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Jill Piercy and Peter Lord talk to Damian Walford Davies

From Bardsey To Hydra

Hay Festival 2013, 

Brenda Chamberlain’s iconic book The Watercastle is just published in the Library Of Wales series. Her biographer Jill Piercy discusses her life and work with art historian Peter Lord, who is trying to preserve Chamberlain’s murals on Bardsey, and poet Damian Walford Davies, who has just edited her play The Protagonists, set on Hydra during the time of the Colonels.

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Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Hay Festival 2013, 

They say she has been banned in Bognor and censored in Solihull. Here to hellraise in Hay for one day only, the creator of the world-conquering Georgia Nicholson and Tallulah books and Queen of Comedy – Louise Rennison – will give you a sneak preview of The Taming of the Tights.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ years

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Mark Lowery

Socks Are Not Enough

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this hilarious tale of teen angst, discovering his parents are secret nudists is just one of the cringe-making events Mike Swarbrick has to deal with. A very funny new writer for teens.

Duration 45 mins.

13+ years

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William Dalrymple

The Return Of A King

Hay Festival 2013, 

The historian tells the story of the British forces as they invade Afghanistan in 1839 and re-establish Shah Shuia ul-Mulk on the throne. The British faced little opposition to the invasion but, two years later, the Afghans rose in answer to the call for jihad and ultimately consigned the British to their most humiliating military defeat of the C19th.

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Rose Tremain talks to John Mullan

The British Council Series 4; Fictions – Merivel

Hay Festival 2013, 

The novelist brings back her hero of Restoration: Robert Merivel, physician and courtier to Charles II, loved for his gift to turn sorrow into laughter, now faces the agitations and anxieties of middle age.

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Simon Mitton

Heart Of Darkness

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is there something rather than nothing? Over the past thirty years, scientists have learned that two little-understood components – dark matter and dark energy – comprise most of the known cosmos, explain the growth of all cosmic structure, and hold the key to the universe’s fate. (This is way beyond rocket science – but riveting and really entertaining.)

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George Monbiot

Feral: Rewilding The Land, The Sea And Human Life

Hay Festival 2013, 

The campaigning journalist argues for the mass restoration of damaged ecosystems, the reintroduction of wolves, lynx, beavers, moose and boar to Britain, and a life richer in adventure and surprise. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Mark Hix talks to Dylan Jones

On Baking

Hay Festival 2013, 

The chef patron of Hix Oyster and Chop House and Hix Oyster and Fish House in Dorset, conjures anything that can be cooked in the dry heat of an oven, from a honey-baked ham to a sophisticated saffron custard tart.

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Mark Watson, Louise Gray and Jim Robbins

Today On Earth

Hay Festival 2013, 

What’s been happening in the environmental world during Festival week? We pick through the best and worst, sort the bizarre from the banal and generally sift the global media. The comedian and the journalists discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Awesome Animals: Koala Calamity

Hay Festival 2013, 

Koala brothers Dude, Bro and Squirt love doing…nothing. They can do nothing all day. But their little sister has other ideas and soon leads them into another Koala Calamity.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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Jennifer Gray

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Meet Atticus Grammatticus Cattypus Claw, the world’s greatest cat burglar. This tabby spells trouble. Find out all about his latest adventure Atticus Claw Settles a Score.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Antonia Fraser talks to Simon Jenkins

Perilous Question

Hay Festival 2013, 

A two-year revolution saw reforming heroes of the richest and most landed Cabinet in history, against their own interests, determined to bring liberty to the country in The Drama Of The Great Reform Bill 1832.

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Geoffrey Robertson

Mullahs Without Mercy: Human Rights And Nuclear Weapons

Hay Festival 2013, 

The lawyer examines the options that the world faces as it stumbles like a sleepwalker into the perils of a new nuclear age, while Iran, Israel and America face-off over nuclear capability. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Michael Pollan talks to Rosie Boycott

Cooked: A Natural History Of Transformation

Hay Festival 2013, 

A rare opportunity to meet the Californian food superstar, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defence Of Food and Food Rules, as he champions the fundamentals of cooking – a defining human activity which sits at the heart of our cultures and shapes family life.

