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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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Ranulph Fiennes

Captain Scott

Hay Festival 2004, 
The legendary explorer and survivor hails his adventurer predecessor, the subject of his sympathetic biography.

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Walther Salas y David Villanueva en conversación con Tito Cáceres

Bolero y poesía

Arequipa 2016, 
Los amantes del bolero saben que la complejidad estilística y formal de las letras de los grandes autores de bolero comparte mucho con la tradición poética en español. Escuchar un buen bolero puede ser como leer una poesía. Con el sociólogo Walther Salas (Perú) y el editor y músico David Villanueva (España), en conversación con Tito Cáceres.

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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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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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Dan Cruickshank

Hay Festival 2005, 
From the solemn heads of Easter Island to the mysterious Nazca lines in Peru, the intrepid explorer discovers the pinnacles of human achievement as he travels Around the World in 80 Treasures.

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Celia Rees

Hay Festival 2004, 
Since last appearing at Hay, Celia Rees has truly established herself as the best teller of tales based in historical fact with the phenomenally best-selling Pirates! Come and hear her talk about wonderful writing, riviting research and swashbuckling adventure.

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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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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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Comedy with Naveed

Dhaka 2014, 
Daily Star Books launches Houmorously Yours by comedian Naveed Mahbub.

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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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Belonging

Dhaka 2014, 
Ten years in the making, Munem Wasif's book on old Dhaka makes its debut in Bangladesh. He discusses the changing urban landscape with architect Salauddin Ahmed Patash, and photographer Shahidul Alam.

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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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Timothy West and Jamie Glover

Nearest and Dearest Enemy

Hay Festival 2004, 
This anthology takes a wide ranging journey through English and classic literature, from Oedipus to the present day. Poems, prose and dramatic extracts illustrate the tragic and comic expression of this most fundamental conflict between father and son.

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María Teresa Ruiz in conversation with Gerardo Herrera Corral

Querétaro 2017, 

The Chilean astronomer, María Teresa Ruiz, recently given the L’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, is the author of the extraordinary Hijos de las estrellas. Un maravilloso recorrido sobre los orígenes del universo y del ser humano, which tells about the origins of the universe, where we are now, and how heavenly bodies are studied and explored. In conversation with the physicist Gerardo Herrera Corral.

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Next Generation Poets

Hay Festival 2004, 
Ten years on from the promotion that celebrated the emergence of the Armitage/Maxwell New Generation, The Poetry Book Society has identified twenty of the most exciting new voices in poetry. Come and meet and hear members of the class of 2004 in this celebration gala.

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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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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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Anthea Bell

Asterix in Hay

Hay Festival 2005, 
The great European translator who gave us Getafix, Dogmatix and Knavishtrix and redoubled the playful joy of the original French versions of the Asterix books.

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The Fabian Society Platform

Hay Festival 2004, 
Minister of State for Culture Estelle Morris is joined by critic and novelist D.J.Taylor and the historian Tristram Hunt to discuss the interaction of politics, the arts and literature.

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David Hurn

Finding Ones Culture

Hay Festival 2004, 
The great Magnum photographer shows and discusses his collection of portraits of interesting people Living In Wales and his groundbreaking photo-journal Wales: Land of My Father.

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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.

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Julian Barnes

Hay Festival 2005, 
The author of Flaubert's Parrot, The Lemon Table and The Pendant in the Kitchen previews his forthcoming fiction Arthur & George.

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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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Wheels In Motion

Dhaka 2014, 
Mimi Khalvati reads from her kaleidoscopic collection of poetry.