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Razia Iqbal, Michelle de Kretser, Kamila Shamsie and Monique Roffey

Making Sense Of Place: The Use Of Fiction To Tell The Real Story

Hay Festival 2013, 

The novelists discuss the way in which fiction illuminates the history, the geography and the spirit of place.

In association with Commonwealth Writers.

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Cut off My Tongue

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
Having toured in Kenya, Uganda and the UK, this fiercely provocative show will leave you speechless! It rants, sweats, bellows and breaks into song and dance as it explores the truths that shape modern Africans. The show is about our beliefs, the way we behave and why. Woven into music and dance, Sitawa Namwalie's dramatised poetry is moving and frighteningly honest. It is politics -- and love -- that bites as it teases! Tickets 2000/=

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Polly Samson and Gaynor Arnold talk to Sarah Crompton

Fictions: Shorts

Hay Festival 2011, 
A reading and discussion about the art of the short story with two outstanding writers of the form. Samson’s collection is Perfect Lives, Arnold’s is Lying Together.
 
Read more about Polly Samson and Gaynor Arnold 

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Frances Ashcroft

The Spark of Life

Hay Festival 2012, 
The physiologist gives a spectacular account of the body electric, showing how, from before conception to the last breath we draw, electrical signals in our cells are essential to everything we think and do. She takes in vampire bats, Viagra, chilli peppers and Mary Shelley.
 

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Andy Stanton, Jeremy Strong, Tamsyn Murray

Punny Flannel

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three of the world’s (yes, we said world’s!) funniest children’s writers come together in a wonderfully random mish-mash look at laughs. Chaired by the hilarious James Campbell.
 
7+ years & families Rib Ticklers 

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Jackie Morris

Queen of the Sky

Hay Festival 2015, 

The amazing story of Ffion Rees and the peregrine falcon she rescued from the sea off the remote coast of west Wales. It’s the story of how Ffion nursed the falcon back to life and back to the wild, and about the bond that grew between the two. Beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings, sketches and magnificent paintings in watercolour and gold leaf by Jackie Morris.

Jackie Morris

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Monty Don and Derry Moore

Paradise Gardens

Hay Festival 2018, 

In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrates Heaven on Earth. The gardener Monty Don and acclaimed photographer Derry Moore set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world. From the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain to a Mughal garden in Bradford, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, they present a glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth.

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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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John Goodall

CADW Lecture: Medieval Castles

Hay Festival 2011, 
An ambitious and groundbreaking journey depicting the English castle and its architecture from the C11th to the C17th.

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Eric Hobsbawm talks to Simon Schama

The Memory of an Empire

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘A world almost entirely composed of empires 100 years ago, has gone for good and is beyond reconstruction. It should not be remembered with superior nostalgia, nor with mythologies of national liberation.’

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Mark Lynas, Philip Ball and guests

Sacred Cows Make The Best Beefburgers

Hay Festival 2013, 

Challenging firmly-held beliefs is not to be undertaken lightly. However, it is crucial in all walks of life if societies are to develop and be capable of meeting new challenges. Author and campaigner Mark Lynas and renowned science writer Philip Ball discuss. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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David Starkey

The Very Model of a Modern Monarchy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian scrutinises The House of Windsor.

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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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Shazia Awan, Laura McAllister, Auriol Miller, Leanne Wood, Clare Critchley

Wales Women and Public Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

IWA Director Auriol Miller, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, equality activist Shazia Awan and politics professor Laura McAllister discuss with Clare Critchley the challenges, frustrations and joys of being a woman in Welsh public life. This event launches issue 60 of the welsh agenda, magazine of the Institute of Welsh Affairs.

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John Barrow

The Artful Universe Expanded

Hay Festival 2011, 
A look at some of the unexpected ways in which the structure of the Universe, its laws, its environments, and above all its underlying mathematical structure imprints itself on our thoughts, our aesthetic preferences, and our views about the nature of things.

Read more about John Barrow 

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Gerry Fox Q&A with Hannah Rothschild

Preview Screening: Mother’s Milk

Hay Festival 2011, 
We’re thrilled to be screening a preview of the feature film of Edward St Aubyn’s novel by award-winning documentary maker and artist Gerry Fox. It stars Jack Davenport, Diana Quick, Adrian Dunbar, Maggie Tyzack and Anabel Mullion. Followed by Q&A with the director.
 
Find out more at www.gerryfox.com/about

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Patricia Duncker, Stephanie Tillotson, Sian Melangell Dafydd, Catherine Merriman and Jane Aaron

Honno 25

Hay Festival 2012, 
Key Honno authors and editors debate the past, present and future of Welsh women's writing as part of the Silver Jubilee celebration of the Welsh independent women’s press.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED

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Anne-Marie Imafidon

Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat. Why The Future is Girl-Led

Hay Festival 2017, 

Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers. Come and meet one of the world’s most inspiring and brilliant mathematicians, co-founder of Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

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George Brinley Evans, Phil Steele and Mark Taubert talk to Hywel Francis

Before the End – Telling Your Story in Time

Hay Festival 2017, 

Two authors discuss how bereavement encouraged them to tell their own life stories against all the odds, in a society where men still often suffer silently. Historian and Professor Hywel Francis chairs Byw Nawr/Live Now, the end-of-life-care coalition in Wales. He talks to ex-miner George Brinley Evans and broadcaster Phil Steele. Taubert is a palliative and end-of-life-care consultant at Velindre Cancer Centre. They offer a clinical perspective on male depression and grief.

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José María Guelbenzu in conversation with José María Ridao

Remembering Albert Camus

Segovia 2010, 
Forever linked to the world of culture, José María Guelbenzu, a former publisher, sharp critic and a writer with an enormous narrative capacity, has prefaced a new edition of the complete works of Albert Camus. Guelbenzu will speak with José María Ridao, a writer, former diplomat and contributor to the newspaper El País, about the great French author, admired by both for his politically committed and deeply human work, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his death.

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Abigail Rokison

Shakespeare 450 – Romeo and Juliet, Interpretation and Adaptation

Hay Festival 2014, 

The eponymous lovers have become synonymous with intense young love, and the image of a young man wooing his love at a balcony is now iconic. The Shakespeare scholar will explore a range of stage productions and adaptations of Romeo and Juliet, aimed specifically at young people.

Abigail Rokison

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Ben and David Crystal

The Shakespeare Dictionary

Hay Festival 2015, 

Shakespeare is the best and most creative writer of the English language of all time. He deploys the widest and most thrilling vocabulary, drawing on classical and biblical scholarship and the keenest ear for human speech ever bent. And where the words he needed didn’t exist, he invented them. The classical actor and his father, the great Linguistics professor, entertain us with the most vital language ever used.

Ben and David Crystal

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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

The Golden Door: Letters to America

Hay Festival 2012, 
The wickedly funny travel-writer, TV and restaurant critic ranges under the endless skyway uncovering truths and mythologies about America and Americans.

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Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

The Rule of Law

Hay Festival 2012, 
A conversation with the Director of Public Prosecutions at a time when the death of Ian Tomlinson, Leveson, Huhne, Redknapp, Summer rioters and the Lawrence trials have generated unprecedented interest in the law.

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John Sutherland and John Crace

Who's Afraid of The Classics?

Hay Festival 2011, 
What makes a classic work of literature? Just as importantly, who decides? Is a forgotten classic an oxymoron? Did Jane Austen write the same book several times over? Who reads late Henry James? Why do so many male modern novelists love Lolita? Be honest: have you read Midnight’s Children? These are issues that fascinate the superprof and the satirist. Join them for an offbeat look at the questions most writers and critics go out of their way to avoid.
 
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