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Michael Morpurgo and Barroux

In the Mouth of the Wolf – live drawing event

Hay Festival 2018, 

Michael Morpurgo is joined by the French illustrator of his remarkable new true story, about his two uncles, Pieter and Francis, one an airman and the other an SOE (Special Operations Executive) in the Second World War. The event will include reading by the author and live drawing by Barroux.

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John Boyne

Fictions: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Hay Festival 2017, 

Boyne’s new novel spans 80 years of Irish history. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, Cyril Avery will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home and a country. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Simon Callow

Orson Welles: One Man Band

Hay Festival 2016, 
In the third volume in his epic survey of Orson Welles’ life and work, Callow again probes in comprehensive and penetrating detail into one of the most complex artists of the twentieth century, looking closely at the triumphs and failures of an ambitious one-man assault on one medium after another – theatre, radio, film, television, even, at one point, ballet – in each of which his radical and original approach opened up new directions and hitherto unglimpsed possibilities.
He begins with Welles’ self-exile from America, and his realisation that he could only function happily as an independent film-maker, a one-man band; by 1964, he had filmed Othello, which took three years to complete, Mr Arkadin, the biggest conundrum in his output, and his masterpiece Chimes at Midnight, as well as Touch of Evil, his sole return to Hollywood and, like all too many of his films, wrested from his grasp and re-edited. Along the way he made inroads into the fledgling medium of television and a number of stage plays, including Moby-Dick, considered by theatre historians to be one of the seminal productions of the century. Meanwhile, his private life was as dramatic as his professional life.
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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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Sally Brampton, Colin McDowell, Jasper Conran

British Fashion

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist and former Vogue Fashion Editior Sally Brampton discusses the history of modern British fashion with the award-winning couturier Jasper Conran and Colin McDowell, Fashion Editor of The Sunday Times and author of Forties Fashion and the New Look.

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Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Jinks & O’Hare Funfair Repair

Hay Festival 2017, 

The writers present Jinks & O’Hare, the brilliant repair team who keep Funfair Moon running smoothly, and Emily, who loves living on Funfair Moon. Listen to the hilarious stories of a violent fudgesplosion, a gravity inversion, a marauding candyfloss creature, and find out if they will spell doom for Funfair Moon.

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David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

The Genius Within: Smart Pills, Brain Hacks and Adventures in Intelligence

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam, an editor at Nature, explores the ground-breaking neuroscience of cognitive enhancement that is changing the way the brain and the mind works – to make it better, sharper, more focused and, yes, more intelligent. Sharing his own experiments with revolutionary smart drugs and electrical stimulation, he delves into the sinister history of intelligence tests, meets savants and brain hackers, and reveals how he boosted his own IQ to cheat his way into Mensa.

David Adam talks to Daniel Davis

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Cressida Cowell

The Wizards of Once and How to Train Your Dragon

Hay Festival 2018, 

The winner of the 2017 Hay Festival Medal for Fiction returns to launch the paperback of her new book. Best known for her world-conquering How to Train Your Dragon series, Cressida will talk about her inspiration, give tips on becoming an author or illustrator, and share amazing behind-the-scenes details about how the Dragon books became films. Cressida has been an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust for a decade and The Wizards of Once won the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story this year.

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Petros Márkaris en conversación con Juan Esteban Constaín

Cartagena 2015, 
Petros Márkaris es autor de la serie de novelas policíacas protagonizadas por el irónico y políticamente incorrecto comisario Kostas Jaritos y ambientadas en Grecia en plena crisis económica, como Liquidación final, Con el agua al cuello y Pan, educación, libertad. Sus obras han sido merecedoras de premios como el Pepe Carvalho 2012, el Premio Negra y Criminal 2011 y el Point du Polar Européen 2013. Charlará con el escritor y columnista Juan Esteban Constaín.

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Bee Wilson and Louise O Fresco talk to Rosie Boycott

Talking About Food: How and What We Eat

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation about our relationship with food: what we choose to eat, and how the world can feed itself today. Wilson’s book First Bite: How We Learn to Eat looks at how we form our tastes and diets. Fresco’s Hamburgers in Paradise explores macro questions of surplus and obesity, the productivity of agriculture and how best we can aim to feed 8 billion people around the world. Boycott is the Mayor of London’s Food Commissioner.

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Peter Levi on Milton

Eden Renewed

Hay Festival 1996, 
A portrait and study of the pamphleteer and most influential poet of the English Language, the author of Paradise Lost.

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Eleanor Catton

The Luminaries

Winter Weekend 2014, 

The 2013 Booker Prize-winner brings to Hay her richly evocative, mid-19th century world of shipping, banking and gold-rush boom and bust. A network of fates and fortunes, it is also a ghost story and a gripping mystery.

