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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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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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Juan Carlos Botero

The Art of Fernando Botero

Cartagena 2012, 
Juan Carlos Botero, journalist, writer and son of Fernando Botero, will present El arte de Fernando Botero, a book that looks at the artistic career of this great Colombian painter. He will show some examples of his pictorial work using slides, and will inquire into the artist’s work.

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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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Alan Kitching talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

A Life in Letterpress

Hay Festival 2016, 

Kitching is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. Spanning more than 50 years, his new, lavishly illustrated monograph leads us from Kitching’s first typographical experiments under the auspices of mentor Anthony Froshaug to his iconic creations at The Typography Workshop. It showcases his most colourful and expressive pieces, including his prolific work for the Guardian, the National Theatre, British Library, Tate Modern, Penguin Books and Royal Mail. He talks to Clemency Burton-Hill.

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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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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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Michael Holroyd

A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers

Hay Festival 2011, 
The biographer (George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, Augustus John) discusses the treasure-trove of hidden lives, uncelebrated achievements and family mysteries in this masterly inquiry into the biographer’s art.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

Bletchley and Enigma

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historians reveal unknown secrets of Bletchley’s wartime operation and the Enigma, and discuss the code-breaking challenges we face in today’s rapidly changing and technologically complex world. McKay is the author of the bestselling The Lost World of Bletchley Park and Bletchley Park - The Secret Archives. Bletchley Park’s Enigma expert, Thomas Briggs, brings a genuine, working Enigma machine to the Festival.

Sinclair McKay and Thomas Briggs

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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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Richard Davenport-Hines

Titanic Lives

Hay Festival 2012, 
Who were the 1,500 people who died on 14 April 1912 in the Arctic waters? A floating microcosm of Edwardian society - Migrants and Millionaires, Conmen and Crew.

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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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Frank Cottrell Boyce and Joe Berger

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Hay Festival 2012, 
A turbo-charged new adventure for Ian Fleming’s fantastical flying car, with the fabulous author of Millions and Framed and the artist behind Bridget Fidget and Berger & Wyse.
 
9+ years

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Robin Waterfield

Why Socrates Died

Hay Festival 2013, 

Socrates’ trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization. The picture we have of it – created by his immediate followers and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since – is that a noble man was put to death in a fit of folly by the ancient Athenian democracy. But an icon, an image, is not reality.

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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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Peter Melchett and Julian Rose

Heart to Heart 2007: Farming for a Future

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Penrhos Trust’s annual symposium on organic food production is led by the Soil Association’s pioneering agronomists.

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Emerald Fennell

Monsters

Hay Festival 2016, 

Emerald Fennell, author and Call the Midwife star talks about her new book: A blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet. Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as the beautiful seaside town might seem. The body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat. It is established that the woman was murdered. Most are shocked and horrified. But there is somebody who is not - a twelve-year-old girl. She is delighted; she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his mother, and they start investigating together. Oh, and also playing games that re-enact the murders. Just for fun, you understand...

12+

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Francine Stock, Tim Robey, William Nicholson and Bruce Robinson

Nobody’s Perfect: Golden Words From the Silver Screen

Hay Festival 2015, 

What makes a great screenplay? Structure? Dialogue? Can it take us places a novel can’t reach? Francine Stock of The Film Programme, Tim Robey, The Telegraph film critic, Oscar-winning (Gladiator) playwright of Mandela, Shadowlands and Les Miserables, Bill Nicholson and the legendary director and screenwriter of Withnail and I, Jennifer 8 and The Rum Diaries debate the strengths of their favourite film scripts and recommend a top ten screenplays of all time list. To join the conversation and make your own arguments for favourite movie scripts, please post on Hay Festival’s Facebook page or Twitter @hayfestival #nobodysperfect.

Francine Stock, Tim Robey, William Nicholson and Bruce Robinson

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Matthew d’Ancona and guests

In It Together

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two days after the European elections and a year from the next UK General Election, the journalist gives us the skinny on the state of the coalition government. Will Boris get a seat? Will Dave’s set club together with Nigel? Will Nick be Deputy PM forever?