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Lucy Hawking

Surfing the Solar System

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and join one of the stars of the science world and children's writer, Lucy Hawking, for this mind-blowing event.  Prepare to travel to galaxies far, far away.

8 years +

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Harold Evans

Pictures on a Page

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist discusses his authoritative study of photo-journalism with Rosie Boycott.
Harold Evans

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Janine di Giovanni, Alex Crawford, Rosie Boycott and guests

Marie Colvin

Hay Festival 2012, 
 Women in Journalism chair Jane Martinson hosts this appreciation of the great war journalist who died in Syria on 22 February.
 
 
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Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

Peaky Blinders

Hay Festival 2015, 

The screenwriter and creator of the hit gangster drama talks about the Selby family, tribal war, and the crime-world of post-war Birmingham. Knight is screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Locke. Introduced by Caryn Mandabach.

We will also be screening all six episodes of Series 2, starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, from 1pm at Richard Booths Bookshop Cinema in Hay.

Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

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Greg Proops

The Smartest Man in the World

Hay Festival 2014, 

The comic from San Francisco, known here for his unpredictable improvisations on Whose Line Is It Anyway? brings his comedy proopcast to Hay for one night only. ‘Some of the boldest comedy on the podcasting frontier right now.’ Rolling Stone Magazine

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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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Cressida Cowell

How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury

Hay Festival 2016, 

Come, dragon tamers everywhere! Practise your Dragonese with author and illustrator Cressida Cowell, creator of the awesome How to Train your Dragon books. Learn the secrets of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third – sword-fighter, dragon whisperer and greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. The author celebrates the grand finale of this best-selling series.

6+
Cressida Cowell

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The Creative & Cultural Skills Conference at Hay

Session 3: Brave New World – Rights and Wrongs in the Digital Future

Hay Festival 2009, 
Online delivery and handheld digital reading devices are bringing publishing to its ‘ipod moment’. Jamie Byng of Canongate, Jessica Powell of Google, the PFD agent Caroline Michel and Steve Haber of SONY talk to Tom Bewick of Creative & Cultural Skills about the power and management of content. Test-drive the Sony Reader.

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Matthew d’Ancona and Sadie Jones talk to Anita Sethi

Story: Fear

Hay Festival 2009, 
D’Ancona offers his riveting suspense thriller Nothing to Fear. Jones’ The Outcast is a sustained examination of love and disillusion in a small 1950s town.

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Colm O’Gorman talks to Jon Snow

Beyond Belief

Hay Festival 2010, 
Abused by his priest, betrayed by his church – The Story of the Boy Who Sued the Pope. O’Gorman is currently Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ireland.
Colm O’Gorman talks to Jon Snow

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Chris Bradford

Young Samurai

Hay Festival 2012, 
Enter Samurai School and meet the real martial arts master behind this phenomenal series. Hear about the secret fighting art of ninjas and see an awesome samurai sword demonstration.
 
9+ years

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The 2008 Raymond Williams Lecture: Border Country

Hay Festival 2008, 
Dai Smith explores Williams’ relationship with the Black Mountains, landscape and storytelling. Smith is the author of Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale. Introduced by Eric Hobsbawm.

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Richard Kerridge, Jane Davidson and guests

The 2014 INSPIRE Lecture: Literature and Sustainability

Hay Festival 2014, 

This year’s INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Literature and Sustainability lecture is given by Richard Kerridge, nature writer, critic and author of Cold Blood. The lecture is followed by a discussion with the 2013 INSPIRE winners, Dr Jayne Archer and Prof Richard Marggraff Turley, and the chair of ASLE-UKI, Adeline Johns-Putra, chaired by the director of INSPIRE, Jane Davidson. 

FREE BUT TICKETED

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Arthur Smith or possibly Daphne Fairfax hosts festival stars

Gala Cabaret

Hay Festival 2009, 
Stories, jokes, poems and improvisations in aid of education projects for young women at our new Storymoja Festival in Nairobi, Kenya.

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The Guardian Green Home Clinic

Hay Festival 2009, 
Builders and energy advisors advise on how to green your home, get grants and live sustainably (and cheaply). ‘Energy doctor’ Rob Bell (Energy Saving Trust) and Russell Smith (Parity Projects), chaired by the Guardian’s green technology correspondent, Alok Jha.

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Michael Jacobs

Andes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The travel writer journeys 5,500 miles across seven different countries, from the balmy Caribbean to the inhospitable islands of the Tierra del Fuego along the roof of one of the world’s most fabled mountain ranges.

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Frank Turner talks to Bethan Elfyn

The Road Beneath My Feet

Hay Festival 2015, 
The singer talks about his memoir. On 23 September 2005 at the Joiners Arms in Southampton, Frank Turner played his last gig with his hardcore band, Million Dead. On the laminates that listed the tour dates, the entry for 24 September simply read: ‘Get a job.’ Deflated, jaded and hung-over, Frank returned to his hometown of Winchester without a plan for the future. A thousand-and-some shows later he was headlining a sold-out gig at Wembley Arena with his band The Sleeping Souls.
Frank Turner talks to Bethan Elfyn

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Arnold Wesker

All Things Tire of Themselves

Hay Festival 2009, 
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the playwright knight’s first play with a magical reading of his poetry.

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John Mullan

Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature

Hay Festival 2008, 
Super-Don John Mullan unmasks the disguises and deceits of writers from Jane Austen to Joe Klein.

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Javier Argüello, Cristina Grande y Ricardo Menéndez Salmón en conversación con Mal

Nuevos narradores

Segovia 2008, 
¿Hacia dónde va la nueva narrativa? ¿Cuáles son los referentes literarios y culturales que comparten los autores que, recientemente, han reclamado y conseguido un espacio propio en el panorama literario en español?. El editor Malcolm Otero Barral conversará con una selección de escritores jovenes: Cristina Grande, una de las autoras jovenes mas alabadas en el 2008 con Naturaleza Infiel;Javier Argüello, escritor de origen argentino afincado en Barcelona y autor de Siete cuentos imposibles y El mar de todos los muertos (2008) y Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, cuya quinta novela, La ofensa, ha sido galardonada premio Qwerty de Barcelona TV a la revelación literaria del 2007, Premio Librería Sintagma al mejor libro del año y elegida por la revista Quimera como major obra de narrativa del 2007.

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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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Mark Miodownik talks to Georgina Godwin

Stuff Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? How come concrete pours? The broadcaster and UCL Professor of Materials and Society introduces The Strange Stories Of The Marvellous Materials That Shape Our Man-made World.

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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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Morris Berman

Cartagena 2012, 
Morris Berman is a renowned and innovative cultural and social critic. He has given classes at universities in Europe and the United States, and in the year 2000 his book The Twilight of American Culture was designated a “Notable Book” by The New York Times Book Review. Other published works include Dark Ages America and a trilogy about the evolution of human consciousness. His last book, A Question of Values, is a compilation of essays connected to themes that are crucial to an understanding of the structural crisis in the contemporary world. He will talk about the current situation in the United Estates.

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Steve Sims talks to Michael Tavinor

Abel Clerk’s Bibel

Hay Festival 2010, 
A questioning, curious and sometimes playful poem of underlying seriousness; heart-warming, sad, violent, tender, sensuous and in sharp focus. Its 81 sections correspond to the Bible from a theologically open viewpoint, for which a narrator provides an overall continuity. Chaired by the Dean of Hereford Cathedral.
Steve Sims talks to Michael Tavinor