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Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Hay Festival 2012, 
A rare chance to see the best-selling author of Shiver, as she introduces her lyrical new stand-alone novel.
 
12+ yrs

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Steve Sims talks to Michael Tavinor

Abel Clerk’s Bibel

Hay Festival 2010, 
A questioning, curious and sometimes playful poem of underlying seriousness; heart-warming, sad, violent, tender, sensuous and in sharp focus. Its 81 sections correspond to the Bible from a theologically open viewpoint, for which a narrator provides an overall continuity. Chaired by the Dean of Hereford Cathedral.
Steve Sims talks to Michael Tavinor

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Ben Haggarty

Tales from the World of MeZolith

Hay Festival 2010, 
Performance storytelling of stone-age horror, archaeology and myth. Tales that have shaped our ancestors’ dreams…and nightmares. With stills from the graphic novel, illustrated by Adam Brockbank.
 
10+ years

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Mark Brake and Jon Chase

The Science of Dr Who

Hay Festival 2012, 
Aliens and time machines, cyborgs and Daleks, Utopias and killer computers: take a journey through the fantastic worlds of The Doctor. With rap songs, scientific facts and much merriment and mirth, the author rapper duo explore the Universe of The Doctor.
 
9+ years

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Deborah Moggach talks to Peter Florence

Fictions – Heartbreak

Hay Festival 2013, 

The writer discusses the film adaptation of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, her screenplay for Joe Wright’s Pride And Prejudice movie and her new novel Heartbreak Hotel in which the irrepressible Russell ‘Buffy’ Buffery has upped sticks from London and moved to a decrepit B&B in rural Wales. He needs to fill the beds, and what better way than with ‘Courses for Divorces’…?

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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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Mark Jones, Charles Saumarez Smith and Simon Jenkins

National Treasure

Hay Festival 2010, 
Directors of the V&A and the Royal Academy join the Chairman of the National Trust to discuss who owns culture, and how we can all join in.

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Rebbecca Ray and Rachel Trezise chaired by Richard Davies

Fictions – Stories, Dreams And Yearnings

Hay Festival 2013, 

Readings of stories from new collections by two of Wales’ most inventive and powerful novelists: Trezise’s Cosmic Latte and Ray’s The Answer And Other Love Stories.

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Boris Izaguirre talks to Juan Cruz

Segovia 2011, 
Dos monstruos juntos is the title of Boris Izaguirre’s latest novel, presented for the first time at this festival. Patricia, Alfredo and money as well as the current crisis and millionaires are the key players of this novel set in modern day London that wants to take a look with the biting humour of a contemporary work of art. The author will talk with the journalist and writer Juan Cruz.

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Edwina Ehrman

The V&A Lecture: The Wedding Dress

Hay Festival 2014, 

The curator of the latest V&A exhibition traces the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang in this sumptuously illustrated lecture. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

The exhibition Wedding Dresses, 1775–2014 is at the Victoria & Albert Museum until 15 March 2015.

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Karl Ove Knausgård in conversation with Jonathan Levi

Beirut 2013, 

International bestselling Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård has written autobiographical books that have sparked controversy and fascination in equal measure. His novel A Time For Everything was described by the New York Review of Books as ‘marvellous’. He talks to Jonathan Levi about his six autobiographical novels in the My Struggle series.

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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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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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Peter Atkins

What is Chemistry?

Hay Festival 2014, 

A wonderfully accessible introduction to chemistry’s central concepts that shows how it contributes not only towards our material comfort, but also to human culture. Atkins shows how chemistry provides the infrastructure of our world, through the chemical industry, the fuels of heating, power generation and transport, as well as the fabrics of our clothing and furnishings.

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Battle of the Bands

Hay Festival 2015, 
Up and coming local bands and solo artists battle it out to be crowned Best Band. An evening of live, original music; come along and cheer for your favourite as the judges decide who is worthy of the crown. Head judge is BBC Wales' Bethan Elfyn.
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Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

The Pure Gold Baby

Hay Festival 2014, 

The author discusses her first novel for seven years, the story of a motherhood and neighbourhood and society in North London over several decades. The book is rich with the combination of acute observation and insight and the beautiful economy of prose familiar to her readers.

Margaret Drabble talks to Peter Florence

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The Guardian Green Home Clinic

Hay Festival 2009, 
Builders and energy advisors advise on how to green your home, get grants and live sustainably (and cheaply). ‘Energy doctor’ Rob Bell (Energy Saving Trust) and Russell Smith (Parity Projects), chaired by the Guardian’s green technology correspondent, Alok Jha.

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David Shukman in conversation with Andy Fryers

Reporting Live From The End of the World

Hay Festival 2011, 
The BBC’s Environment correspondent reports from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and the epicentre of the Pacific earthquake.

More about David Shukman here

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Peter Hook talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

Hay Festival 2013, 

The bass player and co-founder of the post-punk Manchester rock band tells the inside story of his times and tours with Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Ian Curtis.

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Alexandra Harris

Virginia Woolf

Hay Festival 2012, 
A portrait of the masterpieces and life of the modernist genius, from the prize-winning author of Romantic Moderns.

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Simon Armitage

Black Roses: The Killing of Sophie Lancaster

Hay Festival 2012, 
The poet reads and discusses his radio play about the Goth student kicked to death in a park in Lancashire. His poems in Sophie’s voice are intercut with an interview with her mother, Sylvia.

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Power House

Hay Festival 2008, 
Robert Peston (Who Runs Britain?) and Peter Oborne (The Triumph of the Political Class) discuss the nature of power and influence in Britain, chaired by Robert Yates (Extreme Nation).

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Cherie Booth and Hilary Heilbron

Rose Heilbron

Hay Festival 2014, 

The daughter of the celebrated and glass-Bar-breaking QC and judge discusses her mother’s career and legacy, detailed in her biography Rose Heilbron, Legal Pioneer of the 20th Century – Inspiring Advocate who became England’s First Woman Judge.

Cherie Booth and Hilary Heilbron

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Markus Zusak talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Book Thief

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Some important information – this novel is narrated by Death. It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.’

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John Toman

Kilvert’s Diary and Landscape

Hay Festival 2009, 
A study of the Clyro and Bredwardine curate and great Victorian diarist.