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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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Pamela Butchart

Blue Peter Best Story Award Winner

Hay Festival 2015, 
Pamela will share the brilliantly bonkers world of Izzy in a lively session based on her book The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award. The latest in the series is My Headteacher is a Vampire Rat.
7+ years
Pamela Butchart

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Kenan Malik

The Quest for a Moral Compass

Hay Festival 2014, 

Engaging and provocative, Malik confronts some of humanity’s deepest questions. Where do values come from? Is God necessary for moral guidance? Are there absolute moral truths? He also brings morality down to earth, showing how, throughout history, social needs and political desires have shaped moral thinking. He provides a history of the world told through the history of moral thought, and a history of moral thought that casts new light on global history. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Kenan Malik

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Michael Berkeley

The Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The composer and broadcaster discusses AE Housman’s original subject The Name and Nature of Poetry.
 

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Austen Bicentenary Series 5

John Mullan: What Matters In Jane Austen

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Austen’s brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction.

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Anthony Julius

Trials of the Diaspora

Hay Festival 2010, 
The lawyer traces A History of Anti-Semitism in England from the bloody medieval persecutions and the invention of the Blood Libel, through the literary canon, to contemporary anti-Zionism.
Anthony Julius

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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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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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Melvyn Bragg

Fictions – Grace And Mary

Hay Festival 2013, 

Visiting his ageing mother Mary in her nursing home by the sea, the protagonist of this new novel sets out to recreate their buried family history, delving into the secrets and silences of Mary’s fractured childhood as he imagines the life of her spirited mother, Grace.

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Jim Saunders

Hay: Landscape, Literature and the Town of Books

Hay Festival 2014, 

Jim Saunders has lived and worked for 25 years in the border country around Hay. In this, his third book, he homes in on the town itself, along with the landscapes, literature and people of this most beautiful part of Britain.

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Alan Weisman

The World Without Us

Hay Festival 2008, 
Alan Weisman asks how the world would change if human beings vanished from the earth right now, for good. What would the planet be like in a day, a week, a month…a millennium?

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Sarah Dunant talks to Helena Kennedy

Sacred Hearts

Hay Festival 2010, 
In Renaissance Ferrara the convent of Santa Caterina is filled with noble women who are married to Christ because many cannot find husbands outside. Enter sixteen-year-old Serafina, ripped by her family from an illicit love affair, howling with rage and hormones and determined to escape.

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Theresa Marteau

Cambridge Series: The Force is Not With You

Hay Festival 2017, 

Many of us would like to lead healthier lives, so what stops us? The Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit explains why risk information doesn’t change our unhealthy behaviour. Chaired by Hugh Muir.

Theresa Marteau

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Sam Llewellyn

The Minimum Boat

Hay Festival 2010, 
Jaunty breakfast date with the nautical thriller writer, who promotes the minimalist boating lifestyle – whilst poking gentle fun at the expensive, complicated, ostentatious forms of sailing.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Sam Llewellyn

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Vivien Norris, Matt Whyman and Claire Armitstead

Bibliotherapy for Families

Hay Festival 2007, 
The child psychologist running the pioneering Gwent Health Trust scheme to use self-help books in mental health cases is joined by children’s novelist and agony uncle Matt Whyman and Guardian Literary Editor Claire Armitstead to discuss how books can help parents and children with the struggles they face.

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Tim Pears and Sadie Jones talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – Damage

Hay Festival 2014, 

Pears’ In The Light of Morning is a war story and a love story. Three British soldiers are parachuted into Slovenia in 1944 and are hunted through the mountains with a rag-tag group of partisans. Jones’ Fallout sees the balance of relationships between three theatre friends in London disturbed by the arrival of a fragile young actress.

Tim Pears and Sadie Jones talk to Stephanie Merritt

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Boris Spassky talks to Ronan Bennett

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary Grand Master discussed Russian and Soviet chess culture, the psychology of the game, and the 1972 Reykjavik Match of the Century World Championships in which he lost his title to Bobby Fisher.

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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.

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Tras los pasos de Darwin. Con Steve Jones

Segovia 2009, 
Este año se cumplen doscientos años del nacimiento de Charles Darwin. El biólogo Steve Jones, cabeza del Departamento de Biología de la UCL (Londres) y catedrático de genética, explica la relevancia del trabajo de Darwin, al que considera el fundador de la biología moderna.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español
Tras los pasos de Darwin. Con Steve Jones

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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.

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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.
Martín Caparrós: ‘Contra el cambio’

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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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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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John Gray

The Soul of a Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom

Hay Festival 2015, 

We flatter ourselves about the nature of free will. And yet the most enormous forces – biological, physical, metaphysical – constrain our every action. Instead of embracing our condition we battle against it, with everyone from world conquerors to modern scientists dreaming of a ‘human dominion’ almost comically at odds with our true state. The philosopher talks to Francine Stock.

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Tristram Hunt

Ten Cities That Made an Empire

Hay Festival 2014, 

Citing Boston, Bridgetown, Dublin, Cape Town, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Bombay, Melbourne, New Delhi and Liverpool, the historian charts the processes of exchange and adaptation that shaped the colonial experience and, in turn, transformed the culture, economy and identity of the British Isles.

Tristram Hunt