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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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Nicola Pierce

City of Fate

Kells 2014, 

Nicola Pierce is author of the bestselling Spirit of the Titanic. Her latest novel is City of Fate. Aimed at nine-year-olds and upwards, the novel is set during the battle of Stalingrad, when the Russians managed to hold off the forces of Nazi Germany against all odds. Nicola will discuss how she researched and wrote the book, using photographs to show how the most important battle of World War II was fought and won.

9+ years

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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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The Orange Prize Winners Live from Hay

Hay Festival 2000, 
The first of two sessions featuring readings of new work by the four previous winners of the Orange Prize For Fiction, Anne Michaels, Helen Dunmore, Carol Shields and Suzanne Berne. The readings will be broadcast during the week on Radio 4, prior to the 2000 award on 6 June.

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Britta Teckentrup

Bee

Hay Festival 2017, 

Listen to this story about bees, the miraculous insects that travel from flower to flower and spread life on the planet. After explaining the importance of bees, this workshop will also encourage young readers to get involved in saving bees, while creating a garden using Britta Teckentrup’s collage technique.

6+
Britta Teckentrup

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Jeff Brazier

The Grief Survival Guide: How to navigate loss and all that comes with it

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jeff Brazier has experienced bereavement in many forms: in his childhood, helping his two boys through the devastating death of their mother, Jade Goody, witnessing the anguish of his own mum when she lost both of her parents and hearing the stories of his life coaching clients who are coming to terms with loss. Chaired by Carolyn Hitt.

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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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Andrew Motion

Wainewright the Poisoner

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Poet Laureate has won acclaim for his excellent biographies of Keats and Larkin. This time though, 'the overlay of legends' associated with Wainewright and the fact that he 'falls out of the historical record so often and for so long' made a traditional biography impossible. So instead he has turned Wainewright's remarkable life into a hybrid biography-cum-novel. Motion discusses his contrversial and highly entertaining life of the dandified friend of Blake, Charles Lamb, de Quincey and Keats.

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Jesse Norman

The Michael & Eileen Breslin Lecture: Edmund Burke

Kells 2013, 

Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentarian of the Year 2012, talks about his new book on the life and works of the great Irish statesman and political theorist. Followed by Q&A with Myles Dungan.

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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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Chris Edge

Hay Festival 2017, 
How amazing would it be to have a dad whose an astronaut? Rocket launches, zero gravity, and flying through space like a superhero! Jamie Drake’s dad is orbiting the earth in the International Space Station… until his mission goes wrong, and it’s up to Jamie, and the alien civilisation in his phone, to rescue him! Join author Christopher Edge to explore the real-life science behind his hilarious and heart-warming books The Jamie Drake Equation and the Many Worlds of Albie Bright.
7+

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Bill Sewell talks to Jake Kemp

Food, Pleasure and Community

Hay Festival 2017, 

On the final day of his crowd-funding campaign for his new book Bill’s Kitchen, food writer and restaurateur Bill Sewell discusses his journey from concerned London vegetarian to enthusiastic rural omnivore. His trademarks are strong flavours, simple techniques and a passion for the pleasure of cooking as well as eating. They talk about eating well but not cleanly; and the ways in which social media can either kill or build a sense of community around food, cooking and eating.

Bill Sewell talks to Jake Kemp

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Flur Dafydd en conversación con Valerie Miles

Cartagena 2014, 
Flur Dafydd es una autora galesa que trabaja en su lengua materna, el galés, y también en inglés. Ha publicado obras de ficción como Atyniad (2006), Y Llyfrgell (2009) y The White Trail (2011). Su novela Twenty Thousand Saints (2008) ganó el premio Oxfam Hay en 2009. En 2013-2014, Fflur es Hay Festival International Fellow. Con el apoyo de Arts Council Wales y de la Commomwealth Foundation

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David Rieff en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince

Contra la memoria

Cartagena 2014, 
David Rieff es un prestigioso periodista y politólogo que ha publicado durante muchos años trabajos destacados en revistas como The New Republic y World Policy Journal; es autor de Un mar de muerte. Recuerdos de un hijo, en el que narra la enfermedad y muerte de su madre, Susan Sontag. Fundador y director del proyecto “Crímenes de Guerra” en la Universidad Americana de Washington DC, Rieff ha conocido de primera mano los efectos de los crímenes de guerra en países como Ruanda, Kosovo, Israel, Palestina, Irak y Bosnia. Su último libro, Contra la memoria, narra precisamente su experiencia en Bosnia. Estará en conversación con Héctor Abad Faciolince.

