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Virginia Nicholson, C.K Stead

Among the Bohemians

Hay Festival 2004, 
In her study of the era, Nicholson explores the lives and work of the Bloomsbury set including Dylan and Caitlin Thomas, Augustus John and her grandmother, Vanessa Bell. Stead conjures the same set in his novel Mansfield, a fictionalised account of his fellow New Zealander and Bloomsbury star Katherine Mansfield.

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Andrew Roberts

What Might Have Been

Hay Festival 2004, 
The acclaimed historian, author of Napolean and Wellington, HItler and Churchill, Eminent Churchillians and  The Holy Fox asks, WHat if Lenin had been assassinated on arrival at Finland Station, St Petersburg in 1917?

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Octavius Black and Sebastian Bailey

The Mind Gym: wake your mind up

Hay Festival 2005, 
A practical and lively workout for your mind from the authors of this bestseller. Discover how to change the way you think so you get less stressed, more time, stronger relationships and simple solutions to age-old problems. A no-brainer?

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Vicki Goodwin

Open University Breakfast 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
In this first of four weekday OU sessions, the expert explores Living with Dyslexia in a World of Books.

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The Federation Lecture

Hay Festival 2004, 
The multi-award-winning author Malorie Blackman gives this inaugural lecture. She talks about her childhood love of reading, her use of writing to tackle social issues, and her razor sharp sequel to Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge.

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Heston Blumenthal

Hay Festival 2004, 
The superb chef, whose Fat Duck restaurant at Bray was recently awarded the exceptional third Michelin star, demonstartes his spectacular command of the science of cooking, his culinary aesthetic (the man who gave the world snail porridge), and the brilliant and imaginative recipes from his new book Family Food.

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Rageh Omaar and Gavin Hewitt

Hay Festival 2005, 
The two frontliners discuss their work in the Middle East, the limits of what can be broadcast, issues of neutrality, and extremes of reporting in war zones.

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Benjamin Zephaniah

Hay Festival 2004, 
The mesmerising vegan, rastfarian dub/rap poet performs for a young and family audience.

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Garth Nix

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Australian fantasy superstar entertains with tales from the third book in the Keys to the Kingdom series, Drowned Wednesday, in which our hero, Arthur Penhaligon, finds himself on an adventure that will pit him against pirates, storms, explosions of Nothing-laced gunpowder and a vast and ever-hungry beast.
(Age 10-14)

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Ian Rankin

Fleshmarket Close

Hay Festival 2005, 
The great Edinburgh crimewrite discusses his latest Inspector Rebus novel with Raj Persaud.

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Ziauddin Yousafzai talks to Rosie Boycott

Let Her Fly: A Father's Journey and the Fight for Equality

Winter Weekend 2018, 

For more than 20 years, Ziauddin Yousafzai has been fighting for equality – first for Malala, his daughter – and then for all girls throughout the world living in patriarchal societies. Taught as a young boy in Pakistan to believe that he was inherently better than his sisters, Ziauddin rebelled against inequality at a young age. And when he had a daughter himself he vowed that Malala would have an education, something usually only given to boys, and he founded a school that Malala could attend.

Then in 2012, Malala was shot for standing up to the Taliban by continuing to go to her father's school, and Ziauddin almost lost the very person for whom his fight for equality began. Let Her Fly is Ziauddin’s journey from a stammering boy growing up in a tiny village high in the mountains of Pakistan, through to being an activist for equality and the father of the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, now one of the most influential and inspiring young women on the planet. 

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Frank Foer, Trevor Fishlock, Revel Guest

Globetrotters

Hay Festival 2004, 
Foer examines the most popular form of globalization and its political repercussions in How Soccer Explains the World. In Conquerors of Time Fishlock tells the story of the seafearers, engineers, inventors and trailblazers who built the sinews of transport and communication that held together the British Empire. They talk to the Trailblazers producer Revel Guest.

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Liniers en conversación con Daniel Jiménez Quiroz

Arequipa 2016, 
El dibujante Liniers (Argentina) es el admirado autor de la viñeta Macanudo, que se publica en países como Argentina o España, Liniers además ha realizado varias portadas para el New Yorker y es uno de los dibujantes más importantes e influyentes del momento. Conversará con Daniel Jiménez Quiroz sobre su trabajo.

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Nigel Calder

Magic Universe

Hay Festival 2004, 
Subtitled The Oxford Guide to Modern Science, Clader's latest book ranges from quarks and galaxies to genes and brain wiring. He'll encapsulate it by explaining 'why the top experts are usually wrong!'

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Howard Jacobson and Deborah Moggach

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Wodehouse Prize-winner launches his new novel The Making of Henry, a brilliant bawdy and agonizing comedy about changing your life and falling in love. Moggach's These Foolish Things is a glorious 'silver' comedy about Dunroamin, a converted guesthouse in Bangalore where British pensioners can enjoy the hot weather and mango juice with their gin.

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Hay Writer's Circle

Hay Festival 2005, 
New work from the well-established and highly regarded group. All welcome.

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Joanna Bourke

Fear

Hay Festival 2005, 
What are we most afraid of? God? Pain? War? Terror? The historian and acclaimed author of Fear analyses our profoundest anxieties and who benefits from them.

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Tony Lewis

Taking Fresh Guard

Hay Festival 2004, 
England Cricket Captain, Test Match Special commentator, MCC President and Chairman of large parts of Wales' establishment: the gifted raconteur tells the tales.

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Melvyn Bragg

The Adventure of English

Hay Festival 2004, 
How the guttural language that came over to the fifth-century Britain with Germanic invaders saw off Norse, Welsh, Latin and French, and became the great, acquisitive global currency of today.

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Arnold Wesker

All About Love

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this forth performance the playwright reads his libretto Grief, the three short monologues The Four Seasons, and the classic Love Letters on Blue Paper. 

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Anthony Sattins, Tom Stacey, Giles Milton

Africa Hands

Hay Festival 2004, 
Sattin is the author of The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery and the Search for Timbuktu. Milton has written White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and North Africs's One Million European Slaves. Stacey's Tribe: The Hidden History of the Mountains of the Moon is the hidden history of the Ruwenzori Mountains, the glacier crowned range in the heart of equatorial Africa.

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Pura López Colomé y SJ Fowler en conversación con Rocío Cerón

Enemies/Enemigos.

Xalapa 2014, 

La coordinadora de este interesante proyecto de traduc- ción poética, Rocío Cerón, modera una conversación entre el poeta londinense y la poeta mexicana para debatir sobre cómo la traducción es un multiespacio de varios significados; el desencadenante de las nuevas creaciones a partir de la traducción de poesía, la traducción creativa, los usos indebidos de la lengua, etc. 

Con el apoyo del British Council

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Katharine Hollabird

Angelina Ballerina 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
Katharine will share Angelina stories and then welcome in the mouse herself. Wear your tutu and join the dance.
(Ages 4-7)

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Claire Armistead, Julia Eccleshare, Jacqueline Wilson and friends

Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

Hay Festival 2005, 
Announcement of the longlist. Here's your chance to ask the experts what they think of your favourite books and to join our young critics' competition.

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Honey Hunters

Dhaka 2014, 
Karthika Nair and Joelle Jolivet launch their beautifully illustrated book on the Sundarbans. With Munize Manzur. Supported by Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.