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Peter Snow

When Britain Burned The White House

Hay Festival 2014, 

In August 1814 the United States’ army is defeated in battle by an invading force just outside Washington DC. The US president and his wife have just enough time to pack their belongings and escape from the White House before the enemy enters. The invaders tuck into the dinner they find still sitting on the dining-room table and then set fire to the place.

Peter Snow

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Andrew Williams talks to Ed Vulliamy

In Our Name

Hay Festival 2013, 

The journalists who exposed A Very British Killing: The Death Of Baha Mousa and Bosnia: The Reckoning investigate the grotesque misconduct of war and the insidious moral corruption of everyone involved, the decay of public life, and the endemic parallels that exist with Britain’s current institutional structures.

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Alicia Foster, Francesca Rhydderch and Joanna Rossiter

Fictions – In The War

Hay Festival 2013, 

Warpaint by Alicia Foster is a compelling tale of truth and lies, tragedy and black comedy, loosely based on the lives of four painters of the time. The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter is a haunting and moving novel about a mother and a daughter, caught between a tsunami and a war. In Francesca Rhydderch’s The Rice Paper Diaries, four interweaving accounts relate the intimate havoc wrought by military conflict on individual lives. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.

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Peter Hennessy, Ruth Scurr, Leanne Wood, Rosie Boycott

Magna Carta 800 - What Do We Want?: A New Kind of Politics

Hay Festival 2015, 

Is six-party politics here to stay? Is first-past-the-post a bulwark against extremism? What’s the value of a campaign promise in a coalition context? International broadcaster Nik Gowing chairs. Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary’s; Scurr lectures in Politics at Cambridge; Wood is leader of Plaid Cymru; Boycott is Food Advisor to the Mayor of London.

Peter Hennessy, Ruth Scurr, Leanne Wood, Rosie Boycott

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Nadine Gordimer

The Hamlin Lecture: The Image and the Word

Hay Festival 2010, 
‘In the beginning was the Word. The Word that was Creation. Its transformation into the written word came when scratched on stone, traced on papyrus, and travelled from parchment to print in Gutenberg. Now universal technology of the image threatens the book.’
Nadine Gordimer

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David Aaronovitch

The Fascination of Conspiracy Theories

Cartagena 2011, 
The respected journalist and Times columnist David Aaronovitch, through his latest book, Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History, introduces us to the world of conspiracy theories and their social role. The cases he analyses are fascinating, ranging from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the death of Marilyn Monroe and the assassination of President Kennedy, to Princess Diana’s fatal accident and the notion of US involvement in the attack on the twin towers. Today, the author will talk to us about why conspiracy theories arise and why they are so appealing to us. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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David Attenborough

Watching the Wild

Hay Festival 2007, 
The broadcaster reviews the techniques that have been used over the last century to bring natural history to the television screen.

This Joseph Rotblat Lecture was given in association with the WMD Awareness oganisation.
David Attenborough

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Eric Lampaert

Comedians’ Cinema Club

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are thrilled to welcome the inspired and hilarious improv show in which Eric and a cast of comics act out a famous movie. They’ve done Die Hard, Pretty Woman, all the Harry Potters, and for tonight they want the Hay audience to choose the movie. Let us know what you’d like them to take on – we’ll go with the best nomination on our Facebook page.

Update 15.05.15 - Film Choice is Mary Poppins.

Eric Lampaert

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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 Finnemore, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tiffany Murray

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2012, 
Merciless mockery of muppets and mags. Exclusive! In all Sundays...

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Celia Rees & Sally Gardner

Vive la Revolution!

Hay Festival 2009, 
Prepare to be swept away by Celia Rees (Witch Child, Sovay) and Sally Gardner (The Red Necklace, The Silver Blade) with their tales of bold heroines, ruthless villains and the guillotine.

9–14 years

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Peter Cocks & Keren David

Long Reach, Almost True

Hay Festival 2011, 
These two compelling writers know how to deliver their thrillers ice-cold. Join them as they talk flawed heroes, plot twists and danger. Chaired by Pete Hurley
 
12+ years Goosebumps 

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Justin Hill

Shield Wall

Hay Festival 2011, 
Gripping fiction that reclaims the Saxon history of Ethelred, Edmund and Harold from the Norman conquerors by a multi-award-winning novelist.

More about the author www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/

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Magsie Hamilton Little talks to Andrew Davies

Dancing with Darkness: Life, Death and Hope in Afghanistan

Hay Festival 2011, 
An extraordinary personal journey of understanding, from the witnessing of 7/7 in London to the heart of an Afghan community in Kabul.

All profits from the book go to www.littlebooksafghanistan.org – giving books to the most deprived children in Afghanistan.

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Tony Robinson

No Cunning Plan

Hay Festival 2017, 

The actor and hugely successful children’s writer yarns his working life from child stardom in the first production of Oliver! and the joy of Baldrick, to the documenting of Time Team archaeology and The Worst Jobs in History. Robinson was knighted in 2013 for public and political service. Chaired by Lucy Cotter.

Tony Robinson

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Sam Kiley & Stuart Tootal

Helmand – Two Stories

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two accounts of the Afghan conflict from a journalist and a soldier, authors of Desperate Glory: At War in Helmand with Britain’s 16 Air Assault Brigade and Danger Close: The True Story of Helmand from the Leader of 3 PARA.
Sam Kiley & Stuart Tootal

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Richard Platt

Would You Believe...

Hay Festival 2010, 
...Marzipan contains cyanide! ...Cobwebs stop wounds bleeding! Discover even more amazing facts about the world in what can only be described as QI for kids.
 
9+ years

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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Oscar Guardiola-Rivera and Jaideep Prabhu chaired by John Kampfner

The Google Debates 3: The Future Of Britain In Europe

Hay Festival 2013, 

The international view of Britain’s place in Europe from the French Ambassador to Berlin, the Colombian author of When Latin America Rules The World and the Director of the Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

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Simon Singh

Alan Turing and Enigma

Hay Festival 2012, 
The science writer celebrates the centenary of the genius mathematician and code-breaker, who deciphered the German naval cables in WWII, and demonstrates the encryption techniques on his own, original Enigma Machine.

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Rebecca Stott, AC Grayling, Andrew Miller, Marcus Brigstocke and Tiffany Murray talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Hay 25 - The Way We Live Now 3

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this third conversation about our big anniversary project the panel discuss two of the 25 Questions:
 
Which living leaders, writers, scientists, and artists, are opening the doors of the future for humankind?
Why do we read novels?

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Alain de Botton

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and philosopher heads out into the under-charted worlds of the office, the factory, the fishing fleet and the logistics centre, ears and eyes open to the sheer strangeness of the modern workplace.

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Max Hastings

The London Library Annual Lecture at Hay: Finest Years – Churchill as Warlord, 1940–1945

Hay Festival 2010, 
A portrait of the Prime Minister in extremis; in triumph and tragedy, and seen here from the perspectives of Russia and America, whilst producing some of the greatest treasures of the English language. Introduced by Tom Stoppard.

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2010, 
Back by popular demand! Join the comedic creator of Lamonic Bibber for a weird, wacky, one-in-a-million event. Giggles guaranteed.
 
6–9 years

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Rick Gekoski talks to Claire Armitstead

Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir

Hay Festival 2010, 
The book-dealer, writer and Booker judge offers a captivating account of twenty-five books drawn from the fields of literature, psychology and philosophy, and a memoir of a reading self. ‘Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.’
Rick Gekoski talks to Claire Armitstead

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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.