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Thomas Asbridge and Jonathan Phillips

The Crusades

Hay Festival 2004, 
In 1905 at the Clermont Council Pope Urban invented atrocities against Christian pilgrims commited by Muslims in Jerrusalem, so launching a hundred years of sanctimony, sadism and butchery that still resonates throughout the world today. Asbridge describes the First Crusade to capture Antioch and Jerusalem. Phillips recounts the travesty of the Forth Crusade in which Venetian capitalists contrived the sack of Constantinople, the Christian world's wealthiest and most cultured city, so ensuring centuries of Orthodox fury against Catholics.

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Robert Bartlett

The Hanged Man

Hay Festival 2004, 
700 years ago, executioners led a Welsh rebel named William Cragh to a wintry hill to be hanged. They placed a noose around his neck, droped him from the gallows, and later pronounced him dead. But Cragh later proved to be very much alive. Bartlett leads us deep into the world of lords, rebels, churchmen, papal inquisitors, and other individuals living at the time of conflict and conquest in Wales.

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The Great Indian Statesman

Dhaka 2014, 
Sashi Tharoor discusses the intersection of his writing and political life, the recent debate on colonialism and the book with the unforgettable title. Chaired by K Anis Ahmed.

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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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Joseph O’Connor talks to Deborah Moggach

Fictions: Shadowplay

Hay Festival 2019, 

The author of The Star of the Sea discusses his new novel. 1878: the Lyceum Theatre, London. Three extraordinary people begin their life together, a life that will be full of drama, transformation, passionate and painful devotion to art and to one another. Henry Irving, the Chief, is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation, outspoken and generous of heart; and ever following along behind them in the shadows is the unremarkable theatre manager, Bram Stoker. O’Connor explores the complexities of love that stands dangerously outside social convention, the restlessness of creativity and the experiences that led to Dracula, the most iconic supernatural tale of all time.

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Heart to Heart 2004: Jack Monsanto and his GM beanstalk

Hay Festival 2004, 
Diana Schumacher, chairs the annual half-day rally. Terry Jones, Monty Python and medieval historian, on the destructive powers of large organizations. Robert Kennard of Graig Farm Organics on successful food production. Mark Measures on small local farms and food producers. Michael Antoniou on the experience of sitting on a government science review panel for the GM Debate and Lim Li Ching on the hazards of GM and benefits of sustainable argriculture.

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Jeannette Winterson

Lighthousekeeping

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author of The PowerbookThe Passion and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit presents her new novel. Her writing is poetically rich, politically exciting and of the rarest sensibility. But what thrills you is her passion - for art, for language, and for love. She demands much of her readers, and rewards in equal measure.

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Charla BBVA: Joselo Rangel en conversación con Renato Cisneros

Arequipa 2016, 
La música y la literatura van de la mano en el trabajo de Joselo Rangel (México), uno de los integrantes del legendario grupo de rock en español Café Tacuba. Autor del libro de relatos One Hit Wonder (2015) y cronista agudo, Joselo conversará sobre su doble vida como rockstar y escritor con Renato Cisneros.

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Anne Fine

Calling All Children

Hay Festival 2005, 
An hour with the Pied Piper of children's tales who was the second Children's Laureate between 2001 and 2003 and is twice winner of the Carnegie Medal. She has also won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children's Novel Award twice, and a Smarties Prize.
(Age 8+)

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Neil Jordan

Hay Festival 2004, 
The writer and filmaker has written three acclaimed novels, Sunrise with Sea Monster, The Past and The Dream of a Beast. His films include Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, Interview with the Vampire and The Crying Game. He discusses his new novel Shade.

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Simon James

Hay Festival 2005, 
The dynamic and captivating illustrator, author of the award winning Leon and Bob and Days Like This unveils his latest creation, Baby Brains, a picture book as bright and engaging as it's extraordinary young hero. (Age 6+)

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Sioned Davies

An Arthurian tale from The Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2005, 
Stepmothers, curses and heroes at the court of King Arthur. This reading of a new translation of How Cullwch won Olwen re-creates the performance of the medieval storyteller.

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Iranian Film Day

Presented by Channel 4

Hay Festival 2005, 
A day of Iranian cinema, screenings and interviews featuring critically acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami and Mania Akbari's provocative directorial debut 20 Fingers, winner of the Best Film Cinema Digitale award at the Venice Film Festival 2004. Full details will be published online on 20 May at www.hayfestival.com/closeup

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Chris Ryan

Special Forces Cadets

Hay Festival 2019, 

Chris Ryan, ex-SAS hero turned author, introduces his brand new action packed series Special Forces Cadets, which is inspired by his fascinating real-life army experiences. A top-secret government programme needs a crack team of undercover military operators. They must have awesome levels of determination, endurance and fitness. And in order to operate in circumstances where adult forces would be compromised, the recruits must be under sixteen. Only a few are tough enough and smart enough to make it… And once out in the field, they will require all their skills just to stay alive.

12+

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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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Folk Music

Dhaka 2014, 
Sufi-based music from Chittagong.

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Images

Dhaka 2014, 
Aamer Hussein, Mimi Khalvati and Laksmi Pamuntjak discuss the evocation of places through the power of lyricism. Moderated by Olivia Smith.

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Las palabras del Perú. Con Daniel Mordzinski

Arequipa 2016, 
En nuestra fascinación —inevitable, legítima y más que justificada— por los grandes de la literatura peruana, desde Ricardo Palma, César Vallejo o el Nobel Mario Vargas Llosa, hasta los jóvenes traducidos en todo el mundo, podríamos pensar que ya está todo escrito. Sin embargo, la literatura peruana no deja de sorprendernos. Con sus maestros de la novela, el teatro, la poesía y el relato, Perú es un país de palabras. Daniel Mordzinski, conocido como el «fotógrafo de los escritores», compartirá sus historias, sus retratos de autores peruanos y un vídeo inédito con sus fotografías de la primera edición del Hay Arequipa. Adriana Melgar Rimachi apoyará a Daniel durante el turno de preguntas.

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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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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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Michael Morpurgo and Kate Adie

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Children's Laureate and BBC War Correspondent talk about the fact and the fiction of war.

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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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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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Lisa Jardine

Robert Hooke and the Art of Always Coming Second

Hay Festival 2004, 
Illuminating London's critical role in the emergence of modern science, the acclaimed biographer and critic rediscovers and decodes a great original thinker of indefatigable curiosity and imagination, a major figure in the seventeenth century intellectual and scientific revolution.

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Jonathan Freedland talks to Joan Bakewell

Jacob's Gift

Hay Festival 2005, 
The journalist explores his newbord son's Jewish inheritance. Freedland digs deep into his own family's past, telling the story of three remarkable people, each of whom came up with radically different answers to a quintessentially modern dilemma: how to live as a minority in the modern world.