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William Dalrymple

The Age of Kali

Hay Festival 1999, 
William Dalrymple returns to HAy to tell of his travels in India and Pakistan. He becomes the first European ever to be permitted to witness the macabre nightly offering to the goddess Parashakti; he meets such figures as Imran Khan and Benazir Bhutto; he experiences civil war in Kashmir; and discovers such Indian oddities as the last of the great tiger-stuffers.

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Gill Lewis

The Closest Thing to Flying

Hay Festival 2019, 

Join Gill Lewis as she discusses her thoughtful and wide-ranging new novel, which explores the plight of refugees in the UK, the origins of the RSPB and the beginnings of the women’s suffrage movement. Gill weaves together all of these strands and shares her own journey to becoming an author.

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Gary Sheffield and Hew Pike

Haig

Hay Festival 2005, 
The historian is joined by the former Commander in The Falklands, Northern Ireland and Bosnia to read the private diaries and reassess the reputation of General Haig. Incompetant and callous butcher of World War I, or the leader and strategist who galvanized ' the war to end all wars' and achieved the greatest series of victories in British Military history?

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Rafiqul Haque, Khaleque Bin Jainuddin, Rahim Shah, Rokeya Khatun Rubee, M R Mojnu, Anjir Liton, Ahmed Kaiser, Amirul Islam, Akhtar Hossain, Ahmed Ali Aziz

Dhaka 2014, 
Featuring Rafiqul Haque, Khaleque Bin Jainuddin, Rahim Shah, Rokeya Khatun Rubee, M R Mojnu, Anjir Liton, Ahmed Kaiser, Amirul Islam, Akhtar Hossain, Ahmed Ali Aziz. Moderated by Aslam Sani.

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A Connected Past

Dhaka 2014, 
Bangla, English and Urdu poetry - with Muneeza Shamsie, Asad Chowdhury, Fatema Hassan and Kaiser Haq. Chaired by Pritha Kejriwal.

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David Lodge

Hay Festival 1999, 
The great comic novelist presents his play Home Truths focussing on the central scene of an interview of a writer by a journalist.

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Alejandro Gaviria in conversation with María Elvira Samper

The right to die

Cartagena 2018, 

One of the concerns of Alejandro Gaviria as the Minister of Health and Social Protection has been to regulate euthanasia in order to guarantee the right to a dignified death. He tackles this matter, and others, in his book of essays Alguien tiene que llevar la contraria. Gaviria, who has managed to bring new perspectives to some aspects of the health system, including spraying with glyphosate and the price of medicines, will talk to the journalist María Elvira Samper about this thorny question.

Alejandro Gaviria in conversation with María Elvira Samper

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Francesca Simon and 25 Years of Horrid Henry

Up, Up and Away

Hay Festival 2019, 

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this ever-popular character. Join author Francesca Simon to find out what Henry gets up to in his latest mischievous adventure Up, Up and Away – a brand new collection of wickedly funny and totally brilliant stories.

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In the Age of the Aggregator

Dhaka 2014, 
Eminent journalists Dwight Garner, Carolyn Kellog and Issac Fitzgerald discuss the future of journalism. Chaired by Tahmima Anam.

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Denis Judd

The Lion and The Tiger

Hay Festival 2004, 
Professor Judd examines the relationship between Britain and India from the first Elizabethan pirates and the foundation of the East India Company in 1600 to the overthrow of the Raj.

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Against All Odds

Dhaka 2014, 
Tatoo artist and performance poet Kosal Khiev talks to Ikhtisad Ahmed about his extraordinary life, survival and poetry.

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Clara Vulliamy

Dotty Detective

Hay Festival 2018, 
Come and meet the author and illustrator of the Dotty Detective series. Dot and her best friend Beans love cracking codes, poring over puzzles and solving mysteries. Hear all about them in this fun session, and you might pick up some top detective tips to take home, too.
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George Carey talks to Mary Loudon

Hay Festival 2004, 
The 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury discusses his memoir Know The Truth. At the time of going to press the book is under embargo. Woman priests, gay Bishops, Christian fundamentalism, the morality of War and how to hold together the Anglican Communion of 400 million people across the globe may all be on the agenda.

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Cressida Cowell

How to Be a Pirate and How to Train your Dragon

Hay Festival 2005, 
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III has been a pirate in training and has struggled with a somewhat brawny dragon. The creator of this dashing, brave and everso hairy Viking brings her raucous and slapstick books to life on stage. 'Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful.'
(The Independent on Sunday) (Age 6-10)

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Charles Jencks and Deyan Sudjic

The Prospect Platform

Hay Festival 2005, 
Has the age of iconic building come to an end? Prospect Deputy Editor Alex Linklater is joined by Jencks, author of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation and The Iconic Building and Sudjic author of The Edifice Complex: How the Rich and Powerful Shape the World.

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Six Seasons Review Launch

Dhaka 2013, 
Launch of the English literature journal with Fakrul Alam.

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Nigel Spivey

The Ancient Olympics: War Minus the Shooting

Hay Festival 2004, 
The historian tells the classical Greek Olympics as they really wer: fierce contests between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assult. Contested bitterly, and often bloodily, the ancient Olympics wer not an idealistic celebration of unity, but a clash of military powers in an arena not far removed from the battlefield.

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Trevor Jones

A&B Filmmakers Series: The Composer

Hay Festival 2005, 
Music in the movies, creating character, building emotion and underpinning drama from Lara's theme, the shower scene from Psycho and Harry Lime's zither, to his own scores for Notting Hill, Excalibur, Brassed Odd, Dea of Love, Thirteen Days, In thge Name of the Father and Mississippi Burning: he talks to Peter Florence.

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Wilf Mbanga and Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2005, 
The former editor of The Daily News, Blacklisted by Mugabe, now publishes The Zimbabwean from London. He talks with the poet and author of The Dust Diaries.

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Muhammed Abdel Haleem

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching. The eminent translator introduces his wok on the most admired contemporary version, which dispels some common misconceptions about Islam, particularly the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims and brings the style into the modern idiom.

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The Government Inspector by Peter Kosminsky

Presented by Channel 4

Hay Festival 2005, 
UK, 2005, 105 mins
Based on the extensive original research and written and directed by the BAFTA-winning Peter Kosminsky, this drama tells the story of the late Dr David Kelly, an expert caught in the crossfire between the government and the BBC over the war in Iraq. Followed by Peter Dale in coversation with writer-director Peter Kominsky.

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Mark Britnell

Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare

Hay Festival 2019, 

By 2030 the world will be short of approximately fifteen million health workers – a fifth of the workforce needed to keep healthcare systems going. Global healthcare leader and award-winning author Dr Britnell uses his unique insights from advising governments, executives and clinicians in more than seventy countries to present solutions to this impending crisis. 

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50!

Hay Festival 2019, 

It’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 50th birthday! Eric Carle’s world-famous story is the most read children’s book in Britain. Join us for a fun, interactive storytelling session and caterpillar crafting.

Parents must accompany children under 11, and will need their own ticket.
Please book as many tickets as you need seats (babes in arms don't require their own ticket).

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is 50!

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Rory Bremner

Hay Festival 2005, 
The satirist and political scourge examines the post-election state of the nation articulated in his collaboration with the two John, Fortune and Bird, You Are Here. He talks to James Naughtie.

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Matt Collings

Matt's Old Masters

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Y(oung) B(ritish) A(rtists) prophet and Channel 4 art critic turns his ironic gaze and entering pen on the greatest of the 'proper' painters of the past: Titan, Rubens, Velazquez and Hogarth. Who's radical now?