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Tom Holland

In The Shadow Of The Sword - The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World

Hay Festival 2012, 
In the C6th the Near East was divided between two venerable empires - the Persian and the Roman. 100 years later one had vanished for ever and the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs - an upheaval so profound that it meant, in effect, the end of the Ancient World.

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Frances Ashcroft

The Spark of Life

Hay Festival 2012, 
The physiologist gives a spectacular account of the body electric, showing how, from before conception to the last breath we draw, electrical signals in our cells are essential to everything we think and do. She takes in vampire bats, Viagra, chilli peppers and Mary Shelley.
 

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Frank Cottrell Boyce and Joe Berger

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

Hay Festival 2012, 
A turbo-charged new adventure for Ian Fleming’s fantastical flying car, with the fabulous author of Millions and Framed and the artist behind Bridget Fidget and Berger & Wyse.
 
9+ years

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Dora Thornton and Jonathan Bate

Shakespeare 1- Staging the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
To celebrate the opening of the British Museum’s Shakespeare exhibition, their Curator of Renaissance Europe is joined by the Shakespeare scholar and author to look at the early modern world through the eyes of the playwright and his contemporaries. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill. First of three Shakespeare sessions. See also events 328 and 335
 

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Archie Miles

Heritage Trees of Wales

Hay Festival 2012, 
Steeped in history, surrounded by myth and legend and full of cultural and historical significance, the heritage trees of Wales dominate the Welsh landscape.

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David Abulafia

The Great Sea - A Human History of the Mediterranean

Hay Festival 2012, 
For more than 3,000 years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of world civilisation. From the time of historical Troy until the middle of the C19th, human activity here decisively shaped much of the course of world history.

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HM Castor & William Osborne

VIII and Hitler’s Angel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two unique approaches to historical fiction, each with a twist of psychological thriller. Join us to talk power, secrets and courage. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas.
 
11+ years

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Kjartan Poskitt

Murderous Maths

Hay Festival 2012, 
Back by popular demand, our favourite numerical wizard is coming to Hay to put an end to maths miseries great and small. Join us for hilarious games of mathematical trickery and cunning calculus.
 
9+ years

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Peter Oborne, Clive Woodward, Clare Balding, Kate Humble and Brian Moore talk to Sarah Crompton

The Telegraph Question Time

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join The Telegraph’s panel of experts to debate politics, sport, culture, the environment and, of course, the Olympics. Our all-star team is ready to tackle your questions about the burning issues of the day.
 

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Stefan Collini

Cambridge Series 10 - What Are Universities For?

Hay Festival 2012, 
When the future of higher education lies in the balance, a discussion of just why universities matter – to everyone.
 

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Kathy Lette talks to Paul Blezard

The Boy Who Fell to Earth

Hay Festival 2012, 
The comic novelist has mined her own experience of motherhood to tell the tale of bringing up an autistic son in this bittersweet novel about keeping your family together when your world is falling apart.

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Ruth Richardson

Dickens and the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and The London Poor

Hay Festival 2012, 
The academic discovered that as a young man, Dickens lived only yards away from a major London workhouse. She tells the story of the find and reveals how important the two periods spent living in this area of London were for Dickens’ writing career.

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Alex T Smith

Claude

Hay Festival 2012, 
It’s time to get excited, delighted and waggy-tailed as Claude and Sir Bobblysock make their Hay debut. Berets actively encouraged.
 
5-7 years

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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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Michael Dobson

Shakespeare 2: Tragedy

Hay Festival 2012, 
Why do theatregoers enjoy watching people die? And why do modern audiences still prefer their destined corpses to speak in Elizabethan English? The Director of The Shakespeare Institute considers the persistence of Shakespearean tragedy, focusing on Richard II, Othello and King Lear. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
 

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Alan Hollinghurst talks to Gaby Wood

The Stranger’s Child

Hay Festival 2012, 
An epic sweep of the C20th told through the relations between the Sawle and Valance families from the novelist who won the Man Booker prize for The Line of Beauty.

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Roger Crowley

City of Fortune - How Venice Won and Lost a Naval Empire

Hay Festival 2012, 
A magisterial history charting the rise and fall of the world’s superpower city from the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 to the calamitous news that the Portuguese had pioneered a sea route to India.

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Philip Ball

Curiosity

Hay Festival 2012, 
Curiosity is often said to drive science, but until the seventeenth century – the age of the so-called Scientific Revolution – it was regarded with suspicion and condemnation. What happened to liberate curiosity? Why did no question seem too vast or trivial to be ruled out of bounds? And what does the freedom to be curious really mean for science today?

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Green Dragons Den Final 3 – Sustainable Work and Travel

Hay Festival 2012, 
Five participants, four dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books and a chance to win £10,000 for their project.
 

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Andrew Weale

Nora: The Girl Who Ate and Ate and Ate

Hay Festival 2012, 
Nora Fatima Buffet is a little greedy-guts. Join her creator for a revoltingly rumbustious event of rhymes and rockets.
 
5-7 years

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Sophia Bennett

The Look

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the creator of Threads, as she talks to Lucy Peden, Features Editor at Bliss magazine in a special event about following your (secret) dreams. Sophia and Lucy will be discussing image and how to cope with life's big ups and downs like teenager Ted, the main character in her new book The Look.
 
Plus buy a ticket for this event and you get the chance to win tea with Sophia and Lucy afterwards in a VIP area!
 
12+ years

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Jacqueline Wilson

Green Glass Beads

Hay Festival 2012, 
The treasured author selects and reads some of her favourite poetry.
 
Please keep your ticket if you wish to get your book signed by Jacqueline after the event.
 
9+ years

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Michelle Harrison, Catherine Fisher and Lindsey Barraclough

Unrest, Incarceron and Long Lankin

Hay Festival 2012, 
Three hauntingly lyrical novels, drawing on fairy tales and folklore. Chilling and compelling. Chaired by Paul Blezard
 
12+ years

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Germaine Greer

Shakespeare 3 - The Lovers

Hay Festival 2012, 
The professor of poetry lays bare Shakepeare’s depiction of boy lovers and the explorations of sex, love and marriage in the plays. With special reference to Romeo & Juliet. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Kate Humble

Monmouthshire Farm Humble by Nature

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Springwatch star talks about her passion for Watching Waterbirds and her new project restoring her Monmouthshire Farm.

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