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Shaun Tan

Tales From Outer Suburbia

Hay Festival 2009, 
The multi-award winning Australian illustrator and writer discusses his mesmerising work, including The Arrival, Tales From Outer Suburbia and his projects with Pixar.

9 years – adult

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Lisa Appignanesi talks to Hanif Kureishi

All About Love

Hay Festival 2011, 
The writer tangles with the paradoxes of love through the span of our lives – from rapturous love to love in ‘marriage’, in the family and in friendship.

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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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Jane Haynes, Martin Scurr and Kate Wood

Doctors Dissected

Hay Festival 2015, 

The authors of Doctors Dissected discuss what might be the most formative experiences, or rites of passage, on the journey to becoming a doctor. Psychotherapist Jane Haynes talks to two 'experienced' doctors, her co-author Martin Scurr and contributor Kate Wood, about these unforgettable moments in their lives. Personal, conversational and unpredictable, Doctors Dissected steals behind cultural issues into the heartlands of doctors who are drawn to a life in medicine, conducting an autopsy as to the consequences of choosing a profession in which the practitioner is constantly faced with lonely decisions that very often are a matter of life and death.

Jane Haynes, Martin Scurr and Kate Wood

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2009, 
Shabba me whiskers Mr Gum is back! Prepare for a big stitch in your side as the hilarious author of the Mr Gum series returns to Hay.

6 years +

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Michael Holding talks to Matthew Engel

No Holding Back

Hay Festival 2010, 
Nicknamed ‘whispering death’ and arguably the greatest fast bowler of all time in Clive Lloyd’s legendary team, the Jamaican has become over the last twenty years one of cricket’s most incisive commentators and leaders.
Michael Holding talks to Matthew Engel

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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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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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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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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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Sian Busby, Katie Hickman and SJ Parris

Fiction: The Long View

Hay Festival 2010, 
McNaughten is set in 1840s London, The Pindar Diamond in C17th Venice and the no.1 bestseller Heresy in Elizabethan England. Chaired by Corisande Albert.
Sian Busby, Katie Hickman and SJ Parris

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Germaine Greer, Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti y Tomás Vrba en conversación con Juan Cruz

Segovia 2008, 
La escritora y activista Germaine Greer, la escritora y perioidista italiana Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti y el periodista checo Tomás Vrba hablarán con el periodista Juan Cruz sobre las acontencimentos que tuvieron lugar en mayo del 68 y de la repercusión de estos en sus respectivos paises.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Barbara Erskine talks to Peter Florence

Sleeper's Castle

Hay Festival 2016, 

We are thrilled to launch the new novel by the bestselling author, who returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut bestseller, Lady of Hay.

Hay-On-Wye, 1400 – War is brewing in the Welsh borders, Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer, playing a dangerous game manipulating the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between Welsh princes and English lords. For two hundred years, the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of. In the walls of Sleeper’s Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales’s destiny… And what she sees, is blood and war coming closer…

Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper’s Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl, who’s screaming, who’s reaching out… who only Miranda can help. Is she losing herself to time?

Barbara Erskine talks to Peter Florence

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The Shock Doctrine

Hay Festival 2008, 
The radical analyst Naomi Klein meticulously exposes the US policy of ‘Disaster Capitalism’ that overwhelms societies reeling from natural (tsunami) and military (Iraq) catastrophe. In conversation with Rosie Boycott.

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Wojciech Jagielski in conversation with Jaime Abello

Cartagena 2012, 
Wojciech Jagielski, well known Polish journalist has published Torres de piedra, a brilliant documentary about the violent history of Chechnya. Jagielski is a specialist in Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa. He works at Gazeta Wyborcza, the most important newspaper in Poland and collaborates with BBC and Le Monde. He will talk to Jaime Abello. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Anne-Marie Imafidon

Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat. Why The Future is Girl-Led

Hay Festival 2017, 

Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers. Come and meet one of the world’s most inspiring and brilliant mathematicians, co-founder of Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

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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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Sharmila Tagore talks to Jaime Chávarri, followed by the screening of the film ‘Devi’

Segovia 2011, 
The legendary Indian actress and great-granddaughter of Rabindranath Tagore, Sharmila Tagore, who was recently recognised for her lifetime achievements by the prestigious IIFA awards in Toronto, and Spanish film director Jaime Chávarri, who is currently working on full length feature which will be shot in India, will discuss the influence Tagore has exerted on the art film culture in India. At the end of the event the film Devi will be screened.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish
 
‘Devi’ (1960, 93 min, Bengal), by Satyajit Ray
The story of this film, set in rural Bengal in the 1860’s, centres on Doyamoyee, whose father-in-law Kalikinkar Roy, sees in dreams as the embodiment of the goddess Kali, to whom he is devoted. His belief spreads through the community who start to regard the character as a transformation of the goddess, an idea that she herself ends up believing.

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Morgan Parry, Katie-Jo Luxton, Alun Davies and Geoffrey Lean

How Do We Value The Welsh Natural Environment?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Does putting a monetary value on Wales’ environment help to show how important it is or does it in fact diminish it? How do we fully appreciate and recognise the value of its contribution to our health, wellbeing and economy? Morgan Parry, non-exec director of National Resources Wales, RSPB Cymru’s Katie-Jo Luxton, Alun Davies, Natural Resources Minister for Wales  and The Telegraph’s Geoffrey Lean discuss.

In association with RSPB Cymru

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Raja Shehadeh, Horatio Clare, Oliver Bullough, Michael Jacobs

Ox-Travels 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
More meetings with remarkable travellers from the new Oxfam anthology. Chaired by Sarah Miller, editor of Conde Nast Traveller.
 

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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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Teens

Bryan Elsley, Jenny Valentine and Jacqueline Wilson talk to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2008, 
Screenwriter Bryan Elsley (Skins) and rising star Jenny Valentine (Finding Violet Park, Broken Soup) join Louise Rennison to explore the boundaries of writing for teenagers. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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William Nicholson

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and screenwriter introduces his witty and acute social comedy set in a Sussex village.

'No one is perfectly happy. But when are we happy enough?' William Nicholson's new novel, The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, enters the minds and hearts of a group of 'new villagers', the people who live in the country and work in the city. It's about marriage and sex, work and money, being a parent and being a child; about life not turning out the way you hoped, and about life being richer than you dreamed. The main plot – a wife whose long-ago lover returns, to remind her how intense her feelings once were – is borrowed from past experiences of the author's wife, Virginia Nicholson, herself a writer (Singled Out). She will be on the platform with him to discuss turning real life into fiction, whether her husband understands women, and the married life of two writers.

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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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Roger McGough and Brian Patten

40 Love

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great entertainers celebrate the ruby anniversary of the Mersey Sound anthology of Liverpool poets.