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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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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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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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xanadu*. The Poeticians Collective

Beirut 2012, 
The Poeticians have been sharing their work with intimate audiences in Beirut, Amman and Dubai since 2007. An international collective of writers and word warriors, they read in english, Arabic and French. Forsaking formal structure, they favour a no-rules approach to membership and to poetry. Freedom of expression and the celebration of creativity are at the heart of everything this vibrant and exciting collective stands for. As a special addition to the Hay Festival Beirut, xanadu* will be launching the first volume of poetry collected from the past five years of the Poeticians’ readings and performances...all rants, rambles, musings and lyrical histories collected into a community book that encompasses diverse kinds of poetic writing. Readings by Mazen Zahreddine (English), Saseen Kawzally (Arabic), Zena el Khalil (english), Tina Fish (English), Susan Talhouk (Arabic) and surprise guests. Chaired by Hind Shoufani, founder, curator and MC of the Poeticians Collective.
 
Readings in English, Arabic and French

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Jenni Desmond

The Zebra Who Ran Too Fast

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Zebra, Elephant and Bird are three best friends together: then one day they all fall out because Zebra runs TOO fast and doesn’t listen to his friends.

Join Jenni for a storytelling session and hands-on art workshop. She’ll also show you how she made the book, and you will be making your very own zebra mask to take home.

3+ years

Jenni Desmond

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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

6+
Sarah McIntyre

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David Runciman

How Democracy Ends

Hay Festival 2018, 

Democracy has died hundreds of times, all over the world. We think we know what that looks like: chaos descends and the military arrives to restore order until the people can be trusted to look after their own affairs again. However, there is a danger that this picture is out of date. Until very recently, most citizens of Western democracies would have imagined that the end was a long way off, and very few would have thought it might be happening before their eyes. Runciman, one of the UK’s leading professors of politics, answers all this and more as he surveys the political landscape of the West, helping us to spot the new signs of a collapsing democracy and advising on what could come next. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

David Runciman

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Redmond O'Hanlon's Congo Journey

Hay Festival 1997, 
The intrepid voyager and explorer tells the tale of his adventure into the heart of the African interior in search of a dinosaur in a lost prehistoric lake. "As funny as ever; the surprisingly dark vision, and his scary urge to gaze beyond the precipice of sanity, makes this a unique, messy masterpiece" The Sunday Times

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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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Awesome Animals: Koala Calamity

Hay Festival 2013, 

Koala brothers Dude, Bro and Squirt love doing…nothing. They can do nothing all day. But their little sister has other ideas and soon leads them into another Koala Calamity.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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Fiona Sampson

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

Hay Festival 2018, 

Mary Shelley was brought up by her father in a house filled with radical thinkers, poets, philosophers and writers of the day. Aged 16, she eloped with Percy Bysshe Shelley, embarking on a relationship that was lived on the move across Britain and Europe, as she coped with debt, infidelity and the deaths of three children, before early widowhood changed her life for ever. Most astonishingly, it was while she was still a teenager that Mary composed her canonical novel Frankenstein, which was published exactly 200 years ago. In this fascinating dialogue with the past, Sampson sifts through letters, diaries and records to find the real woman behind the story.

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Roy Strong

Scenes and Apparitions: The Roy Strong Diaries 1988-2003

Hay Festival 2017, 

The super-articulate, erudite and wickedly amusing reflections of the grand curator and historian, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A, as he moves out of the art world and London society. His vivid and intimate diaries are a treasurable record of Britain at the turn of the millennium. He talks to Corisande Albert.

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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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Norman Davies

The TLS Lecture: The Isles

Hay Festival 2000, 
Davies charts the history of the nations of Britain and our defining relationships with the continenet of Europe covering 10 millennia, from Chedder Man to Tony Blair. It's an immense work of history, encyclopedic and proactively argued.

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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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Rainbow Magic

Hay Festival 2013, 

Get out your wings and come dressed as a fairy for storytelling and lots of activities with the fairy queen.

6+ years

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Emma Gannon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

The Multi-Hyphen Method: Work Less, Create More, and Design a Career That Works For You

Hay Festival 2018, 

The award-winning blogger/social media editor/podcast creator teaches that it doesn’t matter if you're a part-time PA with a blog, or a nurse who runs an online store in the evenings – whatever your ratio, whatever your mixture, we can all channel our own entrepreneurial spirit to live more fulfilled and financially healthy lives. The internet and our phones mean we can work wherever, whenever, and allows us to design our own working lives. Forget the outdated stigma of being a jack of all trades, because having many strings to your bow is essential to get ahead in the modern working world. We all have the skills necessary to work less and create more, and here’s the source of inspiration you need to help you navigate your way towards your own definition of success.

Emma Gannon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks to Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2010, 

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Pirate’s Curse

Hay Festival 2016, 

Shiver me timbers! Once upon a time, a mysterious message in a bottle said someone needed help; help from a certain bold, brave knight. So the brilliant Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his cat Envelope and his good grey mare find a ship to rescue the messenger. Join the author for a musical, storytelling journey complete with pirates, a sea monster, and a delicious surprise.

3+

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Cook’n Good with Moya & Andy

Kells 2014, 

An interactive and fun kids’ cookery session with the help of our friends at Causey Farm. Andy Bogie and Moya Ferry are Cook'n Good facilitators who have had real life food adventures that span many continents and countries!
6+ years

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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.

9+
Scarlett Thomas

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Ella McPherson

Cambridge Series 4: Digital Fakery and its Consequences

Hay Festival 2018, 

Drawing on her research about human rights reporting in the digital age, the Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge argues that digital fakery’s consequences for democracy arise not because we are duped, but because of what we do to not be duped. Chaired by Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship.

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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.

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12+
Francesca Simon, Laure Eve and Peadar O’Guilin

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Anne Applebaum, Bill Browder and Helena Kennedy talk to Oliver Bullough

Kleptoscope: Moscow and London

Hay Festival 2018, 

The journalist and writer Bullough (The Last Man in Russia, Moneyland) follows the money from Russia that flows into the UK and the darkmoney laundromat London housing market. Applebaum is a journalist and Russian expert, author of Gulag, Iron Curtain and Red Famine. Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. He is the author of Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No.1 Enemy. And that’s a tough field.

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Happiness, The Delight-Tree

An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry

Kells 2015, 

Menna Elfyn (Wales), Alan Spence (Scotland), Peter Fallon and Breda Wall Ryan (Ireland) share their contribution to this unique collection of poetry honouring the United Nations International Day of Happiness.

Happiness, The Delight-Tree