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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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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join one of the UK’s best-loved children’s writers as she introduces four brand new stories in which Henry makes his own scary movie. It promises to be ghoulishly good.
 
7+ years

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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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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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Marcos Giralt Torrente in conversation with Antonio Lozano

Cartagena 2012, 
All narrative, including that which intends to imitate life, is a fiction, an artifice. Starting with that premise, in his latest novel, Tiempo de vida, Marcos Giralt Torrente deals with a universal theme: the death of one’s father. The novel won the Spanish 2011 National Narrative Prize. Winner of the 1999 Herralde Novel Prize for his novel París, his also the author of Los seres felices and contributes regularly as a literary critic to Babelia, the cultural supplement of the newspaper El País

With the support of the Spanish Embassy

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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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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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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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Holly Webb

Hay Festival 2010, 
A rare opportunity to look into the enchanting world of Holly Webb, the creator of Rose and many mischievous animal adventures including Lost in the Snow.
 
8–12 years
 
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Peter Carey talks to Martha Kearney

Talking Books

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation with the Australian novelist who has won the Booker Prize twice – with Oscar and Lucinda in 1988 and True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001.

His latest novel is Amnesia: A Novel. When Gaby Baillieux, a young woman from suburban Melbourne, releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia’s prison system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. Worse: the system is run by an American corporation, so some 5,000 US prisons are also infected. Doors spring open. Both countries’ secrets threaten to pour out. Was this intrusion a mistake, or has Gaby declared cyberwar on the US?

Felix Moore – known to himself as “Australia’s last serving left-wing journalist”– has no doubt. Gaby’s act was part of the covert conflict between Australia and America that dates back decades. While she goes to ground, Felix begins his pursuit of her in order to write her story; to save her, and himself, and maybe his country. 

Peter Carey talks to Martha Kearney

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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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John Banville

Kells 2013, 

The Booker Prize-winner discusses his story of obsessive young love and the power of grief, Ancient Light, and previews clips from the forthcoming film of The Sea. He talks to RTÉ’s Joe Duffy.

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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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Quentin Letts talks to Raj Persaud

Hay Festival 2009, 
The columnist and author of 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain sits down In the Psychiatrist’s Chair.

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Antony Beevor talks to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2010, 
The historian discusses his research and analysis in his award-winning body of C20th European study.
Antony Beevor talks to Claire Armitstead

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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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Rob Penn – Tales from the Wild Wood

Winter Weekend 2012, 
A year ago, Rob took over the management of Strawberry Cottage Wood, 50 acres of abandoned broadleaf woodland at the entrance to the Llanthony Valley. Is man good for woods? Can woodlands pay? How can we value them in non-economic ways? The author of It’s All About The Bike will also talk to Peter Florence about Lance Armstrong, Bradley Wiggins and the best routes around the Beacons.

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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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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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James Naughtie talks to Corisande Albert

The Madness of July

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster introduces his first novel, a riveting espionage thriller set in 1970s Westminster at the height of the Cold War. Can’t give away much about the plot, but it’s horribly plausible and absolutely outrageous!

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Greg Proops

The Smartest Man in the World

Hay Festival 2014, 

The comic from San Francisco, known here for his unpredictable improvisations on Whose Line Is It Anyway? brings his comedy proopcast to Hay for one night only. ‘Some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.’ Rolling Stone Magazine

Greg Proops

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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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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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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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Gary Shteyngart talks to Gaby Wood

Super Sad True Love Story

Hay Festival 2011, 
A comic love story masterpiece set in a catastrophically fallen USA, from the author of Absurdistan. Magic.
 
Read a review of Super Sad True Love Story www.guardian.co.uk/books/