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Malorie Blackman

Hay Festival 2013, 

The multiple-award-winning creator of the classic YA series Noughts And Crosses is here to give us a preview of Noble Conflict, her powerful new thriller.

Duration 60 mins.

12+ years

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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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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare’s Lovers

Budapest 2013, 

The Professor of poetry lays bare Shakepeare’s depiction of romantic lovers and the explorations of sex, love and marriage in the plays, with special reference to Romeo & Juliet

In collaboration with Corvina Books

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Jacqueline Wilson

Wave Me Goodbye

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Jacqueline Wilson as she introduces her new book, set in the Second World War. She will also discuss how she started her writing career and created some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather.

There will be no book signing after this event but printed bookplates with Jacqueline’s signature will be available with every book bought in the Festival Bookshop.

Age 9+
Jacqueline Wilson

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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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Ffion Hague

The Pain and the Privilege

Hay Festival 2008, 
We launch the biographer’s study of the marriage, the scandals and the fallout from: The Women in Lloyd George’s Life.

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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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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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Diarmaid MacCulloch

A History of Christianity

Hay Festival 2010, 
An introduction to this magisterial global history of one of the world’s great religions. Chaired by John Cornwell.
Diarmaid MacCulloch

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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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David Boyle

Broke: How to Survive the Middle-Class Crisis

Hay Festival 2014, 

For the first time ever, today’s middle classes will struggle to enjoy the same privileges of security and comfort that their grandparents did. Sidelined by the mega-rich, the middle classes really are under severe threat. How did this situation come about? To survive, they will have to carve a new niche for themselves.

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Adventures of the day-to-day and the great unknown: Mentality, spirit and passion

Mikael Strandberg in conversation with Samuel Martín-Barbero

Segovia 2010, 
Mikael Strandberg, a celebrated Swedish explorer who has travelled around over 115 countries in the last 23 years, will talk about ‘authentic’ experiences with Samuel Martín‑Barbero, associate dean of the IE Business School. Strandberg has produced internationally awarded documentaries such as Patagonia: 3.000 Kilometres by Horse, The Masaai People: 1.000 Kilometres by Foot or 58 Degrees: Exploring Siberia on Skies. He is a member of The Royal Geographical Society, The Explorers' Club, The Travellers' Club and The Long Riders’ Guild. In 2002 he was voted Explorer Hero by National Geographic.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Sarah Harper

Reformations 10: Ageing

Hay Festival 2017, 

How will health improvements and a declining birth rate, economic uncertainty and political turbulence affect an ageing population in Britain and around the world? There are new challenges here for states and for individuals. How might we re-imagine lives that run four score years and ten, and longer? Harper is Professor of Gerontology at Oxford University and Director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing. She is the author of How Population Change will Transform Our World. On 1 May she will be become the Director of The Royal Institution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Sarah Harper

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Colin Thubron, Tiffany Murray, Anthony Sattin, David Shukman

Ox-Travels 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
Four Meetings with Remarkable Travellers from our new Oxfam anthology. Chaired by series editor Mark Ellingham.

Learn more about the authors: Colin Thubron, Tiffany Murray, Anthony SattinDavid Shukman

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Michael Ondaatje en conversación con Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Segovia 2008, 
Michael Ondaatje, el célebre escritor de El Paciente Inglés, conversará con Juan Gabriel Vásquez, autor de Los Informantes y Historia secreta de Costaguana, acerca de su última obra, Divisadero, y su experiencia como escritor.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanea del inglés al español.


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Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children, the Movie

Hay Festival 2012, 
The director of the forthcoming film of the modern Indian classic previews and discusses clips with the novelist. Chaired by Francine Stock.
 

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Jane Brown

The Omnipotent Magician

Hay Festival 2011, 
A landscape of the great garden and nature designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Chaired by Revel Guest.
 
Read a review here www.ft.com/

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Andrew Duff and John Keay

Beneath the Himalayas

Hay Festival 2015, 

Narendra Modi’s pilgrimage to Tibet heralds a new warmth in Sino-Indian relations, but the emerging superpowers have a long and complex history of contested priorities in the Himalayas. Keay is author of Midnight’s Descendants, a sweeping history of South Asia; Duff’s Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom tells the remarkable true story of India’s annexation of Sikkim in 1975. It’s a tale of love, intrigue and the Cold War in Asia.

Andrew Duff and John Keay

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Emma Jones, Liz Daniel, Emily Penrose – Women in Business Forum

Winter Weekend 2012, 
Want to start your own business in the New Year? Meet two local successful entrepreneurs from Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages and Hay Baby childrenswear, and get the low-down on finance, marketing and social media from Enterprise Nation’s Emma Jones, author of Country Living book Turn Your Talent Into A Business. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

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Geoff Dyer talks to William Fiennes

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist introduces his ingenious dual narrative, a story of love and yearning that plays with the boundaries of fiction.

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Ronan Bennett talks to Adriana Bebiano

Segovia 2006, 
The Irish novelist (Havoc in its Third Year, The Catastrophist), winner of several literary prizes and scriptwriter (The Hamburg Cell, Love Lives), talks about his life, his books and his personal experiences with the IRA, as well as about his latest novel set in St Petersburg in 1914, Zugzwang, published in instalments in The Observer in print and online. The academic and poet Adriana Bebiano is Assistant Professor of English and Irish Literature at the University of Coimbra.

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John Bulmer talks to Eamonn McCabe

Retrospective

Hay Festival 2009, 
To celebrate his major show at the Hereford Photography Festival the film-maker and photographer shows and discusses his colour work from the 60s and 70s with The Guardian photographer.

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Ann Leslie talks to Rosie Boycott

Killing My Own Snakes

Hay Festival 2009, 
Fleet Street’s finest, the doyenne of women reporters, Damed for services to journalism, talks about her life.

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Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Troubletwisters

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join two bestselling writers (Nix with Sabriel and The Keys to the Kingdom, Williams with The Fixers and Star Wars: Force Heretic) as they introduce their brand new supernatural series. A rare treat.
 
9+ years Goosebumps 

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Evento clausura de los debates: Juan Luis Cebrián en conversación con José María Ridao

presentado por Peter Florence, conversará con José María Ridao

Segovia 2009, 
Fundador del diario El País, miembro de la Real Academia Española, Juan Luis Cebrián, pensador, formador de opinión, es una voz libre en la España democrática. Una conversación sobre su último libro El pianista en el burdel, colección de ensayos sobre el oficio de periodista al que ha dedicado toda su vida; con el escritor y experto en asuntos internacionales José María Ridao. Publicado por Galaxia Gutenberg / Círculo de Lectores. Presentado por el director del Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés