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Brendan Lynch

Kells 2013, 

Kells native Brendan, a finalist in 2012’s Great British Bake Off, has been passionate about baking for 30 years. Join him as he demonstrates some of the skills that took him to the final and talks to Fáilte Ireland Food Champion Olivia Duff about his plans to take baking into retirement homes.

For more information & recipes go to www.brendanbakes.co.uk

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Elif Shafak talks to William Sieghart

Fictions: Three Daughters of Eve

Hay Festival 2017, 

Shafak’s new book confirms her status as one of the world’s greatest novelists. Set in Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal.

Elif Shafak talks to William Sieghart

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Margaret Drabble on Angus Wilson

Hay Festival 1995, 
Margaret Drabble introduces her biography of the novelist and critic Angus Wilson, one of the most colourful, controversial and entertaining figures of the post-war literary world, author of Anglo-Saxon Attitudes and The Old Men at the Zoo. Drabble traces the influences of Wilson's bizarrely extended family, his years as a librarian at the British Museum - interrupted by a grim spell in the code-breaking unit at Bletchley Park - and his unexpected liberation as a successful writer.

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The Bookseller YA Prize

Hay Festival 2016, 

Join a stellar line-up of some of this year’s shortlisted authors for The Bookseller YA Prize as they are put under the spotlight by the judges before the winner is finally revealed.  And celebrate with them afterwards! This year’s frontrunners are Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Downham, Frances Hardinge, Catherine Johnson, Patrick Ness, Louise O’Neill, Mel Salisbury, William Sutcliffe and Lisa Williamson.

12+

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Martin Rowson

Cartoons, Offence and Religion

Hay Festival 2008, 
The cartoonist and author of Stuff and The Dog Allusion explores the boundaries of satire.

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Michael Marriott

English Roses

Hay Festival 2016, 

A huge breeding programme is needed to produce the new varieties of English Roses. The Rosarian talks about the work involved and gives a behind-the-scenes look at making the David Austin Roses garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Join us to launch the Roald Dahl Rose, in celebration of the writer’s centenary year.

Michael Marriott

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Matt Brown

Compton Valance: The Most Powerful Boy in the Universe

Hay Festival 2015, 
Do you have what it takes to be a top-secret agent of F.A.R.T.A? Matt Brown, author of the hilarious time travel adventure series Compton Valance, will put you through your paces. From finding out your agent identity to code breaking and a quickfire quiz: will you pass the time travel test to join Compton Valance and his best friend Bryon Nylon?
7+ years
Matt Brown

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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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Christopher Hitchens

Why Orwell Matters

Hay Festival 2002, 
The great and prolific contrarian, scrouge of Henry Kissinger and Mother Theresa, hawkish advocate of American military action against Al Qaeda, and literary superstar, champions the cause of the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm, Down and Out In Paris and London and KeepThe Aspidistra Flying.

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Shakespeare

Dhaka 2012, 
This year, all 32 of Shakespeare's plays were staged in London's Globe Theatre, performed by theatre troupes from all over the world. Kamila Shamsie talks about Shakespeare's global appeal. Followed by a short play inspired by Hamlet, presented by Aly Zaker and directed by Sara Zaker.

Darpan is not a translation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare but a free adaptation of sorts. It is a lifting of the story out of the original play's context and rewriting it for Bangla theatre. This play, though it stems from palace intrigue, deals with the universal human ramifications of love, greed and anguish. The 'play within the play' uses the folk form elements of Bangladesh. Performed by Nagorik Natya Sampradaya.

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Clara Sánchez in conversation with Antonio San José

Segovia 2014, 

The winner of the 2013 Planeta Prize recreates in her novel El cielo ha vuelto something that underlies all her work: reality and personal relations, where the characters are taken to the limit, and where the people closest to us can hurt us most.

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Antonio Colinas, Juan Manuel de Prada and Gonzalo Santoja

Hay Festival 2008, 
To celebrate our Castilian festival three of the finest Spanish writers join us to read and talk to Jesús García Calero.

In Spanish with translation

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Irvine Welsh en conversación con Eleanor Wachtel

Cartagena 2014, 
Irvine Welsh (Escocia) es autor de la celebrada novela Trainspotting, llevada al cine con gran éxito por Danny Boyle, en la que muestra con humor, honestidad y crítica la vida de un sector de la juventud escocesa afectada por el clima desesperanzador de los años ochenta, la atracción de las drogas y los dilemas morales de sus protagonistas. Welsh es autor de varias novelas más, entre ellas Porno y la recién publicada Skagboys, en las que regresa a los personajes de Trainspotting. En conversación con Eleanor Wachtel y presentado por Chris Rawlings, director del British Council en Colombia.

