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Max Hastings

The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945

Hay Festival 2016, 

The journalist and war historian links tales of high courage ashore, at sea and in the air to the work of the brilliant boffins at home, battling the enemy’s technology. Most of the strivings, adventures and sacrifices of spies, Resistance, Special Forces and even of the code-breakers were wasted, Hastings says, but a fraction was so priceless that no nation begrudged lives and treasure spent in the pursuit of jewels of knowledge. The book tells stories of high policy and human drama, illuminating the fantastic machinations of secret war.

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Julia Donaldson

The Detective Dog

Hay Festival 2016, 

Julia Donaldson gives a first peek at Detective Dog Nell, her latest character, in a sensational all-singing, all-dancing performance. Join Julia and her friends as they introduce a dog who not only has super powers of smell but can also help children learn to read.

3+
Julia Donaldson

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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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Matthew Rice

Rice’s Architectural Primer

Hay Festival 2010, 
The illustrator and designer charts the grammar and vocabulary of British buildings, explaining the evolution of styles from Norman castles to Norman Foster.
Matthew Rice

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Gavin Francis

Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins

Hay Festival 2013, 

One man, fourteen months, the world’s loneliest continent, minus 50°C, and the magnificent Emperor Penguins for company through a summer of perpetual sunshine into winter months of darkness.

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Owen Sheers

Screening: Poem From Llanybri

Hay Festival 2009, 
The poet and author presents a preview screening of his programme about ‘Poem From Llanybri’ by Lynette Roberts from his BBC4 series, A Poet’s Guide to Britain.

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

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CILIP Kate Greenaway Breakfast

Hay Festival 2010, 
Join Grahame Baker Smith (Leon & the Place Between) and Viviane Schwarz (There are Cats in this Book) as they draw and chat about creating picture books, as well as their shortlisting for one of the most prestigious awards for children's illustration. For all generations of readers – parents, youngsters and aspiring illustrators alike. Chaired by Children's Laureate and twice winner of the CILIP Greenaway Medal Anthony Browne
 
Complimentary Cafédirect coffee will be served.
 
Family event
 
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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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Rocío de Isasa, Carmen Navarro, Xavi Ayen, Violeta Monreal and Pedro de Andrés

What can we do to get more readers?

Segovia 2014, 

What resources are required to encourage people to read in Spain? How can we promote and encourage reading, and thereby ensure Spain is regarded as one of the more developed countries? Rocío de Isasa of Maeva Publishing, Carmen Navarro, Director of Escuela newspaper, author and illustratorVioleta Monreal andXavi Ayen, journalist for La Vanguardia newspaper, discuss these issues and other topics in an event chaired by the President of CEDRO, Pedro de Andrés.

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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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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.
 
10+ years

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David Spiegelhalter and Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

The Royal Society Platform – Teenage Kicks

Hay Festival 2012, 
How do you explain teenage behaviour? What are the risks and the rewards they’re juggling?
 

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Ben Dyson

Modernising Money

Hay Festival 2013, 

Why is the current monetary system broken and how can it be fixed? At the heart of the ongoing economic crisis is the fact that governments across the world have given the power to create money to the private corporations that we know as banks. It doesn’t need to be this way – the founder and director of Positive Money explains.

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Eoin Colfer

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

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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Adam Hart-Davis

The Book Of Time

Winter Weekend 2011, 
Philosophers, scientists and religions have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. From the Ancient Indian ghati to the latest atomic clock, Adam explores measuring time and time travel. Make time to join him.

More about The Book of Time
In The Book of Time we see how philosophers, scientists and religions have tried to explain time as everything from a perfect cycle to ever-increasing chaos. We see how time works in the natural world and in our own bodies and minds, and how we've tried to measure it – first with calendars, then with increasingly sophisticated devices, from the Ancient Indian ghati to the latest atomic clock. And from Aristotle to Einstein, we explore how time has been essential for scientists in their quest to understand the universe and everything in it. Not forgetting the deliciously weird world of time travel, explaining what is fact and what is fiction. This is the kind of book that you can dip into or read in depth – but either way we promise time will just fly by...
Adam Hart-Davis

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Juan Manuel Santos, Javier Moreno, Carlos Fuentes y Sergio Ramírez

Ideas for a changing world

Cartagena 2012, 
We invite figures from the world of culture and politics to present us with a great idea for the future. We give them carte blanche, and so they can talk about any field, whether it be philosophy, physics, religion, the environment, literature, or anything else. They will talk to Alejandro Santos, director of Semana

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Montagu Don and Derry Moore

Great Gardens of Italy

Hay Festival 2011, 
To appreciate a garden fully you must also know something of the food grown and eaten in the area, of the politics, religion and weather, and of the dreams for the garden’s future as well as the glories of its past.

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Edward Davey, Tony Cocker and Jane Davidson

The Future of Energy Series 1 - Low Carbon and Economic Growth

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is it possible to have economic growth within a low carbon economy? The Secretary of State, E-ON CEO and INSPIRE Director discuss the opportunities and threats facing us as we face a changing energy world.
 

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Thomas Friedman

That Used To Be Us

Hay Festival 2012, 
The New York Times foreign affairs writer looks at What Went Wrong with America - and How It Can Come Back. Chaired by Nik Gowing.

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Richard Kerridge, Jane Davidson and guests

The 2014 INSPIRE Lecture: Literature and Sustainability

Hay Festival 2014, 

This year’s INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Literature and Sustainability lecture is given by Richard Kerridge, nature writer, critic and author of Cold Blood. The lecture is followed by a discussion with the 2013 INSPIRE winners, Dr Jayne Archer and Prof Richard Marggraff Turley, and the chair of ASLE-UKI, Adeline Johns-Putra, chaired by the director of INSPIRE, Jane Davidson. 

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Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

Radical

Hay Festival 2015, 

Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) where he played a leading and international role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. Arriving in Egypt the day before 9/11, his views soon led to his arrest, imprisonment and mental torture, before being thrown into solitary confinement in a Cairo jail reserved for political prisoners. There, while mixing with everyone from the assassins of Egypt’s president to Liberal reformists, he underwent an intellectual transformation and, on his release after four years, he publicly renounced the Islamist ideology that had defined his life. This move would cost him his marriage, his family and his friends as well as his personal security.

Nawaz now works all over the world to counter Islamism and to promote democratic ideals through his organisation, the Quilliam Foundation, and is standing for Parliament.

Maajid Nawaz talks to Oliver Bullough

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Helen Peters

The Secret Hen House Theatre

Hay Festival 2012, 
A heart-warming debut that will whisk you away in the spirit of The Swish of the Curtain and I Capture the Castle. A treat.
 
9+ years

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Judith Kerr

Hay Festival 2008, 
As the treasured picture book celebrates its fiftieth birthday the much loved author talks to Julia Eccleshare about her children’s classics–from the classroom staple When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit to the serial adventures of Mog the Cat.

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Tom Palmer

Football Quiz

Hay Festival 2010, 
The creator of the Football Academy and Football Detective series tests your knowledge of the beautiful game. Get ready for an awesome penalty shoot-out!
 
8–12 years

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Baltasar Garzón in conversation with Eduardo Martín de Pozuelo

Universal Justice

Segovia 2010, 
Judge Baltasar Garzón, currently an adviser at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, will talk to Eduardo Martín de Pozuelo, a writer, journalist and coordinator of the news section on terrorism at La Vanguardia newspaper, about the significance of the development of universal justice in present-day society.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English will be provided.