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Colm O’Gorman talks to Jon Snow

Beyond Belief

Hay Festival 2010, 
Abused by his priest, betrayed by his church – The Story of the Boy Who Sued the Pope. O’Gorman is currently Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ireland.
Colm O’Gorman talks to Jon Snow

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Philip Gross, Olivia Cole

Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2010, 
Gross won the TS Eliot Prize for The Water Table and has recently published I Spy Pinhole Eye and a collection for children, Off Road To Everywhere; Cole reads from her debut collection Restricted View.

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Dugald A. Steer

Dragonology

Hay Festival 2009, 
Dragon scales, riddles and runes; come and learn the secrets of the ancient science of dragonology. Mystery and magic guaranteed.

7 years +

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Markus Zusak talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Book Thief

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Some important information – this novel is narrated by Death. It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.’

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Arnold Wesker

All Things Tire of Themselves

Hay Festival 2009, 
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the playwright knight’s first play with a magical reading of his poetry.

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Arthur Smith or possibly Daphne Fairfax hosts festival stars

Gala Cabaret

Hay Festival 2009, 
Stories, jokes, poems and improvisations in aid of education projects for young women at our new Storymoja Festival in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Helena Kennedy

In Defence of Democracy

Cartagena 2010, 
Baroness Helena Kennedy is a barrister and a member of the House of Lords, where she is in charge of matters related to human rights, civil rights, social justice and culture. Conscious of the importance of education, she has founded the Helena Kennedy Foundation, a trust that provides bursaries to help the most disadvantaged in society. She is author of Just Law: The Changing Face of Justice

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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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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Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

Fictions – The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster discusses her first novel. When Elizabeth Pringle, an inspirational teacher on the island of Arran dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances.

Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

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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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Justine Picardie talks to Hannah Rothschild

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beneath the romance and lies, Picardie examines the myth-maker and couturier who conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes and the most successful fashion brand of all time.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
See a short interview with the author

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Open Mic 2

Unpublished Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join in a brand new venture to share your work with an audience. All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you'd like to read, please email boxoffice@hayfestival.com with 'Open Mic' in the subject line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry. This event will be repeated (with different participants) on 5 June. Paul Blezard MCs.

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Mark Jones, Charles Saumarez Smith and Simon Jenkins

National Treasure

Hay Festival 2010, 
Directors of the V&A and the Royal Academy join the Chairman of the National Trust to discuss who owns culture, and how we can all join in.

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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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Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens

Dastardly Villains (and Iced Buns for Tea)

Hay Festival 2015, 
Robin Stevens’ Wells and Wong schoolgirl detective stories are thrilling books for tween detectives who adore solving dastardly murders. Think St Trinians meets Miss Marple. Katherine Woodfine’s readers of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow enter a world of bonbons, perfumes and mysteries around every corner. Gasp as our bold heroines vow to bring the villains to justice before devouring another iced bun.
9+ years
Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens

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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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Tishani Doshi and Fflur Dafydd

The Women in the Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two contributors to the magnificent Seren Press project of commissioning contemporary writers to reimagine the tales of The Mabinogion talk about the women of the stories. Doshi’s book in the series is Fountainville and Dafydd’s The White Trail.

Tishani Doshi and Fflur Dafydd

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The Creative & Cultural Skills Conference at Hay

Rosie Boycott, Howard Jacobson, Tiffany Murray and Sarfraz Manzoor

Hay Festival 2009, 
Session 1: How to wield a pen more lucratively than a sword

The first of three sessions specifically designed to explore professional development for writers discusses careers as writers, how to develop skills and how to diversify a writing career. Chaired by Peter Florence.

See also events [258] and [263].

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The 2008 Raymond Williams Lecture: Border Country

Hay Festival 2008, 
Dai Smith explores Williams’ relationship with the Black Mountains, landscape and storytelling. Smith is the author of Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale. Introduced by Eric Hobsbawm.

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Christopher Brookmyre, Philip Kerr and MR Hall talk to Marcel Berlins

Fictions: Crimes and Misdemeanours

Hay Festival 2011, 
Brookmyre’s latest Glaswegian crime satire is Where The Bodies Are Buried. Kerr's seventh Bernie Gunther thriller is set in Cuba, a Soviet POW camp, Paris and Berlin of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Hall is the creator of the coroner Jenny Cooper and has written for Judge John Deed and Kavanagh QC.

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Javier Argüello, Cristina Grande y Ricardo Menéndez Salmón en conversación con Mal

Nuevos narradores

Segovia 2008, 
¿Hacia dónde va la nueva narrativa? ¿Cuáles son los referentes literarios y culturales que comparten los autores que, recientemente, han reclamado y conseguido un espacio propio en el panorama literario en español?. El editor Malcolm Otero Barral conversará con una selección de escritores jovenes: Cristina Grande, una de las autoras jovenes mas alabadas en el 2008 con Naturaleza Infiel;Javier Argüello, escritor de origen argentino afincado en Barcelona y autor de Siete cuentos imposibles y El mar de todos los muertos (2008) y Ricardo Menéndez Salmón, cuya quinta novela, La ofensa, ha sido galardonada premio Qwerty de Barcelona TV a la revelación literaria del 2007, Premio Librería Sintagma al mejor libro del año y elegida por la revista Quimera como major obra de narrativa del 2007.

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Anthony Horowitz, Yrsa Sigurđardóttir and SJ Parris

OxCrimes 2

Hay Festival 2014, 

Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels we are thrilled to launch our third collaboration with Profile Books with a reading of three stories from this collection of short crime fictions donated by some of the greatest crime-writers in the English language. Horowitz is the creator of Foyle’s War, the Alex Rider series and The House of Silk. Sigurđardóttir is the author of the global bestselling Thóra Gudmundsdóttir crime novels. They read and talk with the author of the Giordano Bruno books, the latest of which is Treachery.

 See also event 241.

Anthony Horowitz, Yrsa Sigurđardóttir and SJ Parris

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John Mullan

Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature

Hay Festival 2008, 
Super-Don John Mullan unmasks the disguises and deceits of writers from Jane Austen to Joe Klein.

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Horatio Clare

Myths & Legends of the Brecon Beacons

Hay Festival 2017, 

Discover the magic and myths hidden in the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons. Find Arthur and his knights sleeping away the decades in a cave, and go on the search for the White Lady of Tretower Court with the award-winning author of Down To The Sea In Ships, The Prince’s Pen and Orison for a Curlew. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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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