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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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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2010, 
The acclaimed stand-up comic for children returns to Hay. Get ready to giggle your gloves off!*
 
Family event
 
*We think socks get too much attention.

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Paul Murdin

Cambridge 800 Series: Full Meridian of Glory

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Cambridge professor tells the tale of the astronomers and the geodesists tasked with establishing the definitive longitudinal base in the Observatory in Paris – the Perilous Adventures in the Competition to Measure the Earth.

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Marina Warner talks to László Krasznahorkai

The Winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize

Hay Festival 2015, 

The chair of judges interviews the winner of the £60,000 2015 Prize, who was announced on 19 May in London.

Born in 1954, László Krasznahorkai gained considerable recognition in 1985 when he published Satantango, which he later adapted for the cinema in collaboration with the filmmaker Bela Tarr. In 1993, he received the German Bestenliste Prize for the best literary work of the year for The Melancholy of Resistance and has since been honoured with numerous literary prizes, amongst them the highest award of the Hungarian state, the Kossuth Prize.

Krasznahorkai and his translator George Szirtes were longlisted for the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for Satantango and Krasznahorkai has won the Best Translated Book Award in the US two years in a row, in 2013 for Satantango and in 2014 for Seiobo There Below. Seiobo There Below was published in the UK on 7 May by Tuskar Rock Press.

The judging panel for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize was chaired by celebrated writer and academic Marina Warner. The panel also comprised Wen-chin Ouyang, Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London; acclaimed author Nadeem Aslam; novelist and critic Elleke Boehmer, who is currently Professor of World Literature in English at Oxford University; and Edwin Frank, editorial director of the New York Review Books Classics.

The judges said of Krasznahorkai’s work: ‘In László Krasznahorkai’s The Melancholy of Resistance, a sinister circus has put a massive taxidermic specimen, a whole whale, Leviathan itself, on display in a country town. Violence soon erupts, and the book as a whole could be described as a vision, satirical and prophetic, of the dark historical province that goes by the name of Western Civilisation. Here, however, as throughout Krasznahorkai’s work, what strikes the reader above all are the extraordinary sentences, sentences of incredible length that go to incredible lengths, their tone switching from solemn to madcap to quizzical to desolate as they go their wayward way; epic sentences that, like a lint roll, pick up all sorts of odd and unexpected things as they accumulate inexorably into paragraphs that are as monumental as they are scabrous and musical.’

Announcing the winner, Marina Warner commented: ‘Laszlo Krasznahorkai is a visionary writer of extraordinary intensity and vocal range who captures the texture of present day existence in scenes that are terrifying, strange, appallingly comic, and often shatteringly beautiful. The Melancholy of Resistance, Satantango and Seiobo There Below are magnificent works of deep imagination and complex passions, in which the human comedy verges painfully onto transcendence. Krasznahorkai, who writes in Hungarian, has been superbly served by his translators, George Szirtes and Ottilie Mulzet.’

Marina Warner talks to László Krasznahorkai

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David Aaronovitch

Voodoo Histories

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why do people believe the conspiracy theories around Diana, 9/11, the moon landings and the pseudohistory of the Grail?

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Simon Velez

The Bamboo Architect

Hay Festival 2013, 

The visionary Colombian architect is the most eminent proponent of bamboo as an essential building component. He talks about his work and commitment to convert bamboo from a symbol of poverty into a symbol of sustainability. Introduced by Marianne Ponsford.

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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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Rob Sykes, Jacquelin Magnay, Derek Casey and Christina Boxer

The Ethics of Major Sporting Events

Hay Festival 2011, 
As the nation builds to 2012, the panel asks:
Why do cities bid? Are the legacies fact or fallicy? Gold medals or Fools Gold? Chaired by Jim White
 
Christina Boxer is a middle distance athlete and former British & Commonwealth record holder, now retired. She competed in three consecutive Summer Olympics for Great Britain, starting in 1980, and has been a reporter for BBC Sport's athletics coverage, at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000. She currently holds the position of Sports Development Manager at Birmingham University and she is also a Hereford and Worcester ambassador for London 2012 Olympics.
 
Jacquelin Magnay is Olympics Editor with The Telegraph, overseeing and coordinating all Olympic coverage for the Telegraph Media Group.
  
Rob Sykes is the Director of the Centre for Ethical Leadership at The University of Worcester.

Derek Casey recently led the successful Glasgow bid to stage the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and is currently Chair of the World Leisure Organisation. He also served on the organising committee of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and was the Chief Executive of the Sports Council in the UK and of Sport Ireland from 1994–2001.

