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Rob Penn, Jill Butler and Justin Albert

Woodland Trust Series 1: The Country Living Debate – Why Aren’t Special Trees Valued Like Monuments?

Hay Festival 2015, 

A Victorian urinal and the Beatles’ childhood home have been given national protection, but there is no legal safeguard for our ancient trees. The broadcaster, Woodland Trust expert and director of the National Trust in Wales discuss whether buildings receive greater recognition than the landmarks of the natural world. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Rob Penn, Jill Butler and Justin Albert

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Gypsy Hill – Festival Party

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Shake your tail-feather to the electrifying energy generated as this 5-piece band blend authentic Balkan/Gypsy/Swing music with a touch of electronic beats, scratching and uplifting bass lines featuring DJ Kobayashi.
 
Doors open at 8.30pm
Gypsy Hill – Festival Party

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Harriet Harman talks to Laura Bates

A Woman’s Work

Hay Festival 2017, 

A fascinating account of an exemplary Parliamentary and political career from an insider committed to progressing gender equality. There’s a great quote about her in The Times: “Countless blows have tempered Harman into something fearless and indestructible”. She talks to the founder of the Everyday Sexism project.

Harriet Harman talks to Laura Bates

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Jeffery Deaver talks to Stephanie Merritt

Carte Blanche

Hay Festival 2011, 
The superstar American thriller-writer launches his contemporary James Bond novel, and discusses his relationship with Ian Fleming and his iconic hero.

Read a biography of Jeffery Deaver
Carte Blanche - Jeffery Deaver

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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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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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Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Before the War

Hay Festival 2016, 

A new, historical novel from the great tale-teller. Consider Vivien in November 1922. She is 24 and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - almost worse in those times - intelligent. At nearly six foot tall, she is known unkindly by her family as ‘the giantess’. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her… This is a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers and aristocrats clinging onto the past.

 

Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Lovers

Kells 2013, 

Shakespeare is the inventor of the comedy of wooing and wiving; his idea of the lover has more in common with Justin Bieber than with Mr Darcy. What can we learn from the example of Shakespeare’s boy lovers? Shakespeare’s notions may be closer to female fantasy than we think.

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Samuel Clark & Samantha Clark

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Morito

Hay Festival 2014, 

The creators of Moro, who trained under Rose at The River Café, demonstrate and discuss their vibrant mezze and tapas food and restaurant with Sarah Crompton.

Samuel Clark & Samantha Clark

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Karen Armstrong

Does God Have a Future?

Hay Festival 2010, 
The writer examines the words Belief, Faith and Mystery and puts the Case for God, asking What Religion Really Means.
Karen Armstrong

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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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Bonnie Greer, Leanne Wood, Merryn Williams, Daniel Williams and Stefan Collini

The May Day Manifesto

Hay Festival 2017, 

It is 50 years since the publication of the May Day Manifesto, edited by Raymond Williams. The manifesto reflected the growing disillusionment on the Left with what the authors argued to be the surrendering of socialist principles by the Labour Party. The panel explores the making of the manifesto and examines its relevance today.

Stefan Collini is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at the University of Cambridge, Bonnie Greer is a playwright, author and judge for this year’s Orwell Prize, Leanne Wood AM is the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Merryn Williams is a critic, poet, and daughter of Raymond Williams and Daniel G. Williams is Professor of English Literature at Swansea University.

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Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

Peaky Blinders

Hay Festival 2015, 

The screenwriter and creator of the hit gangster drama talks about the Selby family, tribal war, and the crime-world of post-war Birmingham. Knight is screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Locke. Introduced by Caryn Mandabach.

We will also be screening all six episodes of Series 2, starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, from 1pm at Richard Booths Bookshop Cinema in Hay.

Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

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Cressida Cowell

How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury

Hay Festival 2016, 

Come, dragon tamers everywhere! Practise your Dragonese with author and illustrator Cressida Cowell, creator of the awesome How to Train your Dragon books. Learn the secrets of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third – sword-fighter, dragon whisperer and greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. The author celebrates the grand finale of this best-selling series.

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Cressida Cowell

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Stephen Corry, Toby Nicholas and Joanna Eede

Greenprint Forum Screening: Mine – Story of a Sacred Mountain

Hay Festival 2011, 
When a giant London-based mining company came to mine India’s Niyamgiri hills for aluminium ore, the only thing standing in their way was the Dongria Kondh tribe. How did the Dongria take the company on – and win back the mountain they revere as a God? Followed by a Q&A chaired by Greenprint Director Andy Fryers.

