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Owen Sheers and Russell Celyn Jones talk to Jon Gower

Fiction: Myths

Hay Festival 2010, 
In White Ravens and The Ninth Wave the two Welsh writers re-imagine stories from the Mabinogion.

“Celyn-Jones'
The Ninth Wave
transports us to a post-climate change feudal world...a tense and evocative piece of work that maintains the fine tradition of Welsh myth-making.” The Big Issue

“Sheers makes his 20th century setting sing but holds on the otherworldliness of his source material…A spellbinding fable about male self-destructiveness and the effects of war on those who return home.” Financial Times
Owen Sheers and Russell Celyn Jones talk to Jon Gower

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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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Karl Ove Knausgård in conversation with Kirsti Baggethun

Segovia 2012, 
International best-selling Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård has written autobiographical books that have sparked controversy and fascination in equal measure. His novel A Time for Everything was praised by the New York Review of Books as ‘marvellous’. He talks to his translator Kirsti Baggethun about A Death in the Family, the first of six autobiographical novels in his series My Struggle.
 
Simultaneous translation available from Norwegian into Spanish. With the collaboration of the Embassy of Norway in Spain and NORLA (Norwegian Literature Abroad, Fiction and Non Fiction).

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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

What if Latin America Ruled the World?

Hay Festival 2010, 
How the South will take the North into the 22nd Century.
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

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Jan Zalasiewicz

The Earth After Us

Hay Festival 2009, 
What might human civilization leave behind as relics into the far geological future? The geologist envisions what extra-terrestrial aliens, exploring Earth one hundred million years from now, might uncover in their excavations.

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Philippa Gregory talks to Stephanie Merritt

Queen of Fiction

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historical novelist discusses her tales of Tudor and Plantagenet England.
 

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Josephine Hart's Poetry Hour with Dame Eileen Atkins and Dan Stevens

The Great War Poets

Hay Festival 2007, 
The British Library's cult poetry show comes to Hay with readings from the golden generation of Great War poets, introduced by the author of Catching Life By The Throat. Readers include Dame Eileen Atkins and Dan Stevens.

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The American Election… We Decide

Hay Festival 2008, 
Who might we elect as leader of the free world? Jonathan Freedland chairs Spectator editor Matthew D’Ancona, Sarfraz Manzoor, author of Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock 'n' Roll, Greenpeace Director Jonathan Sauven, and Brecon & Radnor AM Kirsty Williams.

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Anna Coote, Neal Lawson and Mark Boyle

Nef Debate 3: What if a 21-Hour Working Week Became the Norm?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Is it time to rethink the working week? We’re surrounded by overwork and unemployment, overconsumption and too little time to do things for ourselves that increase our wellbeing. Chaired by Andrew Simms.

The New Economics Foundation (nef) is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society

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CILIP Kate Greenaway Breakfast

Hay Festival 2010, 
Join Grahame Baker Smith (Leon & the Place Between) and Viviane Schwarz (There are Cats in this Book) as they draw and chat about creating picture books, as well as their shortlisting for one of the most prestigious awards for children's illustration. For all generations of readers – parents, youngsters and aspiring illustrators alike. Chaired by Children's Laureate and twice winner of the CILIP Greenaway Medal Anthony Browne
 
Complimentary Cafédirect coffee will be served.
 
Family event
 
See the Blog for more details.

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Sarah Winman, Téa Obreht, Mirza Waheed and Sam Leith talk to Lisa Dwan

Fictions: Waterstone’s Eleven

Hay Festival 2011, 
We profile four of the emerging novelists championed in the Waterstone’s new writing promotion. Winman’s When God Was a Rabbit is a family story set over four decades; Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife resonates over three generations in the Balkans; Waheed’s The Collaborator is set in the heart of terrible conflict in 1990s Kashmir and Leith’s The Coincidence Engine conjures The Directorate of The Extremely Improbable and a chase across America.

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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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Arianna Huffington, John Lloyd and Deborah Moggach

We’re not done yet! What’s next for Baby Boomers?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Three of the best of the luckiest generation in history are still learning, still leading the way and still at the top of their game. They talk with Emma Soames.

Arianna Huffington, John Lloyd and Deborah Moggach

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Holly Webb

Hay Festival 2010, 
A rare opportunity to look into the enchanting world of Holly Webb, the creator of Rose and many mischievous animal adventures including Lost in the Snow.
 
8–12 years
 
See the Blog for more details

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Jenni Murray talks to Fiona Lindsay

Memoirs of a Not-So-Dutiful Daughter

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great broadcaster describes her relationship with her mother.

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Jonathan Powell

Great Hatred, Little Room

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Powell, the government’s key negotiator and Number 10 Chief of Staff tells the inside story of Making Peace in Northern Ireland.

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David Andress and Mike Rapport

Revolution

Hay Festival 2008, 
Two of Britain’s most brilliant historians, David Andress (1789) and Mike Rapport (1848) discuss the turning points of European history.

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Sophie Dahl

Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author reads from and discusses her recipe for the art of eating a little of what you fancy in Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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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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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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Patrick Ness

The Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

The double Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy talks with writer and critic Damian Kelleher about the appeal of the dystopian and the fantastical in YA fiction. He also brings a sneak preview of his next YA novel, due out in the autumn.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ 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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Martin Amis talks to Gaby Wood

Lionel Asbo

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist launches his state-of-England satire about a very violent but not very successful young criminal who is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won £139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery.

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Shazia Mirza

Hay Festival 2009, 
The stand-up comedian has a glorious, laconic wit, a ruthless eye for the ridiculous, and a relish for shattering taboos. She’s very funny.

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Gala de Poesía

Segovia 2008, 
Un grupo formado por algunos de los mejores poetas internacionales, clausurarán el Festival recitando su poesía: Antonio Colinas y Benjamin Prado (España), Juan Manuel Roca y Rómulo Bustos (Colombia), Gillian Clarke y Robert Minhinnick (Gran Bretaña) y Ouidad Benmoussa (Marruecos). Evento moderado por el autor Benjamín Prado.