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Anne Applebaum

Iron Curtain: The Crushing Of Eastern Europe 1944–56

Hay Festival 2013, 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag mines new archive material to chronicle Stalin’s brutal evisceration of the civil societies newly liberated from Nazi occupation as his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to a completely new political and moral system: communism. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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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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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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Mansur Rajih, Pegah Ahmadi and Basim Mardan talk to Shenaz Kedar

People Power in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2011, 
Exiled writers from Yemen, Iran and Iraq discuss their work and the upheavals in the Middle East with the director of the Writers' Centre Norwich Shahrazad project.

Decades of silence, self-censorship and repression have been confronted by an explosion of social demands and movements for change by the people for the people stretching from Tunisia across the Middle East. What kind of reforms are needed to satisfy the dreams and demands of the people? Join Shenaz Kedar in a panel discussion with exiled International Cities of Refuge writers Mansur Rajih (Yemen), Pegah Ahmadi (Iran) and Basim Mardan (Iraq) for a discussion on these issues and their hopes for the future. 

This is a Writers’ Centre Norwich Shahrazad event organised as part of our Norwich City of Refuge scheme and supported by the EU Culture programme.

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development organisation focused on the artistic and social power of creative writing. www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

Norwich City of Refuge
Under the auspices of WCN, Norwich joined the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) In July 2006 and remains the only UK City of Refuge. We use literature to raise awareness of issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees in imaginative and engaging ways through a varied arts education programme.

Shahrazad is a Europe-wide collaboration between five International Cities of Refuge that spreads the stories of refugee and exiled writers who have found sanctuary in Europe through the Cities of Refuge Network (www.icorn.org). It is run by literary organizations in Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Stavanger, Stockholm and Norwich. www.shahrazadeu.org

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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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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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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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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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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Anthony Horowitz, Yrsa Sigurđardóttir and SJ Parris

OxCrimes 2

Hay Festival 2014, 

Following the success of OxTales and OxTravels we are thrilled to launch our third collaboration with Profile Books with a reading of three stories from this collection of short crime fictions donated by some of the greatest crime-writers in the English language. Horowitz is the creator of Foyle’s War, the Alex Rider series and The House of Silk. Sigurđardóttir is the author of the global bestselling Thóra Gudmundsdóttir crime novels. They read and talk with the author of the Giordano Bruno books, the latest of which is Treachery.

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Anthony Horowitz, Yrsa Sigurđardóttir and SJ Parris

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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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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.

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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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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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Rita Carter

Multiplicity: The New Science of Personality

Hay Festival 2008, 
Multiple personalities are traditionally the stuff of horror movies, thrillers and bizarre mental disorders. Rita Carter argues that every one of us consists of different and often competing selves.

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Caspar Lee and Emily Riordan Lee talk to Peter Florence and Alice Key

Caspar Lee: the Book

Hay Festival 2016, 

YouTube sensation Caspar Lee and his mum Emily Riordan Lee discuss the power of social media and life at the heart of it, including details about their now-famous mother/son relationship. Join them in conversation with the Hay Festival Director.

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Philip Parker

The Northmen’s Fury: A History of the Viking World

Hay Festival 2014, 

One summer’s day in 793, death arrived from the sea. The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne were the first Vikings – sea-borne attackers, adventurers and traders who brought two centuries of terror to northern Europe and North America. Chaired by Katrin Bennhold.

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Elif Batuman and Carolina Sanin talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fictions: Identities

Hay Festival 2017, 

Selin, a tall, highly strung Turkish-American from New Jersey gets involved with a cosmopolitan Serb and a Hungarian mathematician. At once clever and clueless, Batuman’s novel The Idiot shows us with perfect hilarity and soulful inquisitiveness just how messy it can be to forge a self. From imagined worlds to lost loves, Sanin’s The Children explores the limits of isolation and intimacy, motherhood, neglect and compassion.

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Horatio Clare

Myths & Legends of the Brecon Beacons

Hay Festival 2017, 

Discover the magic and myths hidden in the rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons. Find Arthur and his knights sleeping away the decades in a cave, and go on the search for the White Lady of Tretower Court with the award-winning author of Down To The Sea In Ships, The Prince’s Pen and Orison for a Curlew. Chaired by Peter Florence.

Horatio Clare

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Thomas Penn

Winter King

Hay Festival 2012, 
It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and counter-coups. Henry VII had clambered to the top of the heap - a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who through luck, guile and ruthlessness had managed to win the throne and stay on it for sixteen years. Although he built palaces, hosted jousts, gave out lavish presents and sent ambassadors across Europe, for many he remained a usurper, a false king.
 
But Henry had a crucial asset: his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. Now, in what would be the crowning glory of his reign, his elder son would marry a great Spanish princess. On a cold November day this girl, the sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, arrived in London for a wedding upon which the fate of England would hinge...
 
In his remarkable debut, historian Thomas Penn recreates an England which is both familiar and very strange - a country that seems medieval yet modern, in which honour and chivalry mingle with espionage, realpolitik, high finance and corruption. It is the story of the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at its heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power.

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Anne-Marie Imafidon

Eat. Sleep. STEM. Repeat. Why The Future is Girl-Led

Hay Festival 2017, 

Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers. Come and meet one of the world’s most inspiring and brilliant mathematicians, co-founder of Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

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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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Maggie Ross talks to Rachael Kerr

Silence

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Anglican solitary and theologian, whose Writing the Icon of the Heart has been described by Rowan Williams as ‘a really transformative book’, explains how ‘the work of silence’ can help us toward a deeper understanding of God. Duration 45 minutes.

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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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John Sweeney talks to Guto Harri

The Church Of Fear

Hay Festival 2013, 

The investigative journalist looks Inside The Weird World Of Scientology and paints a devastating picture of this strange organisation – from former Scientologists who tell heartbreaking stories of families torn apart and lives ruined to its current followers who say it is the solution to many of mankind’s problems.

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Oliver James, Cassandra Jardine, Judith Woods and Victoria Woodhall

How to Manage Big Family Issues of the 21st Century

Hay Festival 2011, 
Influential family journalists and authors address some of the most pressing issues facing parents today. Chaired by Susanna Reid.
 
Speaker: Oliver James – Columnist, Guardian Family and author of They F*** You Up
Focus: First in School, Last in Life? – Good and bad tactics for getting your children to work
 
Speaker: Cassandra Jardine – Features Writer, The Telegraph and author of How to Be a Better Parent
Focus: Protecting children from the evils of today
 
Speaker: Judith Woods – Parenting and Family Journalist, The Telegraph
Focus: The cost of raising a family today
 
Speaker: Victoria Woodhall – Deputy Features Editor, YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday
Focus: Issues facing families with women's roles in the workplace increasing
 
Chair: Susanna Reid – Presenter, BBC Breakfast and UK Youth Ambassador