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Giles Milton

Paradise Lost

Hay Festival 2008, 
Giles Milton recounts the catastrophe of Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of Islam’s City of Tolerance.

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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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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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Tracey Thorn talks to Xan Brooks

Naked at the Albert Hall

Hay Festival 2015, 

The riveting follow-up to her Bedsit Disco Queen. Part memoir, part wide-ranging exploration of the art, mechanics and spellbinding power of singing, Naked at the Albert Hall takes in Dusty Springfield, Dennis Potter and George Eliot; Auto-tune, the microphone and stage presence; The Streets and The X Factor. Including interviews with fellow artists and portraits of singers in fiction as well as Tracey’s real-life experiences, it offers a unique, witty and sharply observed insider’s perspective on the exhilarating joy and occasional heartache of singing.

Tracey Thorn talks to Xan Brooks

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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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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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Martin Jones

Cambridge Series 8 - What Did You Have For Dinner?

Hay Festival 2012, 
What we used to eat can tell us about the Ancient World. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 

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Edwina Ehrman

The V&A Lecture: The Wedding Dress

Hay Festival 2014, 

The curator of the latest V&A exhibition traces the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang in this sumptuously illustrated lecture. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

The exhibition Wedding Dresses, 1775–2014 is at the Victoria & Albert Museum until 15 March 2015.

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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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Peter Frankopan

Reformations 16: History

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of the magnificent book The Silk Roads proposes a new way of understanding the past and of connecting context and ideas so that we might learn the lessons of history. Frankopan is Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Peter Frankopan

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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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Antonia Fraser

Mary Queen of Scots

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

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Andrea Collins talks to Andy Fryers

In Pursuit of a Sustainable Event: The Case of the 2012 Hay Festival

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Hay Festival is one of the largest annual events in Wales, attracting in excess of 100,000 visitors. The Festival launched its Greenprint programme in 2006 in an attempt to manage and mitigate the direct and indirect environmental impacts of the Festival. What motivates visitors to attend, what are their consumption patterns and how can change be effected? Cardiff University’s Andrea Collins presents her study research and talks with the Sustainability Director.

Andrea Collins talks to Andy Fryers

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Athene Donald

Cambridge Series: How Gender Stereotypes Damage Innovation

Hay Festival 2017, 

Children as young as six have already developed ideas about what boys and girls can ‘do’. As they progress through school further, cultural messages fix attitudes and are one part of why we have so few women engineers or male vets. Innovation, which thrives on diverse perspectives, is handicapped by the effects of such stereotyping. Our society needs to do better. Athene Donald is Professor of Experimental Physics and Master of Churchill College.

Athene Donald

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Lucy Christopher & Gill Lewis

Flyaway, Sky Hawk

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two breathtaking wildlife tales to discover and treasure.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Rupert Isaacson talks to Rosie Boycott

The Horse Boy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The miraculous tale of a father’s journey with his family to the origins of equine culture in wildest Mongolia to cure his severely autistic son.

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Bronwen Maddox, Jeremy Bowen, Adam Michnik

Revolutions and Headlines

Hay Festival 2011, 
From the Velvet Revolutions to Tahrir Square and the turmoil in Libya, how does the media sensationalise, record and understand revolution? The Prospect editor is joined by the BBC Middle East Correspondent and the editor-in-chief of Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza.

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Marcus Brigstocke talks to Andrew Simms

Changing the System: Crossing Planetary Boundaries

Hay Festival 2014, 

The comedian and broadcaster, who has witnessed the impact of climate change in the Arctic, is joined by Simms, author and campaigner with Global Witness, to discuss how close we are to crossing planetary environmental thresholds, how we got into this mess and what we need to do to get out of it.

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Sarah Churchwell

Reformations 4: Expertise

Hay Festival 2017, 

Everyone has experience, and the deeper your experience of a given subject or area, the greater your expertise. In a culture that trumpets anti-intellectualism, how might we reconcile and re-present academic expertise and practical experience? Churchwell is professorial fellow in American literature and chair of public understanding of the humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

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Sarah Churchwell

The London Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Secret History of the American Dream

Now used to describe everything from reality television to The Great Gatsby, ‘the American Dream’ is a phrase that most people assume stretches back to the founding of America. But the history of this catchphrase is much more recent – and surprising – than our casual usages suggest. Professor Churchwell traces the emergence of this cliché in the first decades of the 20th century from debates that drove it into the heart of American popular culture. At the same time, she reveals the ways in which the very idea of the ‘American Dream’ was invented to address the same troubling questions about immigration and nationalism, education and job creation, economic and cultural breakdown, individual ambition and social responsibility, that continue to define our society today.

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Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

Why Does it Happen?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The sexual abuse of children by adult men is a global problem. It appears to happen in every sector of society and the exposure of paedophile rings is a daily news story. But why does it happen at all? Batmanghelidjh runs Kids Company, Kennedy is a human rights lawyer, Berelowitz is Chair, national inquiry into child sexual abuse linked to the family.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

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Thomas Keneally talks to Gaby Wood

Napoleon’s Last Island

Hay Festival 2016, 

The Booker-winning Australian writer launches his new novel. On the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, Napoleon spends his last years in exile. It is a hotbed of gossip and secret liaisons, where a blind eye is turned to relations between colonials and slaves. The disgraced emperor is subjected to vicious and petty treatment by his captors, but he forges an unexpected ally: a rebellious British girl, Betsy, who lives on the island with her family and becomes his unlikely friend.

Thomas Keneally talks to Gaby Wood

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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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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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Philip Ball

Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind

Hay Festival 2008, 
Philip Ball establishes Chartres’ iconic role in Europe’s history: a revolution in thought embodied in stone and glass, a philosophy made concrete through the cooperation of theologians, craftsmen and engineers.