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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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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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Tessa Dunlop

The Bletchley Girls: War, Secrecy, Love and Loss

Hay Festival 2015, 

Dunlop weaves together the lives of fifteen women selected to work in Britain’s most secret organisation – Bletchley Park. It is their story, told in their voices; Tessa met and talked to 15 veterans, often visiting them several times. Firm friendships were made as their epic journey unfolded on paper.

The scale of female involvement in Britain during the Second World War was unmatched in any other country. From 8 million working women just over 7,000 were hand-picked to work at Bletchley Park and its outstations and soon they outnumbered the men three to one. Dunlop talks to publisher and QI elfmaster John Mitchinson.

Tessa Dunlop

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The Economist Debate

Adam Roberts, Kathleed Newland, David Conway and Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2008, 
‘Restricting migration hinders the development of both the rich world and the poor'. Adam Roberts of The Economist, Kathleen Newland of the Migration Policy Institute, David Conway of Civitas and Trevor Phillips. Jon Snow presides. The freer movement of people may be a sure-fire way of reducing global inequality. But does it come at the cost of creating greater inequality within countries?

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Jimmy Cobb and Richard Williams talk to Hannah Rothschild

Kind of Blue

Hay Festival 2009, 
The drummer who played with Miles Davis and Bill Evans on the seminal jazz album celebrates its 50th anniversary with the author of the forthcoming The Blue Moment: Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music. Chaired by the film-maker and Artistic Director of Brecon Jazz.

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Ruth Richardson

Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and The London Poor

Hay Festival 2012, 
The academic discovered that as a young man, Dickens lived only yards away from a major London workhouse. She tells the story of the find and reveals how important the two periods spent living in this area of London were for Dickens’ writing career.

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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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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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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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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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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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Srđa Popović

Blueprint for Revolution: How To Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Non-violent Techniques to Galvanise Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World

Hay Festival 2015, 

How do ordinary people become revolutionaries? In 2000, too-cool-to-care Belgrade rock kid Srđa Popović found himself at the centre of a movement which was about to change the world. Popović was one of the unexpected leaders of the student movement Otpor! that overthrew dictator Slobodan Milošević and established democracy in Serbia all by avoiding violence and opting for something far more powerful: a sense of humour.

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Steve Feasey, Mark Walden and Rohan Gavin

Geeks, Gadgets and Science Fiction

Hay Festival 2014, 

Geek out with three authors who are all keen gamers, comic book fans and gadget freaks. They have all written books that read like action movies – Mutant City, Earthfall and Knightley & Son respectively. Find out how their favourite geeky things have been a source of inspiration.
10+ years

Steve Feasey, Mark Walden and Rohan Gavin

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Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

Why Does it Happen?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The sexual abuse of children by adult men is a global problem. It appears to happen in every sector of society and the exposure of paedophile rings is a daily news story. But why does it happen at all? Batmanghelidjh runs Kids Company, Kennedy is a human rights lawyer, Berelowitz is Chair, national inquiry into child sexual abuse linked to the family.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

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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

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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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Nicholas Stern

The British Council Lecture: A Blueprint for a Safer Planet

Hay Festival 2010, 
The climate change authority talks to Rosie Boycott about Haiti, Darfur, Bangladesh and How We Can Save the World and Create Prosperity.
Nicholas Stern

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Brian Moore and Max Davidson talk to Mark Skipworth

Man Talk

Hay Festival 2012, 
The England rugby hero and author of More Thoughts of Chairman Moore hunkers down with the author of We’ll get ’em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century That Changed Everything. The Telegraph’s Executive Editor refs.

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Skulduggery Pleasant

Hay Festival 2013, 

Derek Landy flies in specially from Dublin to bring some awesome to Hay and share his Skulduggery genius. Sneak peek from Book 8 a definite maybe…

10+ years

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John Bulmer talks to Eamonn McCabe

Retrospective

Hay Festival 2009, 
To celebrate his major show at the Hereford Photography Festival the film-maker and photographer shows and discusses his colour work from the 60s and 70s with The Guardian photographer.

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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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Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Dismembered: How the Attack on the State Harms Us All

Hay Festival 2017, 

The two journalists travelled around Great Britain gathering the voices of the people who make up the public sector: nurses and patients, teachers and policemen and civilians. The story they tell is one of society’s dismemberment across our nation state: a fragmented NHS, a reduced police force, divided schools and a vulnerable military.

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Ann Leslie talks to Rosie Boycott

Killing My Own Snakes

Hay Festival 2009, 
Fleet Street’s finest, the doyenne of women reporters, Damed for services to journalism, talks about her life.

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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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Julian Barnes talks to Claire Armitstead

Nothing to be Frightened of

Hay Festival 2008, 
The masterly novelist discusses his memoir: a meditation on death, God, his philosopher brother and French literature, with the literary editor of the Guardian.