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Marie-Elsa Bragg

Reformations: Christmas

Winter Weekend 2017, 
Novelist and priest Marie-Elsa Bragg re-examines Christmas through the image of Mary. A powerful influence for over 2000 years which continues to affect our views of women, the feminine and spirituality today. In light of liberation theology, feminism and interfaith relations, Marie-Elsa proposes a new debate about Mary and the sacred for issues we face today. 
Marie-Elsa Bragg

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Anthony Horowitz talks to Paul Blezard

Screenwriting

Hay Festival 2009, 
The screenwriter discusses his work on Foyle’s War, Poirot, Midsomer Murders and Murder in Mind.

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Claire Wilcox

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Hay Festival 2015, 

The curator of the V&A’s spring blockbuster exhibition introduces the visionary body of work of one of fashion’s most inspiring and adventurous spirits. ‘People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality,’ – Alexander McQueen. Chaired by Tamsin Blanchard.

Claire Wilcox

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Amit Chaudhuri talks to Oliver Balch

Calcutta: Two Years In The City

Hay Festival 2013, 

A personal account of two years spent in one of the least-known but greatest cities on Earth. Using the historic elections of 2011 as a fulcrum, Chaudhuri looks back to the C19th, when the city burst with a new vitality, and towards the C21st when – utterly changed – it seems to be on the verge of another turn.

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John Kampfner

Freedom for Sale: How We Made Money and Lost Our Liberty

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why is it that so many people around the world appear willing to give up freedoms in return for either security or prosperity? Chaired by Francine Stock.
John Kampfner

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Helen Peters

The Farm Beneath the Water

Hay Festival 2015, 
Helen Peters is author of The Secret Hen House Theatre and its sequel, The Farm Beneath the Water. As well as sharing the story of how Hannah has to save the family farm with her theatrical talents, she explains how her real-life experiences growing up on a family farm inspire her stories and how she turns the farm itself into a ‘character’ in her novels – with lots of authentic mud-squelching, pig-oinking, and chicken-clucking happening in the background.
7+ years
Helen Peters

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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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Melvyn Bragg

William Tyndale

Hay Festival 2018, 

On the morning of 6 October 1536, a frail scholar was taken from a dungeon in the castle at Vilvoorde, just north of Brussels. Armed guards kept the crowds at bay as he was led through the streets of the small town. He was to be burned. He was allowed a few moments of prayer. As a priest, prayer had been the keystone of his faith. After the brief pause, he walked up the steps to be tied to the cross. As he waited for the flames, he called out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes!” This was Willi Tyndale, the man whose translation of the New Testament and much of the Old Testament was to bring about more profound changes to the English-speaking world over the next five centuries than the works of any other man in its history.

Melvyn Bragg

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William Nicholson

Rich & Mad

Hay Festival 2010, 
First love, first sex and everything in between.

‘...a tender, moving, unexpected and intelligent take on family life, sibling relationships, mid-life angst and, above all, first love...’ Observer
 
13+ years

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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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Ulinka Rublack

Cambridge Series 14: Dressing Up – Cultural identity in Renaissance Europe

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian will show why clothes made history and history can be about clothes. Her research imagines the Renaissance afresh by considering people’s appearances: what they wore, how this made them move, what images they created, and how all this made people feel about themselves.
 
Read a review of Dressing Up www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/

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Laura Cumming

A Face To The World: On Self-Portraits

Hay Festival 2010, 
In this lavishly illustrated talk the Observer art critic investigates the drama of the self-portrait from Dürer, Rembrandt and Velázquez to the present day, considering what these images reveal about the artist’s innermost self and how they relate to us all in strange and intimate ways.

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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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Ffion Hague, John Kampfner and Kenneth O Morgan

Lloyd George in 1914

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of The Pain and the Privilege: The Women in Lloyd George’s Life recounts Lloyd George’s turbulent time as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1914, preparing Britain for war and discusses Britain's political, diplomatic and industrial reactions to the beginning of the Great War with the journalist John Kampfner and the historian Kenneth O Morgan, author of The Age of Lloyd George, The Oxford History of Britain, Rebirth of a Nation and the forthcoming Revolution to Devolution. Chaired by Guto Harri.

Ffion Hague, John Kampfner and Kenneth O Morgan

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Richard Dawkins talks to Rosie Boycott

The God Delusion

Hay Festival 2007, 
The geneticist eviscerates religion, intelligent design, and the idea of a supreme being.

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Pamela Butchart

To Wee or Not to Wee!

Hay Festival 2016, 

Take a fresh look at Shakespeare with the Blue Peter Award-winning author  as she gives action-packed retellings of Macbeth, HamletA Midsummer’s Night Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

6+
Pamela Butchart

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Jonathan Edwards and Paul Henry

My Family and Other Superheroes | Boy Running: A Reading

Hay Festival 2015, 

Leaping from the pages, jostling for position alongside the Valleys mams, dads, and bamps, and described with great warmth, the superheroes in question are a motley crew: Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, Ian Rush, Marty McFly, a bicycling nun, and a recalcitrant hippo. Other poems focus on the crammed terraces and abandoned high streets where a working-class and Welsh nationalist politics is hammered out. This is a post-industrial Valleys upbringing reimagined through the prism of pop culture and surrealism. Edwards marries an authentic colloquial voice with sound technique to produce poems that recognize the exotic in everyday life, and a first collection that, remarkably, has won the Costa Prize for Poetry 2014.

Henry’s new collection explores a marital break-up, his childhood in Aberystwyth, and in the final sequence we meet 'Davy Blackrock': washed-up songwriter and modern day alter ego of Dafydd y Garreg Wen (David of the White Rock), alias David Owen (1720–1749), the blind, 18th century harpist and composer who fell asleep on a hill and dreamt the famous song which bears his name.

Jonathan Edwards and Paul Henry

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Richard Fortey

Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth

Hay Festival 2008, 
The palaeontologist introduces his scintillating long view of evolution and cataclysm.

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Ben Crystal

Springboard Shakespeare – Macbeth

Hay Festival 2013, 

The actor and writer conducts a workshop masterclass working with Shakespeare’s Scottish play. Ideal for students and teachers. Numbers limited.

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Ali Sparkes

Unleashed

Hay Festival 2013, 

Action fans will enjoy this in-depth session about the pulse-pounding series starring teengers with special powers.

9+ years

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Huw Bowen, Katharine Olson, Chris Evans

New History of Wales 4: Global Nation

Hay Festival 2011, 
Isolated provincials or a global people? Where is Wales in the world?

Duration 45 minutes.

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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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Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

A Monster Calls

Hay Festival 2016, 

Described by John Green as “an insanely beautiful writer”, the award-winning author of the Chaos Walking trilogy has just completed the screenplay for a major motion picture of A Monster Calls. Join him and enjoy a first preview of scenes from the film.

12+
Patrick Ness talks to Daniel Hahn

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Simon Scarrow

Gladiator: Son of Spartacus

Hay Festival 2013, 

Roman history through the eyes of Marcus, newly freed from slavery, whom Julius Caesar tasks with overthrowing a rebel army. Third in the series from the Number 1 bestselling author.

10+ 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.