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Wendell Steavenson talks to Katrin Bennhold

Circling the Square: Stories from the Egyptian Revolution

Hay Festival 2016, 

On 25 January 2011, the world was watching Cairo. Egyptians of every stripe came together in Tahrir Square to protest Hosni Mubarak’s three decades of brutal rule. After many hopeful, turbulent years, however, Egypt seems to be back where it began, with another strongman, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in power. How did this happen?

The distinguished foreign correspondent uses literary reportage to describe the intimate ironies and ad hoc movements of the Egyptian revolution from Mubarak’s fall to that of Mohammed Morsi. Vignettes, incidents, anecdotes, conversations, musings, observations and character sketches cast a fresh light on this vital Middle Eastern story. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold of the New York Times.

Wendell Steavenson talks to Katrin Bennhold

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Michele Roberts

Impossible Saints

Hay Festival 1997, 
WH Smith Literary Award Winner Michele Roberts tells of the forbidden pleasures and pains of the love between father and daughter in the life and death of Saint Josephine: Holy woman or whore? Upholder of pious or pagan delights? Lowly nun or powerful miracle worker? Or both? "Some of the most voluptuous language since Joyce.. so rich, so crammed with stories, imagination and visions" - The Daily Mail

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El reto de la traducción. Erri de Luca y Philip Boehm en conversación con Jonathan Levi

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos expertos en el difícil oficio de la traducción literaria conversan con Jonathan Levi. Escritor, poeta y traductor Erri de Luca (Italia); Philip Boehm traduce del alemán y el polaco al inglés, contando entre sus trabajos con traducciones de textos de Franz Kafka o la premio Nobel Herta Müller.

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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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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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Eric Hobsbawm

Memory, Myth, Fiction and History

Hay Festival 1997, 
The American Historical Review has just begun to review not only books, but films - beginning with Michael Collins. Eric Hobsbawm, author of the new On History reflects on the relations of historians, film producers, patriots and the public.

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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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Terry Pratchett

Hay Festival 1998, 
An interview with one of the most brilliantly imaginative novelists of contemporary literature.

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Matt Wilkinson

Cambridge Series 22: Restless Creatures

Hay Festival 2016, 

The evolutionary biologist shows why our ancestors became two-legged, why we have opposable thumbs, why the backbone appeared, how fish fins became limbs, how even trees are locomotion-obsessed, and how movement has shaped our minds as well as our bodies. He explains why there are no flying monkeys or biological wheels, how dinosaurs took to the air, how Mexican waves began in the animal kingdom, and why moving can make us feel good. Wilkinson opens up an astonishing new perspective – that nothing in life makes sense except in the light of movement.

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David Shaw, Marc Scriven, Ruth Jones, Jan Frances, Frances Howie

Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Hay Festival 2018, 

Growing up in a violent household is one of the most traumatic experiences a child can go through. It can leave a lifetime of problems affecting education, relationships and everyday activities. Survivors and experts talk about how they used their experiences for positive change and how society can help lead transformation for the future. Frances Howie, Director of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council, is in the chair.

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The Gene Genie

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Evolution

Hay Festival 1998, 
Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward present the arguments about evolution and genetics explored in Dawin's groundbreaking books, which include The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and Climbing Mount Improbable.

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Sean Hughes, Tony Hawks

Hay Festival 2000, 
Both comedians have enjoyed considerable success with their books. Hughes follows The Detainees with another brutally funny and harrowing novel about a man called Shea who finds his father hanging from a light-fitting on Boxing Day and sets out to find what could possibly have cast so dark a cloud over his family's happy Blairite lives. Hawks' new travel story Playing the Maldovans at Tennis is the result of another dodgy wager with Arthur Smith. It's a comic masterpiee, now shortlisted for the first Everyman Wodehouse Award.

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Germaine Greer

The Shakespeare Lecture

Hay Festival 1998, 
The new historricism is no longer new but does that meanit shouldbe thrown out? Does thinking about Shakespeare in his historic context help us or hinder us in understanding his plays as texts for today? So Juliet is fourteen, so what? So Cesario is a boy played by a girl played by a boy. So what?

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James Ward

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Who said stationery is boring? Half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, like who is Mr Pritt? And what are the thousands of uses claimed for Blu-Tack?

 

James Ward

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Ian McEwan

Preview Enduring Love

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist previews his novel Enduring Love. McEwan's books include Black Dogs, First Love Last Rites, The Innocent, A Child in Time, The Comfort of Strangers and The Cement Garden.

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Roger McGough

Everyday Eclipses

Hay Festival 2002, 
New poems with McGough's unique spin on innocence and experience: poems about his docker father and his new young daughter, dreams about how he gave the idea of Hey Jude to McCartney and told Dylan to go electric; about jugglers and human cannonballs, about sad music and 'everyday eclipses.'

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Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola: A Dog with Nice Ears

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join Waterstones' Children’s Laureate as she introduces a storytelling event and talks about the inspiration for her latest picture-book. Learn about dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours in this interactive event, full of games and storytelling, led by Devon Black. Lauren will read from the book and answer questions.

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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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Sophie Thompson

Zoo Boy

Hay Festival 2016, 

The actress and winner of Celebrity MasterChef in 2014 discusses her first book for children.  A wonderfully inventive story of a boy who finds he can talk to animals, Zoo Boy takes a fresh and funny look at animals and how we treat them.

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Llew Smith – Glad Tidings of Struggle and Strife

Winter Weekend 2012, 
Protest Christmas Cards, highlighting political and social turmoil, have been produced from the early days of the industrial revolution right up to the current coalition government and the Occupy movement. Former MP Llew Smith explores their history.

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Melvin Burgess

Junk at 20

Hay Festival 2016, 

Junk won the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Book Prize in 1996. It was criticised for depicting young drug-users. Twenty years on, author Melvin Burgess discusses the book and the controversy that has surrounded it with Julia Eccleshare.

12+

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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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James Naughtie, Nigella Lawson

The Samuel Johnson Prize

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Prize is awarded on Tuesday 23 May. Full details of this event will be available from the Festival Office and posted at www.hayfestival.co.uk on Wednesday 24 May.

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Angie Sage

Araminta Spook

Hay Festival 2014, 

Araminta Spook lives in a huge haunted house with her Uncle Drac and Aunt Tabitha, and her greatest ambition is to meet a ghost. Join author Angie Sage for a spooky adventure.
7+ years                     

Angie Sage

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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