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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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Chris Meredith

Miller’s Answer: Making, Saying and the Impulse to Write

Hay Festival 2010, 
The poet and novelist sparked this lecture about the nature of creativity from Arthur Miller’s appearance at Hay in 1989. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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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.

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Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragon Slayer

Hay Festival 2011, 
The creator of Thursday Next and Shades of Grey introduces the first in a new trilogy fizzing with energy and dry-humour.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
One of our Thursdays is Missing - Jasper Fforde

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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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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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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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Beth Singler

Cambridge Series: Could and Should Robots Feel Pain?

Hay Festival 2017, 

Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence and robotics demonstrate that we are aiming towards creating something that is ‘human-like’ in various ways. What sort of experiences should these beings have? And what does the answer to that question tell us about ourselves? Anthropologist Dr Beth Singler is Research Associate on the Human Identity in an age of Nearly-Human Machines project at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

Beth Singler

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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

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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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William Banks-Blaney

25 Dresses: Iconic Moments in Twentieth Century Fashion

Hay Festival 2015, 

The founder of the iconic vintage clothing company WilliamVintage and Global Style Ambassador to American Express introduces his history of C20th couture, told through the designers who made the dresses and the women who wore them. His talk is illustrated with slides. William Banks-Blaney is Vogue’s 'Vintage King', and the Fashion Patron of Oxfam.

William Banks-Blaney

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Christopher Domínguez, Juan Goytisolo y Andrés Sánchez

Homenaje a Octavio Paz — alguien me deletrea

Segovia 2008, 
Se cumplen ahora 10 años de la muerte de Octavio Paz, poeta y ensayista de ineludible referencia en la historia universal de la literatura y el pensamiento del siglo XX. La Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales, el Hay Festival y Círculo de Lectores, la editorial de su obra completa, han querido honrar al Nobel mexicano con una doble sesión, que bajo el lema común de ‘Alguien me deletrea’, tomado de uno de sus versos, evocará la indeleble huella de su obra y su gravitación sobre el presente. Con este motivo se presenta también el volumen de carácter conmemorativo ‘Alguien me deletrea. Un decenio sin Octavio Paz’, publicado por Galaxia Gutenberg/Círculo de Lectores, y que coordinado por Aurelio Major reúne el testimonio sobre Octavio Paz de varias decenas de escritores y poetas. En la primera sesión dedicada al ensayo de Octavio Paz participarán el escritor Juan Goytisolo, el poeta y ensayista Andrés Sanchéz Robayna, y el historiador y critico literario Christopher Dominguez, quien fue miembro del consejo de redacción de la revista Vuelta en conversación con el editor Aurelio Major.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanéa del español al inglés.

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Tracey Corderoy

Granny Trouble

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble and Whizz, Pop, Granny Stop! will share Granny’s adventures in a lively fun-packed session.

4+ years

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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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Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

The Edge Chronicles: The Nameless One

Hay Festival 2014, 

Stewart and Riddell return to the world of The Edge Chronicles with the first in a brand new series of adventures starring Cade Quarter. Over three million copies have been sold, and this is a must-see event for fans of the series, including live drawing throughout.
9+ years

Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

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Jackie Scott

Cambridge Series: Equality

Hay Festival 2010, 
Understanding and tackling gender inequality at work and within the family at home.
Jackie Scott

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Carmen Posadas and Boris Izaguirre

Cartagena 2012, 
Carmen Posadas is the author of five novels, two biographies, more than 15 children’s books and a number of film and television screenplays. She won the Planeta Prize in 1998 for Pequeñas infamias, and has just published, together with her brother, Hoy caviar, mañana sardinas, an amusing, enjoyable tale about diplomatic life and its gastronomic side. Boris Izaguirre, the well-known Spanish TV presenter, was shortlisted for the 2007 Planeta Prize for his novel Villa Diamante and has just published Dos monstruos juntos, a novel that portrays the end of an epoch when everything, from success to absolute impunity, seemed easy. 

With the support of Fundación Lara

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Jemma King, Florian Kessler and Luca Giordano

Scritture Giovani 2014: Sarajevo

Hay Festival 2014, 

Three international writers chosen with our festival partners in Italy and Germany have written stories on the theme of Sarajevo. They discuss their stories and the translations with Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

Geoff White and Glenn Wilkinson

Hay Festival 2015, 

A unique and fascinating journey into the private life of a gadget you thought was on your side. Afterwards, you’ll never look at your phone in the same way again… The brainchild of Channel 4 News’ award-winning technology journalist Geoff White and security researcher Glenn Wilkinson: welcome to a live stage performance using cutting-edge interception technology to reveal the people, places and companies your phone is talking to behind your back – and what it’s telling them.

The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone

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Jules Evans

Philosophy For Life And Other Dangerous Situations

Hay Festival 2013, 

The philosopher imagines a dream school, which includes 12 of the greatest and most colourful thinkers the world has ever known. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives.

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Garth Nix & Sean Williams

Troubletwisters

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join two bestselling writers (Nix with Sabriel and The Keys to the Kingdom, Williams with The Fixers and Star Wars: Force Heretic) as they introduce their brand new supernatural series. A rare treat.
 
9+ years Goosebumps 

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Cressida Cowell

Hiccup: How to Ride a Dragon Storm

Hay Festival 2009, 
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly unusual, hilarious hero.  Join the author of the brilliant How to Train your Dragon series for more swashbuckling adventures, madcap humour and of course, lots of deadly dragons.

7–10 years

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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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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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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