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Meriel Larken talks to Revel Guest

The Ship, The Lady and The Lake

Hay Festival 2012, 
The recovery and restoration of the steamboat Yavari, built on the Thames 150 years ago, then dismantled and carried in thousands of pieces 12,500 ft up the Andes to Lake Titicaca - where she was used by traders until 1985.

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Chris Williams and Robin Barlow join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 3 – Soldiers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Waterloo, Rorke’s Drift, Mametz Wood, and the Falklands have all provided Wales with its military heroes. But what makes a Welsh military hero, and who are the villains of the piece?
 

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Tinga Tinga Tales - Screening

Hay Festival 2012, 
Discover Why Elephant Has A Trunk as we bring the much-loved animated African folk tales to the big screen. Then trot off to our Make and Take tent for your very own Tinga Tinga-inspired crafts.
 
Duration 30 mins.  3+ years.

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Martin Rees

The Limits of Science

Hay Festival 2012, 
Ethics and prudence set limits to how our scientific knowledge can be applied. And there are constraints on the amount of research we can afford. But are there some aspects of the universe, or of life, that we’ll never understand because they’re beyond human brains and that must await post-human intellects?
 

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Mark Haddon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Red House

Hay Festival 2012, 
The magical new novel from the author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: A family get together in a farmhouse near Hay for a week - four adults and four children with interweaving stories and history and voices.

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Jon Gower in conversation with Mary-Ann Constantine, Phil George and David Anderson

The Story of Wales

Hay Festival 2012, 
How the nation has been formed by the land, and how the country has connected with the world. Jon Gower chairs a discussion spanning 30,000 years with an historian, a TV programme maker and the Director of The National Museum of Wales.

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Edward and Robert Skidelsky

How Much Is Enough?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Arguing from the premise that economics is a moral science, the Skidelskys trace the concept of the good life from Aristotle to Keynes and the present, and show how our lives over the past half century have strayed from that ideal.

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Nathan Englander and Helen Simpson

Fictions – Shorts

Hay Festival 2012, 
Short stories from two stars of the genre who discuss and read from their collections What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank and Collected Stories. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Ali Sparkes

S.W.I.T.C.H

Hay Festival 2012, 
Boy or insect? Josh and Danny are in big bug trouble. Learn how to write creepy crawly adventures and why you might want to think twice before squishing ants in future.
 
7+ years

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AC Grayling

Reading and Thinking

Hay Festival 2012, 
The philosopher talks about the conversation of humankind, the true nature of education, the candle in the dark. Our story changed when literacy extended beyond the few. Grayling explains how, and conjures the possibilities this opened up.

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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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David Spiegelhalter

Cambridge Series 6 - Are you taking a Risk or a Chance? Trying to put numbers on uncertainty.

Hay Festival 2012, 
We continually get warned about the risks around us, but the upside of uncertainty is chance and opportunity. The Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk will show how to weigh luck, both bad and good. Chaired by Greg Davies
 

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Murong Xuecun

British Council Series - Caging a Monster

Hay Festival 2012, 
The outspoken Chinese cult novelist builds on his now famous ‘In my country’ Oslo speech, talking about the harder realities behind the economic miracle. Chaired by Rosie Boycott. (Subtitles with consecutive translation for Q&A)
 

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Andrew Simms, John Sauven, Peter Myers and Lemn Sissay

nef series 3: Tick Tock, Climate Clock

Hay Festival 2012, 
How much can society and the economy change in 50 months? On current trends, that’s the time frame we are working to before the balance of risk of dangerous climate change potentially shifts against us. The Chief Executive of Greenpeace UK discusses the deadline with the co-founders of onehundredmonths.org and poet Lemn Sissay.

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Cressida Cowell talks to Peter Florence

Hooray for Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The creator of the wonderful How To Train Your Dragon series chats Vikings, Dragonese and the Isle of Berk.
 
7+ years

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Lauren St John

The One Dollar Horse

Hay Festival 2012, 
The creator of the White Giraffe series introduces her new equestrian thriller series, about making the impossible possible and reaching the top on a one dollar horse.
 
10+ years

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Mario Vargas Llosa talks to Peter Florence

Nobel Series - The Dream of the Celt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Peruvian Nobel Laureate discusses his work and his new novel, which re-imagines the life of Roger Casement, the controversial hero of Irish nationalism.
 

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Richard Fortey

Survivors - The Animals and Plants that Time has Left Behind

Hay Festival 2012, 
The paleontologist takes us on a journey across the globe in search of traces of evolution in creatures that have survived from long ago, from algal mats dating back two billion years to the hardy musk oxen, the last vestiges of Ice Age fauna.

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Nick Coleman talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Train in the Night - A Story of Music and Loss

Hay Festival 2012, 
An account of one man’s struggle to recover from the loss of his greatest passion in life - and to go one step further: to restore his ability not only to hear but to think about and feel music.

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Nick Harkaway and SJ Parris talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fictions - The Plotters

Hay Festival 2012, 
Angelmaker is a kaleidoscopic, comedy adventure - a one-sit read about a mobster’s son and a retired secret agent who are forced to team up to save the world; Sacrilege is the third in the meticulously plotted series of Giordano Bruno Elizabethan thrillers.

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Steven Butler

Hay Festival 2012, 
A tale of mistaken troll-dentity from a bright new star in children’s funny fiction (Shhh! He also played Henry in Horrid Henry Live and Horrid!). Delightfully disgusting. 5+ years

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Stephen Fry in conversation with Kay Redfield Jamison

An Unquiet Mind

Hay Festival 2012, 
A discussion about Dr Jamison’s definitive work on bipolarity, and the creativity explored in her Touched with Fire: Manic-depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament.

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John Mitchinson presents

UNBOUND LIVE!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award winning crowd-funded publisher Unbound, launched at Hay last year, celebrates its first birthday with a live event unlike anything else at the festival. Join a panel of Unbound authors competing to win the approval of the crowd to raise funding for their book ideas, in a cross between an election hustings and a literary Dragons’ Den. Featuring super-smart comedian Katy Brand, novelist, TV presenter and Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn, the inimitable Glaswegian Sikh writer, cook and performer, Hardeep Singh Kohli, cult perfomance poet George Chopping, and Australian fashion guru and cancer survivor , Jessica Jones.

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Raymond Tallis

A Defence of Wonder

Hay Festival 2012, 
Do you think philosophy is irrelevant? Think again, says the neuroscientist and philosopher.The pursuit of articulate, reflective wonder, revealing the extraordinary complex mystery of everyday life, is the key to unlocking our spirituality in a post-religious age.

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Abi Morgan talks to Francine Stock

Screenwriter

Hay Festival 2012, 
An interview with the screenwriter of Shame, The Iron Lady, The Hour and Birdsong.

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