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Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman

Fictions – Interesting Times

Hay Festival 2014, 

Harkaway’s Tigerman and Haider Rahman’s In The Light of What We Know are superb novels of huge scale and imagination that range across the turbulent contemporary world, exploring loyalties, friendship and redemption. They discuss their stories with Olivia Cole.

Nick Harkaway and Zia Haider Rahman

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Levison Wood

Walking the Nile

Hay Festival 2015, 

The adventurer’s journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers. He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis. He traverses seven, very different, countries and comes face to face with the story of Africa. No one has ever made this journey on foot.

Please click here to prebook dinner at Relish Restaurant on site.

Levison Wood

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Margaret Anstee talks to Nik Gowing

The House on the Sacred Lake

Hay Festival 2010, 
The diplomat tells of a love affair with Bolivia that started when she was first posted there by the UN in 1960.
Margaret Anstee talks to Nik Gowing

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Dambisa Moyo talks to Bronwen Maddox

The Prospect Platform: How The West Was Lost

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Western economies should forge closer ties with the emerging economies, rethink trade barriers, overhaul their tax systems, and address the three essential ingredients for growth – capital, labour and technology – to halt the squandered advantages of the last 50 years. Chaired by the Editor of Prospect.

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Louis de Bernières and James Ellis

The Hay Poisoner

Hay Festival 2012, 
The librettist and composer preview work on their musical production about Herbert Rowse Armstrong based on Martin Beales’ book Dead Not Buried and Robin Odell’s Exhumation of a Murder. The Hay solicitor was hanged for the murder of his wife exactly 80 years ago. Their opera explores the way someone can be destroyed by human and inhuman forces, and the impact of adult machinations on children.

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Andrew Simms, Carolyn Steel and Tom Andrews

The Great Transition in Food and Farming

Hay Festival 2012, 
This year we’re going to stop waiting and start changing. The Great Transition Campaign, of which the Soil Association is a supporter, is running a series of events leading up to the Earth Summit, asking the question ‘What if?’ Our contribution to this debate: What if our cities produced our food?
 
Supported by The Soil Association

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Orlando Figes

The Whisperers – Private Lives in Stalin’s Russia

Hay Festival 2008, 
In this masterpiece of popular history Orlando Figes teases out intimate experiences from people who spent their lives regarding individuality as both subversive and dangerous.

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Chris Lintott and Jon Culshaw

The Cosmic Tourist

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are surrounded by an astronomical zoo of familiar and curious objects, from asteroids and zodiacal dust to Alpha Centauri and the centre of the Milky Way. Chris Lintott discusses the many marvels of the cosmos with comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw, and takes us on a tour of the universe.

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Javier del Pino and Ramón Lobo with Aurelio Martin

Journalist by trade

Segovia 2013, 

Javier del Pino, director of A vivir que son dos días from Cadena SER, and Ramon Lobo, contributor to digital media such as Jot Down and InfoLibre, speak with Aurelio Martin, vice-president of the Federacion de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE) about the profound identity crisis in journalism.

 

In collaboration with the Asociación de la Prensa de Segovia. 

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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

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Robert Winston

My Amazing Body Machine

Hay Festival 2017, 

Did you know that there are 29 bones in your head including six tiny ear bones that help you hear? From the structure of the skeleton to the importance of the respiratory system, Professor Robert Winston explains the working of every part of the human body – the most complex machine on Earth.

9+
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Karen Armstrong

The Bible: The Biography

Hay Festival 2008, 
Karen Armstrong traces the gestation of the Bible to reveal a complex and contradictory document created by scores of people over hundreds of years, serving many constituencies and contexts.

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David Almond talks to Julia Eccleshare

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great author of Skellig, Kit’s Wilderness, Clay, The Savage and The Fire-Eater talks about his work with the Guardian’s children’s books editor.

Hay Fever 11 yrs +

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Jennifer Gray

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Meet Atticus Grammatticus Cattypus Claw, the world’s greatest cat burglar. This tabby spells trouble. Find out all about his latest adventure Atticus Claw Settles a Score.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Green Dragons’ Den 2

Hay on Earth 2

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from today’s Hay on Earth sustainability workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Green Dragons’ Den 2

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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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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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Bettany Hughes

The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life

Hay Festival 2011, 
The classicist and historian profiles the soldier, lover, democrat, philosopher, and vigorous citizen of one of the greatest capitals on earth, until his beloved Athens turned on him, condemning him to death by poison.
 
More about Bettany Hughes

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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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Bruno Arpaia, Nicole Witt and Gustavo Guerrero in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Latin America in other languages

Cartagena 2012, 
Latin American literature is one of the world’s most prolific literary cultures, yet only a small percentage of the output is translated into other languages. Here to discuss the present and future of this literary industry are Nicole Witt, director of the Ray-Güde Mertin Literary Agency in Frankfurt, which specialises in the dissemination of literature in Portuguese and Spanish; Gustavo Guerrero, literary adviser for the Spanish language to the Gallimard publishing house in Paris; and Bruno Arpaia, editorial consultant and translator from Spanish to Italian. They will talk to the Sexto Piso editor, Eduardo Rabasa. 

With the support of the Cámara del Libro de Colombia and Proexport

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Gala de Poesía

Segovia 2008, 
Un grupo formado por algunos de los mejores poetas internacionales, clausurarán el Festival recitando su poesía: Antonio Colinas y Benjamin Prado (España), Juan Manuel Roca y Rómulo Bustos (Colombia), Gillian Clarke y Robert Minhinnick (Gran Bretaña) y Ouidad Benmoussa (Marruecos). Evento moderado por el autor Benjamín Prado.

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The American Election… We Decide

Hay Festival 2008, 
Who might we elect as leader of the free world? Jonathan Freedland chairs Spectator editor Matthew D’Ancona, Sarfraz Manzoor, author of Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock 'n' Roll, Greenpeace Director Jonathan Sauven, and Brecon & Radnor AM Kirsty Williams.

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Reza Aslan

Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East

Hay Festival 2011, 
A mesmerising selection of the best Middle East-Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu writers – from the famed Arab poet Khalil Gibran to the Turkish Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk. Chaired by Kathryn Gray.

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Julie Grigg, Fiona Howard and the children of Hay Primary School

Hay & Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hay2Timbuktu Antenatal Project managed over 100% increase in pregnant women receiving antenatal care last year and the twinned communities won a UN-endorsed award for excellence in community linking in the fields of health and trade. Where will we go this year?

All proceeds to Medics4Timbuktu.

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Morris Gleitzman

Now

Hay Festival 2010, 
A rare chance to meet the author of the modern-day classics Once and Then, as he introduces the final installment. If you haven’t discovered him yet, here is your chance.
 
8–12 years