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Lisa Dwan

Not I

Kells 2013, 

Lisa reprises her performance of Samuel Beckett’s play Not I, which she performed to rave reviews earlier this year at London’s The Royal Court. Followed by Q&A session with Elizabeth Hunt.

‘It was a privilege to hear her’ – 5-star review from Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.

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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

Sweet and Sour, Salt and Bitter

Hay Festival 2008, 
The passionate and incisive food critic entertains with Table Talk.

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Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen at Home

Hay Festival 2017, 

Honouring the bicentenary of the novelist’s death, Worsley tells the story of Austen’s life and shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn’t all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a painful struggle.

Lucy Worsley

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Helen Peters

The Secret Hen House Theatre

Hay Festival 2012, 
A heart-warming debut that will whisk you away in the spirit of The Swish of the Curtain and I Capture the Castle. A treat.
 
9+ 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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Kjartan Poskitt

Murderous Maths

Hay Festival 2012, 
Back by popular demand, our favourite numerical wizard is coming to Hay to put an end to maths miseries great and small. Join us for hilarious games of mathematical trickery and cunning calculus.
 
9+ years

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Matthew Rice

Rice’s Architectural Primer

Hay Festival 2010, 
The illustrator and designer charts the grammar and vocabulary of British buildings, explaining the evolution of styles from Norman castles to Norman Foster.
Matthew Rice

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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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Raymond Tallis

The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head

Hay Festival 2008, 
Raymond Tallis combines biological science and philosophical interrogation in his search of the place where our soul and consciousness reside. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Jonny Duddle

The Pirates Next Door

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join this swash-buckling illustrator as he tells more tales of The Jolly Rogers Family, inspired by his role as an artist for Aardman’s The Pirates. Dress in your finest sea dog garms.
 
5-7 yrs

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John Browne

The Glass Closet

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former BP boss, now chairman of Cuadrilla, launches his frank examination of sexuality and leadership The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good for Business. He talks to Peter Florence.

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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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Basharat Peer

The 2010 Rotblat Lecture: Curfewed Night

Hay Festival 2010, 
A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir that won the Crossword Prize. Chaired by Jon Snow.
Basharat Peer

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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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Yann Martel talks to Jonathan Heawood

Beatrice and Virgil

Hay Festival 2010, 
The spirit of his Booker-winning Life of Pi resonates in this new novel, launched at Hay, which takes us on an imaginative odyssey in the company of a donkey and a howler monkey. Martel asks profound questions about the nature of human cruelty, kindness and the liberating power of stories.

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Baltasar Garzón in conversation with Eduardo Martín de Pozuelo

Universal Justice

Segovia 2010, 
Judge Baltasar Garzón, currently an adviser at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, will talk to Eduardo Martín de Pozuelo, a writer, journalist and coordinator of the news section on terrorism at La Vanguardia newspaper, about the significance of the development of universal justice in present-day society.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.

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General Sir Michael Rose

Washington's War

Hay Festival 2007, 
The former UNPROFOR (Bosnia) Commander examines the parallels between the guerrilla tactics used by Washington against the British in 1775, and by the Sunni insurgents against the Allies in Iraq today.

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Germaine Greer

Poetry as Male Display

Hay Festival 2006, 
In her annual poetry masterclass, Greer explores the idea that 'Literature is a masculinist invention; poetry in particular is a spectacular form of male display. Women have to adapt a language which objectifies them absolutely to become the speakers, the verbal aggressors.'

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Kevin Crossley-Holland and Philip Reeve

CILIP Carnegie Celebratory Event Arthur

Hay Festival 2008, 
Kevin Crossley-Holland and Philip Reeve–both winners of the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction and both shortlisted for the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal–discuss Arthurian legend with Claire Armitstead.

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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Paul Dolan

Happy Ever After: Escaping the Myth of the Perfect Life

Hay Festival 2019, 

Happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on a variety of studies ranging over wellbeing, inequality and discrimination to bust the common myths about our sources of happiness. He shows that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting fulfilment. Some of these might involve not going into higher education, choosing not to marry, rewarding acts rooted in self-interest and caring a little less about living forever. By freeing ourselves from the myth of the perfect life, we might each find a life worth living. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

Hay Festival 2008, 
As the treasured picture book celebrates its fiftieth birthday the much loved author talks to Julia Eccleshare about her children’s classics–from the classroom staple When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit to the serial adventures of Mog the Cat.

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Jacqueline Wilson

Wave Me Goodbye

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Jacqueline Wilson as she introduces her new book, set in the Second World War. She will also discuss how she started her writing career and created some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather.

There will be no book signing after this event but printed bookplates with Jacqueline’s signature will be available with every book bought in the Festival Bookshop.

Age 9+
Jacqueline Wilson

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Nick Cohen

What Do We Do Now?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Spectator and Observer journalist looks back at the General Election, and discusses the future of political alignment and the relationship between politics and the media. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Nick Cohen

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Montagu Don and Derry Moore

Great Gardens of Italy

Hay Festival 2011, 
To appreciate a garden fully you must also know something of the food grown and eaten in the area, of the politics, religion and weather, and of the dreams for the garden’s future as well as the glories of its past.

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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.