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Geekhood And Geek Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

Former actor Andy Robb and former model Holly Smale are seriously geeky at heart. Hear about their books Geekhood and Geek Girl and discover where you figure on the geek spectrum.

9+ years

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Carlos León, Mari Pau Domínguez and José María Lancho in conversation with Jesús García Calero

We Beat the Treasure Hunters: What should Spain do with the galleons now?

Segovia 2014, 

 

The story of the frigate Mercedes and the return of its treasures to Spain has caught people’s attention over the last few months. But one question remains unanswered. Why has Spain still not managed to set up a major scientific study of the galleon and its treasure? Carlos León, archeologist, technical director of the exhibition The last voyage of Mercedes; writer Mari Pau Domínguez, author of Las dos vidas del capitán, and lawyer José María Lancho, specialist in underwater archeological heritage, talk to Jesús García Calero, director of the culture section of ABC newspaper.

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David Mitchell and Tiffany Murray

Fictions – Halloween Comes Early

Hay Festival 2015, 

A late-night reading of ghost stories as Mitchell previews his new story to be published in October, Slade House, and Murray reads from her acclaimed Sugar Hall. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

David Mitchell and Tiffany Murray

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Michelle de Kretser and Amy Sackville talk to Lisa Dwan

Fictions – Boy Meets Girl

Hay Festival 2013, 

De Kretser’s Questions Of Travel conjures people displaced by love and longing, and by disaster. It is infused with wit, imagination, and a deep understanding. Sackville’s Orkney plays out a curiously-matched honeymoon couple on a remote island in the north.

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Rowley Leigh talks to Rosie Boycott

No Place Like Home

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award-winning food writer and chef, founder of Kensington Place and Le Café Anglais, discusses his classic celebration of Seasonal English Cooking.

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Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Hay Festival 2011, 
Hop along to this charming storytelling show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. Help Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and send him on his journey.
 
3–5 years

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Hugh Aldersey Williams

Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements

Hay Festival 2011, 
A wondrous tour and cultural history of the elements. Popular chemistry as a dazzling entertainment.

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Richard Parks

Extreme Adventuring

Hay Festival 2017, 

Parks describes his inspiring recovery from the shattering injury that ended his international rugby career. He tells of his commitment to his pioneering and world-first expeditions in the most extreme environments on earth.

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The Great Big Animal Quiz

Hay Festival 2012, 
Do you know why bees dance or the colour of a giraffe’s tongue? Come and give yourself a noggin workout - there are prizes to be won. Bring pad and pencil. Hosted by quizmasters extraordinaire Steve Skidmore and Steve Barlow.
 
8+ years

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Thomas Keneally talks to Damian Barr

Fictions – The Great War

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Booker-winner’s The Daughters Of Mars vividly experiences the Dardanelles and the Western Front in the First World War through the eyes of two Australian nurses.

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Tony Parsons talks to Stephanie Merritt

Men from the Boys

Hay Festival 2010, 
We’re delighted to launch the concluding part of the Harry Silver trilogy: ‘The love between a father and his son. Plus all the other stuff.’
Tony Parsons talks to Stephanie Merritt

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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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The War of the World 1914–1989

Niall Ferguson

Hay Festival 2006, 
The twentieth century proved to be overwhelmingly the most violent, frightening and brutalized in history, with fanatical, often genocidal warfare engulfing most societies between the outbreak of the First World War and the end of the Cold War. What went wrong? Chaired by Hamish Mykura.

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Rosie Boycott talks to Peter Florence

A Nice Girl Like Me

Hay Festival 2009, 
The journalist discusses her nakedly pitiless classic 1970s memoir of journalism and alcohol addiction.

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Narda Lepes en conversación con Martha Orrantía

Cartagena 2013, 
Narda Lepes es columnista de la revista Viva, del diario Clarín, y directora creativa de elgourmet.com. Además, se ocupa del food estilismo y de producción gastronómica para publicidad. Ha publicado libros como Qué, cómo, dónde. Guía de compras y Comer y pasarla bien. Conversará con la escritora y periodista Martha Orrantía.

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Daniel Hahn, John Boyne, Jenny Valentine

The New Golden Age

Hay Festival 2015, 

We are revelling in an exhilarating time for young readers, fired by the richest imaginable field of novelists creating work for teenagers. The editor of the new Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature hosts this celebration of great contemporary YA writing with two superstars of the genre, who pick a library of ten essential reads for teenagers. All ticketholders will be entered into a draw to receive the ten books they choose as well as copies of Boyne’s The Boy With The Striped Pyjamas and the forthcoming Valentine novel Fire Colour One.

Daniel Hahn, John Boyne, Jenny Valentine

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Siri Hustvedt talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Living, Thinking, Looking

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation based on the novelist’s book of essays that is framed around: Living, which draws on her own life; Thinking, on memory, emotion and the imagination; and Looking, on art and artists. She explores how we see, remember, feel and interact with others; what it means to sleep, dream and speak; and what we mean by ‘self’.

Siri Hustvedt talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Richard Wyn Jones, Guy Lodge and Charlie Jeffery

Cardiff University Series 4; England And Its Two Unions

Hay Festival 2013, 

With an increasingly distinct English identity and growing demand for the political recognition of Englishness, this conversation examines English views about both the unions – UK and EU – and considers whether either or both remain sustainable. Wyn Jones, Director of Wales Governance Centre, leads a discussion with IPPR’s Guy Lodge and Charlie Jeffery, Director of Academy of Government at Edinburgh University.

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Thomasina Miers

Mexican Food Made Simple – Demonstration

Hay Festival 2010, 
The sizzling Oaxaca chef celebrates the flavours, textures and pleasures of twisting classic recipes and tastes.
Thomasina Miers

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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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Simon Hoggart

A Long Lunch – My Stories And I'm Sticking To Them

Hay Festival 2011, 
The humorist and political analyst sketches some parliamentary and media gems from his trove of forty years on Fleet Street.
 

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Beth Shapiro

How To Clone a Mammoth

Hay Festival 2015, 

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. The evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ‘ancient DNA’ research guides us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used to resurrect the past.

Beth Shapiro

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Susan Gathercole

Cambridge Series 5: Working Memory in the Here and Now

Hay Festival 2016, 

Working memory allows us to hold information in mind. How does this influence our everyday lives? Professor Gathercole is Unit Director at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

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Peter Furtado talks to Oliver Balch

Histories Of Nations: How Their Identities Were Forged

Hay Festival 2013, 

An extraordinary illustrated synthesis of essays by the world’s leading historians about their own countries’ forging of identities. Each one attempts to define the characteristics that embody its sense of nationhood. The countries, large and small, have been selected to represent every continent and every type of state, and range from mature democracies to religious autocracies and one-party states.

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Tracey Corderoy

Monty & Milli

Hay Festival 2012, 
Monty and Milli are the best magical mice duo ever! Or they would be if their tricks ever worked. Come and see their adventure brought to life with puppet, magic tricks and games.
 
5-7 years