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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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Salman Rushdie talks to Mariella Frostrup

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses The Enchantress of Florence. ‘it is the hand of the master artist, past all explanation, that gives this book its glamour and its power, its humour and shock, its verve, its glory…East meets west with a clash of cymbals and a burst of fireworks’ – Guardian.

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Richard Sennett

The Craftsman

Hay Festival 2008, 
The sociologist pursues a philosophical enquiry into why people work hard and take pride in what they do.

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Shazia Mirza

Hay Festival 2009, 
The stand-up comedian has a glorious, laconic wit, a ruthless eye for the ridiculous, and a relish for shattering taboos. She’s very funny.

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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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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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Alison Sinclair, Jenny Wallace and Adrian Poole

Cambridge Series 7 - Is Tragedy the Perfect Form for the Modern World?

Hay Festival 2012, 
The media and public respond to tragic events now in ways that echo age-old traditions that go back to Greek tragedy, but do classic ideas about tragedy’s purpose need revising? What are the ingredients of good tragedy today?
 

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Janey Louise Jones

Super Fairies: Dancer the Wild Pony

Hay Festival 2016, 

Brave, kind and always helpful, the Superfairies of Peaseblossom Wood love nothing more than solving a problem using their superskills and petal power to achieve fantastic results. Find out more about the magical talents of these tiny and resourceful helpers.

6+

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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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Alannah Weston talks to Dylan Jones

Business Breakfast: Fashion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Creative Director of Selfridges discusses the state of the rag trade with the editor of GQ.

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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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Tahmima Anam

Reformations 12: Borders

Hay Festival 2017, 

In a time of international turbulence and insecurity; a time when the world is seeing migrations of people escaping from the immediate terrors of war and the disruptions of climate change; at a time of multiple and fluid identities, the novelist from Bangladesh interrogates the notion of national borders. Where do you draw the line? She re-imagines the walls and checkpoints as places of welcome and refuge. Anam is the author of A Golden Age, The Good Muslim and The Bones of Grace. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Tahmima Anam

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Nicola Coldstream

Builders and Decorators

Hay Festival 2009, 
Medieval Craftsmen in Wales brought to vivid life by the eminent art and architecture historian.

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Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2008, 
The bestselling and brilliantly funny author talks about Georgia Nicolson on page and screen, with sneak peeks from the upcoming movie of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and the upcoming book, Stop in the Name of Pants.

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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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Tony Ross

Hay Festival 2013, 

Tony Ross takes a line for a walk to reveal how he created many of the characters you know and love, including Little Princess, Horrid Henry and Dr Xargle. Pick up some drawing tips from an expert.

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Howard Johns, Juliet Davenport, Mark Shorrock and Gareth Williams

Energy Revolution

Hay Festival 2014, 

We need a revolution in the way we both use and generate energy. Howard Johns puts forward the case for community energy systems with Mark Shorrock, founder and CEO of Swansea’s Tidal Lagoon Power scheme, Good Energy's CEO Juliet Davenport and Caplor Energy’s Gareth Williams. They discuss with Andy Fryers.

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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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Steven Butler

Hay Festival 2012, 
A tale of mistaken troll-dentity from a bright new star in children’s funny fiction (Shhh! He also played Henry in Horrid Henry Live and Horrid!). Delightfully disgusting. 5+ years

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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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Kate Humble, Charlie Westhead, Alison Lea-Wilson, Nick Tonkin

Meet The Makers

Hay Festival 2015, 

How can a family business withstand the pressures from supermarkets and the demand for cheap food? Meet three producers from Neal’s Yard Creamery, Anglesey Sea Salt, and Coedcanlas Honey who discuss with broadcaster and smallholder Kate Humble what it takes to earn a slice of the pie. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

Kate Humble, Charlie Westhead, Alison Lea-Wilson, Nick Tonkin

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Chris Riddell

The Hay Library Lecture: The Laureate’s Goodbye

Hay Festival 2017, 

This will be Chris Riddell’s final public event as UK Children’s Laureate. On his appointment, he promised to show everyone how much fun they could have with a pencil, and today he will demonstrate this by live-drawing his answers to questions. Chris will pick his favourite questions to illustrate and give an insight into his world and the journey he has been on over the last two years as Laureate. The lucky questioners he picks can take their doodle-answers home as a unique piece of art from one of our greatest illustrators.

6+
Chris Riddell

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Adam Nicolson

Earls of Paradise

Hay Festival 2008, 
In his arcadian exploration, the historian takes a single great family, the Earls of Pembroke - their wives, children, estates, tenants and allies - and follows their high and glamorous trajectory across three generations of change, nostalgia, ambition, resistance and war from the 1520s to the 1640s.

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Eva Gabrielsson talks to Phil Rickman

Stieg and Me - Memories of my Life with Stieg Larsson

Hay Festival 2012, 
Gabrielsson tells the story of their 30-year romance. She talks of his life-long struggle to expose Sweden’s Neo-Nazis, his fight to keep EXPO, the magazine he founded, alive, his difficult relationships with his immediate family, and the joy and relief he discovered writing the Millennium trilogy.

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Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Hay Festival 2015, 

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats with this reading of his poetry.

Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson