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David Parker

The World’s Oldest Bible: How Technology Shapes Belief

Hay Festival 2013, 

Codex Sinaiticus, copied in the middle of the C4th, is both the oldest surviving Christian Bible and one of the first to be made. Parker describes this beautiful and remarkable manuscript, discussing the religious significance of the technological revolution from which it emerged and suggests parallels with other momentous happenings in the history of the book, which have shaped belief.

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David Baddiel talks to David Aaronovitch

Hay Festival 2011, 
The comedian and writer whose credits include the fundamentalism satire movie The Infidel discusses his new novel The Death Of Eli Gold.
 
The Death of Eli Gold - David Baddiel

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Bee Rowlatt

Talking about Jane Austen in Bagdad

Cartagena 2011, 
Bee Rowlatt, a reporter for the BBC World Service, looked for Iraqis who spoke English in order to find out about life in a Baghdad destroyed by war. That was when she found May Witwit, an English literature teacher who helped her students forget about bullets and bombs with stories about Jane Austen. Communicating by email, they became close friends despite differences in age, religion and culture. This correspondence, which was made into a book, provides a fascinating portrait of Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and also describes an ingenious plan for May to escape from Baghdad, bringing her safely back to the United Kingdom.

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Muhammad Yunus

The Hamlin Lecture

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize-winning pioneer of microfinance and founder of the Grameen Bank talks to Nicholas Stern.

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Justin Fletcher

Justin’s Jokes

Hay Festival 2012, 
The CBeebies star brings us jokes and songs in this giggle-tastic event. Come in your finest fancy dress.
 
3+ years

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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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Fernando Trueba in conversation with Roberto Pombo

A film is not a novel – or is it?

Cartagena 2010, 
Spanish film director Fernando Trueba began his film career with Ópera Prima (1980), winning the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1992 with Belle Epoque. He has just launched El Baile de la Victoria, which is also in the running to be selected for the Oscars this year. He talks books and cinema with Roberto Pombo, director of El Tiempo.

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Ken Follett

Tolerance and coexistence

Segovia 2018, 

Follett’s third novel in the Kingsbridge Series, A Column of Fire, went straight to the No.1 position on bestseller lists in the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In A Column of Fire, voices of tolerance struggle to be heard under authoritarian rule as England faces challenges from Europe. The social and political concerns of the first Elizabethan era resonate loudly in the second. Following the screening of a short film, Follett discusses with the audience how the themes of his Tudor-time novel echo in today’s political theatre.

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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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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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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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Terry Leahy

Management in 10 Words

Hay Festival 2012, 
An exclusive preview of THE top book on business strategy and leadership, by the former Tesco CEO. Chaired by the Executive Editor of The Telegraph Mark Skipworth.

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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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Charles Moore talks to Damian Barr

Margaret Thatcher

Hay Festival 2014, 

Moore’s first volume covers the Prime Minister’s early life and her political journey to power, drawing on unrestricted access to unpublished material. It is hailed as a masterpiece of biography. He talks with the author of the fabulous, award-winning memoir Maggie and Me.

 

Charles Moore talks to Damian Barr

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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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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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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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Carol Birch talks to Peter Florence

Jamrach’s Menagerie

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011, this epic novel brings alive the smells, sights and flavours of the nineteenth century, from the docks of London to the storms of the Indian Ocean.

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Young Jaffy Brown never expects to escape the slums of Victorian London. Then, aged eight, a chance encounter with Mr Jamrach changes Jaffy's stars. And before he knows it, he finds himself at the docks waving goodbye to his beloved Ishbel and boarding a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. With his friend Tim at his side, Jaffy's journey will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits. 

Carol Birch talks to Peter Florence

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Robert Macfarlane talks to Horatio Clare

Holloway

Hay Festival 2013, 

The new book from the author of The Old Ways. In 2005 Macfarlane and Roger Deakin travelled to explore the holloways of South Dorset’s sandstone. They found their way into a landscape of shadows, spectres and great strangeness. Six years later, after Deakin’s early death, Macfarlane returned to the holloway with the artist Stanley Donwood and writer Dan Richards.

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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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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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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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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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Daniel M Davis

The Compatibility Gene

Hay Festival 2014, 

We each possess a similar set of around 25,000 human genes. Yet a tiny, distinctive cluster of these genes plays a disproportionately large part in how our bodies work. The immunologist argues that these few genes hold the key to who we are as individuals and our relationship to the world: how we combat disease; how our brains are wired; how attractive we are; even how likely we are to reproduce. Chaired by Liz Hunt.

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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.