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Daniel Blythe

How to write Dr Who

Hay Festival 2012, 
Discover how to pen the exciting and dangerous worlds with the creator of Shadow Runners.
 
12+ years

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Mark Urban

The Tank War: The Men, The Machines And The Long Road To Victory

Hay Festival 2013, 

The 5th Royal Tank Regiment were on the front line throughout WW2 in Africa as part of the Desert Rats, before returning to Europe for the Normandy landings. Wherever they went, the notoriety of the ‘Filthy Fifth’ grew – they revelled in their reputation for fighting by their own rules.

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Daniel Swift

Shakespeare’s Common Prayers: The Book Of Common Prayer And The Elizabethan Age

Hay Festival 2013, 

The prayer book’s history is one of passionately contested revision and of manic sensitivity to a verb or a turn of phrase. In the book’s ambiguities and fierce contestations, Swift argues, William Shakespeare found the ready elements of drama. Tracing the prayer book’s lines and motions through As You Like It, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Measure For Measure, Othello, and particularly Macbeth, he redirects scholarly attention to the religious heart of Shakespeare’s work and time.

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John Julius Norwich

The London Library Platform: The Popes

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian surveys the rich and controversial history of the papacy from St Peter to Benedict XVI today.
John Julius Norwich

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Jackie Morris

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join one of Wales’ most acclaimed artists for an intimate illustration masterclass.

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Rosie Harding

Dementia and Vulnerability

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘You can have a dog put to sleep but my mother had to go through hell.’ End of life issues are especially difficult for people with dementia and their family carers, as the person themself is often unable to make and communicate their views in a way that would be respected by our autonomy-centred healthcare decision-making frameworks. Drawing on empirical data from a socio-legal study funded by the British Academy, Professor Rosie Harding of the University of Birmingham explores the social, ethical and legal challenges of maximising dignity for those dying with, and of, dementia.

Rosie Harding

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Ian Jenkins

Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art

Hay Festival 2015, 

For centuries the ancient Greeks experimented with ways of representing the human body, both as an object of beauty and a bearer of meaning. The remarkable works of art in the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition range from the abstract simplicity of prehistoric figurines to breathtaking realism in the age of Alexander the Great. The exhibition’s curator introduces the images and sculptures, with co-curator Celeste Farge.

Ian Jenkins

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Tahir Shah

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

Hay Festival 2008, 
As Tahir Shah makes his way through the medinas of Fez and Marrakech, traverses the Saharan sands and tastes the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, he collects a dazzling treasury of traditional stories, gleaned from the heritage of the Thousand and One Nights. Chaired by Palash Dave.

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Colm Tóibín and Rawi Hage talk to Stephanie Merritt

Story: Migrations

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tóibín’s Brooklyn is a beautifully rendered story of an Irish woman venturing migration to the New World in the 50s. Lebanese novelist Hage takes his protagonist from his childhood in a war-torn Arab country, to his current life in the smoky émigré cafes of his new city in Cockroach.

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David Crystal

Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation

Hay Festival 2016, 

The triumphant, concluding volume in David Crystal’s trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. Professor Crystal leads us through this minefield with characteristic wit and clarity. [DC on semi-colons is hilarious; also painfully funny on exclamation marks! Ed.]

David Crystal

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Alexander McCall Smith talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
The creator of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency celebrates the eighth novel in the series, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive.

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Michael Berkeley

The Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The composer and broadcaster discusses AE Housman’s original subject The Name and Nature of Poetry.
 

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Julia Hobsbawm, Sophie Radice, David Aaronovitch, Chris Parry

Editorial Intelligence

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media and comment of the day.

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Peter Sawyer

The Wealth Of Anglo-Saxon England

Hay Festival 2013, 

How did the Anglo-Saxons obtain the treasure that tempted Vikings to raid England frequently in the C9th and again between 980 and 1018? The historian traces the trade routes across Europe for silver, and reveals a highly urbanised, wealthy Anglia. Chaired by Jasper Rees.

