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Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Oliver and the Seawigs

Hay Festival 2014, 

Set sail for an adventure with these story legends as they introduce Oliver and the Seawigs, full of giggly-but-dangerous monkeys, a near-sighted mermaid and some very BIG WIGS. Learn how to draw your own Sea Monkey and join in with the silly sea shanty chorus.
6+ years

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

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Simon Pearson

The Great Escaper

Hay Festival 2014, 

Roger Bushell was ‘Big X’, mastermind of the mass breakout from Stalag Luft III in March 1944, immortalised in the Hollywood film The Great Escape. Through exclusive access to his private papers – as well as fascinating new research from other sources – journalist Pearson has now written the first biography of this iconic figure. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Matthew Haley

Tomorrow’s Treasures: Are Rare Books A Good Investment?

Hay Festival 2014, 

Bonhams’ Head of Books and Manuscripts talks about the collectors who have made and lost fortunes in rare books. He gives a summary of price trends in the book market, and considers whether rare books are a good investment.

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Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

The Pure Gold Baby

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author discusses her first novel for seven years, the story of a motherhood and neighbourhood and society in North London over several decades. The book is rich with the combination of acute observation and insight and the beautiful economy of prose familiar to her readers.

Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

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Liz Tunbridge, Alexandra Brand, Lucie Green and Ana Cavalcanti

The Royal Society Platform

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Next Big Things

From solar science to fungi sensing, four Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their research in cutting edge science. Chaired by Lucy Carpenter.

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Tommy Donbavand

Fangs

Hay Festival 2014, 
The creator of Scream Street introduces his new series Fangs, with games, stories and a lot of laughs as vampire agent Fangs Enigma tries to save the world.
8+ years
Tommy Donbavand

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Emile Simpson talks to Richard Norton-Taylor

War From The Ground Up

Hay Festival 2014, 

As a former Gurkha officer, Simpson completed three tours in southern Afghanistan, which informed his first book War From the Ground Up – Twenty-First Century Combat as Politics. He talks about people, perception and persuasion in contemporary armed conflict.

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Henry Nicholls

The Galapagos

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Galapagos were once known to the sailors and pirates who encountered them as Las Encantadas: the enchanted islands, home to marvellous creatures and dramatic volcanic scenery. This captivating history of the world’s most famous islands charts their evolution from deserted wilderness to profoundly important scientific resource and now global tourist destination. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Raymond Tallis

Tetchy Interludes

Hay Festival 2014, 

The medic/philosopher takes a wry look at a variety of topics such as stupidity (including the author’s own), fashions in academe, and the human propensity for mission drift. His latest book of essays is Epithemean Imaginings.

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Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

Friends and Families in Fiction

Hay Festival 2014, 

Clever, optimistic, beautifully written and very amusing, these three writers’ books explore the relationships within families and between close friends with great insight and humour. The multiple-award-winning Hilary McKay whose new book is Binny For Short, is joined by Natasha Farrant, author of The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby series, and newcomer Jane Elson, author of A Room Full of Chocolate, for a lively session about the highs and lows of family life and how it inspires their fiction.
9
+ years

Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

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The Literacy Question

Hay Festival 2014, 

Can we look beyond party politics to improve literacy and enhance the lives of generations? Join Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust, for a lively conversation about literacy in Wales and England in the light of new research results.

13+ years (YA)

The Literacy Question

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Chris Tarrant talks to Paul Blezard

Dad’s War

Hay Festival 2014, 

The broadcaster discusses his memoir: a profoundly moving and heartfelt tribute to a much-loved father who was involved in some of WWII’s most significant campaigns, including the Dunkirk evacuation and the D-Day landings; and a sincere and humble commemoration of the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers of WWII.

Chris Tarrant talks to Paul Blezard

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Graham Robb

The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author made plans to cycle the legendary Via Heraklea. It was an ancient path that took him deep into the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science. Gradually, a lost map revealed itself, of an empire constructed with precision and beauty across vast tracts of Europe. Oriented according to the movements of the Celtic sun god, the map had been forgotten for almost two millennia.

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John Harrison and Gwyneth Lewis

Sailors in Bed: Travels and Journeys of Healing

Hay Festival 2014, 

Wales’ inaugural National Poet Gwyneth Lewis’ latest memoir is Two in a Boat – A Marital Voyage. John Harrison is the author of the Wales Book of the Year winner Cloud Road – A Journey Through the Inca Heartland; he recently recovered from throat cancer. Chaired by New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies.

