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CJ Skuse & Matt Whyman

Zombies AND Cannibals

Hay Festival 2013, 

Two blackly comic writers talk about a zombie romcom, Dead Romantic, and a family where it’s really weird if you are not a cannibal, The Savages. Fans of Charlie Brooker and Warm Bodies, this is one for you.

Supposing you’re fed up of romantic rejection and you happen to have a chemistry genius friend? Would you think about making your own dead boyfriend? In Dead Romantic, two friends decide to have a go. Cue the best ZomRomCom around. CJ Skuse has a black and biting streak of comedy in all her fiction – Pretty Bad Things was great and Rockoholic was even better. Dead Romantic is her best yet.

Also on stage is Matt Whyman, author of the highly acclaimed Boy Kills Man, among other books. Matt is an agony uncle for Bliss and Radio 1, and he has written a darkly comic novel called The Savages. If your family were cannibals, would you really bring home a vegetarian boyfriend? Even one as handsome and charming as Jack? Probably not. Is this the first Cannibal RomCom?

CJ and Matt are bound to have a lot in common. If you like your comedy black, you’ll enjoy this one.

12+ years

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Michael Morpurgo

Hay Festival 2013, 

The master storyteller and creator of War Horse tells us how true stories and real life secrets inspire his fiction, including his latest novel A Medal for Leroy.

9+ years

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Steve Cole

Magic Ink

Hay Festival 2013, 

Hear all about Magic Ink, the brand-new comic strip adventure from the madcap mind of Steve Cole, bestselling author of Astrosaurs, Cows In Action and Slime Squad.

8+ years

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Tracey Corderoy

I Want My Mummy

Hay Festival 2013, 

Not even Arthur’s dragon suit and favourite toy can cheer him up when he is separated from his mummy for the first time. Luckily help is at hand…

4+ years 

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Dianne Edwards talks to Francine Stock

From Ancient Hay To Gardens Today

Hay Festival 2013, 

Plants changed the face of the planet – and fossils from Hay and around the world have revealed how this happened. Edwards tells the story of these ancient plants, which led to the gardens, forests and landscapes we know today.

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Mark Price talks to Kamal Ahmed

Super Markets

Hay Festival 2013, 

Come and quiz the Waitrose MD on food and farming, ethical and essential consumption, competition, partnership and price. Chaired by the business editor of The Telegraph.

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John Guy

The Children Of Henry VIII

Hay Festival 2013, 

Henry fathered four living children, Henry Fitzroy, Edward, Mary and Elizabeth, each by a different mother. Their interrelationships were often scarred by jealousy, mutual distrust, sibling rivalry, even hatred. Possessed of quick wits and strong wills, their characters were defined partly by the educations they received, and partly by events over which they had no control. Introduced by SJ Parris.

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Green Dragons’ Den Final 2

Build It

Hay Festival 2013, 

Five participants, four Dragons and three minutes to tell a story that will capture the Dragons’ hearts, minds and cheque books for a chance to win a £15,000 cash award and one-to-one support from UnLtd.

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Liz Kessler & Hilary McKay

Seaside Stories

Hay Festival 2013, 

North of Nowhere and Binny For Short are both set in seaside towns. These two acclaimed writers discuss the differences and similarities in their stories.

9+ years

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Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

Hay Festival 2013, 

Wyrmeweald is a land where fabulous dragon-like beasts roam wild and man is both hunter and hunted. Immersive epic fantasy from the incredibly talented duo behind The Edge Chronicles.

9+ years

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Rainbow Magic

Hay Festival 2013, 

Get out your wings and come dressed as a fairy for storytelling and lots of activities with the fairy queen.

6+ years

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Gillian Clarke

The 2013 Housman Lecture

Hay Festival 2013, 

The National Poet of Wales gives this year’s lecture addressing AE Housman’s own original subject of The Name And Nature Of Poetry. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Robin Waterfield

Dividing The Spoils

Hay Festival 2013, 

The war for Alexander The Great’s empire among his successors lasted forty brutal, destructive years and also saw an astonishing cultural boom. A new world emerged from the dust and haze of battle – the world of Hellenistic Greece. Hosted by Oliver Balch.

