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Jane Davidson, Margaret Lloyd-Jones, Stephen Moss and Derek Moore

The Language Of Conservation

Hay Festival 2013, 

How should we be talking about the crisis within our natural environment? How can we make nature as popular as sport and as politically relevant as health? Chaired by Hay-on-Earth Director Andy Fryers.

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Christiana Figueres talks to Nick Stern

The British Academy Platform: We’ll Always Have Paris

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, who is now charged with delivering the COP21 Agreement, signed in Paris.  If anyone can do it, she can. And she will.

Christiana Figueres talks to Nick Stern

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Kate Humble, Richard Smith, Marcus du Sautoy and Mark Watson

Powering The Country: Kate, Richard, Marcus And Mark Try To Keep The Lights On

Hay Festival 2013, 

What would you do if you had to power the UK? Kate, Marcus and Mark get to grips with how to generate enough energy to keep the lights on and power their appliances. Dependency on overseas supplies, volatile fossil fuel prices and the need for a low-carbon economy makes this one of the biggest challenges facing the country. Chaired by Mark Lynas and using the 2050 calculator.

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John Kay, Nick Robins and James Marriott chaired by Andrew Simms

The Dark City

Hay Festival 2009, 
Does the behaviour of a handful of investors in the City of London hold the key to our collective survival? With economist John Kay, sustainable investor Nick Robins and art activist James Marriott. Chaired by nef Policy Director Andrew Simms.

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Alain de Botton, Philippa Perry, Roman Krznaric and Tom Chatfield

The School of Life - short ‘How To’ lectures

Hay Festival 2012, 
Chatfield on How To Thrive in the Digital Age; Perry on How to Stay Sane; Krznaric on How To Find Fulfilling Work; and de Botton gives us the skinny on How to Think More About Sex.

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Kamila Shamsie, Philip Jones, Rosie Goldsmith and guests

Writers’ Centre Norwich presents: The National Conversation, Part 5 – The Invisible Women

Hay Festival 2015, 

Why, when so many women are involved in reading, writing and publishing books, are female writers so consistently under-represented in prizes and reviews? What can be done about the problem? Join Kamila Shamsie, author of six novels including the 2015 Bailey's Prize shortlisted A God in Every Stone and Orange Prize shortlisted Burnt Shadows and Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller to discuss the gender bias in literature as well as some radical solutions as to how to fix it. A National Conversation debate chaired by Chris Gribble (Writers’ Centre Norwich).

Follow the pre-event warm-up and discussion on writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/thenationalconversation.aspx and on Twitter using #NatConv.

Kamila Shamsie, Philip Jones, Rosie Goldsmith and guests

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Salman Rushdie, Niklas Frank, Elif Shafak, Tishani Doshi and Jim Al-Khalili talk to John Kampfner

Hay 25 - The Way We Live Now 1

Hay Festival 2012, 
In this first conversation about our big anniversary project, the panel discuss 3 of the 25 questions:
 
What freedoms are you prepared to trade for security?
If you became the leader of your country what would you fix first?
We’re building a library of literature, music and cinema. Which one book, film and album would you contribute to it?

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Julia Donaldson & Friends

A Jolly Jamboree

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join this beloved children’s writer and her lively cast, for stories and songs about dragons, ladybirds and cave babies. Meet Julia's latest hero The Rhyming Rabbit, and be prepared for a guest appearance by the Gruffalo himself.
 
5+ years & families

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks to Ted Hodgkinson

Fictions – Americanah

Hay Festival 2014, 

As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly-democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a blogger. But after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face? From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, this is a powerful story of love, race and identity spanning three continents and filling numerous lives.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks to Ted Hodgkinson

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Bettany Hughes

Divine Women

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian and broadcaster unveils the hidden history of women in religion, from dominatrix goddesses to feisty political operators and warrior empresses. She reveals what her favourite women in religion tell us about the lives of the real flesh-and-blood women of their day.

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Heidi Thomas, Pippa Harris and Jenny Agutter

Call The Midwife

Hay Festival 2014, 

The writer, producer and one of the stars of the television adaptation of Jennifer Worth’s East End nursing memoir share the pleasures of working on the stories.

Heidi Thomas, Pippa Harris and Jenny Agutter

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Douglas Wilson, Cllr David Jones

Powys Schools Seminar

Hay Festival 2010, 
An introduction to Powys County Council’s ambitious plans to modernise all its schools. The Portfolio Holder and Officers from the Schools Service will set out the national picture, describing the work already underway and providing information on the Authority’s most significant investment programme for schools for 30 years. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket. 

There will be a collection at the event for the Gwernyfed–Timbuktu schools twinning project and Storymoja, Nairobi.

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Michael Rosen

The Disappearance of Emile Zola

Hay Festival 2017, 

18 July 1898 and the world-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. His crime? Intervening in the Dreyfus case and taking on the highest powers in France with his open letter J’accuse. Forced to leave Paris with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return. This is the little-known story of his time in exile. Rosen offers an intriguing insight into the mind, the loves, the politics and the work of the great writer.

