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Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, Mererid Hopwood, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag and friends

The Armistice Gala

Hay Festival 2018, 

To celebrate the centenary of the Armistice of 1918, we have commissioned poets from the main protagonist nations to respond to a Great War poem from their own culture. We have poems in French, Russian, German, Welsh and several forms of English. The new poems will be read today for the first time, in the original language and in English translation alongside the works that inspired them, and other poems of the time. The full cast list will be announced on 20 May.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

AntiFragility

Hay Festival 2012, 
The visionary probability guru and Black Swan author previews his study of How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand.

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Geraldine McCaughrean & Candy Gourlay

Pull Out All The Stops, Tall Story

Hay Festival 2011, 
Humour and quirkiness sit at the very heart of these two new adventures; join their authors as they reveal how they put spark into their writing. Chaired by Sarah McIntyre.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Michael Morpurgo

An Elephant in the Garden

Hay Festival 2011, 
The nation’s favourite storyteller joins us to look at his latest gem. Limited signing. 
 
7+ years & families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
 
Michael regrets that due to an injury he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring along your camera and get a photo with him.

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Jeremy Greenstock talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2010, 
The former British Ambassador to the UN and UK representative to Iraq gave devastating evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry on WMDs.
Jeremy Greenstock talks to Philippe Sands

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Jeremy Strong

The Big Jam Explosion

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and laugh your socks off with the much-loved Jeremy Strong.  Full of fizzing energy and jolly jokes this event will be a hoot!

6 years +

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Monty Don

Gardening at Longmeadow

Hay Festival 2012, 
The cycle of the seasons in the Gardeners World garden at Longmeadow, from the earliest snowdrops of January through the first splashes of colour in the Spring Garden, the electric summer displays of the Jewel Garden, the autumn harvest in the orchard, and on to a Christmas feast sourced from the vegetable gardens.

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Collecting and large institutions. Carlos Urroz and María García-Yelo talk to Antonio Montes

Segovia 2011, 
The role of public and private institutions in the world of art, their influence on the market, the international acquisition and sales circuits in which they move, the different agents involved in the management of funds and the criteria followed at the moment of selecting works to bring cohesion to a collection are the main subjects that will be analysed. Carlos Urroz, Director of Arco and Liber; María García - Yelo, Director of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department of Christie's; and Antonio Montes, collector will participate.

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David Millar talks to Jeremy Whittle

Racing Through The Dark

Hay Festival 2011, 
The cyclist was a Tour de France stage-winner who got banned for doping. He is now a part-owner of the Garmin-Chipotle team and a key figure of the World Anti-doping Agency’s athletes committee. He talks to his co-writer and author of Bad Blood.

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George Ferguson and Deyan Sudjic talk to Amanda Baillieu

Does recession mean the end of the Icon?

Hay Festival 2009, 
The leading British architect and the Director of the Design Museum discuss with the editor of Building Design.

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Oliver James

How Not To Fuck Them Up

Hay Festival 2010, 
The child psychologist examines the way we parent our young children as Huggers, Schedulers or Pragmatists.

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Glyn Williams

Arctic Labyrinth

Hay Festival 2010, 
From the Tudor ice-breakers to modern nuclear subs, The Quest for the Northwest Passage charts the heroism and ingenuity of our search to find a naval route over the top of North America that would open up the fabulous wealth of Asia to British merchants.
Glyn Williams

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John O’Farrell

An Utterly Impartial History of Britain

Hay Festival 2009, 
The satirist spins the story of our realm when you get 2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge.

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Diane Reay

Cambridge Series: Education & Class

Hay Festival 2010, 
Social class and the English educational system.
Diane Reay

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Vince Cable talks to John Harris

The Storm: The World Economic Crisis and What it Means

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Liberal Democrat sage of the credit crunch looks forward.

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Philip Glass in conversation with Peter Florence

Cartagena 2011, 
Philip Glass’s work is some of the must outstanding music written in the second half of the 20th century. This renowned composer and musician, linked to the minimalist and postminimalist tradition, has composed for the soundtracks of films such as Koyaanisqatsi, The Hours and Notes on a Scandal, creating operas and orchestral versions of albums such as David Bowie’s Heroes. He will talk to Peter Florence about experimental, avant-garde music for all. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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John Kampfner, Lauri Kubuitsile, Lawrence Njagi

Content and Technology; digitisation, e-publishing and innovation

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
What’s the future for writing and publishing in a time of digital delivery? A revolution of access and empowerment or the collapse of the industry? Or both/neither?

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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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The Greenpeace Debate

Clare Short MP and Michael Codner, Director Military Service, RUSI

Hay Festival 2006, 
Is there a rationale for continuing Britain's nuclear force in the twenty-first century? Chaired by Stephen Tindale.

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Jasper Conran talks to Sue Crewe

Country

Hay Festival 2010, 
The designer shows and discusses his passion for country living, country style, nostalgia, landscape, interiors, detail, still life, colour, texture, shape, mood and reflection.

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Magnus Mills talks to Alice Jones

Screwtop Thompson

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist reads from and discusses his story collection. 'Magnus Mills' unerringly sharp eye for human foibles combines with a dry deadpan wit to create comic genius.' The Independent. He talks to The Independent Deputy Arts Editor.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Magnus Mills

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Lyn Lewis Dafis

The Photographs of Edward S Curtis: The North American Indian

Hay Festival 2010, 

A rare opportunity to view this stunning collection of early C20th photos by the celebrated American photographer Edward S Curtis.


Lyn Lewis Dafis

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Matthew Rice and Emma Bridgewater talk to Tristram Hunt

The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent

Hay Festival 2011, 
A fanfare for one of the great cities of the world’s first industrial revolution, from its C18th zenith with Wedgwood and Spode to the post-war dereliction.

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Fiona Shaw, Tom Hollander, Simon Callow and friends

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Hay Festival 2012, 
We celebrate the novelist, Festival Vice-President and poetry champion who died last year with this reading of her beloved TS Eliot.

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Marcus du Sautoy

Maths on Stage: the Dramatic Life of Numbers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Mathematics has had a surprising part to play in a number of recent theatre productions. The mathematician and broadcaster will talk about his experiences working with theatre company Complicité on A Disappearing Number and his explorations of bringing maths to the stage in a recent collaboration with actress Victoria Gould.