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Fireman Sam

Happy Birthday, Sam!

Hay Festival 2012, 
It's time for a Pontypandy party to celebrate Sam and Hay turning 25 together. Meet your favourite fireman and hear all about his exciting adventures from the fabulous storyteller Liz Fost.
 
3+ yrs

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Amanda Owen

A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Hay Festival 2017, 

The best-selling author describes the age-old cycle of a farming year and the constant challenges of life at Ravenseat, the remote Yorkshire hill farm she shares with husband Clive, nine children and 1,000 sheep. Chaired by Oliver Balch, author of Under the Tump.

Amanda Owen

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David Trueba in conversation with Félix Romeo

My favourite films

Segovia 2010, 
The writer David Trueba has been a film enthusiast from a very young age and moreover, as a creator, he has explored different aspects of this trade working as a director, a scriptwriter and even as an actor. In this event he will speak to the writer Félix Romeo, author of Amarillo, about his favourite films and clips of some of the scenes will be shown.

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Alok Jha

The Water Book

Hay Festival 2015, 
Water may seem the most ordinary of substances – it pours from our taps and falls from the sky – but you would be surprised at what a profoundly strange substance it is. It bends the rules of chemistry and defies easy scientific understanding. Without this rebel behaviour, however, none of us would exist. Alok Jha will change the way you look at water – showing how it has shaped life on earth, and how this molecule connects you and everyone else to the birth (and death) of the universe.
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Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant and Beyond

Hay Festival 2015, 
The brilliant series created by Derek Landy has sales to date of five million copies worldwide and left fans heartbroken as it ended with The Dying of the Light. Derek has recently revealed that his next book, Demon Road, will be out later this year and is the first in a YA trilogy of supernatural thrillers. Come along and find out more.
11+ years
Derek Landy

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Martín Caparrós: ‘Contra el cambio’

Segovia 2011, 
Martín Caparrós, Argentinian journalist and writer who has headed the magazines El Porteño, Babel, Página/30, Sal y Pimienta and Cuisine & Vins, and has published, among other works, No velas a tus muertos (1986), La historia (1999) and Una luna (2009), will on this occasion present his most recent book, Contra el cambio. This interesting essay is a journey through ten countries that have been affected by climate change and reflects on the ecology, the place of nature in our society and the ideology of conservationism.

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Steve Benbow

The Urban Beekeeper

Hay Festival 2012, 
The visionary beekeeper started his first beehive ten years ago on the roof of his tower block in Bermondsey and today runs 30 sites across the city. His bees live atop Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Fortnum & Mason and the National Portrait Gallery, and he supplies honey to the Savoy tearooms, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. His bees forage in parks, cemeteries, along railway lines and in windowboxes, and because of the diversity of the plants and trees in the city, produce far richer honey and greater yields than they would in rural areas.

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Julia Golding

Cat Royal

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tough auditions, the world plunging into crisis, lives and fortunes under threat. Welcome to Cat Royal and the 1790s.  Come and meet the pirates, slaves and slaveowners on this Caribbean adventure... Costumes, quizzes and prizes for all who dare set sail with Julia Golding.

10 years +

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Philip Gross and Valerie Coffin Price

A Fold in the River

Hay Festival 2015, 

A beautiful collaboration between TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Philip Gross and visual artist Valerie Coffin Price. Gross once lived on the banks of the River Taff in Wales and his journals are the source for the powerful poems. Price revisited the walking route along the river, from which evolved the prints and drawings that accompany the poems.

Philip Gross and Valerie Coffin Price

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John McNally

Infinity Drake

Hay Festival 2014, 

Weird science facts combine with one key question: ‘what would Clarkson do?’ in this highly engaging session introducing sci-fi adventure series Infinity Drake, a debut from scriptwriter John McNally.
10+ years

John McNally

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Julia Hobsbawm with David Aaronovitch, Peter York, Allison Pearson and Douglas Alexander

EI Breakfast 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

Duration 45 minutes.

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John Gray

The Immortalization Commission

Hay Festival 2011, 
The great and terrible implication of Darwin’s ideas was that natural selection made humans into animals like any other, doomed one day to disappear from the face of an uncaring Earth. The refusal to follow this logic and to insist instead on our immortality resulted in a series of experiments that carry on to the present day, some of which ravaged whole countries and some of which generated more private forms of pain.

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Olivia And The Great Escape

Hay Festival 2013, 

Lyn Gardner’s popular series set in the Swan Academy is perfect for theatre and circus lovers and aspiring performers.

9+ years

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Howard Jacobson en conversación con Enrique de Hériz

Segovia 2009, 
Algunos lo llaman “el Philip Roth inglés”, pero la obra de Howard Jacobson va más allá de esta comparación. Enrique de Hériz, creador de la célebre Mentira y de la reciente Manual de la oscuridad, conversa con el autor sobre cómo escribir ficción y sobre su última novela, Un Acto de Amor.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Mike Hulme

Why We Disagree About Climate Change

Hay Festival 2010, 
From the standpoints of science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and development the UEA Prof explains why we disagree about climate change and shows how it can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
Mike Hulme

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Jon Klassen

This Is Not My Hat

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creator of the indubitably hip New York Times #1 bestseller I Want My Hat Back is here on tour to share his latest, This Is Not My Hat. Hat-wearers especially welcome.

4+ years

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Cees Nooteboom and Antonio Muñoz Molina

Segovia 2014, 

Dutch poet, novelist, essayist, translator and hispanist Cees Nooteboom, and Spanish author and 2013 Prince of Asturias Literature award-winner Antonio Muñoz Molina discuss their work.

Event in Spanish


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Sadaf Farooqi

Cambridge University Series 5: What Makes Us Fat?

Hay Festival 2013, 

In an age of obesity where sugary, fatty food is available 24/7, will it ever be possible to control our appetites? The Professor of Metabolism and Medicine describes how the brain and not the stomach controls what and how much we eat; and how scientists are working to conquer the many triggers for overeating. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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David Owen talks to John Kampfner

In Sickness and in Power

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Owen talks to John Kampfner about Illness in Heads of Government During the Last 100 Years.

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Monica Ali talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

In the Kitchen

Hay Festival 2009, 
The new novel from the author of Brick Lane opens with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and then peels back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot that exists below.

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Miguel Syjuco talks to Xavi Ayén

Segovia 2011, 
Miguel Syjuco, Philippine author who was bestowed the Palanca Award, the most prestigious literary recognition in the Philippines, and the Asian Man Booker Price for the novel Ilustrado (2010), will talk with La Vanguardia's journalist Xavi Ayén. Syjuco’s novel narrates the life and death of Crispin Salvador, an imaginary character that makes the reader doubt about reality and fiction.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Cornelia Parker talks to Jacky Klein

Matter

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation with the artist whose sculpture and installation touches on the fragility of human experience and is rich with visual and literary allusions. Projects which have included blowing up a shed, steamrolling musical instruments and sending meteorites back into space have captured the public imagination since she first came to prominence in the 1990s.

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Chinese Whispers

Nick Broomfield interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai

Hay Festival 2008, 
Nick Broomfield, director of the cockle-pickers film Ghosts, interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai about her searing book The True Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour.

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Matthew Syed

Bounce: Becks, Tiger, Mozart and the Science of Success

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist uses neuroscience, psychology, sex and economics to explain how champions are made.

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Anne Michaels talks to John Mullan

Guardian Book Club: Fugitive Pieces

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist discusses her Orange Prize-winning book. Numbers limited.