Festival 2017, 

Burney, author of Murder and the Making of English CSI, and Machin, creator of the BBC’s Waking the Dead, discuss the history of English crime scene investigation. They will consider how, in the first half of the twentieth century, homicide investigations – in fact and in fiction – turned their attention from a primarily medical and autopsy-based interest in the victim’s body to analysis of minute trace evidence discovered at the murder scene..

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Imtiaz Dharker and Gillian Clarke

Poetry Reading: On Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Hay Festival 2016, 

An all-star line-up of British poets respond with their own poems to their choice of Shakespeare’s 14-line poems. They introduce and read the original sonnets and their own newly commissioned work.

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Mark Lynas

Will the planet survive humans?

Cartagena 2012, 
Mark Lynas won the prestigious Royal Society prize for his science books in 2008 and is anassociate of the Geography and Environment Departments at the University of Oxford. In his latest work, The God Species, he explains that there are planetary “boundaries” that humans must not cross if we want our civilisation to last. He will talk about matters such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, but also nuclear energy and genetic engineering. Mark Lynas is also author of the book High Tide: News from a Warming World.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Emma Sky talks to Oliver Bullough

The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

Hay Festival 2016, 

When an intrepid young British woman volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, she had little idea what she was letting herself in for. It was only supposed to last three months but instead spanned a decade. Sky provides unique insights into the US military, and the complexities, diversity and evolution of Iraqi society. With sharp detail, tremendous empathy and respect for those who served, The Unravelling is an intimate portrait of how and why the Iraq adventure failed despite the best and often heroic efforts of its young men and women on the ground.

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Ali Sparkes

Monster Mother/Genius Child

Hay Festival 2015, 
You’re probably clever, but are you a genius? Or a genius’s mum? Find out how Jack – a 12-year-old with an IQ of 170 – ends up on the run with a bank robber in Car-Jacked. Ali explores whether being a child genius is good for you. And – as a mum of brilliantly talented kids – whether Jack’s monster mother is actually inspired…by herself…
10+ years
Ali Sparkes

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Danny Postel

Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran

Hay Festival 2007, 
A brilliant inquiry into the contemporary Iranian predicament and what it means for the world.

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Maureen Lipman talks to Jim Naughtie

Hay Festival 2007, 
The national treasure receives the 2007 Listening Books Award, celebrating outstanding contribution to the spoken word. Chaired by LBA Trustee Jim Naughtie.

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Lydia Monks

Drawing with Lydia Monks

Hay Festival 2015, 
Watch as the brilliant illustrator brings the characters in some of your favourite books to life. Help her with some suggestions of your own. There will definitely be live drawing of mermaids, ladybirds, wizards – and of course Mungo Monkey.
5+ years
Lydia Monks

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Stephen Hawking

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Cambridge scientist celebrates the tenth anniversary of his book A Brief History of Time with this lecture.

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Sarah McIntyre

Draw the Ultimate Unicorn

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the BookTrust writer/illustrator-in-residence in drawing Dumpling, the galaxy’s most fabulous unicorn, and brainstorm awesome story ideas about your creation.
BookTrust is the UK’s biggest reading for pleasure charity, dedicated to inspiring all children to become readers.
All procedes from this event will go to the BookTrust
www.booktrust.org.uk

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Sarah McIntyre

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Paula Leyden

Kells 2014, 

The author of The Butterfly Heart and The Sleeping Baobab Tree tells stories to fascinate and entertain.

Paula Leyden

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Tristram Hunt

The English Civil War at First Hand

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian uses contemporary witness accounts to analyse the divisions and massacres and seismic changes wrought on the C17th British Isles.
 
