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David Crystal

Spell It Out: The Singular Story Of English Spelling

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is there an ‘h’ in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press, and his Flemish employees are to blame. Without a dictionary or style guide to hand in C15th Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign ears, and it stuck. The linguistics prof unearths the stories behind the rogue words that confound us, in an epic journey taking in C6th monks, French and Latin upstarts, the Industrial Revolution and the internet.

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Charlie Higson talks to Jonathan Douglas

Young Bond

Hay Festival 2008, 
To celebrate the centenary of Bond’s originator, Charlie Higson discusses recreating the superspy for a young audience.

Hay Fever 9 yrs +

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Robert Webb talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

How Not to Be a Boy

Hay Festival 2018, 

Webb has been a male for his whole life. As such, he has been a boy in a world of fighting, pointless posturing, and the insistence that he stop crying. As an adult man, he has enjoyed better luck, both in his work as the Webb half of Mitchell & Webb as an acclaimed actor and comedian, and as author of this part memoir, part call to arms.

Robert Webb talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Rose Tremain talks to John Mullan

The British Council Series 4; Fictions – Merivel

Hay Festival 2013, 

The novelist brings back her hero of Restoration: Robert Merivel, physician and courtier to Charles II, loved for his gift to turn sorrow into laughter, now faces the agitations and anxieties of middle age.

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Andy McNab talks to Paul Blezard

Bravo Two Zero At Twenty

Hay Festival 2013, 

On the 20th anniversary of publication of his iconic tale of disaster and endurance in the first Iraq War, the Special Forces veteran revisits the story with new material.

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Rick Wakeman talks to Phil Rickman

Grumpy Old Rock Star

Hay Festival 2009, 
The legendary Yes keyboard player is one of the great rock storytellers.

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Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

The Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: East West Street

Hay Festival 2017, 

Sands’s inquiry into the origins of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity' is also a personal quest for his family in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. It won this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize. Hay Festival-goers will have heard Sands explore many of the themes of the story here over the past decade. We revisit East West Street this year to honour one of the greatest works of literature of the festival’s lifetime; a book that might be read around Europe and around the world to inform the way contemporary history is developing.

Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

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Owen Sheers

Reformations 11: Men

Hay Festival 2017, 

Questions of masculinity have been at the heart of Sheers’ writing for 20 years, in his plays Mametz and The Two Worlds of Charlie F, in his fiction Resistance and  I Saw A Man, and in his poetry – most clearly in Pink Mist. In 2012 he was also artist in residence with the Welsh Rugby Union. Here he interrogates ideas of masculinity in essay form, and reimagines a man’s world. 

Owen Sheers

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Geoffrey Robertson

The Index Lecture

Hay Festival 2009, 
The QC champions free speech. Chaired by Jo Glanville, Editor of Index on Censorship.

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Harold Evans talks to Alan Rusbridger

The Guardian Interview

Hay Festival 2010, 
The legendary journalist discusses his memoir My Paper Chase and discusses the future of journalism and publishing with the editor of The Guardian.
Harold Evans talks to Alan Rusbridger

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Susan Blackmore

Ten Zen Questions

Hay Festival 2010, 
Consciousness, memory and identity are explored through the mutual disciplines of zen practice and scientific theory.

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Claire Tomalin

The London Library Lecture - Charles Dickens

Hay Festival 2012, 
The peerless literary biographer examines the contradictory and unpredictable life of our greatest novelist, in this, his bi-centenary year.

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Gillian Tett talks to John Harris

Fools’ Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Cata

Hay Festival 2009, 
At a Florida beach hotel in the mid 1990s a brotherhood of bankers frankenstein the concept of credit derivatives. The rest you know...

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent, Carrie Quinlan and Guest

The Early Edition

Hay Festival 2010, 
The comedians review the papers and mock the day’s media.

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Paul O’Grady talks to Sandi Toksvig

The Devil Rides Out

Hay Festival 2011, 
The entertainer writes autobiography like a dream – a very funny, moving and riveting one.

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Jacqueline Wilson

My Secret Diary

Hay Festival 2009, 
The beloved creator of Tracy Beaker returns to Hay to introduce her teenage memoir. 

Please be aware that there will be limited book signing at this event.

9 years +

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Diane Wei Liang

Segovia 2008, 
La escritora china afincada en Londres, Diane Wei Liang, autora de la novela policiaca El ojo de jade, un gran éxito internacional que aúna el Pekín de hoy con la China tradicional, hablará con la periodista Carme Chaparro sobre su nueva novela Mariposas para los muertos y de su experiencia como activista en los trágicos acontecimientos de Tiananmen.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español.

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Paul Preston talks to Luis María Anson

Segovia 2011, 
Paul Preston is a specialist in contemporary Spanish history and one of the most important British Hispanists. Member of the British Academy, in 2011 he published The Spanish Holocaust, a book about the repression during the Spanish Civil War and immediately thereafter. Luis María Anson is a member of the Real Academia Española, funder of El Cultural (central supplement of El Mundo newspaper) and director of the on-line newspaper El Imparcial. They will talk about such matters as the role of the press, the monarchy or the 23-F coup d’état.

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Giles Coren talks to Paul Blezard

How To Eat Out: Lessons From A Life Lived Mostly In Restaurants

Hay Festival 2013, 

Bad waiters, bum tables, little rip-offs, big cons, old fish, cheap meat, yesterday’s soup and tomorrow’s gastroenteritis… The splenetic humorist tells us how to avoid the lot, and even come out of it with free champagne and a dish named after you by way of apology.

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Ed Stourton

It’s a PC World

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster explores What it Means to Live in a Land Gone Politically Correct. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.
Ed Stourton

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Simon Schama, Philippe Sands, Barbara Winton

Honouring Nicholas Winton

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are proud to launch Barbara Winton’s book about her father, the 105-year-old British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Chaired by Alan Yentob.

Simon Schama, Philippe Sands, Barbara Winton

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Viviendo on-line: Francis Pisani en conversación con Emily Bell

Segovia 2009, 
El uso en expansión de Internet ha modificado irrevocablemente nuestro modo de vida; las implicaciones de este giro tecnológico a nivel global se
advierten social, económica, política, ecológica e incluso artísticamente. Francis Pisani charla con Emily Bell, Directora de Contenido Digital del periódico The Guardian, puesto que desempeña tras dieciocho años de carrera periodística en los cuales creó la sección MediaGuardian.co.uk, pionera en el desarrollo de un periódico en la red.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Richard Shelton

To Sea and Back

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Heroic Life of the Atlantic Salmon.
Richard Shelton

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Michael Scott

Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

Hay Festival 2014, 

The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the omphalos – the centre or navel – of the ancient world for more than a thousand years. Individuals, city leaders and kings came from all over the Mediterranean and beyond to consult Delphi’s oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods in gold, ivory, bronze, marble and stone; and to take part in athletic and musical competitions.

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Cory Doctorow and Adam Rutherford

Life: A Dialogue

Hay Festival 2017, 

How and why do we survive, and what makes us unique? A conversation between a novelist and a scientist exploring the worlds they inhabit in Doctorow’s superb new speculative fiction Walkaway and Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes.