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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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MG Harris

The Joshua Files

Hay Festival 2009, 
Mayan mystery, fast-paced thrills and nail-biting adventure. If you haven’t discovered the Joshua Files yet, now is your chance – miss it if you dare.

10 years +

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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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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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Alain de Botton talks to Viv Groskop

The Course of Love

Hay Festival 2016, 

What does it mean to live happily ever after? At dinner parties and over coffee, Rabih and Kirsten’s friends always ask them the same question: how did you meet? The answer comes easily – it’s a happy story, one they both love to tell. But there is a second part to this story, the answer to a question their friends never ask: what happened next? From the first thrill of lust, to the joys and fears of real commitment, and to the deep problems that surface slowly over two shared lifetimes, this is the story of a marriage. It is about modern relationships and how to survive them. Playful, wise and profoundly moving, the essayist and philosopher introduces his first novel in 20 years.

Alain de Botton talks to Viv Groskop

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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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Mark Lynas talks to Andy Fryers

Green World Question Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of High Tides discusses Obama’s eco-practice, the latest developments in Climate Change study, nuclear power and the role of individuals and NGOs.

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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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Minette Batters, Sophie Wynne-Jones, Julia Aglionby, Rob Yorke

Elements of Re-wilding: Perceptions and Prejudices

Hay Festival 2016, 

How can we ensure there is public benefit from re-wilding the countryside? Rural commentator Rob Yorke discusses big cats and beavers, food production and flood prevention with Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President; Julia Aglionby, Executive Director of the Foundation for Common Land; and Sophie Wynne-Jones, trustee of the Wales Wild Land Foundation.

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The Duchess of Rutland talks to Corisande Albert

Belvoir Castle

Hay Festival 2010, 
The story of one of Britain’s great Regency houses told by its owner as A Thousand Years of Family Art and Architecture.
The Duchess of Rutland talks to Corisande Albert

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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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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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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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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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Polly Samson and Gaynor Arnold talk to Sarah Crompton

Fictions: Shorts

Hay Festival 2011, 
A reading and discussion about the art of the short story with two outstanding writers of the form. Samson’s collection is Perfect Lives, Arnold’s is Lying Together.
 
Read more about Polly Samson and Gaynor Arnold 

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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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Keith Jeffery and John Scarlett

MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909–1949

Hay Festival 2011, 
The distinguished academic discusses his history with the former Director General of MI6.

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The John Finnemore Sketch Show

Hay Festival 2012, 
The writer and star of Radio 4’s Cabin Pressure, regular guest on The Now Show and popper-up on Miranda, The Unbelievable Truth and That Mitchell and Webb Look, presents an hour of sketches with Simon Kane, Carrie Quinlan and Lawry Lewin.

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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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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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Noel Kingsbury

Hybrid: The History and the Science of Plant Breeding

Hay Festival 2010, 
The colourful story of plant breeding brings together traditional farmers, tribal shamans, eccentric entrepreneurs, dedicated scientists, faceless corporations, bold visionaries, obsessive nerds and the occasional charlatan.

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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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Frederick Taylor

Exorcising Hitler

Hay Festival 2011, 
An utterly compelling and resonant study of The Occupation and Denazification of Germany – a multi-generational process of understanding, re-education and re-imagining. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Julia Hobsbawm with Johann Hari, Mark Skipworth and Stefan Stern

EI Breakfast 3

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

Duration 45 minutes.

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John Barrow

The Artful Universe Expanded

Hay Festival 2011, 
A look at some of the unexpected ways in which the structure of the Universe, its laws, its environments, and above all its underlying mathematical structure imprints itself on our thoughts, our aesthetic preferences, and our views about the nature of things.

Read more about John Barrow