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Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Never Evers

Hay Festival 2016, 

Tom Ellen, journalist, and Lucy Ivison, school librarian, discuss how they created Never Evers, the sequel to Lobsters. Are two writers better than one when it comes to having great ideas? Does their experience of having been at sixth form together help when they are writing about Mouse and Jack and the great disaster of the school ski-ing trip?

12+

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Claire Gorrara, Christopher Lewis, Anna Vivian Jones, Teresa Tinsley

Why Bother Studying Modern Languages – Everyone Speaks English

Hay Festival 2018, 

We have been repeatedly told that the UK will be looking to create new free-trade partnerships following Brexit, above all with the 'Anglosphere'. Why then do we need to study or learn other languages? Everyone speaks English. This session will unpack some of the monolingual attitudes that sit behind such views and ask participants to think about the role of languages and language learning for Britain's relationships with a brave new world post-Brexit.  #unpack

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Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Sinatra

Kells 2015, 

On the centenary of the birth of ‘flawed genius’ Frank Sinatra, the authors of the biography Sinatra: A Life talk about the life and career of ‘Old Blue Eyes’, his Mafia associations, his crowded love-life and his tangled relationship with US presidents.

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

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Patricia Cornwell talks to Sarah Dunant

Hay Festival 1999, 
The American Crimewriter talks about her creation, medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta.

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Johann Hari

Cartagena 2016, 
Niños 8 - 12 años

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Poetry Squantum 2

Hay Festival 1996, 
Second thoughts on the theme

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Chris Haughton and Emily Shuckburgh

Trans.MISSION 1: Polar Science and Climate Change

Hay Festival 2018, 

What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey. Haughton is a designer, author and illustrator of numerous publications including A Bit Lost, Oh No George! and Shh! We Have a Plan. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around polar science and climate change. The Trans.MISSION project was created to bring science and culture together with the aim of communicating cutting-edge science to new audiences through new methods. More information about the Trans.MISSION project can be found here.

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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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Roger McGough

Bad Bad Cats

Hay Festival 2002, 
A poetry party with the masterful word-juggler full of magic, horror and adult-eating alligators. These are very bad, bad cats...

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Donna Brazile talks to Helena Kennedy

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that put Donald Trump in the White House

Hay Festival 2018, 

As chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign, Brazile had a front-row seat to the wildest, craziest, and most disturbing presidential race in American history. She was called to take over a party riven by scandal and allegations of corruption, and then thrust into the international spotlight after the DNC email system was hacked by the Russians, a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence a presidential election. She talks about the roles played by Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and President Obama with an insider’s knowledge and looks forward to the 2018 November mid-terms and the potential Democrat runners for 2020.

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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

7+ years
Phoenix Comics Workshops

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Deirdre Sullivan

Nightmare Club Workshop

Kells 2015, 

Deirdre Sullivan is a ghost-writer for the Nightmare Club series. Deirdre will conduct a workshop for readers, involving spooky collaborative storytelling and getting the children to help finish a Nightmare Club story that she’s working on.

8+ years
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Ian Buruma

Voltaire's Coconuts

Hay Festival 2000, 
Voltaire wondered why British laws could not be planted in FRance, or even Serbia, like the precious seeds of coconut trees. Karl Marx thought the English were too stupid to start a revolution. Tom Brown's Schooldays inspired Baron de Coubertin's idea of the modern Olympic Games. Buruma intrduces his stunning book. 'Witty, acute, sardonic and learned. Simply the best guide there is to two centuries of tragi-comic misunderstanding between Britain and Europe.

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Louis de Bernières and Nerys Williams

Kells 2014, 

Louis de Bernières (Imagining Alexandria) and Nerys Williams (Sound Archive) read from their latest work. Louis will also read from some of his unpublished works.

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Barbara Erskine talks to Phil Rickman

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The historical novelist revisits her global bestseller Lady of Hay twenty five years after first publication and discusses time travel and medieval mores. She talks to the broadcaster and novelist Phil Rickman whose historical fiction The Bones of Avalon is out now in paperback.

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La historia de los judíos. Simon Schama

Cartagena 2016, 
La historia de los judíos. En busca de las palabras (1000 A. E. C. – 1492) es un apasionante recorrido a lo largo de tres milenios por la historia del pueblo judío en el que Simon Schama desvela como el devenir de esta cultura es parte de la historia de todos. Simon Schama es profesor de Historia del Arte e Historia en la Universidad de Columbia de Nueva York, además de crítico de arte y cultura para el The New Yorker y columnista de The Guardian. Entre sus libros destacan Confesiones y encargos: ensayos de arte, Auge y caída del imperio británico o El poder del arte.

