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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.

The Keep

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Carwyn Jones

The Sustainability Bill

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Welsh Government’s First Minister discusses how the groundbreaking Sustainability Bill, due to be ratified later this year, will affect both the public and private sectors in Wales. How will the high-level policies filter down to the day-to-day activities such as procurement and infrastructure? He talks to The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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Michael Jacobs in conversation with Nieves Concostrina

Segovia 2010, 
Nieves Concostrina, a Spanish writer and radio presenter known for her daily anecdotes about death, will speak to the Hispanist and travel writer Michael Jacobs about the recent and controversial publication of his book The Factory of Light: Tales from my Andalucian Village. They will discuss subjects such as the confusion between fiction and reality and the emergence of the magical and the supernatural into everyday rural life.

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Tan Twan Eng and Jachym Topol talk to Jo Glanville

Fictions – Ghosts

Hay Festival 2013, 

The sublime Man Asian Prize-winner and Booker-shortlisted The Garden Of Evening Mists explores Japanese atrocity and beauty in Malaya in 1949. The blackly comic The Devil’s Workshop tells the story of how a town in Belarus commemorates its concentration camp past.

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HM Castor & William Osborne

VIII and Hitler’s Angel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two unique approaches to historical fiction, each with a twist of psychological thriller. Join us to talk power, secrets and courage. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas.
 
11+ years

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Ben Barry

Cambridge Series: The Body

Hay Festival 2010, 
What is the impact of body diversity in the modelling world, on the high street, in the classroom and on the couch? Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Ben Barry

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Horrid Henry

Francesca Simon

Hay Festival 2008, 
Francesca Simon tells why she created Horrid Henry, revels in his terrible antics, and lets us in on some mischievous adventures she has planned for him in the future.

Hay Fever 7 yrs +

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Åsne Seierstad

The Angel of Grozny

Hay Festival 2008, 
Extraordinary and harrowing reportage from undercover in Chechnya by the Norwegian author of The Bookseller of Kabul.

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David Owen

The Hidden Perspective: The Military Conversations, 1906–1914

Hay Festival 2014, 

Within weeks of taking office in December 1905, British Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman and his Foreign Minister Edward Grey agreed to allow the General Staff to enter into detailed talks with their French counterparts about sending an expeditionary force to France in the event of a German attack. Neither the Cabinet nor Parliament were informed…

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John Bird, Kate Maryon, Andy McCullough

Running Away

Hay Festival 2013, 

Every five minutes a child runs away. Every year sees around 100,000 under-16-year-old kids on UK streets. A huge percentage of homeless adults were once runaways. The Big Issue founder discusses with children's author Kate Maryon and The Railway Children’s Head of UK policy.

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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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John Brewer

American Leonardo

Hay Festival 2009, 
The art historian explores the story of a single painting, La Belle Ferronnière by Leonardo Da Vinci, and shows how it reveals the intricacies of the C20th obsession with art, money and taste.

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Michael Dobson

Shakespeare 2: Tragedy

Hay Festival 2012, 
Why do theatregoers enjoy watching people die? And why do modern audiences still prefer their destined corpses to speak in Elizabethan English? The Director of The Shakespeare Institute considers the persistence of Shakespearean tragedy, focusing on Richard II, Othello and King Lear. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
 

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Patrick Ness and Matt Haig

Fictions – Transformations

Hay Festival 2013, 

Wise, romantic, magical and funny, Ness’ The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love. In Haig’s The Humans Professor Andrew Martin of CambridgeUniversity solves the world’s greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Chaired by Tanya Seghatchian.

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Damian Walford Davies and Richard Marggraf Turley

Jade Corridors and Green Harpoons

Hay Festival 2009, 
A son-et-lumière performance of poetry and image, strongly themed around desire, bodies and borders with the authors of Suit of Lights and Wan-Hu’s Flying Chair.

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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
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Screening: Parked

Kells 2015, 

A multi-award-winning first feature by Kells-based director Darragh Byrne, starring Colm Meaney as a man down on his luck who moves back to Ireland and, living in his car, befriends a young man and a music teacher. Introduced by the director, with Jacqueline Kerrin and Dominic Wright from Ripple World Pictures. Film starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan with Milka Ahlroth.

‘Possibly the gentlest, sweetest movie about junkies and homelessness you’re ever likely to see, Darragh Byrne’s stripped-down debut brims with charm. Packing two terrific turns and an offbeat spirit, this coming-of-middle-age comedy is an unexpected treat.’ – Total Film.

Screening: Parked

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Landry-Wilfrid Miampika y Said Messari en conversación con Abdelkader Chaui

Mirando a Africa: artes visuales

Segovia 2008, 
Said Messari, pintor, diseñador y calígrafo marroquí, y Landry-Wilfrid Miampika (Nigeria), especialista en las artes de África Subsahariana, converserán con Abdelkader Chaui, diplomático y escritor marroquí, sobre las tendencias en artes visuales en el continente africano y los retos a los que se enfrentan los creadores.

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Ned Beauman and Gong Ji-Young

Fictions – Others

Hay Festival 2014, 

In Glow Beauman conjures a contemporary conspiracy with global repercussions that converges on one small flat above a dentist’s office in Camberwell. Gong Ji-Young’s Our Happy Time is a redemptive love story from Korea’s rising star novelist – Yujeong is a beautiful, bright and wealthy suicide attempter, Yunsu a convicted murderer on death row. The authors talk to Ted Hodgkinson.

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell

The Royal Society Lecture: Astronomy and Poetry

Hay Festival 2012, 
There is a surprising amount of poetry with an astronomical theme. The celebrated astrophysicist, discoverer of radio pulsars asks: What areas have grabbed poets and how have they handled the topics?
 

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Sarfraz Manzoor, Marina Salandy Brown, Akshay Pathak and Thomas Minkus

What happens where phones are cheaper than books?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is the digital age a friend or foe to writers, publishers and readers across the globe? The panel includes the Director of the Bocas Litfest in Trinidad, the Delhi-based bookfair strategist and the Emerging Markets Director of The Frankfurt Bookfair.
 
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Nigel Jenkins and David Pearl

Gower

Hay Festival 2010, 
A unique portrait in poetry, history and photography of the Gower peninsula, Britain’s first area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Nigel Jenkins and David Pearl

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Sabrina Mahfouz, Owen Sheers, Marcus Brigstocke, David Buckland and Mark Shorrock

Art in the Environment

Hay Festival 2014, 

Art is not always just for art’s sake: it has long been used as way of exploring, communicating and engaging people as well as bringing people together. Writers Mahfouz, Sheers and Brigstocke, and Cape Farewell director Buckland, discuss vision, ethics, imagination and integrity. They are joined by Mark Shorrock from the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, who is unveiling the first of two international art commissions.

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Poetry Gala

Cartagena 2011, 
Our 6th Poetry Gala includes outstanding Colombian and foreign authors: William Ospina and Hugo Chaparro (Colombia), Miguel Syjuco (the Philippines), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Andrés Neuman (Argentina), Owen Sheers (United Kingdom), Francisco Hinojosa (Mexico), Khaled Khalifa (Siria), Agustín Fernández Mallo (Spain) and Alberto Barrera Tyszka (Venezuela). Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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Fiona Reynolds, Simon Schama and Montagu Don

Green and Pleasant Land

Hay Festival 2010, 
The National Trust's Director General hosts this exploration of the spirit of place and the British landscape.
Fiona Reynolds, Simon Schama and Montagu Don