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Rebecca Solnit

The Faraway Nearby

Hay Festival 2013, 

One summer, the author was bequeathed a hundred pounds of ripening apricots, which lay on her bedroom floor – a windfall, a riddle, an emergency to be dealt with. The fruit came from a neglected tree that her mother, gradually succumbing to memory loss, could no longer tend to. From this unexpected inheritance came stories, invitations and adventures; in a library of water in Iceland, in the basin of the Grand Canyon, in the imagined emptiness of the Arctic. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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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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David Andress and Mike Rapport

Revolution

Hay Festival 2008, 
Two of Britain’s most brilliant historians, David Andress (1789) and Mike Rapport (1848) discuss the turning points of European history.

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Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

Hay Festival 2008, 
Psychologist Gary Marcus shows how imperfect and ill-adapted our brains really are from their hominid origins. We are prone to rages, addictions and other habits that limit our capacity for rational action in every sphere, from food to politics.

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Andrés Neuman and Ian Mount talk to Oliver Balch

The Toast of Argentina

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Argentinean novelist Neuman, one of the stand-out stars of the Bogotá 39 generation, discusses his masterpiece The Traveller of the Century - winner of the Alfaguara Prize. Mount introduces his tale of Maverick Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec in the high Andes - The Vineyard at the End of the World. Chaired by the author of Viva South America - a Journey Through a Restless Continent.
 

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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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Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

What if Latin America Ruled the World?

Hay Festival 2010, 
How the South will take the North into the 22nd Century.
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

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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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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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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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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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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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Lewis Davies, Sian Preece, Mario Basini

Pen Envy: Catching up with cousins

Hay Festival 2000, 
Basini, Literary Editor of the Westen Mail, is joined by the publishing editior of Parthain Books, Lewis Davies, author of Work, Sex and Rugby and My Piece of Happiness, and Welsh exile in Scotland, Sian Preece, whose first collection of stories is From the Life, to discuss how Welsh writing is catching up with its Celtic cousins.

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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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Jan Zalasiewicz

The Earth After Us

Hay Festival 2009, 
What might human civilization leave behind as relics into the far geological future? The geologist envisions what extra-terrestrial aliens, exploring Earth one hundred million years from now, might uncover in their excavations.

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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Helen Mountfield and Simon Schama talk to Katya Adler

The Scramble for Europe

Hay Festival 2018, 

Europe, the richest economic area in the world, faces unprecedented challenges: a protectionist US administration, Russian interventions, a Chinese leader who has defied succession planning, and the parliamentary success of the far-right in Germany, Italy and Austria. And then there’s Brexit. Something must be done. But what? And how? And by whom? The distinguished diplomat Gourdault-Montagne is now Secretary General of the French Foreign Ministry, Mountfield is a British QC, Schama is an historian. Chaired by the BBC’s Europe Editor.

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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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Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan, Anthony Seldon chaired by James Naughtie

The Happiness Movement

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three of Britain’s most progressive thinkers ask if happiness is something that can be understood, and whether it is an appropriate goal for government, business or schools.
Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan, Anthony Seldon chaired by James Naughtie

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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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Lucy Cousins

Maisy

Hay Festival 2010, 
A rare appearance from this beloved author-illustrator with live drawing and stories from a certain little mouse who loves adventures.
 
Family event

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Adam Corner

Cardiff series 1: Geo-engineering – Plan B or Pandora’s Box?

Hay Festival 2012, 
From tiny particles reflecting sunlight to giant machines capturing carbon, technological fixes might be the answer to climate change. But such manipulation is riddled with social, ethical and legal problems.
 
In association with Cardiff University

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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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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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Tishani Doshi and Fflur Dafydd

The Women in the Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two contributors to the magnificent Seren Press project of commissioning contemporary writers to reimagine the tales of The Mabinogion talk about the women of the stories. Doshi’s book in the series is Fountainville and Dafydd’s The White Trail.

Tishani Doshi and Fflur Dafydd

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Lemn Sissay

Reformations 17: Care

Hay Festival 2017, 

The passionate and powerful poet re-imagines the way in which the State might raise children placed in its care. Sissay is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His foster parents placed him into care at the age of 12. He lived in care homes until he was 18. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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