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Matt Whyman and James Dawson

FRIGHTFEST

Hay Festival 2014, 

In The Savages and sequel American Savage, Matt Whyman introduces readers to a family with VERY particular eating habits, while in Say Her Name, James Dawson dares to summon Bloody Mary from beyond the grave. Find out how to be funny and scary at the same time.
12+ years (YA)

Matt Whyman and James Dawson

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Martin Amis talks to Peter Florence

The Pregnant Widow

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author revisits the sexual revolution, the 1970s and mortality with savage comedy in his new novel.

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Anthony King

The Blunders of Our Governments

Hay Festival 2014, 

There are a handful of cock-ups that we remember all too well, from the Poll Tax to the Millennium Dome. However, the list is longer than most of us realize and it is growing. King explains why the British political system is quite so prone to appalling mistakes. Chaired by Martin Chilton.

Anthony King

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Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Louise O’Neill and Non Pratt

Love Hurts

Hay Festival 2015, 

An unmissable line-up of YA talent for your delectation. Four fabulous writers range over many topics that concern their readers, including love. Love Hurts is a new collection of writing, edited by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, to which James and Non have both contributed. They are joined by the winner of the inaugural YA Book Prize, Louise O’Neill in what promises to be a lively conversation chaired by Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust. 

12+ years/YA
Malorie Blackman, James Dawson, Louise O’Neill and Non Pratt

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Chris Patten

What Next? Surviving the Twenty-First Century

Hay Festival 2009, 
Migration, climate, conflict, and the myriad challenges for the global communities. The former EU Commissioner, Governor of Hong Kong is now co-Chair of the International Crisis Group. Chaired by BBC World anchor Nik Gowing.

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Peter Stead, Richard Marsden and Guto Harri talk to Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 1 – History

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this first of six conversations about Heroes and Villains the team ask does Welsh history need its heroes and villains? If so, who are they and why do they matter?
 
In association with The Western Mail

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Simon Blackburn

Cambridge 800 Series: Arguing about Religion – Hume Ten, Rest of World Nil

Hay Festival 2009, 
Philosophers tend to roll their eyes when scientists arrive and declaim that they have discovered either that there is a God, or that there isn’t. Blackburn shows why the current debate between militant atheists and militant theists can be improved by paying attention to David Hume.

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Eduardo Sacheri talks to Philippe Sands

The Secret in their Eyes

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Argentinian author discusses his noir thriller that won the 2010 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English

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Vanessa Redgrave talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2011, 
A conversation with the actress and campaigner.

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Ranulph Fiennes talks to Rupert Lancaster

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Hay Festival 2010, 
Sir Ranulph Twistleton-Wykham-Fiennes’ personal expedition to trace his extraordinary family through history. From Charlemagne to the present day.
Ranulph Fiennes talks to Rupert Lancaster

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Philip Gross, Hamish Fyfe, Dannie Abse, Sacha Abercorn

Creative Reading

Hay Festival 2010, 
We extend the conversation about reading and writing and well-being – ‘Art is part of the answer – not as a panacea, but because art has a way of going to the hurt place and cleaning it. Some wounds may never heal but they need not remain infected’ – Jeanette Winterson.
Philip Gross, Hamish Fyfe, Dannie Abse, Sacha Abercorn

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Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Hits Hollywood

Hay Festival 2010, 
Fresh from the bright lights of LA the writer of the superb How To Train Your Dragon series talks Toothless, trouble and Tennant. Includes film clips.
 
Family event
 
See the Blog for more details.  Cressida is also taking part in Oxfam Bookfest.

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Michael Scheuer talks to Nik Gowing

Osama Bin Laden

Hay Festival 2011, 
The former head of the CIA’s Bin Laden Unit profiles the remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable rhetorical abilities of the Saudi dissident who became America’s ‘Most Wanted’ on 11 September 2001.

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Molly Scott Cato and Brian Davey talk to Jane Davidson

Social Justice and Climate Change

Hay Festival 2012, 
Climate change has the greatest impact on people and places facing poverty. But there are real opportunities to develop policies and practices to narrow the gap.

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Robert Macfarlane

Cambridge Series 3 - The Old Ways

Hay Festival 2012, 
Macfarlane sets off to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drovers’ roads and seas paths that form part of a vast network of routes criss-crossing the British landscape and its waters, and connecting them to continents beyond.
 

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Ian Jones

Cardiff Series 4 - Motherhood and the Mind

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Perinatal Psychiatrist analyses the link between mental illness and childbirth. The connection is long established in many cultures, with suicide a leading cause of maternal death. Understanding the link between childbirth and severe psychiatric episodes will bring enormous benefits for women who suffer, and may help us understand more about the causes of mood disorders more generally.
 
In association with Cardiff University

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Maureen Lipman

I Must Collect Myself

Hay Festival 2011, 
The writer and actress entertains with some of her Choice Cuts From a Long Shelf-Life.

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Peter Guest

Cardiff Series 1: The Lost City of the Legion

Hay Festival 2011, 
Find out about what has been uncovered at Caerleon from one the archaeologists investigating Isca’s ancient remains, how the discoveries were made, and why so many people have been inspired to explore one of Roman Britain’s most iconic sites for themselves.

Read more about Peter Guest and Caerleon at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-11288684

For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival

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Ashraf Ghani & Clare Lockhart

Fixing Failed States

Hay Festival 2008, 
A billion people live in sixty-odd states where terrorism, ethnic conflict, disease, poverty and trafficking thrive. What do we do now? Dr Ghani was Afghan Finance Minister 2002–04.

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Austen Bicentenary Series 1

Charlotte Brewer: Extraordinary Jane

Hay Festival 2013, 

Walter Scott praised Austen for her ordinariness. But according to the OED she was a linguistic innovator, the earliest printed source for nearly 300 words and senses, including ‘of the moment’ and ‘nice-looking’. What does this tell us about Austen – and the OED?

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Grahame Davies talks to Merryl Wyn Davies

The Dragon and the Crescent

Hay Festival 2011, 
Nine centuries of contact between Wales and Islam. Chaired by the Director of the Muslim Institute.

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Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM

One Wales: One Planet

Hay Festival 2009, 
Launch of the Welsh Assembly Government’s new Sustainable Development Scheme – One Wales: One Planet – by Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan AM, First Minister of Wales.

Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket.

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Alistair Sawday, Barbara Haddrill and Elaine Brook talk to Andy Fryers

How Green is my Money?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Can eco-friendly lifestyles be more enjoyable and healthy, better quality and actually less expensive than our current planet-guzzling habits? Alastair Sawday looks at the ‘Go Slow’ food and lifestyle movement in Italy, Barbara Haddrill tells tales of her aviation-free journey to Australia, and Elaine Brook explores how businesses themselves are cooperating to develop a radically new enterprise culture.

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Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

The Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: East West Street

Hay Festival 2017, 

Sands’s inquiry into the origins of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity' is also a personal quest for his family in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. It won this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize. Hay Festival-goers will have heard Sands explore many of the themes of the story here over the past decade. We revisit East West Street this year to honour one of the greatest works of literature of the festival’s lifetime; a book that might be read around Europe and around the world to inform the way contemporary history is developing.

Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

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The Google Platform: Ory Okolloh, Dr Christian Turner and John Kampfner

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
Google’s head of Policy and Government Relations, Africa and the Freedom of Expression advocate discuss the cultural and social transformative power of the internet and new technologies. They are joined by Dr Christian Turner, former Director of the Middle East and North Africa in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Dr Turner is now British High Commissioner to Kenya.