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John Lister-Kaye

At The Water’s Edge: A Personal Quest for Wildness

Hay Festival 2011, 
The nature writer’s close observation of his Scottish home also forges wonderful connections between the most unlikely subjects, from photosynthesis and the energy cycle to Norse mythology, to weasels and perfume and to the over-population of our planet. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
 
Read more about John Lister-Kaye
 

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John Mitchinson presents

UNBOUND LIVE!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award winning crowd-funded publisher Unbound, launched at Hay last year, celebrates its first birthday with a live event unlike anything else at the festival. Join a panel of Unbound authors competing to win the approval of the crowd to raise funding for their book ideas, in a cross between an election hustings and a literary Dragons’ Den. Featuring super-smart comedian Katy Brand, novelist, TV presenter and Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn, the inimitable Glaswegian Sikh writer, cook and performer, Hardeep Singh Kohli, cult perfomance poet George Chopping, and Australian fashion guru and cancer survivor , Jessica Jones.

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Russell Deacon

The History of the Welsh Liberal Party

Hay Festival 2011, 
An exploration of the development of Wales’ oldest political party, some of its heroes and villains and how its more prominent members have shaped Welsh and British history, with special reference to the late Festival Vice-President and President of the European Movement in Wales, Lord Richard Livsey of Talgarth.

Find out more about Prof. Russell Deacon and read a recent article

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Rowan Williams talks to AN Wilson

Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s reading of the great Russian master asks us to imagine what might be possible if we – characters and readers – saw the world in another light; the light provided by faith.

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Richard Herring talks to Fiona Lindsay

How Not To Grow Up

Hay Festival 2010, 
The 40-something comedian is a big kid kicking against maturity, and the author of A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of.

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Richard Shelton

To Sea and Back

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Heroic Life of the Atlantic Salmon.
Richard Shelton

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Paul Preston talks to Luis María Anson

Segovia 2011, 
Paul Preston is a specialist in contemporary Spanish history and one of the most important British Hispanists. Member of the British Academy, in 2011 he published The Spanish Holocaust, a book about the repression during the Spanish Civil War and immediately thereafter. Luis María Anson is a member of the Real Academia Española, funder of El Cultural (central supplement of El Mundo newspaper) and director of the on-line newspaper El Imparcial. They will talk about such matters as the role of the press, the monarchy or the 23-F coup d’état.

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Simon Callow

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
The biography explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language.

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Farah Faizal

Screening of The Island President

Hay Festival 2012, 
After introducing democracy to Maldives, the lowest-lying region in the world, President Mohamed Nasheed fights to prevent his homeland from disappearing under the sea. Farah Faizal, former High Commissioner to Maldives, introduces the film and updates us on the current situation post-President Nasheed who was forced to resign after a military coup in February 2012.

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Jamie Oliver talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2008, 
The chef and gastro-revolutionary talks produce, prep and passion.

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Neil MacGregor

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Hay Festival 2010, 
The British Museum director discusses his radio history that runs throughout 2010. Chaired by Mark Damazer, controller of BBC Radio 4.

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Andy McNab talks to Paul Blezard

Bravo Two Zero At Twenty

Hay Festival 2013, 

On the 20th anniversary of publication of his iconic tale of disaster and endurance in the first Iraq War, the Special Forces veteran revisits the story with new material.

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Mark Rowlands

Running With The Pack: Thoughts From The Road On Meaning And Mortality

Hay Festival 2013, 

Our memories make us who we are. But what is memory? What is it to remember a person or a place? Author Mark Rowlands grew up not far from Hay-on-Wye, but has lived much of his adult life in America. Returning to a place that is full of memories, he examines the idea of remembering through the medium of two of his books, the international bestseller The Philosopher And The Wolf, and his new book Running With The Pack.

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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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Jasper Fforde, Cressida Cowell, Patrick Ness and Jenny Valentine

Writers' Question Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join some of the nation’s best writers for a unique opportunity to quiz them on all things writerly. The entire session will be run by you, the audience, so come prepared with lots of questions!

9 years–adult

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Question Time For Young Adult Fiction Fans

Hay Festival 2013, 

Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, is joined by Malorie Blackman, Melvin Burgess and Hayley Long to ask and answer all the big questions about YA.

Jonathan Douglas leads a provocative discussion around the idea of whether there are certain books that teenagers ought to read, and certain books they ought not to. He is joined by Melvin Burgess, whose multiple-award-winning novel JUNK is the seminal novel of teen addition and a modern classic. Melvin continues to attract both praise and blame with each new work, most recently The Hit.

Malorie Blackman tackles big themes in her fiction but often from an unexpected viewpoint as with the phenomenally successful Noughts & Crosses series and more recently Boys Don't Cry, a story of teenage fatherhood. Her new novel, Noble Conflict, will be published shortly.

Hayley Long, whose novel What's Up With Jody Barton has readers questioning their assumptions and their attitudes about gender, relationships and sexuality.

13+ years

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Graydon Carter, Christopher Hitchens and Gary Younge

America

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Vanity Fair editor, author of the savagely critical What We’ve Lost, joins the Hitch and The Guardian’s US correspondent Gary Younge, who launches Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, to consider the state of the union.

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Lovers

Kells 2013, 

Shakespeare is the inventor of the comedy of wooing and wiving; his idea of the lover has more in common with Justin Bieber than with Mr Darcy. What can we learn from the example of Shakespeare’s boy lovers? Shakespeare’s notions may be closer to female fantasy than we think.

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Alun Davies and Janez Potocnik

Environment Or Economy: Can We Have Both?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Protecting the environment is often cited as an unaffordable luxury in these times of economic crisis. Where are the red lines and what are the compromises that are made to ensure we can restore degraded environments and degraded economies? The Welsh Government’s Natural Resources and Food Minister Alun Davies discusses with EU Environment Commissioner Potocnik. Chaired by The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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John Bulmer talks to Revel Guest

The North

Hay Festival 2013, 

The photo-journalist shows and discusses his seminal 1960s reportage in b/w and colour from the industrial heartlands untouched by the Swinging Sixties.

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Susana Castellanos in conversation with Hugo Chaparro

On vampires, and other gothic experiences

Cartagena 2010, 
The world of vampires seems to be coming back to life with unusual strength, both in literature and in cinema and television. Is this just one trend of many in a new and bloody century, or the resurgence of a genre, the rebirth of a symbology and of rituals to define our current selves?

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Mark Watson and Catherine O'Flynn talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: The Comedians

Hay Festival 2011, 
Watson’s Eleven is a tale of love and loss, Scrabble and six degrees of separation. O’Flynn’s Birmingham-set The News Where You Are spins around intimate absences and banal news presences.
 
 
Eleven - Mark Watson

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Los últimos días de Trotsky: con Leonardo Padura y Javier Rioyo

seguido de la proyección del documental Asaltar los cielos

Segovia 2009, 
El escritor cubano Leonardo Padura, autor de la celebrada serie de novelas protagonizadas por el investigador Mario Conde, describe su último trabajo, una reconstrucción del asesinato de León Trotsky. Javier Rioyo, escritor, guionista y director de cine, ha dirigido, entre otros, el documental Asaltar los cielos (1996), donde analiza el proceso que culminó con el asesinato del líder comunista.

Conversación seguido de la proyección del documental Asaltar los cielos, 96 minutos

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Katherine Jenkins talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Welsh diva discusses her autobiography Time To Say Hello.

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Claire Tomalin

The London Library Lecture - Charles Dickens

Hay Festival 2012, 
The peerless literary biographer examines the contradictory and unpredictable life of our greatest novelist, in this, his bi-centenary year.