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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 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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Gary Kemp talks to Tiffany Murray

I Know This Much: From Soho to Spandau

Hay Festival 2010, 
Great music memoir from the Spandau Ballet songwriter and New Romantic star.
Gary Kemp talks to Tiffany Murray

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Joumana Haddad, Adania Shibli, Youssef Rakha

Beirut39 II

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three writers selected among the best young authors in the Arab world discuss their work with Anita Sethi.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket. 
Joumana Haddad, Adania Shibli, Youssef Rakha

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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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James Ivory talks to Geordie Greig

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary film director discusses his career and collaborations with Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

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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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Frank Turner talks to Bethan Elfyn

The Road Beneath My Feet

Hay Festival 2015, 
The singer talks about his memoir. On 23 September 2005 at the Joiners Arms in Southampton, Frank Turner played his last gig with his hardcore band, Million Dead. On the laminates that listed the tour dates, the entry for 24 September simply read: ‘Get a job.’ Deflated, jaded and hung-over, Frank returned to his hometown of Winchester without a plan for the future. A thousand-and-some shows later he was headlining a sold-out gig at Wembley Arena with his band The Sleeping Souls.
Frank Turner talks to Bethan Elfyn

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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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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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Victoria Hislop talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – The Sunrise

Hay Festival 2015, 

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island’s most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city just two families, the Georgious and the Özkans, remain. The best-selling author of The Thread, The Return and The Island introduces her new novel.

Victoria Hislop talks to Georgina Godwin

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Raymond Tallis, Lesley Close and Richard Harries talk to Rosie Boycott

Assisted Dying

Hay Festival 2014, 

Our panel examine the ethics and legalities of assisted dying and ask – who makes the final decision? 

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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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Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Jon Gower talk to Anita Sethi

Fiction: Transatlantic

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Secret History of Costaguana plays with a Colombian traveller’s relationship with Joseph Conrad and his Nostromo in London. Uncharted conjures the mythologising of an Argentinian woman’s journey to Cardiff.
Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Jon Gower talk to Anita Sethi

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John Mullan

The Hay Lecture: Mansfield Park 200

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of What Matters in Jane Austen celebrates the bicentenary of the publication of Austen’s most politically engaged masterpiece.

John Mullan

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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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David Tong

Cambridge Series: The Building Blocks of the Universe

Hay Festival 2017, 

According to our best theories of physics, the fundamental building blocks of matter are not particles, but continuous, fluid-like substances known as ‘quantum fields’. The professor of theoretical physics explains what we know about these fields, and how they fit into our understanding of the universe.

David Tong

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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.

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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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Gareth Williams

The Viking Ship

Hay Festival 2014, 

The newly-conserved Roskilde 6 ship from Denmark measures over 37 metres. It is the longest Viking ship ever discovered and forms the core of the British Museum exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend. The Vikings used their shipbuilding skills to command the sea; their famous ships permitted the exploration, the colonisation and the raids with which they built their wealth. The curator explores the evolution of their sea-going vessels and celebrates this outstanding feature of the Viking Age.

Gareth Williams

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Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy

Hay Festival 2015, 

Liberated from the death camps of Auschwitz at the age of eleven, in adulthood Buergenthal became a judge at the International Court in The Hague, investigating modern day genocides. He returns to the festival with a new postscript to his memoir.

Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

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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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Frank Close

Nothing

Hay Festival 2013, 

The particle physicist explores the science and the history of the elusive void: from Aristotle, who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, via the theories of Newton and Einstein, to our very latest discoveries and why they can tell us extraordinary things about the cosmos.

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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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Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

Slow Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 

Slow Fiction is inspired by the predella, the sequence of four or five pictures under a Renaissance altarpiece that tell the story of the annunciation, the adoration, or the pietà. If the large altarpiece painting is one moment in time, the predella shows the moments leading up to that key frame and sometimes what happens after. The artist Paul St George works with writers, translating selections of their writing into small sequences of sculptures making three-dimensional stories. Two of the first authors to be excited by this new way of bringing readers to writing are Polly Stenham, author of Hotel, and Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist: ‘To see my written words reimagined for a different audience, giving another take on the story-telling process – what we omit, what we emphasise, and what we leave behind – in a newly-configured presentation, is a true thrill.’

Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton