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John Thackara

Hay Festival 2005, 
We're filling up the world wuth technology and devices, but what is this stuff for? And what value does it add to our lives? Thackara's In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World is about a world based less on stuff, and more on people.

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Antony Beevor and Lynne Truss

Writers at Work

Hay Festival 2004, 
The two best-selling authors discuss building a career, working with publishers and agents, and how the royalties system works.

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La Dichosa Palabra

Xalapa 2014, 
El programa cultural más famoso de la televisión mexicana se transmite en directo desde el festival. Los presentadores Laura García, Pablo Boullosa, Germán Ortega y Eduardo Casar responden a las dudas de los telespectadores sobre el uso del idioma, el origen y significado de algunas palabras y los aspectos literarios.

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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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Anna Cocchiarella

Dhaka 2014, 
Anna Cocchiarella talks about her experience with the Sufi order in Mirashorai, Chittagong with Atunvav Sinha.

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Catherine Fisher, Marcus Sedgwick and Jonathan Stroud

Hay Festival 2004, 
With J.R.R Tolkien's on-going success proving the nation-wide love of fantasy, three of the best of today's fantasy writers talk about their books, the public image of fantasy and the scope it offers a writer to explore the darker side of life.

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Vernon Bogdanor

A Tale of Two Constitutions: New Labour, Europe and Britain

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Oxford Professor of Government juggles Runnymede, Brussles, woolsacks and gravy trains as he analyses the state of our Democracy. Chaired by Tom Bingham, Festival President and Senior Law Lord.

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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.

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This Old World

Dhaka 2014, 
This old world - by Zeeshan Khan - a photo-essay which visually illustrates the crosscurrents of civilisations that have shaped the world we live in today. Marks launch by Bengal Publications.

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Steven Camden

Nobody Real

Hay Festival 2018, 

One of the UK’s most acclaimed spoken-word artists who has performed around the world introduces his new book about a girl called Marcie and her imaginary friend, Thor Baker. Join this discussion and creative session revolving around imaginary friends and the role they play in our lives.

12+

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Nadya Tolokno in conversation with Misha Glenny

Querétaro 2017, 

Misha Glenny interviews the musician and activist, Nadya Tolokno (Russia), a member of the punk group Pussy Riot and arrested together with her partner in 2012 because of a performance in Moscow Cathedral. She was sentenced for crimes of religious hatred, and spent two years in jail, a sentence that became a symbol around the world for the Vladimir Putin government’s attitude to freedom of expression. She currently lives in Canada, where she continues to work as a human rights activist.

Nadya Tolokno in conversation with Misha Glenny

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Julia Donaldson

Hay Festival 2004, 
A fantastic all singing, all dancing event from the creator of Room on the Broom and Monkey Puzzle. Come dressed as your favourite character, to be ready to join in, and prepared to face a real, live Gruffalo.

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Felipe Fernandez Armesto

So You Think You Are Human?

Hay Festival 2004, 
The harder we cling to the concept of humanity, the more slippery it becomes. But if it breaks down altogether, what will this mean for human values, human rights, and the defence of human dignity? The encyclopaedic and imaginative historian confronts these problems from a historical perspective, showing how our current understanding of what it means to be human has been shaken by new challenges from science and philosophy.

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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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Richard Overy

Comparing Dictatorship

Hay Festival 2004, 
Half a century after their deaths, the dictatorships of Stalin and Hitler still cast a long and terrible shadow over the modern world. They were the most destructive and lethal regimes in history, murdering millions. They fought the largest and costliest war in all history. Yet millions of Germans and Russians enthusiastically supported them and the values they stood for. Overy asks how they gained and kept their power.

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Patrick McGrath and Orhan Pamuk

The Artist at the Heart

Hay Festival 2004, 
A conversation with two of the greatest contemporary writers. The Turkish novelist and IMPAC-winner Pamuk introduces his new novel Snow in which a poet and political exile returns to Turkey as a journalist, assigned to write an investigative piece about troubling events in the small and mysterious city of Kars near the Armenian border. McGrath's Port Mungo explores the relationships around a charismatic and dissolute artist in London, New York, and the mangrove swamps of Honduras.

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Francisco Hinojosa

Xalapa 2014, 
Francisco Hinojosa es uno de los escritores de litera- tura infantil y juvenil más populares de México. En este evento, el conocido autor de La peor señora del mundo y A golpe de calcetín hablará sobre su profesión y de lo que significa escribir para niños.
Edades: 8-12 años

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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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The Last Mughal

Dhaka 2014, 
Enter a world of music and poetry with The Last Mughal, a performance that takes us back to a bygone era of matchless splendour - the period of the last Mughals. This evocative evening features readings by award-winning author from his book The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 and the vocals of Vidya Shah celebrating the poignant and robust folk poetry of the time and ghazals of the Mughal court.

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Andrew Davies

Talkback Comedy Situations

Hay Festival 2004, 
The creator of A Ver Peculiar Practice and co-writer of the Bridget Jones movies conducts a masterclass in writing comedy for the screen.

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The Medici String Quartet

Hay Festival 2004, 
The third and final concert relocates to Hay. Haydn: Quartet in E flat major, opus 76/6, 'Fantasia'; Mozart: Quartet in G major, K387; Beethoven: Quartet in C major, opus 59/3, 'Razumosvky'.

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Jo Brand

Sorting Out Billy

Hay Festival 2004, 
The comedian adapts her humour from stage to page in her debut novel which asks: What do you do when your man misbehaves: stay silent, sweet-talk or shoot him?

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Lloyd Robson

The Parthian Open Poetry Grand Slam

Hay Festival 2005, 
Roll up, roll up for the 2005 all-comers competition. Bring your poems and performance. £100 first prize.

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Bill Bryson

Hay Festival 1999, 
The outrageously funny humorist and travel-writer, author of Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, and Notes from a Big Country is the winner of this years Madoc Award for travel writing, sponsored by The Wales Tourist Board. 

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Roy Strong

The Laskett

Hay Festival 2004, 
In Herefordshire, the historian and his late wife, Julia Trevelyan Oman, have created the largest and most interesting formal garden of the last 50 years. He introduces the garden and its development.