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Monty Don

Down to Earth

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The gardening writer and Gardener’s World star follows his fabulous bestseller Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs by sharing gardening wisdom from his 50 years of experience. Tips, soil and wonderful stories.

Monty Don

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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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Taller con Jenny Valentine

Segovia 2009, 
Acompaña a la autora de Busco a Violet Park y ganadora del Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2008; Jenny compartirá sus experiencias literarias y hablará de los personajes de sus libros y de su proceso creativo.

Para niños de entre 13 y 16 años, en inglés

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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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Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence

Segovia 2006, 
The charismatic rock star and founder of Live Aid talks about music, Ireland and Africa: the G8 leaders, aid programmes and trade tariffs with Peter Florence, Director of the Hay Festival.

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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2015, 

Following on the success of last year, the Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE is back for part two of his now published and bestselling book Happiness by Design. Through ‘Decide, Design and Do’, he reveals the ways in which we can actually become happier without having to think too hard about it. Change what you do, not how you think, to get more pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

Paul Dolan

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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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Tracy Borman

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty

Hay Festival 2016, 

Even in their most private moments, the Tudor monarchs were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. The Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces uses the personal notes from these courtier intimates to give a revelatory picture of the Tudors’ private lives.

Tracy Borman

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Vicky Pryce, David Wilson and Erwin James

Some Truths About Prisons

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation about the penal system. Pryce served time for perverting the course of justice. She is the author of Prisonomics: Behind Bars in Britain’s Failing Prisons. Both former Prison Governors and now criminologists, Wilson is the author of Out of Sight Out of Mind and Pain and Retribution. They talk to Erwin James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

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David Sinden, Matthew Morgan and Guy MacDonald

Alien Invaders

Hay Festival 2012, 
Evil aliens and toxic planets…an awesome space adventure with the energetic trio behind the YUCK! series.
 
7+ years

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Duncan Bush and Patrick McGuinness talk to Oliver Bullough

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Last Hundred Days was the most nominated/shortlisted/longlisted novel of the year (Booker, Costa, Authors' Club, Desmond Eliot Prize etc). Patrick McGuinness discusses totalitarianism, freedom of speech and literary inventions with poet and novelist Duncan Bush, author of The Genre of Silence, a 'biography' of Stalin-era Russian writer Victor Bal with 'translations' of Bal's poetry.

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Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

Radical

Hay Festival 2015, 

Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) where he played a leading and international role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. Arriving in Egypt the day before 9/11, his views soon led to his arrest, imprisonment and mental torture, before being thrown into solitary confinement in a Cairo jail reserved for political prisoners. There, while mixing with everyone from the assassins of Egypt’s president to Liberal reformists, he underwent an intellectual transformation and, on his release after four years, he publicly renounced the Islamist ideology that had defined his life. This move would cost him his marriage, his family and his friends as well as his personal security.

Nawaz now works all over the world to counter Islamism and to promote democratic ideals through his organisation, the Quilliam Foundation, and is standing for Parliament.

Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

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Elif Batuman and Carolina Sanin talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Identities

Hay Festival 2017, 

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey gets involved with a cosmopolitan Serb and a Hungarian mathematician. At once clever and clueless, Batuman’s novel The Idiot shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self. From imagined worlds to lost loves, Sanin’s The Children explores the limits of isolation and intimacy, motherhood, neglect and compassion.

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Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan and Andy Middleton talk to Mark Skipworth

Freeganism and Food Supply

Kells 2015, 

Deputy Editor of The Telegraph Mark Skipworth chairs a discussion with musician, visual artist, political activist and writer Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan of Sheridan's Cheesemongers, and maverick thinker and social entrepreneur Andy Middleton on the increased global demand for food, the intensification of food production, food waste and Freeganism. 

Brian Eno, Seamus Sheridan and Andy Middleton talk to Mark Skipworth

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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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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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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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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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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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Oliver James, Cassandra Jardine, Judith Woods and Victoria Woodhall

How to Manage Big Family Issues of the 21st Century

Hay Festival 2011, 
Influential family journalists and authors address some of the most pressing issues facing parents today. Chaired by Susanna Reid.
 
Speaker: Oliver James – Columnist, Guardian Family and author of They F*** You Up
Focus: First in School, Last in Life? – Good and bad tactics for getting your children to work
 
Speaker: Cassandra Jardine – Features Writer, The Telegraph and author of How to Be a Better Parent
Focus: Protecting children from the evils of today
 
Speaker: Judith Woods – Parenting and Family Journalist, The Telegraph
Focus: The cost of raising a family today
 
Speaker: Victoria Woodhall – Deputy Features Editor, YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday
Focus: Issues facing families with women's roles in the workplace increasing
 
Chair: Susanna Reid – Presenter, BBC Breakfast and UK Youth Ambassador

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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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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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Philip Parker

The Northmen’s Fury: A History of the Viking World

Hay Festival 2014, 

One summer’s day in 793, death arrived from the sea. The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings – sea-borne attackers, adventurers and traders who brought two centuries of terror to northern Europe and North America. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Anthony Browne

Hay Festival 2013, 

Picture book legend, multiple award-winner and former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne will share the magic of his art and show us how to play the Shape Game.

5+ years

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Christoph Peters and Mohammed Hanif in conversation with Jonathan Levi

Beirut 2013, 

Christoph Peters is a German author of novels and short stories. His novel Stadt Land Fluss was published in 1999, and won the ‘aspekte’ prize for the best German literary debut; it was followed by a collection of short stories in 2001, and in 2007 his first novel to be published in English, The Fabric Of Night. Mohammed Hanif (Pakistan) is a writer and journalist, author of the award-winning A Case Of Exploding Mangoes, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, and subsequently won the 2009 Commonwealth Book Prize and the 2008 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. Hanif has also written for the stage and screen, including a feature film, The Long Night (2002). They talk to writer and journalist Jonathan Levi.

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