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Joshua Rozenberg, Michael Crick, Damien Tambini, Hugh Tomlinson, Alan Rusbridger

Sex, Lies and Circulation

Hay Festival 2004, 
Beckham's txts, Naomi's habit, William's mother. Who defines public interest and how? Crick is the biographer of Jeffery Archer and Alex Ferguson. Rozenberg is legal editor of The Telegraph and author of Privacy and The Press. IPPR Fellow, Tambini is the author of Ruled by Reclusives. Matrix Law QC Tomlinson is the author of Privacy and the Media. 

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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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Miguel Pita in conversation with Liliet Heredero

Arequipa 2017, 

Up to what point do our genes affect our day-to-day decisions? Can genetics determine what is going to happen to us? Miguel Pita, a Doctor in Genetics and Cellular Biology, researcher and lecturer at Madrid’s Autonomous University and a regular visitor to universities in the United States, Chile and Australia, looks at these questions in his latest book: El ADN dictador. He will talk about genetics and its immense importance for us all, with Liliet Heredero.             

Miguel Pita in conversation with Liliet Heredero

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Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Peter Florence

The Nothing

Segovia 2018, 

The critically acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, whose credits include The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette, Venus and Le Week-End, talks with Peter Florence about his body of work and discusses his latest novel The Nothing, due out in Spanish in October.

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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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Nigel Warburton

Open University Breakfast 3: Erno Goldfinger and the Sensation of Space

Hay Festival 2005, 

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Sara Barnard, Muhammad Khan and Laura Wood

The Bookseller YA Book Prize Panel

Hay Festival 2019, 

The YA Book Prize singles out the best new young adult fiction every year. Join shortlisted authors Sara Barnard (Goodbye, Perfect), Muhammad Khan (I Am Thunder) and Laura Wood (A Sky Painted Gold) for a discussion of their books and the the importance of YA fiction. Chaired by Sian Cain, Online Books Editor at the Guardian.

14+

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Jason Byrne

Hay Festival 2004, 
Inspired invention form a mercurial comedy genius. His delight in the rapport with his audience is irresistibly infectious. The most exciting comedy discovery in years.

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David Starkey

Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

Hay Festival 2004, 
The charismatic and meticulous historian focuses on Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, on translation of love letters and the schism with Rome. The scholarship is thrilling, the gossip is salacious and true, but the genius is in the telling of the tale.

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Doris Lessing

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author of The Golden NotebookThe Good Terrorist and African Laughter was awarded the David Cohen British Literature Prize in 2001. She introduces her new set of four stories, The Grandmothers.

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Autobiographical Forays

Dhaka 2013, 

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Benjamin Zephaniah

Hay Festival 2004, 
The mesmerising vegan, rastfarian dub/rap poet performs for a young and family audience.

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Alex Holmes

Dunkirk

Hay Festival 2004, 
Exactly this week, sixty-four years ago, in the third week of Churchill's Prime-Ministership, Operation Dynamo effected the rescue of 338,000 troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. The director of the acclaimed three-part drama-documentary film built his story from veteran's testimony, letters, and previously unseen official archives, and created an epic masterpiece.

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Richard Holmes

Biography

Hay Festival 2004, 
Holmes argues that biography is a form of writing in which English literature has produced great masterpieces. He is re-publishing a series of the most thrilling examples and introduces Southey on Nelson, Johnson on Savage, and Gilchrist's life of Blake. Holmes is the biographer of Shelly and Coleridge, and author of the magnificent Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer.

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Louis de Bernieres

Hay Festival 2003, 
A reading and conversation chaired by Peter Florence.

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Bill Bryson talks to Mariella Frostrup

Hay Festival 2003, 
The humorist, language expert and traveller launches his new book A Short History of Nearly Everything. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million yeras ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? He also reports on his trip to Kenya, All the author's royalties from Bryson's African Diary and the publisher, Transworld's profits, will go to CARE International.

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Sgrin Cymru Screening/Q & A

Five award-winning Sghorts

Hay Festival 2005, 
The DM Davies Award is the largest short film prize in Europe and is presented at the Cardiff Screen Festival. Berwyn Rowlands will show five award-winning films and talk with previous award-winning film-makers Chris Forster and Arwel Gruffudd.

