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Jean Moorcroft Wilson

O What A Lovely Subject!

Hay Festival 1998, 
Biographer Jean Moorcroft Wilson examines the complex character and fascinating background of Siegfried Sassoon, the Great War poet.

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Mark Shand

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of Travels On My Elephant and now Queen of the Elephants talks about his travels and his elephants - "A ripping yarn, told with wit and affection . . . wonderfully evocative" - The Times.

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Alexandra Harris and Tim Dee

Ground Work / The Life of Landscape

Hay Festival 2018, 

Why did landscape become a subject for art in the 18th century and not before? Where might we look for clues to an earlier ‘sense of place’? The Professor of English, author of Weatherland and Romantic Moderns, examines the history of English landscape painting and local writing from the particular perspective of going back to her childhood home in Sussex. She talks with Tim Dee, editor of a timely collection of the best British nature writing newly commissioned by one of the great authorities on the subject - Ground Work. The book explores a sense of place, and our obligations of custodianship in this land.

Alexandra Harris and Tim Dee

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Carlos Franz y Gastón García Marinozzi en conversación con Pablo Duarte

Querétaro 2016, 

El escritor chileno Carlos Franz ha sido el ganador de la II Bienal de Novela Mario Vargas Llosa por su novela Si te vieras con mis ojos, novela que describe un triángulo amoroso en Chile a finales del siglo XIX, con unos protagonistas muy particulares basados en personajes reales. Franz es autor de otras tres novelas, libros de ensayo y cuento, y es miembro de la Academia Chilena de la Lengua. Por su parte, el escritor y periodista Gastón García Marinozzi (Argentina) ha sacado a la luz su primera novela, Viaje al fin de la memoria, un peculiar road trip protagonizado por periodistas dedicados a la investigación. En conversación con el escritor y crítico literario Pablo Duarte.

Carlos Franz y Gastón García Marinozzi en conversación con Pablo Duarte

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Anthony Wall

Bacon and Burroughs

Hay Festival 2003, 
Q & A with Anthony Wall, Arena editor who shows the world premiere of a filmed conversation between Francis Bacon and William Burroughs, author of The Naked Lunch.

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Erica Jong & Marilyn French

Hay Festival 1997, 
Jong, the author of Fear of Flying, How to save your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses and Fear of Fifty discusses her new novel Of Blessed Memory. French, whose books include Our Father, The Bleeding Heart and The War Against Women celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the first publication of The Woman's Room.

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Jeremy Deller talks to Tim Marlow

The Tate etc. Magazine Platform

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Turner Prize-winner talks about his work with music, folk, culture and performance.

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Ali Smith talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Accidental is a compelling adventure in literature from the most inventive and entertaining novelist of my generation. Don't miss this. You can tell your grandchildren you were there when it launched.

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Frank and Andrew St George

Sex-Change Bishop in Mercy Dash to Palace

Hay Festival 1997, 
The linguist and his son, the brilliant young historian and biographer, look at style and lifestyle in English writing from Shakespeare to The Sun. They will be offering tips from their new book Clear English and advice on family collaborations...

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David Clark

Cicely Saunders: Care for the Dying

Hay Festival 2018, 

Clark honours the life and work of the pioneer of the hospice movement. His biography shows how Cicely Saunders and the hospice she created, St Christopher’s, played a crucial role in shaping a new discourse of care at the end of life.  From the pessimism of ‘there is nothing more we can do’, medicine and healthcare gradually adopted a more purposeful approach to care at the end of life, which came to be known as ‘palliative care’.  

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Patrick McCabe

Hay Festival 1998, 
McCabe's new novel Breakfast on Pluto set in the London and Belfast of the 1970's confirms his status as the leading contemporary Irish novelist. HIs last book The Butcher Boy has been filmed by Neil Jordan.

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Fictions

Dhaka 2013, 
Aamer Hussein, Florence Noiville and Peter Pannke talk with Arunava Sinha, about different genres, places, lauguages, and celebrating the diversity of fiction.

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Ted Dexter talks to Frank Keating

A few words about Cricket

Hay Festival 1996, 
The former England Cricket Captain and Chairman of Selectors talks to the country's leading sports journalist Frank Keating, biographer of Graham Gooch.

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Adam Frost

Animal Quiz

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author of The Awesome Book of Animals wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.

