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Andy McNab

Hay Festival 2006, 
A rare interview with the author of Bravo Two Zero, Firewall, Last Light and Aggressor. Chaired by Phil Rickman.

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Emma Darwin talks to Ruth Padel

A Secret Alchemy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The biologist’s great-great-granddaughter discusses her historical novel about the Princes in the Tower.

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Rosanna Davison

Eat Yourself Beautiful

Kells 2015, 

Rosanna Davison talks about how she came to study nutrition. She gives us the skinny on her own diet and lifestyle, and shares her top tips from her new book Eat Yourself Beautiful on cutting out sugar and including more fruit and vegetables in your diet.

Photo by Miki Barlok

Rosanna Davison

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Luke Clements and Anne Cottringer

Cardiff University Series 4: Does Your Carer Take Sugar?

Hay Festival 2015, 

There are 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK. There’ll be more soon as the demography changes. The Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Law examines the reality of today and the implications for the future with film-maker Anne Cottringer.

Watch the YouTube video here

Luke Clements and Anne Cottringer

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Rob Penn

The Man Who Made Things Out Of Trees - Woodland Trust Series

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rob Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. Journeying from Wales and Ireland across Europe to the US, he finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash, developed over millennia making wheels and arrows, furniture and baseball bats, are far from dead. He chronicles how the urge to appreciate trees still runs through us like grain through wood.

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Adrian Tinniswood

Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the 17th-century Mediterranean

Hay Festival 2010, 
Tales of the C17th European renegades and Islamic sea-rovers who terrorised the Mediterranean, trading slaves from Iceland to the New World.
Adrian Tinniswood

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Mark Radcliffe talks to Tiffany Murray

Thank You for the Days

Hay Festival 2009, 
A Boys’ Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond told between the DJ’s choice of ‘Life Tracks’.

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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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Gillian Clarke

The Lapidus Reading

Hay Festival 2012, 
In a special preview session the National Poet of Wales reads and discusses her forthcoming poetry collection ICE. Chaired by Fiona Hamilton of Lapidus, the UK organisation for creative writing and reading for health and wellbeing.

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Piedad Bonnet in conversation with Luis García Montero

Segovia 2013, 

The Colombian poet, novelist and playwright Piedad Bonnet speaks with the poet Luis García Montero about her latest book Lo que no tiene nombre (Alfaguara), in which she deals with pain, death and resignation when writing about her son Daniel’s suicide.


Co-organized with the Embassy of Colombia in Spain

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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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Fiona McFarlane talks to Dai Smith

The 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under, as Fiona McFarlane, 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize winner talks to Dai Smith, Chair of the judges. The shortlist for this year’s prize is: Anuk Arudpragasm The Story of a Brief Marriage; Alys Conran Pigeon; Luke Kennard Cain; Fiona McFarlane The High Places; Sarah Perry The Essex Serpent; Callan Wink Dog Run Moon: Stories.

Fiona McFarlane talks to Dai Smith

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Tim Winton talks to Rebecca Jones

BBC Talking Books 3: The Boy Behind the Curtain

Hay Festival 2017, 

The great novelist, author of Dirt Music and Cloudstreet, is publishing two non-fiction books. Charged with love for the huge, besieging force of Australia’s wild spaces, Island Home: A Landscape Memoir is a passionate call for their conservation. His deeply personal The Boy Behind the Curtain: Notes from an Australian Life shows how moments from his childhood and life growing up have shaped his views on class, faith, fundamentalism, the environment, and literature.

Tim Winton talks to Rebecca Jones

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Open Mic 1

Unpublished Writers

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join in a brand new venture to share your work with an audience. All readings are (rigorously) 5 minutes long. If you have a ticket and you'd like to read, please email boxoffice@hayfestival.com with 'Open Mic' in the title line to book a slot. Readings can be prose or poetry. This event will be repeated (with different participants) on 5 June. Paul Blezard MCs.

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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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Michael Wood

The Other Versions

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian looks at Athelstan, Wycliffe, Tyndale and the other, earlier versions of the Bible that informed the King James Authorised Version.

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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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Louise Gray, Steve Ormerod and Tony Davies talk with Katie-Jo Luxton

The Nature of Brexit: challenges and opportunities for wildlife and farming

Hay Festival 2017, 

In 2016 over 50 organisations came together across the UK to produce and publish the second State of Nature report. It shows that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. The long-term future of farming is at stake if the natural systems on which it is based are depleted. Our panel looks at what the next 30 years could look like if the natural environment was placed at the centre of farming policies post-Brexit. Poet Martin Daws will open and close this event.

Louise Gray, Steve Ormerod and Tony Davies talk with Katie-Jo Luxton

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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

Hay Festival 2018, 

We often joke that teenagers don’t have brains. For some reason, it’s socially acceptable to mock people in this stage of their lives. The need for intense friendships, the excessive risk taking and the development of many mental illnesses – depression, addiction, schizophrenia – begin during these formative years. Drawing upon cutting-edge research in her London laboratory, the neuroscientist explains what happens inside the adolescent brain, what her team’s experiments have revealed about our behaviour, and how we relate to each other and our environment as we go through this period of our lives. She shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity – one that should be acknowledged, nurtured and celebrated. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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George Monbiot

Heat

Hay Festival 2007, 
How to Stop the Planet Burning analyses the issue of carbon emission with ruthless rigour and elegant clarity. The action and commitments Monbiot proposes are politically compelling and define how we might all move forward.

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Qué es la felicidad. Con Paul Dolan

Cartagena 2013, 
Todos deseamos ser más felices. A veces parece que conseguirlo requiere mucho esfuerzo. Y otras veces ni siquiera sabemos qué es eso de sentirse mejor. Así, ¿no sería estupendo tener una idea clara de lo que es la felicidad y cómo alcanzarla? Y, ¿no sería incluso mejor si pudiéramos ser más felices sin tener que cambiar nuestra vida? En A Head For Happiness (Una mente para la felicidad), Paul Dolan explora todos estos asuntos. Paul Dolan es profesor de Ciencias del Comportamiento en el Departamento de Política Social en la London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Qué es la felicidad. Con Paul Dolan

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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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Rick Stroud

The New Space Race

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Book of the Moon celebrates the anniversary of the first moon walk and examines what it is that has held our imagination for decades.

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Dolly Alderton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Everything I Know About Love

Hay Festival 2019, 

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. Alderton’s captivating memoir is about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

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Atinuke

Traditional African Tales

Hay Festival 2013, 

Atinuke, author of the Anna Hibiscus and No 1 Car Spotter books is also a Nigerian storyteller. Don’t miss the chance to share her stories.

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