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Nick Crane

Barefoot Books World Atlas

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join this cartographer, explorer, writer and television presenter as he introduces us to a whole new way of looking at the world.
 
Families.  9+ years

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Christopher Jamison talks to Raj Persaud

In the Psychiatrist’s Chair

Hay Festival 2008, 
Raj Persaud interviews the Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery, Worth Abbey and author of Finding Sanctuary Christopher Jamison.

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William Fotheringham

Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling

Hay Festival 2015, 

Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. Hinault is the last ‘old-school’ champion: a larger-than-life character from a working-class background, capable of winning on all terrains, in major Tours and one-day Classics. Nicknamed ‘The Badger’ for his combative style, he led a cyclists’ strike in his first Tour and instigated a legendary punch-up with demonstrators in 1982 while in the middle of a race. Hinault’s battles with teammates Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond provide some of the greatest moments in Tour history.

Sports writer and journalist William Fotheringham is the Guardian's cycling correspondent and author of a number of books about the cycling world, including the number one bestseller Merckx: Half Man Half Bike and biographies of Fausto Coppi and Tom Simpson. 

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William Fotheringham

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Oliver Balch talks to Georgina Godwin

Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders

Hay Festival 2016, 

After living in London and Buenos Aires, what will the journalist make of moving to Hay, a tiny, quirky town on the Welsh-English border? To help guide him, he turns to Francis Kilvert, the Victorian diarist who captured the bucolic rural life of his day. Does anything of Kilvert’s world still exist? And could a newcomer ever feel they truly belong? With empathy and humour, Balch joins in the daily routines and lives of his fellow residents. What emerges is a captivating, personal picture of country life.

Oliver Balch talks to Georgina Godwin

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Kim Wilkie

Led by the Land

Hay Festival 2012, 
The radical landscape designer surveys 20 years of his work, from the restoration of the Villa La Pietra in Florence to the strategic masterplan for the World Heritage Site at the Solovetski Archipelago.

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Ken Elias talks to Ceri Thomas

Thin Partitions

Hay Festival 2011, 
An illustrated conversation surveying forty years of the esteemed Glynneath artist’s work with collage and photomontage.
 
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Jean-Christophe Victor in conversation with Jean-Jacques Beucler

The futures of the world: the parameters of change in the 21st century

Segovia 2012, 
As nations become increasingly interdependent, Jean-Christophe Victor proposes a multi-disciplinary approach to the questions of European and world demographics, macro and micro economies and the demand for energy, with suggestions on how to redefine our outlook. Chaired by Jean-Jacques Beucler.
 
Simultaneous translation from French into Spanish. Co-organized with the Institut Français of Madrid, the Embassy of France in Spain and the collaboration of AirFrance.

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Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

Wyrmeweald: Bloodhoney

Hay Festival 2012, 
This incredible duo, creators of The Edge Chronicles introduces the new episode of their latest high-octane fantasy epic.
 
12+ years

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Meg Rosoff

There Is No Dog

Hay Festival 2011, 
What if the world was created by a teenage boy called Bob? Hay is thrilled to welcome Meg back as she gives us an exclusive preview of her future-classic before its August release. Chaired by Gaby Wood.
 
Teen event – part of the hf2 programme for teens

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Andrew Ruhemann talks to Francine Stock

The Animator, the Meerkat and the Gorillaz

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Passion Pictures producer discusses and shows his 2011 Oscar-winning short The Lost Thing and explains his ground-breaking animation work with Alexander ‘Simples’ Orlov and the Gorillaz, among other seminal characters.
 
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Victor Gregg & Rick Stroud

Rifleman: A Front Line Life

Hay Festival 2011, 
The amazing life of the paratrooper veteran of Alamein and Arnhem, a Dresden PoW, who served in the security services during the Cold War and was witness to the falling of the Iron Curtain in 1989.

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Mukesh Kapila talks to Philippe Sands

Against A Tide Of Evil

Hay Festival 2013, 

The former head of the UN in Sudan reveals the shocking depths of evil plumbed by those who designed and orchestrated ‘the final solution’ in Darfur – How One Man Became The Whistleblower To The First Mass Murder Of The Twenty-First Century.

