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Francois Bizot talks to Philippe Sands

Facing The Torturer

Hay Festival 2012, 
In 1971 the author was kept prisoner for three months in the Cambodian jungle. His Khymer Rouge captor, Comrade Duch, eventually had him freed but later became one of Pol Pot’s most infamous henchmen, who personally oversaw the detention, systematic torture and execution of more than 16,000 detainees. Bizot covered Duch’s show trial, which ended in 2010, and spent time with him in prison, trying to unearth whatever humanity Duch had left. If he was going to talk to anyone, it was Bizot, whom he still referred to as his ‘friend’.

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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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Tim Birkhead

The Wisdom of Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
An illustrated history of ornithology.

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Ben Crystal

Shakespeare on Toast

Hay Festival 2009, 
Love of the Bard breakfast with the actor and scholar. ‘I love it’ – Judi Dench. Cafédirect coffee will be served.

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Michael Rosen

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Children's Laureate is a compelling and hugely entertaining performer, and one of Britain's greatest writers.

Hay Fever 7 yrs +

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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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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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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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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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Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

Hay Festival 2015, 

Satish Kumar, a former monk and long-term peace and environmental activist, talks us through his life: his 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage, co-founding the Schumacher College, and his hopes for the future.

Satish Kumar talks to Andy Fryers

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Minecraft

Hay Festival 2015, 
Love Minecraft? Want to know more about how to construct the most awesome builds? Come along to this session for tips and tricks from the experts on how to be a Minecraft creative genius.
7+ years
Minecraft

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Helen Lederer talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – Losing It

Hay Festival 2015, 

When Millie’s asked to be the front woman for a new diet pill, she naively believes that all her troubles will be solved… The actress and comedy writer introduces her desperately funny first novel.

Helen Lederer talks to Georgina Godwin

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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.

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Anthony Horowitz, Yrsa Sigurđardóttir and SJ Parris

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Daniel Pick

The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts

Hay Festival 2012, 
How British intelligence in 1941 debriefed and assessed the captured Rudolf Hess, and how US agents used Freudian analysis on Hitler in an attempt to understand the psychological bases of their Nazi convictions.

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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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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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Elif Batuman and Carolina Sanin talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Identities

Hay Festival 2017, 

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey gets involved with a cosmopolitan Serb and a Hungarian mathematician. At once clever and clueless, Batuman’s novel The Idiot shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self. From imagined worlds to lost loves, Sanin’s The Children explores the limits of isolation and intimacy, motherhood, neglect and compassion.

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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

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Melissa Harrison and Laline Paull

Fictions – Nature

Hay Festival 2015, 

 Discover two of the most thrilling new voices in fiction. Building to an extraordinary climax over the course of one spring month, Harrison’s second novel At Hawthorn Time is both a clear-eyed picture of rural Britain, and a heartbreaking exploration of love, land and loss. Paull’s debut The Bees is set entirely in a beehive. It is the story of a heroine, Flora 717, a sanitation bee who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world. They read and talk to Mary Loudon.

Melissa Harrison and Laline Paull

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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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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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Mohsin Hamid and Dinaw Mengestu talk to Kathryn Gray

Fictions: Strangers and Lovers

Hay Festival 2011, 
Moth Smoke, by the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is a story of love and estrangement set in Pakistan; How To Read The Air shares the Ethiopian-American context of Mengestu’s brilliant debut Children of the Revolution.

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Victoria Hislop talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – The Sunrise

Hay Festival 2015, 

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island’s most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city just two families, the Georgious and the Özkans, remain. The best-selling author of The Thread, The Return and The Island introduces her new novel.

Victoria Hislop talks to Georgina Godwin

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Oliver Bullough talks to Francine Stock

Let Our Fame Be Great

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist recounts the marvellous stories and testimony he encountered on his Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus, who’ve resisted Russian colonial aggression for over two hundred years.

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Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen at Home

Hay Festival 2017, 

Honouring the bicentenary of the novelist’s death, Worsley tells the story of Austen’s life and shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn’t all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a painful struggle.

Lucy Worsley