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Michael Tavinor

Saints and Sinners of the Marches

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Dean of Hereford pitches Ethelbert, Dubricius, Clodock against Herbert Armstrong, Roger Mortimer, Hugh Depenser and a fantastic cast of both and in-betweens.

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Kristina Stephenson

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks

Hay Festival 2012, 
An all-singing, some dancing show with this fabulous author/illustrator. So gather all your pluck and help the gallant knight put things right.
 
5-7 years

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Ben Goldacre

Bad Science

Hay Festival 2008, 
Satirist and doctor Ben Goldacre exposes fakery, pseudoscience and quackery in consumer marekting and in the media. Chaired by Rachel Holmes.

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Simon Schama

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Hay Festival 2018, 

In our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews’ search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever. Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. From the Jews’ expulsion from Spain in 1492 it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance; to the brink of the twentieth century and, it seems, a point of profound hope. Schama tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; an opera composer in 19th- century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California.

Simon Schama

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Gordon Newman in conversation with Peter Florence

Segovia 2010, 
The British television producer and writer, best known for the series Law and Order, Judge John Deed and The Nation’s Health, based on some of his written works, will talk to Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, about his books and television series.

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Dry Store Room No.1

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paleontologist Richard Fortey conjures the eccentric people, ancient artefacts and ultra-modern technology that makes The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum.

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Jeremy Leggett, Mark Lynas and David Miliband

Greening Britain

Hay Festival 2007, 
The author of Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and The Global Energy Crisis is joined by Lynas (Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet) and the Secretary of State for the Environment. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Karl Miller

Tretower to Clyro

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great essayist examines the writings about the Black Mountains by local writers such as Francis Kilvert and Raymond Williams.

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Susan Golombok

Cambridge Series 4 - The C21st Family

Hay Festival 2012, 
Gay fathers, single mothers by choice and donor siblings: Professor Golombok will talk about what really counts for children who grow up in new family forms.
 
In association with Cambridge University

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Matilde Asensi talks to Montserrat Domínguez

Segovia 2012, 
Matilde Asensi’s novel La Conjura de Cortes brings to a close the trilogy based on Spain’s Golden Age, in which Catalina Solís has to make her way through life as a man, Martin Ojo de Plata, in Spanish-speaking America. She talks to Montserrat Domínguez, director of the Huffington Post in Spain.
 
Co-organized with the Fundación Lara.

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Richard Holmes

Falling Upwards: How We Took To The Air

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Romantic biographer floats across the world following the pioneer generation of balloon aeronauts, from the first heroic experiments of the Montgolfiers in the 1780s to the tragic attempt to fly a balloon to the North Pole in the 1890s.

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MG Harris and Jamie Anderson

Gemini Force 1

Hay Festival 2015, 
In Beyond Gemini Force One, MG Harris and Jamie Anderson present an audio-visual tour of the background, design and influences behind GF1. This is your chance to hear all the behind-the-scenes publishing secrets, including the exciting story of how the worldwide community of Thunderbirds fans helped to bring the final Gerry Anderson project to the page.
8+ years
MG Harris and Jamie Anderson

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Paul Magrs and Moira Young

Epic Science Fiction Dystopia

Hay Festival 2015, 
Blood Red Road, the first part of Moira Young’s famous Dustlands trilogy, has been described as ‘The Hunger Games meets The Road’ and has won numerous awards including the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Cybils Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction. It is being developed for film by Ridley Scott. Moira is joined by Paul Magrs, who has written a number of critically acclaimed stand-alone YA novels including Exchange and Diary of a Dr Who Addict. With the scale and scope of the great science fiction epics, his new novel Lost on Mars tells the story of Lora and her family, third generation human settlers on the red planet living in increasingly bleak and hostile circumstances.

Paul was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, running their famous MA course; while Moira was a comedian and then an opera singer before she became a writer. Join them for a wide-ranging conversation about their lives, their writing and whether they are true science fiction geeks.
12+ years/YA
Paul Magrs and Moira Young

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Patrick Barkham

Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals

Hay Festival 2011, 
A joyful celebration of the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly.

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Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo

King James Authorised Version 3

Hay Festival 2011, 
In this third Good Read session on the Bible the writers enjoy The Song of Solomon, Job and Ecclesiastes.
 
More by and about today's authors: Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo

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Jeremy Leggett

The Triple Crash and the Green New Deal

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Solar Century founder and Peak Oil expert finds hope in a new environmental responsibility.

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Simon Armitage

Walking Home

Hay Festival 2012, 
The poet travels south down the Pennine Way to Yorkshire as a troubadour without a penny in his pocket.

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Anne Somerset

Queen Anne

Hay Festival 2012, 
A revelatory portrait of the great Stuart monarch, whose reign encompassed union with Scotland, Marlborough’s victories in France, some sublime architecture and rancorous rows with some of the highest Ladies of Court.

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Graham Robb

The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author made plans to cycle the legendary Via Heraklea. It was an ancient path that took him deep into the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science. Gradually, a lost map revealed itself, of an empire constructed with precision and beauty across vast tracts of Europe. Oriented according to the movements of the Celtic sun god, the map had been forgotten for almost two millennia.

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Michelle Paver

Hay Festival 2013, 

Gods And Warriors is the meticulously researched new Bronze Age adventure series from the internationally-acclaimed author of Wolf Brother.

Duration 60 mins.

10+ years

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Misha Glenny

DarkMarket: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author of McMafia explores three fundamental threats facing us in the C21st: cyber-crime, cyber-warfare and cyber-industrial espionage. Governments and the private sector are losing billions of dollars fighting an ever-morphing, super-smart new breed of criminal.

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Alex Scarrow

TimeRiders

Hay Festival 2013, 

The golden age of piracy gets a time-travel makeover as the team is confronted by an unscrupulous captain intent on theft.

9+ years

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Ricardo Ravelo talks with Miguel Aguilar

Segovia 2012, 
Mexican journalist Ricardo Ravelo, author of El Narco en México, presents Narcomex: Historia e Historias de una Guerra, in which he investigates organized drug trafficking cartels in Mexico. He talks to publisher Miguel Aguilar.

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In the Green Corner 3

Hay Festival 2008, 
Eco-firebrand George Monbiot in his final conversation with the audience about global sustainability and political accountability.

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Ian Goldin talks to Bronwen Maddox

Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of our New Renaissance

Hay Festival 2016, 

The great names of Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Copernicus, Raphael and Michelangelo were the mark of an age that saw a rush of discovery, the breaking down of barriers of ignorance and a newly connected world both politically and economically. Today we have better education and resources, the rate of innovation is doubling every year and there are great leaps in science, trade, migration and technology. Goldin argues that the results this time could be greater, but the world faces many of the same dangers as Renaissance man: warring ideologies, fundamentalism, climate change and pandemic.