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Andrea Collins talks to Andy Fryers

In Pursuit of a Sustainable Event: The Case of the 2012 Hay Festival

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Hay Festival is one of the largest annual events in Wales, attracting in excess of 100,000 visitors. The Festival launched its Greenprint programme in 2006 in an attempt to manage and mitigate the direct and indirect environmental impacts of the Festival. What motivates visitors to attend, what are their consumption patterns and how can change be effected? Cardiff University’s Andrea Collins presents her study research and talks with the Sustainability Director.

Andrea Collins talks to Andy Fryers

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Melissa Harrison and Laline Paull

Fictions – Nature

Hay Festival 2015, 

 Discover two of the most thrilling new voices in fiction. Building to an extraordinary climax over the course of one spring month, Harrison’s second novel At Hawthorn Time is both a clear-eyed picture of rural Britain, and a heartbreaking exploration of love, land and loss. Paull’s debut The Bees is set entirely in a beehive. It is the story of a heroine, Flora 717, a sanitation bee who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world. They read and talk to Mary Loudon.

Melissa Harrison and Laline Paull

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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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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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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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Miguel Syjuco in conversation with Beatriz de Moura

Cartagena 2011, 
The Filipino writer Miguel Syjuco put his small island in the spotlight of contemporary literature with his first novel, Ilustrado, winner of the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize, as well as a Palanca Award, the most prestigious prize in Philippine literature. Today he will talk to the well-known editor Beatriz de Moura about this fascinating history that has captivated both the public and the critics. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Lindsey Hilsum talks to David Aaronovitch

Sandstorm

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Channel 4 News international editor reports the fall of Gaddafi and Libya in the Time of Revolution.

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Fergal Keane

Wounds: A Memoir of War and Love

Hay Festival 2018, 

After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has gone home to Ireland to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is about Irish people who found themselves caught up in the revolution that followed the 1916 Rising, in the pitiless violence of civil war in north Kerry after the British left in 1922, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present. It is the story of Keane’s grandmother Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, and how they and their neighbours took up guns to fight the British Empire and create an independent Ireland. It is the story of another Irishman, too, Tobias O’Sullivan, who fought against them as a policeman because he believed it was his duty to uphold the law of his country. He talks to Peter Florence.

Fergal Keane

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John Guy

Thomas Becket - Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim: A 900-Year-Old Story Retold

Hay Festival 2012, 
At the height of his powers, he led 700 knights into battle, brokered peace between nations, had the ear of the Pope and brought one of the strongest rulers in Christendom to his knees. Within three years of his bloody assassination, Becket was a saint whose cult had spread the length and breadth of Europe.

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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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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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Mark Purcell

What I Found in the Library

Hay Festival 2017, 

For 600 years, exquisitely produced volumes stored everything we know – from Gutenberg’s bibles to Newton’s Principia and Austen’s Persuasion. Purcell tells a rollicking tale of discoveries and bibliophile treasures from some of Britain’s greatest private library collections that are now saved for the nation. Purcell was formerly Libraries Curator for the National Trust and is now Deputy Director of Research Collections at Cambridge University Library.

Mark Purcell

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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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The Shock Doctrine

Hay Festival 2008, 
The radical analyst Naomi Klein meticulously exposes the US policy of ‘Disaster Capitalism’ that overwhelms societies reeling from natural (tsunami) and military (Iraq) catastrophe. In conversation with Rosie Boycott.

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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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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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Martin Rowson and Jean-Pierre Filiu

After Charlie Hebdo

Hay Festival 2015, 

How do we understand and respond to what happened in Paris on 7 January? What is the nature of ‘respect’ and ‘offence’ for a satirist? The cartoonist and ‘visual journalist’ Martin Rowson discusses with the writer and Professor of Political Science, Jean-Pierre Filiu. Filiu has collaborated with the French graphic artist David B. on two volumes of Best of Enemies – a graphic history of US–Middle East relations. Chaired by Daniel Hahn, chair of the Society of Authors.

Martin Rowson and Jean-Pierre Filiu

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Alison Weir

Katherine of Aragon

Hay Festival 2016, 

The lives of Henry VIII’s queens make for dramatic stories. In her new novel, Weir tells the poignant story of Katherine of Aragon. Was her union with Prince Arthur consummated? What happens when a happy Royal marriage is overshadowed by dynastic pressures, doubts, and the allure of an ambitious woman? The best-selling popular historian and novelist evokes a court peopled by the luminaries of the early Tudor age – Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell and the magnificent figure of Henry VIII himself – a young and athletic Henry, not yet marred by frustration and disappointment.

Alison Weir

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The Famous Five at 75

Hay Festival 2017, 

Go on an adventure with Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary. From going on a picnic to cracking clues and solving a mystery, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog present an immersive theatre show for all the family.

6+

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Antonia Fraser talks to Simon Jenkins

My History: A Memoir of Growing Up

Hay Festival 2015, 

Antonia Fraser’s memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of history. The fascination began as a child, and developed into an enduring passion and a globally successful career from her first biography Mary Queen of Scots to her intensely personal and riveting portrait of her second marriage Must You Go? My Life With Harold Pinter.

Antonia Fraser talks to Simon Jenkins

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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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Axel Scheffler & Diana Quick

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

Hay Festival 2011, 
Whiskers at the ready! Live drawing from one of our most treasured illustrators, accompanied by readings of TS Eliot’s renowned poems from the beloved English actress. Dressing up actively encouraged.
 
7+ years & families

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William Nicholson

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and screenwriter introduces his witty and acute social comedy set in a Sussex village.

'No one is perfectly happy. But when are we happy enough?' William Nicholson's new novel, The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, enters the minds and hearts of a group of 'new villagers', the people who live in the country and work in the city. It's about marriage and sex, work and money, being a parent and being a child; about life not turning out the way you hoped, and about life being richer than you dreamed. The main plot – a wife whose long-ago lover returns, to remind her how intense her feelings once were – is borrowed from past experiences of the author's wife, Virginia Nicholson, herself a writer (Singled Out). She will be on the platform with him to discuss turning real life into fiction, whether her husband understands women, and the married life of two writers.

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David Lagercrantz

Fictions – Fall of Man in Wilmslow

Hay Festival 2015, 

The journalist introduces his fictionalised thriller about the death of Alan Turing. He is the ghostwriter of Sweden’s fastest-ever-selling book I am Zlatan Imbrahimovic, though he’s likely to top that in August with the publication of his newest novel – the authorized sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Girl With A Dragon Tattoo / Millenium series. He talks to SJ Parris.

David Lagercrantz