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Patrick Wright

Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War

Hay Festival 2008, 
Patrick Wright discusses his work of impressive scholarship that roots our understanding of Cold War rhetoric and attitudes deeply in the C20th. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Matt Haig and Alyssa Brugman

Closed Doors, Open Minds

Hay Festival 2014, 

Echo Boy is the first novel for young adults from acclaimed author Matt Haig and is a poignant and beautifully-written story about love, loss and what makes us truly human, set in a future world where humans are served by ‘echoes’ – sophisticated, emotionless machines. He is joined by Alyssa Brugman whose groundbreaking novel Alex As Well is a confronting and heartfelt story of adolescent experience – of questioning identity, discovering sexuality, navigating friendships and finding a place to belong.
12+ years (YA)

Matt Haig and Alyssa Brugman

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Giles Coren rages at Paul Blezard

Anger Management for Beginners

Hay Festival 2010, 
The master of spleen vents his wrath at dogs, boy wizards, sub-editors and processed ham in the cause of laughter and sanity.
Giles Coren rages at Paul Blezard

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David Bellos

Is that a fish in your ear?

Hay Festival 2012, 
From foreign films to the UN Security Council, the pre-eminent multi-linguist interprets Translation and the Meaning of Everything. Chaired by Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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Óscar Collazos, Ana Cristina Herreros, Pep Durán, Juan Esteban Constaín and Edmundo Paz Soldán in conversation with Juan Gossaín

RCN Ministry of Education story competition:How to tell a story

Cartagena 2012, 
The judge of the 5th RCN Ministry of Education story competition will share their experiences and skills with the public by telling their own stories. This will be followed by the presentation of awards to the young competition winners.

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Jules Hudson

Renovating Old Buildings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Practical advice and builders’ tales from the rural affairs expert and star of Escape To The Country, Britain’s Empty Homes and Britain’s Heritage Heroes.

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Stephen King talks to Peter Florence: Part I

London Events 2006, 
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over forty books and has become one of the world's most successful writers.

He talks to the director of the Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

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Susy Smith and guests

Country Living Magazine Women in Business Forum 1

Hay Festival 2013, 

What does it take to start a small rural business? Discover how to turn talent into turnover with advice from three successful entrepreneurs: Business Manager at Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) Fiona Davies, home textile designer Jan Constantine and Hay’s own Athene English of The Great English Outdoors.

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Owen Sheers

Pink Mist

Hay Festival 2013, 
We are thrilled to launch the publication of this verse drama with a reading by the poet. Three school friends return from Afghanistan to face the consequences of their tours, for them and the women in their lives. Drawn from interviews with wounded veterans, Pink Mist is a lyric narrative of rare dramatic and emotional intensity. Introduced by Francesca Rhydderch.

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Paul Zak

The Moral Molecule

Hay Festival 2012, 
The economist explains his theory that oxytocin drives our morality and is responsible for trust, empathy and other feelings that build and help maintain stable societies.

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Mary Evans

Story Stew

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join children’s author Mary Evans for a fun, anarchic and downright daft introduction to story writing. Using a host of ingredients, a dollop of imagination and a side helping of silliness, you can learn a basic recipe that will enable anyone to write a story. That’s right. Anyone. Especially you. Back by popular demand, Story Stew helps you to write stories that leave a great taste in the imagination.
7+ years
Mary Evans

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Giles Foden and Andrew Freeman

Turbulence

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Last King of Scotland talks to McKinsey’s risk expert about his novel about the D-Day landings. The fate of 2.5 million men, 3,000 landing craft and the entire future of Europe depends on the right weather conditions in the English Channel on a single day. A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing an accurate forecast five days in advance. But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics?

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John Hegarty talks to Dylan Jones

Hegarty on Advertising: Turning Intelligence into Magic

Hay Festival 2011, 
Four decades of wisdom and insight from the man who put Nick Kamen into a laundrette for Levi Strauss and gave Audi the immortal Vorsprung durch Technik. He talks to the Editor of GQ.

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The Keep

The Genius of the Marches

Hay Festival 2016, 

An entertainment: a constellation of writers, artists and photographers of the Welsh Marches celebrate the first issue of The Keep, Hay’s new literary and arts magazine, with an evening of readings, stories and pictures, under the editorial baton of Iain Finlayson.

