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Peeling back the Mask - The Man who became Miguna Miguna

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
The book that took Kenya by storm; Miguna Miguna himself addresses the controversy behind his book.

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Michael Wood

The Story of England

Hay Festival 2011, 
Fifteen hundred years of English history told through the archaeology, records and DNA of the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire. Spellbinding.
 
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Caroline Bird and Imtiaz Dharker

Hay Festival 2009, 
A reading by the poets whose most recent collections are Trouble Came to the Turnip and The Terrorist at my Table.

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Dick and Dom

Hay Festival 2015, 
Join Dick and Dom, authors of Slightly Naughty But Very Silly Words and their gut-splitting new handbook, Whoopee Book of Practical Jokes, for a big handful of comedy nuts and babbling guff! An interactive and very funny show which includes a practical joke master class, stuffed with gags, brilliant practical jokes and sage and onion. If this event doesn’t tickle your funny bone, you’re probably dead!
7+ years
Dick and Dom

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Nick Kent talks to Dylan Jones

Apathy for the Devil: A 1970s memoir

Hay Festival 2010, 
The NME legend talks to the GQ editor. As apprentice to Lester Bangs, boyfriend of Chrissie Hynde, confidant of Iggy Pop, trusted scribe for Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, and early member of the Sex Pistols, he was witness to both the beautiful and the damned of this turbulent decade.
Nick Kent talks to Dylan Jones

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Germaine Greer, Philippe Sands, John Mitchinson

Going, Going – Best of British

Hay Festival 2011, 
In three short counterblasts, festival guests champion three national treasures that are endangered by our lack of care. Greer talks about English bluebells; Sands talks about the sheikh up of football club ownership; Mitchinson mourns the quite interesting loss of lunch – a potential disaster for work and play.

All proceeds support free tickets for schools.

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Jonathan Jones

The Lost Battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Artistic Duel That Defined the Renaissance

Hay Festival 2010, 
In 1504 the two artists competed with each other directly, to paint the walls of a room in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio.
Jonathan Jones

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Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

A Lucky Child

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hague judge discusses his memoir of surviving Auschwitz as a young boy.
Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

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Oscar Pantoja, Tatiana Córdoba y Felipe Camargo Rojas en conversación con Ricardo Silva

Gabo en cómic.

Cartagena 2013, 
El libro Gabo - Memorias de una vida mágica cuenta, a través de la novela gráfica, cómo se entrelazan la vida y la obra del escritor colombiano más universal, Gabriel García Márquez. Con el lenguaje trepidante del cómic y un ritmo cercano al mejor cine contemporáneo, se cuenta la historia del Nobel y de su trabajo. Oscar Pantoja es novelista y escritor de ficción, ganador del Premio de Novela Alejo Carpentier y del Premio Nacional de Cinematografía del Ministerio de Cultura por su película El último cuento de Edgar Allan Poe. Tatiana Córdoba es maestra en Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Javeriana y trabaja como ilustradora para firmas comoMaloka, Bacánika, Dinero o El Malpensante. Felipe Camargo Rojas es maestro en Artes Plásticas de la Universidad Javeriana; su primer libro, El señor solitario y la anciana incomunicada, ha sido publicado recientemente. En conversación con el escritor Ricardo Silva.

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Amartya Sen

The Eric Hobsbawm Lecture: Marx and the Power of Ideas

Hay Festival 2015, 

This year’s lecture is given by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, author of The Idea of Justice and Identity and Violence – The Illusion of Destiny. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

Amartya Sen

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Mary Hooper & Linda Press Wulf

Fallen Grace, Crusade

Hay Festival 2011, 
Immerse yourselves in worlds gone by – the smog of Victorian London, the aromas of 13th century France and the heat of Jerusalem – with two stories of friendship, loss and love. Chaired by Peter Florence.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 

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Samir El-Youssef and Brian Chikwava chaired by Georgina Godwin

Story: Migrations

Hay Festival 2009, 
Caine Prize-winner Chikwava’s Harare North is an original and brilliant tale of illegal immigration into London. El-Youssef’s The Illusion of Return displaces his Palestinian characters to America and to London.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin talks to Jon Snow

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Hay Festival 2009, 
A magnificent study of presidential ambition and political manoeuvring, lauded by Barack Obama.

