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Will Self

Hay Festival 2008, 
The spectacular satirist turns his unforgiving gaze on post-colonialism, multiculturalism, intervention, and moral relativism in the dark and brilliant novel The Butt, winner of the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

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Ranulph Fiennes

Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Coldest Temperatures on Earth

Winter Weekend 2013, 

Cold is a celebration of lives dedicated to researching and exploring some of the most hostile and brutally cold places on Earth. Documenting both his own explorations and those of others such as Shackleton, Cook and Amundsen, the famous adventurer and explorer reveals the chequered history of man’s attempts to discover and understand these remote areas of the planet.

Ranulph Fiennes

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Mark Watson with Eric Lampaert and Joel Dommett

Stand-up

Hay Festival 2011, 
The award-winning comedian headlines an evening of sparkling comedy. He really does make the world substantially better.

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Lucy Worsley

Jane Austen at Home

Hay Festival 2017, 

Honouring the bicentenary of the novelist’s death, Worsley tells the story of Austen’s life and shows us how and why she lived as she did, examining the places and spaces that mattered to her. It wasn’t all country houses and ballrooms, but a life that was often a painful struggle.

Lucy Worsley

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Simon Garfield

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

Hay Festival 2011, 
About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, and about Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi.

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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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Hugh Thomas

The Golden Age

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Hispanist historian cross-examines The Spanish Empire of Charles V – a time of unprecedented colonial conquest and subjugation in South America. Chaired by Revel Guest.
 
Read a review of The Golden Age www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians mock the news and newsmongers.

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Peter Carey talks to Martha Kearney

Talking Books

Hay Festival 2016, 

A conversation with the Australian novelist who has won the Booker Prize twice – with Oscar and Lucinda in 1988 and True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001.

His latest novel is Amnesia: A Novel. When Gaby Baillieux, a young woman from suburban Melbourne, releases the Angel Worm into the computers of Australia’s prison system, hundreds of asylum-seekers walk free. Worse: the system is run by an American corporation, so some 5,000 US prisons are also infected. Doors spring open. Both countries’ secrets threaten to pour out. Was this intrusion a mistake, or has Gaby declared cyberwar on the US?

Felix Moore – known to himself as “Australia’s last serving left-wing journalist”– has no doubt. Gaby’s act was part of the covert conflict between Australia and America that dates back decades. While she goes to ground, Felix begins his pursuit of her in order to write her story; to save her, and himself, and maybe his country. 

Peter Carey talks to Martha Kearney

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The Intelligence Squared Debate

This House would rescind the UK invitation to the Pope

Hay Festival 2010, 
David Aaronovitch & Johann Hari vs. Helena Kennedy & Phillippe Sands

'This house would rescind the Pope's invitation to the UK'

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Timothy Garton Ash and Slawomir Sierakowski talk to Anita Prazmowska

Solidarity, 1989

Hay Festival 2009, 
Twenty years on, leading participants and commentators assess the progress and effects of the Polish revolution.

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Jacqueline Wilson

Wave Me Goodbye

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join Jacqueline Wilson as she introduces her new book, set in the Second World War. She will also discuss how she started her writing career and created some of her best-loved characters including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather.

There will be no book signing after this event but printed bookplates with Jacqueline’s signature will be available with every book bought in the Festival Bookshop.

Age 9+
Jacqueline Wilson

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Simon Singh

The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Winter Weekend 2013, 

The writers of The Simpsons are so fascinated by mathematics that they have drip-fed morsels of number theory into the series over the last twenty-five years – so many that they could form the basis of an entire university course. The author of The Codebook and Fermat’s Last Theorem uses specific episodes to explain concepts ranging from pi and the paradox of infinity to the origins of numbers.

Simon Singh

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Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

Misogynation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The Everyday Sexism founder reflects on the true scale of the challenge to our aspirations to equality. From Weinstein to Westminster, from banter to consent, and from the President’s Club to equal pay, she makes a passionate argument for stepping back, opening our eyes and allowing ourselves to address the bigger picture.

She talks to the writer Owen Sheers, author of The Men You'll Meet.

Laura Bates talks to Owen Sheers

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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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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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Richard Dannatt talks to Nik Gowing

Leading from the Front

Hay Festival 2011, 
The forthright Chief of the General Staff (2006–2009) reviews his military career and the current state of the nation’s defences.
 
Read more about Richard Dannatt

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Anna Coote, Neal Lawson and Mark Boyle

Nef Debate 3: What if a 21-Hour Working Week Became the Norm?

Hay Festival 2011, 
Is it time to rethink the working week? We’re surrounded by overwork and unemployment, overconsumption and too little time to do things for ourselves that increase our wellbeing. Chaired by Andrew Simms.

The New Economics Foundation (nef) is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society

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Jonny Duddle

The Pirates Next Door

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join this swash-buckling illustrator as he tells more tales of The Jolly Rogers Family, inspired by his role as an artist for Aardman’s The Pirates. Dress in your finest sea dog garms.
 
5-7 yrs

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Blue Peter Book Awards

A CBBC Event at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Join Blue Peter and Book Trust to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Blue Peter Book Awards. CBBC presenter and former Awards judge Katie Thistleton will host this special event, with appearances from this year’s winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham (The Spy Who Loved School Dinners) and Andy Seed (The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff).

Not for broadcast.

Blue Peter Book Awards
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Blue Peter Book Awards

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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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Dai Smith, Madeleine Gray, Alan Edmunds and Ceri Gould join Huw Bowen

Welsh Heroes and Villains 3 – Culture

Hay Festival 2012, 
Bards, poets, writers, actors, and musicians populate Welsh history to an extraordinary degree. So too do the icons of modern popular culture from the Manic Street Preachers to Gavin and Stacey. Why has Wales been so blessed with creative talent? And what is distinctively Welsh about our cultural heroes?
 

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Andy Stanton

Mr Gum

Hay Festival 2011, 
Smooky palooki! This event is going to be well brilliant! Time to join Polly and Friday on another crazy adventure on the streets of Lamonic Bibber wethinks.
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers
You’re a bad man, Mr Gum - Andy Stanton & David Tazzyman

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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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John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale

Questions of Truth

Hay Festival 2009, 
The distinguished scientist and theologian and his philosopher interlocutor offer 51 Responses to Questions about God, Science and Belief.