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George Monbiot

Feral: Rewilding The Land, The Sea And Human Life

Hay Festival 2013, 

The campaigning journalist argues for the mass restoration of damaged ecosystems, the reintroduction of wolves, lynx, beavers, moose and boar to Britain, and a life richer in adventure and surprise. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Diana Athill talks to John Walsh

Somewhere Towards the End

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great nonagenarian publisher and memoirist Diana Athill talks to John Walsh about how the pleasure of sex ebbs, how the joy of gardening grows, how much there is to remember, to forget, to regret, to forgive—and how one faces the inevitable fact of death.

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Garry Kasparov

The Hay Lecture: Putin’s Russia

Hay Festival 2008, 
The world’s greatest ever chess player now devotes himself to politics and the coalition opposed to Putin’s administration. Chaired by Orlando Figes.

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Glyn Maxwell talks to Simon Armitage

On Poetry

Hay Festival 2013, 

The poet celebrates the work of the canonical poets and discusses his literary philosophy: that the greatest verse arises from a harmony of mind and body, and that poetic forms originate in human necessities – breath, heartbeat, footstep, posture.

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John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale

Questions of Truth

Hay Festival 2009, 
The distinguished scientist and theologian and his philosopher interlocutor offer 51 Responses to Questions about God, Science and Belief.

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Alexander Monro

The Paper Trail

Hay Festival 2014, 

This is the story of how paper, a simple Chinese invention, has wrapped itself around our world, with history’s most momentous ideas etched upon its surface. The author discusses An Unexpected History of the World’s Greatest Invention with Liz Thomson.

Alexander Monro

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Karen Armstrong

Fields of Blood – Religion and the History of Violence

Hay Festival 2015, 

Karen Armstrong, former Roman Catholic nun and one of our foremost scholars of religion, speaks out to interrogate the link between religion and bloodshed.

Religion is as old as humanity: Fields of Blood goes back to the Stone Age hunter-gatherers and traces religion through the centuries, from medieval crusaders to modern-day jihadists. Today we regard faith as a personal and private matter, but for most of history faith has informed people’s entire outlook on life, and has often been inseparable from politics. Fields of Blood is a celebration of the ancient religious ideas and movements that have promoted peace and reconciliation across millennia of civilization.

Karen Armstrong

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Georgia Byng and Andy Stanton

Super Powers

Hay Festival 2008, 
Byng’s once-miserable orphan, Molly Moon, finds excitement and bizarre adventure through her hypnotic abilities. Stanton’s dastardly anti-hero Mr Gum is even more menacing and laugh-out-loud wicked with the use of his Power Crystals. The authors talk adventure, laughter and character with Jonathan Douglas.

Hay Fever 8 yrs +

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Timothy Brook and Xiaolou Guo

China

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two views of the emerging superpower from the distinguished sinologist, author of Troubled Empire and The Confusions of Pleasure and the novelist and performer whose books include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers and UFO In Her Eyes. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Oscar Pantoja, Tatiana Córdoba y Felipe Camargo Rojas en conversación con Ricardo Silva

Gabo en cómic.

Cartagena 2013, 
El libro Gabo - Memorias de una vida mágica cuenta, a través de la novela gráfica, cómo se entrelazan la vida y la obra del escritor colombiano más universal, Gabriel García Márquez. Con el lenguaje trepidante del cómic y un ritmo cercano al mejor cine contemporáneo, se cuenta la historia del Nobel y de su trabajo. Oscar Pantoja es novelista y escritor de ficción, ganador del Premio de Novela Alejo Carpentier y del Premio Nacional de Cinematografía del Ministerio de Cultura por su película El último cuento de Edgar Allan Poe. Tatiana Córdoba es maestra en Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Javeriana y trabaja como ilustradora para firmas comoMaloka, Bacánika, Dinero o El Malpensante. Felipe Camargo Rojas es maestro en Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Javeriana; su primer libro, El señor solitario y la anciana incomunicada, ha sido publicado recientemente. En conversación con el escritor Ricardo Silva.

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Melvyn Bragg and Matthew Evans

George Ewart Evans

Hay Festival 2009, 
A celebration of the centenary of the socialist and oral history pioneer who was born and raised in the former mining community of Abercynon, chaired by Hamish Fyfe.

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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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Mansur Rajih, Pegah Ahmadi and Basim Mardan talk to Shenaz Kedar

People Power in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2011, 
Exiled writers from Yemen, Iran and Iraq discuss their work and the upheavals in the Middle East with the director of the Writers' Centre Norwich Shahrazad project.

