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Fiona Dunbar

Ghostorama

Hay Festival 2011, 
Enter a world of phantom science teachers, dead celebrities and some very spooky goings on... Join Fiona Dunbar on her ghostly quest with her new character Kitty Slade; together you will create a spooky mystery story... and solve it!
 
9+ years Goosebumps

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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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Val McDermid talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2010, 
Ratchet plotting of her gripping psychological thrillers has established McDermid and her Hill/Jordan detection team at the very top of crime fiction. She talks about writing, morality, crime and punishment.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 4

Hay Festival 2009, 
Sub-editors and journos beware... the comedians mock facts and folly in today’s papers.

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Edna O’Brien talks to Lee Brackstone

Country Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

In her autobiography, the novelist brings us face to face with a literary life of high drama and contemplation. And along the way there are encounters with Hollywood giants, pop stars and literary titans – all of whom lend this life, so gorgeously, sometimes painfully remembered here, a terrible poignancy.

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón talks to Paul Preston

To Bury the Dead

Hay Festival 2009, 
An investigation of a brutal political murder in the Spanish Civil War and a fascinating literary feud that divided Hemingway and John dos Passos as it divides our speakers.

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AC Grayling

The Choice of Hercules

Hay Festival 2008, 
Philosopher AC Grayling explores the powers of Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century.

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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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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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Gordon Brown

Courage

Hay Festival 2007, 
The former Chancellor celebrates his political heroes from Martin Luther King and Aung San Suu Kyi to Bobby Kennedy and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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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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Archie Brown

The Rise and Fall of Communism

Hay Festival 2009, 
A monumental study of the C20th phenomenon in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl And The Atlantis Complex

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join this utterly brilliant writer in an adrenaline-fuelled exposé of his teenage criminal mastermind.
 
9+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Wadah Khanfar talks to William Sieghart

Hay Festival 2012, 
The co-founder of the Sharq Forum and the former Director General of the Al Jazeera Network reflects on the momentous changes in the Arab world, and the effect of free media and new technology across the Middle East.

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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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Mark Malloch Brown talks to Jim Naughtie

The Oxfam Lecture: The Unfinished Global Revolution

Hay Festival 2011, 
National governments are no longer equipped to address complex global issues, from climate change to poverty. International organizations have not yet been empowered to step into the breach.

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Tony de Saulles

Horrible Science

Hay Festival 2009, 
Science just got a lot more squishy! Join the illustrator behind this gruesomely brilliant series to learn how to doodle and cartoon all things horrid.  Don't forget your pencil!

9 years +

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Charlotte Higgins

Barack Obama: The New Cicero

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of It’s All Greek To Me analyses the President’s classicist rhetoric.

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Barroux and Marjolaine Leray

Mr Leon’s Paris and Little Red Hood

Hay Festival 2012, 
Vive la différence! Watch these two French picture-book stars in action, drawing and discussing their work with award-winning translator Sarah Ardizzone.Chaired by Daniel Hahn
 
10+ years

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Bruno Arpaia, Nicole Witt and Gustavo Guerrero in conversation with Eduardo Rabasa

Latin America in other languages

Cartagena 2012, 
Latin American literature is one of the world’s most prolific literary cultures, yet only a small percentage of the output is translated into other languages. Here to discuss the present and future of this literary industry are Nicole Witt, director of the Ray-Güde Mertin Literary Agency in Frankfurt, which specialises in the dissemination of literature in Portuguese and Spanish; Gustavo Guerrero, literary adviser for the Spanish language to the Gallimard publishing house in Paris; and Bruno Arpaia, editorial consultant and translator from Spanish to Italian. They will talk to the Sexto Piso editor, Eduardo Rabasa. 

With the support of the Cámara del Libro de Colombia and Proexport

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Ian McMillan and guests

The Verb

Hay Festival 2013, 

Barnsley FC’s poet-in-residence and Beat Poet for Humberside Police hosts a Hay edition of Radio 3’s cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performances.

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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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Chad Harbach and Grace McCleen talk to Sarah Crompton

Fictions – Waterstones Eleven

Hay Festival 2012, 
Harbach’s debut baseball novel The Art of Fielding is the current holder of the heavyweight Great American Novel belt; McCleen’s The Land of Decoration is a heartbreaking story of imagination and hard reality, of good and evil, belief and doubt. Both authors have (also) been selected by Waterstones in their celebration of debut fictions.
 

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Clive Anderson

Woodland Trust Series 2: The Oliver Rackham Memorial Lecture

Hay Festival 2015, 

Woodland Trust president Clive Anderson pays tribute to the life and legacy of prolific ecologist and author Oliver Rackham, who died in February. This inaugural memorial lecture will explore Professor Rackham’s profound influence, both on the work of the Trust and Clive’s own love of the nation’s trees and woods. 

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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.

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