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Simon Hoggart

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

Hay Festival 2011, 
By popular demand, the journalist and wine writer leads another tasting.

The wines tasted were:
 
1) Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Dr Loosen 2009
 
2) Escarpment Pinot Gris NZ 2009
 
3) Tons de Dourum, Upper Douro Portugal 2008
 
4) Ch. Puygueraud, Cotes de Francs 2007

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Alexander Todorov

Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions

Hay Festival 2017, 

We make up our minds about others after seeing their faces for a fraction of a second –and these snap judgments predict all kinds of important decisions. Yet the character judgments we make from faces are as inaccurate as they are irresistible. Using cutting-edge research, the Princeton psychologist describes how we have evolved the ability to read basic social signals and momentary emotional states, using a network of brain regions dedicated to the processing of faces. 

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African Literature in Spanish

Segovia 2010, 
Authors Justo Bolekia Boleká, César Mba Abogo, Recaredo Silebo Boturu and Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, coordinated by Landry Wilfrid Miampika (lecturer at the University of Alcalá), will speak about the problems, trends, writing conditions and obstacles in the reception of African literature in Spanish, drawing on the experiences of some of its main figures.

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The Story of God

Robert Winston

Hay Festival 2006, 
The eminent medic and broadcaster discusses the relationship between religion and science from primitive times to our multi-faith world.

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Josh Lacey

The Dragonsitter

Hay Festival 2013, 

Josh Lacey packs a huge amount of fun and adventure into his stories, including the latest – The Dragonsitter Takes Off.

6+ years

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Jordi Punti and Francesc Serés talk to Colm Tóibín

Fictions – Homage

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two leading Catalan novelists discuss their work. The disappearance of a truck driver in Punti’s Lost Luggage introduces and brings together from across Europe his four sons, previously unaware of each other’s existence. Serés’ 21 miniature masterpieces in Russian Stories sketch the nation.

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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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Tahmima Anam talks to George Alagiah

Talking Books: The Bones of Grace

Hay Festival 2016, 

Born in Bangladesh, Anam grew up in Paris, New York City and Bangkok. Anam’s debut novel, A Golden Age, centres on the Bangladesh Liberation War and was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the conflict. The novel won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Anam’s next book, The Good Muslim, explores the after-effects of war and examines the conflicts within modern-day religion and family. She will be discussing her newest work The Bones of Grace, a tragic love story which traverses continents and communities and delves into larger themes like the importance of family history and reconciliation.

Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 4

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

Tahmima Anam talks to George Alagiah

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Holly Webb

The Water Horse

Hay Festival 2015, 
When the waters start to rise, flooding the streets of Venice and causing chaos, Princess Olivia realizes that only her magic can prevent disaster befalling the city. Join bestselling author Holly Webb as she introduces her new book and takes you on a magical tour of historic Venice.
7+ years
Holly Webb

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John Gimlette, Ruth Padel, Tom Bullough

Ox-Travels 3

Hay Festival 2011, 
More meetings with remarkable travellers from the new Oxfam anthology. Chaired by Peter Florence.
 
More about the authors: John Gimlette, Ruth Padel, Tom Bullough 

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Frances Osborne and Alexandra Shulman talk to Paul Blezard

Fictions - Women of the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
Park Lane the debut novel from the author of The Bolter is a tale of suffrage, war and love, upstairs and down in Edwardian London; Can We Still Be Friends follows three friends leaving University and emerging into the reality of 1980s Britain.

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Dirty Bertie

Hay Festival 2013, 

David Roberts is back with his brilliant illustrations and the latest in the bestselling Dirty Bertie series.

5+ years

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Jonny Duddle

Gigantosaurus

Hay Festival 2014, 

Bonehead, the dino-kid lookout, raises so many false alarms that when the scary Gigantosaurus really appears, his friends may not believe him… High-energy fun from the exuberant Jonny Duddle.
4+ years

Jonny Duddle

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Patrick French

India

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author discusses his India: A Portrait.

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The Best Díaz, followed by a Vallenato concert by Leandro Díaz

Cartagena 2010, 
The nickname of one of the characters in Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez, comes from a verse by Leandro Díaz. This popular master of the Vallenato genre, a blind jester – like Homer – comes from a family of musicians. Some of them will accompany him in his debut at the Hay Festival. The journalist Daniel Samper Pizano talks to him about his life and career.

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RIBA Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ken Shuttleworth of MAKE Architects, who’s previously worked on groundbreaking buildings like Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport and St Mary’s Axe (The Gherkin) in London looks at the challenge of designing a new generation of compelling, dynamic and environmentally responsible buildings within our globally changing landscape. In conversation with Wayne Hemingway.

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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.

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Mark Hudson

Titian: The Last Days

Hay Festival 2010, 
Towards the end of his life the artist didn’t finish his paintings. Created with the fingers as much as the brush, the last paintings are imbued with a sense of final desperate effort – a rawness and immediacy that weren’t to be seen again in art for centuries. How did it come to this? And what happened to the paintings?
Mark Hudson

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Philip Walling

Counting Sheep: A Celebration of the Pastoral Heritage of Britain

Hay Festival 2014, 

Sheep are the thread that runs through the history of the British countryside. Our fortunes were once founded on sheep, and this book tells a story of wool and money and history, of merchants and farmers and shepherds, of English yeomen and how they got their freedom and, above all, of the soil. He talks to Kitty Corrigan.

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Chris Parry

Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century

Hay Festival 2014, 

The maritime strategist and former Rear Admiral argues that in the second decade of the 21st century, the sea is set to reclaim its status as the world’s pre-eminent strategic medium. Parry makes the case that the next decade will witness a ‘scramble’ for the sea, involving competition for oceanic resources and the attempted political and economic colonisation of large tracts of what have, until now, been considered international waters and shipping routes. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Allison Pearson talks to Tiffany Murray

I Think I Love You

Hay Festival 2011, 
Bestselling author and award-winning columnist Allison Pearson's first novel I Don't Know How She Does It is a lively social comedy about working motherhood, shortly to be made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan.
 
Her new novel I Think I Love You is a witty and poignant story about a young girl who falls hopelessly in love with her teenage pin-up and some twenty years later, with her life in pieces all around her, finally gets to meet him...

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Axel Scheffler

Pip & Posy

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join this treasured author/illustrator as he introduces us to two very special toddlers as they discover friendship and sharing.
 
Duration 40 mins.
 
3–5 years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Timothy Brook

The Troubled Empire

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Vermeer’s Hat uses environmental crises to re-narrate China’s history from the time of Khubilai Khan down to the collapse of the Ming dynasty. His unique environmental indicator? Dragon sightings! Just because the Chinese saw dragons, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Jonny Duddle

The King of Space

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Pirates Next Door creator is back with a new bestseller in which Rex plots to be the King of Space. Luckily, when he goes too far with his dung-blasters, Mum is nearby…

5+ years

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Andrew Hammond

Another Case For CRYPT

Hay Festival 2013, 

The elite teenage agents who use their extra-sensory perception and high-tech gadgets to investigate unsolvable crimes are back in Traitor’s Revenge.

10+ years