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Borrowed Time

Hay Festival 2008, 
Roy Hattersley tells The Story of Britain Between the Wars—of economic crisis, cultural and Olympic triumph, political disaster and the rise and rise of Winston Churchill.

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Dora Thornton and Jonathan Bate

Shakespeare 1- Staging the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
To celebrate the opening of the British Museum’s Shakespeare exhibition, their Curator of Renaissance Europe is joined by the Shakespeare scholar and author to look at the early modern world through the eyes of the playwright and his contemporaries. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill. First of three Shakespeare sessions. See also events 328 and 335
 

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David Safier in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Cartagena 2012, 
One million German readers enjoyed Bad Karma, a hilarious novel about the secret of happiness, which brought David Safier to the forefront of the European literary scene. This German author is the winner of the German Grimme and TV prizes, as well as a US Emmy Award for his career as a television screenplay writer. He has also published Jesus Liebt Mich and Plötzlich Shakespeare, a humorous novel where the author brings a smile to the reader’s face with his particular philosophy about love. He will talk to Rosie Boycott. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available 

With the support of Fundación Lara

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Anne Wareham talks to Tim Richardson

The Bad Tempered Gardener

Hay Festival 2011, 
The story of the Veddw, the iconoclastic Monmouthshire garden she created with her husband Charles Hawes, and her provocative, anti-establishment opinions about gardening, aesthetics and conservation.

The Veddw will be open to the public this morning. Full details at veddw.com.

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Julián Grau Santos y Daniel Mordzinski en conversación con Pablo Jiménez Burillo

Segovia 2008, 
Pablo Jiménez Burillo, Director General de la Fundación MAPFRE, conversará con los artistas de las dos exposiciones que se presentarán durante el Hay Festival Segovia — el fotografo Daniel Mordzinski, quién comentará sobre Crónica de un Festival, cerca de un centenar de imágenes captadas por Mordzinski en sus diferentes convocatorias (Cartagena de Indias, Granada, Hay-on-Wye, Segovia) — y el artista Julián Grau Santos sobre su exposicion Retratos de escritores españoles y latinoamericanos. Ambos conversarán sobre su experiencias de fotografias o retratar a escritores.

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Jane Brown

The Omnipotent Magician

Hay Festival 2011, 
A landscape of the great garden and nature designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Chaired by Revel Guest.
 
Read a review here www.ft.com/

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Eva Gabrielsson talks to Phil Rickman

Stieg and Me - Memories of my Life with Stieg Larsson

Hay Festival 2012, 
Gabrielsson tells the story of their 30-year romance. She talks of his life-long struggle to expose Sweden’s Neo-Nazis, his fight to keep EXPO, the magazine he founded, alive, his difficult relationships with his immediate family, and the joy and relief he discovered writing the Millennium trilogy.

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From climate change to financial turbulence: The challenges of leadership in historical perspective

Geoffrey Parker in conversation with Rolf Strom Olsen

Segovia 2010, 
Geoffrey Parker, a distinguished historian, Hispanist and Andreas Dorpalen Professor at the Ohio State University, will talk to Rolf Strom Olsen, professor at the IE School of Arts & Humanities. Geoffrey Parker has received the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic and the Grand Cross of the Order of Alfonso X the Wise. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish will be provided.

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Tom Holland

Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom

Hay Festival 2010, 
A stunning, panoramic account of the two centuries on either side of the apocalyptic year 1000: the age of Canute, William the Conqueror and Pope Gregory VII; of Vikings, monks and serfs; of the earliest castles and the invention of knighthood; and of the primal conflict between church and state.
Tom Holland

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Sonia Faleiro, John Julius Norwich, Peter Godwin

Ox-Travels 4

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three more Meetings With Remarkable Writers from our new Oxfam anthology.

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Sophie McKenzie, Michael Morpurgo, Michelle Paver and Rick Riordan

Any Questions for the Writers?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Four superstar writers for teenagers answer your questions about stories, the business of writing, and their own reading. Chaired by Wendy Cooling.

Hay Fever 9 yrs +

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David Boyle

Broke: How to Survive the Middle-Class Crisis

Hay Festival 2014, 

For the first time ever, today’s middle classes will struggle to enjoy the same privileges of security and comfort that their grandparents did. Sidelined by the mega-rich, the middle classes really are under severe threat. How did this situation come about? To survive, they will have to carve a new niche for themselves.

