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Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall

Second-Hand Time

Hay Festival 2016, 

The 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate talks about Russia and the USSR. Her Nobel citation was for “her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

“I don’t ask people about socialism, I ask about love, jealousy, childhood, old age. Music, dances, hairstyles. The myriad sundry details of a vanished way of life. This is the only way to chase the catastrophe into the framework of the mundane and attempt to tell a story. Try to figure things out. It never ceases to amaze me how interesting ordinary, everyday life is. There are an endless number of human truths... History’s sole concern is the facts; emotions are out of its realm of interest. It’s considered improper to admit feelings into history. I look at the world as a writer, not strictly an historian. I am fascinated by people…”

This event will be conducted in Russian, with consecutive translation

Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall

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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2011, 
The star behind Lost and Found and The Heart and the Bottle gives us a rare insight into his unique illustrative style.
 
12+ years
The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers

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Martin Harper, Stuart Etherington, Justin Davis Smith, Jesse Norman

Volunteering and The Big Society

Hay Festival 2011, 
What can you do? How can you make a difference? How will the Government’s plans for a Big Society work? Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Oliver Jeffers

The Hueys

Hay Festival 2012, 
An exclusive first look at the brand new series from the acclaimed author and illustrator of Lost and Found and Stuck.
 
5+ years

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Ramita Navai

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran

Hay Festival 2014, 

Far removed from the picture of Tehran that we glimpse in news stories, there is another hidden city where survival depends on an intricate network of lies and falsehoods. It is a place where Mullahs visit prostitutes, cosmetic surgeons restore girls’ virginity and homemade porn is bought and sold in the bazaars. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Ramita Navai

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Charlotte Hill, Justin Davis-Smith, Chloe Donovan and Caroline Killeavy

Bridging the Volunteer Age Gap

Hay Festival 2014, 

The younger generation often gets a bad rap and yet around a third of young people volunteer regularly. What does society need to do to make use of its greatest asset – its youth – to inspire the next generation of community activists? Charlotte Hill (Step Up To Serve), Justin Davis-Smith (NCVO) and Chloe Donovan (Chair of the Canal and River Trust's youth advisory panel) discuss with Caroline Killeavy from the Canal and River Trust.

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Michelle Harrison, Catherine Fisher and Lindsey Barraclough

Unrest, Incarceron and Long Lankin

Hay Festival 2012, 
Three hauntingly lyrical novels, drawing on fairy tales and folklore. Chilling and compelling. Chaired by Paul Blezard
 
12+ years

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Jerry Brotton

The Raymond Williams Lecture: The Country and the City, The Map and the World

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of Trading Territories and presenter of the BBC’s The Power of Maps TV series takes Raymond Williams’ work on the relations between the country and the city and explores how Williams’ insights might help us understand a related idea central to our lived space: the history of world mapping.
Jerry Brotton

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Sara Wheeler

Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle

Hay Festival 2010, 
Reflections on mythic power, the Trans-Alaskan pipeline, colliding cultures and bioaccumulated toxins in polar bears. With staggering images.
Sara Wheeler

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Martin Evans

Cardiff University Lecture

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Nobel Laureate and Fellow of the Royal Society discusses his work on how to culture embryonic stem cells, the knockout mouse and the related technology of gene targeting. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
Martin Evans

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George Johnson

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Hay Festival 2008, 
George Johnson introduces his brilliant and clear understanding of the scientific revolutions that changed our world.

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Mohammed Hanif and Suzanne Joinson talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions - Collisions

Hay Festival 2012, 
Our Lady of Alice Bhatti is a glorious story of second chances, thwarted ambitions and love in unlikely places, set in the febrile streets of downtown Karachi. Worlds, religions and eras collide between London and an ancient Silk Route city in A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar.

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Paul Nurse

The Royal Society Lecture 2: Darwin and Milton – Two Views of Creation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Nobel biologist and President of the Royal Society compares the visions of two of the Greatest Britons of all time.
 
Read a brief autobiography of Paul Nurse

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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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Jane Davidson, George Marshall, Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe

Can We Change the World With Imagination?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Can climate fiction ever change minds, or does it merely confirm existing attitudes in the mind of the reader who chooses to read a book of that nature? Are more climate-related books aimed at children because their enquiring minds are supposed to be more open? Author and founder of Climate Outreach Information Network George Marshall talks to INSPIRE’s Jane Davidson, and authors Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe.

Jane Davidson, George Marshall, Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe

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David Crystal

The Little Book of Language

Hay Festival 2010, 
With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. And the charismatic Linguistics Prof is our man.
David Crystal

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Sophia Bennett

Threads

Hay Festival 2010, 
Threads is a magical story of four friends and their amazing adventure with fashion. Whether your look is high street or vintage, Matalan or Marni the author of this fashion fairytale will lift your heart and open your eyes.
A modern day Ballet Shoes.
 
9–14 years
 
See the Blog for more details.

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Rose Tremain

Hay Festival Press & Ox-Tales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Orange Prizewinner reads her story The Jester of Astapovo, to launch our collaboration with Oxfam and Profile Books. Introduced by Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive of Oxfam, and Mark Ellingham, publisher of the Ox-Tales stories.

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Fútbol y literatura. Eduardo Sacheri y Daniel Titinger en conversación con Daniel Samper Ospina

Cartagena 2013, 
Dos escritores con una gran afición al fútbol hablan sobre literatura y el deporte rey. El argentino Eduardo Sacheri es autor de La pregunta de sus ojos (llevada al cine como El secreto de sus ojos, ganadora del Óscar a la mejor película extranjera en 2010), y la recién públicada Papeles en el viento, un libro sobre la amistad y el fútbol. Daniel Titinger (Perú) es escritor, cronista y director del diario Depor; fue editor general de la revista Etiqueta Negra y ha publicado dos libros de perfiles y crónicas: Dios es peruano y Cholos contra el mundo. En conversación con Daniel Samper Ospina, escritor y periodista colombiano, director de la revista Soho y otro apasionado de este deporte.

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Dannie Abse talks to Dai Smith

Goodbye Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great Welsh and Jewish poet and doctor discusses his remarkable autobiography.

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Chris Blackwell talks to Chris Salewicz

Island Records

Hay Festival 2009, 
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking label as the founder selects his jubilee tracks and stories.

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Simon Singh

Chiropractic and the Battle for Free Speech

Hay Festival 2010, 
The brilliantly entertaining science writer and Freedom of Speech hero talks about alternative medicine, chiropractic, his infamous libel case and the campaign for libel reform. He is the author of Trick or Treatment, The Code Book, Big Bang and Fermat's Last Theorem.

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Mark Kermode

It’s Only A Movie

Hay Festival 2010, 
Cinema’s quiffed crusader takes us into the weird world of a life lived in widescreen and yarns his Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive.

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Hugh Masekela talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Guardian Sessions: Jazz Talk

Hay Festival 2009, 
The South African jazz legend discusses his music and his life.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Jeremy Hardy

Hay Festival 2009, 
Hilarious deadpan wit from the News Quiz star in his stand-up show.