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Damian Walford Davies and Samantha Wynne Rhydderch

Icebound/Spellbound - from Antarctica to East Anglia

Hay Festival 2012, 
The two poets locate you in the bootprints of Captain Scott, then at the black heart of the witch trials of Civil War Suffolk. Reading from Banjo and Witch they bring trial, defiance and trauma to life in dramatic form, taking you into terra incognita – one physical, the other psychological, both deadly.

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Owen Sheers talks to Peter Florence

Resistance – The Movie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist and screenwriter previews clips from the counterfactual film of the novel launched here two years ago – a thriller set up in the Olchon Valley above Hay during the Nazi occupation of Britain.

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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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Simon Weston talks to Steve Corry

Life and Tales

Hay Festival 2011, 
In the first of a series of events with soldiers, politicians and journalists discussing conflict resolution, the distinguished Falklands War veteran and charity hero discusses his life and writing, choosing his desert island books, music and films.

Find out more about Simon Weston and Steve Corry

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Kate Adie talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Into Danger

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hardcore frontline journalist meets bomb disposal experts, prostitutes and politicians who put their lives on the line every day.

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Robert Peston

Who’s to Blame…

Hay Festival 2009, 
The BBC’s business editor, author of Who Runs Britain?, fingers the greedy, the incompetent and the naive who’ve led us into economic disaster.

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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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Leila Abuzeyd talks to Mayte Carrasco

Literature, women and revolution: Past, present and future

Segovia 2011, 
Leila Abuzeyd, Moroccan journalist, writer, and defender of women’s rights, and Mayte Carrasco, freelance war reporter who in recent years has covered conflicts in Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Mali or Chechnya, will analyse the role that women have played in the revolutions that have spread throughout the Arab world, demonstrating their commitment to fully participating in the democratic transitions in their country, and how these have been expressed through the written word.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from Arab into Spanish.

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Ben Cooper, Hilary Boulding, Sarah Dennehy, John Rostron

Music Industry Question Time

Hay Festival 2013, 
Come and ask about working in the music industry, what gets airtime, music and social networking, great gigs, favourite genres, playlists and what’s going to be hot in the next few months. With the Controller of Radio 1, the Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Music Programmer of Perth Festival and Hay Festival’s music advisor and the CEO of the Welsh Music Foundation and Director of Cerdd Cymru, who will be delivering WOMEX in Cardiff this year. Chaired by 6 Music’s Gideon Coe
 

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Mark Lynas in conversation with Jane Davidson

Greenprint Forum: The Planet’s Limits

Hay Festival 2011, 
It is natural that we focus on individual issues within the environment; however, they are all interconnected and treating issues in isolation risks ignoring the larger impacts. Working within the ecological limits of the planet requires careful management of all resources and we have to prioritise: but what should those priorities be? Environmental campaigner and author Mark Lynas talks to Jane Davidson, former Minister for Environment (Wales) and the new Director of INSPIRE.Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change.

Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.

To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office

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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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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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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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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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John Simpson

Unreliable Sources

Hay Festival 2010, 
The BBC superheavyweight examines the media’s sometimes questionable role in shaping events and How The Twentieth Century Was Reported.

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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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Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

Charles Dickens 200

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author presents an intimate portrait of her great-great-great-grandfather. Illustrated with personal memorabilia.

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David Hurn and John Fuller

Writing The Picture

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Magnum photographer and the poet discuss their unique collaboration. From warm portraits of rural Wales to a drug addict shooting up in London, from a raucous hen night to a moving suite of images of the aftermath of the Aberfan disaster, photographer and poet respond to all aspects of life.

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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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Jacqueline Wilson talks to Julia Eccleshare

The Hay Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great Jacqueline Wilson, the most-borrowed children’s author from libraries, reveals the inspiration behind her latest book, Rent a Bridesmaid. She discusses her inspiration and love of books with the HAYDAYS Director.

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Jacqueline Wilson talks to Julia Eccleshare

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Anne Cassidy, Keren David and Sally Nicholls

Secrets, Dreams and Stolen Lives

Hay Festival 2014, 

An unmissable line-up of award-winning YA talent, including Anne Cassidy whose new book Finding Jennifer Jones is the long-awaited sequel to the sensational Looking for JJ, Keren David, whose novel Salvage is receiving rave reviews, and Sally Nicholls, author of the award-winning bestseller Ways To Live Forever, whose new book Close Your Pretty Eyes, a dark psychological thriller, is out now. A lively conversation ranging across themes of identity, belonging, and social and personal responsibility in YA fiction.

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Anne Cassidy, Keren David and Sally Nicholls

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Gerald Scarfe

Monsters

Hay Festival 2009, 
The savage satirist celebrates 50 years of his political cartoons.

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Patricia Fara

The Cambridge 800 Series: Science – A Four Thousand Year History

Hay Festival 2009, 
When did science begin? Who did science? How does science change?

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Sarah J Maas

New YA Series Launch: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Hay Festival 2015, 
YA sensation Sarah J Maas, author of the number one international bestseller Throne of Glass, makes a rare visit to the UK to launch her eagerly anticipated new series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. An unmissable event for YA fans of romantic high fantasy adventure. If you like Cassandra Clare, you’ll love this. Sarah talks to Katherine Woodfine.
12+ years/YA
Sarah J Maas

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Jane Davidson and David Thorpe

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: One Planet Living – A Measure of Sustainability

Hay Festival 2015, 

Can the pioneering Welsh policy One Planet Development be used as a template for governments and planners? Could it bring in a new attitude to development, planning and land management, to take into account the full environmental impact of human activities? Jane Davidson of INSPIRE talks to author and consultant David Thorpe.

Jane Davidson and David Thorpe