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Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

The Pure Gold Baby

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author discusses her first novel for seven years, the story of a motherhood and neighbourhood and society in North London over several decades. The book is rich with the combination of acute observation and insight and the beautiful economy of prose familiar to her readers.

Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

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Open Mic 2

Unpublished Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join in a brand new venture to share your work with an audience. All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you'd like to read, please email boxoffice@hayfestival.com with 'Open Mic' in the subject line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry. This event will be repeated (with different participants) on 5 June. Paul Blezard MCs.

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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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Chris Mullin talks to Guto Harri

A View from the Foothills

Hay Festival 2009, 
Riveting and wickedly funny political diaries from the maverick parliamentarian, author of A Very British Coup.

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David Grossman talks to David Aaronovitch

To the End of the Land

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great Israeli author of See Under: Love, The Zigzag Kid and The Yellow Wind discusses his masterpiece, a rich imagining of a family in love and crisis that makes for one of the great anti-war novels of our time.

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Joss Ackland talks to Fiona Lindsay

My Better Half and Me

Hay Festival 2010, 
The actor’s wife died of Motor Neurone Disease. Together they wrote a book about their life together – family, career, romance, better and worse.
Joss Ackland talks to Fiona Lindsay

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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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Susan Neiman

Why Grow Up?

Hay Festival 2015, 

As you grow up, you are told to renounce most of the hopes and dreams of your youth, and resign yourself to a life that will be a pale dilution of the adventurous, important and enjoyable life you once expected. But who wants to do any of that? No wonder we live in a culture of rampant immaturity, when maturity looks so boring. The moral philosopher discusses childhood, adolescence, sex, and culture, and asks how the idea of travel can help us build a model of maturity that makes growing up a good option and leaves space in our culture for grown-ups. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

Susan Neiman

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Cherie Booth and Hilary Heilbron

Rose Heilbron

Hay Festival 2014, 

The daughter of the celebrated and glass-Bar-breaking QC and judge discusses her mother’s career and legacy, detailed in her biography Rose Heilbron, Legal Pioneer of the 20th Century – Inspiring Advocate who became England’s First Woman Judge.

Cherie Booth and Hilary Heilbron

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Klaus Wagenbach y Jorge Herralde en conversación con Malcolm Otero Barral

Segovia 2008, 
Klaus Wagenbach, celebrado fundador de la editorial independiente alemana Wagenbach Verlag y experto en Kafka, y Jorge Herralde, fundador de la editorial independiente española Anagrama, conversarán con el editor Malcolm Otero Barral sobre el rol de las editoriales independientes dentro del panorama de la industria editorial y sobre sus autores favoritos.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del alemán al español.

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Mal Peet & Bali Rai

Exposure & The City of Ghosts

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two of the most compelling voices in children’s fiction talk about their equally unforgettable stories, with twists of tragedy and vengeance. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
 
10+ years

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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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Mrs Moneypenny

Austerity Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
The FT’s cult columnist and presenter of the Channel 4 series Superscrimpers looks at the state we’re in...
 
Read more by and about Mrs Moneypenny at FT.com

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Philip Gross, Olivia Cole

Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2010, 
Gross won the TS Eliot Prize for The Water Table and has recently published I Spy Pinhole Eye and a collection for children, Off Road To Everywhere; Cole reads from her debut collection Restricted View.

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Adam Nicolson

When God Spoke English

Hay Festival 2011, 
The compelling story of scholarship, populism, diversity, unification and language in The Making of The King James Bible.

More about the book here

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Arthur Smith or possibly Daphne Fairfax hosts festival stars

Gala Cabaret

Hay Festival 2009, 
Stories, jokes, poems and improvisations in aid of education projects for young women at our new Storymoja Festival in Nairobi, Kenya.

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The Creative & Cultural Skills Conference at Hay

Session 3: Brave New World – Rights and Wrongs in the Digital Future

Hay Festival 2009, 
Online delivery and handheld digital reading devices are bringing publishing to its ‘ipod moment’. Jamie Byng of Canongate, Jessica Powell of Google, the PFD agent Caroline Michel and Steve Haber of SONY talk to Tom Bewick of Creative & Cultural Skills about the power and management of content. Test-drive the Sony Reader.

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Robin Ince

Happiness Through Science

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Uncaged Monkeys star asks if you can be happy and rational at the same time. Join him in a world of Schrödinger cats, multiverses and evolutionary conundrums as he orienteers through the craggy landscape of evolution while plumbing the depths of his own murky consciousness, all without the aid of a safety net.

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Battle of the Bands

Hay Festival 2015, 
Up and coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band. An evening of live, original music; come along and cheer for your favourite as the judges decide who is worthy of the crown. Head judge is BBC Wales' Bethan Elfyn.
Battle of the Bands

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John Sergeant

Barging Round Britain

Hay Festival 2015, 

The political commentator and sometime dancer explores the people and places that have forged this national treasure, from the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the leisure explosion on our waterways today. He talks to Mark Skipworth.


Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

John Sergeant

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Mohsin Hamid and Dinaw Mengestu talk to Kathryn Gray

Fictions: Strangers and Lovers

Hay Festival 2011, 
Moth Smoke, by the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is a story of love and estrangement set in Pakistan; How To Read The Air shares the Ethiopian-American context of Mengestu’s brilliant debut Children of the Revolution.

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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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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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The Horror Panel

Hay Festival 2013, 

Chris Priestley and Jon Mayhew join newcomer Emerald Fennell to discuss why ghost stories and horror are so appealing. Chills, thrills, no frills. Bring your most horrifying questions.

11+ years

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Mark Purcell

What I Found in the Library

Hay Festival 2017, 

For 600 years, exquisitely produced volumes stored everything we know – from Gutenberg’s bibles to Newton’s Principia and Austen’s Persuasion. Purcell tells a rollicking tale of discoveries and bibliophile treasures from some of Britain’s greatest private library collections that are now saved for the nation. Purcell was formerly Libraries Curator for the National Trust and is now Deputy Director of Research Collections at Cambridge University Library.

Mark Purcell