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Patrick Ness and Matt Haig

Fictions – Transformations

Hay Festival 2013, 

Wise, romantic, magical and funny, Ness’ The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love. In Haig’s The Humans Professor Andrew Martin of CambridgeUniversity solves the world’s greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Chaired by Tanya Seghatchian.

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Andre Geim talks to Roger Highfield

The Royal Society Platform: Random Walk to Graphene

Hay Festival 2015, 

In 2010 Sir Andre Geim FRS was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his groundbreaking work on the material graphene. More unusually, he’s also known for inventing an adhesive tape based on geckos and for levitating live frogs. Geim talks about his prize-winning work and how his atypical approach to science and life led him to it.

Andre Geim talks to Roger Highfield

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James Holland

Normandy ’44

Hay Festival 2014, 

The historian looks at both D-Day itself and the wider 77-day campaign and challenges some of the many myths that have arisen. In the 70th anniversary year, he draws on the perspectives and experiences of those who were there, as well as the latest academic thinking and his practical knowledge of the battlefield and the equipment used.

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Samuel Clark & Samantha Clark

The Rose Gray Tabletalk: Morito

Hay Festival 2014, 

The creators of Moro, who trained under Rose at The River Café, demonstrate and discuss their vibrant mezze and tapas food and restaurant with Sarah Crompton.

Samuel Clark & Samantha Clark

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Julia Donaldson

The Everywhere Bear

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Julia Donaldson and friends in this unique show jam-packed with songs and readings from seven of her fabulous stories including The Everywhere Bear and The Gruffalo.

3+

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Simon Singh

Alan Turing and Enigma

Hay Festival 2012, 
The science writer celebrates the centenary of the genius mathematician and code-breaker, who deciphered the German naval cables in WWII, and demonstrates the encryption techniques on his own, original Enigma Machine.

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Celia Rees & Sally Gardner

Vive la Revolution!

Hay Festival 2009, 
Prepare to be swept away by Celia Rees (Witch Child, Sovay) and Sally Gardner (The Red Necklace, The Silver Blade) with their tales of bold heroines, ruthless villains and the guillotine.

9–14 years

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David Aaronovitch

The Fascination of Conspiracy Theories

Cartagena 2011, 
The respected journalist and Times columnist David Aaronovitch, through his latest book, Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History, introduces us to the world of conspiracy theories and their social role. The cases he analyses are fascinating, ranging from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the death of Marilyn Monroe and the assassination of President Kennedy, to Princess Diana’s fatal accident and the notion of US involvement in the attack on the twin towers. Today, the author will talk to us about why conspiracy theories arise and why they are so appealing to us. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Richard Platt

Would You Believe...

Hay Festival 2010, 
...Marzipan contains cyanide! ...Cobwebs stop wounds bleeding! Discover even more amazing facts about the world in what can only be described as QI for kids.
 
9+ years

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Simon Singh

The John Maddox Lecture: Fermat’s Last Theorem

Hay Festival 2015, 

‘I have discovered a truly marvellous proof, which this margin is too narrow to contain…’ Twenty years after a mild-mannered Englishman solved Pierre de Fermat’s 350-year-old theorem, Singh tells the true story of how mathematics’ most challenging problem was made to yield its secrets in a thrilling tale of endurance, ingenuity and inspiration.

Simon Singh

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Robert Mair

What’s Going On Underground: Tunnelling into the Future for our Cities

Hay Festival 2014, 

The world authority on civil and environmental engineering examines the most challenging aspects of underground work faced by the world’s most ambitious construction projects.

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John Thompson

Cambridge Series 2 - Merchants of Culture

Hay Festival 2012, 
The publisher and academic updates his landmark study of the publishing industry as it ventures into the digital age.
 

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Magsie Hamilton Little talks to Andrew Davies

Dancing with Darkness: Life, Death and Hope in Afghanistan

Hay Festival 2011, 
An extraordinary personal journey of understanding, from the witnessing of 7/7 in London to the heart of an Afghan community in Kabul.

