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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Hay Festival 2011, 
The hilarious and inspiring story of one man’s unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book. A comic masterpiece.
 

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David Nicholls talks to Paul Blezard

One Day

Hay Festival 2009, 
The screenwriter introduces his magical romantic-comic novel.

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Angie Sage and Catherine Fisher

Exploring Fantastical Worlds

Hay Festival 2015, 

Angie Sage, author of the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series takes up the story of TodHunter Moon seven years on and so begins a magykal new adventure in Pathfinder. She is joined by the highly acclaimed Catherine Fisher, a Welsh writer and broadcaster whose latest book The Door in the Moon continues her Chronoptika Quartet, weaving science, myth and time travel. They are two of our best fantasy writers. Join them for a conversation about creating fantastical worlds, mixing good and bad magic and bringing superlative storytelling to lucky readers.

9+ years
Angie Sage and Catherine Fisher

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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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Simon Garfield

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Hay Festival 2011, 
About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, and about Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi.

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Digby Jones talks to Andrew Simms

Fixing Britain: The Business of Reshaping Our Nation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The former Trade Minister and CBI Director General, now firmly and widely back in the private sector while remaining an active crossbencher in the Lords, prescribes a future for industry and politics. He is joined by author and nef Fellow Andrew Simms.
Fixing Britain - Lord Digby Jones & Michael Wilson

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Óscar Campillo, Pepa Bueno y Marta del Riego talk to Teresa Sanz

The media trumps ‘culture’

Segovia 2011, 
The limits between arts and disciplines have been broken, the moulds that structured branches of science or philosophical debate have been cast aside. The media has gone through a phase of hybridization and the barriers between various areas of information have been dissolved. This all matters from a global perspective and dailies such as MARCA, and magazines such as Vanity Fair and Yo Dona pick up on different elements of what is today called culture. For these media, in any case, the great challenge is still to find that magical formula that enables to communicate efficiently. Óscar Campillo (MARCA), Pepa Bueno (Yo Dona) and Marta del Riego (Vanity Fair) will address these issues. Chaired by Teresa Sanz.

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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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Young, Gifted and Published

Hay Festival 2015, 

Lucy Saxon is just 20 years old and the author of Take Back the Skies. She signed her contract with Bloomsbury when she was just 16. She’s a cosplayer, Con-goer and fangirl of all things sci-fi and fantasy. Taran Matharu’s The Summoner became a Wattpad sensation with over three million reads in three months, leading to a publishing deal with Hachette. And Helena Coggan saw her debut novel The Catalyst published at the age of only 15. Find out what makes three extraordinary young writers tick, and be inspired to write a novel before you are 20.

12+ years/YA
Young, Gifted and Published

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The Intelligence Squared Debate

This House would rescind the UK invitation to the Pope

Hay Festival 2010, 
David Aaronovitch & Johann Hari vs. Helena Kennedy & Phillippe Sands

'This house would rescind the Pope's invitation to the UK'

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Mark Watson with Eric Lampaert and Joel Dommett

Stand-up

Hay Festival 2011, 
The award-winning comedian headlines an evening of sparkling comedy. He really does make the world substantially better.

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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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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians mock the news and newsmongers.

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Will Self

Hay Festival 2008, 
The spectacular satirist turns his unforgiving gaze on post-colonialism, multiculturalism, intervention, and moral relativism in the dark and brilliant novel The Butt, winner of the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

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Jane Haynes, Martin Scurr and Kate Wood

Doctors Dissected

Hay Festival 2015, 

The authors of Doctors Dissected discuss what might be the most formative experiences, or rites of passage, on the journey to becoming a doctor. Psychotherapist Jane Haynes talks to two 'experienced' doctors, her co-author Martin Scurr and contributor Kate Wood, about these unforgettable moments in their lives. Personal, conversational and unpredictable, Doctors Dissected steals behind cultural issues into the heartlands of doctors who are drawn to a life in medicine, conducting an autopsy as to the consequences of choosing a profession in which the practitioner is constantly faced with lonely decisions that very often are a matter of life and death.

Jane Haynes, Martin Scurr and Kate Wood

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Mick Collins talks to Andy Middleton

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: The Unselfish Spirit

Hay Festival 2015, 

We have been treating the Earth as an object to be exploited, and have consequently cut ourselves off from evolving co-operatively with nature. We have to find new ways of doing, knowing and being so that we can live in harmony with all life. Mick Collins, author and occupational therapist, talks to Andy Middleton.

Mick Collins talks to Andy Middleton

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Lisa Bortolotti

Optimism and Success

Hay Festival 2017, 

Can delusional beliefs and distorted memories have redeeming features? Psychologists have consistently found that we are more optimistic than is warranted by the evidence. This form of ‘unrealistic optimism’ leads to mild distortions of reality but it has been shown to contribute to good mental health, motivation and productivity. Bortolotti is Professor of Philosophy at University of Birmingham.

Lisa Bortolotti

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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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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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Jeremy Strong

Going For Gold

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Animal Games are coming to town, but can Streaker bring home a medal? Join this comic maestro as he introduces the sequel to his much-loved The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog.
 
7+ years

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Milena Busquets, Yuri Herrera, Valeria Luiselli talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: Travelling

Hay Festival 2016, 

Luiselli’s The Story of My Teeth is an idiosyncratic journey in the company of Gustavo ‘Highway’ Sanchez, an eccentric auctioneer on a mission to replace all his teeth. Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another (in this case Mexico to the United States), especially when there’s no going back. Busquets’ This Too Shall Pass is a lively, sexy and moving novel about a woman facing life in her forties, set on the idyllic Spanish coast.

Milena Busquets, Yuri Herrera, Valeria Luiselli talk to Daniel Hahn

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Ranulph Fiennes

Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Coldest Temperatures on Earth

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Cold is a celebration of lives dedicated to researching and exploring some of the most hostile and brutally cold places on Earth. Documenting both his own explorations and those of others such as Shackleton, Cook and Amundsen, the famous adventurer and explorer reveals the chequered history of man’s attempts to discover and understand these remote areas of the planet.

Ranulph Fiennes

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Salman Rushdie

The Festival Lecture: The Composite Artist

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist tells tales of demons, dragons and derring-do in this magnificently illustrated lecture about the 100 Indian artists who created the Hamza-nama paintings for the C16th Grand Mughal Akbar.

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Mervyn King talks to Bronwen Maddox

The End of Alchemy – Money, Banking and the Future of the Global Economy

Hay Festival 2016, 

The former Governor of the Bank of England analyses the causes of the global financial crisis. He proposes revolutionary new ideas to answer the central question: are money and banking a form of alchemy or are they the Achilles heel of a modern capitalist economy?

Mervyn King talks to Bronwen Maddox

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Simon Singh

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The writers of The Simpsons are so fascinated by mathematics that they have drip-fed morsels of number theory into the series over the last twenty-five years – so many that they could form the basis of an entire university course. The author of The Codebook and Fermat’s Last Theorem uses specific episodes to explain concepts ranging from pi and the paradox of infinity to the origins of numbers.

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