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Steven Donziger and Patrick Alley talk to Anthea Lawson

Changing the System: Curbing Corporate Power

Hay Festival 2014, 

The lawyer who took giant US oil company Chevron to court and had them found guilty and fined billions of dollars, and who was himself successfully taken to court by Chevron under a civil racketeering suit, is joined by Patrick Alley, director of Global Witness, to discuss how tackling corporate power is a vital step to saving the environment and creating an economy that benefits everyone. Chaired by Anthea Lawson.

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2014, 

Imagine you’re a sausage. You are in a frying pan, happily sizzling away with other like-minded sausages. Then one of them starts to tell you about tomato ketchup. You refuse to believe your friend’s stories but later you find yourself being dipped head first into that tangy, tomatoey joy. And then you realise that yes – ketchup is true. Watching James Campbell is a bit like that. But there aren’t any sausages involved. Or ketchup.
6+ years

James Campbell

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Jamie Thomson

Laugh Like A Dark Lord

Hay Festival 2014, 

Meet Jamie Thomson, author of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning Dark Lord series, as he talks about his latest book Dark Lord: Eternal Detention. Jamie will teach the audience how to laugh like a Dark Lord.
9+ years

Jamie Thomson

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Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

Love, Laughter and Finding Your ‘Lobster’

Hay Festival 2014, 

Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison are the co-authors of hilarious teen debut Lobsters. Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find The One. Their ‘lobster’. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins forever, to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love. Tom and Lucy met in the sixth form and have been friends ever since. Lucy runs online teen magazine Whatever After, as well as teaching in girls’ schools across London specialising in building confidence and creativity. Tom is a journalist and has written for ShortList, TimeOut, Vice, TalkSPORT, ESPN and Viz. Are they lobsters? You’ll have to come along to find out…
13+ years (YA)

Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

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George Monbiot

Inundated

Hay Festival 2014, 

When the winter floods receded, they left behind a changed political landscape: one in which we began at last to discuss the treatment of the land and how that affects us. In Feral Monbiot explored the destruction of the uplands and the astonishing, restorative potential of rewilding. Now he extends that analysis, explaining how disastrous agricultural policies strip the soil and exacerbate flooding, and arguing that they can be reversed.

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Jonathan Miller talks to Revel Guest

Polymath

Hay Festival 2014, 

A rare conversation about innovation and experience with the doctor, opera director, humorist and writer.

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Jonathan Mullard

New Naturalist Library: Brecon Beacons

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Brecon Beacons range across upland Wales and create a varied landscape of extensive cave systems, limestone crags and rich meadows. This variety supports thousands of species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

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Vicky Pryce, David Wilson and Erwin James

Some Truths About Prisons

Hay Festival 2014, 

A conversation about the penal system. Pryce served time for perverting the course of justice. She is the author of Prisonomics: Behind Bars in Britain’s Failing Prisons. Both former Prison Governors and now criminologists, Wilson is the author of Out of Sight Out of Mind and Pain and Retribution. They talk to Erwin James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

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A reading of work written by and for the poet Nigel Jenkins who died in January this year. You can hear his beautiful evocation of the Gower coast in the Festival audio archive.

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Menna Elfyn with D.J. Britton, Fflur Dafydd, Francesca Rhydderch, Ifor Thomas, Peter Finch, M Wynn Thomas, Daniel G Williams and Jon Gower

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Andrea Collins talks to Andy Fryers

In Pursuit of a Sustainable Event: The Case of the 2012 Hay Festival

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Hay Festival is one of the largest annual events in Wales, attracting in excess of 100,000 visitors. The Festival launched its Greenprint programme in 2006 in an attempt to manage and mitigate the direct and indirect environmental impacts of the Festival. What motivates visitors to attend, what are their consumption patterns and how can change be effected? Cardiff University’s Andrea Collins presents her study research and talks with the Sustainability Director.

Andrea Collins talks to Andy Fryers

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Stories of WWI

Hay Festival 2014, 
Three writers discuss war in literature, fact and fiction. Photojournalist Jenny Matthews captures the impact war has on children and their families in her new book, Children Growing Up With War; Sarah Ridley is the author of Dear Jelly, a book inspired by real wartime letters home; much of award-winning author Bernard Ashley’s fiction is set in times of conflict. They join editor and writer Tony Bradman for a stimulating conversation based on a new anthology, Stories of World War 1.
11+ years
Stories of WWI

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