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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.

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Cressida Cowell

Vikings, Pirates and Dragonese

Hay Festival 2007, 
A lively journey through the slapstick adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, helmed by his creator Cressida Cowell.

Hay Fever 7–9 yrs

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Tom Holland

Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar

Hay Festival 2016, 

Rome was first ruled by kings, then became a republic. But in the end, after conquering the world, the republic collapsed. So terrible were the civil wars that the Roman people finally came to welcome the rule of an autocrat who could give them peace. Augustus, their new master, called himself “the divinely favoured one”. The lurid glamour of the dynasty founded by Augustus has never faded. No other family can compare for sheer unsettling fascination with its gallery of leading characters. Tiberius, the great general who ended up a bitter recluse, notorious for his perversions; Caligula, the master of cruelty and humiliation who rode his chariot across the sea; Agrippina, mother of Nero, manoeuvring to bring to power the son who would end up having her murdered; Nero himself, racing in the Olympics, marrying a eunuch, and building a pleasure palace over the fire-gutted centre of his capital.

Tom Holland

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Susana Baca en conversación con Iván Benavides

Cartagena 2013, 
La gran exponente de la música afroperuana conversará sobre su fascinante carrera con el músico, productor y compositor Iván Benavides. Susana Baca, junto con su marido Ricardo Pereira, se ha dedicado a rescatar sonidos afroperuanos que estaban a punto de caer en el olvido. En su larga trayectoria ha recibido numerosos premios, pero el más destacado llegó en 2002 al ganar el Grammy en la categoría de Best Folk Album por su disco Lamento Negro, grabado en 1986. Susana ocupó el cargo de Ministra de Cultura de Perú desde el 28 de julio de 2011 al 10 de diciembre de ese mismo año.

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Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Hay Festival 2012, 
Happy 110th Birthday, Peter! Hop along to this charming storytelling party where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. Help Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and send him on his journey home.
 
3+ years

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Jenny Colgan talks to Paul Blezard

Fictions – Chocolates

Hay Festival 2013, 

The romcom bestseller samples her novel The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris and her contribution to the Dr Who 50th anniversary, Doctor Who – Dark Horizons

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Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600 - 1850

Linda Colley talks to Christopher Hitchens

Hay Festival 2003, 
The historian discusses her stories of the flipside if Imperialisim: the soldiers and settlers seized in India and North America, the men and women captured from Devon and Cornwall by Moroccan slavers, or taken at sea by Barbarycorsairs. She explores the parallels with empire today, and the West's relationship with Islam.

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Thomas Keneally talks to Philippe Sands

Schindler’s Ark

Hay Festival 2016, 

The writer discusses his 1982 Booker-winning novel about Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who risked his life to protect and rescue Jews from Auschwitz. The book was made into a film by Steven Spielberg as Schindler’s List.

Thomas Keneally talks to Philippe Sands

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Dolores Redondo, Andreu Martìn and Rosa Ribas

Round table debate on crime novels

Segovia 2013, 

Dolores Redondo, El guardian invisible (Ed. Destino), Andreu Martín, Cabaret Pompeya (Ed. Siruela) and Sociedad Negra (Ed. RBA), and Rosa Ribas, Don de lenguas (Ed. Siruela) read passages from their own works and also speak, analyse and debate about the genre and the profession of writing. Chaired by Teresa Sanz, contributor to El Mundo.

 

With the collaboration of Fundación Lara and Biblioteca Nacional de España.

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Roger Lovegrove

Islands Beyond The Horizon

Hay Festival 2013, 

The naturalist explores some of the remotest places on earth, examining the islands’ biodiversity and the impact of human habitation on their wildlife and ecosystems.

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Simon Scarrow

Fictions – Medieval History

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sword And Scimitar is set in 1565, Malta: a vital outpost between the divided nations of Europe and the relentlessly expanding Ottoman Empire. Faced with ferocious attack by a vast Turkish fleet, the knights of the Order of St John fear annihilation.

