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Simon Schama & Simon Sebag Montefiore

Two Jews...

Hay Festival 2011, 
The two historians from very different backgrounds reflect on their identities and their experiences of being Jewish.
Citizens - Simon Schama

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Ed Miliband talks to Ian Katz

The Director's Lecture

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Labour Party leadership candidate and former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change discusses the political and sustainability challenges ahead with the Deputy Editor of The Guardian.

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Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men

Hay Festival 2010, 
We’ve been with him all the way and we’re as excited as ever about the final installment of the Chaos Walking trilogy. Hear about it here first.
 
10+ years

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Christopher Lloyd

What on Earth Evolved: 100 Species That Changed the World

Hay Festival 2010, 
Which species have been the most successful? How do life forms adapt to a world dominated by nearly seven billion humans?

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Jacqueline Wilson

The Worst Thing About My Sister

Hay Festival 2012, 
Marty and Melissa are the best of friends, the worst of enemies and of course sisters. Another gift from the mega-bestselling, super-lovely godmother of children’s fiction.
 
As we only have Jacqueline for a limited time the first 200 children's tickets sold will be eligible to get their books signed. These tickets have sadly sold out but you can still book to enjoy the wonderful event! 
 
8+ years

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Renos Papadopoulos and Zdenka Fantlova talk to Fiona Hamilton

The Lapidus Conversation: How We Present And Represent Public Tragedies

Hay Festival 2013, 

The psychologist looks at trauma in relation specifically to refugees in conflict zones. As consultant to the UN he has worked with refugees and other survivors of political violence in many countries. Fantlova is a Holocaust survivor and author of The Tin Ring: How I Cheated Death. Hamilton is Chair of Lapidus UK.

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Steve Jones

The John Maddox Lecture: Incest and Folk Dancing – Why Sex Survives

Hay Festival 2011, 
Sir Thomas Beecham once said: ‘Try anything once but incest and folk-dancing’ (he pointed out that brass bands, too, are all very well in their place: ‘in the open air and several miles away’). Sex with a relative is often frowned upon, but is in fact universal, for we all share ancestors in the recent past.

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Robert Lindsay talks to Fiona Lindsay (no relation)

Other People

Hay Festival 2013, 

The actor discusses the influences that have shaped his craft from sitcom to Broadway, from Citizen Smith to My Family to Me And My Girl, and from Alan Bleasdale’s GHB to Shakespeare’s Richard III.

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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.






See more at www.fflurdafydd.com/  and    www.mennaelfyn.co.uk/

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Lauren St John

The Elephant’s Tale

Hay Festival 2010, 
Meet the inspiring creator of the White Giraffe series as she talks about her work with wildlife charity Born Free, and discover life on a South African game reserve, where animal conservation and adventure come together.
 
8–12 years
 
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James Daunt, Dylan Jones, Kate Wilson and Simon Morrison talk to Gaby Wood

Business Breakfast - The Future of Books

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Waterstones, GQ and Nosy Crow masterminds realise the paper and digital future of books with the Googles' Head of Copyright Policy and the Telegraph’s Head of Books.

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Nick Robinson

The Inside Story

Hay Festival 2013, 

The BBC star political editor and author of Live From Downing Street focuses on Churchill, Thatcher and Blair in his examination of the fraught relationship between the media and the politicians. Neither feral nor beastly, but a subtle historian and a killer mimic. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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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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John Mullan

What Matters in Jane Austen

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Austen's brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction – by asking some very specific questions about what goes on in her novels and why, he reveals their devilish cleverness and their art.
 
The English Prof, Late Review star and Guardian Book Club host discovers what games people played and why they had to wear mourning, how they addressed each other and how wealth was inherited, who shared bedrooms and who owned coaches. He explores the rituals and conventions of her fictional world in order to reveal her technical virtuosity and sheer daring as a novelist. Though not a book about Jane Austen's life, it uses biographical detail and telling passages from her letters to explain episodes in her novels; readers will find out, for example, what novels she read and how much money she had to live on and why she was obsessed with the weather.
 
John Mullan's books include How Novels Work and Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature.