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Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

Hay Festival 2015, 
Hop along to this charming interactive puppet show where The Tale of Peter Rabbit is brought to life. See Peter escape from Mr McGregor’s garden and help him on his journey, and meet the mischievous rabbit in person!
3+ years
Peter Rabbit Puppet Show

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Dominic Lieven

Cambridge University Series 18: Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia

Hay Festival 2015, 

'As much as anything, World War I turned on the fate of Ukraine...' The decision to go to war in 1914 had catastrophic consequences for Russia. The result was revolution, civil war and famine in 1917–20, followed by decades of Communist rule. Dominic Lieven explains why this suicidal decision was made and explores the world of the men who made it. But by looking at the origins and results of the First World War from a mostly Russian angle he also offers a radically different view of why Europe descended into disaster, overturning assumptions about the war's causes and consequences in a way that still has major implications for world history down to the present day. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

Dominic Lieven

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John Guy

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years

Hay Festival 2016, 

History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power. But the reality, especially during her later years, was not as simple. In 1583 Elizabeth is 50 and beyond childbearing age, but her greatest challenges are still to come: the Spanish Armada; the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots; and relentless plotting among her courtiers. The pre-eminent Tudor historian presents a gripping and vivid portrait of Elizabeth’s life and times –often told in her own words (“You know I am no morning woman”) and reveals a monarch who is fallible, increasingly insecure and struggling to lead Britain. The London theatre, however, was thriving.

John Guy

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Steve Herington talks to Mathew Engel

Bob Cole The Runner

Hay Festival 2016, 

Bob Cole from Herefordshire was the long-distance Olympian who never got the chance to prove it. Eccentric and solitary, he competed on the professional circuit and was proclaimed world champion, but forever banned from the Olympics. Herington, author of a new biography, discusses the amazing story of a forgotten hero from the Chariots of Fire era.

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Elif Shafak

Fictions – The Architect’s Apprentice

Hay Festival 2015, 

Sixteenth century Istanbul: a stowaway arrives in the city bearing an extraordinary gift for the Sultan. The boy is utterly alone in a foreign land, with no worldly possessions to his name except Chota, a rare white elephant destined for the palace menagerie… The Turkish author of The Forty Rules of Love and Honour discusses her mesmerizing new novel with William Sieghart.

Elif Shafak

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Alison Weir

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obssession

Hay Festival 2017, 

The second novel in the popular historian’s Six Tudor Queens series mines the story of Anne Boleyn, the young woman who changed the course of history. Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game.

Chaired by Phil Rickman.

Alison Weir

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Hugo Mercier

The Enigma of Reason: A New Theory of Human Understanding

Hay Festival 2017, 

Reason, we are told, is what makes us human, the source of our knowledge and wisdom. But if reason is so useful, why didn’t it also evolve in other animals? If it is that reliable, why do we produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Mercier’s provocative and brilliant suggestion is that reason helps us justify our beliefs and actions to others, convince them through argument and evaluate the justifications and arguments that they address to us.

Hugo Mercier

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Ellie Sømme

Another Man’s Shoes

Hay Festival 2017, 

Ellie’s father Sven and uncle Jacob, both leading scientists, led the XU Norwegian Resistance movement against the Nazi occupation in WW2. She tells a mesmerising story of espionage and heroism illustrated with artefacts and documents as she traces the survival of the XU all the way through the Cold War until 1988.

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DISCUSIONES I Alejandro Echeverri y Elisabeth Vollert en conversación con Daniela Zyman y Boris Ondreicka

Cartagena 2013, 
DISCUSIONES está coorganizado por Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), que apoya principalmente manifestaciones artísticas que cuestionan los discursos hegemónicos en relación a prácticas artísticas y que operan a nivel internacional. DISCUSIONES I une a comisarios, pensadores y activistas para investigar y exprimentar de manera crítica con nociones de identidad nacional y representación, específicamente en relación a las producciones artísticas contemporáneas de Colombia y sus liaisons dangereuses con los conceptos de naturaleza (como territorio, recurso e imaginario), cultura (y su narrativa vía la tradición oral, el arte, el cine y sus traducciones) y el activismo. DISCUSIONES I se acerca al arte y a la arquitectura como herramientas para el cambio social. Con Elisabeth Vollert (comisario y artista de La Otra, Bogotá), Alejandro Echeverri (arquitecto y urbanista, Medellín), Daniela Zyman (ccomisaria jefe de TBA21, Viena) y Boris Ondreicka (comisario invitado de TBA21, Viena).

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Dragons Playground

Hay Festival 2012, 
Five organisations shortlisted for the Green Dragons’ Den will be telling their stories, practising their pitches and sharing ideas on how they’d use the £10,000 prize if they won in the Den. Today’s shortlist is selected from young entrepreneurs under the age of 25.
 
Supported by the Welsh Government

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John Boyne talks to Gaby Wood

Fictions – A History of Loneliness

Hay Festival 2015, 

Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends. Forty years later, Odran’s devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people’s faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks. When a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and to recognise his own complicity in their propagation.

John Boyne talks to Gaby Wood

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Leslie Ann Goldberg

Algorithms and their Limitations

Hay Festival 2016, 

Many of our everyday activities, such as looking up information on the internet and journey planning, are supported by sophisticated algorithms. Some of our online activities are supported by the fact that we don’t have good algorithms for some problems: the encryption scheme that supports the privacy of credit cards in online transactions is believed to be secure precisely because there is no known fast algorithm for factoring large numbers. The Oxford Computer Science Professor explains a little of what we know about the limitations of algorithms, and also the famous P vs NP problem. This is the most important open problem in computer science and is one of the seven Millennium Problems of the Clay Mathematics Institute, which has offered a million-dollar prize for its solution.

Leslie Ann Goldberg