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Roger McGough and Brian Patten

40 Love

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great entertainers celebrate the ruby anniversary of the Mersey Sound anthology of Liverpool poets.

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Don McCullin talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great photographer shows and discusses his work now collected in two books – Shaped by War and Southern Frontiers: A Journey Across the Roman Empire.

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Bernard Beckett and Xiaolu Guo talk to Stephanie Merritt

Story: Futures

Hay Festival 2009, 
Beckett’s Genesis creates a world where just what it means to be human is up for debate. Guo’s bracingly funny dystopia UFO in Her Eyes, a startling parable of change, imagines an uneasy future for rural China.

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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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Mavis Nicholson talks to Sarah Crompton

What Did You Do in the War, Mummy?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The broadcaster has interviewed women from lumber-jills and landgirls to undercover spies and entertainers about the new freedoms, the make-do and mend, the hopes and the fears, as well as the post-war adjustments they had to make.

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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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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2009, 
Shabba me whiskers Mr Gum is back! Prepare for a big stitch in your side as the hilarious author of the Mr Gum series returns to Hay.

6 years +

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Atef Abu Saif and Abdallah Tayeh

Fictions – The Book of Gaza

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist Atef Abu Saif introduces his groundbreaking anthology of ten Palestinian writers who have been translated into English for the first time. Each story takes place in a different part of the Strip and provides a ‘literary map’, navigating its readers around the cities. He is joined by one of the contributing short story writers, Abdallah Tayeh. They talk to Georgina Godwin.

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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
 
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Steve Jones

No Need for Geniuses: Revolutionary Science in the Age of the Guillotine

Hay Festival 2016, 

Paris at the time of the French Revolution was the world capital of science. Its scholars laid the foundations of today’s physics, chemistry and biology. They were true revolutionaries, agents of an upheaval both of understanding and of politics. The Eiffel Tower, built to celebrate the Revolution’s centennial, saw the world’s first wind tunnel, first radio message and first observation of cosmic rays. Perhaps the greatest Revolutionary scientist of all, Antoine Lavoisier founded modern chemistry and physiology, transformed French farming, and hugely improved the manufacture of gunpowder. His political activities brought him a fortune, but in the end led to his execution. The judge who sentenced him claimed that “the Revolution has no need for geniuses”. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Steve Jones

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2009, 
Forget clowns, join one of the UK's top comedians for some proper comedy for kids. Guaranteed to tickle your ribs and your fancy.

7 years +

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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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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join one of the UK’s best-loved children’s writers as she introduces four brand new stories in which Henry makes his own scary movie. It promises to be ghoulishly good.
 
7+ years

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Geoff Mulgan

The Locust And The Bee: Predators And Creators In Capitalism’s Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

The economic crisis offers an opportunity for capitalism to re-imagine itself again, to maximise efficiency, entrepreneurship and new sectors for growth. Chaired by Jesse Norman.

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Sian Busby, Katie Hickman and SJ Parris

Fiction: The Long View

Hay Festival 2010, 
McNaughten is set in 1840s London, The Pindar Diamond in C17th Venice and the no.1 bestseller Heresy in Elizabethan England. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
Sian Busby, Katie Hickman and SJ Parris

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Nicola Coldstream

Builders and Decorators

Hay Festival 2009, 
Medieval Craftsmen in Wales brought to vivid life by the eminent art and architecture historian.

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Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

Proud

Hay Festival 2015, 

Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. It was no mere ball game. It gave him everything, except the freedom to be himself. This is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something he feared might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife, family, friends and teammates. His fear that telling the truth about his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edge. The deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His gesture has strengthened strangers, and given him a fresh perspective.

Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

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Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Punt, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Something's Going Funny with the Climate

Hay Festival 2015, 

Climate change is no laughing matter, but when all else fails, perhaps it’s time to take humour a bit more seriously? We really do need something to laugh about.

Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Punt, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

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John Banville

Kells 2013, 

The Booker Prize-winner discusses his story of obsessive young love and the power of grief, Ancient Light, and previews clips from the forthcoming film of The Sea. He talks to RTÉ’s Joe Duffy.

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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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Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan, Anthony Seldon chaired by James Naughtie

The Happiness Movement

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three of Britain’s most progressive thinkers ask if happiness is something that can be understood, and whether it is an appropriate goal for government, business or schools.
Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan, Anthony Seldon chaired by James Naughtie

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Juan Manuel Santos, Javier Moreno, Carlos Fuentes y Sergio Ramírez

Ideas for a changing world

Cartagena 2012, 
We invite figures from the world of culture and politics to present us with a great idea for the future. We give them carte blanche, and so they can talk about any field, whether it be philosophy, physics, religion, the environment, literature, or anything else. They will talk to Alejandro Santos, director of Semana

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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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Ian Goldin

The Butterfly Defect

Hay Festival 2014, 

The repercussions of local events now cascade over national borders, and the fall-out of financial meltdowns and environmental disasters affects everyone. Goldin analyses how globalization creates systemic risks, and suggests what to do about it.

Ian Goldin