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Lucy Cousins and Liz Fost

A Busy Day for Birds

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join the Maisy Mouse creator Lucy Cousins and storyteller Liz Fost for an event of feathered fun as they bring A Busy Day for Birds to life in a storytelling and live illustration event.

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Julia Leigh talks to Bryony Gordon

Avalanche: A Love Story

Hay Festival 2017, 

Writing in the immediate aftermath of her decision to stop IVF treatment, Leigh lays bare the truths of her experience: the highs of hope and the depths of disappointment, the grip of yearning and desire, the toll on her relationships and the unexpected graces and moments of black humour. She navigates the science of IVF, copes with the impact of treatment and reconciles the seductive promises of the worldwide multi-billion dollar IVF industry with the reality.

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Catherine Merridale

The British Academy Lecture 1: Lenin on the Train

Hay Festival 2017, 

In April 1917, the exiled leader of the Bolsheviks, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, travelled back to Russia by train.  His country was at war and his route would take him through enemy territory; the plan was controversial from the start.  The destination was the Finland Station and the first steps on the road to Soviet power.  Merridale, the great Russia scholar, follows in the leader's tracks, creating a gripping account of events in Russia and Europe at one of the tensest moments of the First World War. Chaired by Peter Hennessy.

Catherine Merridale

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Hanif Kureishi talks to Rosie Boycott

Fictions: The Nothing

Hay Festival 2017, 

A new tale of ageing, lust, helplessness and deception told with the trademark black humour of one of the great British novelists whose films and books include The Buddha of Suburbia, Venus, The Mother and My Beautiful Launderette. Kureishi is one of the wisest and most humane writers with an acute eye for vulnerabilities and quiet desperation.

Hanif Kureishi talks to Rosie Boycott

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Raoul Martinez talks to William Sieghart

Creating Freedom: Power, Control and the Fight for Our Future

Hay Festival 2017, 

Martinez brings together a torrent of mind-expanding ideas, facts and arguments to dismantle sacred myths central to our society - myths about free will, free markets, free media and free elections. From the lottery of our birth to the consent-manufacturing influence of concentrated wealth and power, this far-reaching manifesto lifts the veil on the mechanisms of control that pervade our lives.

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Julian Clary and David Roberts

The Bolds on Holiday

Hay Festival 2017, 

The hairiest family in Teddington are back for a further adventure and this time they decide to take a well-earned holiday by the seaside with all their relatives in tow. But can they stay hidden on a camping holiday? Join the authors as they introduce their exceptional family’s latest escapade in storytelling and live drawing.

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Julian Clary and David Roberts

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Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – Up, Up and Away!

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ex-robbers now bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam star in a new collection of stories about their comical adventures. The two dogs are best friends but they look like being in danger of falling out when a tempting looking package arrives at the café. Corderoy and Lenton entertain with comic rhymes and illustrations about their well-loved characters.

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Tracey Corderoy and Steve Lenton

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William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

Koh-I-Noor: The History of the World's Most Infamous Diamond

Hay Festival 2017, 

The first comprehensive and authoritative history of the Koh-i Noor, arguably the most celebrated and mythologised jewel in the world, from the internationally acclaimed and bestselling historians.

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand

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Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

Sober: Football. My Story. My Life

Hay Festival 2017, 

The great Arsenal and England defender explains the struggles he’s faced to stay sober for 20 years and why he set up Sporting Chance, the charity which provides treatment and support for sports stars suffering from addictions. He gives his incisive thoughts on England’s continued failings in major tournaments and assesses why Arsenal has struggled to repeat the title-winning formula of his own time there.

Tony Adams talks to Philippe Sands

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John Boyne

Fictions: The Heart’s Invisible Furies

Hay Festival 2017, 

Boyne’s new novel spans 80 years of Irish history. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, Cyril Avery will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home and a country. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist. He talks to Peter Florence.

John Boyne

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Julia Hobsbawm

Fully Connected

Hay Festival 2017, 

The networking expert and entrepreneur takes us on a journey ‘from Telex to Twitter’ to illustrate how the answer to the Age of Overload can come from devising management-based systems which are both highly practical and intuitive; and which draw inspiration from the huge advances the world has made in tackling other kinds of health and mental wellbeing. 

Julia Hobsbawm

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Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

The Dunce’s Grammar: Truth and Fiction in the Age of Trump

Hay Festival 2017, 

The multi award-winning journalist and novelist conducts an exacting examination of identity, secrecy and the relationship between the individual, the state and technology in his new book The Secret Life: Three True Stories.

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

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Jeff Brazier

The Grief Survival Guide: How to navigate loss and all that comes with it

Hay Festival 2017, 

Jeff Brazier has experienced bereavement in many forms: in his childhood, helping his two boys through the devastating death of their mother, Jade Goody, witnessing the anguish of his own mum when she lost both of her parents and hearing the stories of his life coaching clients who are coming to terms with loss. Chaired by Carolyn Hitt.

