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Minette Batters talks to Rob Yorke

The UK's Future Food and Nature Post-Brexit

Hay Festival 2018, 

A new future beckons for the British countryside, with the spotlight on achieving a ‘Green Brexit’ threatening to steal the limelight over food production in the UK. As we adjust to life outside the European Union, will we need to increase imports of groceries? Will we need to implement regulation-lite policies, while delivering a smarter way to feed ourselves and look after the environment? Minette Batters, elected in 2018, is the first female NFU President in its 110-year history. She talks to rural commentator Rob Yorke.

Minette Batters talks to Rob Yorke

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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.

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Steve Jones

In The Blood

Hay Festival 1996, 
Genetics is coming uncomfortably close to the questions asked by philosophy, theology, and even politics. It deals with issues of fate, of life amd death. If everything is in the genes, what is left of free will? If man is but a glorifed ape, where is the soul? If society is just a mechanisim for ensuring that genes are transmitted, what room is there for good and evil? The Galton Professor of Genetics and Reith Lecturer explores these questions, and talks about what is really In The Blood.

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Gareth & Jeremy Bowen

The Family Business

Hay Festival 1999, 
Two newsmen discuss how the role of the reporter has changed in the information age. Jeremy is the BBC's multiaward-winning Middle Eastern correspondent, speaking at Hay between covering the refugee situation in Albania and the crucial Israeli elections. His father, Gareth was the journalist who reported live from Aberfan in 1966.

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Mahmood Sariolghalam talks to Nik Gowing

Navigating Tensions of Life in Iran

Hay Festival 2016, 

Sariolghalam is Professor of International Relations at Tehran’s Shahid Beheshti University and is one of Iran’s best-selling authors. For 26 years he has taught and conducted research on contemporary history and Iran’s relations with the outside world. His acknowledged skill has been to find ways to navigate Iran’s red lines in public discourse, and to avoid being targeted for being outspoken in print. The political establishment not only tolerated his writings, it has also been influenced by them. And Iran’s next generation views them as having helped to frame the 2015 nuclear agreement and expectations for the future.

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Storytelling slam

Beirut 2012, 
A night of fiction and live readings. Join us for drinks and refreshments while festival authors regale us with readings from their work. With Roman Simic (Croatia), Dalia Taha (Palestine), najwan Darwish (Palestine), Samira negrouche (Algeria), Clare Azzopardi (Malta), Miguel Syjuco (Canada/Philippines), Akram Musallam (Palestine), Paolo Giordano (Italy) and Joumana Haddad (Lebanon). Chaired by Jon Gower, writer and journalist.
 
Several languages
With the support of Literature Across Frontiers, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec, Arts Council of Wales, Danish Arts Council and A.M Qattan Foundation

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Nandana Sen

Kangaroo Kisses

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join the award-winning actor, writer and child-rights activist for a fantastical interactive storytelling session, with fun games and animal masks. Nandana has starred in more than 20 feature films, is the author of Mambi and the Forest Fire  (Puffin, 2016), and works with children (and grown-ups) at UNICEF, Operation Smile, and RAHI to fight against child abuse. After studying literature at Harvard, she worked as a book editor, screenwriter, poetry translator, and as Princess Jasmine in Disneyland. Kangaroo Kisses, her debut children’s book in the UK, is a mix of fantasy and real life as one mischievous child delays getting ready for bed, and has some amazing wildlife encounters along the way.

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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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Nat Luurtsema and Yassmin Abdel-Magied

The Guilty Feminist: Live at Hay

Hay Festival 2018, 

A funny, frank conversation about embracing both feminism and our imperfections with the host of the hit comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist (22 million downloads). From confidence to the secret power of rom-coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about gender, Nat and Yassmin explore what it means to be a 21st century woman, and encourages us to make the world better for all women. guiltyfeminist.com

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Phoenix Comics Workshops

Hay Festival 2015, 

Come and draw with CORPSE TALK’S Adam Murphy. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first time comic reader, Adam will help you dig up the best tips and tricks to help you put pencil to paper and create some AWESOME characters! Bring your imagination and prepare to be amazed!

PLUS join other Phoenix creators (some of the UK’s best comic artists) as they show how to construct a brilliant comic from even the craziest ideas – they’ll take you through some top character creation tips and send you away with your very own brilliant comic!

www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk

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Phoenix Comics Workshops

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Andrés Neuman y Juan Gabriel Vásquez en conversación con Silvia Lemus

Xalapa 2013, 
Andrés Neuman (Argentina/España) y Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombia), dos de los escritores en español con más difusión internacional del momento, hablarán con Silvia Lemus sobre su trayectoria y sus últimas novelas: Andrés ha publicado recientemente Hablar solos y Juan Gabriel Las reputaciones.

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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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Sarah McIntyre

Prince of Pants

Hay Festival 2017, 

Come and enjoy a dramatic reading with the author/illustrator of the hilarious story about the Prince, his Pants and how they all go missing. Join in an interactive drawing session where you can share your ideas about the Prince and what might have happened to his pants.

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Sarah McIntyre

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Sebastian Faulks

Vintage Living Texts 2

Hay Festival 2002, 
The author of World War 1 epic Birdsong discusses approaches to teaching the book with Vintage Living Texts series editiors Jonathan Noaks and Margeret Reynolds.

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Joe Sacco en conversación con Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2014, 
Joe Sacco (Malta) es probablemente uno de los periodistas más innovadores de nuestro tiempo. Joe utiliza sus propios dibujos y notas para hacer crónicas periodísticas en las que analiza y comenta situaciones de injusticia. Ha publicado numerosos libros, entre ellos, Palestina. En la franja de Gaza, Gorazde: Zona Protegida, Notas al pie de Gaza y Reportajes. Acaba de publicar en inglés The Great War, un cómic desplegable de 24 hojas en el que narra uno de los episodios más sangrientos de la I Guerra Mundial: la batalla del Somme. En conversación con la editora Marianne Ponsford. Co-organizado con Arcadia

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Seamus Murphy

The Republic

Hay Festival 2016, 

One hundred years after Ireland’s 1916 Rising, who are the Irish and what has become of the republic they made? The award-winning photographer, exile and escapee, digs deep to discover the forces and mysteries that drive, and have often beguiled, the country since its birth. From the streets of Dublin and the suburbs of towns and cities adapting to new multicultural life, to the older habitats of Ireland’s wilder western shores, Murphy endeavours to capture the spirit of contemporary Ireland in this witty, closely observed and beautiful photographic story. Chaired by David Dwan.

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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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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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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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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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Susan Hill, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Bate, Joanna Trollope

Books & Company

Hay Festival 2000, 
A 'live' edition of the quarterly magazine 'about books, for those who delight in them.' Three contributors, plus the Editor reveal some of the secrets of their bookshelves and share old and new favourite.

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Erika Rackley

Who Our Judges Are and Why it Matters

Hay Festival 2017, 

Who were these Supreme Court judges who might thwart ‘the will of the people’?  What were their backgrounds, their politics?  In response, there came a reassuring message: the job of judges is simply to apply the law made by our elected Parliament.  But this reassurance is based on an understanding of judging that is at best only half true; it does sometimes matter who our judges are. Rackley is Professor of Law at University of Birmingham.

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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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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.
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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.

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