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David Crystal

Glamorous Grammar

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Language Prof’s Hay lectures are legendary feats of erudition and humour. His latest book is Making Sense: The Glamorous Story of English Grammar.

David Crystal

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Tobias Jones, Jackie Morris and Zaffar Kunial

Staying Rooted – Tree Charter Series 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

A connection with trees and woods helps people find inspiration, inner calm and mental balance. Author and journalist Tobias Jones and poet Zaffar Kunial are both featured in Arboreal, a Common Ground collection of woodland writing. They are joined by the illustrator Jackie Morris to discuss the role of trees and woods in finding inspiration and mental balance in our lives.  

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Edna O’Brien

Byron in Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Irish novelist is a perfect match for the subject of her biography, the heroic Romantic poet. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Perihan Magden and Alejandro Zambra talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions – Damage

Hay Festival 2013, 

Zambra’s Ways Of Going Home is the tragic story of the collateral damage caused by the Pinochet regime, and the burden borne by the new generation as they come to terms with their fragile history. Magden’s Ali And Ramazan pitches its two friends out of the safety of their orphanage onto the streets of Istanbul with tragic consequences.

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Louise Yates

Dog Loves…

Hay Festival 2014, 
The author of the wonderful – and Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning – Dog Loves series shares her inspiration and encourages young children to join in the story and do some drawing.
3+ years
Louise Yates

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Vikram Seth

A Summer Requiem

Hay Festival 2015, 

 ‘I have so carefully mapped the corners of my mind | That I am forever waking in a lost country...’ Seth’s new book of poems traces the immutable shifting of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both ‘gifts and harms’. Luminous, resonant and profound, these poems trace the dying days of summer, ‘the hour of rust’, when memory is haunted by loss and decay. But in the silence that follows, as the soul is cast adrift, there is also reconciliation with the transience of all things; the knowledge that there is a place, ‘changeable, that will not betray’. Seth is author of A Suitable Boy, The Golden Gate, The Rivered Earth and Two Lives. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

Vikram Seth

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Simon Scarrow and Alex Scarrow

Roman Conquest

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two brothers go head to head in a battle of the books - Gladiator: Streetfighter and Time Riders: Gates of Rome. They’ll put your Roman knowledge to the ultimate test.
 
10+ years

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David Sinden, Matthew Morgan & Guy Macdonald

An Awfully Beastly Business

Hay Festival 2010, 
Packed with action, adventure and a fair bit of villainy. Join the Beastly Boys behind The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Beasts (RSPCB).
 
7–11 years

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Eat My Shorts!

Hay Festival 2010, 
A medley of hand-picked short films, from laugh-out-loud to downright beautiful. See you at the movies! 
 
Duration 30 mins.
 
Family event
 
See also event HF11 on Monday 31 May.
 
Films: Zoo Written and directed by Robin Bushell. Heartstrings Written and directed by Rhiannon Evans. Tir Nan Og Written and directed by Fursy Teyssier. Maestro Written and directed by Géza M. Tóth. Codswallop Written and directed by Greg and Myles McLeod. AnimalsDirected by Kristofer Ström

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Susie Orbach talks to Benna Waites

Bodies

Hay Festival 2009, 
Reconstructive surgery, eating disorder, identity crisis: the psychoanalyst dicsusses the lengths women go to around the world to conform to the western media’s notions of beauty with consultant clinical psychologist Benna Waites.

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Philip Ball

Curiosity

Hay Festival 2012, 
Curiosity is often said to drive science, but until the seventeenth century – the age of the so-called Scientific Revolution – it was regarded with suspicion and condemnation. What happened to liberate curiosity? Why did no question seem too vast or trivial to be ruled out of bounds? And what does the freedom to be curious really mean for science today?

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Kitty Corrigan and guests

Country Living Magazine Women In Business Forum 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

Five contestants pitch their new business ideas in the Talent Tent to a panel which includes Country Living editor Susy Smith, Love-Local’s Liz Oram, textile designer Jan Constantine, film-producer Revel Guest and Women in Rural Enterprise Business Manager Fiona DaviesThe winner will receive a prize to help them take their business to the next level. The prize is a year's membership of WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) and a meeting with Emma Bridgewater and tour of her factory.

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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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Chloe Aridjis, Olivier Guez and Raul Zelik in conversation with Michael Jacobs

Berliners

Cartagena 2010, 
Three writers discuss their own visions of Berlin, based on their experiences and their works; a look at the past, the present and the future of a city which is part of our shared memories. With Olivier Guez, journalist and writer, and co-author of La caída del Muro; Chloe Aridjis, author of The Book of Clouds, and Raul Zelik, writer and journalist and author of Situaciones Berlinesas. Chaired by Michael Jacobs, journalist, writer and traveller. 

This event is in French. Simultaneous translation from French to Spanish available.

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Blessing Musariri and Ethel Irene Kabwato with Menna Elfyn

Sunflowers in Your Eyes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The two Zimbabwean poets read their work and discuss the cultural and political world they work in.

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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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Vikram Seth talks to Laura Restrepo

Segovia 2006, 
Please note: The introduction to this event is in Spanish.

Colombian writer and journalist Laura Restrepo speaks to Indian writer and poet Vikram Seth about his works An Equal Music, A Suitable Boy and Two Lives.

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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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Dannie Abse

Reading

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great Welsh poet celebrates the launch of his New Selected Poems.

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Martin Amis talks to Gaby Wood

Lionel Asbo

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist launches his state-of-England satire about a very violent but not very successful young criminal who is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won £139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery.

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Adrian Goldsworthy

The Fall of the West

Hay Festival 2009, 
The long view of The Long, Slow Death of the Roman Empire played out in politicking, economic collapse and terrorism...

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Richard Evans

The Art of the Album Cover

Hay Festival 2010, 
The designer and writer discusses his own iconic images for The Who, Van Morrison and The Kinks and looks at the greatest examples of the genre with John Harris.

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Athene Donald

Cambridge Series: How Gender Stereotypes Damage Innovation

Hay Festival 2017, 

Children as young as six have already developed ideas about what boys and girls can ‘do’. As they progress through school further, cultural messages fix attitudes and are one part of why we have so few women engineers or male vets. Innovation, which thrives on diverse perspectives, is handicapped by the effects of such stereotyping. Our society needs to do better. Athene Donald is Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College.

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Rosie Boycott

Reformations 13: Food

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our food system is in crisis: soaring rates of obesity and diet related ill-health, environmental degradation and escalating greenhouse gas emissions as well as record levels of waste which deny food to the hungry. How do we create a system that enables all citizens to eat affordable, healthy food regardless of where they live and what they earn?  Could Brexit create a solution? Is a Food Act an answer?  Boycott proposes a complete reimagining of how we farm, how we shop and how we eat. Rosie Boycott chairs the Mayor of London’s food policy unit. Chaired by Dan Saladino, presenter/producer of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.

Rosie Boycott

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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