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Virginia Nicholson

Singled Out

Hay Festival 2008, 
Virginia Nicholson introduces her richly nuanced and brilliantly perceptive tale of How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War.

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John Bird in conversation with Marcel Berlins

The Necessity Of Poverty

Hay Festival 2013, 

The founder of The Big Issue mounts a blistering attack on orthodox thinking around the gap between rich and poor, sparing neither himself nor others in identifying what needs to be done to end poverty.

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Bruce Robinson talks to Dylan Jones

Hay Festival 2012, 
The screenwriter and director discusses his work, from the Oscar-winning Killing Fields to his 2011 collaboration with Johnny Depp on The Rum Diary See also events 459 and 493.

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Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behaviour

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Orange Prize-winning author of The Lacuna discusses her suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial set in the Appalachian Mountains. Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson.

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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.
 
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Will Self talks to Alexander Linklater

Hay Festival 2006, 
The superverbal and imaginatively thrilling novelist and journalist launches his The Book of Dave, based around the rants of Dave Roth, a disgruntled East End taxi driver, who writes his woes down and buries them only to have them discovered 500 years later and used as the sacred text for a religion that has taken hold in the flooded remnants of London.

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Rory McGrath

Bearded Tit

Hay Festival 2008, 
The larky comedian rhapsodises his lifelong passion for bird-watching in his Love Story With Feathers.

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Abigail Rokison

Shakespeare 450 – Romeo and Juliet, Interpretation and Adaptation

Hay Festival 2014, 

The eponymous lovers have become synonymous with intense young love, and the image of a young man wooing his love at a balcony is now iconic. The Shakespeare scholar will explore a range of stage productions and adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, aimed specifically at young people.

Abigail Rokison

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Ian McEwan talks to Stig Abell

The Deborah Rogers Foundation Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist talks about his writing and reading, and the translation of his books into film. The movie of On Chesil Beach is released on 18 May. Towards the end of this event McEwan will introduce the winner of the 2018 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award, Deepa Anappara. Her winning entry is a work of fiction called Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.  

Ian McEwan talks to Stig Abell

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Ben and David Crystal

The Shakespeare Dictionary

Hay Festival 2015, 

Shakespeare is the best and most creative writer of the English language of all time. He deploys the widest and most thrilling vocabulary, drawing on classical and biblical scholarship and the keenest ear for human speech ever bent. And where the words he needed didn’t exist, he invented them. The classical actor and his father, the great Linguistics professor, entertain us with the most vital language ever used.

Ben and David Crystal

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Karl Ove Knausgård talks to Razia Iqbal

Fictions – Boyhood Island

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Norwegian writer’s six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle is one of the great masterpieces of contemporary literature. He discusses volume 3, Boyhood Island. ‘It’s unbelievable. I need the next volume like crack. It’s completely blown my mind.’ – Zadie Smith. He is the winner of the 2014 Hay Festival Medal for Prose.

Karl Ove Knausgård talks to Razia Iqbal

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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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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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Maggie Ross talks to Rachael Kerr

Silence

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Anglican solitary and theologian, whose Writing the Icon of the Heart has been described by Rowan Williams as ‘a really transformative book’, explains how ‘the work of silence’ can help us toward a deeper understanding of God. Duration 45 minutes.

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Nicholas Ostler

The Last Lingua Franca - The Rise and Fall of World Languages

Hay Festival 2012, 
In their time, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian have each been world languages, sweeping the globe for centuries at a time. And yet they have all been displaced, just as the linguist predicts English will be. With a working knowledge of twenty-six languages, Nicholas now runs an institute for the protection of endangered languages.

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John Sweeney talks to Guto Harri

The Church Of Fear

Hay Festival 2013, 

The investigative journalist looks Inside The Weird World Of Scientology and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation – from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind’s problems.

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Rob Sykes, Jacquelin Magnay, Derek Casey and Christina Boxer

The Ethics of Major Sporting Events

Hay Festival 2011, 
As the nation builds to 2012, the panel asks:
Why do cities bid? Are the legacies fact or fallicy? Gold medals or Fools Gold? Chaired by Jim White
 
Christina Boxer is a middle distance athlete and former British & Commonwealth record holder, now retired. She competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics for Great Britain, starting in 1980, and has been a reporter for BBC Sport's athletics coverage, at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. She currently holds the position of Sports Development Manager at Birmingham University and she is also a Hereford and Worcester ambassador for London 2012 Olympics.
 
Jacquelin Magnay is Olympics Editor with The Telegraph, overseeing and coordinating all Olympic coverage for the Telegraph Media Group.
  
Rob Sykes is the Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership at The University of Worcester.

Derek Casey recently led the successful Glasgow bid to stage the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and is currently Chair of the World Leisure Organisation. He also served on the organising committee of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and was the Chief Executive of the Sports Council in the UK and of Sport Ireland from 1994–2001.

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Robert Muchamore

CHERUB's recruiting...

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author of CHERUB and Henderson’s Boys discusses a not so typical writing day and previews People’s Republic, the first in his brand new series of CHERUB adventures out in August.
 
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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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Cars Are Killing The Planet

The Economist Debate

Hay Festival 2006, 
Channel 4 News' Jon Snow chairs as freedom, practicality and pleasure are set against pollution, asthma, global warming and terrifying geopolitics. Will post-petrol tech save the day? Speakers include Jeremy Leggett of SolarCentury, Vijay Vaitheeswaran of The Economist and Edmund King, Executive Director, RAC Foundation.

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Alison Weir

Mary Boleyn: ‘The Great And Infamous Whore’

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sister to Anne Boleyn and seduced by two kings, Mary Boleyn has long been the subject of scandal and myth. Her affair with Henry VIII fuelled the shocking annulment of his marriage to Anne, and Mary is rumoured to have borne his child in secret. Chaired by SJ Parris.

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Paul Murdin

Cambridge 800 Series: Full Meridian of Glory

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Cambridge professor tells the tale of the astronomers and the geodesists tasked with establishing the definitive longitudinal base in the Observatory in Paris – the Perilous Adventures in the Competition to Measure the Earth.

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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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David Aaronovitch talks to Jon Snow

Voodoo Histories

Hay Festival 2009, 
From moon landings to the Parisian underpass and the twin towers, the journalist probes and explodes The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History.

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Michael Wood

The Story of India

Hay Festival 2008, 
Historian Michael Wood introduces his enthralling and elegant study of the cultural history of the world’s largest democracy.