Michael Rosen

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Bill Bryson and Martin Rees talk to Marcus du Sautoy

The Royal Society Platform

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of A Short History of Nearly Everything and editor of the magnificent anniversary anthology Seeing Further is joined by the President of the Royal Society to celebrate 350 Years of the Royal Society and Scientific Endeavour. They talk to the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science.
Bill Bryson and Martin Rees talk to Marcus du Sautoy

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Kazuo Ishiguro talks to John Mullan

Nocturnes

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day discusses his Five Stories of Music and Nightfall.
Kazuo Ishiguro talks to John Mullan

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James Daunt, Rodric Braithwaite, Douglas Smith and Rachel Polonsky

The Pushkin House Waterstones Russian Book Prize

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Waterstones chief James Daunt and the chair of judges Sir Rodric Braithwaite host a discussion on writing about Russia with Douglas Smith (shortlisted author of Former People) and author and judge Rachel Polonsky. The shortlist was announced on 25 April.

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John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin

1,339 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop

Winter Weekend 2013, 

At QI’s very core is the astonishing fact: painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. Pigs suffer from anorexia. Wagner always wore pink silk underwear. Rugby School’s first official rugby kit in 1871 included a bow tie. Lord Kitchener had four spaniels called Shot, Bang, Miss and Damn. It is impossible to whistle in a spacesuit. Join in the fun with the QI writing team.

John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin

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Antony McDonald (Director), Helen Cooper (Associate Director), Peter Wedd (Lohengrin) and Tom Service

Wagner 200 – Lohengrin

Hay Festival 2013, 

The day after the première, members of the Welsh National Opera creative team and cast discuss their bicentenary production of Wagner’s great opera – a sublime confrontation between good and evil set on an epic symphonic scale.

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Michael Morpurgo

The Hay Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist delivers the inaugural Library Lecture on children’s rights, readers’ rights and the importance of libraries. Entry by library card but places must be booked in advance.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
 
There will be no signing after this event. However, Michael will be doing a 'meet and greet' in Pembertons with signed book plates after his evening event.

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Tracey Emin in conversation with Dylan Jones

Talking About Art

Hay Festival 2017, 

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.

Emin’s work has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse. By re-appropriating conventional handicraft techniques – or ‘women’s work’ – for radical intentions, Emin’s work resonates with the feminist tenets of the ‘personal as political’. In Everyone I’ve Ever Slept With, Emin used the process of appliqué to inscribe the names of lovers, friends and family within a small tent, into which the viewer had to crawl, becoming both voyeur and confidante. Her interest in the work of Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele particularly inform Emin’s paintings, monoprints and drawings, which explore complex personal states and ideas of self-representation through manifestly expressionist styles and themes.

Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist ever to do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2011 she became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.

She talks to the editor of GQ magazine.

Tracey Emin in conversation with Dylan Jones

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Javier Cercas en conversación con Félix Romeo

Alhambra 2009, 
El autor de Soldados de Salamina, traducida a más de 20 idiomas y llevada al cine por David Trueba, colaborador habitual del diario El País y
ganador, entre otros muchos, del Athens Prize for Literature 2008 por su última novela, La velocidad de la luz, conversará con el crítico literario y escritor de Amarillo, Félix Romeo.

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Jeanette Winterson

The 2016 Raymond Williams Lecture – Shakespeare 400

Hay Festival 2016, 

The novelist and essayist celebrates the work and gift of the playwright. Her latest novel The Gap of Time is a retelling of The Winter’s Tale. “A book of considerable beauty…a fine invitation into this deeply Shakespearean vision of imagination as the best kind of truth-telling” – Rowan Williams, New Statesman.

Jeanette Winterson

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Dan and Peter Snow

The Battle of Waterloo

Hay Festival 2015, 

Waterloo was the climactic showdown between the military giants of the age, Napoleon and Wellington, who faced each other for the first and only time across the sodden rolling Belgian farmland south of Brussels on the morning of Sunday 18 June 1815. More than 150,000 French, British, Dutch and Prussian soldiers fought an epic, bloody and decisive encounter that ended the Napoleonic Wars and led to Bonaparte’s final abdication and decades of international peace in Europe.

Peter and Dan Snow tell the story of Napoleon’s 100 Days Campaign, from his Elba escape to his defeat at Waterloo. Their book, The Battle of Waterloo Experience, provides what no other book on the battle contains – removable facsimiles of historic archival documents. You can relive this extraordinary moment in history by holding and examining rare or previously unpublished sketch maps, letters, orders, official papers and proclamations which up until now have been filed away in the National Army Museum’s collections or in other archives and museums around Europe.

Get close to the action by reading the campaign journal of a colonel of Hussars, the Duke of Wellington’s handwritten orders to the commander defending the farm of Hougoumont, the poignant letters written to family and loved ones by officers and men shortly after the battle, the paybook of a soldier of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, and The Times of 22 June 1815, containing a complete transcript of Wellington’s renowned Waterloo Dispatch.

Dan and Peter Snow

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Jim Swire and James Robertson talk to Philippe Sands

Perspectives On Lockerbie

Hay Festival 2013, 

Twenty-five years after a bomb brought Pan Am Flight 103 down on the town, the novelist James Robertson, author of The Professor Of Truth, and Dr Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the bombing and who is a member of the Justice For Megrahi group, reflect on the tragedy.

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Jane Davidson AM, Joan Herrera MEP, Caroline Lucas MEP and Andrew Simms

A Green New Deal

Hay Festival 2009, 
Can the environment save the economy? Featuring Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MEP, Jane Davidson AM, Welsh Assembly Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, and Spanish MEP Joan Herrera. Chaired by nef Policy Director Andrew Simms.