Read recent articles by Tristram Hunt 

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Ben Okri in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2012, 
Ben Okri is a member of the UK’s Royal Society of Literature and in 1991 won the Booker Prize for The Famished Road. This Nigerian writer, who covers the history and present-day realities of his country in his novels, is one of Africa’s most respected voices. He will talk to the journalist Rosie Boycott. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the British Council

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Daniel Samper Ospina and Dylan Jones with Rosie Boycott

Magazines, men and rock & roll

Cartagena 2012, 
Daniel Samper Ospina is a journalist and editor with the Colombian magazine Soho. Dylan Jones has edited i-D and The Face and now edits GQ in the United Kingdom. These two journalists, who seek to identify trends and have a great understanding of the male world, will talk to Rosie Boycott, a British journalist who has worked for publications like Esquire, Daily Mail and The Sunday Telegraph. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Deborah Bull, Rupert Chistiansen

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Royal Ballet's principal dancer kepy a fascinating and wittily entertaining diary of the company's work during the year of the Covent Garden closure. A Member of The Arts Council, a nutritionist and programme director of the new Clore Studio, she discusses her book Dancing Away and her insiders view of The Royal Opera House with writer Rupert Christiansen. Christiansen is the author of Visitors: Culture Shock in 19th Century Britain. The last chapter deals with the status of ballet and the foreign ballerina in the late nineteenth century London.

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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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Lucie Ryzova

What I Found In a Flea Market in Cairo

Hay Festival 2017, 

This story spins from a chance find of an anonymous ‘love diary’ written by a young man in the 1940s. It recounts the everyday life of a generation of young men growing up in mid-20th century Cairo. Ryzova uses Hosni’s story as a point of entry to a particular historical experience: that of middle class modernity located outside the metropolitan centre in this historical ethnography. Ryzova is Lecturer in Middle East History.

Lucie Ryzova

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Laurent Binet en conversación con Felipe Restrepo Pombo

Cartagena 2015, 

El escritor y docente francés Laurent Binet ha sido internacionalmente aclamado por HHhH, libro merecedor del Premio Goncourt de primera novela, entre otros galardones. Este trabajo, posteriormente adaptado al teatro, cuenta la historia de dos miembros de la Resistencia que tienen la misión de asesinar al líder nazi Reinhard Heydrich durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, intercalando además comentarios del propio autor sobre su proceso de investigación y búsqueda de fuentes.

Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Francia

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Roger Riddell

Does Foreign Aid Really Work?

Hay Festival 2007, 
An examination of the $100bn governmental, NGO and emergency aid spending, and how to make it work better.

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Eamon Rafter

Building Peace Worldwide

Kells 2015, 

With a background in building relationships within conflicted communities, Eamon Rafter discusses his account of the forty-year history of the Glencree Reconciliation Centre in Co. Wicklow.

Eamon Rafter

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Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

Monstrous Child, The Graces and The Call

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join three authors in contention for The Bookseller Young Adult Prize as they discuss the different ways in which their strong-minded and independent characters survive and thrive in their sometimes dark, always complex stories about adolescence. Chaired by Caroline Carpenter.

 #HAYYA

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Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

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Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet

Supertato Veggies Assemble

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author and illustrator of Barry, the Fish with Fingers and I Need a Wee! share their latest story about the amazing Supertato. Called in to save a supermarket from the reign of terror by the evil pea, Supertato must avert disaster – and he’ll need all your help!

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Sue Wallman and Bali Rai

See How They Lie and Web of Darkness

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join top YA authors as they discuss their recent books, and the ways in which they capture the complex emotions of adolescence and the secrets that need to be kept hidden. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.

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12+
Sue Wallman and Bali Rai

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Matt Haig talks to Stephanie Merritt

How To Stop Time

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The author of The Radleys, The Humans and Reasons To Stay Alive talks about his glorious, rollicking time-hopping novel. How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live.

Stephanie Merritt is the comedy critic of The Observer and writes historical fiction as SJ Parris.

Matt Haig talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Emma Carroll, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Jacob Sager Weinstein

Imaginary worlds

Hay Festival 2018, 

How do you create a world where everything is different to our own? Join three authors as they discuss the imaginative journey it takes to create alternative worlds in their books including Skychasers, The Girl of Ink and Stars and The City of Secret Rivers. Chaired by Emily Drabble, BookTrust

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