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Richard Sennett

The Craftsman

Hay Festival 2008, 
The sociologist pursues a philosophical enquiry into why people work hard and take pride in what they do.

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Owen Sheers and Russell Celyn Jones talk to Jon Gower

Fiction: Myths

Hay Festival 2010, 
In White Ravens and The Ninth Wave the two Welsh writers re-imagine stories from the Mabinogion.

“Celyn-Jones'
The Ninth Wave
transports us to a post-climate change feudal world...a tense and evocative piece of work that maintains the fine tradition of Welsh myth-making.” The Big Issue

“Sheers makes his 20th century setting sing but holds on the otherworldliness of his source material…A spellbinding fable about male self-destructiveness and the effects of war on those who return home.” Financial Times
Owen Sheers and Russell Celyn Jones talk to Jon Gower

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Michael Ignatieff

The 2012 Raymond Williams Lecture: Culture and Politics

Hay Festival 2012, 
The 25th anniversary lecture is given by the Canadian novelist, academic and politician.
 
In association with the Open University in Wales

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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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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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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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Jeremy Leggett, Jim Watson and Nick Butler

Nef Debate 1: What if Oil Hits $200 a Barrel?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Are we ready for the end of cheap oil, or does it mean the end of civilisation as we know it? Chaired by Andrew Simms.

The New Economics Foundation (nef) is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society

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Joanna Trollope talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist explores the complexities, the sabotages, and the shifting currents of female friendship in Friday Nights.

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Don McCullin talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great photographer shows and discusses his work now collected in two books – Shaped by War and Southern Frontiers: A Journey Across the Roman Empire.

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Jenni Murray talks to Fiona Lindsay

Memoirs of a Not-So-Dutiful Daughter

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great broadcaster describes her relationship with her mother.

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Richard Holmes and General Sir Rupert Smith

Hay Festival 2006, 
Holmes reports from his regiment’s frontline tour of duty in Iraq, on the day-to-day experience of infantrymen in 2006 in his Dusty Warriors: Modern Soldiers at War. His experience commanding in the Gulf War, UNPROFOR and Kossovo informs The Utility of Force: The Art of War in the Modern World, Smith’s radical exploration of conflicts fought no longer as industrial absolute war, but as war ‘among the people’.

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Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

Talking Funny

Hay Festival 2015, 

Just because you can say funny things doesn’t mean you can write funny things. Three of the best comedy writers spill the beans on what makes a good script. The writers Will Smith (The Thick of It and Veep) and Steve Punt (The Now Show, The Mary Whitehouse Experience) talk to Marcus Brigstocke.

Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

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Andrew Duff and John Keay

Beneath the Himalayas

Hay Festival 2015, 

Narendra Modi’s pilgrimage to Tibet heralds a new warmth in Sino-Indian relations, but the emerging superpowers have a long and complex history of contested priorities in the Himalayas. Keay is author of Midnight’s Descendants, a sweeping history of South Asia; Duff’s Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom tells the remarkable true story of India’s annexation of Sikkim in 1975. It’s a tale of love, intrigue and the Cold War in Asia.

Andrew Duff and John Keay

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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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Adam Nicolson

Earls of Paradise

Hay Festival 2008, 
In his arcadian exploration, the historian takes a single great family, the Earls of Pembroke - their wives, children, estates, tenants and allies - and follows their high and glamorous trajectory across three generations of change, nostalgia, ambition, resistance and war from the 1520s to the 1640s.

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2009, 
Forget clowns, join one of the UK's top comedians for some proper comedy for kids. Guaranteed to tickle your ribs and your fancy.

7 years +

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Johnny Ball

Puzzles, Problems and Perplexing Posers

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Ball of Confusion, from Johnny Ball’s slot of the same name on Zoe Ball’s radio 2 show, will bend your mind in places it’s never been bent before. Can you keep up?

Johnny Ball

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Amanda Galsworthy talks to Philippe Sands

The Interpreter

Hay Festival 2013, 

The interpreter for presidents Sarkozy, Mitterrand and Chirac discusses the subtleties of translation and negotiation, and the big beasts of France.

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NoViolet Bulawayo and Meike Ziervogel talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Elsewhere

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Zimbabwean novelist’s We Need New Names plays with the dreams and realities of leaving a terrible place of hunger and things falling apart for the paradise of the West. Ziervogel’s Magda is an uncompromising rendering of the mother-daughter relationships of the wife of Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.

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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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Philippa Gregory

The Changeling

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl as she reveals the dark myths, medieval secrets and intrigue that populate the pages of her first-ever series for young people.
 
12+ years

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bigger, better, grislier, crazier... No, not Andy, Mr Gum of course! Make sure you and your Snocklehead friends don't miss out.
 
7+ years

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Salman Rushdie talks to Mariella Frostrup

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses The Enchantress of Florence. ‘it is the hand of the master artist, past all explanation, that gives this book its glamour and its power, its humour and shock, its verve, its glory…East meets west with a clash of cymbals and a burst of fireworks’ – Guardian.

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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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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