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David Crystal

Spell It Out: The Singular Story Of English Spelling

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is there an ‘h’ in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press, and his Flemish employees are to blame. Without a dictionary or style guide to hand in C15th Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign ears, and it stuck. The linguistics prof unearths the stories behind the rogue words that confound us, in an epic journey taking in C6th monks, French and Latin upstarts, the Industrial Revolution and the internet.

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Jim Swire and James Robertson talk to Philippe Sands

Perspectives On Lockerbie

Hay Festival 2013, 

Twenty-five years after a bomb brought Pan Am Flight 103 down on the town, the novelist James Robertson, author of The Professor Of Truth, and Dr Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the bombing and who is a member of the Justice For Megrahi group, reflect on the tragedy.

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Roger Hermiston and Sinclair McKay talk to Chris Morgan Jones

Secrets And Lies

Hay Festival 2013, 

We kick off this day devoted to espionage with two revealed stories that changed the course of the C20th – The Greatest Traitor: The Secret Lives Of Agent George Blake and The Secret Listeners: How The Y Service Intercepted The German Codes For Bletchley Park.

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Oliver James

Love Bombing: Reset Your Child’s Emotional Thermostat

Hay Festival 2013, 

Love Bombing is the psychologist’s very simple technique, which helps most children from three years to early teenage. Because so many parents have periods of living very busy or miserable or complicated lives, most of us need to reconnect with our children from time to time. Love Bombing does the job. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Tom Holland

The London Library Lecture; Decline And Fall?

Hay Festival 2013, 

In AD 476, Romulus Augustulus, Emperor in line to Augustus, Trajan and Constantine, was deposed by a German chieftain. It is an event that in most history books is identified as marking the end of the Roman Empire. But did it? The historian explores whether the Romans themselves had any comprehension that their empire could possibly fall. He traces the surprisingly obdurate survival of a Roman imperial identity across the centuries, and attempts to identify a moment in history when the Roman Empire could be said definitively to have come to an end.

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Sebastian Faulks talks to Gaby Wood

The British Council Series 3: Fictions – A Possible Life

Hay Festival 2013, 

Provocative and profound, Faulks’ dazzling new novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. In this open workshop he describes how he came to write it this way, building the structure of the stories and his search for the language and form of his narratives.

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Rhianna Pratchett

BAFTA presents Writing Games

Hay Festival 2013, 

The representation of women both in games and the games industry has been changing over the last few years. Come and meet Pratchett, the lead writer on Tomb Raider who specialises in developing the narrative structure, humour and characterisation in games and played a key role in the reinvention of the legendary Lara Croft.

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Landmarc 100 Workshops

Data, Data Everywhere But Not A Byte In Sight: Workshop 2

Hay Festival 2013, 

How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Jackie Morris

I Am Cat

Hay Festival 2013, 

Ten wild habitats, ten wild cats are dramatically and beautifully illustrated in this unique celebration of the cat.

Duration 60 mins.

5+ years

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John Boyne

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creator of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas talks about his whimsical, funny and uplifting The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket.

Duration 45 mins.

8+ years

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Keeper of the Realms: The Dark Army

Hay Festival 2013, 

The second instalment of Marcus Alexander’s action-packed contemporary fantasy adventure starring Charlie Keeper.

Duration 45 mins.

10+ years

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Peter Sawyer

Vikings

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this sumptuously illustrated lecture the historian asks: were the Vikings, as contemporary description had it, a ‘valiant, wrathful and purely pagan people’ who swept in from the sea to plunder and slaughter? Or, in the words of a Manx folksong, ‘ware-wolves keen in hungry quest’, who lived and died by the sea and the sword? Or were they unusually successful merchants, extortionists and pioneer explorers?

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Timothy Brook

The Troubled Empire

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Vermeer’s Hat uses environmental crises to re-narrate China’s history from the time of Khubilai Khan down to the collapse of the Ming dynasty. His unique environmental indicator? Dragon sightings! Just because the Chinese saw dragons, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Nick Harkaway talks to Georgina Godwin

The Blind Giant

Hay Festival 2013, 

An age of isolation, warped communication, disintegrating community, where unfiltered and unregulated information pours relentlessly into our lives, destroying what it means to be human; or an age of marvels, where there is a world of wonder at our fingertips? Ultimately, the choice is ours – engage with the machines that we have created, or risk creating a world designed for corporations and computers rather than people.

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Chris Morgan Jones talks to Marcel Berlins

Fictions – Spying And Thrilling

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new thriller writer tipped as one of le Carré’s heirs discusses his Iranian industrial espionage story The Jackal’s Share.

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Andy Middleton, Ben Southworth and Chris Parker

Slipstream Wales – Data Future

Hay Festival 2013, 

How can data be used to help drive behaviour change, increase performance and make radical the new normal? With speakers from the world of technology and smart data analysis. Ben Southworth, Deputy Chief Exec at Tech City Investment Organisation, Chris Parker, Head of Geovation, Ordnance Survey and chaired by TYF’s Director Andy Middleton.

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Malorie Blackman

Hay Festival 2013, 

The multiple-award-winning creator of the classic YA series Noughts And Crosses is here to give us a preview of Noble Conflict, her powerful new thriller.

Duration 60 mins.

12+ years

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Tarzan: The Savage Lands

Hay Festival 2013, 

Andy Briggs brings the Tarzan stories and the Congo alive for a new generation of readers with fascinating research material and a great story.

Duration 45 mins.

9+ years

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Where’s Spot?

Hay Festival 2013, 

Have you seen Spot? This storytelling session includes games, dancing, plus a chance to meet the world’s most lovable puppy.

Duration 40 mins.

3–7 years

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John le Carré

Hay Festival 2013, 

In an unprecedented double-length interview, the creator of George Smiley and author of spy masterpieces such as The Constant Gardener, The Honourable Schoolboy, The Russia House and The Tailor of Panama makes his first visit to the festival and talks about his work A Delicate Truth to Philippe Sands.

The video of the event is offered for sale, by John le Carré to raise money to keep Hay Library open.

Words of John le Carré (David Cornwell) ©David Cornwell, 2013

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Jules Hudson

Renovating Old Buildings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Practical advice and builders’ tales from the rural affairs expert and star of Escape To The Country, Britain’s Empty Homes and Britain’s Heritage Heroes.

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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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Derek Niemann

Birds In A Cage

Hay Festival 2013, 

The remarkable untold story of a group of POWs who, through a shared love of birds, overcame hunger, hardship and boredom to bring purpose and dignity to their lives behind barbed wire. Under the gaze of Nazi guards, they founded a secret bird-watching society, and their legacy lives on in institutions such as the RSPB and the British Wildlife Trust.

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David Shelton

A Boy And A Bear In A Boat

Hay Festival 2013, 

A boy and a bear go to sea with a comic book, a suitcase and a ukulele and encounter sea monsters, ghost ships and storms in this slightly scary, surreal and funny story. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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Harry And The Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Hay Festival 2013, 

Join Ian Whybrow to find out all about Harry’s latest adventures with his dinosaurs.

Duration 60 mins.

4+ years

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