Life

Hay Player

Ranulph Fiennes

Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Coldest Temperatures on Earth

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Cold is a celebration of lives dedicated to researching and exploring some of the most hostile and brutally cold places on Earth. Documenting both his own explorations and those of others such as Shackleton, Cook and Amundsen, the famous adventurer and explorer reveals the chequered history of man’s attempts to discover and understand these remote areas of the planet.

Ranulph Fiennes

Hay Player

Liz Davies talks to Francine Stock

Growing Old Outrageously

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The co-author discusses her delightful memoir of a later-life friendship and what happens when two ladies of a certain age decide to test Graham Greene’s maxim: Leap and the net will appear! This is a book for thrill-seekers, the adventurous and armchair travellers alike, a celebration of friendship, laughter and all that’s good in the world. 

Liz Davies talks to Francine Stock

Hay Player

Ella Hickson in conversation with Francine Stock

Wendy and Peter Pan

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The RSC’s Christmas production is JM Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who never grows up, adapted in a spectacular new version by Ella Hickson. Here Ella talks about how she approached the story, what new twists she has brought to it and some of the things that happen to Wendy during the story.

Ella Hickson in conversation with Francine Stock

Hay Player

Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James

Prisonomics

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Prisonomics provides a compelling analysis of the cost to the economy, as well as the human cost, of keeping women in prison. Convicted for taking her former husband Chris Huhne’s speeding points, Pryce uses her personal experiences and professional understanding to look at how prison works, and should work, from an economist’s perspective. She talks to journalist Erwin James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

Vicky Pryce talks to Erwin James

Hay Player

Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

The Aftermath

Winter Weekend 2013, 
The novelist discusses his superbly controlled emotional thriller – a tale of passion, betrayal and conscience set in post-war Germany.  'My fiction of the year. Perfect for anyone who loved Atonement, Captain Corelli's Mandolin or Anna Karenina' – Peter Florence
 
 
Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

Hay Player

Colin Javens talks to Oliver Balch

Dream Drive Love

Winter Weekend 2013, 

After a serious spinal injury at the age of 19, Colin’s life was drastically changed forever, and the dreams he had intended to pursue then seemed impossible. But rather than despairing and accepting the limitations of his wheelchair, he chose a path of quiet determination – and has since driven across the world, encountered endless adventures and found friendship, laughter and love.

There will be a charity collection following the event.

Colin Javens talks to Oliver Balch

Hay Player

Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist

Hay Festival 2014, 

An intimate and personal decoding of the nature and nurture of the famous and infamous geneticist, author of The Selfish Gene, Unweaving the Rainbow, The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker.

Richard Dawkins talks to Joan Bakewell

Hay Player

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.

Hay Player

Jennifer Saunders talks to Francine Stock

Bonkers – My Life in Laughs

Hay Festival 2014, 

The writer and actor’s life is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, and touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn.

 

Jennifer Saunders talks to Francine Stock

Hay Player

Charles Moore talks to Damian Barr

Margaret Thatcher

Hay Festival 2014, 

Moore’s first volume covers the Prime Minister’s early life and her political journey to power, drawing on unrestricted access to unpublished material. It is hailed as a masterpiece of biography. He talks with the author of the fabulous, award-winning memoir Maggie and Me.

 

Charles Moore talks to Damian Barr

Hay Player

Joan Bakewell and Alan Walker talk to Nicholas Stern

The British Academy Platform: Our Ageing Population – Benefit or Burden?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Is the welfare generation a myth? What can our economy gain from an older workforce, and how can our politicians and policy makers harness the potential in an ageing population?

Joan Bakewell and Alan Walker talk to Nicholas Stern

Hay Player

Ben Watt talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Romany and Tom

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Everything But The Girl musician’s beautiful and funny memoir is a personal journey and a portrait of his parents, Romany and Tom. It is a vivid story of the post-war years, of ambition and stardom, family roots and secrets, of life in clubs and in care homes.

Ben Watt talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Hay Player

Suggs

That Close

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of pop music’s most enduring figures talks about his life, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the Eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells us what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park. He talks to Martin Chilton.

