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David Crystal and Vicente Molina Foix

Talking About Shakespeare: Language

Hay Festival 2016, 

What did performances of Shakespeare’s plays sound like in his day? Linguistics professor David Crystal introduces OP (original pronunciation) and marvels at the wonders of the playwright’s revolutionary vocabulary. Molina Foix (who translates Shakespeare for contemporary Spanish theatre) considers the reality that most people in the world discover the great writer’s work in translation.

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First World

Hay Festival 2008, 
International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander, Harriet Lamb of Fairtrade, and Oxfam’s Duncan Green debate how sustainable principles can be managed in our relations with the developing world. Chaired by Jo Confino.

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Christopher Tyerman

God's War: A New History of the Crusades

Hay Festival 2007, 
Driven by faith, greed and wanderlust, from 1095 to 1291 successive generations of Christian soldiers ransacked the Middle East. They defined the shape of the Mediterranean world and the relationship between Christianity and Islam.

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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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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
Christopher Lloyd

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How to Break into the Media

A BBC Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

A masterclass on how to get started in the media. Chaired by BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones. Panellists include Head of Digital Development for Arts, Peter Maniura; Susie Worster, Head of Talent for Shed Media; Sally Garwood, one of the apprentices on BBC Radio’s Journalism scheme, and Creative Access Production trainee Ashley Francis-Roy.

Not for broadcast.

BBC
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 50 mins

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Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Hay Festival 2013, 

Guy Parker-Rees’ exuberant illustrations have made him a bestseller. You’ll recognise his work from the worldwide hit, Giraffes Can’t Dance, a World Book Day book for 2013. Join the fun!

Duration 45 mins.

4+ years

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Tariq Ramadan

The Arab Awakening - Islam and the New Middle East

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of the Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics asks: Can Muslim countries bring together Islam, pluralism and democracy without betraying their identity? Can this emancipation be envisioned with Islam, experienced not as a straitjacket, but as an ethical and cultural wealth? Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

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Brendan Simms

Cambridge University Series 15: Did the Germans Win the Battle of Waterloo?

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 1815, after Europe had been at war for over 20 years, two large, hastily-mobilised armies faced each other at the small Belgian village of Waterloo to decide the future of Europe. Unknown to Napoleon or Wellington, the battle would be decided by a small, ordinary group of British and German troops given the task of defending the farmhouse of La Haye Sainte.

Brendan Simms

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Lauren Child and Sara Fanelli

Words and Pictures

Hay Festival 2014, 

Sara Fanelli divides her time between self-generated projects and commercial illustration commissions from clients including the New Yorker, Tate Modern and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She has written and illustrated a number of highly original and acclaimed children’s books, including The Onion’s Great Escape and has twice been the winner of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s illustration award. Lauren Child is one of the most remarkable and original children’s book author/illustrators working today. Creator of Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and most recently her new Ruby Redfort series, she has won numerous awards including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Gold Award. Her books have been a huge success around the world. Join Sara and Lauren for a thought-provoking, informative and engaging conversation about words and pictures. Chaired by Alison Gwynn.

11+ years

Lauren Child and Sara Fanelli

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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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Catherine Gee, Duncan Cunningham, and Imogen Green

Finding Love in the Countryside

Hay Festival 2016, 

Discover the good, the bad and intriguing world of online dating and rural matchmaking with Farmer Wants a Wife presenter Catherine Gee. Duncan Cunningham is founder of The Dating Lab, which has launched dozens of dating sites including Country Living Magazine’s own country-loving.co.uk. After seeing tens of thousands of dating profiles he knows the difference between eye-catching and off-putting. Country Living columnist and author Imogen Green, has written extensively about her personal experience of rural romance and will share her highlights and low points. Followed by a drinks reception to chat to the speakers and meet like-minded country singletons. Who knows where it might lead?

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Tom Anderson and Eurig Salisbury

A Brief History of Welsh Rhyme

Hay Festival 2011, 
The travel writer and the poet discuss the legacy of Welsh rhyme and its influence today.

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Alex James

Bit of a Blur

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Costwold cheese farmer and wild man of Britpop band Blur tells a picaresque tale of musical celebrity.

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Stuart Cade, Juliet Aston, Julian Munby, Camilla Finlay

Hay’s Castle

Hay Festival 2015, 

Hay Castle’s rich history reaches back to the time of the Norman Conquest, and is intertwined with events that have shaped the evolution of the country as a whole. Legend has it that in the early C13th the stone castle rose overnight out of the low woodlands next to the River Wye. In the C17th it was transformed from ruined defensive castle to country seat for the gentry. More recently it has been the seat of the King of Hay, Richard Booth.

The C21st has seen Hay Castle owned in trust for the public for the first time, and the creation of an exciting future vision for the buildings and grounds. The architects for the realisation of the vision are Rick Mather Architects, who, with representatives from their team of archaeology and conservation specialists, will describe the history and proposed future for the Castle – the creation of the next chapter in its story. Chaired by Francine Stock.

For further details about Hay Castle please visit the stall on site or www.haycastletrust.org.

Stuart Cade, Juliet Aston, Julian Munby, Camilla Finlay

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Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Cartes Postales from Greece

Hay Festival 2017, 

The beloved, bestselling author’s new novel is illustrated with photographs that make this journey around Greece, already alive in the imagination, linger forever in the mind. Hislop’s other Greek novels include The Island and The Thread.

Victoria Hislop talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Steve Dring talks to Kitty Corrigan

Growing Underground

Hay Festival 2017, 

With an increasing population, climate change and concerns about food (in)security, new and innovative farming methods are required. Steve Dring started the UK’s first underground farm based in disused air raid shelters, growing herbs and salad plants.

Steve Dring talks to Kitty Corrigan

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Miguel Angel Díaz, Enrique Ortego and Silvia Barba

Segovia 2014, 
Books about great athletes can stimulate young people to read. In this event, Hay Festival has invited three famous sports journalists and authors, Miguel Angel Díaz, Enrique Ortego and Silvia Barba, to share their experiences and discuss ‘La Roja’ (the Spanish football team), and Raúl and Sergio Ramos.

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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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Patrick French

India

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

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Holly Webb’s Animal Stories

Hay Festival 2013, 

Holly Webb’s popular animal stories may tug the heartstrings but always have a happy ending. An unmissable treat for her fans.

6+ years

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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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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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Oliver Jeffers

Hay Festival 2017, 

Award-winner Jeffers returns to Hay Festival to entertain his many fans with stories and live drawing from his recent titles including A Child of Books, as well as giving an insight into his future titles. A  Child of Books is the winner of the 2017 Bolognaragazzi Fiction Award.

3+
Oliver Jeffers

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Olivia Party

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and meet this gorgeous little pig – listen to her latest adventures, sing songs and twirl to your heart’s content.
 
3–5 years Rib Ticklers