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John Lewis-Stempel

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The historian examines the patriotism, self-sacrifice and tragedy of Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War. Chaired by Paul Blezard. 'The single most moving book on the Great War that I have ever read' – Nigel Jones, Literary Review.

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Charles Burford

The Mysterious William Shakespeare

Hay Festival 1996, 
Lord Burford tells the true tale of William Shakespeare, the pen name used by Queen Elizabeths courtsatirist, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, whose devastating exposes of Court Life incurred the wrath of the government and resulted in his own posthumous oblivion.

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Fred Taylor

Exploring the Planets

Hay Festival 2016, 

For 50 years, and from research labs to Cape Canaveral, from Space agencies to Downing Street, Fred Taylor has been at the forefront of the technological adventure of the Space Age. Instruments and experiments he helped imagine and build have travelled into Deep Space and surveyed the Solar System. He is now Halley Professor of Physics Emeritus at Oxford.

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Will Hutton and Andrew Adonis

Saving Britain: How we can Prosper in a New European Future

Hay Festival 2018, 

The former Observer editor and the politician and writer say the EU is a success story despite its frailties. It has guaranteed fundamental human freedoms and provided economic prosperity and order. They argue that Britain is abandoning four centuries of being part of the European diplomatic order for illusory gains and actual losses.

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Diane Reay, Alex Beard, Margaret White

Every Child: Access, Miseducation

Hay Festival 2018, 

What constitutes a good education? Why are less advantaged children still faring so much worse than more affluent pupils? And what we can do to achieve a fairer system? Diane Reay, author of Miseducation, grew up in a working class, coal mining community before becoming an inner city, primary school teacher for 20 years. She is now emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge and visiting Professor of Sociology at the LSE. In his Natural Born Learners the Teach for All pioneer Alex Beard leads us from the crowded corridors of a London comprehensive to the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley, through the exam factories of South Korea and the inclusive classrooms of Finland to reveal that today we stand on the cusp of a learning revolution. Margaret White has distilled a lifetime of teaching experience into A Good Education – a study that keeps the individual child at the heart of the discussion, focusing on every pupil’s worth, identity, interactions and development. Chaired by Dylan Moore, Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellow / Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol – Gwyl y Gelli for 2018.

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Andy Grant

You’ll Never Walk

Hay Festival 2018, 

When Andy Grant’s eyes blinked open from a 10-day coma in February 2009, he was alone in a hospital bed in Birmingham. He had a broken sternum, a broken leg, a broken elbow and shrapnel lodged in both forearms. He had a severed femoral artery, nerve damage to his hands and feet as well as deep gaping wounds in both cheeks. He had been blown up during a routine foot patrol in Afghanistan as a Royal Marine with 45 Commando. He became a gold medallist at the Invictus Games. You’ll Never Walk is his story.

Andy Grant

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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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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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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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Emile Simpson talks to Richard Norton-Taylor

War From The Ground Up

Hay Festival 2014, 

As a former Gurkha officer, Simpson completed three tours in southern Afghanistan, which informed his first book War From the Ground Up – Twenty-First Century Combat as Politics. He talks about people, perception and persuasion in contemporary armed conflict.

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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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Peter Porter

The Houseman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2000, 
The title of this lecture echoes that of one given by A.E. Houseman in Cambridge in 1933 when he had been Kennedy Professer of Latin at the University for some 25 years. For the third in the annual series of lectures sponsored by The Housman Society the distinguished Australian-born poet, reviewer, critic and journalist who has published over thirty books during his long sojourn in LOndon, will be giving his personal testament as to what poetry is.

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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.

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Lukás Bärfuss with Paul Ingendaay

Segovia 2013, 

Lukás Bärfuss has been working since 1997 as a freelance playwright and fiction writer in Zurich. Together with Samuel Schwarz, he founded the theatre company 400asa in this city. He talks to writer and journalist Paul Ingendaay, author of La noche de Madrid and contributor to German journal Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Simultaneous translation from German into English.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in Spain and Fundación suiza para la cultura Pro Helvetia

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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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Zillah Bowes, Rosey Brown, Imtiaz Dharker, Menna Elfyn, Pascale Petit, Clare Potter

Happy 80th Birthday Gillian Clarke: A Poetry Party

Winter Weekend 2017, 

A celebration of the great poet and poetry patron, with readings and tributes from friends, admirers and fellow poets.

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Ian McIntyre

Garrick

Hay Festival 2000, 
The biographer introduces his portrait of the great eighteenth century Shakespearean actor-manager, friend of Samuel JOhnson, Sheridan, Handel, Goldsmith and Gainsborough. Garrick, like Burbage, Kean, Irving and Olivier, revolutionsed his art amd changed theatre forever.

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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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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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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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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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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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Edith Hall, Shazia Mirza, Allison Pearson, Elif Shafak, Sharlene Teo, Gabrielle Walker

#Vote100Books

Hay Festival 2018, 

An all-star book group of Hay writers gather to recommend books for our #Vote100Books campaign: We want a new library of 100 great books by women that have inspired readers over the past century. Which books would you want to add to this library? Books have liberated and empowered people, books have enabled readers to imagine the world to be braver, more equal and more dynamic. Democracy is vulnerable to cynicism. Books offer empathy and hope. Chaired by Lynn Enright, head of news and content at The Pool.

Find out more about the #vote100books campaign and submit your nominations here

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Scarlett Thomas

Dragon’s Green

Hay Festival 2017, 

Dive into The Worldquake Sequence and enjoy travelling with Effie on her journey from a School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange to the dangerous Otherworld to retrieve a magical book. The author will discuss the creation of her richly imagined fantasy world and the fabulous characters who live in it.

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Scarlett Thomas

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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.
Rob Penn