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Charlie Ryrie

The Cut Flower Garden

Hay Festival 2009, 
Growing a dream: British garden flowers, a sustainable future for floristry?

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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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Tessa Dunlop

The Bletchley Girls: War, Secrecy, Love and Loss

Hay Festival 2015, 

Dunlop weaves together the lives of fifteen women selected to work in Britain’s most secret organisation – Bletchley Park. It is their story, told in their voices; Tessa met and talked to 15 veterans, often visiting them several times. Firm friendships were made as their epic journey unfolded on paper.

The scale of female involvement in Britain during the Second World War was unmatched in any other country. From 8 million working women just over 7,000 were hand-picked to work at Bletchley Park and its outstations and soon they outnumbered the men three to one. Dunlop talks to publisher and QI elfmaster John Mitchinson.

Tessa Dunlop

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Korky Paul

Winnie the Witch

Hay Festival 2011, 
Have fun with The World’s Greatest Portrait Painter and Dinosaur Drawer! Join Korky for an energy-filled event of quick sketching and story-book adventure.
 
5–80+ Rib Ticklers

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Hay Festival 2016, 

From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the C20th, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University.

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Tobias Jones, Jackie Morris and Zaffar Kunial

Staying Rooted – Tree Charter Series 2

Hay Festival 2017, 

A connection with trees and woods helps people find inspiration, inner calm and mental balance. Author and journalist Tobias Jones and poet Zaffar Kunial are both featured in Arboreal, a Common Ground collection of woodland writing. They are joined by the illustrator Jackie Morris to discuss the role of trees and woods in finding inspiration and mental balance in our lives.  

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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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John Sutherland and John Crace

The Two Johnnies Do Dickens

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ultra-Prof and the Digested Reads satirist tell you stuff you never realised you needed to know about the bi-centenarist.

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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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Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Hay Festival 2015, 

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats with this reading of his poetry.

Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

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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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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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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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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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Kevin Powers talks to Jenny Valentine

Fictions – The Yellow Birds

Hay Festival 2013, 

The poet and Iraq veteran Kevin Powers has composed an unforgettable account of friendship and loss. It vividly captures the desperation and brutality of war, and its terrible after-effects. But it is also a story of love, of great courage, and of extraordinary human survival.

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Simon Armitage

Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

Hay Festival 2012, 
The poet reads and discusses his radio play about the Goth student kicked to death in a park in Lancashire. His poems in Sophie’s voice are intercut with an interview with her mother, Sylvia.

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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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Anthony Pagden

Worlds at War

Hay Festival 2008, 
Anthony Pagden maps The 2,500- year Struggle Between East and West from the secession of Asia and Europe, via Xerxes and Alexander to the present day divergence of Islam and the Christian and secular West.

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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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Cornelia Funke

Inkdeath

Hay Festival 2009, 
The enchanting author of Inkheart and Dragon Rider makes her Hay debut with the final instalment of her powerful Inkheart trilogy.

9 years +

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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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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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Nativel Preciado and Rosa Montero

Let’s Talk About Life

Segovia 2013, 

Nativel Preciado and Rosa Montero speak about their literary works Si yo tuviera 100.000 seguidores (Planeta) and La ridícula idea de no volver a verte (Seix Barral). Each is a profound reflection on intimacy, society, work, life and memories. Chaired by Ana Gavín.



Co-organized with Fundación Lara

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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