Suggs

Hay Player

Tom Maschler talks to Francine Stock

John Lennon: In His Own Write

Hay Festival 2014, 

On 4 June 2014 in New York the legendary Cape publisher auctions the drawings given to him by John Lennon when they were published 50 years ago. He shows the Beatle’s artwork and tells the story of their collaboration.

Hay Player

Alan Johnson talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

This Boy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former Home Secretary’s marvellous memoir plays out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing. The story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging Sixties, and on to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father while still in his teens.

Hay Player

Laura Bates talks to Anita Anand

Everyday Sexism: The Project That Inspired a Worldwide Movement

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 2012 after being sexually harassed on London public transport a young journalist started to collect stories for a piece she was writing on the issue. Astounded by the response she received and the wide range of stories that came pouring in from all over the world, she quickly realised that the situation was far worse than she’d initially thought. Sexism is endemic – socially, politically and economically. And enough is enough. Welcome to the fourth wave of feminism.

Laura Bates talks to Anita Anand

Hay Player

John Eliot Gardiner

Music in the Castle of Heaven

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the world’s leading conductors presents his portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary, so opaque – and occasionally so intemperate? Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

John Eliot Gardiner

Hay Player

Josh Cohen

The Private Life

Hay Festival 2014, 

The war over private life spreads inexorably. Some seek to expose, invade and steal it, others to protect, conceal and withhold it. But what if what we call ‘private life’ is the one element in us that we can’t possess? Could it be that we’re so intent on taking hold of the privacy of others or keeping hold of our own only because we’re powerless to do either? Cohen is a psychoanalyst and professor of literature.

Hay Player

John Browne

The Glass Closet

Hay Festival 2014, 

The former BP boss, now chairman of Cuadrilla, launches his frank examination of sexuality and leadership The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good for Business. He talks to Peter Florence.

Hay Player

Sigrid Rausing talks to Oliver Bullough

Everything is Wonderful: Memories of a Collective Farm in Estonia

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 1993–4 abandoned watchtowers dotted the coast line. The huge fields of the Lenin collective farm were lying fallow, waiting for claims from former owners, fleeing war and Soviet and Nazi occupation. The anthropologist reflects on history, political repression, and the story of the minority Swedes in the area.

Hay Player

Tracey Thorn talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Bedsit Disco Queen

Hay Festival 2014, 

Everything But The Girl made nine albums and sold nine million records. One half of the band (with her husband Ben Watt), Thorn gives a wry look at the realities of a pop career. There are thrills and wonders to be experienced, yes, but also moments of doubt, mistakes, violent lifestyle changes from luxury to squalor and back again, sometimes within minutes. Also see event 67

Hay Player

Simon Schama, Philippe Sands, Barbara Winton

Honouring Nicholas Winton

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are proud to launch Barbara Winton’s book about her father, the 105-year-old British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Chaired by Alan Yentob.

Simon Schama, Philippe Sands, Barbara Winton

Hay Player

Alfred Brendel

A Pianist’s A–Z: A Piano Lover’s Reader

Hay Festival 2014, 

The legendary musician shares the insights and experience of his sixty-year career with Clemency Burton-Hill. ‘This book distils what, at my advanced age, I feel able to say about music, musicians, and matters of my pianistic profession.’

Hay Player

Katherine Quarmby and Damian Le Bas

Challenging Romaphobia

Hay Festival 2014, 

The award-winning non-fiction writer Quarmby introduces her book No Place to Call Home – Inside the Real Lives of Gypsies & Travellers. Le Bas is editor of the national magazine and website for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers, Travellers’ Times, and author of All Change: Romani Studies through Romani Eyes. They talk to Guto Harri.

Katherine Quarmby and Damian Le Bas

Hay Player

Franny Armstrong, Liz Crow and Jasvinder Sanghera talk to Rosie Boycott

Here We Stand

Hay Festival 2014, 

Contributors to Honno’s new anthology about women campaigners discuss how they became politicised, and how they were personally changed by the process of changing the world. Armstrong is director of the climate change blockbuster Age of Stupid, and is now working on a TV drama series based on the true story of the police spies who infiltrated British activist groups and the women who unwittingly had relationships and even children with them. Crow is a disability rights activist and performance artist. Sanghera has won many awards and accolades for her work against honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

Explore All Genres