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Antony Beevor

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner launches his study of the D-Day landings and the liberation battles that turned the war and marked, forever, the relationship between Europe and America.

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William Hall

Brick

Hay Festival 2015, 
Acclaimed graphic designer William Hall presents his new book Brick – a fresh, insightful and surprising look at one of the world’s most familiar and popular building materials.

From the strange remains of the Ziggurat of Ur dating from 2100 BC, to the formidable mills of the industrial revolution, the humble brick has been an architectural staple for centuries.

The world’s best architects have explored the qualities of brickwork. Alvar Aalto, Antoni Gaudí, Jørn Utzon, Frank Gehry, and Mies van der Rohe all built with the material, and bricks were integral to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for an American vernacular in his Prairie Houses.

Lesser-known newcomers have created some equally striking and memorable structures, from the stunning Winery Gantenbein – built by robotic arm – to the audacious Kantana Institute, an unprecedented vision in a Thai rainforest.
William Hall

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Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

Peaky Blinders

Hay Festival 2015, 

The screenwriter and creator of the hit gangster drama talks about the Selby family, tribal war, and the crime-world of post-war Birmingham. Knight is screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Locke. Introduced by Caryn Mandabach.

We will also be screening all six episodes of Series 2, starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, from 1pm at Richard Booths Bookshop Cinema in Hay.

Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

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Conor Woodman

Around the World in 80 Trades

Hay Festival 2009, 
The economist sets out his Adventures in Economics, trading Sudanese camels for Zambian coffee, the coffee for South African red wine, and then off to China to buy jade with the proceeds.

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2010, 
The acclaimed stand-up comic for children returns to Hay. Get ready to giggle your gloves off!*
 
Family event
 
*We think socks get too much attention.

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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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Owen Sheers

Reformations 11: Men

Hay Festival 2017, 

Questions of masculinity have been at the heart of Sheers’ writing for 20 years, in his plays Mametz and The Two Worlds of Charlie F, in his fiction Resistance and  I Saw A Man, and in his poetry – most clearly in Pink Mist. In 2012 he was also artist in residence with the Welsh Rugby Union. Here he interrogates ideas of masculinity in essay form, and reimagines a man’s world. 

Owen Sheers

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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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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

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Steve Hilton talks to John Mitchinson

More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First

Hay Festival 2015, 

Humans don’t always behave as you expect them to. Sometimes their responses and actions are completely irrational – we don’t always make perfect decisions – but the model we base everything on is a rational one. Why? If we design our systems, our government, and all the products and services we use for perfect, rational people, is it any wonder they aren’t working? The Stanford academic and political advisor believes that change is possible and necessary: that we can create a more local, more accountable, more human way of living that will make us more productive, more fulfilled and ultimately happier.

Steve Hilton talks to John Mitchinson

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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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Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Hay Festival 2012, 
The star illustrator behind the phenomenally successful series takes a blood-curdling look at history from the Savage Stone Age to the Barmy British Empire via the Measly Middle Ages and Slimy Stuarts.
 
9+ years

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Orsola De Castro, Jessica Bumpus, Margareta van den Bosch, Catarina Midby and Dilys Williams

Just Fashion

Hay Festival 2015, 

Pioneering fashion designer Orsola de Castro and co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day, discusses the future of sustainability in fashion with Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s former design director and now creative advisor, Jessica Bumpus from Vogue and Catarina Midby, H&M's Sustainable Fashion Advisor. They talk to Dilys Williams, Director of the London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion. The panel will also offer their insights on the final garments created by 12 students from H&M’s Garment Recycling Programme after a week-long workshop with leading designers. The workshops will have encouraged students to use and consider sustainable sourcing and techniques in the production of their garments as well as ensuring the finished product is beautifully designed and presented.

Orsola De Castro, Jessica Bumpus, Margareta van den Bosch, Catarina Midby and Dilys Williams

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Kate Raworth

Doughnut Economics

Hay Festival 2017, 

Economics is broken. It has failed to predict or prevent financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies and perpetuated austerity and poverty. The Oxford academic identifies the seven critical ways in which mainstream economics has led us astray, and sets out a roadmap for bringing humanity into a sweet spot that meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. En route, she deconstructs the character of ‘rational economic man’ and explains what really makes us tick. Raworth has worked as Senior Researcher at Oxfam, and was co-author of the UN’s Human Development Report.

Kate Raworth

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John Harvey, Louise Welsh, Peter James and Phil Rickman chaired by SJ Parris

OxCrimes 1

Hay Festival 2014, 

Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels we are thrilled to launch our third collaboration with Profile Books with a reading of three stories from this collection of short crime fictions donated by some of the greatest crime-writers in the English language.

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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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Salman Rushdie

The Festival Lecture: The Composite Artist

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist tells tales of demons, dragons and derring-do in this magnificently illustrated lecture about the 100 Indian artists who created the Hamza-nama paintings for the C16th Grand Mughal Akbar.

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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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David Spiegelhalter

Cambridge Series 6 - Are you taking a Risk or a Chance? Trying to put numbers on uncertainty.

Hay Festival 2012, 
We continually get warned about the risks around us, but the upside of uncertainty is chance and opportunity. The Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk will show how to weigh luck, both bad and good. Chaired by Greg Davies
 

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Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

Proud

Hay Festival 2015, 

Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. It was no mere ball game. It gave him everything, except the freedom to be himself. This is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something he feared might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife, family, friends and teammates. His fear that telling the truth about his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edge. The deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His gesture has strengthened strangers, and given him a fresh perspective.

Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

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Ken Loach talks to Francine Stock

The 2017 Raymond Williams Lecture

Hay Festival 2017, 

The film director talks about culture and society and his style of socialist realism from his earliest 1960s television plays like Cathy Come Home to the masterpiece I Daniel Blake.

Ken Loach talks to Francine Stock

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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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Paul Silk, Graham Allen, Richard Wyn Jones

Constitutional Reform

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is the UK on the verge of breaking up? Scotland has its referendum in 2014, Wales is seeking further powers from Westminster, and local government in England is being strengthened. Silk, Commission on Devolution in Wales, Allen, Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, and Wyn Jones, Director of the Wales Governance Centre, discuss. Chaired by the BBC's Brian Meechan.

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John van Wyhe

Will the real Alfred Russel Wallace please stand up?

Hay Festival 2014, 

The independent discovery of evolution by natural selection by Darwin and Wallace is one of the most famous episodes in the history of science. Wallace’s story has been told many times in recent years, but almost always by amateurs rather than historians. Alarmingly, almost everything you have heard about Wallace is wrong. The image of a cheated working-class hero whitewashed from history by the patrician Darwin and his establishment supporters may be irresistible, but it is also pure myth.

John van Wyhe

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David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

Hay Festival 2015, 
David Almond’s latest novel A Song for Ella Grey is a brilliant retelling of the Orpheus myth by way of contemporary Tyneside. Sarah Crossan uses both poetry and prose to tell her stories, most recently in Apple and Rain. They are joined by Jenny Valentine who previews her eagerly-awaited new novel Fire Colour One, a highly original story with an extraordinary twist. These three acclaimed writers talk about how they pack such an emotional punch into their novels.
12+ years/YA
David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine