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Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver, Kirsty Gunn and Joanna Briscoe

Reader, I Married Him

Hay Festival 2016, 

In this celebration of the bi-centenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, Chevalier is joined by three fellow writers to introduce their anthology of stories inspired by Jane Eyre.

Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver, Kirsty Gunn and Joanna Briscoe

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James Holland

The Dam Busters

Hay Festival 2012, 
The True Story of the Legendary Raid on the Ruhr on the night of 16 May 1943 when 19 Lancaster bombers delivered Barnes Wallis’ bouncing bombs into the industrial heartland of Nazi Germany.

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HL Dennis

Secret Breakers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Brodie, Hunter and Tusia: three kids chosen to solve the greatest unbroken code in the world. But why will some people kill to stop them? Join Team Veritas and crack the codes to help them. Bring a pad and pencil.
 
9+ yrs

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Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

Diaries, Gardens and Mastercrafts

Hay Festival 2010, 
Alongside the huge success of his recent Mastercrafts television series and the spectacular media project of Around the World in Eighty Gardens, the publication of his Ivington Diaries confirms the gardener as one of the most attuned and passionate men of the soil and land and as a writer of consummate skill and beauty.
Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

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Barbara Erskine and Phil Rickman

And did those feet?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Time’s Legacy explores the legend that the young Jesus Christ came to Glastonbury to study with the Druids. The Bones of Avalon has Elizabethan astrologer John Dee dispatched to the mystical West Country town to find the alleged bones of King Arthur, missing since the Reformation.

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Julia Neuberger

Not Dead Yet

Hay Festival 2008, 
Julia Neuberger lays out her thinking for our changing demography with A Manifesto for Old Age. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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George Monbiot

Inundated

Hay Festival 2014, 

When the winter floods receded, they left behind a changed political landscape: one in which we began at last to discuss the treatment of the land and how that affects us. In Feral Monbiot explored the destruction of the uplands and the astonishing, restorative potential of rewilding. Now he extends that analysis, explaining how disastrous agricultural policies strip the soil and exacerbate flooding, and arguing that they can be reversed.

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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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Beth Singler

Cambridge Series: Could and Should Robots Feel Pain?

Hay Festival 2017, 

Recent developments in Artificial Intelligence and robotics demonstrate that we are aiming towards creating something that is ‘human-like’ in various ways. What sort of experiences should these beings have? And what does the answer to that question tell us about ourselves? Anthropologist Dr Beth Singler is Research Associate on the Human Identity in an age of Nearly-Human Machines project at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

Beth Singler

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Tom Holland

Æthelstan: The Making of England

Hay Festival 2016, 

The formation of England happened against the odds - the division of the country into rival kingdoms, the assaults of the Vikings, the precarious position of the island on the edge of the known world. But King Alfred ensured the survival of Wessex, his son Eadweard expanded it, and his grandson Æthelstan finally united Mercia and Wessex, conquered Northumbria and became Rex totius Britanniae.

Tom Holland

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Kamal Munir, Ornit Shani, Bhaskar Vira and Joya Chatterji

Cambridge University Series 3: India and Pakistan, The Common Ground

Hay Festival 2015, 

The news tends to focus on the antagonism between India and Pakistan. A distinguished panel of academics looks at the common ground between the two countries, in terms of environmental resources and challenges, trade and economic growth, and state formation and geo-politics. Chaired by Anatol Lieven.

Kamal Munir, Ornit Shani, Bhaskar Vira and Joya Chatterji

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Joan Bakewell talks to Revel Guest

Fictions – She’s Leaving Home

Hay Festival 2012, 
Nureyev defects in London; Gagarin escapes the earth’s atmosphere to be the first man in Space; the Beatles escape Liverpool to seek their fortune in Hamburg. The 50s give way to the 60s in the broadcaster’s second novel.
 

