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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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Karl Ove Knausgård talks to Razia Iqbal

Fictions – Boyhood Island

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Norwegian writer’s six-volume autobiographical novel My Struggle is one of the great masterpieces of contemporary literature. He discusses volume 3, Boyhood Island. ‘It’s unbelievable. I need the next volume like crack. It’s completely blown my mind.’ – Zadie Smith. He is the winner of the 2014 Hay Festival Medal for Prose.

Karl Ove Knausgård talks to Razia Iqbal

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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 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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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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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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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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Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

Talking Funny

Hay Festival 2015, 

Just because you can say funny things doesn’t mean you can write funny things. Three of the best comedy writers spill the beans on what makes a good script. The writers Will Smith (The Thick of It and Veep) and Steve Punt (The Now Show, The Mary Whitehouse Experience) talk to Marcus Brigstocke.

Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

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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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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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Jon Gower, Jeremy Moore, Tomos Williams

At Water’s Edge

Hay Festival 2012, 
As the All-Wales Coast Path opens to the public, the writer is joined by his fellow-travelling photographer and trumpeter to explore the country’s 870-mile edge, where land meets sea.

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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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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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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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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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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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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem

Hay Festival 2011, 
The biography of the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
 
Read a review of Jerusalem

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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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Richard Layard and Judy Dunn talk to Rosie Boycott

A Good Childhood

Hay Festival 2009, 
Is life really more difficult for children than it was, and if so why? And how can we make it better?

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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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Sophia Bennett

The Look

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the creator of Threads, as she talks to Lucy Peden, Features Editor at Bliss magazine in a special event about following your (secret) dreams. Sophia and Lucy will be discussing image and how to cope with life's big ups and downs like teenager Ted, the main character in her new book The Look.
 
Plus buy a ticket for this event and you get the chance to win tea with Sophia and Lucy afterwards in a VIP area!
 
12+ years

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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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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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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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Doris Lessing talks to Marianne Ponsford

Segovia 2006, 
Doris Lessing, author of The Golden Notebook, one of the world's greatest living writers, discusses her literary career with Marianne Ponsford, Director of the cultural magazine Arcadia. The author, who has been awarded numerous international literary prizes (Somerset Maugham Award from the Society of Authors, Prix Médicis, Austrian State Prize for European Literature, German Federal Republic Shakespeare Prize, Mondello Prize, Grinzane Cavour Prize, etc.), is a prolific writer and her most recent novels are The Sweetest Dream and the collection of stories The Grandmothers. She received the Príncipe de Asturias Prize in 2001.