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Harper and the Circus of Dreams

Hay Festival 2016, 

Cerrie Burnell, CBeebies presenter, brings to life her magical tale of Harper, a resourceful little girl who lives in the City of Clouds with her beloved cat Midnight and her Aunt Sassy.

6+

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Christine L Corton

London Fog: The Biography

Hay Festival 2016, 

The classic London fogs, thick yellow pea-soupers, were born in the Industrial Age and remained a feature of cold, windless winter days until clean air legislation in the 1960s. Corton tells the story of the fogs, their dangers and beauty, and the lasting effects on our culture and imagination of these urban spectacles. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Flora Fraser

The Washingtons: George and Martha

Winter Weekend 2015, 

A full-scale portrait of the marriage of the father and mother of the USA - and of the struggle for independence that they led. The historian provides us with a brilliant account of the public President and of the war he waged, and introduces us to the couple’s domestic lives. In conversation with Corisande Albert.

Flora Fraser

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Awesome Animals: Koala Calamity

Hay Festival 2013, 

Koala brothers Dude, Bro and Squirt love doing…nothing. They can do nothing all day. But their little sister has other ideas and soon leads them into another Koala Calamity.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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Peter Porter

The Houseman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2000, 
The title of this lecture echoes that of one given by A.E. Houseman in Cambridge in 1933 when he had been Kennedy Professer of Latin at the University for some 25 years. For the third in the annual series of lectures sponsored by The Housman Society the distinguished Australian-born poet, reviewer, critic and journalist who has published over thirty books during his long sojourn in LOndon, will be giving his personal testament as to what poetry is.

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The TES Panel: The Books That Inspired Me

Hay Festival 2019, 

Philippe Sands, Tishani Doshi, Ann Mroz, Daljit Nagra, Chris Riddell, Amol Rajan, Kate Nicholls and Jeanette Winterson

As part of the #BooksToInspire campaign, Festival guests bring the novels, poetry and non-fiction that first sparked their love of reading or set them off on a journey of discovery in their lives. #BooksToInspire is a campaign from Hay Festival and TES, inviting book recommendations for primary and secondary schools to inspire the next generation of world changers. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Brian Patten

Armada

Hay Festival 1997, 
The poet reads from his new collection Armada. Patten's best-selling collections include Love Poems, The Mersey Sound, and Gargling With Jelly.

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Petros Márkaris en conversación con Juan Esteban Constaín

Cartagena 2015, 
Petros Márkaris es autor de la serie de novelas policíacas protagonizadas por el irónico y políticamente incorrecto comisario Kostas Jaritos y ambientadas en Grecia en plena crisis económica, como Liquidación final, Con el agua al cuello y Pan, educación, libertad. Sus obras han sido merecedoras de premios como el Pepe Carvalho 2012, el Premio Negra y Criminal 2011 y el Point du Polar Européen 2013. Charlará con el escritor y columnista Juan Esteban Constaín.

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Vanessa Altin

The Pomegranate Tree

Hay Festival 2016, 

Dilvan, a young Kurdish girl, has fled her home in Syria to escape the terror that has overrun her country. In a brief moment of safety she begins to record in her diary the desperate search for her family. Dilvan’s fighting spirit and her compelling story is eloquently told by a journalist who has reported widely on the atrocities in Syria for many newspapers. Real stories such as Dilvan’s inspired her book.

12+

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Diane Coyle

Cambridge Series 7: How Do We Know How Well Off We Are?

Hay Festival 2018, 

GDP is up – but whose GDP? (And what is it anyway?) There’s endless free stuff online but is it making anyone any happier? Are the cat videos on the internet distracting us from the prospect of jobs becoming automated and climate change ravaging food supplies? Behind this lies the challenge of how to measure economic progress. How can we tell if our society is becoming more prosperous or not? Coyle is Bennett Professor of Public Policy.

Diane Coyle

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Sophie Thompson

Zoo Boy

Hay Festival 2016, 

The actress and winner of Celebrity MasterChef in 2014 discusses her first book for children.  A wonderfully inventive story of a boy who finds he can talk to animals, Zoo Boy takes a fresh and funny look at animals and how we treat them.

6+

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Taller de escritura dramática. Fabio Rubiano

¡A escena!

