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Hugh Kennedy

The Great Arab Conquests

Hay Festival 2007, 
How, within a generation, Arab armies had overrun Persian and Byzantine civilizations and created an empire that reached from Spain to China.

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The Funny Panel

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winner Jamie Thomson is joined by two top funny talents, Mark Lowery and Sarah McIntyre. Come and share the jokes!

Duration 60 mins.

9+ years

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Matt Dickinson

Mortal Chaos

Hay Festival 2012, 
Ever wanted to climb Everest? Or film a heart-stopping adventure? Join the author of this gripping thriller for an edge-of-your-seat event. Matt was also the fifth British climber to summit the North Face of Everest!
 
10+ years

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Tim Smit

The Eden Project at Ten

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and join us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cornwall’s iconic centre for horticulture and biodiversity with its director.

Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 
Learn more about the Eden Project www.edenproject.com

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Axel Scheffler

Pip & Posy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The beloved illustrator of The Gruffalo joins us to launch the adorable Pip & Posy:The Big Balloon. Storytelling, live-drawing and a very special visit from best friends Pip and Posy. A complete treat.
 
Duration 45 mins.  3-5 years  

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Jilly Cooper talks to Phil Rickman

Wicked! A Tale of Two Schools

Hay Festival 2006, 
The high mistress of Rutshire sex comedy takes on the education system.

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Mal Peet talks to Daniel Hahn

Life: An Exploded Diagram

Hay Festival 2012, 
The acclaimed writer talks about his latest coming-of-age story, set against the backdrop of the Cold War and events leading up to the Cuban Missile Crisis. This intensely personal story sees history, passion and fear intertwine to astonishing effect.
 
14+ years

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Marc du Bois talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of Médecins Sans Frontières analyses the political transactions and balances of power and interests that allow aid activities to move forward, but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of humanitarian principles.

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Philip Mansel

Cities of the Levant - The Past for the Future

Hay Festival 2012, 
One of the world’s top experts on Constantinople and the Mediterranean looks at the great cities of bygone empires and the dynamic urban centres of today.

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Sherard Cowper-Coles talks to Anne Robinson

Cables From Kabul

Hay Festival 2011, 
The grandee diplomat was Britain’s Afghan Envoy and special representative for Pakistan 2007–2010. He argues for constructive engagement in the pursuit of conflict resolution.

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Pulling No Punches

Hay Festival 2008, 
11+ failure, Union firebrand, Britain’s longest-serving Deputy Prime Minister, and Blair-Brown consolidator John Prescott talks to John Harris.

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Carl Bernstein talks to Jim Naughtie

The Hamlin Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary reporter and Watergate-breaker is the author of A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Owen Sheers in conversation with Gaby Wood

Cartagena 2011, 
Prize-winning poet and writer Owen Sheers is one of Britain’s most promising young writers. The Poetry Book Society has included him as one of 20 poets making up the New Generation. His first novel, Resistance, has already been translated into eight languages and a film version is to be released soon. In conversation with The Telegraph’s literary editor, Gaby Wood, he will talk about this fascinating and addictive story which plays with an alternative reality in which Great Britain has been defeated and invaded by the Nazi Army; clips from the film will be shown. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Jonathan Stroud

Bartimaeus

Hay Festival 2011, 
Fantasy prequels don’t come more magical than this. The Ring of Solomon takes us back to 950 BC Jerusalem – so whether you’re an established or future fan, this is a must.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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IM Glynn

Cambridge Series: Elegance in Science

Hay Festival 2010, 
From Kepler’s Laws to the Double Helix, elegance is a fundamental aspect of the beauty and imagination involved in scientific activity.

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Ed Mayo talks to Julia Hobsbawm

Consumer Kids

Hay Festival 2009, 
How Big Business is Grooming our Children for Profit.

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Sadakat Kadri talks to Helena Kennedy

Heaven on Earth

Hay Festival 2012, 
A timely and eye-opening investigation into one of the most disputed but least understood topics of recent times - the history and reality of shari’a law.

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Thomas Keneally talks to Alastair Niven

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Australian Booker winner (Schindler’s Ark) discusses his work and his new novel The Widow and her Hero.

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Bernardo Atxaga y Ignacio Martínez de Pisón en conversación con Luis Alemany

Segovia 2008, 
Bernardo Atxaga, el galardonado autor de Obabakoak y El hijo del acordeonista, y Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, autor de más de una docena de obras, entre las que destacan las novelas Carreteras secundarias y Dientes de leche, conversarán con el periodista Luis Alemany y leerán fragmentos de sus respectivas obras.

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Stewart Pollens

Stradivari

Hay Festival 2010, 
The tools, techniques and flourishes of the greatest violin-maker of all time – Antonio Stradivari of Cremona (1644–1737).
Stewart Pollens

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Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

Geek Girl and Tabitha Baird

Hay Festival 2015, 
Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks about All That Glitters, the latest in the series starring accident-prone heroine Harriet Manners. She is joined by actress, writer and comedian Arabella Weir whose novel The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird, second in this popular series, has also recently been published. A lively and irreverent discussion guaranteed.
10+ years
Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

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Tristram Hunt

The World, by Design: The Victoria & Albert Museum in an age of Brexit, BRICS and Netflix

Hay Festival 2017, 

The new Director of the V&A explores the role of culture and curation in a world turning on a new axis, where intelligence is artificial and some pots are still priceless; where a common wealth of resources and makers can fashion global treasures.

Tristram Hunt

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Andrew Simms and David Boyle talk to Andy Fryers

What if Money Grew on Trees…?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Consider a world where gold is worthless, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted?

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Geoffrey Robertson

Mullahs Without Mercy: Human Rights And Nuclear Weapons

Hay Festival 2013, 

The lawyer examines the options that the world faces as it stumbles like a sleepwalker into the perils of a new nuclear age, while Iran, Israel and America face-off over nuclear capability. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Danielle Fuller

Citizen Reader

Hay Festival 2013, 

Fuller studies the phenomenon of mass participation in reading events, through book clubs, city reads, festivals and online reading communities.