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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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Martin Innes

Terrorism as a teachable moment: analysing social media to understand public reactions to the four UK attacks in 2017

Hay Festival 2018, 

Terrorist attacks are designed to 'terrorise, polarise and mobilise' their multiple audiences. In a sense, then, they function as teachable moments, where the perpetrators try to teach 'a lesson' to their 'adversaries'. At the same time, however, governments use these events to instruct the wider public about the risks that have to be managed, and how public life and values will not be modified by them. The Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute shows how by applying cutting-edge social media analytics, we can learn from past attacks about how terrorist violence tries to work.

Martin Innes

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Jesse Norman

Adam Smith: What he Thought and why it Matters

Hay Festival 2018, 

Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics'. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. Was he an eloquent advocate of capitalism and the freedom of the individual? Or a prime mover of 'market fundamentalism' and an apologist for inequality and human selfishness? Norman’s biography explores his work as a whole and traces his influence over the past two centuries. He shows how a proper understanding of Smith can help us grasp - and address - the problems of modern capitalism. His account of Smith offers not only the first thinker to place markets at the heart of economics, but also a pioneering theorist of moral philosophy, culture and society. Jesse Norman is MP for South Herefordshire, an historian and economist. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.

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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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Howard Jacobson, Caroline Gascoigne

The Mighty Walzer

Hay Festival 2000, 
Jacobson's self-laceriating humour finds it's perfect vehicle in this brilliant novel about ping-pong and the swag trade in the 1950s. It does for Manchester whatr Alfie did for London. He talks to The Sunday Times literary editor.

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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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Phoenix Comics Workshops

Hay Festival 2015, 
Come and learn HOW TO MAKE AWESOME COMICS with Neill Cameron. Neill is a master storyteller and artist who has illustrated some of The Phoenix’s best loved comics. In this workshop Neill will take you through the comic creation process from start to finish. WARNING: This workshop contains PIRATES AND DINOSAURS and is rated AWESOME on the comic scale. 
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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Colin Barrett

Young Skins

Kells 2015, 

Colin Barrett is one of the most compelling and distinctive new Irish voices. His sensational debut collection of short stories is set in Glanbaigh, a small town in rural Ireland. A town in which the youth have the run of the place. Young Skins won the 2014 Rooney Prize, Frank O’Connor Prize and Guardian First Fiction Award. Colin talks to Christine Monk.

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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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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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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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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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Anthony Warner talks to Kitty Corrigan

The Truth About Fat

Hay Festival 2019, 

Who or what is to blame for us getting fat and ill in increasing numbers? Sugar or fat? Gut microbes or genes? Laziness or poverty? Whatever it is, it’s placing a devastating burden on our healthcare system, and scientists in every field are desperate to explain this epidemic and stave off a modern health disaster. Anthony Warner, author of The Angry Chef, lays out the best evidence available, rails against quack theories preying on the desperate, and considers whether we’re blaming our bodies for other people’s ignorance and cruelty. Kitty Corrigan is a journalist and travel writer.

Anthony Warner talks to Kitty Corrigan

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Michelle Oyen

Cambridge Series: Re-thinking Engineering with Inspiration from Nature

Hay Festival 2017, 

The bio-engineer assesses the carbon footprint of popular building materials like steel and concrete and discusses approaches for substituting new bio-inspired materials instead.

Michelle Oyen

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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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Hugh Lupton with Daniel Morden

Fictions: The Assembly of the Severed Head

Hay Festival 2018, 

13th Century Wales. A small monastic outpost is rocked to its core when a gruesome discovery is made on the nearby shoreline: a severed human head, the first of several to wash up along the surrounding coast. Not long after, the holy brothers stumble across the smouldering ruins of a bardic school and within, a pile of decapitated bodies – all that is left of King John’s brutal massacre. But one man, barely alive, is found hiding among the carnage. He is Cian Brydydd Mawr, the greatest bard of his age, who holds in his head all the ancient stories of his land… So begins Lupton’s masterful new novel which tells the story of the making of the Mabinogion, the ancient Welsh myth cycle which existed in oral form for generations before it was set down in writing. In Lupton’s re-telling, we witness these stories of spirits and shape-shifters, giants and time-travellers, curses and spells being told as they originally would have been in the ancient bardic tradition. He introduces the tales and talks to his fellow storyteller Daniel Morden.

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Jo Brandon, Aviva Dautch, Shazea Quraishi

Poetic Responses to Gustav Klimt

Hay Festival 2018, 

Renowned painter of the exquisite and other-worldly The Kiss, Gustav Klimt is the crowning jewel in Austria’s symbolist movement. Join Brandon, Dautch and Quraishi as they present their poetic answers to Klimt’s masterpieces, specially commissioned by Bradford Literature Festival. The poets will discuss how Klimt’s work inspired their own, as well as the social and artistic context in which the paintings were created. This one-of-a-kind event marries the contemporary with the historical to mark the centenary of Klimt’s death.

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Rosie Boycott, Simon Jenkins, James O'Brien and Jeanette Winterson

What do we do now?

Winter Weekend 2018, 

A panel of Festival guests reflect on the American Mid-Term Elections and the Deal/No Deal state of the Brexit negotiations. Strong coffee recommended.

The journalist and food commissioner, Baroness Boycott is a cross-bencher in the House of Lords. Simon Jenkins edited The Times and writes for The Guardian. James O'Brien hosts a daily phone-in show for LBC. Jeanette Winterson is a writer.

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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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Cosmovisiones indígenas en América. Jon Landaburu y Natasha Kanapé Fontaine con Camilo Hoyos

Cartagena 2017, 
La visión del mundo de las culturas indígenas del continente americano es quizá poca conocida para el gran público, pero de una riqueza notable. Dos importantes conocedores de esta tradición conversan con Camilo Hoyos. Con Jon Landaburu, quien fue desde 1972 hasta 2007 director de Investigaciones Científicas del Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique de Francia y director durante más de 10 años del Centro de Estudios de las Lenguas Indígenas de América de la misma institución (CELIA/CNRS). Y con Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Canadá), poeta innu, actriz, artista visual y activista por los derechos de los indígenas y por la conservación del medio ambiente. El trabajo de Natasha está publicado en francés por Mémoire d´Encrier y en inglés por Mawenzi House.
Cosmovisiones indígenas en América. Jon Landaburu y Natasha Kanapé Fontaine con Camilo Hoyos

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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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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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Cesar Mallorquí, Gonzalo Moure y Antonio Orlando Rodríguez en conversación con María Fernanda Paz Castillo

El auge de los betsellers para jóvenes.

Cartagena 2014, 
Vivimos el auge de los bestsellers para jóvenes: nunca antes en español se había publicado semejante cantidad de obras, en su mayoría traducciones de obras anglosajonas, que marcan los gustos y mucho del tiempo libre de nuestros lectores. Algunas de estas obras, además, cuentan con su versión cinematográfica. ¿Qué diferencia un bestseller para jóvenes de una obra literaria? ¿Lo uno y lo otro busca formar algún tipo de lector? La editora María Fernanda Paz Castillo conversará sobre este tema con los escritores españoles Cesar Mallorquí y Gonzalo Moure y el cubano Antonio Orlando Rodríguez. Con el apoyo de Acción Cultural Española

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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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Claire Tomalin

Mrs. Jordan's Profession

Hay Festival 1995, 
Tomalin's books about Mary Wollstonecraft, Katharine Mansfield and Nelly Ternan have established her as Britain's foremost living biographer. At the end of the C18th Dora Jordan, the subject of her new book, was the greatest comic actress the theatre had known, adored by public and high society alike. She became the consort of the future king William IV, lived with him in domestic happiness, and bore him ten children. She died alone, in obscurity, and when a biography of William IV was published in 1884, her name did not even appear in it. What happened?