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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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20 Years of Harry Potter Magic

Hay Festival 2017, 

In this interactive and family-friendly event, you will travel through a year at Hogwarts with Fleurble Laffalot. Discover fun facts about the first Harry Potter books as well taking part in some of the key elements of life at Hogwarts – the sorting ceremony, Quidditch, potions and transfiguration classes.

9+

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Orson Welles – Hello Americans

Simon Callow

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actor introduces the second volume of his biography taking the American wunderkind through the career-disaster years from Citizen Kane to Macbeth.

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Tom Palmer

Football Quiz

Hay Festival 2010, 
The creator of the Football Academy and Football Detective series tests your knowledge of the beautiful game. Get ready for an awesome penalty shoot-out!
 
8–12 years

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Gary Shteyngart talks to Gaby Wood

Super Sad True Love Story

Hay Festival 2011, 
A comic love story masterpiece set in a catastrophically fallen USA, from the author of Absurdistan. Magic.
 
Read a review of Super Sad True Love Story www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

Hay Festival 2008, 
As the treasured picture book celebrates its fiftieth birthday the much loved author talks to Julia Eccleshare about her children’s classics–from the classroom staple When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit to the serial adventures of Mog the Cat.

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Michael Pollan talks to Rosie Boycott

Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation

Hay Festival 2013, 

A rare opportunity to meet the Californian food superstar, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defence Of Food and Food Rules, as he champions the fundamentals of cooking – a defining human activity which sits at the heart of our cultures and shapes family life.

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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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John Connolly

Hells Bells: Samuel Johnson vs The Devil

Hay Festival 2014, 

Samuel Johnson – with a little help from his dachshund Boswell and a very unlucky demon named Nurd – has sent the demons back to Hell. But the diabolical Mrs Abernathy is not one to take defeat lying down. When she reopens the portal and sucks Samuel and Boswell down into the underworld, she brings an ice-cream van full of dwarfs as well. And two policemen. Can this eccentric gang defeat the forces of Evil? And is there life after Hell for Nurd?

 

10+ years

John Connolly

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Quentin Letts talks to Raj Persaud

Hay Festival 2009, 
The columnist and author of 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain sits down In the Psychiatrist’s Chair.

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Peter Conradi and Mark Logue talk to Mark Skipworth

The King's Speech: How One Man Saved The British Monarchy

Hay Festival 2011, 
The inside story from the authors of the book edited from speech therapist Lional Logue's diaries. Mark Logue is his grandson.

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Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

Cardiff University Series 2: In An Age of Mass Surveillance

Hay Festival 2015, 

The leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have transformed our understanding of our daily communication through social media, email and mobile phones. Scholars from Cardiff University’s research project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society will discuss the practices, implications and broader meanings of mass surveillance. Does it work? How does it work, and who and what is monitored? How does it affect civil rights? Have we been properly informed, and how should the media report? How can we protect ourselves?

Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

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David Spiegelhalter and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

The Royal Society Platform – Teenage Kicks

Hay Festival 2012, 
How do you explain teenage behaviour? What are the risks and the rewards they’re juggling?
 

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Rob Hopkins, Simon Forrester, Rosie Boycott and Andrew Simms

Transition Now

Hay Festival 2009, 
Frontline news from the UK’s fastest growing social experiment – the Transition Town Movement – with movement founder Rob Hopkins, Simon Forrester of Transition Towns Hay and journalist and smallholder Rosie Boycott. Chaired by nef Policy Director Andrew Simms.
 
Part of the nef series ‘Surviving the Crash’. nef is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society

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Richard Sennett

The Craftsman

Hay Festival 2008, 
The sociologist pursues a philosophical enquiry into why people work hard and take pride in what they do.

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Aged to Perfection

New Writing by Older People

Hay Festival 2010, 
An anthology of new work by older writers as part of the Gwanwyn Festival organized by Age Cymru. 

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

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Helen Peters

The Secret Hen House Theatre

Hay Festival 2012, 
A heart-warming debut that will whisk you away in the spirit of The Swish of the Curtain and I Capture the Castle. A treat.
 
9+ years

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Matthew Rice

Rice’s Architectural Primer

Hay Festival 2010, 
The illustrator and designer charts the grammar and vocabulary of British buildings, explaining the evolution of styles from Norman castles to Norman Foster.
Matthew Rice

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Dannie Abse

Reading

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great Welsh poet celebrates the launch of his New Selected Poems.

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Edna O’Brien

Byron in Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Irish novelist is a perfect match for the subject of her biography, the heroic Romantic poet. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Tony Fitzjohn talks to Ben Fogle

Born Wild

Hay Festival 2011, 
A story of passion, adventure and skulduggery on the frontline of African conservation in Kenya and Tanzania.
 
Read a review of Born Wild

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Montagu Don and Derry Moore

Great Gardens of Italy

Hay Festival 2011, 
To appreciate a garden fully you must also know something of the food grown and eaten in the area, of the politics, religion and weather, and of the dreams for the garden’s future as well as the glories of its past.

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Richard Dannatt talks to Nik Gowing

Leading from the Front

Hay Festival 2011, 
The forthright Chief of the General Staff (2006–2009) reviews his military career and the current state of the nation’s defences.
 
Read more about Richard Dannatt

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Melvyn Bragg

Autobiography and Fiction

Hay Festival 2009, 
The award-winning novelist and biographer explores his book Remember Me and the ethics and practice of writing fiction that reflects real lives.

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Malorie Blackman

Boys Don’t Cry

Hay Festival 2011, 
Noughts and Crosses touched us all and Hay is delighted to welcome Malorie back with her startlingly fresh look at teenage fatherhood.
 
12+ years