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Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz

Hay Festival 2007, 
The sensational author of the Alex Rider and Power of Five series writes unparalleled thrills, chills and adventure. 8 yrs +

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Gareth Williams

A Monstrous Commotion: The Mysteries of Loch Ness

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Loch Ness monster: a creature that should have died out with the dinosaurs, or a legend built on hoaxes and wishful thinking? The Bristol professor teases out the threads of one of the most popular mysteries of the past hundred years. Chaired by Martin Chilton.

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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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David Pryce-Jones

The War That Never Was

Hay Festival 1996, 
As the Russian Presidency is increasingly pressurized by a Communist resurgence, David Pryce-JOnes tells the inside story of shifting allegiances and alliances within Gorbachev and Yeltsin's Kremlin. The collapse of the Soviet Union caught everyone by surprise. Why did the Communist Party not seek to defend its hold on power through the use of force? Pryce-Jones asked those responsible in the Soviet Union and its satellites to explain how they had come to take a course leading to their own surrender of power.

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Simone Cuff

The Ecosystem Inside: Your Body and its Tiny Citizens - Cardiff University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Most people think they are human; this is only partly correct. You have within you more cells that are not human than those that are: from bacteria that help you digest your food, to fungi that help keep your skin healthy and mites that live in your eyebrows. You are in fact a whole world. What are the latest ideas on how interactions between you and your tiny citizens affect your health? How do bacteria affect allergies? Is there any point in eating live yogurt? Cuff is based at the Institute of Molecular and Experimental Medicine.

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Allegra Huston talks to Rosie Boycott

Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found

Hay Festival 2010, 
When Allegra Huston was four years old, her mother was killed in a car crash. Soon afterwards, she was introduced to an intimidating man wreathed in cigar smoke – the legendary film director John Huston – with the words ‘This is your father’. At the age of twelve she was introduced to her real father, the British historian John Julius Norwich.

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HAY JOVEN: Kamila Shamsie sobre Sombras Quemadas

Cartagena 2013, 
Kamila Shamsie (Pakistán) es autora de cinco novelas, entre ellas Sombras Quemadas, finalista del Premio Orange y traducida a más de veinte idiomas. Conversará sobre esta novela y su trabajo como escritora.

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Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm

Hay Festival 2017, 

Writer and comedian Jonathan Meres provides a laugh-out-loud treat as he talks about the twelfth and final instalment in his multi-award-winning series. Although life is undoubtedly still unfair for Norm, Jonathan guarantees that he will cheer up the audience and get everyone singing along to his World of Norm song.

6+

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Christopher de Hamel

Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts

Hay Festival 2017, 

Intimate conversations with 12 of the most famous medieval manuscripts in existence. De Hamel traces the elaborate journeys these exceptionally precious artifacts have made through time and space. He shows us how they have been copied, who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell); how they have been embroiled in politics and scholarly disputes; and how they have been regarded as objects of supreme luxury and as symbols of national identity. De Hamel was Head of Medieval Manuscripts at Sotheby’s and is now Librarian at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Christopher de Hamel

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Maths for Mums & Dads

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this entertaining and interactive talk, bestselling maths author Rob Eastaway demonstrates the fun side of maths for mums, dads and kids, with mind-reading tricks, curiosities and games that you can explore at home.

7+ years

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Michelle Paver

Hay Festival 2014, 
Following the conclusion of her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, Michelle Paver is here to introduce you to The Burning Shadow, the second book in her thrilling new Gods and Warriors series. Set during the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean, it promises exciting adventures against the backdrop of a vividly-imagined prehistoric setting. Come and hear all about Michelle’s inspiration for the books and her extensive research, including diving with dolphins.
9+ years
Michelle Paver

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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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Gerals Kaufman talks to Keith Raffan

How To Be A Minister

Hay Festival 1997, 
As the new administration settles in at Westminster, Gerald Kaufman talks to Keith Raffan about his authoritative guide to the process of government, an uproariously funny and scurrilous view of power.