All profits from the book go to www.littlebooksafghanistan.org – giving books to the most deprived children in Afghanistan.

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Dan Snow

Death or Victory

Hay Festival 2010, 
The maritime historian provides a riveting account of the death of General Wolfe and The Battle of Quebec and the Birth of Empire.

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Max Hastings

The London Library Annual Lecture at Hay: Finest Years – Churchill as Warlord, 1940–1945

Hay Festival 2010, 
A portrait of the Prime Minister in extremis; in triumph and tragedy, and seen here from the perspectives of Russia and America, whilst producing some of the greatest treasures of the English language. Introduced by Tom Stoppard.

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Owen Sheers

Pink Mist

Hay Festival 2013, 
We are thrilled to launch the publication of this verse drama with a reading by the poet. Three school friends return from Afghanistan to face the consequences of their tours, for them and the women in their lives. Drawn from interviews with wounded veterans, Pink Mist is a lyric narrative of rare dramatic and emotional intensity. Introduced by Francesca Rhydderch.

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Tan Twan Eng and Jachym Topol talk to Jo Glanville

Fictions – Ghosts

Hay Festival 2013, 

The sublime Man Asian Prize-winner and Booker-shortlisted The Garden Of Evening Mists explores Japanese atrocity and beauty in Malaya in 1949. The blackly comic The Devil’s Workshop tells the story of how a town in Belarus commemorates its concentration camp past.

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Justin Hill

Shield Wall

Hay Festival 2011, 
Gripping fiction that reclaims the Saxon history of Ethelred, Edmund and Harold from the Norman conquerors by a multi-award-winning novelist.

More about the author www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/

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Andrew Rawnsley talks to Guto Harri

The End of the Party

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Observer journalist discusses his swingeing account of the New Labour project, and the rollercoaster relationship between politics and the media.
Andrew Rawnsley talks to Guto Harri

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Frederick Taylor

Exorcising Hitler

Hay Festival 2011, 
An utterly compelling and resonant study of The Occupation and Denazification of Germany – a multi-generational process of understanding, re-education and re-imagining. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Richard King, Alan McGee, Lee Brackstone

Faber Social - How Soon is Now?

Hay Festival 2012, 
King spins the discs and discusses his rollicking history The Madmen and Mavericks who made Independent Music 1975-2005 with the founder of Creation records and the author of Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll. Some soundtrack!

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Juan Antonio Masoliver, Alberto Ruy Sánchez y Jason Wilson en conversación con Alfonso Alegre

Homenaje a Octavio Paz — alguien me deletrea

Segovia 2008, 
En esta segunda sesión del homenaje dedicado a Octavio Paz y su poesía participarán el escritor Alberto Ruy Sánchez, el poeta y crítico literario Juan Antonio Masoliver y el catedrático Jason Wilson en conversación con el poeta y ensayista Alfonso Alegre.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultanéa del español al inglés.

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Rick Gekoski talks to Claire Armitstead

Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir

Hay Festival 2010, 
The book-dealer, writer and Booker judge offers a captivating account of twenty-five books drawn from the fields of literature, psychology and philosophy, and a memoir of a reading self. ‘Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.’
Rick Gekoski talks to Claire Armitstead

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John Finnemore, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tiffany Murray

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2012, 
Merciless mockery of muppets and mags. Exclusive! In all Sundays...

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Javier Marías talks to Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Segovia 2011, 
Forty years have already elapsed since Javier Maríaspublished his first novel Los dominios del lobo, and since then this prolific writer, columnist and translator has garnered numerous international awards. A member of the Real Academia Española since 2006, he has just been bestowed with the Premio Austriaco de Literatura Europea 2011 and recently published the novel Los enamoramientos, which has been acclaimed by critics and the public. Marías talks with Juan Gabriel Vásquez, winner of the 2011 Alfaguara literary prize for El ruido de las cosas al caer.