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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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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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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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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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Abbas Beydoun, Wael Abd el Fattah and Rabab El Mahdi in conversation with Iskandar Habache

Co-organised with PEN Lebanon and supported by PEN International PEN International Free the Word! e

Beirut 2013, 

Does a writer have any duty to recount certain stories, to attempt to tell the truth, even? And in societies where freedom of expression is limited or censorship imposed, do such responsibilities increase? Writers from Egypt and Lebanon discuss their experiences with censorship and publishing in the region. 

Event in Arabic

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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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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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David Mitchell

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A young man’s voice from the silence of autism

Hay Festival 2017, 

The novelist launches his translation of the new book by Naoki Higashida. It’s part memoir, part critique of a world that sees disabilities ahead of disabled people, it opens a window into the mind and world of an autistic, non-verbal young adult, providing remarkable insights into autism in general. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

David Mitchell

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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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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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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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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

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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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Annabel Pitcher and Marcus Sedgwick

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece and Midwinterblood

Hay Festival 2012, 
See two amazing writers discuss their compelling stories of love and sacrifice. Chaired by Lorna Bradbury
 
12+ years

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Michelle Moram, Clare Burrage and Debra Skene

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Thing

Hay Festival 2015, 

Every year the Next Big Thing session at Hay profiles some of the most extraordinary and visionary research work being adventured in the UK. From brain imaging to materials discovery, three Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work in cutting edge science with broadcaster Claudia Hammond.

Michelle Moram, Clare Burrage and Debra Skene

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Toby Harnden

Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards and the Real Story of Britain’s War in Afghanistan

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Telegraph’s US editor had unprecedented access to the battalion over the last fifteen years, and specifically in the extreme conditions of Helmand in 2009. At the time of going to press the MOD has just bought and pulped the entire print run of this book. We’ll follow that story too...

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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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Martin Rees

Black Holes, Alien Life and the Multiverse – an Update

Hay Festival 2016, 

The astronomer will share his excitement about recent cosmic ideas and discoveries. Since last festival there have been new searches for life (even intelligent life) in space. One of Einstein’s greatest predictions has been confirmed with the detection of gravitational waves from colliding back holes. Images of Pluto have surprised us, and astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars, some resembling Earth. And there is speculation that physical reality encompasses more than the aftermath of our big bang: we may inhabit a multiverse.

Martin Rees

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Hay Festival 2016, 

From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the C20th, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University.

Peter Frankopan

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Owen Sheers and Christopher Morris

Mametz: The new WWI production from National Theatre of Wales

Hay Festival 2014, 

An exclusive preview and discussion of National Theatre of Wales' new ambitious WWI site-specific production, with writer Owen Sheers and Creative Associate Prof. Chris Morris.

Mametz, directed by Matthew Dunster, tells the story of the 38th Welsh Division's July 1916 battle for Mametz Wood. Drawing on the work of writers who fought at the battle, including Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, Llewelyn Wyn Griffith and David Jones, the play will take audiences into the heart of the frontline, no man's land and the lives of those who fought and died within Mametz Wood. With readings, video and discussion Owen and Chris will tell the story of the play's genesis from the discovery of an out-of-print book in Hay in 1998, to its current design and development.

Mametz will be performed at Great Llancayo Upper Wood near Usk, Monmouthshire, 24 June–5 July. Tickets and info at http://nationaltheatrewales.org/mametz

Mametz is co-commissioned by National Theatre Wales and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund

Owen Sheers and Christopher Morris

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The Etherington Brothers

Monkey Nuts

Hay Festival 2011, 
This dynamic duo (of Dandy fame) introduce us to the world’s only tap-dancing, banana-loving, rust-fighting, coconut-talking, crime-busting organisation! Join in for high fives galore and some awesome comic jamming. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers

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Colin Thubron, Tiffany Murray, Anthony Sattin, David Shukman

Ox-Travels 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
Four Meetings with Remarkable Travellers from our new Oxfam anthology. Chaired by series editor Mark Ellingham.

Learn more about the authors: Colin Thubron, Tiffany Murray, Anthony SattinDavid Shukman

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Jonathan Godfrey

Reformations 15: Education

Hay Festival 2017, 

Godfrey champions a radical vision, not only for the delivery through state and independent sector schooling, but for the very purpose of education in the UK.

Godfrey is one of the most highly regarded educationalists in Britain. He chairs England’s representative body for all sixth form colleges, the Council of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, and for 18 years has been Principal of Hereford Sixth Form College – the TES college of the year. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Jonathan Godfrey

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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne talks to Philippe Sands

The Run-up to the Iraq War – A French Perspective

Hay Festival 2010, 
The French Ambassador to London about ambassadorial life and his role as senior foreign policy adviser to President Chirac in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Maurice Gourdault-Montagne talks to Philippe Sands

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Jackie Morris

I Am Cat

Hay Festival 2013, 

Ten wild habitats, ten wild cats are dramatically and beautifully illustrated in this unique celebration of the cat.

Duration 60 mins.

5+ years