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Nick Harkaway and SJ Parris talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fictions - The Plotters

Hay Festival 2012, 
Angelmaker is a kaleidoscopic, comedy adventure - a one-sit read about a mobster’s son and a retired secret agent who are forced to team up to save the world; Sacrilege is the third in the meticulously plotted series of Giordano Bruno Elizabethan thrillers.

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Andrew Simms, Carolyn Steel and Tom Andrews

The Great Transition in Food and Farming

Hay Festival 2012, 
This year we’re going to stop waiting and start changing. The Great Transition Campaign, of which the Soil Association is a supporter, is running a series of events leading up to the Earth Summit, asking the question ‘What if?’ Our contribution to this debate: What if our cities produced our food?
 
Supported by The Soil Association

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Rachel Hewitt

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey

Hay Festival 2011, 
‘An endlessly absorbing, lively and informative narrative that highlights the Ordnance project’s legion of draughtsmen, surveyors, dreamers and eccentrics’ – The Observer.
 
Read a full review here www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children, the Movie

Hay Festival 2012, 
The director of the forthcoming film of the modern Indian classic previews and discusses clips with the novelist. Chaired by Francine Stock.
 

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Brian Moore and Max Davidson talk to Mark Skipworth

Man Talk

Hay Festival 2012, 
The England rugby hero and author of More Thoughts of Chairman Moore hunkers down with the author of We’ll get ’em in Sequins: Manliness, Yorkshire Cricket and the Century That Changed Everything. The Telegraph’s Executive Editor refs.

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Robert Muchamore

Henderson’s Boys: Eagle Day

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join this thrilling author as he takes us back to World War Two where the first CHERUB adventure is about to begin.

10 years +

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Ian McEwan talks to Stig Abell

The Deborah Rogers Foundation Conversation

Hay Festival 2018, 

The novelist talks about his writing and reading, and the translation of his books into film. The movie of On Chesil Beach is released on 18 May. Towards the end of this event McEwan will introduce the winner of the 2018 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award, Deepa Anappara. Her winning entry is a work of fiction called Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.  

Ian McEwan talks to Stig Abell

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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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Fergal Keane

Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist chronicles The Epic Story of the Last Great Battle of Empire. In this remote Indian village near the border with Burma, a tiny force of British and Indian troops faced the might of the Imperial Japanese Army.
Fergal Keane

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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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Aurelio Martín talks to Antonio Fraguas, ‘Forges’

The world through the window of Forges

Segovia 2011, 
Each morning a new window is opened to the world through the vignette signed by Forges on the pages of the daily El País. This vision, conceived as an opinion in the purest form of journalism genre, is a powerful editorial that sometimes brings a good-natured smile and at other times an ironic one, or it moves us and triggers emotions. The graphic humourist will talk with the journalist Aurelio Martín.

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Amanda Galsworthy talks to Philippe Sands

The Interpreter

Hay Festival 2013, 

The interpreter for presidents Sarkozy, Mitterrand and Chirac discusses the subtleties of translation and negotiation, and the big beasts of France.

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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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Tony Ross

Hay Festival 2013, 

Tony Ross takes a line for a walk to reveal how he created many of the characters you know and love, including Little Princess, Horrid Henry and Dr Xargle. Pick up some drawing tips from an expert.

Duration 45 mins.

5+ years

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Steven Butler

Hay Festival 2012, 
A tale of mistaken troll-dentity from a bright new star in children’s funny fiction (Shhh! He also played Henry in Horrid Henry Live and Horrid!). Delightfully disgusting. 5+ years

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Chris Bradford

Young Samurai

Hay Festival 2012, 
Enter Samurai School and meet the real martial arts master behind this phenomenal series. Hear about the secret fighting art of ninjas and see an awesome samurai sword demonstration.
 
9+ years

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Morris Berman

Cartagena 2012, 
Morris Berman is a renowned and innovative cultural and social critic. He has given classes at universities in Europe and the United States, and in the year 2000 his book The Twilight of American Culture was designated a “Notable Book” by The New York Times Book Review. Other published works include Dark Ages America and a trilogy about the evolution of human consciousness. His last book, A Question of Values, is a compilation of essays connected to themes that are crucial to an understanding of the structural crisis in the contemporary world. He will talk about the current situation in the United Estates.

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Roger McGough

Slapstick

Hay Festival 2009, 
If Philosophy is the Why? And Science is the How? Then Poetry is the Wow! Join one of Britain's best loved poets, as he showcases his new collection of slapstick verses.

10 years – adult

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David Peace talks to Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2009, 
The cult novelist discusses his recently filmed stories The Red Riding Quartet and The Damned Utd.

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Hugh Dixon

Inside The National Trust

Hay Festival 2010, 
A study in property management with the curator of Seaton Delaval Hall, one of the greatest National Trust houses, just acquired.
Hugh Dixon

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Ben Curtis, Alun Withey and Tyrone O’Sullivan join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains 2 – The Unsung

Hay Festival 2012, 
Miners, smelters, teachers, and Mams have been the quiet unsung heroes of Welsh history. But there have been hidden villains as well – disease, poverty, inferiority, and hypocrisy. Are these the real heroes and villains of Welsh History?
 

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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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Jenny Uglow

A Gambling Man: Charles II

Hay Festival 2010, 
The mistresses, the Catholics, the powerplay, Plague and Fire of the charismatic Restoration monarch and his reign.
Jenny Uglow

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Emma Smith

Shakespeare’s First Folio

Hay Festival 2016, 

In late November 1623, the publisher Edward Blount finally took delivery at his bookshop, at the sign of the Black Bear near St Paul’s, of a book that had long been in the making: Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies. Professor Smith tells the story of that first collected edition of the plays, and follows the journeys of individual copies now located around the world with their tell-tale annotations, wine stains, provenance and uses.

Emma Smith

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Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

The Immortals

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join one of the most-loved creative partnerships in children’s fiction as they introduce the tenth and last installment of the epic Edge Chronicles.

10 years +