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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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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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Hugo Drochon

Cambridge Series 2: Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Was Diana killed by the Secret Services? Is climate change a hoax? Did man not walk on the moon? Who shot JFK? Drawing on a nationwide survey about belief in conspiracy theories, Drochon will explore what factors –religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories and what impact that has had on contemporary political events. Drochon is a political theorist and historian of modern political thought.

Hugo Drochon

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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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Joan Valent en conversación con Malcolm Otero Barral

Bandas sonoras

Cartagena 2013, 
Joan Valent es un brillante músico y compositor mallorquín, autor de la música de películas de directores como Álex de la Iglesia o Antonio Chavarrías. Sus composiciones musicales están publicadas por la Deutsche Grammophon, lo que le convierte en el único español vivo en publicar con esta prestigiosa compañía de música clásica. Actualmente es el director del Festival de Música de Pollensa. Conversará con el editor Malcolm Otero Barral.

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Bryan Sykes talks to Rosie Boycott

The Nature of the Beast

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Oxford DNA expert tested three hair samples from the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The hair samples were from the miogi – the Bhutanese yeti – that legendary creature of the high snows that has haunted the imagination of travellers for centuries. The miogi hairs did not surrender their secrets easily, but eventually two were identified as known species of bear. The third remained a mystery, and the mystery got weirder. Only the increasingly specific evidence of the DNA matters.

Bryan Sykes talks to Rosie Boycott

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Lawrence Bee

Britain’s Spiders: A Field Guide

Hay Festival 2017, 

Did you know that Britain has approximately 660 species of spider? Join one of the authors of this new family guide to look at where, when, and how to find the spiders that live around us, and how to identify them. Zebra, Buzzing, Wolf or False Widow spider: which one lives in your house or garden?  Live spiders will be part of this talk.

9+

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Caroline Grigson

Menagerie: The History of Exotic Animals in England

Hay Festival 2016, 

From Henry III’s elephant at the Tower to George IV’s love affair with Britain’s first giraffe and Lady Castlereagh’s recalcitrant ostriches, Grigson’s tour through the centuries amounts to an impressively detailed history of exotic animals in Britain. On the way we encounter a host of fascinating and outlandish creatures, including the first peacocks and popinjays, Thomas More’s monkey and Lord Clive’s zebra, which refused to mate with a donkey until it was painted with stripes. It is also the story of all those who came into contact with them: the people who owned them, the merchants who bought and sold them, the seamen who carried them to our shores, the naturalists who wrote about them, the artists who painted them, the itinerant showmen who worked with them, and the collectors who collected them. Grigson is now an honorary professor at the UCL Institute of Archaeology. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

Caroline Grigson

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Marina Lewycka talks to Georgina Godwin

The Lubetkin Legacy

Hay Festival 2016, 

North London in the C21st century: a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and take her home from hospital to impersonate his dear departed mother, rather than lose the council flat. A time of golden job opportunities, though you might have to dress up as a coffee bean or work as an intern at an undertaker’s or put up with Champagne and posh French dinners while your boss hits on you. A place rich in language – whether it’s Romanian, Ukrainian, Russian, Swahili or buxom housing officers talking managementese... The award-winning author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian discusses her new comedy of modern manners.

Marina Lewycka talks to Georgina Godwin

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Cathy Rentzenbrink talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Last Act of Love: The Story of My Brother and His Sister

Hay Festival 2016, 

In the summer of 1990, Cathy’s brother Matty was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out. It was two weeks before his GCSE results, which turned out to be the best in his school. Sitting by his unconscious body in hospital, holding his hand and watching his heartbeat on the monitors, Cathy and her parents willed him to survive. They did not know then that there are many and various fates worse than death. The Last Act of Love is shortlisted for The Wellcome Book Prize.

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Kit Wright and Blake Morrison

Penguin Modern Poets 1

Hay Festival 1995, 
Kit Wright's books for children and adults include The Bear Looked Over The Mountain, Bump-starting the Hearse, and Selected Poems. Blake Morrison has produced two collections of poetry, Dark Glasses and The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper, and the award-winning memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father?

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Pete Brown talks to Andy Fryers

The Apple Orchard: The Story of Our Most English Fruit

Hay Festival 2017, 

Taking us through the seasons in England’s apple-growing heartlands, Brown uncovers the stories and folklore of our most familiar fruit. An orchard is not a field. It’s not a forest or a copse. It couldn’t occur naturally but it demonstrates that man and nature together can create something beautiful.

Pete Brown talks to Andy Fryers

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Erica Wagner

Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge

Hay Festival 2017, 

Wagner presents her riveting biography of one of the most important figures in American civil engineering history, Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge. Introduced by Philip Davies, Director of the Eccles Centre.

Erica Wagner

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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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Joanna Trollope talks to Mary Loudon

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of A Village Affair, The Choir, A Spanish Lover, The Rectors Wife and The Best of Friends talks about her new novel Next of Kin - a story about incomers and insiders, change and resignation, set at the tragic heart of Britain's dairy farmland.

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Mo Mowlam in conversation with Jim Naughtie

Hay Festival 2002, 
Labour's most popular ex-politician, the ex-Northern Ireland Secretary publishes her characteristically off-message autobiography Momentum. She talks to the Today anchor, author of The Rivals, a study of the Brown-Blair oxymoron at the heart of the New Labour project.

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Louis De Bernieres talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1997, 
A reading and interview with the award-winning novelist whose books include Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The War of Don Emmanuel's Neither Parts, Senor Vivo and Coca Lord, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. reads, and talks to Terence Blacker.

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Tommy Donbavand

Fangs

Hay Festival 2014, 
The creator of Scream Street introduces his new series Fangs, with games, stories and a lot of laughs as vampire agent Fangs Enigma tries to save the world.
8+ years
Tommy Donbavand

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Gavin Esler

United States of Anger

Hay Festival 1998, 
Americans are angry - about their politics, their economy, about race, about crime, abortion, and immigration. The BBC's chief North America correspondent analyses what has happened to the American Dream at the end of the century of the Superpower.

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Lauren Child talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Time to Dream

Hay Festival 2018, 
Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, creator of Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort, Hubert Horatio, Bartle Bobton-Trent and Charlie and Lola, will be in conversation with super-geek mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, consultant and code designer for the Ruby Redfort series. This exciting and unusual combination of author/illustrator and mathematician brings together two of the very best in their fields to discuss the poetry of illustration, creativity, taking time to dream, telling stories with codes and theorems and the excitement of finding the hidden patterns and mathematics in all art.
Lauren Child talks to Marcus du Sautoy

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Too True

Hay Festival 1998, 
The poet Blake Morrison explores the boundries between fact and fiction with Linda Grant, author of Remind Me Who I Am, Again and the award- winning writer Romesh Gunesekera whose novel The Sandglas is published this month by Granta. Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father? launched a publishing fashion for confessional autobiography. His second book As If addressed the killing of two-year old James Bulger. Too True is published this month.

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María Mulata, Maia, Natalia Bedoya y Laura Restrepo en conversación con Fernando Gaitán

La poética popular: escribir música

Cartagena 2014, 
Tres grandes intérpretes, pero sobre todo compositoras, María Mulata, Maia y Natalia Bedoya hablarán sobre el acto de componer y escribir música para interpretar. Cantarán y conversarán sobre poesía y música con la escritora Laura Restrepo y el libretista y escritor Fernando Gaitán.

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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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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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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.