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Cristina Fernández Cubas en conversación con Juan Antonio Masoliver

Segovia 2008, 
Cristina Fernández Cubas, referente indiscutible para sucesivas generaciones de cuentistas, es autora de cinco libros de relatos, el más reciente Hermanas de sangre y un original libro de memorias narradas, Cosas que ya no existen, títulos que han recibido un caluroso tratamiento por parte de la crítica y del público. Su obra está traducida a diez idiomas. Conversará con Juan Antonio Masoliver, critico literario, poeta y ensayista.

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Kate Humble talks to Miles Jupp

Friend For Life: The Extraordinary Partnership Between Humans and Dogs

Hay Festival 2016, 

The wildlife broadcaster and smallholder uses her journey with her sheepdog puppy Teg to frame her examination of this very special relationship. Written with warmth and love, and packed full of stories about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs, this event is a joy for anyone with a four-legged friend. In conversation with host of The News Quiz, Miles Jupp.

Kate Humble talks to Miles Jupp

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Julian Clary and David Roberts

The Bolds to the Rescue

Hay Festival 2016, 

The comedian/entertainer/writer and award-winning illustrator introduce you to their latest book, a brand new adventure about a family of hyenas living in an ordinary suburban street.  An unmissable event packed with wildly hilarious readings in Julian’s unique style, together with live drawing from David.

8+

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Beast Quest Duel

Hay Festival 2011, 
Calling all valiant knights and questors! Six mystical beasts are guarding magical golden armour for the evil wizard Malvel. Help the good wizard Aduro, in this interactive event, to solve cryptic puzzles and free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell. Exclusive goodies for all participants...
 
7+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Jeremy Cooper talks to Gavin Turk

Growing Up: Young British Artists at 50

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation about the golden generation with the brilliant Art writer and the YBA star whose work explore issues of authenticity, self-portraiture, parody, identity and authority.

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Fred Pearce

The Landgrabbers

Hay Festival 2012, 
A superb piece of investigative journalism that reveals the unprecedented land grab from the plains of Africa to the jungles and prairies of South America, as Wall Street speculators, Gulf oil sheiks, Chinese entrepreneurs and robber barons raid the last fertile corners of the world.

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Beast Quest Duel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Calling all courageous questors! Six mystical beasts are guarding magical golden armour for the evil wizard Malvel. Help the good wizard Aduro solve cryptic puzzles in this interactive event and free the beasts from Malvel’s evil spell. Exclusive goodies await the valiant.
 
7+ years

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Neil MacGregor

The British Museum: A Global Treasure

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Director of the British Museum gives the annual lecture. Chaired by Festival President Tom Bingham.

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Oliver Jeffers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Award-winner Jeffers returns to Hay Festival to entertain his many fans with stories and live drawing from his recent titles including A Child of Books, as well as giving an insight into his future titles. A  Child of Books is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Fiction Award.

3+
Oliver Jeffers

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Peter Hain

Back to the Future of Socialism

Hay Festival 2015, 

What’s gone wrong with capitalism and how should governments respond? Did Big Government or Big Banking cause the global financial crisis? Is the answer austerity or investment in growth; untrammelled market forces or regulating for the common good? Hain revisits Anthony Crosland’s classic text and presents a stimulating political prospectus for today.

Peter Hain

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Karrie Fransman

The House That Groaned

Kells 2013, 

The graphic novelist and comic strip creator talks about her latest novel, about the oddball tenants of a shared London house. ‘A brilliant gothic description of the atomized nature of city living’ – Metro.


This event is not suitable for children.

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Andrea Wulf

The Brother Gardeners

Hay Festival 2008, 
Andrea Wulf tells the tale of the C18th friends who fired the origins of modern horticulture in her magnificent study Botany, Empire and the Birth of An Obsession.

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Simon Hoggart

Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine: 100 wines for the discerning drinker

Hay Festival 2010, 
The humorist introduces and tastes four of the wines in the book with the audience.

Ticket price includes wine.

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Patrick Bishop

Target Tirpitz

Hay Festival 2012, 
An intriguing tale from WWII of X-Craft, Agents and Dambusters - The Epic Quest to Destroy Hitler’s Mightiest Warship.