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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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Elaine Collins, Ann Cleeves, Clare Batty and Alison O’Donnell

Shetland

Hay Festival 2016, 

The makers of the fabulous BBC crime drama discuss the characters, setting and plot, and the handling of the rape story in the third series. Exec producer Elaine Collins and script exec Clare Batty are joined by Ann Cleeves, who writes both the Shetland and Vera novels on the which the television dramas are based, and Alison O’Donnell, who plays DS Alison “Tosh” McIntosh.  Chaired by the Radio Times TV Editor, Alison Graham.

Elaine Collins, Ann Cleeves, Clare Batty and Alison O’Donnell

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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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Patrick Ness

The Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

The double Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy talks with writer and critic Damian Kelleher about the appeal of the dystopian and the fantastical in YA fiction. He also brings a sneak preview of his next YA novel, due out in the autumn.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ years

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Sarah Winman talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions - A Year of Marvellous Ways

Hay Festival 2015, 

The author of When God was a Rabbit – selected for World Book Night 2015 – introduces her second novel. Marvellous Ways is 89 years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she’s taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She’s waiting for something – she’s not sure what, but she’ll know it when she sees it.

Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man’s last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous’ creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid. As an unlikely friendship grows between the two, can Drake give Marvellous what she needs to say goodbye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?

Sarah Winman talks to Georgina Godwin

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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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Edna O’Brien

Byron in Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Irish novelist is a perfect match for the subject of her biography, the heroic Romantic poet. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Linde Wester

The Solace of Quantum

Hay Festival 2017, 

What is the multiverse theory? What is Entanglement? Superposition? What is quantum computing, and how does it help? You don’t have to be a quantum physicist to understand these things if you have one who can explain them to you.  And we have Linde Wester.

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Sarah Winman, Téa Obreht, Mirza Waheed and Sam Leith talk to Lisa Dwan

Fictions: Waterstone’s Eleven

Hay Festival 2011, 
We profile four of the emerging novelists championed in the Waterstone’s new writing promotion. Winman’s When God Was a Rabbit is a family story set over four decades; Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife resonates over three generations in the Balkans; Waheed’s The Collaborator is set in the heart of terrible conflict in 1990s Kashmir and Leith’s The Coincidence Engine conjures The Directorate of The Extremely Improbable and a chase across America.

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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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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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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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Josephine Hart's Poetry Hour with Dame Eileen Atkins and Dan Stevens

The Great War Poets

Hay Festival 2007, 
The British Library's cult poetry show comes to Hay with readings from the golden generation of Great War poets, introduced by the author of Catching Life By The Throat. Readers include Dame Eileen Atkins and Dan Stevens.

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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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Atef Abu Saif and Abdallah Tayeh

Fictions – The Book of Gaza

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist Atef Abu Saif introduces his groundbreaking anthology of ten Palestinian writers who have been translated into English for the first time. Each story takes place in a different part of the Strip and provides a ‘literary map’, navigating its readers around the cities. He is joined by one of the contributing short story writers, Abdallah Tayeh. They talk to Georgina Godwin.

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Trezza Azzopardi, Jon McGregor

Fiction: Intimacy

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Song House is about language and music, memory and place; Even The Dogs is an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society; littered with love, loss, despair and a glimpse of redemption. Chaired by Kathryn Gray.

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Mavis Nicholson talks to Sarah Crompton

What Did You Do in the War, Mummy?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The broadcaster has interviewed women from lumber-jills and landgirls to undercover spies and entertainers about the new freedoms, the make-do and mend, the hopes and the fears, as well as the post-war adjustments they had to make.

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Tony Fitzjohn talks to Ben Fogle

Born Wild

Hay Festival 2011, 
A story of passion, adventure and skulduggery on the frontline of African conservation in Kenya and Tanzania.
 
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Lucy Hughes-Hallett

The Samuel Johnson Prize Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War

The biographer talks about her riveting, genre-breaking and multi-award-winning portrait of the Italian poet, fascist and utopian. Introduced by Stuart Proffitt.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

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Melvyn Bragg

Autobiography and Fiction

Hay Festival 2009, 
The award-winning novelist and biographer explores his book Remember Me and the ethics and practice of writing fiction that reflects real lives.

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Retos del mundo editorial

Rebecca Carter, Christopher MacLehose y Bill Swainson en conversación con Miguel Aguilar

Segovia 2009, 
Tres editores británicos, Rebecca Carter (Harvill Secker), Christopher MacLehose (MacLehose Press) y Bill Swainson (Bloomsbury), analizarán con Miguel Aguilar (Debate) tendencias y problemáticas significativas en el mundo editorial actual: la era digital, los libros electrónicos, el impacto de la crisis financiera en las editoriales independientes, la promoción en el Reino Unido de literatura traducida, etc. Presentado por Jorge Postigo.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Álvaro Enrigue, Frank Wynne, Rosalind Harvey and Daniel Hahn

BCLT – Word for Word 1

Hay Festival 2012, 
Translators Wynne (winner of the IMPAC, Foreign Fiction Prize etc) and Harvey produce English versions of the same short story originally written in Spanish by the Mexican novelist and Bogota 39 star Álvaro Enrigue. The author and his translators discuss the nuances, divergences and creativity of their translations with the Director of the BCLT.
 
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Monty Don and Derry Moore

Paradise Gardens

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrates Heaven on Earth. The gardener Monty Don and acclaimed photographer Derry Moore set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world. From the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain to a Mughal garden in Bradford, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, they present a glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth.

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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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ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century

Hay Festival 2008, 
Brain physiologist Susan Greenfield explores human nature, our past, what makes us individual, the connection between the brain and the mind, and what a society of fulfilled individuals might actually mean.