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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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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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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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Diane Coyle

Cambridge Series 7: How Do We Know How Well Off We Are?

Hay Festival 2018, 

GDP is up – but whose GDP? (And what is it anyway?) There’s endless free stuff online but is it making anyone any happier? Are the cat videos on the internet distracting us from the prospect of jobs becoming automated and climate change ravaging food supplies? Behind this lies the challenge of how to measure economic progress. How can we tell if our society is becoming more prosperous or not? Coyle is Bennett Professor of Public Policy.

Diane Coyle

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Emma Yhnell

Huntington’s Disease

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the Cardiff scientist to understand and explore the genetic disorder, a condition that prevents the brain working properly. It gets gradually worse over time and causes motor, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms. Yhnell will discuss the ethical dilemmas of genetic testing and their implications before focusing on current research into novel therapies and her research on computerised cognitive training (brain training) for people with the disease.

Emma Yhnell

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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
Deirdre Sullivan

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Kimberly Wyatt

Billie’s Big Audition

Hay Festival 2017, 

Welcome to the World Elite Dance Academy. Billie has dreamed of being a dancer for as long as she can remember. Now she has an audition at WEDA, a world-famous contemporary dance school, but will she be able to get over her nerves and win a place at her dream school? Join superstar Kimberly Wyatt as she dances you through her brand-new series and always remember…be you, be fearless, be authentic.

6+

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Stories of WWI

Hay Festival 2014, 
Three writers discuss war in literature, fact and fiction. Photojournalist Jenny Matthews captures the impact war has on children and their families in her new book, Children Growing Up With War; Sarah Ridley is the author of Dear Jelly, a book inspired by real wartime letters home; much of award-winning author Bernard Ashley’s fiction is set in times of conflict. They join editor and writer Tony Bradman for a stimulating conversation based on a new anthology, Stories of World War 1.
11+ years
Stories of WWI

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Patrick Barkham

The Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of our Emperors and Admirals

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly. He witnesses a swarming invasion of Painted Ladies, experiences the curse of the Purple Emperor, makes a euphoric sighting of an exceedingly rare migrant and as summer draws to a close, suffers from butterfly burnout.

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Cátedra Interamericana Carlos Fuentes

Xalapa 2012, 
Homenaje a Carlos Fuentes y a la novela latinoamericana. Adolfo Castañón, Alberto Manguel, Sergio Pitol y Santiago Gamboa, presentado por Rodolfo Mendoza
 
Xalapa recuerda al escritor mexicano más universal con una charla en la que estarán presentes varios de sus amigos y de sus colegas.
Cátedra Interamericana Carlos Fuentes

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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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Wendy Ayres-Bennett

Cambridge Series 17: The Menace of Monolingualism

Hay Festival 2018, 

Is monolingualism harming us, both as individuals and as a society? We look at the value of languages for health and well-being, social cohesion, diplomacy and conflict resolution, defence and national security. Wendy Ayres-Bennett is Professor of French Philology and Linguistics.

Wendy Ayres-Bennett

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World Book Night Champions

Winter Weekend 2010, 
4,000 people across the UK will be chosen to give away a shelf of books chosen for the million-book giveaway on 5 March 2011. The list of 25 selected titles will be announced on 2 December and published at hayfestival.org. Come on along to discuss the selection with writers taking part in the weekend’s events: Festival Bookseller Di Blunt, Hay Librarian Jayne Evans, and the Telegraph’s Books Editor Gaby Wood. One audience member will be elected as the Hay nominee Book Champion. Mulled wine will aid the discussions...

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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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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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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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Katherine Brown

Muslim Women and Radicalization

Hay Festival 2018, 

An exploration of Muslim women’s involvement in violent religious politics, specifically Islam. Brown examines the ways in which gendered jihadi narratives motivate and enfranchise, and how they combine with everyday experiences of living and politics. She also examines how counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation programmes impact on religious women’s rights and Muslim communities in the UK. Brown is Lecturer in Islamic Studies.
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Katherine Brown

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June Sarpong talks to Dharshini David

Diversify

Hay Festival 2018, 

In troubling times, it’s tempting to retreat to our comfort zones, to be with people just like us. But what if actively seeking the unfamiliar was proven to be the key to a brighter future – both personally and for society at large? In this fierce, empowering call to arms, Sarpong uncovers how a new approach to how we work, learn and live can help us reach our maximum potential, lessen the pressure on the State and solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face.

June Sarpong talks to Dharshini David

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Angelina Sanderson-Bellamy

Food Certifications – Are They Worth the Paper They are Written on? - Cardiff University Series 4

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are all familiar with an array of certificates found on our food: Rainforest Alliance, Marine Stewardship Council, Fairtrade, Organic etc.  This certification is meant to reassure us that food is produced in a more ecologically friendly way or improves animal welfare. But does it? Come and join an interactive session that will help formulate better understanding and communication. Sanderson-Bellamy is a Research Associate at the Sustainable Places Research Institute.

Angelina Sanderson-Bellamy

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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 Mabbitt

Embassy of the Dead

Hay Festival 2018, 

The writer introduces the first title in his spookily thrilling new series. Everything about Embassy of the Dead is terrifying as Jake discovers when he opens a strange box and finds a severed finger inside. How will he escape being dragged into the Eternal Void? Join the discussion on creating a world where the living meet the dead.

9+

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Roddy Doyle talks to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Smile

Hay Festival 2018, 

The new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clark Ha! Ha! Ha! has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.

Roddy Doyle talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Cecilia Brassett, Emily Evans, Isla Fay

Cambridge Series 12: The Secret Language of Anatomy

Hay Festival 2018, 

Where is the seahorse in our brain? What is a sesame seed doing in our knee? Come and find out through this illustrated talk on the mysteries of anatomical terminology. Cecilia Brassett is a University Clinical Anatomist; Emily Evans is a medical illustrator who is also a senior demonstrator of anatomy; Isla Fay is Human Anatomy Technical Coordinator in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.