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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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Brian Cathcart

The Fly in The Cathedral

Hay Festival 2004, 
The investigative journalist tells the story of paper-and-pencil calculations, hand-made apparatus and the occasional lump of plasticine, in How a Small Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the Race to Split the Atom.

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Peter Lord

Aardman Animations

Hay Festival 2004, 
The co-founder of the animation company behind Wallace and Gromit talks about his life, from Morph to Chicken Run. A fascinating story of plasticine and publicity illustrated with clips from all your favourite animations.

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In Other Words: The New Welsh Review Translation Platform

Hay Festival 2004, 
As Europe enlarges her political and cultural borders NWR Editor Francesca Rhydderch hosts this exploration of linguistic exchange with bi-;ingual poet Gwyenth Lewis, Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation Amanda Hopkinson and Editor of Modern Poetry in Translation David Constantine.

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Alexi Sayle and Jasper Fforde

Hay Festival 2004, 
A reading and Q&A with two cult novelists. Sayle's novel Overtaken is a spectacularly unsentimental satire with real comic power. Fforde's brand of surreal humour in The Well of Lost Plots locates him in a Lewis Carrol - or Douglas Adams - like realm.

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Armand D’Angour

Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher

Hay Festival 2019, 

Socrates is the philosopher whose questioning gave birth to the ideas of Western thought, and whose execution marked the end of the Athenian Golden Age. Yet despite his pre-eminence among the great thinkers of history, little of his life story is known. What we know tends to begin in his middle age and end with his trial and death. But what turned the young Socrates into a philosopher? The Oxford classicist presents him as an heroic warrior, an athletic wrestler and dancer, and a passionate lover. D’Angour sheds new light on the formative journey of the philosopher, finally revealing the identity of the woman who Socrates claimed inspired him to develop ideas that have captivated thinkers for 2,500 years.

Armand D’Angour

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Nicci Gerrard and Lavinia Greenlaw

What Dementia Teaches Us About Love: A Conversation and Reading

Hay Festival 2019, 

After her father’s death from dementia, writer and campaigner Nicci Gerrard set out to explore the illness that now touches millions of us, yet which we still struggle to speak about. What does dementia mean for those who live with it, and those who care for them? The first section of Lavinia Greenlaw’s new poetry collection The Built Moment is a sequence of poems called The Sea is an Edge and an Ending, about her father’s dementia and his disappearance into the present tense. It is not a narrative of illness so much as a meditation on the metaphysics of memory and loss. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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La literatura mexicana hoy.

José de la Colina e Ignacio Díaz de la Serna en conversación con Rodolfo Mendoza

Xalapa 2014, 
El escritor, periodista, ensayista y crítico literario José de la Colina, galardonado en 2014 con el Premio Xavier Villaurrutia por su libro De libertades fantasmas o de la literatura como juego conversará con Ignacio Díaz de la Serna, filósofo, escritor y académico en el Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (CISAN-UNAM) sobre la situación de la literatura mexicana en la actualidad y los retos a los que se enfrenta. Moderará la conversación Rodolfo Mendoza.
Con el apoyo del Fondo de Cultura Económica

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Helena Kennedy, Tom Bingham, Lisa Jardine

Pembertons Book Club: To Kill a Mocking Bird

Hay Festival 2005, 
Chair Kate Mosse hosts this discussion about Harper Lee's twentieth-century classic tale of prejudice in the deep South.

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Simon Signh

Big Bang

Hay Festival 2005, 
The author of Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book asks: What is the Big Bang? Who came up with the idea and why do we believe in it? The illustrated lecture will also include Led Zeppelin, the Teletubies and a gherkin.

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Richard Hallion

Taking Flight

Hay Festival 2004, 
A century after the Wright brother's historic flight on 17 December 1903, Hallion looks at the pioneers of air travel from early hot air ballons to the jet age.

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Louis de Bernieres and The Antonius Players

Hay Festival 2005, 
The poet and his ensemble return with a programme of poetry and music from the British Islesincluding Purcell, traditional music from Scotland and Ireland and variations on Greensleeves.

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Jours de Papier en conversación con Carmen Rioja

Querétaro 2016, 

Los mexicanos Tania Camacho y Esteban Martínez son los autores de un exitoso y novedoso web comic llamado Jours de Papier, la vida sensual de Tania y Esteban, un manual de supervivencia para la pareja moderna, con más de 300,000 seguidores, que ha sido convertido en libro. Conversan con la escritora y gestora cultural Carmen Rioja.

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Ronan Bennett, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Lelia Aboulela

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Bennett's Havoc in its Third Year is a moral thriller set in the upheavals of Puritan England. Gurnah's Desertion tells of forbidden love across cultures in twentieth-century Mombassa and Zanzibar. Aboulela's Minaret explores the Islamic awakening of an exiled Sudanese woman in contemporary London.

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Jimmy Hill

Hay Festival 1999, 
As player, manager and commentator Hill has been the face and voice of football for decades. He talks about his career to the sportswriter Grahame Lloyd whose biography of Jan Molby is published this week.

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The Economist Debate

The Energy Revolution

Hay Festival 2004, 
Are we entering the end of the oil era, on the cusp of transition to a post-fossil-fuel world? Some experts worry about the scarcity of oil, while others point to its environmental and geopolitical costs. How will people in Britain and the developing world be effected by an energy revolution? 

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Germaine Greer

The Boy

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this illustrated lecture the critic examines the erotic image of the male nude in Western Culture form Michelangelo and Caravaggio to the photographs of Nan Goldin and Sally Mann and the images of David Beckham.

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Anne Fine

Raking the Ashes

Hay Festival 2005, 
The celebrated children's writer discusses her new fiction for adults, a coruscating comedy of domestic warfare.

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Mitchell Tonks

Fresh

Hay Festival 2004, 
The seafood guru offers Recipes and Advice from a Fishmonger. Come and ask everything you've ever wanted to know about fish as food.

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Christopher Lee, Marcel Berlins, Tom Bingham

The Trial of Raleigh

Hay Festival 2004, 
The historian considers the story and repercussions of the seventeenth century trial of the former royal favourite which radically overturned the natural 'presumption of guilt' and began the evolution of the modern justice system. He is joined by Lord Bingham, the senior Law Lord, and The Guardian's legal correspondent Marcel Berlins.

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Spiritual Writing in the Modern World

Dhaka 2013, 
Patrick Laude and Mara Matta in conversation.

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Janine di Giovanni and Jeremy Bowen talk to Michael Buerk

War Correspondence

Hay Festival 2004, 
Di Giovanni's Madness Visible is an account of the award-winning war correspondent's life on the front line in the Balkans. Bowen's Six Days examines how the 1967 war has shaped the Middle East.

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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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Mark Billingham

Hay Festival 2005, 
The new cult crime-fiction star discusses his latest Tom Thorne work Lifeless. He talks to the distinguished legal commentator Marcel Berlins.

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Vicki Goodwin

Open University Breakfast 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
In this first of four weekday OU sessions, the expert explores Living with Dyslexia in a World of Books.