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Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

Seeds of Science – Why we got it so wrong on GMOs

Hay Festival 2018, 

Mark Lynas was one of the original GM field wreckers. Back in the 1990s – working undercover with his colleagues in the environmental movement – he would descend on trial sites of genetically modified crops at night and hack them to pieces. Two decades later, most people around the world – from New York to China – still think that GMO foods are bad for their health or likely to damage the environment. But Mark has changed his mind. He lifts the lid on the anti-GMO craze and shows how science was left by the wayside as a wave of public hysteria swept the world.

Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

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Duncan Bush, MIke Jenkins, Robert Minhinnick, Hilary Llewellyn Williams

Burning the Bracken

Hay Festival 1996, 
We launch Amy Wack's anthology to celebrate 15 years of The Seren Press' poetry list with this reading by four of Wales' finest poets. Duncan Bush won the 1995 Welsh Book of the Year for Masks, Mike Jenkins reads from This House, My Ghetto, the award-winning essayist Robert Minhinnick reads from his latest collection Hey Fatman and Hilary Llewellyn Williams reads from her remarkable Book of Shadows.

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Henry Marsh en conversación con Giuseppe Caputo

Cartagena 2017, 
El neurocirujano británico Henry Marsh, uno de los más prestigiosos en su campo, presenta su best sellermundial Ante todo, no hagas daño, elegido mejor libro del año por Financial Times y The Economist. En él desvela los secretos que se esconden tras la puerta de un quirófano y relata con aterradora franqueza los dilemas y conflictos morales a los que debe enfrentarse en la mesa de operaciones. Ha protagonizado los documentales Your Life in Their Hands, ganador de la Royal Television Society Gold Medal, y The English Surgeon, galardonado con un premio Emmy. Conversará con el escritor Giuseppe Caputo.
Henry Marsh en conversación con Giuseppe Caputo

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Patrick Barkham

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago

Hay Festival 2018, 

The British Isles are an archipelago made up of two large islands and 6,289 smaller ones. The nature writer meets all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, from local legends to rare subspecies of vole, as he seeks to discover what it is like to live on a small island, and what it means to be an islander.

Barkham’s books include CoastlinesBadgerlands and The Butterfly Isles.

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John Connolly talks to Francine Stock

He

Winter Weekend 2017, 

A conversation and special screening of the classic silent short The First Mistake. In his novel He, Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood with an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, and the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists. Connolly portrays a man whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe. He is Stan Laurel. But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.

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Endless Revolutions

Dhaka 2013, 
Tariq Ali, Ahdaf Soueif and Pankaj Mishra discuss the past and present. Moderated by Eliot Weinberger.

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Andy Mulligan talks to Claire Armitstead

Dog

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and author of Trash as he discusses his most recent book, the story of the changing relationship that develops between a boy and his new dog, Spider. Spider helps Tom manage things when his life at home and at school is spinning out of control and in return Tom gives Spider all the love and attention he needs. Both grow stronger as a result. Dog is a book about trust, standing up for yourself, and learning to love.

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Jonathan White

Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the Arctic, White, a marine conservationist, shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a 25-foot tidal bore that crashes 80 miles up the Qiantang River; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture – the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colourful adventure travel and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion.

Jonathan White

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Thomas Harding talks to Philippe Sands

Blood on the Page

Hay Festival 2018, 

A ground-breaking examination of a terrifying murder and its aftermath by the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake. The trial of the Chinese dissident accused of murdering Allan Chappelow was the first in modern British history to be held ‘in camera’ – closed, carefully controlled, secret. Wang Yam was found guilty but has always protested his innocence. “Meticulous and gripping – a thriller that disturbs for revelations about a singular act of murder, and the national security state which we call home” –Philippe Sands.

Thomas Harding talks to Philippe Sands

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Yascha Mounk

The People vs. Democracy: Why our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It

Hay Festival 2018, 

From India to Turkey, from Poland to the United States, authoritarian populists have seized power. Two core components of liberal democracy, individual rights and the popular will, are at war, putting democracy itself at risk. In plain language, Yascha Mounk, Harvard lecturer on government, describes how we got here, where we need to go, and why there is little time to waste.

Yascha Mounk

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Mosley

Hay Festival 1998, 
Laurence Marks analysis his controversial C4 television film about the Fascist Leader Oswald Mosley with the politician's son, the distinguished novelist Nicholas Mosley, on whose work the series was based. Marks' television credits, who along with Maurice Gran, include Shine On Harvey Moon, Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and The New Statesman. They talk to Tom Rosenthal.