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Thelma Schoonmaker talks to Simon Schama

A Life in Film

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the film editor who has worked with Martin Scorsese for forty years. Her credits include Hugo, Gangs of New York, and Goodfellas. She has won three Oscars – for Raging Bull, The Aviator and The Departed. She was married to the late film director Michael Powell.

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Sarfraz Manzoor, Marina Salandy Brown, Akshay Pathak and Thomas Minkus

What happens where phones are cheaper than books?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is the digital age a friend or foe to writers, publishers and readers across the globe? The panel includes the Director of the Bocas Litfest in Trinidad, the Delhi-based bookfair strategist and the Emerging Markets Director of The Frankfurt Bookfair.
 
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Alain de Botton, Philippa Perry, Roman Krznaric and Tom Chatfield

The School of Life - short ‘How To’ lectures

Hay Festival 2012, 
Chatfield on How To Thrive in the Digital Age; Perry on How to Stay Sane; Krznaric on How To Find Fulfilling Work; and de Botton gives us the skinny on How to Think More About Sex.

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Russell Kane

The Humorist

Hay Festival 2012, 
The brilliant comedian presents his savagely funny debut novel.

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Bruce Robinson talks to Dylan Jones

Hay Festival 2012, 
The screenwriter and director discusses his work, from the Oscar-winning Killing Fields to his 2011 collaboration with Johnny Depp on The Rum Diary See also events 459 and 493.

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Stephen Roche and William Fotheringham

Born to Ride

Hay Festival 2012, 
The publicatiuon of this autobiography celebrates the 25th anniversary of Roche’s incredible triple victory – the Tour de France, Giro de Italia and the World Championships. The only other cyclist ever to achieve this is the subject of Fotheringham’s new biography - Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike. They talk to Rob Penn.

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Janine di Giovanni, Alex Crawford, Rosie Boycott and guests

Marie Colvin

Hay Festival 2012, 
 Women in Journalism chair Jane Martinson hosts this appreciation of the great war journalist who died in Syria on 22 February.
 
 
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Helen Lederer talks to Kathryn Gray

Finger Food

Hay Festival 2012, 
The comedian, author of Coping with Helen Lederer and Single Minding discusses her new Quick Reads story - A Comedy of Ambition, Dreams, Treachery and Daytime Television.
 
Quick Reads are short, sharp shots of entertainment – brilliantly written short books for people who want a fun, fast read, have lost the reading habit or find reading tough.

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Bettany Hughes, Alice Oswald, Madeline Miller, Tim Whitmarsh

The Greeks 5 - After Homer

Hay Festival 2012, 
The power of The Iliad and The Odyssey has endured in the literary imagination for thousands of years and still exerts a fascination for contemporary writers. Our classicists are joined by the poet (Memorial) and novelist (The Song of Achilles) who are speaking later today about their own works, which respond to the original masterpieces.

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Lloyd Bowen, Paul O’Leary and Dafydd Elis Thomas join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 5 - Politicians

Hay Festival 2012, 
Long in search of nationhood and identity, Wales has had more than its fair share of political heroes. But there have been villains, too, and those who’ve moved swiftly from heroes to zeroes. Who are they and what have they achieved?
 

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Liz Pichon

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates

Hay Festival 2012, 
Tom Gates is a master of excuses, expert doodler, comic story writer extraordinaire. His wonderful creator returns to Hay to introduce the brand new episode, Everything’s amazing (sort of). Bring a pad and pencil.
 
Duration 45 mins.   7+ years

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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

The Golden Door: Letters to America

Hay Festival 2012, 
The wickedly funny travel-writer, TV and restaurant critic ranges under the endless skyway uncovering truths and mythologies about America and Americans.

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Marcus du Sautoy

Maths on Stage: the Dramatic Life of Numbers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Mathematics has had a surprising part to play in a number of recent theatre productions. The mathematician and broadcaster will talk about his experiences working with theatre company Complicité on A Disappearing Number and his explorations of bringing maths to the stage in a recent collaboration with actress Victoria Gould.
 

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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.

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Alex Crawford talks to Jim Naughtie

Colonel Gaddafi’s Hat

Hay Festival 2012, 
A gripping and deeply moving account of the Libyan uprising from the Sky News Special Correspondent - the lone journalist who was able to report from the rebel army convoy that captured Green Square in the heart of Tripoli.

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Elanor Dymott and Maria Semple talk to Mary Loudon

Fictions - Missing Women

Hay Festival 2012, 
Every Contact Leaves a Trace is a love story and a murder mystery set in Oxford; Where’d You Go, Bernadette? is a comic portrait of Seattle life from the scriptwriter of Ellen, Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development.

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Francesca Scotti, Andrea Lundgren, Eurig Salisbury

Scritture Giovani 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
Young writers from Italy, Sweden, Wales and Germany read and discuss their short stories commissioned on the theme of ‘Why?’ Chaired by Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
 
In partnership with Festivaletteratura Mantova and Literaturfestival Berlin, and sponsored by Fondazione Cariplo and Illy Coffee
 
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Sarah McIntyre

Cartoon Craziness

Hay Festival 2012, 
Meet this brilliant illustrator and learn how to invent your own cartoons. Expect pirates, monsters, princesses, dinosaurs, cowboys and, of course, Vern & Lettuce. Bring a pad and pencil.
 
5+ years

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Alain de Botton

Religion for Atheists

Hay Festival 2012, 
The essayist suggests that the supernatural claims of religions are entirely false, but that religions have much to teach the secular world.

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Janine di Giovanni talks to Bidisha

Ghosts by Daylight

Hay Festival 2012, 
The war correspondent tells her own story of two frontline reporters brought together and deeply damaged by war. They try to build a civilian, family life in Paris.

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Carolin Crawford

Cambridge Series 12 - Turbulence: the Birth and Death of Stars

Hay Festival 2012, 
The astronomer explores the science behind the glorious and complex nebulae that inhabit interstellar space.
 
In association with Cambridge University

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Glenn Patterson and David Vann talk to Lisa Dwan

Fictions - Place

Hay Festival 2012, 
Patterson’s Belfast-set The Mill for Grinding Old People Young is a novel about a young man caught up in the political fever of the times and a love story about discovering who you are and how you define yourself; Vann’s Dirt, set in Sacramento, focuses on a family tragedy and the enveloping landscape.

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Ian Jones

Cardiff Series 4 - Motherhood and the Mind

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Perinatal Psychiatrist analyses the link between mental illness and childbirth. The connection is long established in many cultures, with suicide a leading cause of maternal death. Understanding the link between childbirth and severe psychiatric episodes will bring enormous benefits for women who suffer, and may help us understand more about the causes of mood disorders more generally.
 
In association with Cardiff University

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Tony Robinson

Weird World of Wonders!

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join us for a headlong gallop through time with the Time Team presenter, as he points out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining, smelly and disgusting bits about the Egyptians and Romans. It's history, but not as we know it.
 
9+ years

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The panellists discuss another two of the Questions in our big anniversary project.
 
What can the country and the city learn from each other?
What determines what food you buy?

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