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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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Rachel Bright

The Lion Inside

Hay Festival 2016, 

The author and illustrator introduces a lion who is just a little bit different. When a mouse meets a lion it’s easy to guess who will be more afraid…or is it? Find out how this lion can overcome his fears and discover his own true bravery.

3+

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Suman-Lata Sahonta

Cambridge Series 18: How Light can Improve your Life

Hay Festival 2016, 

Those teeny lights aren’t just for show: LEDs help us to sleep better, fight cancer, prevent identity theft, and communicate with the Internet of Things. Dr Sahonta is based at the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride.

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Barry Cunliffe

On the Ocean: The Mediterranean and the Atlantic from Prehistory to AD1500

Hay Festival 2018, 

While the land is familiar, even reassuring, the sea is unknown and threatening. Why, then, did humans become seafarers? Part of the answer is that we are conditioned by our genetics to be acquisitive animals: we like to acquire rare materials and we are eager for esoteric knowledge, and society rewards us well for both. And our innate inquisitiveness drives us to explore. The pre-eminent archaeologist looks at the development of seafaring on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, two contrasting seas, the Mediterranean without a significant tide, enclosed and soon to become familiar, the Atlantic with its frightening tidal ranges, an ocean without end. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

Barry Cunliffe

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Too True

Hay Festival 1998, 
The poet Blake Morrison explores the boundries between fact and fiction with Linda Grant, author of Remind Me Who I Am, Again and the award- winning writer Romesh Gunesekera whose novel The Sandglas is published this month by Granta. Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father? launched a publishing fashion for confessional autobiography. His second book As If addressed the killing of two-year old James Bulger. Too True is published this month.

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Three O'Clock At Ponty

BBC Radio Wales and the Sherman Theatre present

Hay Festival 1996, 
Thirty-minute theatre, broadcast live from the Festival. WIth Richard Harrington, Rhodri Huw and Maria Pride. 
Teenage dreams and love tokens give way to adult reality in Ponty's Ynys Angharad Park.

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Susan Hill, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Bate, Joanna Trollope

Books & Company

Hay Festival 2000, 
A 'live' edition of the quarterly magazine 'about books, for those who delight in them.' Three contributors, plus the Editor reveal some of the secrets of their bookshelves and share old and new favourite.

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Paul Roche

Down to Earth: Impacts from Space – Cardiff University Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

What killed the dinosaurs? And should we be worried about going the same way? Astronomers regularly discover huge lumps of rock and ice hurtling past the Earth, and if some of them were to actually hit us then the effects could be terrifying, with dramatic consequences for all life on Earth. Recent near misses, and the huge airburst explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013, make this a very topical issue. The European Space Agency’s Space Ambassador for Wales spins a tale of death, destruction and dinosaurs.

Paul Roche

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Cubriendo Oriente Medio

Ahmed Maher y Catalina Gómez con Hernando Álvarez

Cartagena 2017, 
Dos experimentados periodistas, Ahmed Maher (Egipto), corresponsal de BBC Arabic en Bagdad, y Catalina Gómez (Colombia), periodista afincada en Teherán, conversan sobre sus experiencias e impresiones de esta región, tristemente convulsa en estos momentos. Moderado por Hernando Álvarez, director de BBC Mundo.
Cubriendo Oriente Medio

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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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HAY JOVEN: Antonio Colinas sobre poesía

Cartagena 2013, 
El celebrado poeta español compartirá algunos de sus poemas y hablará sobre el trabajo de composición poética.

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Melvyn Bragg

Hay Festival 1996, 
The writer and broadcaster presents his new novel Credo, a magnificent epic tussle of faith and passion, sensuality and Christianity set in the Dark Ages. Bragg's bestselling novels include The Maid of Buttermore, A Time to Dance and Crystal Rooms.

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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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Hilary Cottam

The Inaugural Octavia Hill Lecture

Hay Festival 2018, 

Radical Help: How we can Remake the Relationships Between us and Revolutionise the Welfare State

The Welfare State was revolutionary: it lifted thousands out of poverty, provided decent homes, good education and security. But it is out of kilter now: an elaborate and expensive system of managing needs and risks. Today we face new challenges. Our resources have changed. How should we live: how should we care for one another; grow our capabilities to work, to learn, to love and fully realise our potential? Cottam is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Participle. Prior to that she worked as an urban poverty specialist at the World Bank. Chaired by Justin Albert, Director of National Trust Wales. The lecture is given in the name of the great social reformer and founder of the National Trust.

