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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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Dai Smith, Madeleine Gray, Alan Edmunds and Ceri Gould join Huw Bowen

Welsh Heroes and Villains 3 – Culture

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bards, poets, writers, actors, and musicians populate Welsh history to an extraordinary degree. So too do the icons of modern popular culture from the Manic Street Preachers to Gavin and Stacey. Why has Wales been so blessed with creative talent? And what is distinctively Welsh about our cultural heroes?
 

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Jules Evans

Philosophy for Life - And other dangerous situations

Hay Festival 2012, 
An invitation to a dream school with a rowdy faculty that includes 12 of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known. Each of these ancient philosophers teaches a technique we can use to transform ourselves and live better lives.

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Rebecca Stott

Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists

Hay Festival 2012, 
The story of Darwin’s many predecessors back to Leonardo and Aristotle, who advanced theories of evolution in times when it was exceptionally dangerous to do so.

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Álvaro Enrigue, Frank Wynne, Rosalind Harvey and Daniel Hahn

BCLT – Word for Word 1

Hay Festival 2012, 
Translators Wynne (winner of the IMPAC, Foreign Fiction Prize etc) and Harvey produce English versions of the same short story originally written in Spanish by the Mexican novelist and Bogota 39 star Álvaro Enrigue. The author and his translators discuss the nuances, divergences and creativity of their translations with the Director of the BCLT.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
 

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Dragons’ Innovation Den - The Power of Youth

Hay Festival 2012, 
Four short testimonies followed by a wide-ranging discussion about the value and opportunities offered through the insights of youth – ‘Why does it have to be like that?’
 

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Thomas Penn

Winter King

Hay Festival 2012, 
It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and counter-coups. Henry VII had clambered to the top of the heap - a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who through luck, guile and ruthlessness had managed to win the throne and stay on it for sixteen years. Although he built palaces, hosted jousts, gave out lavish presents and sent ambassadors across Europe, for many he remained a usurper, a false king.
 
But Henry had a crucial asset: his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. Now, in what would be the crowning glory of his reign, his elder son would marry a great Spanish princess. On a cold November day this girl, the sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, arrived in London for a wedding upon which the fate of England would hinge...
 
In his remarkable debut, historian Thomas Penn recreates an England which is both familiar and very strange - a country that seems medieval yet modern, in which honour and chivalry mingle with espionage, realpolitik, high finance and corruption. It is the story of the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at its heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power.

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bigger, better, grislier, crazier... No, not Andy, Mr Gum of course! Make sure you and your Snocklehead friends don't miss out.
 
7+ years

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Tallulah Swirls Theatre Company

When Eggy Met Peggy

Hay Festival 2012, 
What happens when the lonely egg sat on a wall meets the sparkling pea from under that huge pile of mattresses? Join Eggy and Peggy the pea, a rock-n-rolling raspberry and cha-cha-cha-ing carrots in this funny and original twist on The Princess And The Pea.
 
3+ years

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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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Andrew Miller talks to Jon Gower

Pure

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist discusses his Costa Award-winning Pure. Deep in the heart of Paris, its oldest cemetery is, by 1785, overflowing, tainting the very breath of those who live nearby. Into their midst comes Jean-Baptiste Baratte, a young, provincial engineer charged by the king with demolishing it.

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Tristan Gooley

The Natural Explorer

Hay Festival 2012, 
A beautiful and engaging introduction to Understanding Your Landscape - a naturalist, countryman’s guide to ‘creative rambling’.

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Jonathan Meades & Charles Fernyhough

MEMORY & PLACE

Hay Festival 2012, 
Idiosyncratic filmmaker, novelist and architecture critic Jonathan Meades in discussion with fellow novelist and child psychologist Charles Fenryhough. Meades is publishing Museum Without Walls, the product of thirty years writing and thinking about places: their ingredients, how and why they were made, their capacity to illumine the societies that inhabit them and the ideas they foment. Charles Fernyhough's new book, Pieces of Light, examines the neuroscientific basis of memory and how it makes us the people we are. Expect an intellectually no-holds-barred exploration of how we invent the outside world and it invents us. Chaired by John Mitchinson

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Ciaran Murtagh

Hay Festival 2012, 
The star of CBBC’s The Slammer returns to Hay for comedy, capers and magic carpet antics with his brand new adventure Genie in Training.
 
7+years

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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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Mark Watson, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Jubilee Edition 4

Hay Festival 2012, 
Scoundrels, rogues and fools - these people have no respect at all: to the Tower with them all.

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Bill McGuire

Waking The Giant

Hay Festival 2012, 
How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 

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John Guy

Thomas Becket - Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim: A 900-Year-Old Story Retold

Hay Festival 2012, 
At the height of his powers, he led 700 knights into battle, brokered peace between nations, had the ear of the Pope and brought one of the strongest rulers in Christendom to his knees. Within three years of his bloody assassination, Becket was a saint whose cult had spread the length and breadth of Europe.

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Thomas Heatherwick talks to Mariella Frostrup

Making

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the legendary British designer, heralded by Terence Conran as the ‘Leonardo da Vinci of our times’.

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Dragons Playground

Hay Festival 2012, 
Five organisations shortlisted for the Green Dragons’ Den will be telling their stories, practising their pitches and sharing ideas on how they’d use the £10,000 prize if they won in the Den. Today’s shortlist is selected from young entrepreneurs under the age of 25.
 
Supported by the Welsh Government

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Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

Muddleearth

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join us as we’re transported to Muddle Earth, where the wizards are mad and the pink hogs are stinky. Make sure you bring your Wellies of Power and Woolly Gloves of Determination.
 
9+ years

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David Sinden, Matthew Morgan and Guy MacDonald

Alien Invaders

Hay Festival 2012, 
Evil aliens and toxic planets…an awesome space adventure with the energetic trio behind the YUCK! series.
 
7+ years

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Mark Easton

Britain Etc

Hay Festival 2012, 
The broadcaster maps the backstory of contemporary Britain with a delightfully eccentric alphabet of meticulously researched essays that allow a park, a wedding, a beggar and a carrot all to take on new significance and deepen our understanding of our islands.

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Helen Rappaport

Magnificent Obsession

Hay Festival 2012, 
Victoria, Albert and the Death That Changed the Monarchy.

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Andrew Robinson

Cracking the Egyptian Code

Hay Festival 2012, 
The first biography in English of Jean-François Champollion, the impoverished, arrogant and brilliant child of the French Revolution who made the vital breakthrough in deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphs.

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