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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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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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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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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.
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+ years

Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

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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.

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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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Rhianna Pratchett

BAFTA presents Writing Games

Hay Festival 2013, 

The representation of women both in games and the games industry has been changing over the last few years. Come and meet Pratchett, the lead writer on Tomb Raider who specialises in developing the narrative structure, humour and characterisation in games and played a key role in the reinvention of the legendary Lara Croft.

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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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Simon Armitage

The Poet

Hay Festival 2009, 
Reading and conversation with the poet whose recent publications include The Not Dead, Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid, Out of the Blue and Gawainand the Green Knight.

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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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Hugh Warwick

A Prickly Affair: My Life With Hedgehogs

Hay Festival 2009, 
A truly eccentric global story of hog lore, conservation and devotion.

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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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Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

Hay Festival 2015, 

Aged 24, the writer’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how Haig came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

Matt Haig

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Ian Charlesworth and Richard Stockton

Jolly Jaunts with The Parson and The Publican

Hay Festival 2013, 

For a number of years The Parson and The Publican have travelled the highways and byways in search of refreshment for body and soul. With many years between them of accumulated wisdom on matters pertaining to pew and pump it was but a short step to committing their experiences to print. The authors have scoured Worcestershire, Herefordshire and The Wye Valley to amass these tales, which are delightfully illustrated with watercolour sketches from the brush of the Publican. Some of the places in their delightful book are well known, while others are more obscure but, never discouraged, our plucky pilgrims get out the map, freely exchange opinions and then do precisely what the driver wishes. Not for them the wonders of the 'Sat Nag'. Rather, instinct and an unwavering nose for musty hassocks, malted barley or fermented apple juice draws them ever onwards.

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Jill Piercy and Peter Lord talk to Damian Walford Davies

From Bardsey To Hydra

Hay Festival 2013, 

Brenda Chamberlain’s iconic book The Watercastle is just published in the Library Of Wales series. Her biographer Jill Piercy discusses her life and work with art historian Peter Lord, who is trying to preserve Chamberlain’s murals on Bardsey, and poet Damian Walford Davies, who has just edited her play The Protagonists, set on Hydra during the time of the Colonels.

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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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John Bradshaw

In Defence Of Dogs

Winter Weekend 2011, 
One of the world’s leading dog experts brings us a compelling insight into what dogs would ask us for, if only they knew how.

More about In Defence of Dogs
The dog has been mankind's faithful companion for tens of thousands of years, yet today finds itself in crisis throughout the western world. Until just over a hundred years ago, most dogs worked for their living, and each of the many breeds had become well suited, over countless generations, to the task for which they were bred. Now, in their purely domestic roles, we fail to understand their needs. And it is time that someone stood up for dogdom: not the caricature of the wolf in a dog suit, ready to dominate its unsuspecting owner at the first sign of weakness, not the trophy animal that collects rosettes and kudos for its breeder, but the real dog, the pet that just wants to be one of the family and enjoy life. 

Biologists now know far more about what really makes dogs tick than they did twenty years ago – and John Bradshaw has been at the centre of this research. However, this new scientific understanding has been slow to percolate through to owners, and has not yet made enough of a difference to the lives of the dogs themselves. This book is here to set the record straight. It is time we understood one of the most successful species on the planet, our closest friends, the dog.
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Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth? Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation, Big Issue founder John Bird and Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler find reasons to be cheerful about climate change and its opportunities to reframe our lives.

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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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Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis

Jeremy Leggett

Hay Festival 2006, 
The global marketplace is built on the notion of a stable supply of cheap oil and gas. But that bedrock is about to crumble. As geologists, civil servants and the oil industry knows, the end of oil is a lot closer than we think. Leggett is Chief Executive of Solarcentury.

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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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Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Hay Festival 2013, 

They say she has been banned in Bognor and censored in Solihull. Here to hellraise in Hay for one day only, the creator of the world-conquering Georgia Nicholson and Tallulah books and Queen of Comedy – Louise Rennison – will give you a sneak preview of The Taming of the Tights.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ years

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Paul Franklin talks to Francine Stock

VFX

Hay Festival 2012, 
The CG pioneer and special effects maestro discusses and shows his Oscar-winning work on Inception and the Batman series.

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Hanif Kureishi

Collected

Hay Festival 2011, 
We celebrate the publication of the novelist and screenwriter’s Collected Essays and Collected Stories. Chaired by Ariane Koek.
 
More about Hanif Kureishi www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/

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Abdel Bari Atwan talks to Nik Gowing

Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Palestinian editor of Rai al-Youm offers a comprehensive review of the group’s organisational structure and leadership, strategies, tactics and diverse methods of recruitment. He traces the salafi-jihadi lineage of IS, its ideological differences with al-Qa’ida, and the deadly rivalry that has emerged between their leaders. Atwan also shows how the group’s rapid growth has been facilitated by its masterful command of social media platforms, the ‘dark web’, Hollywood ‘blockbuster’-style videos, and even jihadi computer games, producing a powerful paradox where the ambitions of the Middle Ages have re-emerged in cyber-space.

Abdel Bari Atwan talks to Nik Gowing