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Anna Reid

Leningrad

Hay Festival 2012, 
On 8 September 1941, 11 weeks after Hitler launched his brutal surprise attack on the Soviet Union, Operation Barbarossa, Leningrad was surrounded. During the 872 days of siege, blockade and bombardment as many as 2,000,000 Soviet lives would be lost. Had the city fallen, the history of the Second World War - and of the C20th - would have been very different.

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John Harrison talks to Francesca Rhydderch

1519: Journey to the End of Time

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1519 an arrogant and unscrupulous man sailed from the Caribbean with orders to find a missing Spanish expedition. He immediately set about carving himself an empire in modern Mexico, while the governor of Cuba sent a force out to kill him. Hernán Cortés explored the coast to Veracruz then struck inland, seduced by tales of a great empire rich in gold. He found the largest and best-run city on earth and reduced it to rubble.

Award-winning travel writer and historian John Harrison followed in his footsteps for four months, finding the jungle ruins and sophisticated hilltop cities which put the lie to the popular image of the Aztecs and their neighbours as bloodthirsty savages. Popular accounts always suggest Cortés was mistaken for a returning god; the truth is very different and far more interesting. Both the Spanish and the Aztecs thought that the world was coming to a close soon, and that they were pleasing their gods in performing vital last deeds.

John Harrison talks to Francesca Rhydderch

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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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Dambisa Moyo

Edge of Chaos

Hay Festival 2018, 

Facing economic stagnation, inequality and the vulnerability of liberal democracies to extremism, the economist proposes an aggressive and radical re-tooling of our political system with new constraints on both elected officials and voters. Moyo argues for extending politicians’ terms so as to match better the economic cycles; for increasing minimum qualifications for candidates; for introducing mandatory voting, and for implementing a weighted voting system. Moyo’s other books include Dead Aid, Winner Take All and How The West Was Lost. Chaired by Dharshini David.

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Jessie Burton talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – The Miniaturist

Hay Festival 2015, 

On an autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. The novelist discusses her multi-award-winning debut novel.

Jessie Burton talks to Georgina Godwin

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Favourite Book Gala

Cartagena 2010, 
Talking about their favourite books: Alfredo Gómez Cerdá (Spain), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Simon Schama (UK), Juan Cruz (Spain), Chloe Aridjis (USA / Mexico), Joanna Coles (UK), Gillian Beer (UK) and Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (Spain). Chaired by Clara Elvira Ospina. 

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

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Justine Roberts

Mumsnet

Hay Festival 2010, 
Breakfast conversation with the founder of the iconic parenting website so assiduously courted by the politicians.
Justine Roberts

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David Shelton

A Boy And A Bear In A Boat

Hay Festival 2013, 

A boy and a bear go to sea with a comic book, a suitcase and a ukulele and encounter sea monsters, ghost ships and storms in this slightly scary, surreal and funny story. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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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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Virginia McKenna

Gentle Footprints

Hay Festival 2010, 
The star of Born Free and founder of the Born Free Foundation discusses her work with Paul Blezard and launches the wildlife anthology Gentle Footprints, which includes a story by Richard Adams (Watership Down) and will raise money for the Born Free Foundation, with some of the featured authors.

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Lucy Hughes-Hallett

The Samuel Johnson Prize Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War

The biographer talks about her riveting, genre-breaking and multi-award-winning portrait of the Italian poet, fascist and utopian. Introduced by Stuart Proffitt.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett

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Charlie Ryrie

The Cut Flower Garden

Hay Festival 2009, 
Growing a dream: British garden flowers, a sustainable future for floristry?

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Monty Don

Down to Earth

Winter Weekend 2017, 

The gardening writer and Gardener’s World star follows his fabulous bestseller Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs by sharing gardening wisdom from his 50 years of experience. Tips, soil and wonderful stories.

Monty Don

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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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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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Simon Garfield

On The Map: Why The World Looks The Way It Does

Hay Festival 2013, 

How maps both relate and realign our history. His compelling narratives range from the quest to create the perfect globe to the challenges of mapping Africa and Antarctica, from spellbinding treasure maps to the naming of America, from Ordnance Survey to the mapping of MonopolyChaired by Jasper Rees.

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Jacqueline Wilson

Wave Me Goodbye

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Jacqueline Wilson as she introduces her new book, set in the Second World War. She will also discuss how she started her writing career and created some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather.

There will be no book signing after this event but printed bookplates with Jacqueline’s signature will be available with every book bought in the Festival Bookshop.

Age 9+
Jacqueline Wilson

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Bill Nighy talks to Francine Stock

The Bookshop: Preview

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor talks about his work on the new film of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, directed by Isabel Coixet. Set in a small town in 1959 England, it is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield. With film clips.

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TJ Clark talks to Francine Stock

Picasso And Truth: From Cubism To Guernica

Hay Festival 2013, 

The eminent art historian explores the role of space and the interior, and the battle between intimacy and monstrosity, in Picasso’s art of the 1920s and 1930s, from the Blue Room to Guernica.

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Ben Haggarty

Tales from the World of MeZolith

Hay Festival 2010, 
Performance storytelling of stone-age horror, archaeology and myth. Tales that have shaped our ancestors’ dreams…and nightmares. With stills from the graphic novel, illustrated by Adam Brockbank.
 
10+ years

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Mal Peet & Bali Rai

Exposure & The City of Ghosts

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two of the most compelling voices in children’s fiction talk about their equally unforgettable stories, with twists of tragedy and vengeance. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
 
10+ years

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Katharine Whitehorn

Hay Festival 2008, 
Fleet Street’s finest discusses her humorous and bittersweet autobiography Selective Memory.

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Mark Haddon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Red House

Hay Festival 2012, 
The magical new novel from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: A family get together in a farmhouse near Hay for a week - four adults and four children with interweaving stories and history and voices.

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Marcos Giralt Torrente in conversation with Antonio Lozano

Cartagena 2012, 
All narrative, including that which intends to imitate life, is a fiction, an artifice. Starting with that premise, in his latest novel, Tiempo de vida, Marcos Giralt Torrente deals with a universal theme: the death of one’s father. The novel won the Spanish 2011 National Narrative Prize. Winner of the 1999 Herralde Novel Prize for his novel París, his also the author of Los seres felices and contributes regularly as a literary critic to Babelia, the cultural supplement of the newspaper El País

With the support of the Spanish Embassy

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Ian Blair talks to Nik Gowing

Policing Controversy

Hay Festival 2010, 
7/7 happened on Blair’s beat as Met Commissioner, and was followed by the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. He was fired by Boris Johnson.
Ian Blair talks to Nik Gowing