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Muchas Áfricas. Jon Lee Anderson en conversación con Diego Rabasa

Cartagena 2013, 
Jon Lee Anderson es reportero para la revista The New Yorker y autor de, entre otros libros, La caída de Bagdad y de la biografía de Che Guevara. Maestro de la FNPI, Jon Lee acaba de publicar un libro en el que recopila varias de sus crónicas sobre países africanos: La herencia colonial y otras maldiciones. Crónicas de África. Conversará con el editor Diego Rabasa.

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Edwina Curry talks to Keith Raffan

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of A Parlimentary Affair tells the former Tory MP and HTV political broadcaster about the sizziling tale of sex, power and intrigue in her new best-seller A Womans Place.

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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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Felipe Fernández-Armesto in conversation with Juan Esteban Constaín

America, or the invention of the world

Cartagena 2011, 
More than 500 years after the so-called discovery of America, Europeans and Americans continue to reflect on its true significance. Felipe Fernández-Armesto is one of the most brilliant British historians working today and author of works such as Civilizations and 1492: The Year the World Began; and Juan Esteban Constaín, who teaches International Relations at Rosario University, is author of a number of books including the historical novel El naufragio del Imperio and Calcio.

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Adrian Bradshaw talks to Nik Gowing

Russia, ISIL and Other Defence and Security Challenges – The Need for Better Strategy

Hay Festival 2018, 

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw has just stepped down as Deputy Supreme Commander of NATO, having also served as Director of the SAS, and taken a key strategic role in the campaign against Daesh/ISIL. He talks to Nik Gowing, author of Thinking the Unthinkable: A New Imperative for Leadership in the Digital Age.

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Francesca Rhydderch and Tyler Keevil talk to Penny Thomas

Fictions: New Welsh Short Stories

Winter Weekend 2015, 

The best of contemporary Welsh short-story writing, New Welsh Short Stories offers a wide-ranging view of a country from new and established writers. Stories range from the personal to the universal; from the streets of urban south Wales to the wilder reaches of small town and countryside; from film sets to the limits of time and space.

Francesca Rhydderch and Tyler Keevil talk to Penny Thomas

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Katie Scott

Animalium

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join illustrator Katie Scott as she unravels the wonders of the natural world with the bestselling book Animalium, winner of the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Year. Discover the incredible Tree of Life and marvel at creatures big and small – from the tiniest insect to the giant blue whale – as Katie takes us on a whistle-stop tour of this incredible collection of animals. Finally, watch an artistic talent at work as Katie reveals how she brings these amazing animals to life in a live drawing session.
6+ years
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Jon Gower and Tiffany Murray in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2012, 
Two interesting Welsh writers will talk to the Festival Director about their work. Jon Gower studied English Studies at Cambridge University and is one of Wales’ greatest literary talents. A writer, presenter and radio and television producer, he has worked for media such as the BBC and Boomerang. He has published a range of books in English, including the An Island Called Smith, which won him the John Morgan Travel Award. Tiffany Murray is a Welsh writer and creative writing teacher. Her novels Diamond Star Halo (2010) and Happy Accidents (2005) have been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize; she has contributed to The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the Arts Council of Wales

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Libby Purves

Love Songs and Lies

Hay Festival 2007, 
The broadcaster discusses her novel of C20th friendship, music and romance.

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Michelle Robinson

Goodnight Spaceman

Hay Festival 2016, 

Bedtime goodnights to their toy rockets and the planet turn into a magical adventure for two Space-mad boys once they’re asleep. Join the author/illustrator as she takes them on their journey, and make your own planets to take home. 

3+

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Karen Goodwin, Tim Guest, Tiffany Murray, Cathy Rosario, Oliver Shelley

The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2000, 
Agents, publishers and talent-spotters should flock to hear the Millennium Class from the famous UEA Writing School, almamater to Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Owen Sheers and Trezza Azzopardi, in a gala presentation of their graduating work. You'll hear them here first.

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Bridget Kendall

The Cold War

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Cold War is one of the furthest-reaching and longest-lasting conflicts in modern history. It spanned the globe - from Greece to China, Hungary to Cuba - and lasted for almost half a century. It has shaped political relations to this day, drawing new physical and ideological boundaries between East and West, that have suddenly and dramatically resurfaced with Russian resurgence and interventions. Kendall was foreign correspondent for the BBC in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. Formerly the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, she is now Master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

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