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Caroline Lawrence

Roman Mysteries

Hay Festival 2009, 
Gladiators, togas, Latin and the odd mystery–what's not to love? Come and see the author of this hugely successful series talk about its grand finale, The Man From Pomegranate Street.

9–14 years

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Jerry Brotton

Shakespeare 450 – ‘Was Mohammed inspiréd with a dove?’

Hay Festival 2014, 

In this first of Hay Festival's 2014 sessions celebrating the 450th birthday of the playwright, the Renaissance scholar explores Shakespeare’s relationship with the Islamic world in the history plays and in his tragedies.

Jerry Brotton

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Marcus Sedgwick and Cliff McNish

Demons and Angels

Hay Festival 2008, 
Marcus Sedgwick uses ancient myths and traditions as the base for his lyrical vampire novel My Swordhand is Singing. Cliff McNish uses angels of both darkness and light to explore teenage morality and fragility in his latest, breathtaking Angel. They talk to Paul Blezard.

Hay Fever 13 yrs +

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Anne Applebaum

Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe 1944–56

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag mines new archive material to chronicle Stalin’s brutal evisceration of the civil societies newly liberated from Nazi occupation as his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system: communism. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Linda Parry

The V&A Lecture: William Morris Textiles

Hay Festival 2013, 

In this lecture, sumptuously illustrated with images of William Morris’ work collected at the V&A, Parry provides new insight into the embroideries, printed and woven textiles, carpets and tapestries produced by Morris & Co.

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David Crystal

What The Dickens!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The linguistics Prof mines the work of the novelist - one of the greatest ever writers of dialect, dialogue and description, and an inventive master of vocabulary and language.

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Karen Armstrong

Fields of Blood – Religion and the History of Violence

Hay Festival 2015, 

Karen Armstrong, former Roman Catholic nun and one of our foremost scholars of religion, speaks out to interrogate the link between religion and bloodshed.

Religion is as old as humanity: Fields of Blood goes back to the Stone Age hunter-gatherers and traces religion through the centuries, from medieval crusaders to modern-day jihadists. Today we regard faith as a personal and private matter, but for most of history faith has informed people’s entire outlook on life, and has often been inseparable from politics. Fields of Blood is a celebration of the ancient religious ideas and movements that have promoted peace and reconciliation across millennia of civilization.

Karen Armstrong

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Parc comes to Hay

Hay Festival 2008, 
Caspar Walsh is a former inmate, and now writer-in-residence at HM Parc Prison, Bridgend. He discusses his autobiography Criminal with Peter Florence. This session complements the Hay Comes to Parc arm of the Festival being held this week at the prison. For full details please see www.hayfestival.com.

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Virginia Nicholson

Singled Out

Hay Festival 2008, 
Virginia Nicholson introduces her richly nuanced and brilliantly perceptive tale of How Two Million Women Survived Without Men after the First World War.

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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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Bill Nighy talks to Francine Stock

The Bookshop: Preview

Hay Festival 2018, 
The actor talks about his work on the new film of Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, directed by Isabel Coixet. Set in a small town in 1959 England, it is the story of a woman who decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop, a decision which becomes a political minefield. With film clips.

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Paul Theroux talks to Gaby Wood

The Last Train To Zona Verde: Overland From Cape Town To Angola

Hay Festival 2013, 

Journeying alone through the greenest continent in what he feels will be his last African journey, Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Leaving the Cape Town townships, traversing the Namibian bush, passing the browsing cattle of the great sun-baked heartland of the savannah, he crosses the ‘Red Line’ into a different Africa.