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Beast Quest

Hay Festival 2017, 

Practise your battle cries and meet the good wizard Aduro as he talks beasts, spells and adventures. Listen to tales of new beasts, watch as he casts amazing spells, and then gather all your courage to help summon Nanook, the snow monster… A fun, interactive event celebrating the 10th anniversary of Beast Quest with a sneak peek of Adam Blade’s new series, Team Hero.

9+

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Christopher Logue and Craig Raine

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of the greatest contemporary version of the Iliad in War Music, Kings and The Husbands Logue reads from his new volume of Selected Poems - "Modern Poetry at its best" - Dennis Potter, "I am crazy about it" - Henry Miller
Raine reads from Clay. Whereabouts Unknown, poems written whilst he was working on History: The Home Movie. :I cannot think of anyone else writing today whose every line is so unfailingly exciting" - John Carey

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Phoenix Comics Workshops

Hay Festival 2015, 

Come and draw with CORPSE TALK’S Adam Murphy. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first time comic reader, Adam will help you dig up the best tips and tricks to help you put pencil to paper and create some AWESOME characters! Bring your imagination and prepare to be amazed!

PLUS join other Phoenix creators (some of the UK’s best comic artists) as they show how to construct a brilliant comic from even the craziest ideas – they’ll take you through some top character creation tips and send you away with your very own brilliant comic!

www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk

7+ years
Phoenix Comics Workshops

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Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

Sinatra

Kells 2015, 

On the centenary of the birth of ‘flawed genius’ Frank Sinatra, the authors of the biography Sinatra: A Life talk about the life and career of ‘Old Blue Eyes’, his Mafia associations, his crowded love-life and his tangled relationship with US presidents.

Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan

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Gordon Corera talks to Rosie Boycott

Secret Pigeon Service

Hay Festival 2018, 

Between 1941 and 1944, 16,000 plucky homing pigeons were dropped in an arc from Bordeaux to Copenhagen as part of ‘Columba’ – a secret British operation to bring back intelligence from those living under Nazi occupation. The messages flooded back written on tiny pieces of rice paper tucked into canisters and tied to the legs of the birds. Authentic voices from rural France, the Netherlands and Belgium, they were sometimes comic, often tragic and occasionally invaluable with details of German troop movements and fortifications, new Nazi weapons, radar system or the deployment of the feared V-1 and V-2 rockets that terrorised London. At the centre of the story is the ‘Leopold Vindictive’ network – a small group of Belgian villagers prepared to take huge risks. They were led by an extraordinary priest, Joseph Raskin, a man whose intelligence was so valuable it was shown to Churchill, leading MI6 to parachute agents in to assist him.

Gordon Corera talks to Rosie Boycott

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks to Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2010, 

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Guy Gunaratne talks to Dai Smith

The 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize Winner

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under as the 2019 winner talks to Dai Smith, chair of the judging panel and Emeritus Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University. The short-list comprised Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Zoe Gilbert, Guy Gunaratne, Louisa Hall, Sarah Perry and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma.
The 2019 Winner has been annouced as Guy Gunaratne with his book 'In Our Mad and Furious City'.

Guy Gunaratne talks to Dai Smith

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Jojo Moyes talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Still Me

Hay Festival 2018, 

Lou Clark is back in the sequel to Me Before You and After You, the latest instalment in a rollercoaster romantic life. Moyes has become a global best-seller with a magical ability to conjure life’s tragedies and triumphs.

Jojo Moyes talks to Georgina Godwin

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Barbara Erskine talks to Phil Rickman

Winter Weekend 2010, 
The historical novelist revisits her global bestseller Lady of Hay twenty five years after first publication and discusses time travel and medieval mores. She talks to the broadcaster and novelist Phil Rickman whose historical fiction The Bones of Avalon is out now in paperback.

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Suzanne Vega

Hay Festival 2000, 
The songwriter in conversation. She talks about her lyrics, her music and her poetry, Her collected writings, interviews, and essays are published as The Passionate Eye.

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Cook’n Good with Moya & Andy

Kells 2014, 

An interactive and fun kids’ cookery session with the help of our friends at Causey Farm. Andy Bogie and Moya Ferry are Cook'n Good facilitators who have had real life food adventures that span many continents and countries!
6+ years

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Louis De Bernieres talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1997, 
A reading and interview with the award-winning novelist whose books include Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The War of Don Emmanuel's Neither Parts, Senor Vivo and Coca Lord, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. reads, and talks to Terence Blacker.

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Simon Bradley

The Railways: Nation, Network and People

Winter Weekend 2015, 

Britain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. From the classical grandeur of Newcastle station to the ceaseless traffic of Clapham Junction, from the mysteries of Brunel's atmospheric railway to the lost routines of the great marshalling yards, Simon Bradley explores the evolution of trains, and the changing experiences of passengers and workers. Chaired by Matthew Engel.