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
 
Further reading: An interview with Stephen Corry and an article by Joanna Eede.

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Abdelkader Benali talks to Eric Akoto

East is West

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Moroccan-Dutch writer and journalist, a Beirut39 star, and one of the most acute and thoughtful commentators on migrations and multiculturalism discusses his travels in the Middle East with the editor of Litro.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Abdelkader Benali. See a recent interview in Litro.

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Màrius Serra in conversation with Hugo Chaparro

Literature as a game or the game of literature

Cartagena 2010, 
A blank page is also a space for playing. Combinations of words and ideas play there. Characters and stories play there. More than a place for order and solemnity, it is a space for subversion and fun. Nothing is more serious than the literary game. Màrius Serra, writer and journalist fascinated by games of words and founder of the project Verbalia, talks to the writer, journalist and film critic Hugo Chaparro.

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Sarah Harper

Reformations 10: Ageing

Hay Festival 2017, 

How will health improvements and a declining birth rate, economic uncertainty and political turbulence affect an ageing population in Britain and around the world? There are new challenges here for states and for individuals. How might we re-imagine lives that run four score years and ten, and longer? Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing. She is the author of How Population Change will Transform Our World. On 1 May she will be become the Director of The Royal Institution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Sarah Harper

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Ian Stewart

Professor Stewart’s Hoard of Mathematical Treasures

Hay Festival 2010, 
From Pythagoras and Fermat to how to extract a cherry from a cocktail glass, the real reason you can’t divide anything by zero and some tips for making money by proving the obvious.
Ian Stewart

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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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Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Larry Sanders, Niall Ferguson and Serena Kutchinsky

The Newsweek Debate: Is this the most unusual American Presidential election in history?

Hay Festival 2016, 

Just a year ago, the US Presidential race looked set to be a dull affair, dominated by two political dynasties – another Bush versus another Clinton. Now, the stage is set for one of the most unusual, and unsettling, electoral battles in American history. After Obama’s campaign of hope, we have Donald Trump’s scaremongering bid to become the Republican nominee, and Hillary Clinton’s scandal-tinged final stab at the Democratic nomination. Is this really the best that the nation that calls itself the ‘world’s greatest democracy’ can do? And if the answer is yes, is it time to start looking for an alternative political system better suited to the social media age? Newsweek will dissect the chain of events that has led us here and speculate on what the future might hold for the next Commander in Chief. Joining Digital Editor, Serena Kutchinsky, will be Larry Sanders, the academic and Green Party Health Spokesperson, who is the older brother of the US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders; Sarah Churchwell,Professor of the Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professorial Fellow in American Literature, IES School of Advanced Study, University of London, Harvard Professor and author of Kissinger, Niall Ferguson, and Jan Halper Hayes, the Worldwide Vice President and Chairman UK of Republicans Overseas.

Sarah Churchwell, Jan Halper Hayes, Larry Sanders, Niall Ferguson and Serena Kutchinsky

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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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Monty Don, Marcus du Sautoy, Andrés Neuman, Jim Naughtie and Rosie Boycott talk to Francine Stock

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 6

Hay Festival 2012, 
The panellists discuss three of the 25 Questions.
 
25 years from now climate change will have created over 100 million refugees. Where should they go?
What was the last thing you made with your hands?
Would you like the United States of America to a) grow stronger? b) stay more or less the same? c) grow weaker? Why?

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Tracey Thorn talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Bedsit Disco Queen

Hay Festival 2014, 

Everything But The Girl made nine albums and sold nine million records. One half of the band (with her husband Ben Watt), Thorn gives a wry look at the realities of a pop career. There are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes. Also see event 67

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Joumana Haddad and Khaled al-Berry in conversation with Catalina Gómez

Literature and change

Cartagena 2012, 
Two of the literary voices that best represent contemporary culture in the Middle East are the Lebanese writer, editor and journalist, Joumana Haddad, author of the novel I Killed Scheherazade, described by Vargas Llosa as “a revealing and audacious book about women in the Arab world” and the Egyptian writer Khaled al-Berry, who is a BBC journalist working in London. He has published a number of works, as well as Life is More Beautiful than Paradise, an autobiography about his teenage years, which were spent in the service of the jihad. They will talk to Catalina Gómez about literature and change. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of the IPAF