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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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Roly Keating

The Mechanical Curator and Other Stories

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Director of the British Library browses the infinite possibilities for Libraries and Creativity in an Age of Data. ‘These are times of historic disruption in the whole global system of information and publication, and it seems right that the great knowledge institutions – with their historic remit to think and act with a view far into the future – should play a full part in shaping the changes that lie ahead.’ Chaired by Gaby Wood, Head of Books at The Telegraph.

Roly Keating

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Robert Hutchinson

House of Treason: The Rise and Fall of a Tudor Dynasty

Hay Festival 2009, 
From Bosworth to the Armada the historian traces the fortunes of England’s grandest Catholic family, the Dukes of Norfolk.

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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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MG Harris

The Joshua Files

Hay Festival 2009, 
Mayan mystery, fast-paced thrills and nail-biting adventure. If you haven’t discovered the Joshua Files yet, now is your chance – miss it if you dare.

10 years +

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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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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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Rose McGowan talks to Laurie Penny

Brave

Hay Festival 2018, 

McGowan is a film-maker, thought leader and agent of change. Brave is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto: a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE. Laurie Penny is author of Bitch Doctrine and Everything Belongs to the Future.

Rose McGowan talks to Laurie Penny

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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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James Evans

Merchant Adventurers

Hay Festival 2014, 

In the spring of 1553 three ships sailed north-east from London into uncharted waters. The scale of their ambition was breathtaking. Drawing on the latest navigational science and the new spirit of enterprise and discovery sweeping the Tudor capital, they sought a northern passage to Asia and its riches. When their ships became separated in a storm, each ship had to fend for itself. Their fates were sharply divided. One returned to England, to recount extraordinary tales of the imperial court of Tsar Ivan The Terrible. The tragic, mysterious story of the other two ships has to be pieced together through the surviving captain’s log book, after he and his crew became lost and trapped by the advancing Arctic winter.

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Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Canadian poet gives us her inversion of Homer's Odyssey, retold by Penelope and the twelve handmaids Odysseus slaughtered on his return from Troy, Dido and twenty years away from his palace.

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Alain de Botton

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and philosopher heads out into the under-charted worlds of the office, the factory, the fishing fleet and the logistics centre, ears and eyes open to the sheer strangeness of the modern workplace.

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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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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.
 
More by and about John Sutherland and John Crace

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Cassandra Clare

Hay Festival 2012, 
The sensationally successful author touches down in Hay to chat about her thrilling Mortal Instruments saga and launch the latest episode.
 
12+ years

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Steven Fowler, Nia Davies, Zoe Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, Rhys Trimble

Gelynion: The Enemies Project

Hay Festival 2015, 

A groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry in Wales through the potential of collaboration across our two languages. Six poets have worked with one another to create original poetic works. They’ve been touring these pieces in rolling pairs around Wales, drawing in poets in each location, and inviting them to create their own collaborations. Their tour culminates here in Hay with a showcase performance and Q&A.

Steven Fowler, Nia Davies, Zoe Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, Rhys Trimble

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Peter Frankopan

Reformations 16: History

Hay Festival 2017, 

The author of the magnificent book The Silk Roads proposes a new way of understanding the past and of connecting context and ideas so that we might learn the lessons of history. Frankopan is Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Peter Frankopan

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2010, 
Back by popular demand! Join the comedic creator of Lamonic Bibber for a weird, wacky, one-in-a-million event. Giggles guaranteed.
 
6–9 years

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David Nutt, Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera, Álvaro Enrigue and David Aaronovitch

Drugs - Without the Hot Air

Hay Festival 2012, 
A discussion about Minimizing the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs for individuals and society. The neuropsychopharmacologist was fired from the ACMD by Home Secretary Alan Johnson for analysing the relative drug harms. He is joined by the Ambassador of Colombia, whose President Santos publicly aired the possibility of legalization in January at Hay Festival Cartagena, and the Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue.

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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

AA Gill is Further Away

Hay Festival 2011, 
Travels and food and stories with the iconoclastic journalist.

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Barbarians

Terry Jones

Hay Festival 2006, 
This isn't the imperial version of the Caesars' conquests, this is the story of Roman history as seen by the Britons, Gauls, Germans, Hellenes, Persians and Africans. And suddenly the Romans don't look at all familiar...

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Tom Holland

In The Shadow Of The Sword - The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World

Hay Festival 2012, 
In the C6th the Near East was divided between two venerable empires - the Persian and the Roman. 100 years later one had vanished for ever and the other seemed almost finished. Ruling in their place were the Arabs - an upheaval so profound that it meant, in effect, the end of the Ancient World.

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Denis Norden talks to Paul Blezard

Clips from a Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The grand master comedian spins yarns and anecdotes of a long, long golden age of British humour.

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Christopher Hitchens

The Rights of Man

Hay Festival 2006, 
The contrarian traces the history of The Rights of Man from the publication of Part One in 1791 in London and its rapturous reception across the Atlantic. He analyses the meaning it has acquired since its creation, and its significance as the cornerstone of contemporary debates about our basic human rights.

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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.