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Alicia Foster, Francesca Rhydderch and Joanna Rossiter

Fictions – In The War

Hay Festival 2013, 

Warpaint by Alicia Foster is a compelling tale of truth and lies, tragedy and black comedy, loosely based on the lives of four painters of the time. The Sea Change by Joanna Rossiter is a haunting and moving novel about a mother and a daughter, caught between a tsunami and a war. In Francesca Rhydderch’s The Rice Paper Diaries, four interweaving accounts relate the intimate havoc wrought by military conflict on individual lives. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.

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Patrick Ness and Matt Haig

Fictions – Transformations

Hay Festival 2013, 

Wise, romantic, magical and funny, Ness’ The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love. In Haig’s The Humans Professor Andrew Martin of CambridgeUniversity solves the world’s greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Chaired by Tanya Seghatchian.

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Rebbecca Ray and Rachel Trezise chaired by Richard Davies

Fictions – Stories, Dreams And Yearnings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Readings of stories from new collections by two of Wales’ most inventive and powerful novelists: Trezise’s Cosmic Latte and Ray’s The Answer And Other Love Stories.

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Everything Will Be Fine (and other lies I tell myself)

Hay Festival 2013, 

Cathy Brett’s stylish, funny and thought-provoking graphic novels include Verity Fibbs and Scarlett Dedd. The design lecturer and former fashion illustrator will tell you how she does it.

Duration 60 mins.

13+ years

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Rupert Everett

Vanished Years

Hay Festival 2013, 
Rupert Everett’s first memoir – Red Carpets And Other Banana Skins – was an international bestseller and an instant classic on publication in 2006. Reviewers compared him to Evelyn Waugh, David Niven, Noel Coward and Lord Byron.

Mischievous, touching and nothing less than brilliant, his new memoir is filled with brand-new stories, from childhood to the present. Astonishing encounters; tragedy and comedy; vivid portraits of friends and rivals; razor-sharp observations of the celebrity circus from LA to London and beyond... there is something extraordinary on every page.

A pilgrimage to Lourdes with his father is both hilarious and moving. A misguided step into reality TV goes horribly wrong. From New York to Moscow to Berlin to Phnom Penh, Vanished Years takes the reader on a wild and wonderful new journey with a charming (and rather disreputable) companion.

He talks to Paul Blezard.

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Paul Theroux talks to Gaby Wood

The Last Train To Zona Verde: Overland From Cape Town To Angola

Hay Festival 2013, 

Journeying alone through the greenest continent in what he feels will be his last African journey, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Leaving the Cape Town townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the browsing cattle of the great sun-baked heartland of the savannah, he crosses the ‘Red Line’ into a different Africa.

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Jude England

The British Library Lecture; Propaganda: Power And Persuasion

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Curator of the new BL show examines C20th and C21st propaganda. What have the Olympics, Chairman Mao and matchboxes got in common? Who portrayed Margaret Thatcher as Napoleon, and why? Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

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Robin Lustig talks to Philippe Sands

Sign-Off

Hay Festival 2013, 

The veteran broadcaster, anchor of The World Tonight, reflects on his 23 years at the BBC, the management of news, and the Corporation in crisis.

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Irvine Welsh talks to Stephanie Merritt

Trainspotting At 20

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Scottish novelist celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic book, and discusses his recently-published prequel Skagboys.

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Ned Boulting and William Fotheringham talk to Rob Penn

Two Wheels Good?

Hay Festival 2013, 

We review an extraordinary year for cycling – from the Olympic Velodrome to the heroes and villains of the Tour de France – with the authors of On The Road Bike: The Search For A Nation’s Cycling Soul, Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike and It’s All About The Bike: The Pursuit Of Happiness On Two Wheels.

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Menna Elfyn and Fflur Dafydd

Murmur

Hay Festival 2013, 

The internationally renowned and ‘exhilaratingly dangerous’ poet teams up with her singer-songwriter daughter Fflur Dafydd in a memorable evening of poetry and song to celebrate her new bilingual collection.






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