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Lucy Worsley

Lady Mary

Hay Festival 2018, 

Join the historian for the dramatic and captivating story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce, told through the eyes of their daughter, Lady Mary. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get a princess out of jail.

9+

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Iain Bell, Emma Jenkins, David Antrobus

In Parenthesis - WNO

Hay Festival 2016, 

The composer and librettists of the WNO’s groundbreaking new opera introduce their adaptation of David Jones’ classic First World War poem and screen film clips of the production. Bell’s beautiful score combines traditional Welsh song with moments of other-worldliness, terror, humour and transcendence. David Pountney’s period production is both an evocation and a commemoration of the events of the Somme.

Iain Bell, Emma Jenkins, David Antrobus

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Lynne Jones

Outside the Asylum: A Memoir of War, Disaster and Humanitarian Psychiatry

Hay Festival 2017, 

An astonishing insight into the life of a humanitarian psychiatrist working in war and disaster zones around the world from Bosnia and ‘mission-accomplished’ Iraq, to tsunami-affected Aceh, post-earthquake Haiti and ‘the Jungle’ in Calais. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Edna O’Brien talks to Matt Frei

The Little Red Chairs

Hay Festival 2016, 

When a wanted war criminal from the Balkans, masquerading as a faith healer, settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community is in thrall and one woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell. In this astonishing novel, O’Brien charts the consequences of that fatal attraction.

Edna O’Brien talks to Matt Frei

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Marcus du Sautoy

Symmetry

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy takes A Journey Into the Patterns of Nature and maps the contours of evolutionary biology, physics and chemistry.

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Simon Schama

The Power of Art

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘The power of the greatest art is the power to shake us into revelation, and rip us from our default mode of seeing … We don’t look at a face, a colour, a sky, a body in the same way again.’

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Tim Spector

The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat

Hay Festival 2016, 
Drawing on the latest cutting-edge science, Spector explores the hidden world of the microbiome, and demystifies the common misconceptions about nutrition. Only by understanding what makes our microbes tick and interact with our bodies can we take steps to improve our health by increasing the diversity of microbe species living in our guts.
 
Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King's College London and Director of the TwinsUK Registry. Since 2014 he has been leading the largest UK's largest open-source science project, British Gut to understand the microbial diversity of the human gut.
 
 
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Secret Treasures of Ancient Egypt

Hay Festival 2016, 

Step back in time and explore the amazing lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus with the help of Xanthe Gresham Knight, one of the core Storytellers for the British Museum. Enjoy incredible tales of submerged deities and treasures and discover how these fantastic cities were rediscovered.

8+

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Nikalas Catlow, Tim Wesson and YOU!

Hay Festival 2012, 
What happens when aliens meet a mad scientist under the ocean, or secret agents take on giant slugs in the jungle? Well, that’s up to you… Bring a pad and pencil.
 
7+ years

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Ben Shephard

The Long Road Home

Hay Festival 2010, 
Surprisingly early in the Second World War – long before an Allied victory was assured – people began to plan for its aftermath, haunted by memories of what had happened a generation earlier when millions more civilians were killed by disease and starvation after the conflict was over.

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Simon Armitage

The Pembertons Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2011, 
The poet introduces and reads work selected from his collections, from Zoom and Kid to Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corderoy Kid and Seeing Stars.

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Ian Rankin talks to Marcel Berlins

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rebus series.

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CJ Busby

Frogspell

Hay Festival 2013, 

Discover more about Max and Olivia and their pet dragon Adolphus as they help protect King Arthur from dastardly plots. Find out how to create a spell using ‘magical’ words.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Wojciech Jagielski talks to Guillermo Altares

Segovia 2011, 
The prestigious Polish journalist Wojciech Jagielski has just published Torres de piedra, a brilliant feature on the recent historical violence in Chechnya. Jagielski, a specialist in the Caucus, Central Asia and África, works for the leading Polish newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, as well as contributing for the BBC and Le Monde. He already had Una oración por la lluvia and Un buen lugar para morir published in Spain, and on this occasion will provide his independent vision and deep knowledge of the Asian region to present his new work in the company of Guillermo Altares, editor of Elpais.com.

Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Élmer Mendoza y Evelio Rosero en conversación con Esteban Carlos Mejía

Cartagena 2014, 
Dos consagrados autores conversan con Esteban Carlos Mejía sobre su trabajo. Élmer Mendoza (México) es escritor y un apasionado formador de novelistas; creador del personaje el Zurdo Mendieta, protagonista de varias de sus novelas, su último trabajo es Nombre de perro. Evelio Rosero (Colombia) pertenece a las últimas generaciones de novelistas y cuentistas posteriores al llamado “Boom” latinoamericano. Premio Nacional de Literatura 2006, su obra Los ejércitos ganó el Premio Tusquets de Novela y el Foreign Fiction Prize otorgado por el diario The Independent. En 2014 lanzará su nuevo trabajo, Plegaria por un Papa envenenado.

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George Alagiah

A Home from Home: From Immigrant Boy to English Man

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Sri-Lankan-born broadcaster and writer views the issues of racism and multiculturalism in his adopted Britain.

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Tim Pritchard

Street Boys

Hay Festival 2008, 
Tim Pritchard and Elijah Kerr (JaJa) tell the inspiring and terrifying tale of abandoned children on the Angell Estate in South London and their remaking of family.

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Manchan Magan

Kells 2013, 

The writer, traveller and television programme-maker runs through the pleasures and pitfalls of travel writing.

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Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

Fictions – The Illuminations

Hay Festival 2015, 

How much do we keep from the people we love? Why is the truth so often buried in secrets? Can we learn from the past or must we forget it? O’Hagan’s fifth novel is a beautiful, deeply charged story about love and memory, about modern war and the complications of fact.

Photo: Tricia Malley Ross Gillespie

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

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Peter Mandler

Cambridge Series 6: Does Education Cause Social Mobility? If not, What Does?

Hay Festival 2016, 

It’s common sense that the best stimulus to social mobility is education. But the facts of the past 50 years – a period of unprecedented social mobility – suggest that people may be just as mobile however much or little education they have.  So what does cause social mobility, if not education?  And what, if anything, can governments do to promote it?

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Louis de Bernières talks to Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses A Partisan’s Daughter, his superb 1970s love story about a bored husband and a Yugoslav Scheherazade.

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Debut Directors

Dhaka 2012, 
Celebrated actress and director Nandita Das and producer Catherine Masud discuss their first feature films, Firaaq and Matir Moina. Chaired by Sharbari Zohra Ahmed.

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Kjartan Poskitt

Murderous Maths

Hay Festival 2015, 
Back by popular demand, Kjartan Poskitt will have parents and children in fits of laughter as he introduces the people who really did put the Murder into Maths. He’ll also show off some amazing tricks and weird facts but NO NASTY SUMS – guaranteed! Creator of the bestselling Murderous Maths series, Agatha Parrot and Borgon the Axeboy, Kjartan is a brilliant entertainer – and you’ll learn some maths facts along the way.
7+ years
Kjartan Poskitt

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Patrick McCabe, Glenn Patterson, Hanan Al-Shaykh

The Crack

Hay Festival 1995, 
Two leaders of Ireland's astonishing literary renaissance read and discuss their work with the Lebanese novelist Hanan Al-Shaykh, author of Beirut Blues. The Dead School is the new novel from Patrick McCabe, the award-winning author of the The Butcher Boy. Patterson is the author of Burning Your Own, Fat Lad and now Black Night At Big Thunder Mountain.

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Oliver James

Creating a Sane Society

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author of Affluenza, How Not To F*** Them Up and Britain on the Couch examines what effect ‘the new austerity’ may have on the ways in which people perceive themselves, their aspirations, relationships and professional lives.