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Alice Oswald

The Greeks 8 - Memorial

Hay Festival 2012, 
The poet reads her brilliantly original rendering of Homer. ‘The Iliad is a vocative poem. Perhaps even (in common with lament) it is invocative, as if speaking directly to the dead, in the aftermath of the Trojan War: an attempt to remember people’s names and lives without the use of writing; a series of memories and similes laid side by side; an antiphonal account of man in his world.’

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Ma Jian and Yan Lianke talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions – China

Hay Festival 2013, 

If a panda gets pregnant, the entire nation celebrates. But if a woman gets pregnant she’s treated like a criminal. What kind of country is this? The author of Red Dust and Beijing Coma introduces his new novel The Dark Road. He is joined by the brilliant satirical author of Serve The People and Lenin’s Kisses, who is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. Flora Drew interprets. 

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Louis de Bernières talks to Anita Sethi

Notwithstanding

Hay Festival 2010, 
The novelist conjures the depth, texture and wealth of an English village in this delightful weft of tales.
Louis de Bernières talks to Anita Sethi

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Jason and Daniel Freeman

Paranoia: The 21st Century Fear

Hay Festival 2009, 
Terrorism, child-abduction, lone gunmen, David Blunkett… what’s not to worry? And what should we do about it? Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Paula Byrne: The Real Jane Austen

Austen Bicentenary Series 4

Hay Festival 2013, 

The biographer re-examines Austen’s family context and finds a far tougher, more socially and politically aware, and altogether more modern woman than the conventional picture of ‘dear Aunt Jane’ would allow.

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Robert Minhinnick

Fairground Music

Hay Festival 2010, 
Prepare for hallucinatory encounters with Margaret Thatcher, Dylan Thomas and Elvis Presley, and every guilty pleasure a fairground might offer as the writer collaborates with photographer Eamon Bourke to celebrate Porthcawl’s iconic attraction.
Robert Minhinnick

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Howard Jacobson, Maggie Ross, Roy Strong

King James Authorised Version – Genesis, Psalms, Revelations

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three of the hugest and most contentious books are on the table for this Good Read conversation. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Jane Birkin talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2009, 
The actress, singer, and film director discusses her life, her collaborations with Serge Gainsbourg, and her new album Enfants d’Hiver.

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Building St Pauls

Hay Festival 2008, 
James WP Campbell describes not just the feats of Christopher Wren, but the work of the quarrymen, stonemasons, carpenters and craftsmen who collaborated on Britain’s most imposing cathedral.

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Sophie McKenzie Talks Thrillers

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of the bestselling Missing trilogy and winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award for Hit Squad shares her top tips on thriller writing and tells us what’s coming next.

11+ years

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Simon Wessely

Shell Shock or Cowardice? The Life and Death of Private Harry Farr

Hay Festival 2014, 

The psychiatrist was an expert in the Judicial Review of whether to issue a blanket pardon to all those (300) executed for military offences during WWI. The review focused on Harry Farr. What happened? What was the historical context? What’s changed?Chaired by the writer and medical ethicist Raymond Tallis.

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The Word Wizards' Guide to Roald Dahl

Hay Festival 2016, 

Calling all Roald Dahl fans, wordsmiths and wannabe writers! Don’t be biffsquiggled. Come and join our Word Wizards as they swashboggle their way through the wonderful writing of Roald Dahl. Through games and performance we’ll find how to gobblefunk with words and hear all about the amazing new Roald Dahl Dictionary.

6+

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Anthony Horowitz talks to Paul Blezard

Screenwriting

Hay Festival 2009, 
The screenwriter discusses his work on Foyle’s War, Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Murder in Mind.

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Sioned Davies talks to Revel Guest

The Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the new translation into English of the greatest Welsh literary work. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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Hannah Rothschild talks to Martin Chilton

The Baroness

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author and filmmaker conjures the life of her great aunt, the heiress Nica Rothschild, who abandoned her life of privilege in Europe for New York’s 1950s Jazz scene. She was a patron and muse to some of the greatest C20th musicians. Charlie Parker died in her apartment, Thelonius Monk in her arms.

