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Nick Sharratt

Shark in the Dark

Hay Festival 2010, 
Draw along with the beloved illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson and Jeremy Strong, as he introduces his fin-tastic new book. Don't forget your pad and pencil!
 
Family event

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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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Jon Gower in conversation with Mary-Ann Constantine, Phil George and David Anderson

The Story of Wales

Hay Festival 2012, 
How the nation has been formed by the land, and how the country has connected with the world. Jon Gower chairs a discussion spanning 30,000 years with an historian, a TV programme maker and the Director of The National Museum of Wales.

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John Challis talks to Peter Burden

Being Boycie

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor’s life, as lived to the full by the inimitable Only Fools and Horses star.

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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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Simon Baker & Taryn Simon

Tate Lecture 1: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Tate’s new Photography Curator discusses and shows work from the new exhibition with the featured artist Taryn Simon.

For further details of the exhibition at Tate Modern see www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/tarynsimon/

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Andrew Marr

The Diamond Queen

Hay Festival 2012, 
The journalist celebrates the monarch’s jubilee, looking at her relationships with Prime Ministers, the Commonwealth, the media and her people.

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John Davies

The CADW Lecture: The Making of Wales

Hay Festival 2010, 
The historian traces 200 generations of evolution of the Welsh landscape from Roman towns and Norman castles to Christianity’s craftsmen, graziers and the impacts of depression, wars and devolution.
John Davies

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David and Harry Rich

Rich Landscapes

Hay Festival 2015, 

The multi-award-winning landscape designer brothers come straight to Hay from Chelsea. They talk to Francine Stock about their recent projects and their philosophy. ‘We believe in a fusion between landscape and architecture. An important relationship that encourages a more rounded approach to an outdoor lifestyle, creating not only beautiful but practical spaces, inspiring people to use their gardens.

Reconnecting people with nature is something we are very passionate about. With a recent increase in urbanisation, our connection with “the wild” is slowly becoming lost. We aim to give people their own patch of nature but set within a sympathetic and structured design.’

David and Harry Rich

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Charles Freeman

A New History of Early Christianity

Hay Festival 2010, 
From marginal beginnings in Judea Christianity grew into a global, state-sanctioned religion, as vibrant and incredibly diverse movements were brought into orthodox order at the cost of intellectual and spiritual vitality

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Jack Straw talks to Peter Florence

Last Man Standing

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation with the plumber’s mate, lawyer, politician and memoirist, who spent 13 years at the heart of the New Labour government. He was Foreign Secretary at the time of 9/11 and the Iraq War.

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Jeanette Winterson

Reformations 23: Marriage

Hay Festival 2017, 

The charismatic novelist, who explores love and passion and freedom in her fiction, re-imagines the union of loving human beings.  Her books include Why Be Happy?, The Passion, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and most recently The Gap of Time.

Jeanette Winterson

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Mary McCartney talks to Monty Don

At My Table: Vegetarian Feasts for Family and Friends

Hay Festival 2015, 

There are moments in our lives, and throughout the year, when we come together with our friends and family, and food plays a huge part in turning these moments into something special. Traditionally, many of these occasions call for meat – whether it’s roast beef for Sunday lunch, or burgers at a BBQ – but Mary wants to show us that vegetarian cooking can be just as celebratory and special.

* The Relish Festival Restaurant will be serving a vegetarian feast from the cookbook from 8.30pm. To book call Relish on 01285 658 444.

Mary McCartney talks to Monty Don

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Suggs

That Close

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of pop music’s most enduring figures talks about his life, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the Eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells us what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park. He talks to Martin Chilton.

Suggs

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David Trueba with Malcolm Otero Barral

Books and Scripts

Cartagena 2011, 
Writing for a film, writing for a book… there are more and more novelists writing scripts, and scriptwriters books. David Trueba is the author of film scripts like Los peores años de nuestra vida, Dance with the Devil, The Girl of your Dreams and Balseros; as a writer, his novels have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and he was awarded the 2008 Premio Nacional de la Crítica for his novel Learning to Lose. He talks to editor Malcolm Otero Barral about his experiences with both writing processes. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Alan Watson

The Science of the Singing Voice

Hay Festival 2014, 

How does the larynx produce sound? How does it control the pitch of the voice? And how are the throat and mouth manipulated to alter vocal register and quality? The wonders of the human voice – from the lost sound of the castrato voice and the ethereal tones of Mongolian throat singers to Bryn Terfel shaking the rafters of St David’s Hall. With sound recordings, video clips, animations and images. 

Alan Watson

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Maleiha Malik

Now and Then

Hay Festival 2010, 
The lawyer and academic explores Anti-Muslim Prejudice in the West – Past and Present.
Maleiha Malik

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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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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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Julian Clary talks to Fiona Lindsay

Briefs Encountered

Hay Festival 2012, 
More than one thing is about to go bump in the night at Noel Coward’s Kent retreat, Goldenhurst. The higher the society the looser the morals. A dark, and wickedly funny ghost story.

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Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

Fictions – Memory

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two novels explore the disturbance of the past. Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing is both a detective story and a haunting depiction of dementia. The characters in Murray’s Sugar Hall probe the secret history of a Forest of Dean mansion. Chaired by Sameer Rahim.

Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

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Robert Llewellyn, Juliet Davenport and Kate Henderson

Good Energy Series 2: From NIMBY to IMBY

Hay Festival 2015, 

Energy generation has to take place somewhere – what would you prefer in your backyard? Is policy determined by those who shout loudest rather than those with the strongest argument? What would it take for communities to say yes rather than no to new energy developments? Robert Llewellyn is an actor, comedian and author, Kate Henderson is CEO of the Town and Country Planning Association and Juliet Davenport is founder and CEO of Good Energy. They talk to journalist and author Oliver Balch.

Robert Llewellyn, Juliet Davenport and Kate Henderson

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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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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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Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara

Inequality and Austerity

Hay Festival 2015, 

Few would dispute that we live in an unequal and unjust world, but what causes this inequality to persist? Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%, examines who is most harmed by these injustices and why, and what happens to those who most benefit. O’Hara, author of Austerity Bites, takes us on a journey to the sharp end of the cuts in the UK. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in its call to action, this analysis is essential for everyone concerned with social justice.

Danny Dorling and Mary O’Hara