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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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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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Country Living Debate: No Cows = No Countryside

Rosie Boycott, Charlotte Hollins, Peter Kindersley, Roger Williams MP, Jane Clarke, Barbara Crowther

Hay Festival 2007, 
With 18% of us buying British food, thousands of farms have been lost and the countryside is endangered. Rosie Boycott talks to farmers Peter and Juliet Kindersley, Roger Williams MP, Charlotte Hollins of Fordhall Farms, Jane Clarke, Meat buyer for Waitrose and Barbara Crowther of the Fairtrade Foundation about the Fair Trade for British Farmers campaign, and how we can help rural Britain by changing our food-shopping habits.

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Roy Hattersley

The Future of Socialism

Hay Festival 2009, 
The elder statesman of the Labour Party envisions a fourth way ahead. Chaired by John Harris.

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Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard and Bill Bryson

The Blink of an Eye: How I Died and Started Living

Hay Festival 2018, 

At the age of 38, a Danish scientist, wife and mother of three, is struck down by an acute bout of bacterial meningitis. She awakes from a coma in intensive care to find herself locked in, unable to show she is conscious except by blinking her eye. It becomes her only form of communication as in the months that follow, Kjærgaard's husband Peter sits beside her helping to interpret every eye movement. She struggles with every basic of life – painfully learning how to breathe, move, eat and speak again. Despite being given a five per cent chance of survival, she works intensively to recover and to achieve every small breakthrough. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Hay stage with Bill Bryson, who has called this “the most spellbinding and harrowing story I believe I have ever heard”.

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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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Aged to Perfection

New Writing by Older People

Hay Festival 2010, 
An anthology of new work by older writers as part of the Gwanwyn Festival organized by Age Cymru. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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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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Dai Smith, Madeleine Gray, Alan Edmunds and Ceri Gould join Huw Bowen

Welsh Heroes and Villains 3 – Culture

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bards, poets, writers, actors, and musicians populate Welsh history to an extraordinary degree. So too do the icons of modern popular culture from the Manic Street Preachers to Gavin and Stacey. Why has Wales been so blessed with creative talent? And what is distinctively Welsh about our cultural heroes?
 

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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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Malorie Blackman

Boys Don’t Cry

Hay Festival 2011, 
Noughts and Crosses touched us all and Hay is delighted to welcome Malorie back with her startlingly fresh look at teenage fatherhood.
 
12+ years

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Helena Attlee

The Land Where Lemons Grow

Hay Festival 2014, 

The gardening historian and travel writer embarks on extraordinary journeys through Italy, exploring the curious past and present of citrus fruit, uncovering the origins of the Mafia among Sicily’s lemon groves and meeting Orthodox Jewish citron merchants in Calabria.

Helena Attlee

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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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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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Jonathan Boff

Sleepwalking to War? Britain in 1914 and 1939

Hay Festival 2014, 

Did Britain stumble blindly into two world wars? The war historian compares preparations for both conflicts and argues that the lessons learned from the First were crucial to survival in the Second.

 

Jonathan Boff

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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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Tom Palmer

Football Quiz

Hay Festival 2010, 
The creator of the Football Academy and Football Detective series tests your knowledge of the beautiful game. Get ready for an awesome penalty shoot-out!
 
8–12 years

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Jay Griffiths

Kith: The Riddle Of The Childscape

Hay Festival 2013, 

There are huge differences in how childhood is experienced in various cultures. One central riddle, in particular, has captured Griffiths’ imagination: Why are so many children in Euro-American cultures unhappy – and why is it that children in many traditional cultures seem happier?

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Polly Samson and Barney Norris talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Loves

Hay Festival 2016, 

Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Samson’s second novel The Kindness explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. She’s written an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told. In Norris’ debut Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, the peace of a quiet evening in Salisbury is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small-town life.

Polly Samson and Barney Norris talk to Georgina Godwin

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David Safier in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2012, 
One million German readers enjoyed Bad Karma, a hilarious novel about the secret of happiness, which brought David Safier to the forefront of the European literary scene. This German author is the winner of the German Grimme and TV prizes, as well as a US Emmy Award for his career as a television screenplay writer. He has also published Jesus Liebt Mich and Plötzlich Shakespeare, a humorous novel where the author brings a smile to the reader’s face with his particular philosophy about love. He will talk to Rosie Boycott. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of Fundación Lara

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Lisa Dwan

Beside the Sea

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actress reprises her SBC triumph of Veronique Olmi’s haunting Beside The Sea about a mother who is driven to the extremes of mental and physical despair. Performance, and discussion chaired by Stephanie Merritt.

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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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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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Geoff Dyer talks to Horatio Clare

Another Great Day At Sea: On Board the USS George Bush

Hay Festival 2014, 

Meeting the captain, the F-18 pilots and the dentists, experiencing everything from a man-overboard alert to the Steel Beach Party, Dyer guides us through the most AIE (acronym intensive environment) imaginable. Underlying Dyer’s efforts to overcome the disadvantages of being the oldest, tallest (actually, second tallest), and most self-conscious person on the boat is an intense fascination with the military world. 


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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