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Christopher Lloyd

Magna Carta and the Story of Freedom

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Christopher Lloyd on an epic ride through eight centuries in the fight for freedoms and liberties, from the sealing of Magna Carta by King John in 1215, to the present day. Using a giant eight-metre-long timeline, Christopher will stop off at 10 key moments in the last 800 years, showing how today’s ideas of freedom and liberty have emerged through time.
8+ years
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Laura Cumming

The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velázquez

Hay Festival 2016, 
Described as “a riveting detective story and a brilliant reconstruction of an art controversy, it is also a homage to the art of Velázquez, written by a critic who remains spellbound by his genius.” Cumming’s previous Hay session discussed her brilliant study of self-portraiture, A Face to the World. Illustrated lecture.
Laura Cumming

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Kate Wilson

Are Apps the Picture Books of the Future?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join one of the leading lights of children's publishing to discover the latest picture book developments for your little ones.
 
Parents

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Jonathon Porritt in conversation with Andy Fryers

The World Wildlife Fund at 50

Hay Festival 2011, 
The WWF ambassador examines the evolution of conservation. What have we learnt, and how do we address the challenges facing us for a sustainable future where people and nature thrive?
 
Read more by and about Jonathon Porritt www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jonathonporritt

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William Hague

William Wilberforce

Hay Festival 2007, 
The charismatic Parliamentarian celebrates the great abolitionist.

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Charity Gala

Hay Festival 2008, 
Festival favourite Sandi Toksvig MCs this year’s Variety rattle-bag of ideas, arguments, stories and poetry. Full line-up will be announced on 24 May.

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Dan Smith

The State Of The World Atlas

Hay Festival 2013, 

A revelatory way of imagining the world. The revered International Relations guru and revolutionary cartographer updates his seminal 1970s work that graphically analyses every indicator and vital statistic of modern life, from wealth and power, war and peace through to rights, health and the environment. Chaired by Mark Ellingham.

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Helen Fulton

Troy in Wales: Commemorating the Past in Medieval Britain

Hay Festival 2014, 

In medieval Wales, the Trojan legend became a symbol of Wales’ independent past before its colonisation by the Norman and English kings. This illustrated lecture by one of Britain’s leading medievalists reveals the nationalist agenda behind the Welsh version of the Troy story.

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Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ece Temelkuran talk to Daniel Hahn

Fictions: The Journey

Hay Festival 2017, 

Nguyen’s The Refugees is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of 20 years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love and family. Temelkuran’s Women who Blow on Knots about three women on a road trip from Tunisia to Lebanon has become a controversial classic of Turkish literature.

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ece Temelkuran talk to Daniel Hahn

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Hannah Rothschild, Elif Shafak, Bryony Gordon, Sabrina Mahfouz and Gabrielle Walker

Question Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

An all-star cast will take questions from anyone on any topic in or out of the news. Shafak is a Turkish novelist and public intellectual, Rothschild is chair of the National Gallery, Walker is a climate scientist and broadcaster, Mahfouz is an award-winning poet and playwright and Gordon writes for the Telegraph and is a mental health campaigner.

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Tim Telling and Sam Barcroft in conversation with Matt Stadlen

The Media: Power and Responsibilities – Is Anything Off Limits?

Winter Weekend 2014, 

We examine the behaviour of our print media closely, but do we overlook online media sources? Are there any lines online that can’t be crossed? Editor of satirical website The Daily Mash Tim Telling talks to the owner of Barcroft Media, providers of international media content ‘specialising in covering the amazing side of life’ with the Telegraph's Matt Stadlen in the chair.

Tim Telling and Sam Barcroft in conversation with Matt Stadlen

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Adrian Edmondson

Tilly and the Time Machine

Hay Festival 2017, 

The comedian, actor and writer introduces his debut story about a little girl who gets lost in time. Learn what inspired him to write it and help him to create a time machine in this fun-filled interactive event.

