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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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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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Julia Donaldson

The Detective Dog

Hay Festival 2016, 

Julia Donaldson gives a first peek at Detective Dog Nell, her latest character, in a sensational all-singing, all-dancing performance. Join Julia and her friends as they introduce a dog who not only has super powers of smell but can also help children learn to read.

3+
Julia Donaldson

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Hans Rosenfeldt talks to Tim Marlow

Bron/Broen/The Bridge

Hay Festival 2014, 

The creator of the iconic Danish-Swedish television thriller takes time out from writing the third series to discuss Saga, Martin and the long-form drama.

Hans Rosenfeldt talks to Tim Marlow

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ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century

Hay Festival 2008, 
Brain physiologist Susan Greenfield explores human nature, our past, what makes us individual, the connection between the brain and the mind, and what a society of fulfilled individuals might actually mean.

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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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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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Samah Al Shaik, Rewa Zeinati, Abdullah Abu Shumais, Isra’a Kalash, Karl Ove Knausgård, Jonathan Levi, Owen Sheers, Christoph Peters and Hind Shoufani

Poetry & Fiction Soireé

Beirut 2013, 

The writers share examples of their work in the original language with the audience. Samah Al Shaik (Palestine), Rewa Zeinati (Lebanon), Abdullah Abu Shumais (Palestine), Isra’a Kalash (Palestine), Karl Ove Knausgård (Norway), Jonathan Levi (USA), Owen Sheers (UK), Christoph Peters (Germany) and Hind Shoufani (Palestine). Presented by John Kampfner.

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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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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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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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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

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Richard Kerridge, Jane Davidson and guests

The 2014 INSPIRE Lecture: Literature and Sustainability

Hay Festival 2014, 

This year’s INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Literature and Sustainability lecture is given by Richard Kerridge, nature writer, critic and author of Cold Blood. The lecture is followed by a discussion with the 2013 INSPIRE winners, Dr Jayne Archer and Prof Richard Marggraff Turley, and the chair of ASLE-UKI, Adeline Johns-Putra, chaired by the director of INSPIRE, Jane Davidson. 

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Andrew Edgar

Cardiff University Series 3: A Moral Conception Of The NHS

Hay Festival 2013, 

An exclusive emphasis upon efficiency leads to a fundamental misunderstanding of the true nature of a national health service. Viewed as a ‘civil association’, it is through the NHS that we, as a community, express and put into practice our sense of morality.

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Ben Macintyre

Double Cross - The True Story of the D-Day Spies

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of Agent Zigzag and Operation Mincemeat uncovers the six extraordinary double-agents at the heart of the deception that enabled the 150,000-strong invasion force to land in Normandy on 6 June 1944.
 

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Reza Aslan

Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Hay Festival 2011, 
A mesmerising selection of the best Middle East-Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu writers – from the famed Arab poet Khalil Gibran to the Turkish Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk. Chaired by Kathryn Gray.

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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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Adrian Goldsworthy

The Fall of the West

Hay Festival 2009, 
The long view of The Long, Slow Death of the Roman Empire played out in politicking, economic collapse and terrorism...

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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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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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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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Thomas Friedman

That Used To Be Us

Hay Festival 2012, 
The New York Times foreign affairs writer looks at What Went Wrong with America - and How It Can Come Back. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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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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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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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 +