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Richard Gwyn and Horatio Clare talk to Gwen Davies

The Vagabond’s Breakfast & Truant

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two literary confessions of vagrancy, escape and redemption.
 
Read biographies of Richard Gwyn and Horatio Clare

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Albert Mazibuko

SONGLINES SERIES 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
Albert Mazibuko of Ladysmith Black Mambazo talks to Simon Broughton

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Stella Duffy, Sara Maitland, Robert Appleby and Tim O'Brien chaired by Jim al Khalili

Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science

Hay Festival 2011, 
The history of science is often told through the breakthroughs and bolts-from-the-blue that change the game, shift the paradigm. Put under any scrutiny, however, the reality of scientific progress is much more gradual, complex and fortuitous.
 

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John Niven talks to James Dean Bradfield

Merthyr Rock Presents: The Second Coming

Hay Festival 2011, 
JC is back, in NY and looking to reach the people through a TV talent contest. The satirist is in conversation with the Manic Street Preacher.

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Justine Picardie talks to Hannah Rothschild

Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life

Hay Festival 2011, 
Beneath the romance and lies, Picardie examines the myth-maker and couturier who conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes and the most successful fashion brand of all time.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
See a short interview with the author

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John Kenyon

CADW Lecture 1: The Medieval Castles of Wales

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Head Librarian of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, and one of the UK’s leading authorities on castles, traces the origins of medieval castle architecture in Wales.

Duration 45 minutes.

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Anita Sethi

Anita’s Adventures in Wonderlands

Hay Festival 2011, 
The journalist and writer has been travelling the world for a year on a Winston Churchill Fellowship – from searching for her father’s childhood home in Kenya to six Hay Festivals and life-changing encounters in Asia, the Antipodes, the Middle East and South America. 
 
More information about her travels can be found at www.anitasethi.co.uk/travels
 
Duration 45 minutes.

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Michael Wood

The Other Versions

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian looks at Athelstan, Wycliffe, Tyndale and the other, earlier versions of the Bible that informed the King James Authorised Version.

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Keith Jeffery and John Scarlett

MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909–1949

Hay Festival 2011, 
The distinguished academic discusses his history with the former Director General of MI6.

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Shireen Jilla and Caroline Michel, Stephen Kelman and Jo Unwin talk to Rosie Goldsmith

The First Novel – Exiled

Hay Festival 2011, 
How do you get from wanting to write to actually publishing your first novel? The authors and agent provide a study for Kelman’s ground-breaking bestseller Pigeon English and Jilla’s debut novel Exiled – a dark, dysfunctional family psychodrama, played out against the backdrop of privileged society in New York City’s Upper East Side.

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Axel Scheffler & Diana Quick

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

Hay Festival 2011, 
Whiskers at the ready! Live drawing from one of our most treasured illustrators, accompanied by readings of TS Eliot’s renowned poems from the beloved English actress. Dressing up actively encouraged.
 
7+ years & families

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Sarah McIntyre

Cartoon Creations

Hay Festival 2011, 
Hurrah! We’ve got our hands on this inspired illustrator and comics creator for a whole hour. So come and meet her cartoon friends and learn super-secret tips on how to invent your own characters. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
5+ years & families Rib Ticklers 

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Tim Smit

The Eden Project at Ten

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and join us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cornwall’s iconic centre for horticulture and biodiversity with its director.

Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 
Learn more about the Eden Project www.edenproject.com

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Stephen Bourne

Cambridge Series 7: Panda-monium – Social Responsibility in China

Hay Festival 2011, 
Cambridge University Press has adopted the young giant panda Jian Qiao at the Chengdu Research Foundation in China. The CEO reports on the practicalities and symbolism of this new relationship, and we’ll meet Jian Qiao on the big screen.
 

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Ken Elias talks to Ceri Thomas

Thin Partitions

Hay Festival 2011, 
An illustrated conversation surveying forty years of the esteemed Glynneath artist’s work with collage and photomontage.
 
Read more about Ken Elias

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Michael Morpurgo

An Elephant in the Garden

Hay Festival 2011, 
The nation’s favourite storyteller joins us to look at his latest gem. Limited signing. 
 
7+ years & families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
 
Michael regrets that due to an injury he is unable to sign books at this event. However, signed bookplates will be available and he is happy to meet with audience members, so do bring along your camera and get a photo with him.

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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2011, 
The star behind Lost and Found and The Heart and the Bottle gives us a rare insight into his unique illustrative style.
 
12+ years
The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers

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Simon Blackburn

Cambridge Series 8: Practical Tortoise Raising

Hay Festival 2011, 
The philosopher explores the relationship between language and action, pragmatism, pluralism and practical reasoning.
 
Read more about Simon Blackburn on his web page

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Clive Oppenheimer

Cambridge Series 9: Eruptions That Shook The World

Hay Festival 2011, 
The volcanologist explores geological, historical and archaeological records to ask how volcanic eruptions have shaped the trajectory of human society through prehistory and history. He looks at the evidence for volcanic cataclysm and considers how we can prepare ourselves for future catastrophes.

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Roy Foster

Words Alone

Hay Festival 2011, 
A wonderful understanding of WB Yeats and Irish literary traditions in the C19th.

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Edward St Aubyn talks to Oliver James

At Last

Hay Festival 2011, 
The conclusion of the darkly humorous Melrose novels analyses society and family with clear-eyed elegance. The film of Mother’s Milk will be previewed tonight at 8.15pm with a Q&A with the director.
 
See also event [204].

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Ciaran Murtagh

A Prehistoric Poo Party

Hay Festival 2011, 
Star of CBBC’s The Slammer joins us for comedy, capers and cave-boy antics with his latest Charlie Flint adventure.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers

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Malorie Blackman

Boys Don’t Cry

Hay Festival 2011, 
Noughts and Crosses touched us all and Hay is delighted to welcome Malorie back with her startlingly fresh look at teenage fatherhood.
 
12+ years

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John Sutherland and John Crace

Who's Afraid of The Classics?

Hay Festival 2011, 
What makes a classic work of literature? Just as importantly, who decides? Is a forgotten classic an oxymoron? Did Jane Austen write the same book several times over? Who reads late Henry James? Why do so many male modern novelists love Lolita? Be honest: have you read Midnight’s Children? These are issues that fascinate the superprof and the satirist. Join them for an offbeat look at the questions most writers and critics go out of their way to avoid.
 
More by and about John Sutherland and John Crace

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Harriet Walter talks to Rosie Boycott

Facing It

Hay Festival 2011, 
The actor and photographer shows and discusses her portraits – Reflections on the Images of Older Women.

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