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Poetry Gala

Cartagena 2010, 
Our traditional Poetry Gala is back with the best national and international authors: Michael Ondaatje (Canada), Luis García Montero (Spain), Zoé Valdés (Cuba/France/Spain), Ramon Cote (Colombia), Hugo Chaparro Valderrama (Colombia), William Ospina (Colombia), Joumana Haddad (Lebanon), Darío Jaramillo (Colombia) and Ibrahim Nasrallah (Palestine). Chaired by Guido Tamayo.

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Jerry Brotton and Adam Lowe

The Mappa Mundi In 3D

Hay Festival 2013, 

Using cutting-edge digital scanning and routing technology Factum Arte, the Mappa Mundi Trust and Hereford Cathedral have created a 3D reproduction of the 700-year-old map that is radically changing scholarship of the medieval masterpiece. Come and join us for the unveiling of the new work with its maker and his collaborator, the author of A History Of The World In Twelve Maps.

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Oliver Jeffers

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2011, 
The star behind Lost and Found and The Heart and the Bottle gives us a rare insight into his unique illustrative style.
 
12+ years
The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Oliver Jeffers

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AC Grayling

Liberty in an Age of Terror

Hay Festival 2009, 
Privacy, free speech and individual autonomy, rights hard-won over centuries, are being eroded by state surveillance and data centralization. The philosopher argues for the vigorous defence of civil liberties.

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Raymond Tallis

A Defence of Wonder

Hay Festival 2012, 
Do you think philosophy is irrelevant? Think again, says the neuroscientist and philosopher.The pursuit of articulate, reflective wonder, revealing the extraordinary complex mystery of everyday life, is the key to unlocking our spirituality in a post-religious age.

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Anita Sethi

Anita’s Adventures in Wonderlands

Hay Festival 2011, 
The journalist and writer has been travelling the world for a year on a Winston Churchill Fellowship – from searching for her father’s childhood home in Kenya to six Hay Festivals and life-changing encounters in Asia, the Antipodes, the Middle East and South America. 
 
More information about her travels can be found at www.anitasethi.co.uk/travels
 
Duration 45 minutes.

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Sophia Bennett

Threads

Hay Festival 2010, 
Threads is a magical story of four friends and their amazing adventure with fashion. Whether your look is high street or vintage, Matalan or Marni the author of this fashion fairytale will lift your heart and open your eyes.
A modern day Ballet Shoes.
 
9–14 years
 
See the Blog for more details.

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David Crystal

The Little Book of Language

Hay Festival 2010, 
With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. And the charismatic Linguistics Prof is our man.
David Crystal

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Martin Evans

Cardiff University Lecture

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Nobel Laureate and Fellow of the Royal Society discusses his work on how to culture embryonic stem cells, the knockout mouse and the related technology of gene targeting. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
Martin Evans

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Luke Harding

The Snowden Files

Hay Festival 2014, 

It began with an unsigned email: ‘I am a senior member of the intelligence community’. The award-winning investigative journalist takes up the story of the NSA whistleblower. Chaired by James Naughtie.

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Claudio Magris en conversación con José Andrés Rojo

Segovia 2009, 
El Príncipe de Asturias de las Letras 2004, novelista, ensayista y académico, habla con el periodista José Andrés Rojo sobre su visión de la realidad europea de los últimos veinticinco años, su vinculación con el mundo académico y su extensa obra de ficción.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del italiano al español

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The Demention Blog

Hay Festival 2013, 

Teri Terry, Claire Merle and Julie Bertagna are Demention bloggers and writers of a particular kind of book – dark, chilling, questioning of the future. Get ready for a fascinating talk for YA fans.

Claire Merle’s The Glimpse was welcomed as a grippingly readable and deeply unsettling British dystopian thriller. Her new book The Fall will be out in June.

Teri Terry’s Slated, a dark psychological thriller, was published to great acclaim last year and has now been followed by the engrossing, fast paced Fractured.

Julie Bertagna’s award-winning Exodus is a brilliantly imagined story of love and survival in a climate-changed world. Zenith and Aurora complete this highly-acclaimed, classic dystopian trilogy.