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Dan Saladino, Louise Gray, Joanna Blythman, Peter Greig

What’s the Beef with Meat?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Global meat consumption is on an unhealthy trajectory. Short of cutting meat out of our diet entirely, from mega-farms to self-sufficiency, chicken sheds to free-range and organic, we discuss the options available and their pros and cons. And then of course there are the edible insects…The BBC Food Programme presenter Dan Saladino talks with Louise Gray, author of The Ethical Carnivore, Joanna Blythman from the Sustainable Food Trust and author of Swallow This and farmer Peter Greig, former Food Producer of the Year in Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards.

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Paul Mason and Ben Stewart talk to Serena Kutchinsky

Money Grows on Trees

Winter Weekend 2015, 

In the context of the Governor of the Bank of England's recent warnings about the financial risks from climate change and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, the economics journalist Paul Mason and head of media for Greenpeace, Ben Stewart talk to Prospect Magazine's Serena Kutchinsky and previews the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris.

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Liz Fost and Maisy

Maisy at 25

Hay Festival 2016, 

The lovable mouse has delighted young children and parents for more than 25 years. Join her birthday celebrations with a professional storyteller and hear all about Maisy’s adventures with her friends.

3+

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Colin Tudge talks to Andy Fryers

Six Steps Back to the Land

Hay Festival 2016, 

Tudge coined the expression ‘enlightened agriculture’ to describe agriculture that is expressly designed to provide everyone everywhere with food of the highest standard, nutritionally and gastronomically, without wrecking the rest of the world. He explains how we can achieve that, with truly sustainable, resilient and productive farms.

Colin Tudge talks to Andy Fryers

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Owen Sheers talks to Gabriella Gulyás

Budapest 2013, 

The Welsh poet (Skirrid Hill, Pink Mist) and author discusses his work in theatre (The Two Worlds of Charlie F.), fiction and film (Resistance) that develops his concern for the impacts of war and our relationships with place and landscape.

Supported by Arts Council of Wales

Simultaneous translation from English into Hungarian 

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Kayo Chingonyi talks to Dai Smith

The 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under, as the 2018 winner talks to Dai Smith, chair of the jury. The shortlist for the prize comprised Kayo Chingonyi, Carmen Maria Machado, Gwendoline Riley, Sally Rooney, Emily Ruskovich and Gabriel Tallent. 

The Zambian-born poet Kayo Chingonyi is announced as the winner of the 2018 Prize.

Guardian profile HERE

Kayo Chingonyi talks to Dai Smith

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Laura Spinney

Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it Changed the World

Hay Festival 2018, 

With a death toll of 50-100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish 'flu of 1918-1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the 20th century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War One. Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, tracing it from Alaska to Brazil, from Persia to Spain, and from South Africa to Odessa. Telling the story from the point of view of those who lived through it, she shows how the pandemic was shaped by the interaction of a virus and the humans it encountered; and how this devastating natural experiment put both the ingenuity and the vulnerability of humans to the test. Chaired by Stephanie Boland of Prospect magazine.

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Lucy Hughes-Hallet talks to Claire Armitstead

Fictions: Peculiar Ground

Hay Festival 2017, 

From the multi-award-winning biographer, author of the The Pike, comes a breathtakingly ambitious, beautiful and timely debut novel. The story is about gamekeepers and witches, agitators and aristocrats; about young love and the pathos of ageing. And about how those who wall out others risk finding themselves becoming walled in.

Lucy Hughes-Hallet talks to Claire Armitstead

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Richard Holmes

Hard Times: Writers and the Royal Literary Fund, 1790-2016

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Royal Literary Fund was set up in 1790 to help professional authors. Past beneficiaries have included Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Joseph Conrad, D H Lawrence and Dylan Thomas.  Last year it helped 200 writers, though not all of them are quite so famous yet. In 1999 a Fellowship scheme was established to place writers in universities to help students with their writing skills.  Since it began it has placed 450 writers in posts at 120 higher education institutions. The inaugural RLF Lecture at Hay is given by the pre-eminent biographer of Shelley and Coleridge, author of The Age of Wonder, Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer and Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer.

Richard Holmes