6+
Adrian Edmondson

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Martin Kemp

Art in History 600BC–2000AD

Hay Festival 2015, 

Art has always been part of history. But we often think of it as outside history. When we look at a painting by Raphael, Rembrandt or Rubens it speaks to us directly, but it’s also an historical document, part of a living world. The Oxford art historian takes us on an extraordinary trip through art, from devotional works to the revolutionary techniques of the Renaissance, from the courtly Masters of the C17th through to the daring avant-garde of the C20th and beyond.

Martin Kemp

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Emily Perkins and Jhumpa Lahiri

Hay Festival 2008, 
The dazzling New Zealand writer launches her compelling Novel About My Wife. The Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer Lahiri launches her new collection Unaccustomed Earth. Chaired by Ariane Koek of the Arvon Foundation.

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Peter Stothard talks to Francine Stock

Alexandria: The Last Nights Of Cleopatra

Hay Festival 2013, 

Stranded in Alexandria in 2010, the TLS editor explores his lifelong fascination with Cleopatra, amid the fracturing police state of Hosni Mubarak, before the uprising in Tahrir Square changed everything.

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Gary Northfield

Julius Zebra. Rumble with the Romans!

Hay Festival 2015, 
Meet the cartoonist and graphic novelist who created The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs! graphic novel and is a cartoonist for phenomenally successful comics and series including The Phoenix, The Beano, The Dandy and Horrible Histories. 

Join in this interactive family event full of tips for budding young cartoonists, illustrators and writers. Gary introduces his hilarious brand new series Julius ZebraRumble with the Romans! and dazzles with lots of images, live drawing and plenty of Roman facts.
7+ years
Gary Northfield

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Jennifer Clement and Cristina Henríquez

The PEN International Fiction Platform

Hay Festival 2014, 

Jennifer Clement (former president of PEN Mexico) and Cristina Henríquez discuss their work.

‘The theme of Prayers for the Stolen is the wanton violence inflicted on women and the destruction of communities as a result of the drug trade in Mexico, but Clement’s eye for the revealing detail, the simple poetry of her language and the visceral authenticity of her characters turn that deadening reality into a compelling, tragically beautiful novel’ – Yann Martel. Henríquez tells the passionate and powerful love story of a Panamanian boy and Mexican girl living the brutal reality of the immigrant’s American dream.

Jennifer Clement and Cristina Henríquez

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Adam Rutherford

Creation: Past And Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

The geneticist decodes a four-billion-year journey of discovery to explain what life is, where it came from and in what form it first appeared. Now, our mastery of genetics allows us to create entirely new life-forms within the laboratory – goats that produce spider silk in their milk, bacteria that excrete diesel, cells that identify and destroy tumours.

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 6

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian takes apart the day’s papers and media.

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Lucy Worsley

If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home

Hay Festival 2011, 
Why did the flushing toilet take two centuries to catch on? Why did Samuel Pepys never give his mistresses an orgasm? Why did medieval people sleep sitting up?

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Bryony Dixon and Francine Stock with music by Neil Brand

The BFI Presents: Dickens Before Sound

Hay Festival 2012, 
A magical series of pre-1914 silent short films from Dickensian sources includes Scrooge, Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist and DW Griffith’s The Cricket on the Hearth with live accompaniment.

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Peter Snow

To War With Wellington

Hay Festival 2011, 
A profile of Britain’s greatest military commander From the Peninsula to Waterloo. Chaired by Michael Prodger.

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Timothy Phillips and Åsne Seierstad

Beslan

Hay Festival 2007, 
330 parents and children died in the siege, which ended in a terrible gun battle on 3 September 2004. The author of The Tragedy of School No.1 discusses the human story and its wider context in the Caucasus with the Norwegian foreign correspondent. Chaired by Julie Etchingham who covered the news story for Sky News.

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Matthew Haley

Electrifying The Art Business

Hay Festival 2013, 

Bonhams’ Head of Books, Maps and Manuscripts appreciates books as artefacts and looks at the effect of the electronification of books.

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Hanif Kureishi talks to Tiffany Murray

Budapest 2012, 
The playwright, novelist (The Buddha of Suburbia, Something to Tell You) and film-maker (The Mother, The Black Album, My Son the Fanatic, Venus) discusses his work with the author of Diamond Star Halo.
 
English with simultaneous translation into Hungarian