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David Ross

Mayhem in the Marches - Ambushes, Battles and Sieges of the Civil War

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian recounts the C17 conflicts in Herefordshire and the Marches: Hopton Castle massacre, the destruction of Brampton Bryan, the battle at Stokesay, the siege of Cwm Hir Abbey, and Lingen’s Last Stand for King Charles in Radnorshire after the battle of Preston in 1648.

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Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson

The Fiery Dragon: Storytelling and Fiddle

Hay Festival 2015, 
Daniel, one of the most popular storytellers in the UK, tells traditional stories with passion, wit and gusto. Accompanied by Oliver on fiddle, he will tell a hair-raising Welsh gypsy tale featuring giants, dragons and dwarves. Storytelling for the stout of heart!
7+ years
Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson

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Ben Cort

Monstersaurus

Hay Festival 2012, 
What do you get if you mix together bright green slime, a smelly sock, some mouldy cheese and strawberry jelly? It’s time to get inventing with the bestselling team behind Aliens and Dinosaurs Love Underpants. Plus a visit from a very special intergalactic guest.
 
3+ years

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Antonio Muñoz Molina, Josep Pons, Cuarteto Avanti and Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

Translating music

Segovia 2012, 
To what extent can music be described in words? Many works of literature have inspired music compositions and vice versa. But has the result ever been anything more than merely abstract? Josep Pons, Musical Director of the Liceu and writer Antonio Muñoz Molina discuss each of the art forms in a dialogue chaired by Jesús Ruiz Mantilla. The Cuarteto Avanti opens and closes the event with variations on the theme.
 
Co-organized with the Junta de Castilla-León and the Fundación Lara.

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Shashi Tharoor

Tagore 150

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Indian novelist and politician celebrates the 150th anniversary of the great Nobel Prize-winning Bengali poet, musician and painter.

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Peter Frankopan

Reformations 16: History

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of the magnificent book The Silk Roads proposes a new way of understanding the past and of connecting context and ideas so that we might learn the lessons of history. Frankopan is Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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John Hemming

Naturalists in Paradise

Hay Festival 2015, 

Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Walter Bates and Richard Spruce were English naturalists who went to Amazonia 150 years ago. All three explored an unknown river and had many thrilling adventures: violent attacks of malaria, fearful rapids, murder attempts, encounters with newly contacted indigenous peoples, shipwrecks, and many other hardships. In addition to their huge contributions to knowledge of the Amazonian environment, each is particularly famous for one discovery. Wallace is acknowledged as a co-discoverer, along with Charles Darwin, of the theory of evolution. Bates discovered protective mimicry among insects, a phenomenon named after him. Spruce transported the quinine-bearing Cinchona tree, the most important medicinal plant of the nineteenth century, to India, where it saved countless lives from malaria.

John Hemming

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David Edgar

The 2014 Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2014, 

With illustrations ranging from Shakespeare to Sheridan, from Caryl Churchill and Howard Brenton to Oscar Wilde and Brian Friel, playwright David Edgar explores the poetry of plays.

David Edgar's plays include Destiny, Nicholas Nickleby, Pentecost and Written on the Heart for the RSC, and The Shape of the Table, Albert Speer and Playing with Fire for the National Theatre. He founded Britain's first postgraduate course in playwriting studies (at the University of Birmingham in 1989) and is the author of How Plays Work.

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Trevor Fishlock

Getting to know the Ladies: The Davies Sisters of Llandinam

Hay Festival 2014, 

The story of C20th philanthropists Gwendoline and Margaret Davies of Llandinam, who amassed possibly the world’s greatest private collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art and then gave it to the people of Wales. Chaired by Tim Marlow.

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Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

A BBC Four Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 2007 Sophie Lancaster was attacked in a park because of her appearance. Writer and poet Simon Armitage was so affected by her story that he and his producer Susan Roberts decided to make it into a drama documentary for Radio Four. The result was a profoundly moving piece of work combining specially written poems with an interview with Sylvia, Sophie’s mother. Black Roses was met with critical and public acclaim and subsequently turned into a play for Manchester Royal Exchange. Now in its third incarnation it has been turned into a film and will feature in the BBC’s forthcoming poetry season. Cassian Harrison, controller of BBC Four, talks to Simon and Susan about the challenges of making the film and its journey from radio to stage and now to screen.

Not for broadcast.