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Lucie Ryzova

What I Found In a Flea Market in Cairo

Hay Festival 2017, 

This story spins from a chance find of an anonymous ‘love diary’ written by a young man in the 1940s. It recounts the everyday life of a generation of young men growing up in mid-20th century Cairo. Ryzova uses Hosni’s story as a point of entry to a particular historical experience: that of middle class modernity located outside the metropolitan centre in this historical ethnography. Ryzova is Lecturer in Middle East History.

Lucie Ryzova

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Evan Davis

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It

Hay Festival 2017, 

Low-level dishonesty is rife everywhere, in the form of exaggeration, selective use of facts, economy with the truth, careful drafting - from Trump and the Brexit debate to companies that tell us, ‘your call is important to us’. How did we get to a place where bullshit is not just rife but apparently so effective that it's become the communications strategy of our times?

Evan Davis

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Francesca Rhydderch, Courttia Newland and Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Protest!

Hay Festival 2017, 

When does a riot become a revolution? When does a demonstration of dissent tip over into a moment of unstoppable political change? Ra Page’s inspiring new collection of stories matches fiction writers with great moments of history: Rhydderch writes of the Welsh Language protests of 1979; Cottrell-Boyce reimagines Venner’s Rising of 1661; Newland writes up The Poll Tax Riots of 1990.

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Steve Westaby

Fragile Lives

Hay Festival 2017, 

Examining specific cases, one of the world’s foremost surgeons offers an exceptional insight, drawn from 35 years of pioneering work, into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery.

Steve Westaby

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Michelle Oyen

Cambridge Series: Re-thinking Engineering with Inspiration from Nature

Hay Festival 2017, 

The bio-engineer assesses the carbon footprint of popular building materials like steel and concrete and discusses approaches for substituting new bio-inspired materials instead.

Michelle Oyen

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Natalie Haynes talks to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: The Children of Jocasta

Hay Festival 2017, 

The classicist and novelist reimagines the Oedipus and Antigone stories from the perspectives of two of the women who have often been overlooked, Jocasta and Ismene; re-telling the myth to reveal a new side of an ancient story.

Natalie Haynes talks to Daniel Hahn

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Cressida Cowell

Dragon Training and The Wizards of Once

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Festival favourite author/illustrator returns to talk about How to Train Your Dragon, and give the Hay audience a sneak peek of her first new project in 18 years. Fantasy, magical adventure The Wizards of Once will be published in September. Cressida will read an exclusive extract and show illustrations. The ‘world-conquering’ How to Train Your Dragon (also a film and TV series) has sold eight million copies worldwide and is on Hay’s list of 30 books for 30 years. Unmissable!

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Cressida Cowell

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John Simpson

We Chose to Speak of War and Strife: The World of the Foreign Correspondent

Hay Festival 2017, 

The BBC World Affairs Editor tells the stories of journalists reporting from the frontlines – from Crimea and Vietnam to Mosul.  Chaired by Matt Frei.

John Simpson

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Paula Byrne

The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She Is a Hit in Hollywood

Hay Festival 2017, 

A radical look at Jane Austen as you’ve never seen her – as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Byrne celebrates Britain’s favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies, time after time.

Paula Byrne

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Richard J. Evans

The British Academy Lecture 2 - The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914

Hay Festival 2017, 

Drawing on a lifetime of thinking about 19th-century Europe, the pre-eminent historian re-evaluates this remarkable era bounded by the Battle of Waterloo and the outbreak of World War I. Charting overwhelming cultural, political and technological change, he highlights how Europe dominated the rest of the world as never before or since.

Richard J. Evans

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Tom Dyckhoff

The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City

Hay Festival 2017, 

In Dubai, a luxury apartment block is built in the shape of a giant iPod. In China, President Xi Jinping denounces the trend of constructing ‘bizarre’ new buildings in wacky shapes and colours. In Cincinnati, celebrity architect Zaha Hadid is paid millions to design a single ‘iconic’ structure – with the hope of single-handedly transforming the region’s ailing fortunes. These incidents are all part of the same story: the rise of the age of spectacle. Chaired by Simon Jenkins.

Tom Dyckhoff

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Charles Martell, Hilary Engel and Julia Blackshaw

Apple Blossom Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

Celebrating our native apples and the variety of products derived from them, by growers who care about nature and the environment. Charles Martell is known for Stinking Bishop cheese and now distils vintage spirits on his Gloucestershire farm; Hilary Engel makes cider from apples pressed by a Gypsy cob in a 17th-century mill; and Julia Blackshaw makes mellifluous juices from her organic orchard. They talk to Kitty Corrigan.

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