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John Irving talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Great American Novelist talks to Peter Florence.

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Julie Burchill talks to Katie Glass

Unbound

Hay Festival 2014, 
The writer and journalist talks about language, argument and her crowd-funded book Unchosen: at 14 Julie Burchill fell in love. Not with a boy, but 'with a whole race of people – the Jews'. The journalist and novelist has been learning Hebrew and even chose Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem, as her single record choice for Desert Island Discs.
Julie Burchill talks to Katie Glass

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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

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Simon Rattle talks to Tom Service

Music as Alchemy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The conductor talks to the author of Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras about his work with the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Layla Al-Zubaidi, Matthew Cassel and Mohamed Mesrati talk to Jo Glanville

Writing Revolution

Hay Festival 2013, 

The editors and contributors present the best writing on the Arab revolutions from prominent journalists, activists, bloggers, academics and writers who participated in and bore witness to the ongoing uprisings and struggles.

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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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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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Dan Pearson

Spirit: Garden Inspiration

Hay Festival 2009, 
The garden writer explores the idea of a sense of place, illustrated with design influences as diverse as his childhood garden, the desert of southern California, the Thames houseboat moorings near Tower Bridge, the Villa d’Este, the Pantheon and a Japanese forest lodge.

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Happy Ever After

Sally Gardner, Nick Lake and Alexia Casale

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sally Gardner and Nick Lake have won major awards for fiction – the Costa and the Printz. They are joined by newcomer Alexia Casale to talk about themes in YA fiction and whether readers need happy endings.

Sally Gardner is a highly acclaimed writer of award winning fiction such as I, Coriander, The Red Necklace and most recently the Costa-winning Maggot Moon, currently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Alexia Casale’s debut The Bone Dragon is a blend of psychological thriller and fairytale in which the boundaries between fact and fantasy are very fragile.

Nick Lake has just won the prestigious Printz award for In Darkness, also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has a highly acclaimed new novel out called Hostage Three.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear three extremely talented writers answer questions about their work, and to ask some questions of your own.

13+ years

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Richard Eyre

Shakespeare 450 – The Hollow Crown

Hay Festival 2014, 

The theatre and film director discusses his film versions of Shakespeare’s History plays, and their role both in Shakespeare’s canon and in our understanding of Britain’s identity.

Other events in the Shakespeare 450 series - 34, 55 and 235

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Steve Jones

The Joy Of Sects

Hay Festival 2013, 

In The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold As Science the geneticist explores the shared mysteries of religion and science, from the origins of life and humankind to sex, age, death and the end of the universe. He steps aside from the noisy debate between believers and unbelievers to show how the same questions preoccupy us today as in biblical times. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Mario Vargas Llosa talks to Peter Florence

Nobel Series - The Dream of the Celt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Peruvian Nobel Laureate discusses his work and his new novel, which re-imagines the life of Roger Casement, the controversial hero of Irish nationalism.
 

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Brian Gambles, Patrick Arends and Ian Ward

Rewriting The Book: The Library Of Birmingham

Hay Festival 2013, 

The £189m Library of Birmingham opens in September this year, and will be the largest public library in Europe. It will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books, a gallery space, a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and two garden terraces. The Project Director, architect and the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council will discuss bringing this ambitious project to fruition.

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Michael Morpurgo

Hay Festival 2013, 

The master storyteller and creator of War Horse tells us how true stories and real life secrets inspire his fiction, including his latest novel A Medal for Leroy.

9+ years

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Fernando Gaitán, Beatriz Robledo, Guadalupe Nettel, Andrés Neuman and Roberto Burgos Cantor with Juan Gossaín

RCN Ministry of Education story competition: How to tell a story

Cartagena 2011, 
The judges of the fourth RCN Ministry of Education short story competition will share their experiences and skills with the public by telling their own stories. This will be followed by the presentation of awards to the young competition winners.

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Daniel Davis

The John Maddox 2018 Lecture: The Beautiful Cure

Hay Festival 2018, 

The author of The Compatibility Gene introduces the revolutionary new science of the immune system with its breakthrough medical cures. He discusses how stress, sleep and ageing affect our health. “As David Attenborough opens our goggling eyes to the natural world without, so Daniel Davis brings us face to face with the stunningly clever and, yes, beautiful world within” – Stephen Fry. Davis is Professor of Immunology at the University of Manchester.

Chaired by the Adam Rutherford, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science.

Daniel Davis

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Mark Welland

Cambridge University Series 2: The Future Is Nano

Hay Festival 2013, 

An introduction to the development and progress of nanotechnology, and a reasonable expectation of what it can do – from miniaturisation of mobile phone tech to the understanding and treatment of human diseases. Professor Welland is the director of Cambridge University’s Nanoscience Centre, and was Chief Scientific Advisor to the MoD.

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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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AC Grayling

Reading and Thinking

Hay Festival 2012, 
The philosopher talks about the conversation of humankind, the true nature of education, the candle in the dark. Our story changed when literacy extended beyond the few. Grayling explains how, and conjures the possibilities this opened up.

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Blanca Berasategui in conversation with María Dueñas

Segovia 2010, 
María Dueñas has been the literary phenomenon of the year. With her novel El tiempo entre costuras she has become known as a new and subtle writer who evokes the world of the Spanish protectorate in Morocco and all the real and imagined lives at the beginning of the 20th century. Dueñas, who is also a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Murcia, will talk to Blanca Berasategui, editor in chief of El Cultural (the cultural supplement of the newspaper El Mundo). 
 
Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.

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Fernando Gaitán, Senel Paz and David Trueba with Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón

The Script: A Universal Form

Cartagena 2011, 
Television and film are based on a kind of writing called the script, which is perhaps one of the most universal forms. What is it like? What goes into making it? Why does everyone consume it? Talking about these matters will be: the Colombian Fernando Gaitán, well known scriptwriter and soap opera and television series producer; the Cuban Senel Paz, cinema scriptwriter and author; and the multi-talented David Trueba, who has experience in all facets of film making, particularly scriptwriting and direction. Chaired by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, one of the most recognised directors of his generation, with many awards to his name.

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Tony Curtis in conversation with Joan Bakewell

London Events 2008, 

At the height of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tony Curtis starred in Houdini and Spartacus, made comedy history with Jack Lemmon in the unforgettable Some Like It Hot, was friends with Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and James Dean, and romanced screen sirens such as Marilyn Monroe, Janet Leigh and Natalie Wood.

Sparing no ego, Tony Curtis talks to Joan Bakewell about the characters he's played and known during his illustrious career, co-stars, wives, lovers and friends. The event launches the Hollywood legend's autobiography American Prince.

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Robert Winston

Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of our Inventions

Hay Festival 2010, 
The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path toward greater power over his environment. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention? Chaired by Hilary Lawson, chair of the How The Light Gets In philosophy festival.
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Jonathan Haslam

Cambridge University Series 1: Near and Distant Neighbours 1917–1989

Hay Festival 2013, 

The history of Russia’s Secret Services from the Revolution to the Fall of the Wall: the Military Intelligence, the codes and ciphers and the KGB.

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Paul Preston

The LSE Lecture: The Spanish Holocaust - Inquisition and Extermination in Twentieth-Century Spain

Hay Festival 2012, 
The world’s foremost historian of C20th Spain charts how and why Franco and his supporters set out to eliminate all ‘those who do not think as we do’ – some 200,000 innocent men, women and children across Spain.