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Valeria Luiselli, Nell Leyshon and Angharad Price talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions - Time

Hay Festival 2012, 
Faces in the Crowd runs two narrators - in C21st Mexico City and 1950s Philadelphia. The Colour of Milk is set on a farm in 1831. The English translation of the Welsh masterpieceThe Life of Rebecca Jones reflects a century of technological change for a farming family in the Maesglasau valley.

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John Cooper Clarke

Hay Festival 2012, 
The legendary punk poet, king of the performance stage, brings his show to Hay. Greatest Hits and new stuff.
 

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Izzeldin Abuelaish talks to Rosie Boycott

I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity

Hay Festival 2011, 
The doctor’s three daughters were killed by Israeli shells on 16 January 2009, during the IDF’s incursion into the Gaza Strip. His response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world.

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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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Suzy Bennett and Guest Comedians, Carrie Quinlan MC

Funny Women Comedy Gala

Hay Festival 2010, 
A showcase of budding female comedy performers vying for a finalist’s place in the Eighth Funny Women Awards in September.

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Mrs Moneypenny

Austerity Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
The FT’s cult columnist and presenter of the Channel 4 series Superscrimpers looks at the state we’re in...
 
Read more by and about Mrs Moneypenny at FT.com

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Colm Tóibín and Nadeem Aslam

Fictions – Love And Death

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation. The Testament Of Mary is the Virgin’s version of the life of Christ, the new novel by the author of Brooklyn and The Blackwater Lightship. The Blind Man’s Garden is a novel set in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the months following 9/11 by the author of Maps For Lost Lovers.

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Niall Ferguson

The Pity of War

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian analyses the Great War and asks: was the sacrifice worth it? Was it all really an inevitable cataclysm and were the Germans a genuine threat? Was the war, as is often asserted, greeted with popular enthusiasm? Why did men keep on fighting when conditions were so wretched? Was there in fact a death wish, driving soldiers to their own destruction? In the Great War’s centenary year, the historian offers a provocative analysis: that going to war in 1914 was the biggest mistake in British history.

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Michael Marriott

Roses and Rose Fragrances

Hay Festival 2008, 
What other plant potentially has a beautiful bloom, a wonderful fragrance, is easy to look after and repeat flowers? The David Austin Roses technical director Michael Marriott identifies the best roses available, and discusses their fragrances, and how to look after them.

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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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Boris Izaguirre talks to Juan Cruz

Segovia 2011, 
Dos monstruos juntos is the title of Boris Izaguirre’s latest novel, presented for the first time at this festival. Patricia, Alfredo and money as well as the current crisis and millionaires are the key players of this novel set in modern day London that wants to take a look with the biting humour of a contemporary work of art. The author will talk with the journalist and writer Juan Cruz.

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Alun Davies

Sustainably Growing Wales

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Welsh Government Minister for Natural Resources and Food is proposing to increase the focus on green growth as an alternative economic model for Wales. What does this mean in reality? And what will Wales look like in 20 years if this vision is realised, and how does this fit with the wider global economy? In conversation with the Festival’s Sustainability Director Andy Fryers.

Alun Davies

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Javier Sierra, Augustín Paz and Pedro de Andrés

Book Promotion in Social Networks

Segovia 2013, 

The internet, and in particular social networks, have become an essential means for promoting new works for writers. Writers Javier Sierra and Agustín Paz, author of Me Gusta Leer (Random House Mondadori), discuss how the Spanish publishing industry is facing this phenomenon. Chaired by Pedrode Andrés, President of CEDRO.

 

Co-organised with Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO).

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Javier Martin, Ramón Lobo, and Jon Lee Anderson with Cecilia Ballesteros

We want to know

Segovia 2012, 
The world economic crisis has coincided with a crisis in the media, forcing journalism to adapt to a new digital reality. The panel reflect on the potential repercussions on democracy.