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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2011, 
Back with a brand new show, James will cover ways to make parsnips interesting, how to look a chicken in both eyes at the same time and why owls don't like Easter. And just so you know, it may also involve three dancing oatcakes called Celia, Amelia and Deal-or-no-Delia. Warning: Side effects may include your sides hurting!
 
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Gillian Cross

Where I Belong

Hay Festival 2010, 
Join the author of Wolf and Tightrope as she investigates the darker side of fashion. Supermodels, secrets and Somalia will all be on the agenda as she talks to a humanitarian expert from the Oxfam team.
 
10+ years
 
See the Blog for more details.

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Overthrow Parliament Now

Hay Festival 2009, 
Helena Kennedy, Philippe Sands and Marcus Brigstocke rip up the Westminster cabal of fraudsters, opportunists and scoundrels. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

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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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Angie Sage and Catherine Fisher

Exploring Fantastical Worlds

Hay Festival 2015, 

Angie Sage, author of the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series takes up the story of TodHunter Moon seven years on and so begins a magykal new adventure in Pathfinder. She is joined by the highly acclaimed Catherine Fisher, a Welsh writer and broadcaster whose latest book The Door in the Moon continues her Chronoptika Quartet, weaving science, myth and time travel. They are two of our best fantasy writers. Join them for a conversation about creating fantastical worlds, mixing good and bad magic and bringing superlative storytelling to lucky readers.

9+ years
Angie Sage and Catherine Fisher

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Helen Skelton

Amy Wild: Amazon Summer

Hay Festival 2015, 

Join TV presenter Helen Skelton as she introduces her children’s book, the first in a new action-packed adventure series. Helen reveals how her own incredible real-life experiences and adventures have influenced her writing, from cycling to the South Pole to tightrope walking between the towers of Battersea Power Station. Amazon Summer is based on Helen’s own experiences travelling through the Amazon. Chaired by writer and broadcaster Matt Brown.

8+ years
Helen Skelton

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John Polkinghorne

Cambridge Series 13: Quantum Theory

Hay Festival 2011, 
The mathematician, theoretical physicist and priest explains the strange and exciting ideas that make the subatomic world so different from the world of the every day.
 
Listen to an interview with John Polkinghorne 

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Sharmila Tagore talks to Jaime Chávarri, followed by the screening of the film ‘Devi’

Segovia 2011, 
The legendary Indian actress and great-granddaughter of Rabindranath Tagore, Sharmila Tagore, who was recently recognised for her lifetime achievements by the prestigious IIFA awards in Toronto, and Spanish film director Jaime Chávarri, who is currently working on full length feature which will be shot in India, will discuss the influence Tagore has exerted on the art film culture in India. At the end of the event the film Devi will be screened.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish
 
‘Devi’ (1960, 93 min, Bengal), by Satyajit Ray
The story of this film, set in rural Bengal in the 1860’s, centres on Doyamoyee, whose father-in-law Kalikinkar Roy, sees in dreams as the embodiment of the goddess Kali, to whom he is devoted. His belief spreads through the community who start to regard the character as a transformation of the goddess, an idea that she herself ends up believing.

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The Etherington Brothers

Monkey Nuts

Hay Festival 2011, 
This dynamic duo (of Dandy fame) introduce us to the world’s only tap-dancing, banana-loving, rust-fighting, coconut-talking, crime-busting organisation! Join in for high fives galore and some awesome comic jamming. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers

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Edney Silvestre and Lavanya Sankaran talk to Jo Glanville

Fictions – Hope

Hay Festival 2013, 

Silvestre’s If I Close My Eyes Now is a prize-winning mystery set in 1960s Brazil. Sankaran’s The Hope Factory, set in Bangalore, captures the vitality and danger of a newly industrialized city and how it shapes the dreams and aspirations of two very different families.

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Gillian Clarke

Kells 2014, 

The National Poet of Wales celebrates Dylan Thomas’s centenary with readings and discusses both how the poet influenced her life and his importance to poetry in the English language everywhere.

Gillian Clarke

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Chris Lintott and Jon Culshaw

The Cosmic Tourist

Hay Festival 2014, 

We are surrounded by an astronomical zoo of familiar and curious objects, from asteroids and zodiacal dust to Alpha Centauri and the centre of the Milky Way. Chris Lintott discusses the many marvels of the cosmos with comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw, and takes us on a tour of the universe.

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David Lodge talks to Stephanie Merritt

A Man of Parts

Hay Festival 2011, 
The comic master’s new novel about the life of HG Wells.
 
More about David Lodge. Read his recent article about HG Wells