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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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Matthew Rice

Rice’s Church Primer

Hay Festival 2014, 

The illustrator and writer explains the language of architecture in churches, from the restrained Norman style of William the Conqueror to the gilded excesses of the Baroque. He introduces the basic ‘grammar’ of churches: elevation, plan, fronts, vaults and towers and the ‘vocabulary’ of styles in chronological order, from ancient Saxon churches to modern cathedrals.

Matthew Rice

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Edward Said talks to Christopher Cook

Hay Festival 2003, 
Said is the author of eighteen books, including Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism and a memoir Out of Place which traces his growing sense of himself as an outsider: Arab but Christian, Palestinian but the holder of a US passport. His latest work, co-written with Daniel Barenboim, is Parallels and Paradoxes. He is also a music critic, opera scholar, pianist and the most eloquent spokesman for the Palestinian cause in the West. 'Edward Said is among the truly important intellectuals of our century.' (Nadine Gordimer)

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Discover The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 1

Hay Festival 2009, 
Back by popular demand, authors long listed for this prestigious award share the secrets of their success with Julia Eccleshare. Previous winners include Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness, Jacqueline Wilson and Meg Rosoff.

Participating authors announced in May at: www.hayfestival.com/hayfever

10 years +

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David Nash

Blasphemy in the Christian World

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Nash seeks to understand why this medieval offence of ‘denial or denigration of God’ has reappeared to become a distinctly modern presence in the West.

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Eric Hobsbawm: The Age of Extremes

The Raymond Williams Lectures

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Historian Eric Hobsbawm talks to Dai Smith about his histroy of the Twentieth Century. "It takes far greater gifts - and far greater nerve - to simplify and scintillate than to criticise and to complicate. This book displays both these admirable qualities in abundance." - New Society.

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Ronan Sheehan

Saint Colmcille

Kells 2013, 

The novelist, lawyer and founder of the Dublin branch of the European Centre for Latin delivers a lecture on the old copyright law of Saint Colmcille that still underscores today’s decisions. This lively, engaging and entertaining talk firmly ties in the first copyright ruling of Western Europe with Kells and Tara.

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Sheila Hancock talks to Francine Stock

Fictions – Miss Carter’s War

Hay Festival 2015, 

It is 1948 and the young and beautiful Marguerite Carter has lost her parents and survived a terrifying war, working for the SOE behind enemy lines. She returns to England to be one of the first women to receive a degree from the University of Cambridge. Now she pins back her unruly auburn curls, draws a pencil seam up her legs, ties the laces on her sensible black shoes, and sets out towards her future as an English teacher in a girls’ grammar school. Outside the classroom Britain is changing fast, and Miss Carter finds herself caught up in social upheaval, swept in and out of love and forging deep, enduring friendships. The first novel from the actress and award-winning author of The Two of Us and Just Me.

Sheila Hancock talks to Francine Stock

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Lucy Cooke

The Power of Sloth

Hay Festival 2014, 

Take a break and kick back with the author of The Power of Sloth, a celebration of the slowest, most chilled animal there is! Amazing pictures and sloth facts – you’ll be a Sloth expert in no time.

6+ years

Lucy Cooke

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Tim Richardson

What Makes American Gardens American?

Hay Festival 2010, 
Lusciously illustrated lecture ranging from Jefferson’s C18th landscapes in North Carolina to exciting new designers such as Topher Delaney in San Francisco and Martha Schwartz in New Mexico.
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Andrew Edgar

Cardiff Series 5 - Sport, Ethics and the Olympics

Hay Festival 2012, 
What are the ethical issues that are posed by sporting competition in general and the Olympics in particular? Where does society place sport as a source of moral values and what are the problems that cheating and unsporting conduct pose to athletes, spectators, sponsors and funding bodies?
 

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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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Chrissie Gittins

The Humpback’s Wail

Hay Festival 2010, 
Making cream cakes for pop stars, sweet-smelling pirates and postcards from bathrooms: anything is possible in poetry. Come and hear one of the brightest children’s poets, fresh from CBBC’s Poetry Pie.
 
7+ years

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Stephen Daldry talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2009, 
The film director discusses his work on Billy Elliott, The Hours and The Reader.

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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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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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Green Dragons’ Den 1

Hay on Earth 1

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from today’s Hay on Earth sustainability workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project. 

Entry this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Green Dragons’ Den 1

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Ali Sparkes

S.W.I.T.C.H.

Hay Festival 2011, 
Boy or insect? Josh and Danny are in big bug trouble! Come and hear how to write creep crawly adventures and why you might want to think twice before squishing ants in the future.
 
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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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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Harold Pinter

The PEN Reading

Hay Festival 1997, 
The playwright reads from his own work.

P.E.N. is an international organisation of playwrights, poets, essayists and novelists who defend and champion free speech throughout the world.

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Olivia Party

Hay Festival 2010, 
Everyone’s favourite little pig comes to Hay for songs, stories, dancing and dressing up. Don’t forget to dress up too!
 
4–7 years

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Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

The Index Debate: Diss My Mother: Expect a Punch

Hay Festival 2015, 

What are the limits of free speech and civility? What is the nature of ‘offence’? What earns ‘respect’? If words can hurt you, are sticks and stones and broken bones the answer?

Elif Shafak, Rachael Jolley, Sarah Churchwell and David Aaronovitch

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Helen Dunmore talks to Alex Clark

Fictions – The Lie

Hay Festival 2014, 

Behind Daniel lie the mud, barbed-wire entanglements and terror of the trenches. Behind him is also the most intense relationship of his life. Set during and just after the First World War, The Lie is an enthralling, heart-wrenching novel of love, memory and devastating loss.

Helen Dunmore talks to Alex Clark

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Monty Halls

The Fisherman's Apprentice

Hay Festival 2012, 
The story of our fishermen's fight for survival, told from firsthand experience. Accompanying the BBC 2 series of the same name, Monty spends a year working as a fisherman from Cadgwith Cove in Cornwall, the last defiant outpost of Britain's traditional fishing industry. Through relentless labour of working on his own boat and the drama of great spiralling storms, Monty experiences a way of life that is quietly dying. Exploring the impact of industrial scale trawling on our small-scale fishing industry, with consumer advice on how we can save it and sustain it for the future, this is the story of British fishing today.