Together, they are the Demention Bloggers. They write stories set in near futures, or different worlds. They like to unsettle and disturb their readers. They’d like to know what you think.

Duration 60 mins.

13+ years

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Steve Jones

Is Evolution Over?

Hay Festival 2008, 
After Darwin, Utopia evolved. From Eden to Erewhon, society changed but people stayed much the same. The geneticist argues that the agents of evolution have lost their power and that—whatever happens to society— humans are stuck with what we are.

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Simon Singh

Chiropractic and the Battle for Free Speech

Hay Festival 2010, 
The brilliantly entertaining science writer and Freedom of Speech hero talks about alternative medicine, chiropractic, his infamous libel case and the campaign for libel reform. He is the author of Trick or Treatment, The Code Book, Big Bang and Fermat's Last Theorem.

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Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Before the War

Hay Festival 2016, 

A new, historical novel from the great tale-teller. Consider Vivien in November 1922. She is 24 and a spinster. She wears fashionably droopy clothes, but she is plain and - almost worse in those times - intelligent. At nearly six foot tall, she is known unkindly by her family as ‘the giantess’. Fortunately, Vivien is rich, so she can travel to London and bribe a charismatic gentleman publisher to marry her… This is a city fizzing with change, full of flat-chested flappers, shell-shocked soldiers and aristocrats clinging onto the past.

 

Fay Weldon talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Battle of the Bands

Hay Festival 2014, 

Up and coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band. An evening of live, original music where audience and judges get to decide who is worthy of the crown. Hosted by BBC Radio Wales' Bethan Elfyn.

Battle of the Bands

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Cressida Cowell

How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury

Hay Festival 2016, 

Come, dragon tamers everywhere! Practise your Dragonese with author and illustrator Cressida Cowell, creator of the awesome How to Train your Dragon books. Learn the secrets of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third – sword-fighter, dragon whisperer and greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. The author celebrates the grand finale of this best-selling series.

6+
Cressida Cowell

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Rose Tremain

Hay Festival Press & Ox-Tales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Orange Prizewinner reads her story The Jester of Astapovo, to launch our collaboration with Oxfam and Profile Books. Introduced by Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive of Oxfam, and Mark Ellingham, publisher of the Ox-Tales stories.

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Anna Lewis and Chris Meredith

Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2013, 

A reading from two new collections. A Scritture Giovani fellow, Lewis introduces Other Harbours; Meredith reads from Air Histories, commissioned partly about the Black Mountains for the Woollen Lines project. Chaired by Simon Mundy.

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Alexander McCall Smith talks to Anne Robinson

A Conspiracy of Friends

Hay Festival 2011, 
The prolific, witty and endlessly inventive author discusses his career and the third in his Corduroy Mansions series of novels.
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party - Alexander McCall Smith

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Jane Davidson AM

Sustainable Development Charter

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing launches the Welsh Assembly Government’s charter to encourage organisations in Wales to put sustainable development at the heart of their operations. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Gail Jones, Tiffany Murray and Kishwar Desai talk to Gaby Wood

Writing as a craft

Segovia 2011, 
Gail Jones (Five Bells), Australian writer translated into nine languages and recipient of the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction; Tiffany Murray (Diamond Star Halo), British writer and professor at the University of Glamorgan, short-listed for the Wodehouse Bollinger Prize for Fiction; and Kishwar Desai (Witness the night), Indian writer living in the United Kingdon who won the Costa First Novel Award in 2010, will talk about their careers and about the craft of writing with The Telegraph journalist Gaby Wood.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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Robert Ferguson

The Hammer and The Cross

Hay Festival 2010, 
A radical reappraisal of the Viking conquests, their mindful violence and their relationship to Christianity and Charlemagne.
Robert Ferguson

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Jason Bradbury

Dot Robot: Cyber Gold

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join our favourite presenter of The Gadget Show as he introduces his new high-octane techno-thriller. Warning: may contain robots, breakdancing and gaming talk!
 
10+ years

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Siobhan Freegard, Julia Hobsbawm and Fiona Millar

In the Balance

Hay Festival 2009, 
Life, parenthood and the modern family debated by the Netmums founder and the authors of The See Saw: 100 Recipes for Work–Life Balance and The Secret World of The Working Mother.