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Simon Bartram

Bob, the Man on the Moon

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and laugh along as Bob and his special dog Barry take on a new cosmic adventure. Don’t forget to bring a plentiful supply of funny faces!
 
5–8 years

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Simon Mitton

Heart Of Darkness

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is there something rather than nothing? Over the past thirty years, scientists have learned that two little-understood components – dark matter and dark energy – comprise most of the known cosmos, explain the growth of all cosmic structure, and hold the key to the universe’s fate. (This is way beyond rocket science – but riveting and really entertaining.)

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Bob Heath

‘You Say Goodbye…And I Say Hello’

Hay Festival 2013, 

The music therapist specialises in working with people at the end of their lives; he presents and discusses work created by his clients over the last 10 years. Chaired by David Barnard.

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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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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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Rory McGrath

Bearded Tit

Hay Festival 2008, 
The larky comedian rhapsodises his lifelong passion for bird-watching in his Love Story With Feathers.

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Antony Beevor

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner launches his study of the D-Day landings and the liberation battles that turned the war and marked, forever, the relationship between Europe and America.

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David Moore and Peter Wakelin

A Taste Of The Avant-Garde: 56 Group Wales, 56 years

Hay Festival 2013, 

The creation, growth and influence of this still-thriving major grouping of Welsh artists, founded in 1956. Illustrated with images by the artists.

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Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence

Segovia 2006, 
The charismatic rock star and founder of Live Aid talks about music, Ireland and Africa: the G8 leaders, aid programmes and trade tariffs with Peter Florence, Director of the Hay Festival.

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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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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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Georgia Byng and Andy Stanton

Super Powers

Hay Festival 2008, 
Byng’s once-miserable orphan, Molly Moon, finds excitement and bizarre adventure through her hypnotic abilities. Stanton’s dastardly anti-hero Mr Gum is even more menacing and laugh-out-loud wicked with the use of his Power Crystals. The authors talk adventure, laughter and character with Jonathan Douglas.

Hay Fever 8 yrs +

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Bharat Malkani

Capital Punishment

Hay Festival 2015, 

On the 50th anniversary of the last execution to take place in the UK, Malkani, a lecturer at Birmingham Law School, discusses why we are better off without the death penalty and why British efforts to promote the worldwide abolition of capital punishment should be supported. UN statistics suggest the five countries with the highest number of state executions annually are, in order, China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States of America.

Bharat Malkani

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Eduardo Arroyo in conversation with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla

My Words, Others’ Words

Segovia 2013, 

Artist, writer, acute analyst, astonishing instigator, aware of what surrounds him, original, unclassifiable, Eduardo Arroyo is internationally recognised as one of the greatest exponents of Spanish culture. He speaks with Jesús Ruiz Mantilla about art, politics and history. As a voluntary exile Arroyo has been a witness to the civil uprising in Paris in May 68 and to the diatribes of the eternal Italy which he experienced in the seventies until his return to the establishment rocking ¨movida¨ in Spain. He is still a witness to the current Spain, with all of its wounds. They will read their texts.

 

Co-organised with the Biblioteca Nacional de España, with the collaboration of Fundación del Banco Sabadell.

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Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow

The Raymond Williams Dialogue: The Ideas That Make Us

Hay Festival 2015, 

A classicist and a neuroscientist explore the Ancient Greek words Liberty, Comedy, Charisma, Xenia, Wisdom and Peace and travel both forwards and backwards in time, investigating how these ideas have been moulded by history and have made an impact on history and the human experience. Hughes is the author of Helen of Troy – Goddess, Whore and The Hemlock Cup. Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientist for her work in communication.

Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow

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Salman Rushdie

The Festival Lecture: The Composite Artist

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist tells tales of demons, dragons and derring-do in this magnificently illustrated lecture about the 100 Indian artists who created the Hamza-nama paintings for the C16th Grand Mughal Akbar.

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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.
 
More about Peter Godwin

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Orlando Figes talks to Oliver Bullough

Crimea

Hay Festival 2011, 
A magisterial account of the terrible C19th war of land and religion that gave us The Charge of the Light Brigade, Sebastopol and Florence Nightingale as it pitted Imperial Russia against Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire.
 
More about Orlando Figes

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Hay Writers Circle

Hay Festival 2010, 
New writing from the local creative writing group. 

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.

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Will Self talks to Alexander Linklater

Hay Festival 2006, 
The superverbal and imaginatively thrilling novelist and journalist launches his The Book of Dave, based around the rants of Dave Roth, a disgruntled East End taxi driver, who writes his woes down and buries them only to have them discovered 500 years later and used as the sacred text for a religion that has taken hold in the flooded remnants of London.

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John Bird in conversation with Marcel Berlins

The Necessity Of Poverty

Hay Festival 2013, 

The founder of The Big Issue mounts a blistering attack on orthodox thinking around the gap between rich and poor, sparing neither himself nor others in identifying what needs to be done to end poverty.

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Menena Cottin y Laura Lucero Márquez en conversación con Sergio Dahbar

Cierra los ojos que vamos a ver. Una historia de motivación y amor por los libros.

Cartagena 2013, 
La escritora venezolana Menena Cottin, junto con la ilustradora Rosana Faría, ganó el Premio Nuevos Horizontes 2007 en la Feria del Libro de Bolonia con El libro negro de los colores, la historia de un niño que le explica a otro niño, invidente, cómo son los colores. La obra también fue seleccionada como uno de los diez mejores libros ilustrados del año por The New York Times. Durante la presentación del libro en México, Menena conversa con una chica invidente, Laura Lucero Márquez, presente en la audiencia. Ambas entablan amistad e intercambian cartas en lo que se convierte en una historia de superación, amistad y motivación. Ahora un libro recoge las cartas de ambas y habla de las singulares relaciones entre la escritura, la lectura, la ceguera y la capacidad de avanzar en la vida a pesar de los obstáculos. Con Menena Cottin y Laura Lucero Márquez, en conversación con Sergio Dahbar.

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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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Robert Muchamore and Sophie McKenzie

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two of our bestselling writers of adventure novels for young adults talk about their writing. Muchamore introduces his new novel Rock War, and looks back on ten years of his bestselling CHERUB series; and McKenzie discusses Split Second, her action-packed new thriller. Both authors create plots full of excitement, intrigue and adventure, and here is your chance to find out how it’s done.
Duration 45 minutes
11+ years

Robert Muchamore and Sophie McKenzie

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Barbara Kingsolver

Flight Behaviour

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Orange Prize-winning author of The Lacuna discusses her suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial set in the Appalachian Mountains. Chaired by Ted Hodgkinson.