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Benjamin Zephaniah and Oi Va Voi

Hay Festival 2004, 
The dynamic and brilliant dub poet performs his adult, reggae-driven poetry in the first half, and then the cult fusion band parties after the interval. Oi Va Voi draw on the disparate musical experiences including traditional klezmer performances, DJing out leftfield jazz, Latin and drum and bass.

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Mitchell Tonks

Fresh

Hay Festival 2004, 
The seafood guru offers Recipes and Advice from a Fishmonger. Come and ask everything you've ever wanted to know about fish as food.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Stalin

Hay Festival 2004, 
The award-winning historian examines the court surrounding the Soviet tyrant and reveals the inside stories of the Great Terror, the Axis summit with Roosevelt and Churchill and Stalins relationships with Beria and Molotov.

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Daniel Nettle

Happiness: What is it?

Hay Festival 2005, 
Is it affected by what is around us in the world, or what is inside our minds? Is it possible to improve personal happiness, and if so, how? Nettle uses evidence from sources as diverse as brain science and sociology to explore the paradoxes of happiness.

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Salman Rushdie

Cuentos maravillosos.

Xalapa 2014, 
Salman Rushdie, autor de la celebrada novela Hijos de la medianoche, ganadora del Premio Booker en 1981, es por unanimidad uno de los autores más celebrados de nuestro tiempo. Con más de 11 novelas y una aclamada y honesta autobiografía (Joseph Anton. Memorias del tiempo de la fatua), Rushdie nos ofrecerá una especial conferencia sobre los “cuentos maravillosos” del Este, como Las Mil y Una Noches, Ramayana, Mahabharata o Panchatantra y el impacto de esas obras en su propia escritura, así como su influencia alrededor del mundo, incluyendo el “realismo mágico”. También hablará sobre la importancia de la ficcionalidad de la ficción, de la tradición de la fantasía versus la tradición realista.

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Paul Watkins, Tobias Hill, Desmond Barry

Hay Festival 2004, 
New fiction from three novelists at the height of their powers. Watkins' Thunder God is set at the end of the Viking era when the Norse faith clashes with Christianity. Hill's The cryptographer arcs the fall of the world's first quadrillionaire, inventor of the first global e-currency. Barry launches his third novel, Cressida's Bed, set in India and Bhutan in the 1930s.

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Nick Broomfield talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
An extended interview with the provocative and relentless investigative documentary film-maker, illustrated with clips from his multi-award-winning films Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Biggie and Tupac and The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife. 'If Broomfield took up wedding photography, the divorce rate would be even higher.' (The Guardian)

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Intelligence Squared Debate

Hay Festival 2004, 
BBC World anchor Nik Gowing chairs this debate on foreign policy and world affairs.

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James Campbell

Comedy4Kids

Hay Festival 2004, 
Probably the only stand-up comedian for children in the universe. His unique blend of stories, surreal observations, improvisation and extremely silly songs is guaranteed to keep kids and their parents in stitches.

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Gillian Clarke

Making Beds for the Dead

Hay Festival 2004, 
The great Welsh poet discusses and reads her new collection which celebrates her themes of family, landscape and nature. The title poem charts the journey of a virus in 'the plague year'. Come from outer space, it travels - on a fox's paw, the beak of a kite and a crow and a buzzard - into the very heart of our lives.

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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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John Sergeant, Robin Cook, John Kampfner

Hay Festival 2004, 
Post-watershed Westminster from the former BBC Political Reporter, author of Give Me Ten Seconds, the former Foreign Secretary and Kampfner, author of Blair's Wars.

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Adrian Forty

Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture

Hay Festival 2004, 
Forty's analysis of the complex relationship between language and architecture thrillingly opens up new understandings of form and space.

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Tom Maschler talks to Peter Florence.

Hay Festival 2005, 
An interview with the man who defined literary taste for a quarter of a century as publisher Janathan Cape and founder of The Booker Prize. He discusses his memoir Publisher.

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Eleanor Updale

Montmorency

Hay Festival 2005, 
Winner of the Blue Peter Prize for 'The Book I Couldn't Put Down', Eleanor will talk about her intriguing hero and introduce his newest adventures Montmorency and the Assassins. She talks to Paul Blezard. (Age 9+)

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Lynne Truss

Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author talks about her acute, elegant and witty Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation and her delightful comic fictions Going Loco and Tennyson's Gift.

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Francesca Rhydderch, Kathryn Gray, Patrick McGuinness

The New Welsh Review

Hay Festival 2005, 
The NWR Editor hosts a British Poetry session of readings and conversation to launch the Summer Edition.

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Peter Lord

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit by Nick Park and Steve Box

Hay Festival 2005, 
Peter Lord introduces preview clips form the forthcoming Aardman feature film. It's 'vege-mania' in Wallace and Gromit's neighbourhood and our two enterprising chums are chasing in with their humane pest-control outfit, Anti-Pesto.
(Age 4+)

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David Crystal

The Stories of English

Hay Festival 2004, 
The encylopaedic language guru and Hay hero turns the history of English on its head and provides a startlingly original view of where the richness, creativity and diversity of the language truly lies - in the accents and dialects of nonstandard English users all over the world. He explores the diversity in local usage and scans the literary inventions of Chaucer, Tolkein and Irvine Welsh.

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Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2004, 
Hilarious, hair-raising fun with the author of the brilliant Georgia Nicholson stories as she entertains us with tales of her new book, And That's When It Fell Off In My Hand. Described by The Sunday Telegraph as 'Bridget Jones for teenagers, but funnier'.

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Colin Dexter

The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2004, 
The creator of Morse gives this year's lecture in the spirit of the Shropshire poet.

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John Sutherland

So You Think You Know Jane Austen?

Hay Festival 2005, 
The top Prof and literary sleuth delves into what's really going on beneath the perfect surface of Austen's novels. Essential and delightful insider nous for students, Andrew Davies fans and quizzers.

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Instrumental. James Rhodes in conversation with Mariana H

Querétaro 2017, 

The pianist James Rhodes (United Kingdom) has found in music not only a profession but also a kind of safe space in which to develop his creativity and deal with the terrible events which, from age six, marked his life, when a school teacher began to sexually abuse him. In his extraordinary autobiography, Instrumental (2015), Rhodes tells how a relationship with music allowed him to keep on living and become a well-known pianist.

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Robin Williamson in concert and conversation

The Incredible Quest

Hay Festival 2004, 
The founder member of the iconic Incredible String BAnd talks to Phil Rickman about musical influences from the 1960s to the present. He discusses the bardic craft and explains how his life as storyteller and songwriter remains inspired by the Celtic tradition. 

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Richard Barber

The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief

Hay Festival 2004, 
The writer and publisher of medieval history discusses the creation of the Holy Grail icon, its roots in Christian culture, and its refashioning down the centuries through literature, visual art and music.