BBC4
12+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years.
Duration: 1 hour
Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

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Tony Juniper

What Nature Does for Britain

Hay Festival 2015, 

From the peat bogs and woodlands that help to secure our water supply, to the bees and soils that produce most of the food we eat, Britain is rich in ‘natural capital’. For years we have damaged the systems that sustain us under the illusion that we are keeping prices down, through intensive farming, drainage of bogs, clearing forests and turning rivers into canals. As the ecologist shows, there are better ways to meet our economic needs.

Tony Juniper

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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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Adam Parr

The Art Of War: Five Years In Formula One

Hay Festival 2013, 

A graphic novel that gives a unique insight into the world of motor sport, from the former CEO of the Williams F1 Team.

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Sayeeda Warsi

Reformations 9: Integration

Hay Festival 2017, 

Baroness Warsi’s book The Enemy Within identifies British Muslims as the latest in a long line of ‘others’ to be feared and demonised. The UK’s first Muslim cabinet minister explores questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of  ‘British values’ with Helena Kennedy. She proffers necessary and inconvenient truths and proposes new ways forward for British Muslims, politicians and society.

Sayeeda Warsi

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Damian Walford Davies, Siwan Rosser, Carrie Smith and Tomos Owen

The Gwyn Jones Event - Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected

Hay Festival 2016, 

Contributors to a ground-breaking new book, Roald Dahl: Wales of the Unexpected, discuss the vital presence of Wales in the work of ‘the world’s number one storyteller’. This is Dahl wonderfully defamiliarised in his centenary year through the lens of the country of his birth and early life.

Presented by The Welsh Academy 

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Mark Lowery

Socks Are Not Enough

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this hilarious tale of teen angst, discovering his parents are secret nudists is just one of the cringe-making events Mike Swarbrick has to deal with. A very funny new writer for teens.

Duration 45 mins.

13+ years

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Thelma Schoonmaker talks to Simon Schama

A Life in Film

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the film editor who has worked with Martin Scorsese for forty years. Her credits include Hugo, Gangs of New York, and Goodfellas. She has won three Oscars – for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. She was married to the late film director Michael Powell.

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Simon Horobin

Chaucer’s Language

Hay Festival 2013, 

Assuming no previous linguistic knowledge or familiarity with Middle English, Horobin introduces us to the wonders of Chaucer’s language and the importance of reading him in the original, rather than modern translation.

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Kirmen Uribe and Santiago Roncagliolo in conversation with Félix Romeo

Segovia 2010, 
The Basque poet and writer Kirmen Uribe, winner of the ‘Premio Nacional de Narrativa’ (‘National Narrative Award’) in 2010, and Santiago Roncagliolo, chosen at Bogotá39 as one of the most promising young writers in Latin American literature, will talk to the critic and writer Félix Romeo about their latest published novels, Bilbao-Nueva York-Bilbao, by Uribe, and Tan cerca de la vida, by Roncagliolo.

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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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Jerry Brotton

Band of Brothers: Shakespeare’s Agincourt, 1599

Hay Festival 2015, 
On the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Jerry Brotton shows how Shakespeare’s Henry V now defines how we see this momentous event in English history. The play is often regarded as a straightforward celebration of English nationalism, the story of England’s tiny ‘band of brothers’ defeating the overwhelming might of the French. Brotton questions this assumption by recreating the historical moment in which Shakespeare wrote his play, with military disaster in Ireland, Queen Elizabeth’s power in decline, and the Essex Rebellion just about to engulf her. He argues that the result allows politicians on the left and the right to lay claim to the play and its account of Agincourt, along the way explaining how Olivier, Branagh and Spielberg are all part of the story.
Jerry Brotton

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Steve Jones

Did God Evolve?

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author of The Serpent’s Promise, Almost Like A Whale, The Language of the Genes and In the Blood conducts an evolutionist’s exploration.

Steve Jones

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Anne-Marie Imafidon

Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat. Why The Future is Girl-Led

Hay Festival 2017, 

Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers. Come and meet one of the world’s most inspiring and brilliant mathematicians, co-founder of Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

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Les Dennis

Must The Show Go On?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rollercoaster showbiz memoir: Les Dennis tells all to Phil Rickman.

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Julian Orbach

Market Halls: The Civic Cinderellas

Hay Festival 2013, 

The architectural historian and Pevsner Guide author gives an illustrated talk about these most workaday public spaces. Followed by an update on the Heritage Lottery-supported Hay Cheesemarket project by Director Juliet Noble and Heritage Activities Manager Clare Purcell.