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Bruce Robinson talks to Dylan Jones

Hay Festival 2012, 
The screenwriter and director discusses his work, from the Oscar-winning Killing Fields to his 2011 collaboration with Johnny Depp on The Rum Diary See also events 459 and 493.

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David Gilman

The Ultimate Survival Quiz

Hay Festival 2009, 
Fancy yourself as the next ultimate survival daredevil? Then this is the place for you.  Come and test your knowledge in this super buzzer quiz and pick up a few tips for those tricky situations from the author of the adrenalin-fuelled Danger Zone series. Look out Bear & Ray!

9–14 years

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William Dalrymple & Vidya Shah

British Council Series - The Last Mughal (Concert Version)

Hay Festival 2012, 
The author and the celebrated North Indian singer celebrate the bygone era of India's last Mughals, bringing to life a world of emperors, poets, courtesans, politics, bayonets, intrigue and love through word and music.
 

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MJ Hyland, DBC Pierre and Paolo Giordano

Story: Like Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
An exclusive preview of this summer’s most brilliant novel, Hyland’s humane and riveting masterpiece This is How. DBC Pierre reads from his Hay Festival Press story Suddenly Doctor Cox. And introducing the European no.1 bestseller, Giordano’s astounding The Solitude of Prime Numbers. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Ben Cort

Aliens in Underpants

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join the star illustrator of this intergalactic series, with a visit from a very special extraterrestrial guest. Prizes for the best underpants brought to Hay, so get creating!
 
4–7 years

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Titans

Hay Festival 2013, 

The historian traces his adventures in history from Stalin and the Borgias to Catherine The Great and Mrs Thatcher.

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David Crystal

The Perils of Being a Linguist

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Word Prof casts a humorous eye over a career of dangerous encounters – kidnapping and assassination, assault and murder, bribery and corruption, belly-dancers and red-light districts, revolutions and spies.

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Alanna Mitchell

Seasick: The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean

Hay Festival 2009, 
99% of the planet’s living space is undergoing vast chemical changes at the hand of man.

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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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David Eagleman

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Cartagena 2011, 
How do you imagine life after death? David Eagleman, neurologist and writer, talks to us about Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, a novel that the Wall Street Journal describes as “imaginative and ingenious”, translated into 23 languages and a bestseller in a number of countries. The book’s stories are inspired by both fiction and science, creating a universe of possibilities that is sure to move us. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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David Mitchell talks to Rosie Goldsmith

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet

Hay Festival 2010, 
The astounding new novel by the author of Cloud Atlas is set in Japan in 1799.
David Mitchell talks to Rosie Goldsmith

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Andrew Mottram

The God Boxes

Hay Festival 2009, 
Until the Reformation churches were huge multi-functional spaces. There was no other centre. No pubs. No civic centres or courts. Everything happened in the parish church. Then it all got stuck. The church became a ‘God box’ full of pews. The radical Director of Ecclesiastical Property Solutions discusses the role of church buildings in their communities today.

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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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Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Balancing Acts

Hay Festival 2017, 

You start with a vision, and you deliver a compromise. You want a play to be challenging, ambitious, nuanced and complicated. You also want it to sell tickets. You want to make art, and you know you’re in show-business. The inside story of 12 years at the helm of The National Theatre is a story of lunatic failures and spectacular successes. Its cast includes the likes of Alan Bennett, Maggie Smith, Mike Leigh, Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and, of course, William Shakespeare.

Nicholas Hytner talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Subverting the Media

Hay Festival 2008, 
Nick Davies, author of Flat Earth News, Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, and Editorial Intelligence chief Julia Hosbawm talk to Matthew Engel about what really goes on in newsrooms and why our papers are the way they are.

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Simon Jenkins

A Short History of England

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great and good journalist introduces his bold, taut history that identifies the key players and moments of change from the Saxon dawn of nationhood to the establishment of coalition government.
 
In association with The National Trust, Wales

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National Literacy Trust

National Literacy Trust - Breakfast Seminar

Hay Festival 2012, 
The National Literacy Trust, with author Frank Cottrell Boyce, will offer a unique insight into the effective teaching of writing to primary school children in Key Stages 1 and 2. The challenges of composition make writing arguably the most difficult of literacy skills to teach and learn. This fast-paced and interactive breakfast seminar will introduce the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach which has been proven to significantly accelerate pupil progress. You will learn how to cultivate a love of words and language; develop oral storytelling skills; and help pupils internalise language patterns to become more confident writers. Frank Cottrell Boyce, award-winning children’s author of Millions and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again will give a reading and take part in a Q&A session on children’s writing.
 
Duration 45 mins.
 
Donations towards the National Literacy Trust on the door.

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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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Emma Smith

Shakespeare’s First Folio

Hay Festival 2016, 

In late November 1623, the publisher Edward Blount finally took delivery at his bookshop, at the sign of the Black Bear near St Paul’s, of a book that had long been in the making: Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Professor Smith tells the story of that first collected edition of the plays, and follows the journeys of individual copies now located around the world with their tell-tale annotations, wine stains, provenance and uses.

Emma Smith

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Edmund de Waal

The Wellcome Book Prize Lecture Memory and Memorial: Writing About the End of Life

Hay Festival 2018, 

There is a burgeoning literature on end-of-life writing, on grief, bereavement and memorial. Edmund de Waal talks about mortality and how it is reflected across different genres and art-forms from the poetry of Anne Carson and Max Porter, the memoirs of Paul Kalanithi and Marion Coutts, to the writings of Atul Gawande and Julia Samuel.  He will also discuss his own porcelain installations and collaborations that explore ideas of memorial. The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature, arts and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human. Edmund De Waal, chair of judges for the 2018 prize, is an artist and writer, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes and The White Road.

Edmund de Waal

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David Sinden, Matthew Morgan and Guy MacDonald

Alien Invaders

Hay Festival 2012, 
Evil aliens and toxic planets…an awesome space adventure with the energetic trio behind the YUCK! series.
 
7+ years

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Ed Kessler

Cambridge 800 Series: Isaac and Ishmael – what next?

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Executive Director of the Centre for Study of Muslim–Jewish Relations surveys the state of play.

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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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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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Luke Gamble

My Wild and Wonderful Friends

Hay Festival 2011, 
The vet tells the tales of his New Forest and Dorset practices.

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