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The Creative & Cultural Skills Conference at Hay

Rosie Boycott, Howard Jacobson, Tiffany Murray and Sarfraz Manzoor

Hay Festival 2009, 
Session 1: How to wield a pen more lucratively than a sword

The first of three sessions specifically designed to explore professional development for writers discusses careers as writers, how to develop skills and how to diversify a writing career. Chaired by Peter Florence.

See also events [258] and [263].

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The 2008 Raymond Williams Lecture: Border Country

Hay Festival 2008, 
Dai Smith explores Williams’ relationship with the Black Mountains, landscape and storytelling. Smith is the author of Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale. Introduced by Eric Hobsbawm.

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Colm O’Gorman talks to Jon Snow

Beyond Belief

Hay Festival 2010, 
Abused by his priest, betrayed by his church – The Story of the Boy Who Sued the Pope. O’Gorman is currently Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ireland.
Colm O’Gorman talks to Jon Snow

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Dismembered: How the Attack on the State Harms Us All

Hay Festival 2017, 

The two journalists travelled around Great Britain gathering the voices of the people who make up the public sector: nurses and patients, teachers and policemen and civilians. The story they tell is one of society’s dismemberment across our nation state: a fragmented NHS, a reduced police force, divided schools and a vulnerable military.

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Elif Shafak

Reformations 22: Honour

Hay Festival 2017, 

The Turkish novelist reimagines the concept of honour, also the title of her 2015 novel. How has the word come to be understood in different communities? Can it be rescued from the grotesque association with the world “killing”? What might a truer application of honour mean for men and for women, for society and humanity? Chaired by A. C. Grayling

Elif Shafak

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Paul Collier

The Plundered Planet

Hay Festival 2010, 
The visionary economist proposes How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature. Chaired by Andrew Kelly.

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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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John Toman

Kilvert’s Diary and Landscape

Hay Festival 2009, 
A study of the Clyro and Bredwardine curate and great Victorian diarist.

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Matthew d’Ancona and Sadie Jones talk to Anita Sethi

Story: Fear

Hay Festival 2009, 
D’Ancona offers his riveting suspense thriller Nothing to Fear. Jones’ The Outcast is a sustained examination of love and disillusion in a small 1950s town.

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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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Mark Brake and Jon Chase

The Science of Dr Who

Hay Festival 2012, 
Aliens and time machines, cyborgs and Daleks, Utopias and killer computers: take a journey through the fantastic worlds of The Doctor. With rap songs, scientific facts and much merriment and mirth, the author rapper duo explore the Universe of The Doctor.
 
9+ years

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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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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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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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Gillian Clarke

The British Council Poetry Lecture: Nothing Is Until It Has A Word

Hay Festival 2011, 
The National Poet of Wales reflects on her Laureateship, and the place of poetry in the life of the nation.
 
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Black Swan Revisited

Hay Festival 2010, 
The writer extends his elegant and radical thinking beyond economics to climate change and medicine and what to do in a world we don’t understand. Chaired by James Naughtie.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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René Griffiths, Jon Gower, Jorge Fondebrider

Homage to Patagonia

Hay Festival 2015, 

An evening to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Welsh passage to Argentina aboard the Mimosa. Gower sets the scene with his Gwalia Patagonia – a tale of legendary giants and Andean condors, devil spirits and chapel-worshippers. He is joined by Argentinian writer Jorge Fondebrider, author of The Spaces Between. The evening is completed with the fascinating anecdotal and geographical ramblings of one of Wales’ best-loved guitarists, singers and actors, René Griffiths. Full of emotion and passion, Ramblings of a Patagonian is the revelation of one-man’s unrelenting love for his own Andean desert. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

René Griffiths, Jon Gower, Jorge Fondebrider

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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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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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Joanne Harris talks to Ariane Koek

Runemarks

Hay Festival 2008, 
Joanne Harris talks to Ariane Koek about her move from the romantic bohemia of Chocolat to the epic fantasy of her first novel for teenagers Runemarks.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Charles Williams

Harold Macmillan

Hay Festival 2009, 
Portrait of the publisher, soldier, cuckold and politician whose Premiereship was fatally determined by the Profumo Affair.

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Janne Teller talks to Marian Hens

Segovia 2011, 
Meeting with Janne Teller, Danish writer and author of the novel Nothing, a work which questions the meaning of life and the limits of tolerance that have engendered heated debates in various European countries about existential matters. The tale begins when the young Pierre Anthon leaves school when he discovers there is no point in doing anything because life has no sense.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Jon Lee Anderson en conversación con Christopher Domínguez

Segovia 2008, 
Jon Lee Anderson, uno de los grandes cronistas de The New Yorker. Empezó en 1979 como reportero del semanario peruano The Lima Times, a lo largo de su carrera, ha escrito para medios tan destacados como el New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, El País, Harper’s y Time. Entre otros, ha escrito los perfiles de Fidel Castro, Gabriel García Márquez, Augusto Pinochet, el rey Juan Carlos, Saddam Hussein y Hugo Chávez. Ha cubierto más de una decena de guerras alrededor del mundo. Conversará sobre Latinoamérica y sus retos con Christopher Domínguez, escritor, critico literario y editor de la revista Letras Libres.

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Terry Jones, Caryn Franklin and Dylan Jones

i-D Covers 1980–2010

Hay Festival 2011, 
The founders of the iconic style and design magazine talk about its 30-year history.

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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.