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Clive Anderson, Monty Don and Will Cohu

Trust the Woodland

Hay Festival 2008, 
Silver-tongued barrister and tree- hugger Clive Anderson talks woods, trees, conservation and climate change with Out of the Woods author Will Cohu and Round the World in 80 Gardens writer Monty Don.

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Stefan Collini

Cambridge 800 Series: Criticism and the Reading Public

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature challenges the alleged decline of ‘the serious reading public’. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Robert Muchamore

Henderson’s Boys: Eagle Day

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join this thrilling author as he takes us back to World War Two where the first CHERUB adventure is about to begin.

10 years +

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Martin Rees

Can the Next Generation Inherit a Better World? A Scientist’s Hopes and Fears

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1902 HG Wells wrote ‘Humanity has come some way, and the distance we have travelled gives us some earnest of the way we have to go. All the past is but the beginning of a beginning; all that the human mind has accomplished is but the dream before the awakening.’ The astronomer boldly explores post-human evolution and offers a SWOT analysis of mankind’s short- and longer-term futures. He considers the risks of asteroid impact, climate change and, most worrying of all, the downsides of biotech, AI and other fast-advancing technologies. Chaired by Dan Davis.

Martin Rees

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Suzanne O’Sullivan

Reformations 18: The NHS

Hay Festival 2017, 

Our healthcare system has been one of the bedrocks of British identity since its introduction by Aneurin Bevan in 1948. It employs 1.2 million people and treats one million people every 36 hours in England alone. It is free at the point of delivery to all UK residents. The Consultant Neurologist proposes reforms for a sustainable future. O’Sullivan’s book Is It All in Your Head? True Stories of Imaginary Illness won the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize.  Chaired by Julian Huppert

Suzanne O’Sullivan

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Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

Slow Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 

Slow Fiction is inspired by the predella, the sequence of four or five pictures under a Renaissance altarpiece that tell the story of the annunciation, the adoration, or the pietà. If the large altarpiece painting is one moment in time, the predella shows the moments leading up to that key frame and sometimes what happens after. The artist Paul St George works with writers, translating selections of their writing into small sequences of sculptures making three-dimensional stories. Two of the first authors to be excited by this new way of bringing readers to writing are Polly Stenham, author of Hotel, and Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist: ‘To see my written words reimagined for a different audience, giving another take on the story-telling process – what we omit, what we emphasise, and what we leave behind – in a newly-configured presentation, is a true thrill.’

Paul St George with Polly Stenham and Jessie Burton

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Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

The Aftermath

Winter Weekend 2013, 
The novelist discusses his superbly controlled emotional thriller – a tale of passion, betrayal and conscience set in post-war Germany.  'My fiction of the year. Perfect for anyone who loved Atonement, Captain Corelli's Mandolin or Anna Karenina' – Peter Florence
 
 
Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

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Gillian Cross

Where I Belong

Hay Festival 2010, 
Join the author of Wolf and Tightrope as she investigates the darker side of fashion. Supermodels, secrets and Somalia will all be on the agenda as she talks to a humanitarian expert from the Oxfam team.
 
10+ years
 
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Luke Harding talks to Orlando Figes

Mafia State

Hay Festival 2012, 
How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia is a brilliant, haunting account of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called enemies – human rights workers, Western diplomats, journalists and opposition activists.

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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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Hilary McKay

Caddy’s World

Hay Festival 2011, 

Hay is delighted to revisit the colourful Casson family as Hilary takes us back in time with her latest book, which once again shows the lightness of touch and warmth that has won over millions of fans. Chaired by Gaby Wood

9+ years

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Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

The Immortals

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join one of the most-loved creative partnerships in children’s fiction as they introduce the tenth and last installment of the epic Edge Chronicles.

10 years +

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Sonia Faleiro, John Julius Norwich, Peter Godwin

Ox-Travels 4

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three more Meetings With Remarkable Writers from our new Oxfam anthology.

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Helen Lederer talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – Losing It

Hay Festival 2015, 

When Millie’s asked to be the front woman for a new diet pill, she naively believes that all her troubles will be solved… The actress and comedy writer introduces her desperately funny first novel.

Helen Lederer talks to Georgina Godwin

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Tom Holland

Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom

Hay Festival 2010, 
A stunning, panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000: the age of Canute, William the Conqueror and Pope Gregory VII; of Vikings, monks and serfs; of the earliest castles and the invention of knighthood; and of the primal conflict between church and state.
Tom Holland

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Borrowed Time

Hay Festival 2008, 
Roy Hattersley tells The Story of Britain Between the Wars—of economic crisis, cultural and Olympic triumph, political disaster and the rise and rise of Winston Churchill.

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Jon Snow talks to Rosie Boycott

London Events 2004, 
The Channel 4 News anchor and author of Shooting History discusses broadcast news, conflict and the New World Disorder with Rosie Boycott.

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Maisy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The marvellous mouse and her storyteller friend Liz Fost return to Hay for songs, stories and surprises.
 
Duration 40 mins.   3-5 years

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David Shelton

A Boy And A Bear In A Boat

Hay Festival 2013, 

A boy and a bear go to sea with a comic book, a suitcase and a ukulele and encounter sea monsters, ghost ships and storms in this slightly scary, surreal and funny story. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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It’s A Girl Thing

Hay Festival 2013, 

Three fabulous queens of teen, Sarah Webb, Sophia Bennett and Luisa Plaja, talk about why they love to write for girls and how they develop their stories.

9+ years

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Roger McGough

Slapstick

Hay Festival 2009, 
If Philosophy is the Why? And Science is the How? Then Poetry is the Wow! Join one of Britain's best loved poets, as he showcases his new collection of slapstick verses.

10 years – adult

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Alex Scarrow

Time Riders: Doomsday Code

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join Alex for some serious time travel adventure, as he introduces the third book in his thrilling series. Take part in the interactive game show and challenge your history knowledge.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

Last Days of the Bus Club

Hay Festival 2014, 

It’s two decades since the author of Driving Over Lemons moved to his farm on the wrong side of a river in the mountains of southern Spain. In this latest, typically hilarious dispatch from El Valero we find Chris, now a local literary celebrity, using his fame to help his old sheep-shearing partner find work on a raucous road trip; cooking a TV lunch for visiting British chef, Rick Stein; discovering the pitfalls of Spanish public speaking; and, most movingly, visiting famine-stricken Niger for Oxfam.

Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

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John Polkinghorne

Cambridge Series 13: Quantum Theory

Hay Festival 2011, 
The mathematician, theoretical physicist and priest explains the strange and exciting ideas that make the subatomic world so different from the world of the every day.
 
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Elaine Collins, Ann Cleeves, Clare Batty and Alison O’Donnell

Shetland

Hay Festival 2016, 

The makers of the fabulous BBC crime drama discuss the characters, setting and plot, and the handling of the rape story in the third series. Exec producer Elaine Collins and script exec Clare Batty are joined by Ann Cleeves, who writes both the Shetland and Vera novels on the which the television dramas are based, and Alison O’Donnell, who plays DS Alison “Tosh” McIntosh.  Chaired by the Radio Times TV Editor, Alison Graham.

Elaine Collins, Ann Cleeves, Clare Batty and Alison O’Donnell