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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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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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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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Monty Don, Helen Browning, Joanna Blythman and Guests

Health, Beauty and Permanence: What is farming for?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is it possible to feed a growing world population without resorting to large-scale, industrialised processes? Does human-scale, decentralised agriculture necessarily mean lower climate change impacts. Is Small always Beautiful? Chaired by Geoffrey Lean
 

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Huw Bowen, Ray Karl, Ray Howell

New History of Wales 1: Celts or Britons?

Hay Festival 2011, 
In the first of five sessions debunking myths and prejudices and rewriting the history of Wales, three historians consider the deep ancestry of the nation.

Duration 45 minutes.

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Gillian Clarke

Kells 2014, 

The National Poet of Wales celebrates Dylan Thomas’s centenary with readings and discusses both how the poet influenced her life and his importance to poetry in the English language everywhere.

Gillian Clarke

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Sarah Thomas, Darragh Martin, Justina Hart and David Thorpe talk to Mark Goldthorpe

Realistic Utopias: Imagining The World Changed by Climate

Hay Festival 2017, 

What can the worlds of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama contribute to how we understand and respond to climate change? Do humans respond to stories more than facts? The work stems from a project called Weatherfronts: climate change and the stories we tell. The pieces referenced here were commissioned by TippingPoint, Free Word and partners 2014-2016. Weatherfronts brought together writers and leading climate change experts to inspire new writing that would encourage people to act to help our environment. 

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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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Jo Bell, Libby Purves and Geraint Coles talk to Mark Skipworth

The Book that Saved the Canals

Hay Festival 2014, 

Seventy years ago Tom Rolt published the book Narrowboat and sparked one of Britain’s greatest conservation movements and rescued the nation’s canals from destruction. The Daily Telegraph’sMark Skipworth discusses with journalist Libby Purves, poet Jo Bell and industrial archaeologist Geraint Coles.

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Helen Lederer talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – Losing It

Hay Festival 2015, 

When Millie’s asked to be the front woman for a new diet pill, she naively believes that all her troubles will be solved… The actress and comedy writer introduces her desperately funny first novel.

Helen Lederer talks to Georgina Godwin

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Max Hastings

All Hell Let Loose - The World at War 1939-1945

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this magnificent war history the author emphasises the Russian front, where more than 90% of all German soldiers who perished met their fate. He suggests that the Royal Navy and US Navy were their countries’ outstanding fighting services, while the industrial contribution of the United States was much more important to Allied victory than that of the US Army.

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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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Helen Skelton

Amy Wild: Amazon Summer

Hay Festival 2015, 

Join TV presenter Helen Skelton as she introduces her children’s book, the first in a new action-packed adventure series. Helen reveals how her own incredible real-life experiences and adventures have influenced her writing, from cycling to the South Pole to tightrope walking between the towers of Battersea Power Station. Amazon Summer is based on Helen’s own experiences travelling through the Amazon. Chaired by writer and broadcaster Matt Brown.

8+ years
Helen Skelton

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John Carey talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Unexpected Professor

Hay Festival 2014, 

Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, Carey’s warm and funny memoirdescribes the events that formed him: an escape from the London Blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that saw him elected, aged 40, to Oxford’s oldest English Literature professorship.

John Carey talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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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/

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Ali Sparkes & Graham Marks

Spies, Lies and Bad Guys

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two top writers take a closer look at edge-of-your-seat drama. Frozen in Time and Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper are bursting with conspiracy and danger, but how do they come up with all their ideas?
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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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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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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Tom Asbridge

The Crusades - The Siege of Acre 1189-1191

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian tells the story of the key turning-point of the Third Crusade, and the first clash of Saladin and Richard the Lionheart.

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Arthur Denaro

Lance-Corporal Allan Leonard Lewis, Victoria Cross

Hay Festival 2018, 

Major General Arthur Denaro commemorates the centenary of the death of Herefordshire’s only Great War recipient of the Victoria Cross, cited for exemplary leadership and ‘a splendid disregard of danger’ in single-handedly disabling enemy machine gun placements that had been enfilading his entire battalion at Ronssey during the Battle of Épehy.

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Sebastian Barry and Michael Cunningham

Fictions – Examined Lives

Hay Festival 2014, 

Barry’s A Temporary Gentleman is a heartbreaking portrait of Jack McNulty. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. Cunningham’s The Snow Queen follows the divergent lives of two American brothers as they search for meaning and transcendence. The authors talk to Rosie Goldsmith.

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Sarah Hall talks to Sarah Crown

Fictions – The Wolf Border

Hay Festival 2015, 

For almost a decade Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside, she is back in the peat and wet light of the Lake District. Hall investigates the fundamental nature of wilderness and wildness, both animal and human. The novel seeks to understand the most obsessive aspects of humanity: sex, love, and conflict; the desire to find answers to the question of our existence; those complex systems that govern the most superior creature on earth. Hall’s other novels include The Electric Michelangelo, The Beautiful Indifference and Mrs Fox.

Sarah Hall talks to Sarah Crown

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Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

Are We All Scientific Experts Now?

Hay Festival 2014, 

How do we identify the true scientific experts? And how do we avoid false scientific‘controversies’ like the MMR debacle and Climategate? The two Cardiff University professors draw on work from Collins’ provocative new book.

 

Harry Collins and Mark Hannam

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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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Orson Welles – Hello Americans

Simon Callow

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actor introduces the second volume of his biography taking the American wunderkind through the career-disaster years from Citizen Kane to Macbeth.