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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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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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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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Andrew Boucher and Luke Craddock-Bennett

Death in the Close: A Medieval Mystery

Hay Festival 2015, 

The editor of Death in the Close is joined by the archaeologist who led the excavations under Hereford Cathedral. They reveal extraordinary details of medieval life in Hereford, and the Saxon history of the cathedral site.

Andrew Boucher and Luke Craddock-Bennett

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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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Alexander Todorov

Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions

Hay Festival 2017, 

We make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second –and these snap judgments predict all kinds of important decisions. Yet the character judgments we make from faces are as inaccurate as they are irresistible. Using cutting-edge research, the Princeton psychologist describes how we have evolved the ability to read basic social signals and momentary emotional states, using a network of brain regions dedicated to the processing of faces. 

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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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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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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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Michael Nyman talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2007, 
The prodigious composer discusses his international cinema work and collaborations with Peter Greenaway and Michael Winterbottom.

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Stephen Anderton

Christopher Lloyd: His Life at Great Dixter

Hay Festival 2011, 
The gloriously eccentric and opinionated ‘Christo’ was probably the greatest C20th English plantsman, and his East Sussex garden is a national treasure.

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Charlie Higson

The Sacrifice

Hay Festival 2013, 

The fourth in the nail-biting series described as ‘Lord Of The Flies With Zombies’ is every bit as tense, bloody and action-packed as fans could wish.

13+ years

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Greg Hannon and Josephine Bunch talk to Ed Cervantes-Watson

New Perspectives on Beating Cancer Sooner

Hay Festival 2017, 

Thanks to a £35 million investment from Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge, Hannon’s and Bunch’s teams of scientists are forming international research collaborations to map tumours at a level of detail that has never previously been imaginable. Using cutting edge biology, chemistry and even astrophysics, they are tackling the challenge from two angles: Bunch is building a ‘Google Maps’ of cancer, whilst Professor Hannon’s use of virtual reality will allow scientists, doctors and patients to walk within tumours. These new perspectives could transform how we understand and treat all types of cancer. Cervantes-Watson is CRUK’s Director of Funding Innovation.

Greg Hannon and Josephine Bunch talk to Ed Cervantes-Watson

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David Wengrow

What Makes Civilization?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The archaeologist relates the ‘birth of civilization’ in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) to other more recent attempts at reshaping the world order to an ideal image.
 

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Toby Wilkinson

The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt’s Past and Present

Hay Festival 2014, 

The award-winning Egyptologist tells a story of ancient gods, pharaohs, emperors, adventurers, archaeologists and historians whose fates were all entwined with the river. Chaired by Paul Greatbatch.

Toby Wilkinson

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Wendy Cope

Family Values

Hay Festival 2011, 
From a motorway service area to her ambivalent relationship with religion, from childhood and love to ageing, the poet covers a wide range of experience in her new collection.
 
Read more about Wendy Cope www.contemporarywriters.com/

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Geraldine McCaughrean talks to Philip Reeve

Hay Festival 2007, 
Two award-winning and eminent writers in conversation with Daniel Hahn. Philip’s novel Here Lies Arthur gives a new truth to the famous legend; Geraldine has written Peter Pan in Scarlet, the sequel to JM Barrie’s classic.

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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Kathy Lette talks to Paul Blezard

The Boy Who Fell to Earth

Hay Festival 2012, 
The comic novelist has mined her own experience of motherhood to tell the tale of bringing up an autistic son in this bittersweet novel about keeping your family together when your world is falling apart.

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Janet Todd

Jane Austen and Money

Hay Festival 2013, 
Jane Austen knew the value of money, what it could and could not buy. ‘A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of,’ says a charming but tainted character.  Austen marketed herself as a solitary writer, but great wealth could only come from the professions, trade and speculation-- from which women were barred.  The books display bitterness at women’s dependence on men but also ambivalence over any female control of money. 

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Sarah McIntyre

Hay Festival 2013, 

Superkid is the brilliant Sarah McIntyre’s latest creation – the cartoon kid with superspeed, x-ray vision and bravery by the bagload. Find out if you have special secret powers too…

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Jane Birkin talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2009, 
The actress, singer, and film director discusses her life, her collaborations with Serge Gainsbourg, and her new album Enfants d’Hiver.

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Abdellah Taia, Ala Hlehel, Randa Jarrar

Beirut39 I

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three writers selected among the best young authors in the Arab world discuss their work with the editor of Guardian Review, Lisa Allardice.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Abdellah Taia, Ala Hlehel, Randa Jarrar

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Kate Williams

England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

Hay Festival 2007, 
The spectacular trajectory of our first supernova celebrity, from Northern slums to Nelson’s bedchamber. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

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Julian Glover

Man of Iron: Thomas Telford and the Building of Britain

Hay Festival 2017, 

Thomas Telford invented the modern road. A stonemason turned architect turned engineer, he built churches, harbours, canals, docks, the famously vertiginous Pontcysyllte aqueduct and the exquisite Menai Bridge in Wales. He created the backbone of our national road network. His constructions were the most stupendous in Europe for a thousand years, and astonishingly, almost everything he ever built remains in use today.

Julian Glover