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Melinda Salisbury and Catherine Doyle

New Voices in YA Fiction

Hay Festival 2015, 
Vendetta by Catherine Doyle is an intense Romeo and Juliet story that combines love, mystery and adventure. The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury is a high fantasy romantic adventure set in a world that is strange and yet completely familiar. Find out about these two young writers’ paths to getting published, their influences and what the future might hold for them and their characters.
12+ years/YA
Melinda Salisbury and Catherine Doyle

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John Julius Norwich and Patricia Hodge

Darling Monster

Hay Festival 2014, 

Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, Jazz Age society darling and actress of stage and screen. Sharing the letters she wrote to her only son, John Julius Norwich discusses the dazzling life his mother led as the original ‘It’ girl. He’s joined by the actress who played Lady Diana in the original 1970s TV drama, to bring to life some of the most moving and entertaining of the letters.

John Julius Norwich and Patricia Hodge

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Siddhartha Deb

The Beautiful and the Damned

Hay Festival 2011, 
A panoramic portrait of the new India from its least advantaged countryside to its high-tech tiger economy.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read a profile of Siddhartha Deb

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Marcus Brigstocke talks to Peter Florence

God Collar

Hay Festival 2011, 
A special preview of the comedian’s book questioning atheism, faith and the meaning of life.

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Lewis Wolpert talks to Rosie Boycott

You’re Looking Very Well: The Surprising Nature of Getting Old

Hay Festival 2011, 
Why must we age? And how should we cope with our physical decline?
 
Read a recent interview with Lewis Wolpert http://newhumanist.org.uk/

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Marian Keyes

This Charming Man

Hay Festival 2008, 
‘Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married’…

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Sports Writing

Hay Festival 2008, 
First Minister Rhodri Morgan, rugby star and broadcaster Eddie Butler, and Gareth Williams, editor of the Library of Wales Sport Anthology, talk to Carolyn Hitt.

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Festivals and Carbon Reduction

A Greenprint Debate

Hay Festival 2007, 
Martin Orbach (Abergavenny Food Festival), Penny Kemp (Big Green Gathering), Andy Fryers (Hay) and Alan Gwynant (National Eisteddfod) propose greener ways to manage power, waste and visitors' travel. Chaired by Sky News Environment Correspondent Robert Nisbit.

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Sarah Thomas, Darragh Martin, Justina Hart and David Thorpe talk to Mark Goldthorpe

Realistic Utopias: Imagining The World Changed by Climate

Hay Festival 2017, 

What can the worlds of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama contribute to how we understand and respond to climate change? Do humans respond to stories more than facts? The work stems from a project called Weatherfronts: climate change and the stories we tell. The pieces referenced here were commissioned by TippingPoint, Free Word and partners 2014-2016. Weatherfronts brought together writers and leading climate change experts to inspire new writing that would encourage people to act to help our environment. 

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Kathy Lette talks to Paul Blezard

The Boy Who Fell to Earth

Hay Festival 2012, 
The comic novelist has mined her own experience of motherhood to tell the tale of bringing up an autistic son in this bittersweet novel about keeping your family together when your world is falling apart.

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Venetia Williams, Revel Guest, Elizabeth Haycox and Tiffany Murray

Crossing Borders

Hay Festival 2014, 

A wide-ranging conversation about ambitions and opportunities with several of the remarkable women living and working here in the Border Country as profiled by writer Julia Gregson and photographer Alex Pownall in their book Crossing Borders. Horse trainer Venetia Williams has won over £1m in prize-money this year. Revel Guest is a film-maker and chair of the Hay Festival. Elizabeth Haycox is the owner of Richard Booth’s Bookshop and a Trustee of Hay Castle. Tiffany Murray is a novelist, author of Diamond Star Halo. The session will include a tribute to the late Jean Miller.