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Ken Thompson

Where Do Camels Belong?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Where do camels belong? ‘In the Arab world’ may seem the obvious answer, but they are relative newcomers there. They evolved in North America, retain their greatest diversity in South America, and the only remaining wild dromedaries are in Australia. Thompson examines The Story and Science of Invasive Species.

Ken Thompson

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Jo Bell, Libby Purves and Geraint Coles talk to Mark Skipworth

The Book that Saved the Canals

Hay Festival 2014, 

Seventy years ago Tom Rolt published the book Narrowboat and sparked one of Britain’s greatest conservation movements and rescued the nation’s canals from destruction. The Daily Telegraph’sMark Skipworth discusses with journalist Libby Purves, poet Jo Bell and industrial archaeologist Geraint Coles.

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Jasper Fforde

The Last Dragonslayer

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the UK’s most imaginative and entertaining authors creates hilarious, often absurd but always compelling adventures within bizarre and zany worlds. Find out all about The Eye of Zoltar, the third novel in his hugely popular Last Dragonslayer series, packed with Jasper’s trademark magic and invention. 

11+ years

Jasper Fforde

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Toni Morrison talks to Jerry Brotton

Shakespeare 450 – Desdemona

Hay Festival 2014, 

The novelist talks about her play written in response to Shakespeare’s Othello. Her workis an intimate dialogue of words and music between Desdemona and her African nurse Barbary. Morrison gives voice and depth to the female characters, letting them speak and sing in the fullness of their hearts.

Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 446.

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Robin Hesketh

Cambridge University Series 8

Hay Festival 2014, 

Demystifying Cancer

The biochemist explains how the behaviour of cells is controlled and what goes wrong when they begin to proliferate in an abnormal manner – the basic cause of cancers. He then enters an amazing new world, revealed by astonishing technical advances that are revolutionising how we think about and treat cancers. Advances and alternatives that suggest a cautious optimism for the future of mankind’s battle against these fascinating diseases. His Betrayed by Nature and The Secret of Life are published this year.

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Franny Armstrong, Liz Crow and Jasvinder Sanghera talk to Rosie Boycott

Here We Stand

Hay Festival 2014, 

Contributors to Honno’s new anthology about women campaigners discuss how they became politicised, and how they were personally changed by the process of changing the world. Armstrong is director of the climate change blockbuster Age of Stupid, and is now working on a TV drama series based on the true story of the police spies who infiltrated British activist groups and the women who unwittingly had relationships and even children with them. Crow is a disability rights activist and performance artist. Sanghera has won many awards and accolades for her work against honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

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Miranda Seymour

Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories

Hay Festival 2014, 

In 1613 a beautiful Stuart princess married a handsome young German prince. This was a love match, but it was also an alliance that aimed to weld together Europe’s two great Protestant powers. Before Elizabeth and Frederick left London for the court in Heidelberg, they watched a performance of The Winter’s Tale. In 1943, a group of British POWs gave a performance of that same play to a group of enthusiastic Nazi guards in Bavaria. When the amateur actors suggested doing a version of The Merchant of Venice that showed Shylock as the hero, the guards brought in the costumes and helped create the sets. Nothing about the story of England and Germany is as simple as we might expect. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

Miranda Seymour

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Sabrina Mahfouz, Owen Sheers, Marcus Brigstocke, David Buckland and Mark Shorrock

Art in the Environment

Hay Festival 2014, 

Art is not always just for art’s sake: it has long been used as way of exploring, communicating and engaging people as well as bringing people together. Writers Mahfouz, Sheers and Brigstocke, and Cape Farewell director Buckland, discuss vision, ethics, imagination and integrity. They are joined by Mark Shorrock from the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, who is unveiling the first of two international art commissions.

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Cathy Cassidy

Hay Festival 2014, 
The much-loved author introduces the newest delicious addition to The Chocolate Box Girls series: Sweet Honey. Cathy is an award-winning author who writes about difficult subjects in a touching yet humorous way – and offers tips on friendship, daydreaming and chocolate.
8+ years
Cathy Cassidy

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John Harvey, Louise Welsh, Peter James and Phil Rickman chaired by SJ Parris

OxCrimes 1

Hay Festival 2014, 

Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels we are thrilled to launch our third collaboration with Profile Books with a reading of three stories from this collection of short crime fictions donated by some of the greatest crime-writers in the English language.

