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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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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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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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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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Eoin Colfer

Hay Festival 2008, 
Airman is the newest swashbuckling adventure from the brilliantly entertaining creator of Artemis Fowl.

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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Ben Dyson

Modernising Money

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is the current monetary system broken and how can it be fixed? At the heart of the ongoing economic crisis is the fact that governments across the world have given the power to create money to the private corporations that we know as banks. It doesn’t need to be this way – the founder and director of Positive Money explains.

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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

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Ian McEwan talks to Marcus du Sautoy

Fictions: Machines Like Me

Hay Festival 2019, 

McEwan’s new novel Machines Like Me takes place in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. Ian McEwan’s subversive and entertaining new novel poses the fundamental question: what makes us human? Du Sautoy’s new book is The Creativity Code: How AI is learning to write, paint and think.

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Judith Kerr talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fifty years of The Tiger who Came to Tea

Hay Festival 2018, 

The 94-year-old author's creation celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year. The writer discusses its enduring appeal and her long career as a writer and illustrator with the broadcaster, musician and novelist.

6-Adult

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Daisy Goodwin and SJ Parris talk to Diana Quick

Fictions: Period Pieces

Hay Festival 2011, 
Goodwin’s My Last Duchess is a tale of love and money as an American princess is pitched into C19th English society. Prophecy is a C16th thriller set within the sectarian espionage of Elizabeth I’s court.
My Last Duchess - Daisy Goodwin
Heresy - S. J. Parris

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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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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians analyse the news. No headline is safe...

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Martin Rees

Can the Next Generation Inherit a Better World? A Scientist’s Hopes and Fears

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1902 HG Wells wrote ‘Humanity has come some way, and the distance we have travelled gives us some earnest of the way we have to go. All the past is but the beginning of a beginning; all that the human mind has accomplished is but the dream before the awakening.’ The astronomer boldly explores post-human evolution and offers a SWOT analysis of mankind’s short- and longer-term futures. He considers the risks of asteroid impact, climate change and, most worrying of all, the downsides of biotech, AI and other fast-advancing technologies. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Martin Rees

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Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens

Dastardly Villains (and Iced Buns for Tea)

Hay Festival 2015, 
Robin Stevens’ Wells and Wong schoolgirl detective stories are thrilling books for tween detectives who adore solving dastardly murders. Think St Trinians meets Miss Marple. Katherine Woodfine’s readers of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow enter a world of bonbons, perfumes and mysteries around every corner. Gasp as our bold heroines vow to bring the villains to justice before devouring another iced bun.
9+ years
Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens

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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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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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Jenny Valentine

Reformations 21: Adolescence

Hay Festival 2017, 

Valentine is the 2017 Hay Festival International Fellow, and a multi award-winning writer of YA fiction. She explores ways in which teenagers might be better understood and empowered. Her novels include Finding Violet Park and Fire Colour One. She is joined onstage by young readers to discuss her reformation of adolescence.

Jenny Valentine

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Eoin Colfer and Mark Billingham

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The old pro crime master, creator of the DI Thorne series, discusses the dark side with the ingenious creator of Artemis Fowl, who launches his first adult crime novel Plugged.
 
Plugged - Eoin Colfer

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Kamila Shamsie and Reif Larsen talk to Claire Armitstead

Story: Maps

Hay Festival 2009, 
Shamsie’s epic Burnt Shadows weaves history through Nagasaki, Pakistan, Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan. Larsen’s The Selected Works of TS Spivet sends his 12-year-old genius map-maker on a journey across America in a debut full of wonders.

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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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Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

Muddleearth

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join us as we’re transported to Muddle Earth, where the wizards are mad and the pink hogs are stinky. Make sure you bring your Wellies of Power and Woolly Gloves of Determination.
 
9+ years

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Malorie Blackman

Children’s Laureate Talk

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman in her final Laureate event as she discusses her award-winning books, including the bestselling Noughts and Crosses series and her most recent collection, Love Hurts. Malorie will talk about her Laureate highlights and about the legacy she hopes to leave behind. A must-see for all fans and a chance to ask Malorie all about her experience as the Children’s Laureate.
10+ years
Malorie Blackman

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Colin McDowell talks to Jeremy Langmead

The Anatomy of Fashion: Why We Dress The Way We Do

Hay Festival 2014, 

The esteemed fashion commentator has produced a sumptuous and comprehensive study of clothing design that explains from head to toe why and how we wear what we wear. He pays brilliant and fascinating attention to how the great couturiers work with human anatomy. Come and enjoy the clothes – and his conversation with the editor-in-chief of Mr Porter.

Colin McDowell talks to Jeremy Langmead

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Owen Sheers

Screening: Poem From Llanybri

Hay Festival 2009, 
The poet and author presents a preview screening of his programme about ‘Poem From Llanybri’ by Lynette Roberts from his BBC4 series, A Poet’s Guide to Britain.

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