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Wilfred Thesiger with Adrian House, Alex Maitland and Harry Marshall

The Hakluyt Society presents

Hay Festival 1996, 
To celebrate the Society's 150th anniversary, we are delighted to give the British premiere screening of Harry Marshall's film of Sir Wilfred Thesiger: Heart of a Nomad followed by a Question Time session with the director and the great travel writer himself, his official biographer, Alexander maitland, and his agent Adrian House.

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Fabien Erlinghauser

Character Design Workshop

Kells 2015, 

Come and learn to draw with the Animation Director of the Oscar-nominated animated feature film Song of the Sea.

9–14 years
Fabien Erlinghauser

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Sue Black

All that Remains: A Life in Death

Hay Festival 2018, 

Sue Black confronts death every day. As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. She reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and what her work has taught her. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel. Our own death will remain a great unknown. But as an expert witness from the final frontier, Sue Black is the wisest, most reassuring, most compelling of guides. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

Sue Black

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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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Gillian Clarke

Zoology

Winter Weekend 2017, 

A well of memories draws us into the Welsh landscape of the poet’s childhood: her parents, the threat of war, the richness of nature as experienced by a child. In the second of the collection’s six parts we find ourselves in the Zoology Museum, whose specimens stare back from their cases: the Snowdon rainbow beetle, the marsh fritillary, the golden lion tamarin. In later sections the poet invites us to Hafod Y Llan, the Snowdonian nature reserve rich in Alpine flowers and abandoned mineshafts, ‘where darkness laps at the brink of a void deep as cathedrals’. Clarke captures a complete cycle of seasons on the land, its bounty and hardship, from the spring lamb ‘birthed like a fish/steaming in moonlight’ to the ewe bearing her baby ‘in the funeral boat of her body’. The poems tap into a powerful, feminist empathy that sees beyond differentiations of species to an understanding deeper than knowledge, something subterranean, running through the land. Chaired by Imtiaz Dharker.

Gillian Clarke

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Magnus Mills, Tim Lott, Antonia Logue

Hay Festival 1999, 
Shortlisted for bothnBooker and Whitbread awards The Restraint of Beasts has become a cult classic. Blackest comedy set in rural Herefordshire, it is terrifyingly funny and beautifully written. Tim Lott author of the acclaimed and bestselling The Scent of Dried Roses, launches his new novel White City Blue, an articulate study of a man made of little more than the suit he wears and the car he drives. Logue presents her first novel Shadow-Box a dazzling mix of characters including the boxer Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion of the world, and Mina Loy the poet.

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George Szirtes talks to Júlia Várady

Budapest 2013, 

The celebrated poet and translator reads and discusses his work. Born in Hungary, Szirtes writes poetry in English. His award-winning collections include The Slant Door, The Budapest File, An English Apocalypse and The Burning of the Books. He translates Sándor Márai and László Krasznahorkai.

In collaboration with Corvina Books

Event in Hungarian with readings in English

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Bidisha and Michael Stewart

Bad Men and the Brontës

Hay Festival 2018, 

For almost two centuries, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights have constantly featured on lists of English literature’s most epic and affecting romances. This event brings together broadcaster Bidisha and novelist Michael Stewart to explore the real-life inspiration for the fascinating figures of Heathcliff and Rochester, examining whether they really are romantic heroes or whether the relationships in the novels show something much darker, and why, despite their flaws, they still appeal to readers today. Chaired by Remona Aly.

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Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Looking for Madeleine

Kells 2015, 

Internationally renowned investigative journalists Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan (The Eleventh Day: The Ultimate Account of 9/11) return to Hay Festival Kells to talk about their 2014 bestseller Looking for Madeleine, about the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann. They discuss the overwhelming and often troubling response to the book on social media. Chaired by Myles Dungan.

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

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Andrew Solomon en conversación con Rosie Boycott - Versión española

Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse

Cartagena 2015, 
Escritor y académico especializado en psicología, política y cultura, Andrew Solomon ganó el National Book Award en 2001 y fue finalista del Pulitzer en 2002 por su libro El demonio de la depresión. En su última publicación, Lejos del árbol: Historias de padres e hijos que han aprendido a quererse, muestra un estudio que ha realizado con alrededor de trescientas familias que han aprendido a convivir a pesar de vivir situaciones difíciles. 

Con el apoyo de la Embajada de Estados Unidos de América
Andrew Solomon en conversación con Rosie Boycott - Versión española

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Retratos de Gabo.

Darío Arizmendi, Xavi Ayén y Silvana Paternostro en conversación con Jaime Abello

Cartagena 2015, 
Tres periodistas hablarán de libros suyos en los que tratan diferentes aspectos de la vida y obra de Gabriel García Márquez. Darío Arizmendi lo hace a través de fotografías inéditas y anécdotas personales en su libro Gabo no contado, tras la amistad que mantuvieron durante 25 años. En Soledad & Compañía, Silvana Paternostro le retrata gracias a los relatos de quienes estuvieron muy cerca de él. Por su parte, Xavi Ayén, es autor de Aquellos años del boom, libro dedicado al boom de la literatura latinoamericana para el cual entrevistó a Gabo tras veinte años sin que concediese entrevistas.

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Ed Vaizey, Laura Tenison, Theo Fennell, Linda Yueh and Gaye Blake-Roberts

The Business of Creativity

Hay Festival 2018, 

Can art and business coexist, or does a drive for profit lead to the end of creative integrity? From art to literature, fashion to ceramics, four creative pioneers discuss the tensions between art and the corporate world with former Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, jewellery designer Theo Fennell, economist Linda Yueh, Jo Jo Maman Bebe founder Laura Tenison and curator at The Wedgwood Museum Gaye Blake-Roberts.

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Eurig Salisbury talks to Gaston Vadasz

Budapest 2013, 

The Welsh-language Children’s Poet Laureate has published a collection of children’s poetry and a book of poems, Llyfr Glas Eurig (‘Eurig’s Blue Book’). He reads and discusses writing for children and introduces the riches of the Welsh language.

Supported by Arts Council of Wales

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Will Hutton

The World We're In

Hay Festival 2002, 
Hutton follows up his The State We're In with an analysis of the political and economic effects (for the rest of the world) of American isolationism, and divines a counterbalance in a strengthened European Union.

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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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Graham Harvey

The Killing of the Countryside

Hay Festival 1997, 
In a devastating indictment of rural avarice and political ineptitude, the journalist and Agricultural Story Editor of The Archers argues the agricultural policy has poisoned the countryside and is destroying the landscape. Harvey proposes a way forward to salvage our once-priceless rural heritage.

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George Clarke

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The architect and Home Show and Restoration Man presenter explores ideas for re-imagining space and living in his stunning The Home Bible.

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Sam Llewellyn

Winter Weekend 2010, 
Ripping yarns and tall tales of Arthurian legend, Atlantis and the wild oceans from the author of the knock-down bestselling thriller Black Fish. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Christopher Andrew

The Mitrokhin Archive

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Chair of the Cambridge History Faculty reveals the full extent of the KGB's operations to infiltrate ad destabalize the West, from the formation of the Soviet Republic through the Cold Ward to Perestroika. Previously suppresed material contained in the extraordinary records of the defector Vassili Mitrokhin reveals the farcical truth about Philby, the attempts to recuit Harold Wilson, to scilence Sakharov and Solzhenitsyn and to ward of the influence of John Paul II.

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David Christian talks to Rosie Boycott

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

Hay Festival 2018, 

A majestic distillation of our current understanding of the birth of the universe, of the solar system, of the oceans, of mountains and minerals, of all life on earth and of the driving dynamics of human culture and achievement. Christian is a Distinguished Professor in History at Macquarie University in Australia and the co-founder, with Bill Gates, of The Big History Project.

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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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Jeanette Winterson

Ghost Nights and Christmas Days

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The novelist presents an evening of ancient and modern stories to meet the chill of a winter’s night. Winterson’s most recent novel was The Gap of Time, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Her new festive book is Christmas Days, 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days from which she will be reading.

Jeanette Winterson

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Virginie Despentes en conversación con Guadalupe Nettel

Cartagena 2014, 
Virginie Despentes es una escritora y directora de cine francesa autora de la controvertida novela Fóllame (Mondadori, 1998), que llevó también al cine y fue censurada en varios países por su alto contenido pornográfico y violento. Ganadora del premio Renaudot 2010 con la novela Apocalipsis bebé, ha publicado también en español Perras sabias (Anagrama, 1998) y recientemente Bye Bye Blondie (Pol·len, 2013), novela llevada al cine y protagonizada por Emmanuelle Beart.

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Andrew Davies, Laura Lankester, Bethan Jones

Les Miserables

Hay Festival 2018, 

The screenwriter (War and Peace, Bleak House, Dr Zhivago, Pride and Prejudice) is joined by his script editor and producer to discuss the challenges of adapting Victor Hugo’s masterpiece for the screen. The six-hour series will broadcast later this year with Dominic West as Valjean, David Oyelowo as Javert and Olivia Colman as Mme Thénardier. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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David Crystal

The Story of Be: A Verb’s Eye View of the English Language

Hay Festival 2018, 

It's the most simple, unassuming, innocent-looking verb: 'to be'. Yet it is jam-packed with more different meanings, forms and uses than any other English word. As he reveals ‘be's’ multiple incarnations, Prof Crystal takes us to the heart of our flexible and changing language. We meet circumstantial be ("how are you?"), numerical be ("two and two is four"), quotative be ("so I was like, 'wow'"), and ludic be ("oh no he isn't!"), and a whole swarm of other meanings.

David Crystal