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Levison Wood

Walking the Nile

Hay Festival 2015, 

The adventurer’s journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers. He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis. He traverses seven, very different, countries and comes face to face with the story of Africa. No one has ever made this journey on foot.

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Fred Pearce

Peoplequake

Hay Festival 2010, 
Mass migration, ageing nations and the coming population crash.
Fred Pearce

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Reza Aslan talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

How to Win a Cosmic War

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Why do they hate us?’ And who exactly are They? Al-Qaeda? Islamic nationalists? The whole Muslim world? The writer and scholar lays out a comprehensive definition of the movement behind and surrounding al-Qaeda and the like, a global ideology properly termed Jihadism.

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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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Axel Scheffler & Diana Quick

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

Hay Festival 2011, 
Whiskers at the ready! Live drawing from one of our most treasured illustrators, accompanied by readings of TS Eliot’s renowned poems from the beloved English actress. Dressing up actively encouraged.
 
7+ years & families

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Deborah Newbold

Macbeth

Hay Festival 2011, 
A lyrical storytelling of royalty, madness and betrayal. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare and ‘the Scottish play’ from the Shakepeare’s Globe storyteller.
 
Duration 45 mins.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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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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Rebecca Solnit

The Faraway Nearby

Hay Festival 2013, 

One summer, the author was bequeathed a hundred pounds of ripening apricots, which lay on her bedroom floor – a windfall, a riddle, an emergency to be dealt with. The fruit came from a neglected tree that her mother, gradually succumbing to memory loss, could no longer tend to. From this unexpected inheritance came stories, invitations and adventures; in a library of water in Iceland, in the basin of the Grand Canyon, in the imagined emptiness of the Arctic. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Gerbrand Bakker and Ece Temelkuran talk to Rosie Goldsmith

BRITISH COUNCIL SERIES - Fictions, Detours

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Detour from the IMPAC Prize-winning Dutch author of The Twin is a masterpiece set in rural Wales. He is joined by the star of Turkish literature, author of Deep Mountain and the Beirut novel Sounds of Bananas.
 

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David Baddiel

The Parent Agency

Hay Festival 2015, 
The author, screenwriter and comedian invites you into the hilarious world of The Parent Agency. Barry has always hated being called Barry. In fact, it’s number 2) on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) ‘being boring’ and 3) ‘always being tired’. But then one day Barry makes a fateful wish, and finds himself in a world where everything is Upside Down…
9+ years
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John Carey talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Unexpected Professor

Hay Festival 2014, 

Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, Carey’s warm and funny memoirdescribes the events that formed him: an escape from the London Blitz to an idyllic rural village, army service in Egypt, an open scholarship to Oxford and an academic career that saw him elected, aged 40, to Oxford’s oldest English Literature professorship.

John Carey talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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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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Dambisa Moyo talks to Jon Snow

Dead Aid

Hay Festival 2009, 
Western Aid is not relieving poverty and disaster in Africa. The Zambian economist analyses how the new world order of the G20 might realign trade and investment in developing worlds.

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Steve Sims talks to Michael Tavinor

Abel Clerk’s Bibel

Hay Festival 2010, 
A questioning, curious and sometimes playful poem of underlying seriousness; heart-warming, sad, violent, tender, sensuous and in sharp focus. Its 81 sections correspond to the Bible from a theologically open viewpoint, for which a narrator provides an overall continuity. Chaired by the Dean of Hereford Cathedral.
Steve Sims talks to Michael Tavinor

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Lucy Hawking

Surfing the Solar System

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and join one of the stars of the science world and children's writer, Lucy Hawking, for this mind-blowing event.  Prepare to travel to galaxies far, far away.

8 years +

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Power House

Hay Festival 2008, 
Robert Peston (Who Runs Britain?) and Peter Oborne (The Triumph of the Political Class) discuss the nature of power and influence in Britain, chaired by Robert Yates (Extreme Nation).

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Sayeeda Warsi

Reformations 9: Integration

Hay Festival 2017, 

Baroness Warsi’s book The Enemy Within identifies British Muslims as the latest in a long line of ‘others’ to be feared and demonised. The UK’s first Muslim cabinet minister explores questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of  ‘British values’ with Helena Kennedy. She proffers necessary and inconvenient truths and proposes new ways forward for British Muslims, politicians and society.

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John Micklethwait

God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith Will Change the World

Hay Festival 2009, 
Exploring the many aspects of society that have helped spark a global religious revival; most importantly, market competition and a customer-driven approach to salvation. If you want to understand the politics of this century, you cannot afford to ignore God, whether you believe in Him or not. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Peak Oil and Climate Change

Jonathon Porritt

Hay Festival 2006, 
The author of Capitalism as if the World Matters assesses the implications for the way we use money while there is still time to change our systems, avoid disaster, and maintain prosperity. Porritt is programme director at Forum for the Future, and chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

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Dick Vs Dom

Hay Festival 2017, 
Dick and Dom are coming back to Hay, and will be having a riot on stage with their new show Dick vs Dom where
they split the crowd in half and everyone play games against one another in the audience and on stage. It’s either that or everyone will just sit in silence and have 45 mins quiet reading time together...
6+
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The Guardian Green Home Clinic

Hay Festival 2009, 
Builders and energy advisors advise on how to green your home, get grants and live sustainably (and cheaply). ‘Energy doctor’ Rob Bell (Energy Saving Trust) and Russell Smith (Parity Projects), chaired by the Guardian’s green technology correspondent, Alok Jha.

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Pepe Ribas en conversación con Bernabé Sarabia

Mayo del 68 y la década de los 70

Segovia 2008, 
Pepe Ribas, fundador de la revista Ajoblanco, la publicación alternativa más influyente en el panorama cultural español de los últimos treinta años, recupera los años de la transición en Los 70 a destajo, su último libro sobre la historia de la publicación y el ambiente que la rodeaba. Conversará sobre los eventos de mayo del 68 y la década de los 70 en España con el crítico literario y catedrático de Psicología de la Universidad Libre de Navarra, Bernabé Sarabia.

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Michael Jacobs

Andes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The travel writer journeys 5,500 miles across seven different countries, from the balmy Caribbean to the inhospitable islands of the Tierra del Fuego along the roof of one of the world’s most fabled mountain ranges.

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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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Alannah Weston talks to Dylan Jones

Business Breakfast: Fashion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Creative Director of Selfridges discusses the state of the rag trade with the editor of GQ.