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Jenny Abramsky, Joan Bakewell, Katy Brand and Allison Pearson talk to Sarah Crompton

The Telegraph Question Time

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join the Telegraph panel of experts to debate politics, culture, national identity and the roles that women (and men) play. Our all-star team is ready to tackle your questions about the burning issues of the day.

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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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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

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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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Jemma King, Florian Kessler and Luca Giordano

Scritture Giovani 2014: Sarajevo

Hay Festival 2014, 

Three international writers chosen with our festival partners in Italy and Germany have written stories on the theme of Sarajevo. They discuss their stories and the translations with Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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Ketil Bjørnstad and Elif Shafak talk to Ariane Koek

Fiction: Passions

Hay Festival 2010, 
To Music plays with a pianist’s family and relationships; The Forty Rules of Love engages with the ancient Sufi mystic, Rumi, who was transformed by the whirling dervish into a passionate poet and advocate of love.
Ketil Bjørnstad and Elif Shafak talk to Ariane Koek

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Cornelia Funke

Inkdeath

Hay Festival 2009, 
The enchanting author of Inkheart and Dragon Rider makes her Hay debut with the final instalment of her powerful Inkheart trilogy.

9 years +

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Alessandro Baricco in conversation with Marianne Ponsford

Cartagena 2011, 
The Italian novelist and dramatist Alessandro Baricco is one of the most widely read of today’s Italian writers. However, writing is only one of his many talents: his works for theatre are also highly regarded and he is a musician, philosophy graduate, a music critic and a journalist. With the publication of his novel Silk (1996), Baricco became a worldwide literary phenomenon. He will talk to Marianne Ponsford, director of Arcadia. 

Simultaneous translation from Italian to Spanish available

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Jo Bell, Libby Purves and Geraint Coles talk to Mark Skipworth

The Book that Saved the Canals

Hay Festival 2014, 

Seventy years ago Tom Rolt published the book Narrowboat and sparked one of Britain’s greatest conservation movements and rescued the nation’s canals from destruction. The Daily Telegraph’sMark Skipworth discusses with journalist Libby Purves, poet Jo Bell and industrial archaeologist Geraint Coles.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Saci Lloyd, Ed Gillespie and Juliet Davenport

I’m An Expert, Get Me Out of Here

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join enthusiastic host Ed Gillespie and two teams of the great and the good for this riotous and irreverent game show. Expect a heady mix of topicality, tomfoolery and randomness. No (live) insects will be hurt during the proceedings. We can’t guarantee the same for our heroic participants’ feelings, pride or reputation.

Marcus Brigstocke, Saci Lloyd, Ed Gillespie and Juliet Davenport

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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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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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Kipper & Friends

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and meet your favourite little dog Kipper, created by Mick Inkpen. Hear all about his friends, including Wibbly Pig, and join in as wonderful storyteller Liz Fost leads us in stories and songs. A party not to be missed. 
 
3+ years & families

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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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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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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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Laura Hassan, Suzanne Dean and guests talk to Gaby Wood

Judging a Book by its Cover

Hay Festival 2012, 
What makes the perfect book jacket and why might a jacket not make the cut? The Editorial Director Vintage Classics joins leading designers from across the industry to discuss the publishing process and book design.

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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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Rose Gottemoeller

The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
President Obama’s Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security was the chief negotiator on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with the Russian Federation. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
 
In association with the Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness Programme

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Andrew Duff and John Keay

Beneath the Himalayas

Hay Festival 2015, 

Narendra Modi’s pilgrimage to Tibet heralds a new warmth in Sino-Indian relations, but the emerging superpowers have a long and complex history of contested priorities in the Himalayas. Keay is author of Midnight’s Descendants, a sweeping history of South Asia; Duff’s Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom tells the remarkable true story of India’s annexation of Sikkim in 1975. It’s a tale of love, intrigue and the Cold War in Asia.

Andrew Duff and John Keay

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Marcus Moore & Sara-Jane Arbury

Oxford Word Wizards

Hay Festival 2013, 

Get the gift of the gab and add vim to your vocab with these lively linguists. A must for budding writers!

7+ years

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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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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.

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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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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.