Cartagena 2015, 
Fabio Rubiano es dramaturgo, actor, director teatral y fundador del Teatro Petra en 1985. Galardonado con el Premio Nacional de Dirección Teatral en 2013, ofrecerá un taller sobre escritura dramática en el que los participantes podrán escribir sus propios textos a partir de un ejercicio propuesto por el autor.

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Matt Wilkinson

Cambridge Series 22: Restless Creatures

Hay Festival 2016, 

The evolutionary biologist shows why our ancestors became two-legged, why we have opposable thumbs, why the backbone appeared, how fish fins became limbs, how even trees are locomotion-obsessed, and how movement has shaped our minds as well as our bodies. He explains why there are no flying monkeys or biological wheels, how dinosaurs took to the air, how Mexican waves began in the animal kingdom, and why moving can make us feel good. Wilkinson opens up an astonishing new perspective – that nothing in life makes sense except in the light of movement.

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Muriel Spark

Hay Festival 1998, 
The novelist whose books include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, The Ballard of Peckham Rye and Curriculum Vitae reads her autobiographal short story The Gentile Jewesses and takes questions from the audience. Chaired by Geordie Greig.

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Timothy Findley, C K Stead, Gunnar Kopperud

Fiction International

Hay Festival 2000, 
A reading and discussion. Canadian Findley's new novel is called Pilgrim about a man who cannot die. Stead, a New Zealander, publishes The Death of the Body and Talking about O'Dwyer. The Norwegian journalist Kopperud's The Time of Light explores a German soldier's experience of the Battle of Stalingrad and it's aftermath in the country his Nazi war machine had devastated.

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Max Hastings, Anthony Clare

Going to the Wars

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Evening Standard editor, and author of Bomber Command and Scattered Shots talks about his experience as a front-line War reporter in Cambodia, Vietnam and The Falklands.

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Horatio Clare

Icebreaker: A Voyage far North

Winter Weekend 2017, 

A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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Wine & Cheese

Kells 2014, 

At this social event Kevin Sheridan of Sheridans Cheesemongers and Enrico Fantasia of Grape Circus present a selection of modern Irish cheeses and Old World wines. Tastings included.

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Helen Fielding

Hay Festival 1998, 
The begetter of Bridget Jones' Diary previews her sequel to the mega-selling tale of pride and prejudice, and reveals what Bridget did next.

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Craig Thomas, Sam Llewellyn, Robert Goddard

It's a tough one chaps, but we can handle it..

Hay Festival 1997, 
With an estimated 75% of popular novels now bought by women, male writers of traditional thrillers are in a tight corner, but Craig Thomas, father of the techno-thriller and cold-war master, and seafaring Sam Llewellyn don't scare easily, while Robert Goddard has gone on the offensive, with more than a touch of old-fashioned romance between murders.

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Eric Hobsbawm

Memory, Myth, Fiction and History

Hay Festival 1997, 
The American Historical Review has just begun to review not only books, but films - beginning with Michael Collins. Eric Hobsbawm, author of the new On History reflects on the relations of historians, film producers, patriots and the public.

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James Ward

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Who said stationery is boring? Half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, like who is Mr Pritt? And what are the thousands of uses claimed for Blu-Tack?

 

James Ward

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Melvin Burgess

Junk at 20

Hay Festival 2016, 

Junk won the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Book Prize in 1996. It was criticised for depicting young drug-users. Twenty years on, author Melvin Burgess discusses the book and the controversy that has surrounded it with Julia Eccleshare.

12+

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Novela gráfica con Peter Kuper

Cartagena 2013, 
Peter Kuper, cuyo estilo recuerda al expresionismo alemán, es autor de Diario de Oaxaca (2009), un recorrido gráfico por las calles y la historia de Oaxaca, ciudad donde residió en 2006, año marcado por las protestas sociales. Una de sus obras más brillantes ha sido la adaptación de La metamorfosis de Kafka, un cómic que sumerge al lector en una atmósfera alienada y oscura. Colabora asiduamente con las revistas Newsweek y MAD, así como con periódicos como The New York Times. Su último trabajo publicado en español es Diario de Nueva York.

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Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew

Gaspard the Fox

Hay Festival 2018, 

This is a charming and humorous picture-book celebrating urban foxes and their relationship with the humans and animals with whom they share the city. Hear about them from the BBC broadcaster and author, and learn how to draw one with the illustrator. Book signing includes a paw-print from Gaspard.

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