Simon Bradley

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Bangladesh: Seen from within.

Dhaka 2014, 
Marking 25 years of Drik, this anniversary book is the first of a series of books presenting Bangladesh today. They portray the promise of Bangladesh, and tell our stories with integrity and compassion.

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Johann Hari

Cartagena 2016, 
Niños 8 - 12 años

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La historia de los judíos. Simon Schama

Cartagena 2016, 
La historia de los judíos. En busca de las palabras (1000 A. E. C. – 1492) es un apasionante recorrido a lo largo de tres milenios por la historia del pueblo judío en el que Simon Schama desvela como el devenir de esta cultura es parte de la historia de todos. Simon Schama es profesor de Historia del Arte e Historia en la Universidad de Columbia de Nueva York, además de crítico de arte y cultura para el The New Yorker y columnista de The Guardian. Entre sus libros destacan Confesiones y encargos: ensayos de arte, Auge y caída del imperio británico o El poder del arte.

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Deirdre Sullivan

Nightmare Club Workshop

Kells 2015, 

Deirdre Sullivan is a ghost-writer for the Nightmare Club series. Deirdre will conduct a workshop for readers, involving spooky collaborative storytelling and getting the children to help finish a Nightmare Club story that she’s working on.

8+ years
Deirdre Sullivan

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Tom Moorhouse

The River Singers

Hay Festival 2015, 
Research ecologist Tom Moorhouse demonstrates how he translated his ecological expertise into two children’s stories about water voles. He describes the lives of water voles and the dangers they face. He shows you why stories involving animals are special, and what you need to think about if you ever want to write your own.
7+ years
Tom Moorhouse

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David Crystal

Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation

Winter Weekend 2015, 

The triumphant, concluding volume in David Crystal’s trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. Professor Crystal leads us through this minefield with characteristic wit and clarity.

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Steve Edwards

The Man who Drowned the Meadows: Rowland Vaughan, 1558-1627

Hay Festival 2016, 

The story of Rowland Vaughan and his waterworks provides an insight both into an eager and imaginative but rather litigious family man and into his understanding of the benefits of irrigating farmland and managing floodwater. Such thinking was very new at the end of the Elizabethan era. The extensive field work carried out by the Golden Valley Study Group shows in great detail the traces of Vaughan’s meticulous design for his water management system in the Golden Valley in Herefordshire, still clearly discernible in the landscape today – the very gradual gradients, the gentle curves of the spreader channels, the capacity to set water flowing either up or down the main channel (the Trench Royal) as required, and the groundworks in the meadows themselves.

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Catriona Crowe

Kells 2014, 

Genealogist Catriona Crowe demonstrates how to use the 1901 and 1911 censuses to trace your ancestry.

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Martin Innes

Terrorism as a teachable moment: analysing social media to understand public reactions to the four UK attacks in 2017

Hay Festival 2018, 

Terrorist attacks are designed to 'terrorise, polarise and mobilise' their multiple audiences. In a sense, then, they function as teachable moments, where the perpetrators try to teach 'a lesson' to their 'adversaries'. At the same time, however, governments use these events to instruct the wider public about the risks that have to be managed, and how public life and values will not be modified by them. The Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute shows how by applying cutting-edge social media analytics, we can learn from past attacks about how terrorist violence tries to work.

Martin Innes

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Chris Menges talks to Peter Florence

Retrospect

Hay Festival 2017, 

An evening celebrating the outstanding work of the cinematographer whose films include The Reader, Dirty Pretty Things, Notes on a Scandal, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.  He has won two Oscars: for The Killing Fields and The Mission.

Chris Menges talks to Peter Florence

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Jo Brandon, Aviva Dautch, Shazea Quraishi

Poetic Responses to Gustav Klimt

Hay Festival 2018, 

Renowned painter of the exquisite and other-worldly The Kiss, Gustav Klimt is the crowning jewel in Austria’s symbolist movement. Join Brandon, Dautch and Quraishi as they present their poetic answers to Klimt’s masterpieces, specially commissioned by Bradford Literature Festival. The poets will discuss how Klimt’s work inspired their own, as well as the social and artistic context in which the paintings were created. This one-of-a-kind event marries the contemporary with the historical to mark the centenary of Klimt’s death.

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Bob Wilcher, Jeremy Hooker and Elizabeth Siberry

Henry Vaughan and the Usk Valley

Hay Festival 2016, 

The metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan is much anthologized – “I saw Eternity the other night”, “They are all gone into the world of light’; but it is not so well known that he was a native of the Usk valley, and that it is the light on the river and hills of Brecknockshire that shines through his poetry. Inspired by George Herbert, his work interweaves the natural and the spiritual world. Three Vaughan scholars celebrate his work and sense of place.