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Lionel Shriver talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – Big Brother

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new, savagely funny novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need To Talk About Kevin. When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn’t recognize him. The once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened?

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Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

Shakespeare’s Circle

Hay Festival 2016, 

Wells introduces his anthology of essays about the actors, playwrights and family members around the bard, throwing new light on Shakespeare’s wealth, his family and personal relationships, his working life and his social status. Wells is one the world’s greatest Shakespeare experts, editor of both the Penguin and OUP editions of his work, President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and author, most recently of Shakespeare, Sex and Love and Great Shakespeare Actors. He is joined by the great novelist and essayist, Margaret Drabble, who started her working life as an actress at the RSC, and is a contributor to Wells’ new book, The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography.

Stanley Wells and Margaret Drabble

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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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The Michael Ramsey Prize

Hay Festival 2009, 
A conversation with the writers shortlisted for the £15,000 biennial prize for theological writing: Sebastian Moore – The Contagion of Jesus; David Brown God & Grace of Body: Sacrament in Ordinary; Richard BurridgeImitating Jesus; Anthony ThiseltonThe Hermeneutics of Doctrine; Richard Bauckham Jesus and the Eyewitnesses. Chaired by Madeleine Bunting.

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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.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez in conversation with Mario Jursich

Cartagena 2012, 
El ruido de las cosas al caer begins with the bizarre scene of the escape and later entrapment of a hippopotamus, the last remnant of the zoo that Pablo Escobar used to flaunt his power. Juan Gabriel Vásquez, who obtained the 2011 Alfaguara Novel Prize for the work, is one of the Latin American novelists with the highest international profile. He is also author of The Informers, shortlisted for the UK’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and The Secret History of Costaguana. He will talk to Mario Jursich, editor of El Malpensante.

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CJ Skuse & Matt Whyman

Zombies AND Cannibals

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two blackly comic writers talk about a zombie romcom, Dead Romantic, and a family where it’s really weird if you are not a cannibal, The Savages. Fans of Charlie Brooker and Warm Bodies, this is one for you.

Supposing you’re fed up of romantic rejection and you happen to have a chemistry genius friend? Would you think about making your own dead boyfriend? In Dead Romantic, two friends decide to have a go. Cue the best ZomRomCom around. CJ Skuse has a black and biting streak of comedy in all her fiction – Pretty Bad Things was great and Rockoholic was even better. Dead Romantic is her best yet.

Also on stage is Matt Whyman, author of the highly acclaimed Boy Kills Man, among other books. Matt is an agony uncle for Bliss and Radio 1, and he has written a darkly comic novel called The Savages. If your family were cannibals, would you really bring home a vegetarian boyfriend? Even one as handsome and charming as Jack? Probably not. Is this the first Cannibal RomCom?

CJ and Matt are bound to have a lot in common. If you like your comedy black, you’ll enjoy this one.

12+ years

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Sheila Hancock talks to Joan Bakewell

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actress and RSC Artistic Director discusses her portrait of her own marriage The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw.

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Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Before the War

Hay Festival 2016, 

A new, historical novel from the great tale-teller. Consider Vivien in November 1922. She is 24 and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - almost worse in those times - intelligent. At nearly six foot tall, she is known unkindly by her family as ‘the giantess’. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her… This is a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers and aristocrats clinging onto the past.

 

Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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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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Barbara Erskine talks to Peter Florence

Sleeper's Castle

Hay Festival 2016, 

We are thrilled to launch the new novel by the bestselling author, who returns to Hay in the year that marks the 30th anniversary of her sensational debut bestseller, Lady of Hay.