Eleanor Catton

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Santiago Gamboa in conversation with Enrique Bueres

Segovia 2014, 

The Colombian writer who won the La Otra Orilla award in 2009 for Necrópolis presents his book Océanos de arena, a diary of travels in the Middle East. He talks to Enrique Bueres, editor-in-chief of Canal+ and contributor to GQ magazine.

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Melvyn Bragg

Hay Festival 1996, 
The writer and broadcaster presents his new novel Credo, a magnificent epic tussle of faith and passion, sensuality and Christianity set in the Dark Ages. Bragg's bestselling novels include The Maid of Buttermore, A Time to Dance and Crystal Rooms.

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World Book Night Champions

Winter Weekend 2010, 
4,000 people across the UK will be chosen to give away a shelf of books chosen for the million-book giveaway on 5 March 2011. The list of 25 selected titles will be announced on 2 December and published at hayfestival.org. Come on along to discuss the selection with writers taking part in the weekend’s events: Festival Bookseller Di Blunt, Hay Librarian Jayne Evans, and the Telegraph’s Books Editor Gaby Wood. One audience member will be elected as the Hay nominee Book Champion. Mulled wine will aid the discussions...

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks to Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2010, 

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Frank Kermode, Richard Eyre

Shakespeare's Language

Hay Festival 2000, 
'Every so often there is a rebellion against the assumption that Shakespeare is a uniquely great writer. This feeling has vociferous supporters in the academics, teachers who want to be rid of what they regard as heritage lumber. There are alsothose, in my view almost equally wrong-headed, who continue to adore the Bard without giving much thought to the problems he sets. My belief is that, like the very critical Ben Jonson, we need not shrink from saying that some of the work is mediocre or worse. What we do need is new ways os saying why the best of him realy is the best.' Kermode talks to theatre Director, Richard Eyre.

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Juliet Davenport, Craig Bennett and Leo Johnson talk to Andy Fryers

The Human Side of Climate Change - Good Energy Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Climate change often seems remote and theoretical: satellite images of polar ice caps, carbon emission statistics, and global leaders conducting high-flying diplomacy. But for millions around the world the changing climate is a daily and ever-increasing challenge to their security, health, homes, and livelihoods. Can telling the human stories tackle ambivalence and scepticism? Davenport is CEO of Good Energy, Bennett is CEO of Friends of the Earth and Johnson is co-founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd and co-presenter of BBC Radio 4's Futureproofing.

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Kerry Hardie, Paddy Bushe, Chris Agee, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Moya Cannon and Seán Lysaght

Readings and Reflections: On Seamus Heaney

Kells 2015, 

Six leading Irish poets read from the Irish Pages memorial issue, ‘Heaney’, and reflect on the man and his work.

Kerry Hardie, Paddy Bushe, Chris Agee, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Moya Cannon and Seán Lysaght

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Chad Harbach en conversación con Peter Florence

Cartagena 2014, 
Chad Harbach (Estados Unidos) es autor de la novela El arte de la defensa, novela elegida en 2011 como mejor libro del año por The New York Times. La novela narra las vivencias de un joven con grandes aptitudes para el béisbol que recibe una beca para estudiar en una universidad privada. El crecimiento de los personajes de la historia, acogidos en un contexto universitario, refleja en sus dilemas y logros los cambios de la sociedad estadounidense en los últimos años. En conversación con Peter Florence. Con el apoyo de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América

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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.

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Carol Black talks to Rosie Boycott

Cambridge Series: How do drugs, alcohol and obesity affect people’s ability to work?

Hay Festival 2017, 

These three conditions impose great costs on individuals and society. Dame Carol Black’s independent government review examines the challenges and the data; and she makes recommendations that could improve the lives of those affected.

Carol Black talks to Rosie Boycott

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Lisa Dwan and Colm Tóibín

Pale Sister: A Rehearsed Reading

Hay Festival 2018, 

Pale Sister, written by Colm Tóibín for the great Beckett actress Lisa Dwan, is a dramatisation of the voice of Ismene, the sister of Antigone, who recounts her sister's defiance of the king as pressures mount on Ismene herself to act to vindicate her sister, or even follow her example. It arises from The Antigone Project, a course taught at Columbia University by Dwan and Tóibín, which examined the ways in which this story – a woman’s powerlessness emerging as power, conscience versus law, defiance versus might, protest versus order, individual versus authority. It runs for one hour and 15 minutes and will be followed by a discussion.

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Floella Benjamin

Coming to England

Hay Festival 2017, 

An actress, author, producer and working peer, Benjamin is best known for her work presenting children’s TV programmes such as Play School. Join her for a truly inspiring event as she talks about her childhood memoir and the journey she made as a youngster from Trinidad to embark on a very different life with her family in England in 1960. She shows how having the courage to believe in yourself can help you tackle new challenges and overcome adversity.

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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