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George Alagiah

A Passage to Africa

Hay Festival 2002, 
The Sri-Lankan born journalist was brought up in Ghana and was the BBC's Africa correspondent, covering genocides, famines, epidemics, disasters, dictatorships, democracies and ethnic divisions from Rawanda, Libera, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Mozambique to Zimbabwe and Zaire. His book examines the future relationships of African States with their former Colonial powers, and with American and international finance.

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Adam Nicholson

Power and Glory

Hay Festival 2003, 
Nicholson examines Jacobean England and The Making of the King James Bible, the most influential and admired version ever produced. A century after the Reformation, out of the clash between Catholic, Anglican and Puritan came a Bible that combined scholarly skill, exalted language and an exquisite homeliness.

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Atinuke – Storytelling

The No.1 Car Spotter

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Join traditional storyteller Atinuke, author of the No.1 Car Spotter and Anna Hibiscus series, as she conjures up the sights, sounds and hustle and bustle of life in Africa. 

6+ years

Atinuke – Storytelling

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John Mullan

What Matters in Jane Austen

Winter Weekend 2017, 

In this last bicentenary session, the academic and author plays with the engaging and entertaining puzzles of the novels and Austen’s life.  What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? What do the characters call each other, and why? And which important Austen characters never speak? Join us for a delightful celebration of the genius of English literature’s greatest comedian. There will be prizes for best frock coat and bonnet.

John Mullan

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Leslie Norris

Hay Festival 1999, 
The tales and images from Sliding and The Girl From Cardigan have informed the sensibilities of generations of readers in Wales and America where he lives, but is largely unknown in England. The greatest living Welsh short story writer and poet talks to Peter Florence about his writing and reads from his work.

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Jenny Pitman

Hay Festival 2002, 
An audience with the legendary trainer of such champions as Burrough Hill Lad, Corbière, and Garrison Savannah, the first lady of horse-racing, and now first time novelist, author of the thriller On The Edge.

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Babette Cole

Laugh Out Loud

Kells 2014, 

A side-splitting session with the swashbuckling children’s author and illustrator, creator of Princess Smartypants, Dr Dog, Mummy Laid an Egg and her latest book James Rabbit and the Giggleberries. Learn how to write and illustrate a children’s picture book and join the fun!

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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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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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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

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Helen Dunmore

Hay Festival 1997, 
Helen Dunmore won the first Orange Prize for A Spell of Winter. She reads from her short story collection Love of Fat Men, a wonderful exploration of family, love, sex danger and loss. Introduced and chaired by Terence Blacker.

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Maggie Aderin-Pocock

StarFinder for Beginners

Hay Festival 2018, 

Fascinated by the wonders of the night sky? Join the Space scientist and BBC 4’s The Sky at Night presenter as she speaks about her passion for the stars. Take a journey through the constellations and find out how to begin stargazing with her new bookA must for budding astronomers.

9+

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Ben Arogundade talks to Dylan Jones

Obama: The Story of the Election and Legacy of America's 44th President, in Photos and Comment

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Here’s the politician, leader of the free world and global icon as portrayed on the covers of the world’s magazines and newspapers during his presidency.

The author is joined by the editor of GQ for a revelatory conversation about portraiture, power and propaganda. Arogundade will present a selection of amazing covers from Barack Obama’s 8-year presidency, along with ‘Obama vs Trump’, comparing his front pages with those of America’s current president.

Arogundade is the author of ten books, including ‘Black Beauty’, his debut novel, 'The Sexual Language of Strangers' and ‘Obama: 101 Best Covers’. ‘Black Beauty’ was honoured by the New York Public Library and was the subject of a three-part BBC documentary.

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Patsy Rodenburg

Voice Production Workshop

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Director of Voice at the Royal National Theatre teaches a public workshop on voice production, breathing, relaxation and how to work a text. Her best-selling books include The Need For Words, Right to Speak and now The Actor Speaks

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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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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
Deirdre Sullivan

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Matt Spangler

Kells 2015, 

A masterclass on theatrical adaptation from Matt Spangler, award-winning American playwright and writer of the stage adaptation of the best-selling novel The Kite Runner.

Matt Spangler

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Simon James

Dear Greenpeace

Hay Festival 2016, 

Celebrate 25 years of this picture-book with its award-winning creator Simon James (Baby Brains, Nurse Clementine). Little Emily has a whale living in her garden pond and decides to write to Greenpeace for tips on how to look after him.  With storytelling and live drawing, Simon takes you on a journey through this much-loved classic and introduces you to his latest book, REX.

6+

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Gill Lewis

A Story Like The Wind

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author talks about the power of music and stories and how they weave together to connect us all. Her book was inspired by the image of a Syrian refugee playing his violin at a border control.

9+
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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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David Rieff en conversación con Xavi Ayén

Contra la memoria:

Xalapa 2013, 
David Rieff es un prestigioso periodista y politólogo que ha publicado durante muchos años trabajos destacados en revistas como 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. Es fundador y director del departamento 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 Xavi Ayén. 

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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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Peer Lachman, Vivian Moses, Steve Jones,

Feed the World? Geneticists Called to Account

Hay Festival 2000, 
In a time of famine, BSE, sheep cloning, and the depletion of the farming industry, what are the justifications for the public boycott of GM foods? What are the risks involeved in testing? What are the implications for farming here and in developing countries? Is the genetic modification of food crops by selective breeding simply one of the fundamentals of agriculture? Who benefits? How far does, and should, the public trust the scientists?

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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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Sarah Nouwen

Cambridge Series 6: Peacemaking: What's Law Got To Do With It?

Hay Festival 2018, 

Peace and justice: who could be against them? But as soon as we begin to unpack these much-invoked notions, tensions emerge. How does international law resolve these tensions? We'll discuss emerging international norms in light of the challenges facing mediators trying to end civil wars. Nouwen is Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.