Hay-On-Wye, 1400 – War is brewing in the Welsh borders, Catrin is on the brink of womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Her father is a soothsayer, playing a dangerous game manipulating the mixed loyalties and furious rivalries between Welsh princes and English lords. For two hundred years, the Welsh people have lain under the English yoke, dreaming of independence. And finally it looks as though the charismatic Owain Glyndwr may be the man legend talks of. In the walls of Sleeper’s Castle, Catrin finds herself caught in the middle of a doomed war as she is called upon to foretell Wales’s destiny… And what she sees, is blood and war coming closer…

Hay, 2015. Miranda has moved to Sleeper’s Castle to escape and grieve. Slowly she feels herself coming to life in the solitude of the mountains. But every time she closes her eyes her dreams become more vivid. And she makes a connection with a young girl, who’s screaming, who’s reaching out… who only Miranda can help. Is she losing herself to time?

Barbara Erskine talks to Peter Florence

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Howard Davies

The LSE Lecture: Back from the Brink

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Director of the LSE asks where next for the UK in the Global Economy? Chaired by Adam Austerfield.
Howard Davies

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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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Richard Dawkins

Science in the Soul

Hay Festival 2018, 

The uncompromising and passionate rationalist calls on us to insist that reason take centre stage and that gut feelings, even when they don’t represent the stirred, dark waters of xenophobia, misogyny, or other blind prejudice, should stay out of the voting booth. He investigates a number of issues, including the importance of empirical evidence, and decries bad science, religion in the schools, and climate-change deniers. Dawkins has equal ardour for ‘the sacred truth of nature’ and renders with typical virtuosity the glories and complexities of the natural world. When so many highly placed people still question the fact of evolution, Dawkins asks what Darwin would make of his own legacy - 'a mixture of exhilaration and exasperation'– and celebrates science as possessing many of religion’s virtues – 'explanation, consolation, and uplift' – without its detriments of superstition and prejudice. Chaired by LBC's Matt Stadlen.

Richard Dawkins

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Virginia McKenna and Lauren St John

Born Free Foundation

Hay Festival 2015, 
For Virginia McKenna OBE, saving animals is a passion that started when she starred in Born Free and continued with the formation of the Born Free Foundation. For Lauren St John, it began with rescuing orphaned warthogs, monkeys and other wild animals on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe. They talk about their love of writing, Africa, and animals, and launch the brand new series of Born Free Foundation stories that share the message: keep wildlife in the wild! Support the Born Free charity and join Virginia McKenna and her team behind the scenes in this first book about an amazing lion rescue.
10+ years
Virginia McKenna and Lauren St John

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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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Val McDermid talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2010, 
Ratchet plotting of her gripping psychological thrillers has established McDermid and her Hill/Jordan detection team at the very top of crime fiction. She talks about writing, morality, crime and punishment.

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Kishwar Desai and Ann Patchett

Fictions: Women’s Lives

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two astounding novels explore mysteries and extremes. Desai’s Witness The Night is set in India and won the Costa First Book Prize. Orange Prize-winner Patchett’s State of Wonder is set in Brazil. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.

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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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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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Damian Barr, Eduardo Haldon and Aleksandar Hemon

It’s All True – Facts and Fictions

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Book Of My Lives is a love song to Sarajevo and to Hemon’s adopted Chicago; it is a heart-breaking paean to the bonds of family; it is a stirring exhortation to go out and play football. Halfon’s mesmerising stories in The Polish Boxer blur the lines between memoir and fiction. Barr’s Maggie & Me is a touching and darkly witty memoir about surviving Thatcher’s Britain; a story of growing up gay in a straight world and coming out the other side in spite of, and maybe because of, the Iron Lady. They talk to Tiffany Murray.

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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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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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Jacqueline Wilson Introduces Hetty Feather

A CBBC Screening at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Jacqueline Wilson introduces an exclusive screening of CBBC’s new adaptation of her popular children’s novel Hetty Feather. A fast-paced and thrilling story, featuring a feisty new heroine, Hetty Feather brings the realities of the Victorian age to life through the eyes and adventures of the children who inhabit the Foundling Hospital. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew.

Not for broadcast.

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Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 55 mins
Jacqueline Wilson Introduces Hetty Feather

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Gareth Williams

Angel of Death

Hay Festival 2010, 
The powerful story of one of medicine’s greatest triumphs – the defeat of smallpox.
Gareth Williams