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Maria Wyke

Caesar: A Life in Western Culture

Hay Festival 2008, 
Maria Wyke conjures the ways in which the Roman’s life, loves and death have dominated the popular consciousness from the Vatican to Shakespeare, Bonaparte and Mussolini. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Samuel Turvey

Witness to Extinction

Hay Festival 2009, 
Political apathy, environmental neglect and cultural crash inform this illustrated lecture about How We Failed to Save the Yangtze River Dolphin.

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Alicia Giménez Bartlett talks to Fernando Delgado

Segovia 2011, 
The writer Alicia Giménez Bartlett, winner of the Premio Nadal this year for her novel Donde nadie te encuentre, will talk with the writer and journalist Fernando Delgado. They will talk about the phenomenon of the maquis, in particular of the maquis protagonist in her novel, which has become a legend in the area of the Maestrazgo.

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Katharine Whitehorn

Hay Festival 2008, 
Fleet Street’s finest discusses her humorous and bittersweet autobiography Selective Memory.

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Roy Noble talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Noble Ways: Lay-bys in my Life

Hay Festival 2010, 
The broadcaster dubbed the Voice of Wales is a national treasure as intrinsic to life here as Snowdonia or club rugby. He yarns his career and lifestory with customary care and humour.

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Robert Hughes Lecture

Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence

Hay Festival 2000, 
This years award is made by Caroline Gascoigne, Literary Editor of The Sunday Times, to the Australian writer, critic and theoris Robert Hughes. Hughes' books include the groundbreaking Shock of the New, Culture of Complaint, The Fatal Shore, American Visions, Nothing If Not Critical and his latest offering on fishing, A Jerk on One End. His writing is never less than thrilling, and has the power to explore ideas with the force of Damascene revelation. HUghes will lecture and take questions from the audience.

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Jasmine Donahaye talks to Francesca Rhydderch

Finding Her Place

Hay Festival 2015, 
The poet is publishing two books this spring: the first biography of Lily Tobias, a courageous, idealistic Welsh woman who wrote compellingly about Jewish life and experience in the twentieth century; and a memoir, Losing Israel. In 2007, in a chance conversation with her mother, a kibbutznik, Donahaye stumbled upon the collusion of her family in the displacement of Palestinians in 1948. When she set out to learn the story of what happened, what she discovered challenged everything she thought she knew about the country and her family, and transformed her understanding of the place, and of herself.
Jasmine Donahaye talks to Francesca Rhydderch

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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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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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Chris Goodall

Sustainability: All That Matters

Hay Festival 2013, 

Building a sustainable society is perhaps the greatest test that the world’s population has ever faced. Today we have borrowed from the future by grabbing prosperity now and imposing the cost on the next generation.

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Anthony Sinclair

Serengeti Story: Life And Science In The World’s Greatest Wildlife Region

Hay Festival 2013, 

What happens in this great World Heritage Site biologically? How did it become a protected area? What are the historical events that have shaped its present dynamics? What will happen to it in future?

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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

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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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Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard and Bill Bryson

The Blink of an Eye: How I Died and Started Living

Hay Festival 2018, 

At the age of 38, a Danish scientist, wife and mother of three, is struck down by an acute bout of bacterial meningitis. She awakes from a coma in intensive care to find herself locked in, unable to show she is conscious except by blinking her eye. It becomes her only form of communication as in the months that follow, Kjærgaard's husband Peter sits beside her helping to interpret every eye movement. She struggles with every basic of life – painfully learning how to breathe, move, eat and speak again. Despite being given a five per cent chance of survival, she works intensively to recover and to achieve every small breakthrough. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Hay stage with Bill Bryson, who has called this “the most spellbinding and harrowing story I believe I have ever heard”.

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Daisy Hay

Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives

Hay Festival 2010, 
The communal existence of the friends and lovers revolving around Leigh Hunt, who rocked early C19th letters.
Daisy Hay

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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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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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Virginia McKenna

Gentle Footprints

Hay Festival 2010, 
The star of Born Free and founder of the Born Free Foundation discusses her work with Paul Blezard and launches the wildlife anthology Gentle Footprints, which includes a story by Richard Adams (Watership Down) and will raise money for the Born Free Foundation, with some of the featured authors.

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Peter Hook talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

Hay Festival 2013, 

The bass player and co-founder of the post-punk Manchester rock band tells the inside story of his times and tours with Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Ian Curtis.

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Deborah Christie talks to Rosie Boycott

Diabetes: Children, Adolescents And Their Families

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Consultant Clinical Psychologist addresses the issues arising from the fact that children and young people are increasingly among those being diagnosed with diabetes but only 1 in 6 of them succeed in controlling it, despite support from parents and professionals.

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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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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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Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Hay Festival 2012, 
A rare chance to see the best-selling author of Shiver, as she introduces her lyrical new stand-alone novel.
 
12+ yrs

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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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James Hawes talks to Anita Sethi

Excavating Kafka

Hay Festival 2009, 
The satirical novelist and German scholar refashions everything we thought we knew about the C20th literary icon, including his predilection for porn.