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Jonathan Fenby

Tiger Head Snake Tails

Hay Festival 2013, 

China’s Unfinished Revolution – the challenges that confront the looming superpower after its leadership transition. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Sarah Dunant in conversation with SJ Parris

Fictions – Blood And Beauty

Hay Festival 2013, 

The acclaimed novelist of the Italian Renaissance takes on the era’s most infamous family – the Borgias.

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Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: An Optimist Afloat

Hay Festival 2009, 
The charming joker-of-all-trades, author of Driving Over Lemons, yarns his tales of the high and very wet seas.

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Peter Davies and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Wales We Want

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘The Wales We Want’ conversation mirrors a global initiative by the United Nations, asking people what sort of Wales they want for their children and grandchildren. The final report was launched in March 2015 and we discuss the outcomes and how this will feed in to Welsh Government policy. Davies, Climate Change Commissioner for Wales, and Middleton, entrepreneur, designer and maverick thinker, discuss with Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

Peter Davies and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

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Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

Friends and Families in Fiction

Hay Festival 2014, 

Clever, optimistic, beautifully written and very amusing, these three writers’ books explore the relationships within families and between close friends with great insight and humour. The multiple-award-winning Hilary McKay whose new book is Binny For Short, is joined by Natasha Farrant, author of The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby series, and newcomer Jane Elson, author of A Room Full of Chocolate, for a lively session about the highs and lows of family life and how it inspires their fiction.
9
+ years

Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

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Priyamvada Gopal

Cambridge Series: How (Not) To Write The History of Empire

Hay Festival 2010, 
From demanding reparations for slavery to denouncing immigration, from fostering multiculturalism to celebrating Britishness and from the partition of Palestine to women’s rights in Afghanistan, how does one engage with the controversial afterlife of the British empire?

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Don’t Scratch Your Bum With A Hedgehog

Hay Festival 2013, 

Fascinating facts and the kind of advice you won’t get anywhere else from the bestselling and double-Blue Peter Best Book with Facts-winning Mitchell Symons.

7+ years

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Carl Watkins

The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among The Dead

Hay Festival 2013, 

A vivid history of the macabre as the author goes in search of the ancient customs, local characters and compelling tales that illuminate how people over the years have come to terms with our ultimate fate. He discovers what a small Norfolk church has to tell us about the apocalypse; why the greatest minds of the C17th were embroiled in debate over the phantom Drummer of Tedworth; and how a nineteenth-century Welsh druid completely changed the national view of cremation.

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Robert Llewellyn, Jesse Norman, Fiona Howarth, Mike Hawes and Tony Whitehorn

Electric Vehicles: How Low Can We Go?

Hay Festival 2018, 
With reductions in air pollution, managing climate change and improving fuel security becoming more urgent, how is government policy meeting these priorities and what are vehicle manufacturers doing to design vehicles that help to achieve the same goals? How do we plan for the future in a society which has been so reliant on the internal combustion engine car? Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Jesse Norman, Mike Hawes, CEO of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Fiona Howarth is the CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles and Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO of Hyundai UK. Chaired by TV presenter, author and electric vehicle expert Robert Llewellyn.

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Matt Pritchett

Matt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Telegraph’s superstar cartoonist on drawing, humour and satire.

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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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Jim Perrin and Mark Cocker talk to Rosie Boycott

Ty Newydd Nature Writing

Hay Festival 2011, 
The day tutors discuss their own recent works – Perrin’s West: A Journey Through the Landscapes of Loss and Cocker’s masterpiece Crow Country. Theatre practitioner Gerald Tyler, trumpeter Tomos Williams and writer Jon Gower team up to explore Perrin’s high art, with visuals by film director and choreographer Grant Gee.

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David Kynaston

Tales of a New Jerusalem

Hay Festival 2010, 
The brilliant social historian looks at Family Britain 1951–1957 with its Butlin’s holiday camps, Kenwood food mixers and Hancock’s Half-Hour. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
David Kynaston