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Basharat Peer

The 2010 Rotblat Lecture: Curfewed Night

Hay Festival 2010, 
A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir that won the Crossword Prize. Chaired by Jon Snow.
Basharat Peer

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Kevin Crossley-Holland and Philip Reeve

CILIP Carnegie Celebratory Event Arthur

Hay Festival 2008, 
Kevin Crossley-Holland and Philip Reeve–both winners of the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction and both shortlisted for the 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal–discuss Arthurian legend with Claire Armitstead.

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Eoin Colfer and Mark Billingham

In Conversation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The old pro crime master, creator of the DI Thorne series, discusses the dark side with the ingenious creator of Artemis Fowl, who launches his first adult crime novel Plugged.
 
Plugged - Eoin Colfer

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Simon Schama

Engineering the Holy Land

Hay Festival 2012, 
It was the Victorians who began the romance with the Holy Land that would lead to Britain becoming the mentor of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. And they did it with photographs and ordnance survey maps and dreams of the perfect waterworks for Jerusalem. The historian explains how.

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Guy Walters

The Real Great Escape

Hay Festival 2013, 

Squadron Leader Roger Bushell masterminded an attempt to smuggle hundreds of POWs down a tunnel built right under the noses of the guards of Stalag Luft III, a top-security prisoner-of-war camp for captured Allied airmen in Lower Silesia. Great movie. The truth is stranger and more wonderful. Chaired by Mark Skipworth.

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Digby Jones talks to Andrew Simms

Fixing Britain: The Business of Reshaping Our Nation

Hay Festival 2011, 
The former Trade Minister and CBI Director General, now firmly and widely back in the private sector while remaining an active crossbencher in the Lords, prescribes a future for industry and politics. He is joined by author and nef Fellow Andrew Simms.
Fixing Britain - Lord Digby Jones & Michael Wilson

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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

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Ruby Wax, Gelong Thubten, Ash Ranpura

How To Be Human

Hay Festival 2018, 

Comedian, writer and performer Ruby Wax, with some help from monk Gelong Thubten and neuroscientist Ash Ranpura, has delved deeply into what it means to be human in an age obsessed with the latest technology. She now provides a manual to upgrade our minds so that they don’t get left behind. In this event Ruby, Ash and Thubten talk about brains, bodies and mindfulness.

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Alistair MacGowan talks to Fiona Lindsay

First Impressions

Hay Festival 2009, 
Mimicry, satire, football and Shakespeare are on the agenda for the platinum-tongued actor.

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Kamila Shamsie and Reif Larsen talk to Claire Armitstead

Story: Maps

Hay Festival 2009, 
Shamsie’s epic Burnt Shadows weaves history through Nagasaki, Pakistan, Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan. Larsen’s The Selected Works of TS Spivet sends his 12-year-old genius map-maker on a journey across America in a debut full of wonders.

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Bridget Christie, Tony Law, James Acaster and Nish Kumar hosted by Ed Gamble

The Machynlleth Comedy Festival Showcase

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Saturday Night Showcase returns, featuring the best breaking comedians and the comet-tailed stars of our fabulous sister festival over the mountains. You’ll hear them here second!

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Peter Florence and guests

The 25th Anniversary Alphabet

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the festival director and a glittering galaxy of guests, each of whom will take a letter or two for a two-minute adventure. Full details of the line-up will be published online on 30 May.
 
Proceeds from the gala will fund access to the education programme for local schools

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Jeremy Strong

Going For Gold

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Animal Games are coming to town, but can Streaker bring home a medal? Join this comic maestro as he introduces the sequel to his much-loved The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog.
 
7+ years

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Roy Hattersley

In Search of England

Hay Festival 2010, 
An engaging and entertaining tour of the countryside in the most agreeable company.