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HAY JOVEN: Antonio Colinas sobre poesía

Cartagena 2013, 
El celebrado poeta español compartirá algunos de sus poemas y hablará sobre el trabajo de composición poética.

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Telegraph Editors

What The Paper Said 100 Years Ago

Hay Festival 2014, 
A daily series hosted by senior Telegraph journalists discussing the day’s stories from exactly 100 years ago taken from the paper’s unique archive (republished each morning at telegraph.co.uk/ww1archive). In early summer 1914, the concerns of British readers were Home Rule for Ireland, the campaign of the Suffragettes, the exciting new worlds of motoring and aviation, the season’s new fashions and Jack Hobbs’s batting. The Great War was only weeks away – here, in fascinating detail, is the world the troops left behind.

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David Aaronovitch talks to Rosie Boycott

Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists

Hay Festival 2016, 

In July 1961, just before David Aaronovitch’s seventh birthday, Yuri Gagarin came to London. The Russian cosmonaut was everything the Aaronovitch family wished for - a popular and handsome embodiment of modern communism. But who were they, these ever hopeful, defiant and (had they but known it) historically doomed people? Like a non-magical version of the wizards of J K Rowling’s world, they lived secretly with and parallel to the non-communist majority, sometimes persecuted, sometimes ignored, but carrying on their own ways and traditions. Aaronovitch revisited his own memories of belief and action. He found himself studying the old secret service files, uncovering the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal.

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3000 Chairs

Hay Festival 2017, 

Come and experience this uplifting and immersive show about a refugee child and the extraordinary power of kindness. The show is produced especially for Hay Festival by Hereford College of Arts and Open Sky Theatre Company, working with writer Nicola Davies to adapt for stage her poem, The Day War Came.

9+
3000 Chairs

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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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Conn Iggulden

Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors

Hay Festival 2016, 

The sensationally successful historical novelist tells the tale of the game of thrones that were the Wars of the Roses. Ravenspur is the latest in the series that includes Stormbird, Trinity and Bloodline.

Conn Iggulden

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Lucy Letherland

Globe-trotting Through an Atlas of Adventures

Hay Festival 2015, 
Illustrator Lucy Letherland brings the penguins of Antarctica, the Carnival in Brazil and crocs from the Zambezi River to your fingertips as you help her create your own adventure around the world in this fun-filled workshop.
5+ years
Lucy Letherland

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John O'Halloran

Biomass to Megawatts

Kells 2015, 

John O’Halloran, Biomass Manager of Bord na Móna, takes a look at the existing and potential opportunities involved in planting willow for the renewable energy sector in Ireland. 

John O'Halloran

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Fearghal McGarry

The Rising: Ireland, Easter 1916

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Easter Rising of 1916 not only destroyed much of the centre of Dublin – it changed the course of Irish history. But why did it happen? What was the role of ordinary people in this extraordinary event? What motivated them and what were their aims? McGarry makes use of a unique source that has only recently seen the light of day: a collection of more than 1,700 eye-witness statements detailing the political activities of members of Sinn Féin and militant groups such as the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He illuminates their motives, concerns, and aspirations, and highlights the importance of the First World War as a catalyst for the uprising. Chaired by David Dwan.

Fearghal McGarry

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The Pavee

Hay Festival 2017, 

Illustrator Emma Shoard and singer and storyteller Geraldine Bradley bring to life Siobhan Dowd’s The Pavee and the Buffer Girl in picture, story and song. The story of the friendship between a traveller boy and a settled girl, this is a hymn to the power of love and friendship to bridge differences. Irish traveller songs, both traditional and modern, are woven into this reading of the story, as the characters and settings are illustrated  on screen.

9+

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Howard Jacobson, Caroline Gascoigne

The Mighty Walzer

Hay Festival 2000, 
Jacobson's self-laceriating humour finds it's perfect vehicle in this brilliant novel about ping-pong and the swag trade in the 1950s. It does for Manchester whatr Alfie did for London. He talks to The Sunday Times literary editor.