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Mike Goldsmith

Discord: The Story Of Noise

Hay Festival 2013, 

An intriguing journey of dissonance in science, in nature and in music: how composers have employed it from Baroque music to Rock feedback; how medicine harnesses it to shatter kidney stones and treat cancer; and even how the military uses it in (real and rumoured) weapons. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Paul Silk, Graham Allen, Richard Wyn Jones

Constitutional Reform

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is the UK on the verge of breaking up? Scotland has its referendum in 2014, Wales is seeking further powers from Westminster, and local government in England is being strengthened. Silk, Commission on Devolution in Wales, Allen, Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, and Wyn Jones, Director of the Wales Governance Centre, discuss. Chaired by the BBC's Brian Meechan.

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Happy Ever After

Sally Gardner, Nick Lake and Alexia Casale

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sally Gardner and Nick Lake have won major awards for fiction – the Costa and the Printz. They are joined by newcomer Alexia Casale to talk about themes in YA fiction and whether readers need happy endings.

Sally Gardner is a highly acclaimed writer of award winning fiction such as I, Coriander, The Red Necklace and most recently the Costa-winning Maggot Moon, currently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Alexia Casale’s debut The Bone Dragon is a blend of psychological thriller and fairytale in which the boundaries between fact and fantasy are very fragile.

Nick Lake has just won the prestigious Printz award for In Darkness, also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has a highly acclaimed new novel out called Hostage Three.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear three extremely talented writers answer questions about their work, and to ask some questions of your own.

13+ years

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Neil Oliver

Vikings

Hay Festival 2013, 

As the Vikings did not write their history, we have to discover it for ourselves. The historian and broadcaster examines the myths and truths about the Scandinavian adventurers and raiders who travelled the world to build a vast empire that lasted 200 years.

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RS Thomas Centenary Series 2: Poems For RS

Gillian Clarke, Menna Elfyn, Mererid Hopwood, Emyr Lewis, Anna Lewis, Owen Sheers, Damian Walford Davies, Glyn Maxwell, Grahame Davies and Simon Armitage

Hay Festival 2013, 

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of RS Thomas, eleven poets have written poems in response to works of his, which will be published as a limited edition by Hay Festival Press. The gala reading is chaired by the Hay Festival International Fellow for 2012–2013 Eurig Salisbury.

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Nikki Gemmell, Brooke Magnanti, Jojo Moyes and Linda Kelsey

The Good Housekeeping Debate; Sex Changes Everything

Hay Festival 2013, 

Is erotica changing the literary landscape? Gemmell (The Bride Stripped Bare), Magnanti (Belle de Jour series, televised as Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Moyes (Me Before You) talk to Kelsey, GH contributor and ex-editor of Cosmopolitan. We’ve been going to bed with them for years. Isn’t it time we were seen together in public?

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Chris Anderson and David Sally

The Numbers Game

Hay Festival 2013, 

Football has always been a numbers game: 4-4-2, the big number 9 and 3 points for a win. But what if up until now we’ve been focusing on the wrong numbers? What if the numbers that really matter, the ones that hold the key to winning matches, are actually 2.66, 53.4, 50/50, and 0 > 1? What if managers only make a 15% difference? What if Chelsea should have bought Darren Bent? Chaired by Gooner Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Tom Bullough, Jay Griffiths, Toby Litt

Beacons: Stories From Our Not So Distant Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

Throughout history, writers have been spokespeople for social change, and with climate change a real threat to our society, now is no different. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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David Moore and Peter Wakelin

A Taste Of The Avant-Garde: 56 Group Wales, 56 years

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creation, growth and influence of this still-thriving major grouping of Welsh artists, founded in 1956. Illustrated with images by the artists.

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Bob Heath

‘You Say Goodbye…And I Say Hello’

Hay Festival 2013, 

The music therapist specialises in working with people at the end of their lives; he presents and discusses work created by his clients over the last 10 years. Chaired by David Barnard.

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Robin Waterfield

Why Socrates Died

Hay Festival 2013, 

Socrates’ trial and death together form an iconic moment in Western civilization. The picture we have of it – created by his immediate followers and perpetuated in countless works of literature and art ever since – is that a noble man was put to death in a fit of folly by the ancient Athenian democracy. But an icon, an image, is not reality.

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Brian Gambles, Patrick Arends and Ian Ward

Rewriting The Book: The Library Of Birmingham

Hay Festival 2013, 

The £189m Library of Birmingham opens in September this year, and will be the largest public library in Europe. It will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books, a gallery space, a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and two garden terraces. The Project Director, architect and the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council will discuss bringing this ambitious project to fruition.

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