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Adrian Lambert

The Rural Media Company presents: Still Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
Eleven-year-old Lauren has almost come to terms with her parents splitting up when a school history project rekindles some very painful memories and a violent and dangerous jealousy. Set in Herefordshire, the film wrestles with isolation and identity in a rural market town, where people quickly learn how to move on rather than move away. Still Life is the Rural Media Company’s latest ambitious community film production created over the course of a year with the people of Bromyard.

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Val McDermid, Jasper Fforde, Mathew Prichard

Agatha Christie 120

Hay Festival 2010, 
We celebrate the queen of detective fiction’s jubilee with two fans and her grandson, who still manages her estate. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Will Self talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The British Council Series 1: Fictions – Experiment

Hay Festival 2013, 

The super-verbal and brilliantly inventive journalist and author discusses his Booker-shortlisted novel Umbrella, films of his work and the possibilities of digital form.

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Heather Brooke

The Silent State

Hay Festival 2010, 
The dynamic investigator and Freedom of Information hero who broke the expenses scandals discusses Secrets, Surveillance and the Myth of British Democracy with Philippe Sands.
Heather Brooke

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Pervez Musharraf talks to Carey Schofield

Pakistan

Hay Festival 2010, 
The former President of Pakistan (2001–2008) discusses the volatility of the region with the author of Inside The Pakistan Army.

No bags or metal objects may be taken into this event. Please arrange for personal effects to be held away from the venue. All ticket-holders may be searched on entry. Anyone carrying or wearing metals may be delayed or prevented from attending.
Pervez Musharraf talks to Carey Schofield

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Julia Peyton-Jones, Roger Scruton, William Packer and Shani Rhys James chaired by Will Gompertz

The Welsh Academy of Art Debate

Hay Festival 2014, 

‘The supreme tragedy is when theory outstrips performance’ – Leonardo da Vinci. Does contemporary art celebrate concept without skill? What is the value of a Fine Art degree? The Welsh Academy of Art presents a debate on the state of contemporary art and art education.

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Helen Skelton, Sarah Hunter, John Dunford, Reg Bailey

Safety and Exploration in a Digital Age

Hay Festival 2011, 
What are the challenges and opportunities for the next generation using the internet? How do we ensure young people are safe, but encourage creative exploration and learning? We have detailed ways of addressing this in physical environments, but how should we deal with this when digital meets physical worlds? This lively panel debate will bring together a range of experts from a range of backgrounds to explore how to encourage responsible uses of the Internet that support creative exploration. Chaired by John Dunford.
 
Speakers
Helen Skelton (BBC, Blue Peter), Sarah Hunter (Google UK), John Dunford (Whole Education), Reg Bailey (The Mothers’ Union), Dan Sutch (Nominet Trust) 
 
Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Andrew Collings, Paul Benham and Penelope Vogler talk to Andy Fryers

Forgotten Foods

Hay Festival 2012, 
Reporting on the fight back of heritage plants, animal breeding stock and the traditional recipes that used to use them. Carp pie and medlar tart for dinner anyone?

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Jorge Valdano, Óscar Campillo, Santiago Segurola and Eduardo Fernández-Cantelli

Tribute to Alfredo Di Stéfano: The embodiment of everything positive about football

Segovia 2014, 

Alfredo Di Stéfano is one of the few people in footballing history who have embodied so many of the positive aspects of the game – be it as a player, a manager or as a member of various international sports associations and clubs. Sports experts pay tribute to ‘the blonde arrow’ in this event: former football player and coach Jorge Valdano, Óscar Campillo, Director of MARCA, journalist Santiago Segurola and sports marketing expert Eduardo Fernández-Cantelli.

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Deborah Kay Davies and Tahmina Anam talk to Ariane Koek

Fictions: Survival

Hay Festival 2011, 
True Things About Me is a novel about a woman, about risk and sex and survival. The Good Muslim is a family love story set in Bangladesh and explores the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war.

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Peter Hitchens

The Rage Against God

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist describes his journey from atheism to an unmodernized Christianity and Why Faith is the Foundation of Civilisation. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
Peter Hitchens