Decades of silence, self-censorship and repression have been confronted by an explosion of social demands and movements for change by the people for the people stretching from Tunisia across the Middle East. What kind of reforms are needed to satisfy the dreams and demands of the people? Join Shenaz Kedar in a panel discussion with exiled International Cities of Refuge writers Mansur Rajih (Yemen), Pegah Ahmadi (Iran) and Basim Mardan (Iraq) for a discussion on these issues and their hopes for the future. 

This is a Writers’ Centre Norwich Shahrazad event organised as part of our Norwich City of Refuge scheme and supported by the EU Culture programme.

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development organisation focused on the artistic and social power of creative writing. www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

Norwich City of Refuge
Under the auspices of WCN, Norwich joined the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) In July 2006 and remains the only UK City of Refuge. We use literature to raise awareness of issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees in imaginative and engaging ways through a varied arts education programme.

Shahrazad is a Europe-wide collaboration between five International Cities of Refuge that spreads the stories of refugee and exiled writers who have found sanctuary in Europe through the Cities of Refuge Network (www.icorn.org). It is run by literary organizations in Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Stavanger, Stockholm and Norwich. www.shahrazadeu.org

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Hay Writers Circle

Hay Festival 2010, 
New writing from the local creative writing group. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Titans

Hay Festival 2013, 

The historian traces his adventures in history from Stalin and the Borgias to Catherine The Great and Mrs Thatcher.

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Orlando Figes talks to Oliver Bullough

Crimea

Hay Festival 2011, 
A magisterial account of the terrible C19th war of land and religion that gave us The Charge of the Light Brigade, Sebastopol and Florence Nightingale as it pitted Imperial Russia against Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire.
 
More about Orlando Figes

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The Intelligence Squared Debate

This House would rescind the UK invitation to the Pope

Hay Festival 2010, 
David Aaronovitch & Johann Hari vs. Helena Kennedy & Phillippe Sands

'This house would rescind the Pope's invitation to the UK'

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Martin Rees, Tahmima Anam, Helena Kennedy and Joan Bakewell talk to Anita Anand

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 2

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this second conversation about our big anniversary project the panel discuss two of the 25 Questions:
 
Do you think we are reaching a point at which technological 'progress' kills the spirit and what we are, or will it liberate us all?
 
25 years ago, the whole world lived in fear of an aids pandemic, the Berlin wall divided east and Western Europe, China and Latin America were considered part of the developing world and less than 1% of the world’s population used mobile phones or computers. What changes will we see to the way we live now in 25 years time?

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Aminatta Forna and James Meek talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – Scale

Hay Festival 2013, 

Forna’s The Hired Man is a powerful novel about the indelible effects of war and the memories which stir beneath the silence of a quiet Croatian town. Meek’s The Heart Broke In is a rich, ambitious family drama of love, death and money in the era of gene therapy and internet exposés.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Jon Gower talk to Anita Sethi

Fiction: Transatlantic

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Secret History of Costaguana plays with a Colombian traveller’s relationship with Joseph Conrad and his Nostromo in London. Uncharted conjures the mythologising of an Argentinian woman’s journey to Cardiff.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Jon Gower talk to Anita Sethi

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Rita Carter

Multiplicity: The New Science of Personality

Hay Festival 2008, 
Multiple personalities are traditionally the stuff of horror movies, thrillers and bizarre mental disorders. Rita Carter argues that every one of us consists of different and often competing selves.

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Howard Jacobson

Austen Bicentenary Series 2: Pride & Prejudice 200

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker winner celebrates the bicentenary of Austen’s great English novel, and admires the genius of her comedy and style.

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Dick and Dom

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Dick and Dom, authors of Slightly Naughty But Very Silly Words and their gut-splitting new handbook, Whoopee Book of Practical Jokes, for a big handful of comedy nuts and babbling guff! An interactive and very funny show which includes a practical joke master class, stuffed with gags, brilliant practical jokes and sage and onion. If this event doesn’t tickle your funny bone, you’re probably dead!
7+ years
Dick and Dom

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Lee Child talks to Sarah Crompton

Never Go Back

Hay Festival 2014, 

The thriller writer talks about the action-packed, high-tension, mega-selling eighteenth book featuring his hero Jack Reacher.

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Francesca Scotti, Andrea Lundgren, Eurig Salisbury

Scritture Giovani 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
Young writers from Italy, Sweden, Wales and Germany read and discuss their short stories commissioned on the theme of ‘Why?’ Chaired by Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
 
In partnership with Festivaletteratura Mantova and Literaturfestival Berlin, and sponsored by Fondazione Cariplo and Illy Coffee
 
FREE BUT TICKETED