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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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Fred Pearce

Peoplequake

Hay Festival 2010, 
Mass migration, ageing nations and the coming population crash.
Fred Pearce

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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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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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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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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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George Monbiot

Hay Festival 2011, 
The campaigning journalist, author of Bring On The Apocalypse, Heat and Age of Consent and star of the Left Hook tour, argues that our assessment of the risks of different energy options, from nuclear power to fossil fuels and renewables, is gravely flawed, and urgently needs to change.
Chaired by Andrew Simms of NEF.

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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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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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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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Alison Owen and Helen de Winter talk to Hannah Rothschild

What I Really Want to do is Produce

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Producer of Shaun of the Dead, Elizabeth and the forthcoming The Other Boleyn Girl discusses the Producer’s role with Helen de Winter, editor of What I Really Want to do is Produce. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Dugald A. Steer

Dragonology

Hay Festival 2009, 
Dragon scales, riddles and runes; come and learn the secrets of the ancient science of dragonology. Mystery and magic guaranteed.

7 years +

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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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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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Gillian Clarke

The Gwyn Jones Lecture: Love and War

Hay Festival 2015, 

The National Poet of Wales celebrates the centenary of Alun Lewis, with a close reading and exploration of his poems. His first volume Raiders Dawn and other Poems was published in 1942. Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets, which contains his masterpiece All Day It Has Rained was published posthumously in 1945. Introduced by Cary Archard.

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Gillian Clarke

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Gabo en La Guajira. Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda y Luz Mary Giraldo con Weildler Guerra

Cartagena 2013, 
Obras como Cien años de soledad y La increíble y triste historia de la cándida Eréndira y su abuela desalmada (Gabriel García Márquez), Cuatro años a bordo de mí mismo (Eduardo Zalamea Borda), Luna de arena (del poeta Arturo Camacho Ramírez), y alguna más como Deborah Kruel (Ramón Illán Bacca), reconocen a La Guajira como tierra inspiradora y convergente de las identidades colombianas. Los ensayistas colombianos Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda y Luz Mary Giraldo son conocedores de esta memoria literaria. En conversación con Weildler Guerra.

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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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Preti Taneja

We that are young: Imagining King Lear in India

Hay Festival 2017, 

Taneja's debut novel We That Are Young sets Shakespeare’s King Lear in contemporary India, where the clash of youth and age, the rise of the religious right wing, the repression of free speech and civil conflict in Kashmir are ongoing. She discusses the hidden history, politics and urgent contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s plays in India. Chaired by Anil Dharker, Founder & Director of Tata Literature Live! the Mumbai LitFest

Preti Taneja

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Chris Boardman talks to William Fotheringham

Triumph and Turbulence

Hay Festival 2017, 

A conversation with the legendary British cyclist, gold medallist in the Barcelona Olympics, Tour de France hero, and latterly the backroom ‘marginal gains’  genius of British cycling in his role as head of the R&D team, The Secret Squirrels.

Chris Boardman talks to William Fotheringham

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Jacob Ifan, Roger Williams, Guto Harri, Catrin Stewart

Bang

Winter Weekend 2017, 

Actors Catrin Stewart and Jacob Ifan, with screenwriter Roger Williams, talk to broadcaster Guto Harri about the acclaimed S4C Port-Talbot-based crime drama - now available on S4C.cymru and with subtitles on the BBCiplayer.

Jacob Ifan, Roger Williams, Guto Harri, Catrin Stewart

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Ed Hollis

The Secret Lives of Buildings

Hay Festival 2010, 
A radical re-imagining of architectural history From the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip.

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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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John Julius Norwich

Sicily: A Short History, From the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

Hay Festival 2015, 

The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all – and yet has properly been part of none. John Julius Norwich was inspired to become a writer by his first visit in 1961 and this study is the result of a fascination that has lasted over half a century. In tracing its dark story, he attempts to explain the enigma that lies at the heart of the Mediterranean’s largest island.

John Julius Norwich

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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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Kate Williams and Clare Clark talk to Rosie Boycott

Fictions - The New Victorians

Hay Festival 2012, 
The acclaimed historian’s steamy, seamy thriller The Pleasures of Men reveals the dark, beating heart of corrupt London during Queen Victoria’s reign; set in the Jubilee year of 1887 Beautiful Lies is a compelling tale of scandal, politics and the media.