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Michael Wood

Found in Translation

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of the translators of this encyclopedic philosophical lexicon – The Dictionary of Untranslatables – examines some of the philosophical, literary and political terms and concepts that defy easy – or any – translation from one language and culture to another. He talks to Daniel Hahn, the national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

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Will Self

Hay Festival 2008, 
The spectacular satirist turns his unforgiving gaze on post-colonialism, multiculturalism, intervention, and moral relativism in the dark and brilliant novel The Butt, winner of the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

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Graham Rankin

The Flowering of Aberglasney

Hay Festival 2010, 
The award-winning story of the restoration of the Welsh gardens, now celebrating their tenth year after reopening.
Graham Rankin

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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

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Tom Holland

Herodotus: The Histories

Hay Festival 2014, 

The classicist introduces his translation of the first work of history, a work that tells us much of what we know about the ancient world. Herodotus was an endlessly curious man, and gathered information about the world around him from as many people and places as he could investigate. Whether it was the pyramids of Egypt, the cannabis habit of the Scythians, the flora and fauna of Arabia or the table dancing of the Athenian aristocracy, he was fascinated by them all. His accounts of the great battles of Marathon and Thermopylae, of Salamis and Plataea, retain to this day a matchless epic quality.

Tom Holland

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20 años sin Muro

Gabriela Adamesteanu en conversación con Olivier Guez

Segovia 2009, 
La periodista, ensayista y escritora rumana Gabriela Adamesteanu conversará con el periodista e historiador francés Olivier Guez.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del rumano, francés y checo al español

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Cars Are Killing The Planet

The Economist Debate

Hay Festival 2006, 
Channel 4 News' Jon Snow chairs as freedom, practicality and pleasure are set against pollution, asthma, global warming and terrifying geopolitics. Will post-petrol tech save the day? Speakers include Jeremy Leggett of SolarCentury, Vijay Vaitheeswaran of The Economist and Edmund King, Executive Director, RAC Foundation.

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Tom Holland and Paul Cartledge

The Greeks 1 - Herodotus

Hay Festival 2012, 
The C5th BC Father of History, who pioneered the systems of ‘inquiry’, holds a mirror up to our own concerns about East and West. Herodotus has an almost modern fascination with the variety of human culture.
 
The first of 13 sessions exploring the wonders of Ancient Greece, as part of our commitment to Britain's Olympic year.

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The Keep

The Genius of the Marches

Hay Festival 2016, 

An entertainment: a constellation of writers, artists and photographers of the Welsh Marches celebrate the first issue of The Keep, Hay’s new literary and arts magazine, with an evening of readings, stories and pictures, under the editorial baton of Iain Finlayson.

With Owen Sheers, Ben Rawlence, Nina Lyon, Jasper Fforde, Soma Ghosh, Oliver Balch, Tom Bullough, Dix and Marsha Arnold.

The Keep

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Alison Weir

Mary Boleyn: ‘The Great And Infamous Whore’

Hay Festival 2013, 

Sister to Anne Boleyn and seduced by two kings, Mary Boleyn has long been the subject of scandal and myth. Her affair with Henry VIII fuelled the shocking annulment of his marriage to Anne, and Mary is rumoured to have borne his child in secret. Chaired by SJ Parris.

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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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Mark Watson with Eric Lampaert and Joel Dommett

Stand-up

Hay Festival 2011, 
The award-winning comedian headlines an evening of sparkling comedy. He really does make the world substantially better.

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Phil Rickman, Belinda Bauer, Elly Griffiths

Rural Noir: Down these mean lanes

Hay Festival 2011, 
Rickman’s Merrily Watkins series is one of the great treasures of contemporary crime fiction set in the Border Country. Bauer’s Exmoor thriller Blacklands won the CWA Gold Dagger. Griffiths’ forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway goes down the mean lanes of Norfolk. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Peter Godwin talks to Richard E Grant

The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe

Hay Festival 2011, 
In 2008 after the election Mugabe lost, the journalist travelled widely through his home country to see the torture bases, the burned villages, the death squads, the opposition leaders in hiding, the last white farmers, the churchmen and the diplomats putting their own lives on the line to stop the carnage.
 
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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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Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Hay Festival 2017, 

A powerful and provocative argument on the role that race and racism play in modern Britain. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism and the inextricable link between class and race, the journalist offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Reni Eddo-Lodge

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David Spiegelhalter

Cambridge Series 6 - Are you taking a Risk or a Chance? Trying to put numbers on uncertainty.

Hay Festival 2012, 
We continually get warned about the risks around us, but the upside of uncertainty is chance and opportunity. The Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk will show how to weigh luck, both bad and good. Chaired by Greg Davies