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Charlie Higson

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond series talks about his writing and the fifth instalment in his bestselling zombie adventure series, The Fallen. A writer, actor and comedian, Charlie studied gothic literature at university and is a huge fan of horror.
12+ years (YA)

Charlie Higson

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Miguel Syjuco talks to Xavi Ayén

Segovia 2011, 
Miguel Syjuco, Philippine author who was bestowed the Palanca Award, the most prestigious literary recognition in the Philippines, and the Asian Man Booker Price for the novel Ilustrado (2010), will talk with La Vanguardia's journalist Xavi Ayén. Syjuco’s novel narrates the life and death of Crispin Salvador, an imaginary character that makes the reader doubt about reality and fiction.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Aleksandar Hemon talks to Valerie Miles

Segovia 2012, 
Hemon writes novels and short stories, frequently collaborating with magazines such as the New Yorker and with newspapers in his native Bosnia. Since the 1990s he has lived in the United States and writes in English and Bosnian. Author of The Lazarus Project, winner of National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 2008, he has published in Spanish a collection of stories Love and Obstacles. He will talk about the peculiarities of writing in two languages, with his publisher in Spanish Valerie Miles, and about his current projects.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish. With the collaboration of the Embassy of the United States of America in Spain.

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Malorie Blackman talks to Jonathan Douglas

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author of the Noughts and Crosses series and Dangerous Realities, introduces her Unheard Voices: An Anthology of Stories and Poems to Commemorate the Bicentenary Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

Hay Fever 8 yrs +

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Crime Pays

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paul Blezard meets the authors of two of the whitest-knuckle reads of the year. Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 tracks a serial killer at the height of Stalin’s Terror. Philip Kerr’s latest mystery A Quiet Flame sends Bernie Gunther to Peron’s Argentina.

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Joanna Coles in conversation with Peter Florence

Running in heels, or how to direct Marie Claire

Cartagena 2010, 
Since editing the magazine More and working as correspondent on The Guardian and The Times in New York, the editor in chief of the North American edition of Marie Claire has given the publication a mixture of politics, fashion, articles on the rights of women and art. The television programme Running in heels, on the publication process of the magazine, and in which Coles is one of the main characters, has been received with great acclaim both in the US and UK. Joanna Coles talks about journalism, television and fashion with the director of Hay Festival, Peter Florence.

This event is in English. Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available.

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Juanita León, Rodrigo Pardo, María Teresa Ronderos y Daniel Samper Pizano en conversación con Jaime Abello

Investigaciones periodísticas

Cartagena 2013, 
El periodismo de investigación requiere rigor, pasión y valentía a partes iguales. Tres grandes periodistas colombianos, Juanita León, directora de La silla vacía; Rodrigo Pardo, de RCN; María Teresa Ronderos, directora de VerdadAbierta.com; y Daniel Samper Pizano, padre del periodismo investigativo en Colombia a través del trabajo que desempeño en El Tiempo, conversan con Jaime Abello, director general de Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo.

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Roger Thurow

Feeding The World

Hay Festival 2013, 

How will we feed a growing global population in the face of a wide range of adverse factors, including climate change? What contributions can the social and natural sciences make in finding solutions, and what is the role for governments and the private sector? What does it all mean for the individual farmer? The author The Hunger Season discusses with The Telegraph’s Environment Editor, Geoffrey Lean.

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Martin Rees

The Royal Society Lecture 3: From Here To Infinity

Hay Festival 2011, 
The astronomer revisits the subject matter of his 2010 Reith Lectures, boldly exploring the challenges facing science in the C21st.

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Sarah McIntyre

Cartoon Creations

Hay Festival 2011, 
Hurrah! We’ve got our hands on this inspired illustrator and comics creator for a whole hour. So come and meet her cartoon friends and learn super-secret tips on how to invent your own characters. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
5+ years & families Rib Ticklers