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Joumana Haddad, Adania Shibli, Youssef Rakha

Beirut39 II

Hay Festival 2010, 
Three writers selected among the best young authors in the Arab world discuss their work with Anita Sethi.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket. 
Joumana Haddad, Adania Shibli, Youssef Rakha

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Daisy Goodwin and SJ Parris talk to Diana Quick

Fictions: Period Pieces

Hay Festival 2011, 
Goodwin’s My Last Duchess is a tale of love and money as an American princess is pitched into C19th English society. Prophecy is a C16th thriller set within the sectarian espionage of Elizabeth I’s court.
My Last Duchess - Daisy Goodwin
Heresy - S. J. Parris

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Books in the cloud

Segovia 2011, 
Technology has brought about new ways to access books. One of the latest trends for reading is through streaming or “in the cloud”. What does this consist? How does this affect author, publisher and reader? Alberto Olmos, writer; Manuela Lara, development and project director at Santillana Negocios Digitales, and Javier Celaya, director of Dosdoce.com. Chaired by Pedro de Andrés, president of the Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos (CEDRO).

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Esperanza Ortega and Gustavo Martín Garzo in conversation with José María Merino

Letras náufragas

Segovia 2010, 
A conversation about the work of these creators born in Castile and León, literary creation and the craft of writing.

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Ian Beck & Glenn Dakin

Secrets, Smog & Steampunk

Hay Festival 2010, 
Travel in time for gothic adventure and intrigue in Pastworld and Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
 
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Tracy Borman

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty

Hay Festival 2016, 

Even in their most private moments, the Tudor monarchs were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed. The Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces uses the personal notes from these courtier intimates to give a revelatory picture of the Tudors’ private lives.

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Richard Dawkins

Science in the Soul

Hay Festival 2018, 

The uncompromising and passionate rationalist calls on us to insist that reason take centre stage and that gut feelings, even when they don’t represent the stirred, dark waters of xenophobia, misogyny, or other blind prejudice, should stay out of the voting booth. He investigates a number of issues, including the importance of empirical evidence, and decries bad science, religion in the schools, and climate-change deniers. Dawkins has equal ardour for ‘the sacred truth of nature’ and renders with typical virtuosity the glories and complexities of the natural world. When so many highly placed people still question the fact of evolution, Dawkins asks what Darwin would make of his own legacy - 'a mixture of exhilaration and exasperation'– and celebrates science as possessing many of religion’s virtues – 'explanation, consolation, and uplift' – without its detriments of superstition and prejudice. Chaired by LBC's Matt Stadlen.

Richard Dawkins

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Country Living Debate: No Cows = No Countryside

Rosie Boycott, Charlotte Hollins, Peter Kindersley, Roger Williams MP, Jane Clarke, Barbara Crowther

Hay Festival 2007, 
With 18% of us buying British food, thousands of farms have been lost and the countryside is endangered. Rosie Boycott talks to farmers Peter and Juliet Kindersley, Roger Williams MP, Charlotte Hollins of Fordhall Farms, Jane Clarke, Meat buyer for Waitrose and Barbara Crowther of the Fairtrade Foundation about the Fair Trade for British Farmers campaign, and how we can help rural Britain by changing our food-shopping habits.

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Karen Armstrong talks to Melvyn Bragg

The Great Transformation

Hay Festival 2006, 
Between 800 and 300 BC there was an explosion of new religious concepts fundamentally transforming our understanding of what it is to be human. But why did Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jeremiah, Lao Tzu and others all emerge in this 500-year span? And why do they have such similar ideas about humanity?

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Eoin Colfer

Hay Festival 2008, 
Airman is the newest swashbuckling adventure from the brilliantly entertaining creator of Artemis Fowl.

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Bettany Hughes, Tom Holland, Tim Whitmarsh, Charlotte Higgins

The Greeks 4 - Sparta vs Athens

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists balloon-debate the strengths of the two superpower city States who fought the Peleponnesian War 431-404 BC - the artistic Athenian democracy and the military oligarchy in Sparta.