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Peter Conradi and Mark Logue talk to Mark Skipworth

The King's Speech: How One Man Saved The British Monarchy

Hay Festival 2011, 
The inside story from the authors of the book edited from speech therapist Lional Logue's diaries. Mark Logue is his grandson.

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Annalena McAfee and Esther Freud talk to Rosie Boycott

Fictions: Insiders

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Spoiler is a dark satire of the newspaper industry set in 1997 written by the founding editor of Guardian Review. Freud’s Lucky Break is a magical chronicle of a generation of drama students in their quest for glittering prizes.
 
Read more about Annalena McAfee and Esther Freud

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Beast Quest Duel

Hay Festival 2011, 
Calling all valiant knights and questors! Six mystical beasts are guarding magical golden armour for the evil wizard Malvel. Help the good wizard Aduro, in this interactive event, to solve cryptic puzzles and free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell. Exclusive goodies for all participants...
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Paul Nurse

The Royal Society Lecture 2: Darwin and Milton – Two Views of Creation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Nobel biologist and President of the Royal Society compares the visions of two of the Greatest Britons of all time.
 
Read a brief autobiography of Paul Nurse

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Javier Cercas

The Raymond Williams Lecture: The Anatomy of a Moment

Hay Festival 2011, 
In February 1981, just as Spain was finally leaving Franco’s dictatorship and during the first democratic vote in parliament for a new prime minister, Colonel Tejero and a band of right-wing soldiers burst into the Spanish parliament and began firing shots. Only three members of Congress defied the incursion and did not dive for cover. The pre-eminent Spanish novelist discusses the relationship between history and fiction. Chaired by Jon Gower.
 
Read a recent interview with Javier Cercas www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jun/15/fiction.culture

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Gilbert & George talk to Michael Bracewell

Hay Festival 2011, 
The artists discuss their pictures with the author of the text for The Complete Postcard Art of Gilbert & George.

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Ha-Joon Chang

Cambridge Series 5: 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

Hay Festival 2011, 
The economist turns all received wisdom about free markets, globalization and the digital revolution on its head and offers an utterly compelling alternative. Chaired by Jesse Norman of the Treasury Select Committee.
 
Read more by and about Ha-Joon Chang here

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Nigella Lawson talks to Peter Florence

The Rose Gray Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2011, 
A conversation about food with the domestic goddess whose latest book is Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home.

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John Kampfner, Helena Kennedy, Philippe Sands, Ann Clwyd and David House

The Index on Censorship Platform: The Case of Bradley Manning

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Chief Executive of Index, the Chair of the all-party Human Rights group at Westminster and a panel of leading British lawyers dicsuss Private Bradley Manning, currently being held at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas on 24 charges, including 'aiding the enemy'. They consider the US Government’s reaction to the WikiLeaks scandal and the Rule of Law. They will be joined by David House, regular visitor to Bradley Manning since his detention.

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Linda Grant talks to David Aaronovitch

We Had It So Good

Hay Festival 2011, 
This is a great novel from the Orange Prize-winner; a chronicle of the baby-boomer generation that stands with the best of Roth and Lessing.We Had it So Good - Linda Grant

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Dambisa Moyo talks to Bronwen Maddox

The Prospect Platform: How The West Was Lost

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Western economies should forge closer ties with the emerging economies, rethink trade barriers, overhaul their tax systems, and address the three essential ingredients for growth – capital, labour and technology – to halt the squandered advantages of the last 50 years. Chaired by the Editor of Prospect.

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Don Paterson

Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Hay Festival 2011, 
The poet gives his own illuminating commentary on Shakespeare’s poetry. Chaired by Ben Crystal.

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Chris Priestly

Tales of Terror

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the master of macabre as he dwells on all things gruesome and grisly. It doesn’t get more nail-biting than this – no, seriously!
 
9+ years Goosebumps 

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Peter Lord & Gideon Defoe

Pirates!

Hay Festival 2011, 
The film-maker and founder of Aardman joins the author of the Pirates! series to present a tantalising glimpse of their upcoming animated collaboration. Chaired by John Cassy.
 
About the film
In The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, the new stop-motion, 3D, animated film produced by Aardman Animations, Hugh Grant will voice the lead role alongside an all-star cast. The film will be released on 30 March 2012 in the UK.
 
Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. 
 
It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they do battle with the pirate-hating Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a young Charles Darwin (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!
 
The film is directed by Peter Lord, a founding partner of Aardman, director of Chicken Run (with Nick Park), and a two-time Academy Award® nominee for his short films at the company.
 
7+ years
Peter Lord & Gideon Defoe

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Niall Ferguson

The Barclays Wealth Lecture: Civilization – The West and The Rest

Hay Festival 2011, 
If the West’s ascendancy over the last 500 years is based on six ‘killer applications’ – competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic – then what happens now?
 
Read an article by Niall Ferguson www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/

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Simon Armitage

The Pembertons Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2011, 
The poet introduces and reads work selected from his collections, from Zoom and Kid to Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corderoy Kid and Seeing Stars.

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Norma Percy talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Can TV Make History?

Hay Festival 2011, 
A discussion with the pre-eminent international affairs documentary film-maker whose meticulous work includes The Death of Yugoslavia, Iran and the West, Israel and the Arabs, Elusive Peace and The Fall of Milosevic.
 

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Polly Samson and Gaynor Arnold talk to Sarah Crompton

Fictions: Shorts

Hay Festival 2011, 
A reading and discussion about the art of the short story with two outstanding writers of the form. Samson’s collection is Perfect Lives, Arnold’s is Lying Together.
 
Read more about Polly Samson and Gaynor Arnold 

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Raja Shehadeh, Horatio Clare, Oliver Bullough, Michael Jacobs

Ox-Travels 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
More meetings with remarkable travellers from the new Oxfam anthology. Chaired by Sarah Miller, editor of Conde Nast Traveller.
 

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Ally Kennan & Tim Bowler

Quarry, Buried Thunder

Hay Festival 2011, 
Dangerous secrets and deadly traps from two award-winning writers who know exactly what makes a page-turning thriller. Chaired by Pete Hurley
 
12+ years Goosebumps 

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Tristram Hunt

The English Civil War at First Hand

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian uses contemporary witness accounts to analyse the divisions and massacres and seismic changes wrought on the C17th British Isles.
 
Read recent articles by Tristram Hunt 

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Owen Sheers talks to Francine Stock

Resistance – The Movie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist and screenwriter previews clips from the counterfactual film of the novel launched here two years ago – a thriller set up in the Olchon Valley above Hay during the Nazi occupation of Britain.

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Izzeldin Abuelaish talks to Rosie Boycott

I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity

Hay Festival 2011, 
The doctor’s three daughters were killed by Israeli shells on 16 January 2009, during the IDF’s incursion into the Gaza Strip. His response to this tragedy made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world.

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Robert Coover and DBC Pierre talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions: The High Stylists

Hay Festival 2011, 
Coover’s Briar Rose & Spanking the Maid form a pair of ground-breaking, darkly playful novellas. Booker-winner Pierre’s Lights Out In Wonderland pushes a global odyssey to extremes.
 

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Terry Jones, Gavin Pretor Pinney and Tibor Fischer join John Mitchinson

Unbound

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the ex-Monty Python writer and performer, along with cloud-guru Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Booker-shortlisted novelist Tibor Fischer and others to launch Unbound – a revolutionary new way for writers to publish new book projects by involving readers directly.
 
Find out more about the Unbound Shed at Hay this year 

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