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Judith Kerr

My Henry

Hay Festival 2011, 
Judith’s creations sit at the heart of every good bookshelf. Gather round as she introduces her charming new picture book and looks back on Mog, The Tiger Who Came To Tea and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.  
7+ years & family

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Philippa Gregory

The Changeling

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl as she reveals the dark myths, medieval secrets and intrigue that populate the pages of her first-ever series for young people.
 
12+ years

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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.

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Max Hastings

All Hell Let Loose - The World at War 1939-1945

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this magnificent war history the author emphasises the Russian front, where more than 90% of all German soldiers who perished met their fate. He suggests that the Royal Navy and US Navy were their countries’ outstanding fighting services, while the industrial contribution of the United States was much more important to Allied victory than that of the US Army.

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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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Susie Orbach talks to Benna Waites

Bodies

Hay Festival 2009, 
Reconstructive surgery, eating disorder, identity crisis: the psychoanalyst dicsusses the lengths women go to around the world to conform to the western media’s notions of beauty with consultant clinical psychologist Benna Waites.

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Rocío de Isasa, Carmen Navarro, Xavi Ayen, Violeta Monreal and Pedro de Andrés

What can we do to get more readers?

Segovia 2014, 

What resources are required to encourage people to read in Spain? How can we promote and encourage reading, and thereby ensure Spain is regarded as one of the more developed countries? Rocío de Isasa of Maeva Publishing, Carmen Navarro, Director of Escuela newspaper, author and illustratorVioleta Monreal andXavi Ayen, journalist for La Vanguardia newspaper, discuss these issues and other topics in an event chaired by the President of CEDRO, Pedro de Andrés.

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Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

Radical

Hay Festival 2015, 

Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) where he played a leading and international role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. Arriving in Egypt the day before 9/11, his views soon led to his arrest, imprisonment and mental torture, before being thrown into solitary confinement in a Cairo jail reserved for political prisoners. There, while mixing with everyone from the assassins of Egypt’s president to Liberal reformists, he underwent an intellectual transformation and, on his release after four years, he publicly renounced the Islamist ideology that had defined his life. This move would cost him his marriage, his family and his friends as well as his personal security.

Nawaz now works all over the world to counter Islamism and to promote democratic ideals through his organisation, the Quilliam Foundation, and is standing for Parliament.

Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

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Gregory Doran talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Talking About Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and this year’s Richard Dimbleby Lecturer, discusses Shakespeare’s legacy in 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death. The RSC’s celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon include two major new productions to be directed by Doran: King Lear with Antony Sher, and a ground-breaking production of The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale, in collaboration with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios.

Gregory Doran talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Paul Dolan

Happiness by Design

Hay Festival 2015, 

Following on the success of last year, the Professor of Behavioural Science at the LSE is back for part two of his now published and bestselling book Happiness by Design. Through ‘Decide, Design and Do’, he reveals the ways in which we can actually become happier without having to think too hard about it. Change what you do, not how you think, to get more pleasure and purpose in everyday life.

Paul Dolan

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Ben and David Crystal

The Shakespeare Dictionary

Hay Festival 2015, 

Shakespeare is the best and most creative writer of the English language of all time. He deploys the widest and most thrilling vocabulary, drawing on classical and biblical scholarship and the keenest ear for human speech ever bent. And where the words he needed didn’t exist, he invented them. The classical actor and his father, the great Linguistics professor, entertain us with the most vital language ever used.

Ben and David Crystal

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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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Fernando Delgado and Elvira Lindo

Segovia 2012, 
Fernando Delgado’s novel La Verdad También se Inventa will be discussed in a session with the writer Elvira Lindo, who presents Lugares que no Quiero Compartir con Nadie, her vision of New York City where she lives part of the year.
 
Co-organized with Fundación Lara

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Kitty Corrigan and guests

Country Living Magazine Women In Business Forum 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

Five contestants pitch their new business ideas in the Talent Tent to a panel which includes Country Living editor Susy Smith, Love-Local’s Liz Oram, textile designer Jan Constantine, film-producer Revel Guest and Women in Rural Enterprise Business Manager Fiona DaviesThe winner will receive a prize to help them take their business to the next level. The prize is a year's membership of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) and a meeting with Emma Bridgewater and tour of her factory.

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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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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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Alice Rawsthorn

Hello World: Where Design Meets Life

Hay Festival 2013, 

The pre-eminent design critic explores the history of design’s influence on our lives – from the macabre symbol invented by C18th pirates and one woman’s quest for the best possible prosthetic legs to the evolution of the World Cup ball. Chaired by Suzy Klein.

 

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bigger, better, grislier, crazier... No, not Andy, Mr Gum of course! Make sure you and your Snocklehead friends don't miss out.
 
7+ years

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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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Green Dragons’ Den 2

Hay on Earth 2

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from today’s Hay on Earth sustainability workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Green Dragons’ Den 2

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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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Matt Parker

Number Ninja

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Infinite Monkey Cage stand-up maths star takes an hilarious tour through the world of numbers. Expect everything from debunking number nonsense and flagrant sudoku abuse to the mysterious patterns in the locations of ancient monuments and defunct Woolworths’ stores.

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Lorrie Moore and Joshua Ferris

Fictions – American Time

Hay Festival 2014, 

In her new collection Bark the great short story writer Lorrie Moore explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls. Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love wend their way through each of these narratives. Moore’s characteristic style is always tender, never sentimental and often heartbreakingly funny. Ferris’s dazzling new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life, the certainty of death, and the importance of good oral hygiene. They talk to Ted Hodgkinson.

Lorrie Moore and Joshua Ferris

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Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee talk to Peter Florence and Alice Key

Caspar Lee: the Book

Hay Festival 2016, 

YouTube sensation Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee discuss the power of social media and life at the heart of it, including details about their now-famous mother/son relationship. Join them in conversation with the Hay Festival Director.

12+