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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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Jimmy Carter

The Guardian Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Nobel Laureate and former US Presidenton conflict resolution and human rights, and the work of the carter foundation. Introduced by Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian. Chaired by Philippe Sands

THIS EVENT WILL BE RELAYED TO SCREENS IN THE FRIENDS CAFÉ AND ASCARIS CAFÉ

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Ian Mortimer

Rewriting History

Hay Festival 2010, 
Since his first book was published seven years ago, Ian Mortimer has challenged conventional understandings of the past. This includes correcting dubious facts as well as reconsidering the ways we 'do' history – from studying a man over the course of a single year to writing history as a guidebook, in the present tense. Here he explains the various approaches that have earned him scholarly respect as well as a place on the bestseller lists.

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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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Frank Close

Anti Matter

Hay Festival 2009, 
The eminent particle physicist examines the reality of the great sci-fi staple catastrophe, and how it grew from the meeting point of relativity and quantum theory in the early C20th, to the discovery of the first antiparticles, cosmic rays, annihilation, antimatter bombs and antiworlds, all the way to CERN in Geneva.

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Simon Schama

Talking About Shakespeare: This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm, This England

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historian was set alight by Shakespeare’s muse of fire when he first saw Henry V as a child. He examines Shakespeare’s making of the myths of England. He hymns the Histories, the kings and the commoners, the band of brothers, and the spirit of Shakespeare’s greatest knight, Sir John Falstaff.

Simon Schama

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Mario Vargas Llosa

La literatura y el escritor

Segovia 2008, 
Mario Vargas Llosa, uno de los más importantes novelistas y ensayistas de Latinoamérica, escritor de grandes obras literarias como La ciudad y los perros, Conversación en la catedral, La Casa Verdey su más reciente Travesuras de la niña mala (2006), nos ofrece una conferencia sobre sus grandes temas: qué es ser escritor y sobre la creación literaria. Entre las más importantes distinciones que ha recibido, sólo entre las concedidas a la literatura en lengua española, figuran el premio Rómulo Gallegos (1967); el Príncipe de Asturias (1986), compartido con Rafael Lapesa; el Planeta (1993), con la novela Lituma en los Andes y el Cervantes (1994). Presentado por Félix Romeo, periodista cultural.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del español al inglés.

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Pascale Petit

What The Water Gave Me

Hay Festival 2010, 
The poet reads her new collection, and shows the images by Frida Kahlo that inspired the poems.
Pascale Petit

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Growing up different: Precious Williams, Lemn Sissay and Ross Van Horn

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
What’s your idea of a normal childhood? What kind of childhood makes a writer? These festival authors who grew up in mulit-racial backgrounds, juggle notions of adversity and security, loneliness and independence, fantasy and reality.

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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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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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Liz Kessler

Enchanting Tails

Hay Festival 2010, 
The creator of Emily Windsnap and Phillipa Fisher weaves her charm, as she reveals the secrets, dreams and mysteries that go into her writing. Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy with insatiable curiosity and a love of adventure.
 
8–12 years

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Martin Brown

Horrible Histories

Hay Festival 2012, 
The star illustrator behind the phenomenally successful series takes a blood-curdling look at history from the Savage Stone Age to the Barmy British Empire via the Measly Middle Ages and Slimy Stuarts.
 
9+ years

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Stevie Davies, Elena Moya Pereira, Blake Morrison

Fiction: The Past

Hay Festival 2010, 
Into Suez pitches a Welsh RAF family into Egypt in 1949; The Olive Groves of Belchite moves between the long shadows of the Spanish Civil War and the business battles of a global economy; The Last Weekend intrudes escalating rivalry and the past into a summer idyll in East Anglia. They talk to Anita Sethi.

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John Barrow

Cambridge Series 2: The Book of Universes

Hay Festival 2011, 
The mathematician encounters universes where the laws of physics can change from time to time and from one region to another, universes that have extra hidden dimensions of space and time, universes that live inside black holes, colliding universes, inflationary universes, and universes that come into being from something else – or from nothing at all.

Profile of John Barrow here 

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Timbuktu and Hay

Hay Festival 2008, 
Catch up with the twinning projects involving local teachers, doctors and artisans. Films, stories and chat. Chaired by Paul Blezard and introduced by the Mayor of Hay.

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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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Carmen Posadas, Ricardo Menéndez Salmón y Gustavo Martín Garzo en conversación con Fernando Marías

Una de monstruos

Segovia 2008, 
Es posible reinventar hoy a lose monstruos literarios de siempre? Dracula, Frankenstein, el hombre lobo... Carmen Posadas, Ricardo Menendez Salmon y Gustavo Martin Garzo han realizado el experimento y lo contaran en esta mesa moderada por Fernando Marias, director de la serie 'ternura para los monstruos' (451 Editores).

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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.
 
Read more about The Story of England

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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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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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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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Francesca Scotti, Andrea Lundgren, Eurig Salisbury

Scritture Giovani 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
Young writers from Italy, Sweden, Wales and Germany read and discuss their short stories commissioned on the theme of ‘Why?’ Chaired by Daniel Hahn of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
 
In partnership with Festivaletteratura Mantova and Literaturfestival Berlin, and sponsored by Fondazione Cariplo and Illy Coffee
 
FREE BUT TICKETED

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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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John van Wyhe

Will the real Alfred Russel Wallace please stand up?

Hay Festival 2014, 

The independent discovery of evolution by natural selection by Darwin and Wallace is one of the most famous episodes in the history of science. Wallace’s story has been told many times in recent years, but almost always by amateurs rather than historians. Alarmingly, almost everything you have heard about Wallace is wrong. The image of a cheated working-class hero whitewashed from history by the patrician Darwin and his establishment supporters may be irresistible, but it is also pure myth.

John van Wyhe