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Liz Pichon

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Hay Festival 2012, 
Tom Gates is a master of excuses, expert doodler, comic story writer extraordinaire. His wonderful creator returns to Hay to introduce the brand new episode, Everything’s amazing (sort of). Bring a pad and pencil.
 
Duration 45 mins.   7+ years

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Paul Franklin talks to Francine Stock

VFX

Hay Festival 2012, 
The CG pioneer and special effects maestro discusses and shows his Oscar-winning work on Inception and the Batman series.

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Tony Benn

Hay Festival 2007, 
The great diarist (Free at Last), orator and festival favourite will soon release his second post-parliamentary volume More Time for Politics.

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Chris Lowe

Cambridge 800 Series: Biosensors

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Director of the Institute of Biotechnology brings life to sensors and sensors to life. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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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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Ed Vulliamy

Amexica

Hay Festival 2011, 
The harrowing story of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the US-Mexico border – this is the secret war of drugs, gangs and guns that is destroying thousands of lives. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Irvine Welsh in conversation with Marlon James

The Blade Artist

Hay Festival 2016, 

Welsh introduces his elegant, electrifying novel, which marks the return of one of modern fiction’s most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting. Welsh talks about gangland violence, drug culture and the vitality of language with the Man Booker prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Irvine Welsh in conversation with Marlon James

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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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John Hare

Shadows Across the Sahara

Hay Festival 2007, 
A 100-day, 1500-mile journey with camels from Lake Chad to Tripoli accompanied by a Chinese scientist, a 77-year-old Kenyan rancher, warring tribesmen and Gaddafi’s secret police.

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Sue Flood

Cold Places

Hay Festival 2011, 
The wildlife photographer records her adventures in the polar regions – camping on the floe edge with Inuit hunters in the Canadian high-Arctic, watching polar bears hunting, diving with leopard seals in the Antarctic and sailing with Russian Ice-Breakers. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

Further information about Sue Flood and her photography
www.sueflood.com/bio.html

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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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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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Larry Sherman talks to Dennis O’Connor

Cambridge Series 11 - Intelligent Policing

Hay Festival 2012, 
Crime prevention tends to be driven by emotion rather than an objective consideration of the facts. How can evidence-based policing reduce crime? Chaired by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

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William Dalrymple

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty; Delhi 1857

Hay Festival 2007, 
Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty, found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj’s Stalingrad: the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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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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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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Hugh Warwick

A Prickly Affair: My Life With Hedgehogs

Hay Festival 2009, 
A truly eccentric global story of hog lore, conservation and devotion.

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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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Wendy Scase

The Vernon Manuscript - An e-Reader on Parchment

Hay Festival 2012, 
The medievalist examines the origins and purpose of the unique Vernon Manuscript, an astonishing treasury of literature written in the dialect of the West Midlands over 600 yeas ago, and shows how it changes the story of English.
 

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Carol Black

Cambridge University Series 5: Is Work Making Us Ill?

Hay Festival 2015, 

Do our workplaces promote health and well-being? And, if they did, what difference would it make? Dame Carol Black is an Expert Adviser to the Department of Health, the Chair of Nuffield Trust, the leading independent advisory body for healthcare policy in the UK, and the Principal of Newnham College. She was author of a 2008 report for the government on well-being at work.

Carol Black

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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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Frank Westerman

Ararat

Hay Festival 2010, 
An investigation of the fault-line between religion and science, travelling to the site where, as biblical tradition has it, Noah’s Ark ran aground and which has now become a geographical, political and cultural crossroads.

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Helena Attlee

Italian Gardens

Hay Festival 2007, 
Five centuries of high Italian style from Petrarch and the Medici, to the picturesque masterpieces of the C19th, and the angular modernism of today.

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Clive Gifford and Anil Seth

Eye Benders: The Science of Seeing and Believing

Hay Festival 2015, 
Astound your eyes and boggle your brain, as award-winning author Clive Gifford and neuroscientist Anil Seth take you on a journey through fascinating optical illusions and the science behind them. They talk to Martin Chilton.
9+ years
Clive Gifford and Anil Seth

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Stanley Greenberg

Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders

Hay Festival 2009, 
As a hired gun strategist, the seasoned pollster and political consultant recounts his work with Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Ehud Barak, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Nelson Mandela.