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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

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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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Dan Jones

The Plantagenets

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian introduces his tales of eight generations of the greatest and worst kings and queens this country has ever seen – from the White Ship to the Lionheart, bad King John to the Black Prince and John of Gaunt. This is the dynasty that invented England as we still know it today.

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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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Niklas Frank talks to Philippe Sands

In The Shadow of the Reich

Hay Festival 2012, 
A remarkable interview with the writer whose father, Hitler’s lawyer, Hans Frank, was hanged at Nuremberg.
 

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Joss Ackland talks to Fiona Lindsay

My Better Half and Me

Hay Festival 2010, 
The actor’s wife died of Motor Neurone Disease. Together they wrote a book about their life together – family, career, romance, better and worse.
Joss Ackland talks to Fiona Lindsay

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Jenny Valentine talks to Julia Eccleshare

Hay Festival 2008, 
Valentine’s debut novel, Finding Violet Park, won the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction. Broken Soup is set to consolidate its author’s reputation as a unique and compelling writer who can combine heart-rending tragedy, quirky characters and intriguing mystery with a masterly lightness of touch.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Shaun Hill

Michelin Wales: The Walnut Tree

Hay Festival 2010, 
A conversation with the legendary Michelin-starred chef, formerly of Gidley Park and The Merchant House, now the owner of the iconic Abergavenny restaurant. He talks to John Mitchinson.
Shaun Hill

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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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William Dalrymple

The JLF Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707–1857

This turbulent epoch when the Mughal Empire waned and the East India Company boomed witnessed a burst of artistic innovation and experimentation. Delhi’s artists became adept at improvising with a variety of techniques, creating traditional miniatures while continually experimenting with new European styles. Dalrymple shows the masterpieces created and tells their stories.

William Dalrymple

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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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Bronwen Maddox, Matthew d’Ancona and Nik Gowing talk to Adam Boulton

Obama’s First Hundred Days

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of In Defence of America, the editor of The Spectator and the BBC World anchor discuss the administration’s honeymoon period with the Sky News anchor, author of Tony’s Ten Years.

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Bob Stanley and Mark Ellen talk to Bethan Elfyn

A History of Pop Music

Hay Festival 2014, 
Two of the biggest names involved in the last 40 years of pop music: Bob Stanley, journalist, producer, and founder of pop group St Etienne, is joined by Mark Ellen, TV presenter (Live Aid, Whistle Test), music journalist and bass player in Tony Blair’s first band. They talk to the BBC’s Bethan Elfyn.

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Paul Greengrass talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2008, 
The director talks about his films; the Bourne trilogy, Bloody Sunday, United 93 and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence.

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Antonia Fraser

Mary Queen of Scots

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian marks the 40th anniversary of her groundbreaking biography masterpiece.

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Ben Okri talks to Anita Sethi

The Famished Road, Revisited

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist discusses his Booker-winning masterpiece, the story of Azaro, the spirit child who chooses to stay in the land of the living.

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Lucy Cousins

Maisy

Hay Festival 2010, 
A rare appearance from this beloved author-illustrator with live drawing and stories from a certain little mouse who loves adventures.
 
Family event

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Gillian Beer

Cambridge 800 Series: Cultures of Extinction – Darwin and the Present

Hay Festival 2009, 
We view extinction now with alarm and even horror, and are encouraged to do so by specialist commentators and popular media alike. Darwin saw extinction as humdrum, inevitable and important for his theory. What does this transformation reveal about Darwin and ourselves?

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India Knight talks to Kathryn Flett

Food and Sex

Hay Festival 2008, 
India Knight (Neris and India’s Idiot-Proof Diet, The Dirty Bits for Girls) gives good chat with the restaurant critic and columnist Kathryn Flett of The Observer.

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Will Hill & Richard Kurti

Total Warfare

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two epic and violent stories. Two brutal wars. Two very different worlds. Will Hill and Richard Kurti will talk about the complex worlds they have created and why they don’t flinch from violence.

Battle Lines is the third instalment in Will Hill’s Dept 19 series – a fantastic mix of sci-fi, horror and sheer action adventure, set in a complex and deeply imagined world. Dept 19 exists to hunt and kill demons and vampires. In Battle Lines, the very existence of humanity is at stake. War is unavoidable.

Monkey Wars is a challenging and unflinching look at the politics of power from screenwriter Richard Kurti. As the Langur monkeys rise to power, there is a brutal masscacre of Rhesus monkeys which drives them out of their homes. One young Langur stands up against the corrupt regime, but when monkeys turn on each other, there can be no survivors.

Find out how these writers create such believable worlds and why they embrace extremes.

13+ years

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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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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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Rebbecca Ray and Rachel Trezise chaired by Richard Davies

Fictions – Stories, Dreams And Yearnings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Readings of stories from new collections by two of Wales’ most inventive and powerful novelists: Trezise’s Cosmic Latte and Ray’s The Answer And Other Love Stories.

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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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Anthony Pagden

Worlds at War

Hay Festival 2008, 
Anthony Pagden maps The 2,500- year Struggle Between East and West from the secession of Asia and Europe, via Xerxes and Alexander to the present day divergence of Islam and the Christian and secular West.