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Philip Parker

The Northmen’s Fury: A History of the Viking World

Hay Festival 2014, 

One summer’s day in 793, death arrived from the sea. The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings – sea-borne attackers, adventurers and traders who brought two centuries of terror to northern Europe and North America. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

Fictions – The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster discusses her first novel. When Elizabeth Pringle, an inspirational teacher on the island of Arran dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances.

Kirsty Wark talks to Sarah Crompton

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Jay Griffiths talks to Horatio Clare

A Love Letter to a Stray Moon

Hay Festival 2014, 

Frida Kahlo transformed the emotional and physical pain of her life into art. Her paintings make visible the invisible, interior experiences of many women. They speak of loss, loneliness, her struggle to have children, her lovers, a bus accident that shattered her body and spirit. But they are also full of passion and warmth, each canvas a defiant celebration of what it is to be human. The author of Pip Pip – A Sideways Look at Time, Wild ­– An Elemental Journey and Kith – The Riddle of the Childscape reimagines Kahlo’s life and art in a passionate prose poem.

Jay Griffiths talks to Horatio Clare

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Steve Eales

Casting the Net: The Way Science is Really Done

Hay Festival 2014, 

The standard description of the scientific method is that it is primarily a negative activity, with scientists setting out to disprove the latest hypothesis. But very few real scientists have ever set out with this aim in mind. The astronomer shows that real science is often a matter of casting a net.

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Swat! A Fly’s Guide To Staying Alive

Hay Festival 2014, 
How does a house-fly survive the dangers in life, such as being eaten by animals or killed by humans? Mike Barfield shares their insect survival secrets with us. Scientifically accurate and great fun for any child who enjoys death, destruction, peril and poo.

7+ years
Swat! A Fly’s Guide To Staying Alive

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Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy

Poems

Hay Festival 2014, 

A reading by the National Poet of Wales and the Poet Laureate of Great Britain.

There are special GCSE tickets for this event. To book for anyone aged 14–16 years, please call the Box Office on 01497 822 629.
Gillian Clarke and Carol Ann Duffy

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Jessie Childs

God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Catholics of Elizabethan England did not witness a golden age. Their Mass was banned, their priests were outlawed, their faith was criminalised. In an age of assassination and Armada, those Catholics who clung to their faith were increasingly seen as the enemy within. It is a tale of dawn raids and daring escapes, stately homes and torture chambers, ciphers, secrets and lies. Chaired by SJ Parris.

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Daniel Morden

Tales From Grimm

Hay Festival 2014, 

Daniel is one of the UK’s most popular tellers of traditional stories. Here he tells tales from the timeless collection of magical fairytales. Expect impossible quests, mysterious strangers,sudden jumps, dramatic twists, moments of high drama and low comedy…
7+ years

Daniel Morden

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Lucy Hawking

Science and Imagination

Hay Festival 2014, 
Author of the out-of-this-world adventure series co-written with her father, the world famous Stephen Hawking, Lucy takes the audience on a cosmic adventure through the universe and beyond. George and Annie travel further into space than ever before in the latest book George and the Unbreakable Code.
8+ years
Lucy Hawking

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There’s a Shark in the Bath

Hay Festival 2014, 

BIG TEETH! BUBBLES! BATHROOM CHAOS! When a family of sharks pops out of the plughole, Dulcie must figure out a way to keep them from eating her up. Cue utter silliness, sea creatures and some crazy cartooning with Sarah McIntyre.

5+ years

There’s a Shark in the Bath

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Philipp Meyer and Linda Spalding talk to Kirsty Wark

Fictions – Once Upon a Time in the West

Hay Festival 2014, 

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, Meyer’s The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. In Spalding’s The Purchase a young Quaker father and widower leaves his home in Pennsylvania to establish a new life. He sets out with two horses, a wagon full of belongings, his five children, a 15-year-old orphan wife, and a few land warrants for his future homestead. When Daniel suddenly trades a horse for a young slave, Onesimus, it sets in motion a struggle in his conscience that will taint his life forever.

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Holly Smale

Hay Festival 2014, 

Join Holly Smale, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and creator of the bestselling Geek Girl series, talking to Damian Kelleher about smart and funny fiction for smart and funny readers. Guaranteed to get your geek on!

11+ years

Holly Smale

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Toni Morrison talks to Razia Iqbal

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2014, 

A wide-ranging interview with the American Nobel Laureate, author of Beloved, The Bluest Eye, Jazz and Home.

Also see events 211 and 235

 

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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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Averil Cameron

Byzantine Matters

Hay Festival 2014, 

Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization, often reducing it to a poor relation of Rome and the rest of the classical world. Cameron suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilisation into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods.

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