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Skulduggery Pleasant

Hay Festival 2013, 

Derek Landy flies in specially from Dublin to bring some awesome to Hay and share his Skulduggery genius. Sneak peek from Book 8 a definite maybe…

10+ years

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Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

Talking Funny

Hay Festival 2015, 

Just because you can say funny things doesn’t mean you can write funny things. Three of the best comedy writers spill the beans on what makes a good script. The writers Will Smith (The Thick of It and Veep) and Steve Punt (The Now Show, The Mary Whitehouse Experience) talk to Marcus Brigstocke.

Steve Punt, Will Smith and Marcus Brigstocke

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Louise Yates

Dog Loves…

Hay Festival 2014, 
The author of the wonderful – and Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning – Dog Loves series shares her inspiration and encourages young children to join in the story and do some drawing.
3+ years
Louise Yates

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David King and Gabrielle Walker

Hay Festival 2008, 
The former UK chief scientific advisor and the science writer present their The Hot Topic : How to Tackle Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights On. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Howard Hodgkin talks to Simon Schama

Thames & Hudson Series

Hay Festival 2006, 
To celebrate his forthcoming retrospective at Tate Britain, and to mark the publication of the catalogue raisonnés of his paintings and prints, the artist talks to Simon Schama.

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John Micklethwait

God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith Will Change the World

Hay Festival 2009, 
Exploring the many aspects of society that have helped spark a global religious revival; most importantly, market competition and a customer-driven approach to salvation. If you want to understand the politics of this century, you cannot afford to ignore God, whether you believe in Him or not. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

The Aftermath

Winter Weekend 2013, 
The novelist discusses his superbly controlled emotional thriller – a tale of passion, betrayal and conscience set in post-war Germany.  'My fiction of the year. Perfect for anyone who loved Atonement, Captain Corelli's Mandolin or Anna Karenina' – Peter Florence
 
 
Rhidian Brook talks to Peter Florence

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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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Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens

Dastardly Villains (and Iced Buns for Tea)

Hay Festival 2015, 
Robin Stevens’ Wells and Wong schoolgirl detective stories are thrilling books for tween detectives who adore solving dastardly murders. Think St Trinians meets Miss Marple. Katherine Woodfine’s readers of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow enter a world of bonbons, perfumes and mysteries around every corner. Gasp as our bold heroines vow to bring the villains to justice before devouring another iced bun.
9+ years
Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens

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Peak Oil and Climate Change

Jonathon Porritt

Hay Festival 2006, 
The author of Capitalism as if the World Matters assesses the implications for the way we use money while there is still time to change our systems, avoid disaster, and maintain prosperity. Porritt is programme director at Forum for the Future, and chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

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Harold Evans

Pictures on a Page

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist discusses his authoritative study of photo-journalism with Rosie Boycott.
Harold Evans

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Polly Toynbee & David Walker

The Verdict

Hay Festival 2011, 
Did Labour policies worsen the recession? Why did social mobility slow down on Labour’s watch? Has SureStart improved the prospects of tomorrow’s children? Does politics ever actually change anything?

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It’s A Girl Thing

Hay Festival 2013, 

Three fabulous queens of teen, Sarah Webb, Sophia Bennett and Luisa Plaja, talk about why they love to write for girls and how they develop their stories.

9+ years

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Jennifer Gray

Hay Festival 2013, 

 

Meet Atticus Grammatticus Cattypus Claw, the world’s greatest cat burglar. This tabby spells trouble. Find out all about his latest adventure Atticus Claw Settles a Score.

Duration 45 mins.

6+ years

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Adam Hart Davis

Science – The Definitive Visual Guide

Hay Festival 2010, 
The broadcaster introduces his study of scientific progress from the invention of the wheel to C21st climate solutions, and from ancient Greek geometry and quantum physics to the worldwide web.

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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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Marcus Brigstocke, Saci Lloyd, Ed Gillespie and Juliet Davenport

I’m An Expert, Get Me Out of Here

Hay Festival 2017, 

Join enthusiastic host Ed Gillespie and two teams of the great and the good for this riotous and irreverent game show. Expect a heady mix of topicality, tomfoolery and randomness. No (live) insects will be hurt during the proceedings. We can’t guarantee the same for our heroic participants’ feelings, pride or reputation.

Marcus Brigstocke, Saci Lloyd, Ed Gillespie and Juliet Davenport

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Monty Don talks to Peter Florence

Eight Poems in a Garden

Hay Festival 2015, 

The gardener and writer could transform the flora of any desert island into a magical paradise, but which works of literature would he choose to accompany him? In his 2006 conversation with Sue Lawley his track to save was The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night, his book was The Collected Poems of Henry Vaughan and his luxury was the painting Hendrickje Bathing by Rembrandt…

Monty Don talks to Peter Florence

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Maisy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The marvellous mouse and her storyteller friend Liz Fost return to Hay for songs, stories and surprises.
 
Duration 40 mins.   3-5 years

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Ian Stewart

Mathematics of Life: Unlocking the Secrets of Existence

Hay Festival 2011, 
How mathematicians and biologists are working together on the genome, picking apart the hidden complexity of animals and plants to throw fresh light on how they interact, and how changes in biological diversity affect the planet’s ecological balance. Chaired by Jesse Norman.
 
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David Shelton

A Boy And A Bear In A Boat

Hay Festival 2013, 

A boy and a bear go to sea with a comic book, a suitcase and a ukulele and encounter sea monsters, ghost ships and storms in this slightly scary, surreal and funny story. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Duration 45 mins.

7+ years

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David Eagleman

Sum

Hay Festival 2010, 
The neuroscientist’s Forty Tales From the Afterlives is imaginative, witty and beautiful – a work of genius.
David Eagleman

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Jacqueline Wilson Introduces Hetty Feather

A CBBC Screening at Hay

Hay Festival 2015, 

Jacqueline Wilson introduces an exclusive screening of CBBC’s new adaptation of her popular children’s novel Hetty Feather. A fast-paced and thrilling story, featuring a feisty new heroine, Hetty Feather brings the realities of the Victorian age to life through the eyes and adventures of the children who inhabit the Foundling Hospital. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew.

Not for broadcast.

CBBC
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 55 mins
Jacqueline Wilson Introduces Hetty Feather

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Lucy Cousins

Maisy

Hay Festival 2010, 
A rare appearance from this beloved author-illustrator with live drawing and stories from a certain little mouse who loves adventures.
 
Family event

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First Iraq, Next Iran?

Simon Jenkins

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Guardian's political columnist discusses the US strategy in the Middle East.