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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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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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Andy Middleton, Ben Southworth and Chris Parker

Slipstream Wales – Data Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

How can data be used to help drive behaviour change, increase performance and make radical the new normal? With speakers from the world of technology and smart data analysis. Ben Southworth, Deputy Chief Exec at Tech City Investment Organisation, Chris Parker, Head of Geovation, Ordnance Survey and chaired by TYF’s Director Andy Middleton.

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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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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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Dmitry Bykov and Rachel Trezise talk to Kathryn Gray

Fiction: Small Wars and Laughter

Hay Festival 2010, 
Living Souls is a comic masterpiece set in a futuristic Russian dystopia. Sixteen Shades of Crazy imagines a contemporary South Walian Stepford-Llaregub.
Dmitry Bykov and Rachel Trezise talk to Kathryn Gray

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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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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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Eduardo Arroyo in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

My Words, Others’ Words

Segovia 2013, 

Artist, writer, acute analyst, astonishing instigator, aware of what surrounds him, original, unclassifiable, Eduardo Arroyo is internationally recognised as one of the greatest exponents of Spanish culture. He speaks with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla about art, politics and history. As a voluntary exile Arroyo has been a witness to the civil uprising in Paris in May 68 and to the diatribes of the eternal Italy which he experienced in the seventies until his return to the establishment rocking ¨movida¨ in Spain. He is still a witness to the current Spain, with all of its wounds. They will read their texts.

 

Co-organised with the Biblioteca Nacional de España, with the collaboration of Fundación del Banco Sabadell.

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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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Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

BBC Talking Books 2: Anything is Possible

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new novel from the author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys tells the story of the inhabitants of rural, dusty Amgash, Illinois, the hometown of Lucy Barton, a successful New York writer who finally returns, after 17 years of absence, to visit the siblings she left behind.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

Elizabeth Strout talks to George Alagiah

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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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Bob Heath

‘You Say Goodbye…And I Say Hello’

Hay Festival 2013, 

The music therapist specialises in working with people at the end of their lives; he presents and discusses work created by his clients over the last 10 years. Chaired by David Barnard.

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Bharat Malkani

Capital Punishment

Hay Festival 2015, 

On the 50th anniversary of the last execution to take place in the UK, Malkani, a lecturer at Birmingham Law School, discusses why we are better off without the death penalty and why British efforts to promote the worldwide abolition of capital punishment should be supported. UN statistics suggest the five countries with the highest number of state executions annually are, in order, China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

Bharat Malkani

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Will Self

Hay Festival 2008, 
The spectacular satirist turns his unforgiving gaze on post-colonialism, multiculturalism, intervention, and moral relativism in the dark and brilliant novel The Butt, winner of the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

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James Ivory talks to Geordie Greig

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary film director discusses his career and collaborations with Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

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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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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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Alex de la Iglesia en conversación con Roberto Pombo

Cartagena 2013, 
El director, productor y guionista español, autor de películas como El Día de la Bestia, La Comunidad o la reciente La Chispa de la Vida, es además un creador de gran influencia dentro del mundo del cine internacional. Fue director de la Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias de España entre el 2009 y el 2011 y participa regularmente en la escena pública, a menudo apoyando causas e impulsando las industrias culturales. Acualmente está finalizando su última película Las Brujas de de Zugarramurdi.

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Owen Sheers

The Raymond Williams Lecture 2014: Singing in Chains: His Sullen Art – The Poetry of Dylan Thomas

Hay Festival 2014, 

To celebrate Dylan's centenary, Owen Sheers explores the evolution of Thomas's poetic voice, from its early manifestation in his teenage notebooks, to his great mature poems of mortality and nostalgia. What is it about Thomas' poems that so caught, and continues to catch, the world's imagination? Why do so many cite classics like ‘Fern Hill’ and ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ as their favourite poems? And how did Dylan Thomas, alone at the page, go about composing these hymns of humanity which still, 100 years later, are so imbued with a timeless and universal resonance?

Owen Sheers

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians mock the news and newsmongers.

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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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Roly Keating

The Mechanical Curator and Other Stories

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Director of the British Library browses the infinite possibilities for Libraries and Creativity in an Age of Data. ‘These are times of historic disruption in the whole global system of information and publication, and it seems right that the great knowledge institutions – with their historic remit to think and act with a view far into the future – should play a full part in shaping the changes that lie ahead.’ Chaired by Gaby Wood, Head of Books at The Telegraph.

Roly Keating

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Thomas Penn

Winter King

Hay Festival 2012, 
It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and counter-coups. Henry VII had clambered to the top of the heap - a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who through luck, guile and ruthlessness had managed to win the throne and stay on it for sixteen years. Although he built palaces, hosted jousts, gave out lavish presents and sent ambassadors across Europe, for many he remained a usurper, a false king.
 
But Henry had a crucial asset: his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. Now, in what would be the crowning glory of his reign, his elder son would marry a great Spanish princess. On a cold November day this girl, the sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, arrived in London for a wedding upon which the fate of England would hinge...
 
In his remarkable debut, historian Thomas Penn recreates an England which is both familiar and very strange - a country that seems medieval yet modern, in which honour and chivalry mingle with espionage, realpolitik, high finance and corruption. It is the story of the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at its heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power.

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Mark Watson with Eric Lampaert and Joel Dommett

Stand-up

Hay Festival 2011, 
The award-winning comedian headlines an evening of sparkling comedy. He really does make the world substantially better.