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Paul O’Grady talks to Sandi Toksvig

The Devil Rides Out

Hay Festival 2011, 
The entertainer writes autobiography like a dream – a very funny, moving and riveting one.

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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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Tishani Doshi and Wendy Law-Yone talk to Peter Florence

Fiction: Migrations

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Pleasure Seekers tells of the life and love of Babo Patel from Madras and Sian Jones from Wales, and their hybrid family. The Road to Wanting chronicles the heroine Na Ga’s passage from the tribal villages of Burma to military Rangoon and the hedonism of Bangkok.
Tishani Doshi and Wendy Law-Yone talk to Peter Florence

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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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Jenny Agutter, Heidi Thomas, Pippa Harris

Call The Midwife

Hay Festival 2015, 

The star, screenwriter and producer of the television drama discuss the stories and period of Jennifer Worth’s best-selling books with Virginia Nicholson.

Jenny Agutter, Heidi Thomas, Pippa Harris

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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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Molly Scott Cato and Polly Higgins

Creating A Resilient World

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is it possible to manage resources fairly and equitably? A strong local economy is important to sustainability, but how large is a local economy and how self-reliant can it be? What part does the law play in ensuring a resilient environment for all and preventing exploitation by the few? The Telegraph’s Geoffrey Lean chairs.

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Alison Smith

Tate Lecture 2: Watercolours

Hay Festival 2011, 
The curator of the blockbuster Watercolours exhibition explores the medium with illustrations from C12th illuminated manuscripts to the work of Kapoor and Emin. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Tim Minshall

Cambridge University Series 13: Building The Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

Engineers are fantastic – they are the people who change the world. Engineers put a man on the moon, develop the internet, build skyscrapers, rebuild bodies…and so much more. Yet not many people know what engineers actually do. This talk will reveal – in just ten words – the secrets of what engineers really get up to as they work hard to build a better future for us all.

Please note this event is aimed at secondary school age children

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David Buckland, Marcus Brigstocke and Antony Gormley

Cape Farewell

Hay Festival 2009, 
The director of the organisation that inspires a cultural response to climate change is joined by two of his collaborators in the high Arctic.

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Jan Morris, Simon Armitage, DBC Pierre and Tobias Hill

Faber @ 80

Hay Festival 2009, 
We toast the 80th birthday of the blue-chip publishing house with readings by four of its star writers, chaired by publisher Lee Brackstone.

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Christopher Paolini

Inheritance

Hay Festival 2012, 
It began with Eragon...it ends with Inheritance. Join this phenomenal author as he brings the cycle to a breathtaking conclusion.
 
10+ years

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Ann Pettifor and Paul Ellis in conversation with Tony Greenham

Nef Debate 2: What if the Banks Crash Again?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Last time we came within hours of the cash machines running dry. The next crash could be bigger, is there a plan B?

The New Economics Foundation (nef) is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society
 
Further information at www.neweconomics.org/

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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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Kate Adie

Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One

Hay Festival 2014, 

The journalist and historian examines the ways in which women’s lives changed during WWI and what the impact has been for women in the hundred years since. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

Kate Adie

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Michael Scott

Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Hay Festival 2014, 

The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the omphalos – the centre or navel – of the ancient world for more than a thousand years. Individuals, city leaders and kings came from all over the Mediterranean and beyond to consult Delphi’s oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods in gold, ivory, bronze, marble and stone; and to take part in athletic and musical competitions.

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Hala Jaber, Zena el Khalil and Conor Foley talk to Adam Boulton

Tabletalk: Risk

Hay Festival 2009, 
The authors of The Flying Carpet to Baghdad, Beirut I Love You and The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War discuss extremity, intervention and survival.

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Kent Nerburn and Robert Plant talk to Andrew O’Hagan

Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder

Hay Festival 2017, 

This special event marks the UK launch of Kent Nerburn’s award-winning work of creative non-fiction depicting the epic and intensely moving journey he made over 20 years ago with a Native American elder named Dan.  Musician Robert Plant picked up a copy of Neither Wolf Nor Dog whilst touring the States in 2014 and his passion for this masterpiece has led to its publication here in Britain.  

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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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Welcome To The Dark Side

Gemma Malley, Caroline Green, Phil Earle

Hay Festival 2013, 

Dystopian futures, weird science, war. It’s all here. Be challenged, engaged and entertained with three uncompromising writers for young adults – Gemma Malley, Caroline Green and Phil Earle.

The three writers talk about why we love the dark side of life – at least in our stories. What would happen if everything was really awful? It seems to be our favourite topic. And some really awful stuff happens in all these books… 

Gemma Malley’s dystopian trilogy began with the much praised The Killables and is followed by The Disappeared. Citizens of The City are graded according to how ‘Pure’ they are. Those labelled ‘K’ are deemed the most deviant and are never seen again… What happens to them, and what is happening beyond the perimeter of The City?

Caroline Green’s futuristic thriller, Cracks, was published to rave reviews. It has a very likeable protagonist whose whole past is beginning to look like fiction. Could he really be the subject of a weird scientific experiment? If he can’t even believe his own memories, what can he trust?

Phil Earle’s background working with troubled teens informed his novels Being Billy and Saving Daisy – stories of young people trying to cope with big problems in their lives which touched a chord with many readers. Heroic is also a tale of troubled lives, but this time it is the lives of young soldiers fighting in Afghanistan that take centre stage, and the difficulties a family has to cope with when a much loved brother comes home a very different person to the one who left.

13+ years

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Suzanne Matheson, William Gibbs and Peter Wakelin

Sites of Inspiration: Tintern Abbey & Llanthony Priory

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two unique exhibitions of world-renowned artworks devoted to Llanthony Priory (at Abergavenny Museum) and Tintern Abbey (at Chepstow Museum) have just opened. Windsor University’s Suzanne Matheson and William Gibbs, of Brecknock Art Trust, discuss the compelling power of these ruins and their landscapes for artists and writers from the C18th onwards. Peter Wakelin, Director of Collections and Research at National Museum of Wales, chairs.

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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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Melvin Burgess, Lucy Christopher and Anna Perera

Spinebreakers

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join teen legend Melvin Burgess as he discusses controversy, raw realism and gripping narrative with hot new talent Lucy Christopher and Anna Perera in this unique event for teens by teens.

13 years +

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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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Tony Robinson

Weird World of Wonders!

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join us for a headlong gallop through time with the Time Team presenter, as he points out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining, smelly and disgusting bits about the Egyptians and Romans. It's history, but not as we know it.
 
9+ years