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Michelle Paver

Hay Festival 2005, 
Wolf Brother is a universal story of friendship survival and betrayal that carries you back thousands of years to the ancient darkness of a prehistoric forest, to a world steeped in magic and elemental terror, of tree spirits and Hidden People.
(Age 9+)

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Nicholas Jubber talks to Daniel Morden

Epic Continent: Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe

Hay Festival 2019, 

Award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe, exploring the great epic poems and how they have a startling resonance in contemporary times. Reaching back to the era remembered as ‘the Age of Migration’, Jubber explores how attitudes to population movement, borders, kin relations, sex, class and political structures are dramatised in the ancient and medieval epics. From Homer’s Odyssey through the devastating conflict of the French Song of Roland and the German Nibelungenlied, to the great Viking sagas such as Beowulf and the Icelandic Njal’s Saga, these are timeless tales about human nature, but also windows into other societies, with different emphases on matters of honour, kinship, fundamentalism and fate. He talks to the great storyteller Daniel Morden.

Nicholas Jubber talks to Daniel Morden

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César Bona in conversation with Carlos Sánchez

The new education

Cartagena 2018, 

César Bona, author of La nueva educación, is one of the fifty best educators in the world according to the Global Teacher Prize, the so-called Nobel for teachers. He will talk about the questions that he has considered in his career as an education reformer: Why are textbooks no longer so important? Why does the importance of homework need to be relativized? Why should education be done with empathy? Why should education be more important than any government?

César Bona in conversation with Carlos Sánchez

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Catherine Charlwood

The 2019 INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Lecture: Such a Pair – The Twin Lives of Humans and Trees

Hay Festival 2019, 

Tracing the twin lives and connected deaths of humans and trees in English verse, especially in the poetry of Thomas Hardy and Charlotte Mew, Catherine explores the paralleling of plant and person, the way that tree-felling is represented in poetry, and moments when the distinction between the human body and the tree’s form starts to fade. Poetry records the passing of specific tree lives, borrowing aspects of the elegy – a form that traditionally records a human death – to lend importance to such losses. Catherine Charlwood is an emerging scholar in the environmental humanities at Oxford University. After speaking she will discuss the concepts further with Jane Davidson, Director of the award-winning Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) programme, and Brycchan Carey, Professor of English at Northumbria University and Chair of ASLE-UKI.

Catherine Charlwood

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Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads: Illustrated Edition for Children

Hay Festival 2019, 

Set your sails east as bestselling author and historian Peter Frankopan explores the history of the world via The Silk Roads. Discover a remarkable illustrated historical voyage and find out how understanding the past gives us insight into our future.

9+

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Adrian Edwards

The British Library Lecture: Making Your Mark

Hay Festival 2019, 

The curator introduces the British Library’s blockbuster spring exhibition in this illustrated lecture. He explores the remarkable evolution of writing, from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in stone and early printed text such as William Caxton’s edition of The Canterbury Tales to the art of note-taking by some of history’s greatest minds, and onwards to the digital communication tools we use today. Marvel at centuries of human innovation as writing enabled progress and opened doors to expression and art.

Adrian Edwards

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Paul Martin and Anja Shortland talk to Oliver Bullough

Badlands and Business

Hay Festival 2019, 

Martin is one of the world’s most experienced security experts. His book The Rules of Security shows how the threats to our security today are complex and continually evolving. Criminals, hackers, terrorists and hostile foreign states continually find new ways of staying one step ahead of us, while we are continually creating new vulnerabilities as we adopt new technologies and new ways of working. Shortland is a Reader in Political Economy specialising in Somali piracy. Her book Kidnap: Inside The Ransom Business investigates the strange trade of hostage-taking and asks: What would be the ‘right price’ for your loved one – and can you avoid putting others at risk by paying it? What prevents criminals from maltreating hostages? And why would kidnappers release a potential future witness after receiving their money? Bullough is author of Moneyland.

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Ben Hamilton-Baillie

Shared Space

Hay Festival 2005, 
The inspirational traffic, transport and design consultant is causing a revolution in urban planning and is set to radically improve the way we live and move around.