With Owen Sheers, Ben Rawlence, Nina Lyon, Jasper Fforde, Soma Ghosh, Oliver Balch, Tom Bullough, Dix and Marsha Arnold.

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Andrew Balmford

Nature’s Glass: Half Empty or Half Full?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Wild populations, their habitats, and the benefits they provide for people, are in decline. But is the situation hopeless? The Professor of Conservation Science tells stories of success from around the world to argue the case of optimism.

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William Fiennes talks to Peter Guttridge

The Music Room

Hay Festival 2009, 
A memoir about childhood and the relationship with his older brother Richard, a magnetic presence who suffered from severe epilepsy. His energy influences the rhythms of the family and the house’s internal life, and his story inspires a journey, interwoven with loving recollection, towards an understanding of the mind.

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César Antonio Molina, Javier Gomá and Gabriel Albiac in conversation with Bieito Rubido

Spain Should Place More Value on its Culture

Segovia 2014, 

Spanish society’s recent massive political and economic challenges represent one of the all-time lows of Spanish culture. Glaring problems in the field of education coupled with infrequent public debates, especially on television, demonstrate the need for ‘high culture’ to be promoted more than ever. Spain’s present and Spain’s future depend to a large degree on acknowledging Spain’s past and realising what Spanish culture has to offer the rest of the world. Other problems cannot be overcome without actively promoting Spain’s great culture. Writer and politician César Antonio Molina and philosophers Javier Gomá and Gabriel Albiac talk to the Director of ABC, Bieito Rubido.

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Arthur Smith

My Name is Daphne Fairfax

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hilarious, scandalous and delightfully rude memoir from the comedian – ‘My name is Arthur Smith, unless there’s anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In which case, I’m Daphne Fairfax’.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
The satirists rip up the weekend papers.

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Andre Geim talks to Roger Highfield

The Royal Society Platform: Random Walk to Graphene

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 2010 Sir Andre Geim FRS was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his groundbreaking work on the material graphene. More unusually, he’s also known for inventing an adhesive tape based on geckos and for levitating live frogs. Geim talks about his prize-winning work and how his atypical approach to science and life led him to it.

Andre Geim talks to Roger Highfield

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DUBYA

Hay Festival 2011, 
The former President of the United States will be in conservation with Philippe Sands of Time at 10pm in tha Moot. Entry is free. Time will be short. There will be a colloquy. Afterwords.

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Álvaro Pombo en conversación con Juan Cruz

Segovia 2009, 
El poeta y novelista, Premio Planeta y miembro de la Real Academia de la Lengua, conversa con el periodista y escritor Juan Cruz sobre su dilatada carrera literaria; en especial sobre sus últimos trabajos, Los enunciados protocolarios (poesía) y Virginia o el interior del mundo (novela).

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés

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CILIP presents Patrick Ness

The Ask & The Answer

Hay Festival 2009, 
Patrick Ness returns to Hay with the gripping sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go. In discussion with young people's librarian and CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Award judge Jake Hope.

12 years +

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Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

Shakespeare’s Circle

Hay Festival 2016, 

Wells introduces his anthology of essays about the actors, playwrights and family members around the bard, throwing new light on Shakespeare’s wealth, his family and personal relationships, his working life and his social status. Wells is one the world’s greatest Shakespeare experts, editor of both the Penguin and OUP editions of his work, President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and author, most recently of Shakespeare, Sex and Love and Great Shakespeare Actors. He is joined by the great novelist and essayist, Margaret Drabble, who started her working life as an actress at the RSC, and is a contributor to Wells’ new book, The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography.

Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

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Edward St Aubyn talks to William Sieghart

Fictions – Lost for Words

Hay Festival 2014, 

WINNER OF THE 2014 BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE AWARD FOR COMIC FICTION

A fabulous comedy from the bestselling author of the Patrick Melrose novels, who presents a wickedly entertaining insight into a sniping world of literature, celebrity culture and ambition, explored through the judges and contenders of the Elysian Prize for Literature.

Edward St Aubyn talks to William Sieghart