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Steve Benbow

The Urban Beekeeper

Hay Festival 2012, 
The visionary beekeeper started his first beehive ten years ago on the roof of his tower block in Bermondsey and today runs 30 sites across the city. His bees live atop Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Fortnum & Mason and the National Portrait Gallery, and he supplies honey to the Savoy tearooms, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. His bees forage in parks, cemeteries, along railway lines and in windowboxes, and because of the diversity of the plants and trees in the city, produce far richer honey and greater yields than they would in rural areas.

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Monika Borgmann, Abir Saksouk-Sasso and Walid Sadek in conversation with Fadi Shayya

Checkpoints of memory in a post-war city.

Beirut 2012, 
The panel investigates the possibility of critical and discursive notions of spatial production in post-war Beirut against the city’s disrupted collective memory. It discusses why and how the reproduction of urban design and architecture conforms to dominant socio-political dogmas of division, whilst art searches (and sometimes finds) freedom in expressing critical stances for and about memory, using different media. With Monika Borgmann, filmmaker and co-director of UMAM, Abir Saksouk-Sasso, architect and activist, and Walid Sadek, artist and assistant professor at AUB, chaired by Fadi Shayya, urbanist and architect.
 
Event in English

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Simon Armitage

Walking Away

Hay Festival 2015, 

The poet swaps the moorland uplands of the north (Walking Home) for the coastal fringes of Britain’s south west, once again giving readings every night, but this time through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, taking poetry into distant communities and tourist hot-spots, busking his way from start to finish.

From the surreal pleasure-dome of Minehead Butlins to a smoke-filled roundhouse on the Penwith Peninsula, then out to the Isles of Scilly and beyond, Armitage tackles this personal Odyssey with all the poetic reflection and personal wit we’ve come to expect of one of Britain’s best loved and most popular writers.

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Srđa Popović

Blueprint for Revolution: How To Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Non-violent Techniques to Galvanise Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World

Hay Festival 2015, 

How do ordinary people become revolutionaries? In 2000, too-cool-to-care Belgrade rock kid Srđa Popović found himself at the centre of a movement which was about to change the world. Popović was one of the unexpected leaders of the student movement Otpor! that overthrew dictator Slobodan Milošević and established democracy in Serbia all by avoiding violence and opting for something far more powerful: a sense of humour.

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Peter Hain and David Lipsey

Forty Years is a Long Time in Politics

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two of the most unconventional Westminster memoirs shed new, controversial and wickedly funny light on the political process. With the anti-apartheid campaigner, MP for Neath, former Leader of the House, and Secretary of State for Work and Wales, author of Outside In and the veteran Labour peer, author of An Autobiography. Chaired by Simon Mundy

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Monica Ali talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

In the Kitchen

Hay Festival 2009, 
The new novel from the author of Brick Lane opens with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and then peels back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot that exists below.

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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.


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Edmund White talks to Damian Barr

Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Hay Festival 2014, 

The American novelist tells the tales of his fifteen years in France, where he wrote lives of Genet, Rimbaud and Proust and met le tout Paris – from Yves St Laurent and Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault.

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Chinese Whispers

Nick Broomfield interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai

Hay Festival 2008, 
Nick Broomfield, director of the cockle-pickers film Ghosts, interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai about her searing book The True Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour.

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Simon Mayo

Hay Festival 2013, 

One of Britain’s best-loved BBC radio presenters returns with his second children’s book Itch Rocks. With elements as his gadgets, Itch has to use all his wits to escape unscrupulous enemies.


10+ years

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Alex Crawford talks to Jim Naughtie

Colonel Gaddafi’s Hat

Hay Festival 2012, 
A gripping and deeply moving account of the Libyan uprising from the Sky News Special Correspondent - the lone journalist who was able to report from the rebel army convoy that captured Green Square in the heart of Tripoli.

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Alexandra Harris

Virginia Woolf

Hay Festival 2012, 
A portrait of the masterpieces and life of the modernist genius, from the prize-winning author of Romantic Moderns.

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Simon Finch and Gabriel Range talk to Peter Florence

Death of a President

Hay Festival 2007, 
The award-winning and spectacularly controversial drama imagines the assassination of George Bush. The creators talk about verité and mockumentary style, narrative ethics and the wrath of the Republican Party. Chaired by Peter Florence.