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Danny Dorling

Reformations 7: Examinations

Hay Festival 2017, 

We have the most relentlessly tested school students in Europe. We have constantly revised SATs and GCSE structures. Is any of this encouraging or cultivating learning? How could we develop better ways of valuing both students and teachers? Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Danny Dorling

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Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, Mererid Hopwood, Ulrike Almut Sandig, Evelyn Schlag and friends

The Armistice Gala

Hay Festival 2018, 

To celebrate the centenary of the Armistice of 1918, we have commissioned poets from the main protagonist nations to respond to a Great War poem from their own culture. We have poems in French, Russian, German, Welsh and several forms of English. The new poems will be read today for the first time, in the original language and in English translation alongside the works that inspired them, and other poems of the time. The full cast list will be announced on 20 May.

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Wade Davis

Into the Silence

Hay Festival 2012, 
The adventurer explores the story and significance of the 1924 Himalayan expedition in his majestic The First World War, Mallory and Mount Everest.

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The King of the Sky

With actors, puppets and music

Hay Festival 2015, 
An Italian boy comes to live in a Welsh mining village, where his parents own a café. He misses his home but the cooing of Mr Evans’ racing pigeons reminds him of a sunlit Roman piazza, and draws him into an unlikely friendship with the old man. Together, they pin their dreams on a race across Europe and the special bird they hope can win it, ‘The King of the Sky’. This is a story about the meaning of home and finding friends where you don’t expect to. An inventive adaptation with actors, puppets and music, created by Pontardawe Arts Centre.

Photo: Illustrations from the first trial of the book, by Laura Carling

7+ years
The King of the Sky

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Maria Wyke

Caesar: A Life in Western Culture

Hay Festival 2008, 
Maria Wyke conjures the ways in which the Roman’s life, loves and death have dominated the popular consciousness from the Vatican to Shakespeare, Bonaparte and Mussolini. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Cornelia Funke

Inkdeath

Hay Festival 2009, 
The enchanting author of Inkheart and Dragon Rider makes her Hay debut with the final instalment of her powerful Inkheart trilogy.

9 years +

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Sarah Winman talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions - A Year of Marvellous Ways

Hay Festival 2015, 

The author of When God was a Rabbit – selected for World Book Night 2015 – introduces her second novel. Marvellous Ways is 89 years old and has lived alone in a remote Cornish creek for nearly all her life. Lately she’s taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She’s waiting for something – she’s not sure what, but she’ll know it when she sees it.

Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the Second World War. When his promise to fulfil a dying man’s last wish sees him wash up in Marvellous’ creek, broken in body and spirit, the old woman comes to his aid. As an unlikely friendship grows between the two, can Drake give Marvellous what she needs to say goodbye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?

Sarah Winman talks to Georgina Godwin

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Tracey Evans, Warren Fauvel, Andy Middleton

Adventures in Health

Hay Festival 2016, 

The costs of preventable physical and mental health challenges in Wales are already unmanageable and getting worse. The gross cost to the NHS of treating mental health is £7.2bn a year. There are multiple, proven links between the benefits of active time outdoors, increased wellbeing and reductions in the social cost of health solutions. Wales’ outdoor industry is poised to become a Natural Health Service that improves health with active time in nature. Evans is the CEO of The Outdoor Partnership, Fauvel is co-founder of Nudjed, which works with public health bodies aiming to effect change. Chaired by entrepreneur and adventurer Andy Middleton.

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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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Jonathan Coe and David Nobbs

Fiction: Comedy

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim is Coe’s picaresque new novel of our times. He talks about comedy and fiction with the creator of Henry Pratt and Reginald Perrin, whose latest book is Obstacles to Young Love. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Martin Kemp

Art & Science

Hay Festival 2010, 
The art historian talks to Ken Arnold of the Wellcome Institute about the relationship between visualizations in art and science, and explores his motion of structural intuitions. He will also look more broadly at major themes that have emerged during the writing of his column in Nature (since 1997), as expressed in his books Visualisations and Seen/Unseen and in the volume produced by his friends and collaborators, Acts of Seeing.
Martin Kemp