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Charles Spencer

Blenheim: Battle for Europe

Hay Festival 2005, 
The historian analyses one of the decisive European turning points, when in 1704 the Duke of Malborough comprehensively defeated the rampant armies of Louis XIV, and thwarted their aim of continental domination.

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David Bodanis

Electric Universe

Hay Festival 2005, 
A rollercoaster odyssey of inventors and madmen from James Clerk Maxwell and Michael Faraday to Alexander Graham Bell, remaking the world with electricity: the force responsible for everything from the structure of the atom the the functioning of our brains.

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Kevin Brooks, Melvin Burgess, Anne Cassidy

Writing for Young Adults

Hay Festival 2005, 
What you can and cannot say when writing for young adults. Brooks' Candy is a tale of love and hope, but also one of drugs, violence and utter hopelessness. Carnegie Medal-winner Burgess is famous for his explicit and controversial novels, including Doing It and Bloodsong. Cassidy's Looking for JJ won the Booktrust Teenage Prize and is based, in part, on the cases of Mary Bell and the boys who killed the toddler Jamie Bulger.
(Age 14+)

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Hilary Spurling

A Life of Henri Matisse

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954, the concluding volume of Spurling's magisterial biography situates the serenity, sensuality and radiance of the later work within the context of family trauma and the wreckage of World War II. Illustrated lecture.

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Cat Weatherill

Hay Festival 2005, 
Two years ago at Hay, Cat had an event detailing the frst chapters of her then uncompleted book. She not only enchanted her audience with Barkbelly's adventures, she asked them to suggest future plots and ideas. Now published with Puffin and set to become a huge hit, come and hear how this magical tale evolved and whether any of your ideas made it to the final draft.
(Age 8+)

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Mark Lynas

High Tide

Hay Festival 2004, 
A glacier disappears high in the Peruvian Andes. Ten thousand Pacific islanders begin to evacuate their homeland. Floodwaters surge across the English countryside. The earth's climate is in crisis, and after three years of travelling to all these places to witness it, the journalist and campaigner has returned to tell this amazing story.

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Julian Barnes

Hay Festival 2004, 
The novelist, treasured for his elegance of style and acuteness of perception, presents his exquisite short stories collected as The Lemon Table. Barnes is also the author of the magical Pedant in the Kitchen cooking column in The Guardian Review.

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Peter Blake talks to Francine Stock

The Tate Etc Interview

Hay Festival 2004, 
The godfather of Pop Art and co-founder of the Brotherhood of Ruralists, famous for his iconic Sargeant Pepper album cover, and celebrated for his constantly adventerous reinvention of modernity, is the subject of this inaugural Tate conversation at Hay/

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Deborah Moggach

A&B Filmmakers Series: The Screenwriter 3

Hay Festival 2005, 
The novelist and screen-adaptor discusses her work on, and previews clips from the forthcoming Working Title movie of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew MacFadyen and Judi Dench.

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Ian Livingstone

Hay Festival 2005, 
Recipient of the BAFTA Special Award for outstanding contribution to the interactive entertainment and the gaming industry, Livingstone is the creator of the Fighting Fantast books of the 1980s; founder of the Games Workshop and chairman of the technology company behind Lara Croft, Championship Manager and Commandos. He has recently returned to books, his first love. Eye of the Dragon is the first Fighting Fantast title in ten years.

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Lisa Jardine

Robert Hooke and the Art of Always Coming Second

Hay Festival 2004, 
Illuminating London's critical role in the emergence of modern science, the acclaimed biographer and critic rediscovers and decodes a great original thinker of indefatigable curiosity and imagination, a major figure in the seventeenth century intellectual and scientific revolution.

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Sioned Davies

An Arthurian tale from The Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2005, 
Stepmothers, curses and heroes at the court of King Arthur. This reading of a new translation of How Cullwch won Olwen re-creates the performance of the medieval storyteller.

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Simon Fanshawe and guests

The Done Thing

Hay Festival 2005, 
Start the week politely: ASBOs, abuse and lane-hoggers. The crisis of social responsibility and care is addressed through Fanshawe's witty and erudite examination of tolerance, courtesy and understanding: that most English codes, 'manners'.

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Jeannette Winterson

Lighthousekeeping

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author of The PowerbookThe Passion and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit presents her new novel. Her writing is poetically rich, politically exciting and of the rarest sensibility. But what thrills you is her passion - for art, for language, and for love. She demands much of her readers, and rewards in equal measure.

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Thomas Asbridge and Jonathan Phillips

The Crusades

Hay Festival 2004, 
In 1905 at the Clermont Council Pope Urban invented atrocities against Christian pilgrims commited by Muslims in Jerrusalem, so launching a hundred years of sanctimony, sadism and butchery that still resonates throughout the world today. Asbridge describes the First Crusade to capture Antioch and Jerusalem. Phillips recounts the travesty of the Forth Crusade in which Venetian capitalists contrived the sack of Constantinople, the Christian world's wealthiest and most cultured city, so ensuring centuries of Orthodox fury against Catholics.

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Anne Fine

Calling All Children

Hay Festival 2005, 
An hour with the Pied Piper of children's tales who was the second Children's Laureate between 2001 and 2003 and is twice winner of the Carnegie Medal. She has also won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award twice, and a Smarties Prize.
(Age 8+)

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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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Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton

Minotaur

Hay Festival 2005, 
The two great story-tellers tell the tale of Daedalus' creations. An artificial cow, a labrynith, and wings for human flight. This enthralling retelling of the classic story was comissioned by the National Theatre.

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Peter Hobbs, Stephanie Merritt and Niall Griffiths

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
The hero of Hobbs' The Short Day Dying is a Methodist lay preacher and an apprentice blacksmith in 1870s Cornwall. Merritt's Real explores a contemporary relationship between actor and playwright. In Griffiths' lyrical and superverbal Wreckage his scouser characters get hammered and hammer others. Chair Paul Blexard.

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Jason Byrne

Hay Festival 2005, 
Brilliantly inventive stand-up from the mercurial comedian. 'The greatest improviser I've ever seen.' (Peter Florence)

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Simon James

Hay Festival 2005, 
The dynamic and captivating illustrator, author of the award winning Leon and Bob and Days Like This unveils his latest creation, Baby Brains, a picture book as bright and engaging as it's extraordinary young hero. (Age 6+)

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Discovering Sylhet

Dhaka 2014, 
Photographer, columist and nature lover Ihtisham Kabir launches his photo book on Sylhet through a slideshow, and shares his favourite adventures.

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Treasures in Texts

Dhaka 2014, 
The father of Conceptual Art in Myanmar, Po Po, taught himself art history by salvaging texts from magazines found in old bookshops within his nation's closed borders, while Bangladeshi artists Mustafa Zamen and Naeem Mohaiemen use found texts and images to convey their ideas. Chaired by Diana Campbell Betancourt.

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Eugenie Harvey and David Robinson

Change the World for a Fiver

Hay Festival 2005, 
The mega-selling authors find ways to live well and improve our world, exactly as it says on the book cover.

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Chris Smith

The Houseman Lecture 2005: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2005, 
The politician and cultural godfather explores his relationship with language.