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Owen Sheers and Pip Broughton

Poetry on Film: To Provide All People

Hay Festival 2018, 

The poet and the film-maker collaborated on the BAFTA Cymru award-winning Aberfan: The Green Hollow, an hour-long film poem about the 1966 tragedy, and are now working on To Provide for All People – a new film celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. They discuss the stories and people who feature in the new film, and the freedoms and forms of working with poetry. They preview clips of the NHS film that will be broadcast later in the summer.

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Intervention and Cure

Hay Festival 2002, 
'The credible threat of overwhelming military force to prevent terror and further conflict: right or wrong?' The exact focus of this debatewill be determind by events at the time. The panel will be chaired by BBC World Anchor Nik Gowing and will include Michael Ignatieff, the Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and the BBC's Allan Little.

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Michael Cox in conversation with Adam Austerfield

The LSE Lecture: From West To East?

Budapest 2013, 

The dimensions of global power shifts in the modern era. The Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations talks about what global political and economic changes we can expect from the rise of China, India, Latin America and other developing markets around the world, and what this means for central and Eastern Europe.

Co-organized with LSE (London School of Economics) in collaboration with Egmond Kiado

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William Sitwell talks to Rosie Boycott

Eggs or Anarchy

Hay Festival 2016, 

The heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister for Food 1940-1943, really fed Britain. As a nation at war, with supply routes under attack from the Axis powers and resources scarce, it was Woolton’s job to fulfil his promise to the British people, and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in particular, that there would be food on the shelves each week. He battled to outwit unscrupulous dealers on the black market streets of cities across the British Empire, persuading customs authorities to turn a blind eye to his import schemes.

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Carolina Andújar

Cartagena 2016, 
La escritora colombiana autora de Pie de bruja (2014), La princesa y el mago sombrío (2013), Vajda, príncipe inmortal (2012) y Vampyr (2009), conversará y debatirá acerca de la literatura gótica y fantástica.
Niños 11 - 14 años

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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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Eric Ngalle Charles and Owen Sheers

The Last Ritual

Hay Festival 2018, 

A performance of the new one-man play by the Cameroon-born playwright and actor, now a Creative Wales Fellow, is followed by a conversation with Owen Sheers about the work and Charles’ extraordinary life. The Last Ritual is based on the author’s last days in the village of Small Soppo in Buea, Cameroon. It looks at love and ultimate betrayal, exploring the theme of witchcraft and the practice of it.

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James O’Brien

How To Be Right

Winter Weekend 2018, 

The LBC radio talkshow host provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue in current affairs, James tells the stories of the conversations he’s had, explains why people have been fooled into thinking the way they do, and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards. He talks to Rosie Boycott.

O’Brien’s 2018 Christopher Hitchens Lecture is now available on Hay Player.


JAMES WILL ALSO BE TAKING PART IN THE SUNDAY MORNING POLITICS SHOW - EVENT 31, FOR WHICH THERE ARE STILL A FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE.

James O’Brien

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Nicola Davies

The Promise

Hay Festival 2014, 

Nicola is a marvellous writer, speaker, and observer of the natural world. She reads from her beautiful new picture book The Promise, which reminds us all that the smallest actions can change our world for the better.
5+ years

Nicola Davies

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Ruth Dudley Edwards talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Seven

Hay Festival 2016, 

On Easter Sunday, 23 April 1916, the Irish Republican Brotherhood’s military council put their names to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, declaring they were the provisional government of an Ireland free from British rule. In effect, each man had knowingly signed his own death warrant. Since then, the seven have been eulogised and used as political weapons by many. To challenge the morality of the Rising was to be denounced as unpatriotic, even un-Irish. One hundred years on, however, there is an increasing recognition within Ireland that it’s time for the founding fathers to come under proper scrutiny.

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Javier Cercas and Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Fictions: True Stories

Hay Festival 2018, 

A conversation about fiction and language with two of the greatest Spanish language writers. The Impostor is Cercas’ new novel about the notorious fake Holocaust survivor, Enric Marco. With profound compassion and lacerating honesty, Cercas takes the reader on a journey not only into one man’s gigantic lie, but also into the deepest, most flawed parts of our humanity. Cercas also publishes his book of essays on the novel The Blind Spot.  Gabriel Vasquez introduces his novel The Shape of the Ruins. It takes the form of personal and formal investigations into two political assassinations. Separated by more than 30 years, the two murders at first appear unconnected, but as the novel progresses Vásquez reveals how between them they contain the seeds of the violence that has bedevilled Colombia ever since. They talk, in English, to Daniel Hahn.