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James Campbell

Comedy 4 Kids

Hay Festival 2014, 

Imagine you’re a sausage. You are in a frying pan, happily sizzling away with other like-minded sausages. Then one of them starts to tell you about tomato ketchup. You refuse to believe your friend’s stories but later you find yourself being dipped head first into that tangy, tomatoey joy. And then you realise that yes – ketchup is true. Watching James Campbell is a bit like that. But there aren’t any sausages involved. Or ketchup.
6+ years

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Audrey Niffenegger talks to Lisa Allardice

Her Fearful Symmetry

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author discusses her delicious, ghost story follow-up to the global bestseller The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Audrey Niffenegger talks to Lisa Allardice

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Kate Williams and Clare Clark talk to Rosie Boycott

Fictions - The New Victorians

Hay Festival 2012, 
The acclaimed historian’s steamy, seamy thriller The Pleasures of Men reveals the dark, beating heart of corrupt London during Queen Victoria’s reign; set in the Jubilee year of 1887 Beautiful Lies is a compelling tale of scandal, politics and the media.

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Bettany Hughes, Tim Whitmarsh, Charlotte Higgins and Oliver Taplin

The Greeks 7 - Heroisation

Hay Festival 2012, 
The classicists examine the recounting of funeral games, athletic odes and Olympic trials in Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Bacchylids and Euripides. What are athletes for?

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John Carey, Judy Golding and Tobias Hill

William Golding Centenary

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join the Nobel Laureate’s daughter and biographer and the poet and author of The Love of Stones and The Cryptographer to celebrate the novelist whose work included Lord of the Flies, Rites of Passage, To The Ends of the Earth and The Spire.

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Janne Teller talks to Marian Hens

Segovia 2011, 
Meeting with Janne Teller, Danish writer and author of the novel Nothing, a work which questions the meaning of life and the limits of tolerance that have engendered heated debates in various European countries about existential matters. The tale begins when the young Pierre Anthon leaves school when he discovers there is no point in doing anything because life has no sense.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from English into Spanish.

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David House

Hacking the Information Revolution: A Beginner's Guide

Hay Festival 2011, 
The MIT hacker gives a primer on how States monitor citizens online, what steps we can take to safeguard ourselves, and discusses the hacker ethic and the Wikileaks saga.

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Ed Stourton talks to Guto Harri

Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across The Pyrenees

Hay Festival 2013, 

The shocking, dramatic and intensely moving history of the hundreds who made the arduous and desperate climb through the Pyrenees during the Second World War. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Kishwar Desai and Ann Patchett

Fictions: Women’s Lives

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two astounding novels explore mysteries and extremes. Desai’s Witness The Night is set in India and won the Costa First Book Prize. Orange Prize-winner Patchett’s State of Wonder is set in Brazil. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.

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Martin Rees

Black Holes, Alien Life and the Multiverse – an Update

Hay Festival 2016, 

The astronomer will share his excitement about recent cosmic ideas and discoveries. Since last festival there have been new searches for life (even intelligent life) in space. One of Einstein’s greatest predictions has been confirmed with the detection of gravitational waves from colliding back holes. Images of Pluto have surprised us, and astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars, some resembling Earth. And there is speculation that physical reality encompasses more than the aftermath of our big bang: we may inhabit a multiverse.

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Stephen Fry, Blanche McIntyre, Roger Allam, Fiona Shaw and John Jencks

The Hippopotamus

Hay Festival 2017, 

A wonderful opportunity to explore the adaptation of the book to big screen of Stephen Fry’s novel, with clips from John Jencks’ new film starring Roger Allam, Emily Berrington, Tim McInnerny, Geraldine Somerville with Fiona Shaw and Matthew Modine. Join the film-makers and the author for a unique insight into the movie. Hosted by celebrated film critic Mark Kermode.

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David Mitchell

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A young man’s voice from the silence of autism

Hay Festival 2017, 

The novelist launches his translation of the new book by Naoki Higashida. It’s part memoir, part critique of a world that sees disabilities ahead of disabled people, it opens a window into the mind and world of an autistic, non-verbal young adult, providing remarkable insights into autism in general. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

Why Does it Happen?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The sexual abuse of children by adult men is a global problem. It appears to happen in every sector of society and the exposure of paedophile rings is a daily news story. But why does it happen at all? Batmanghelidjh runs Kids Company, Kennedy is a human rights lawyer, Berelowitz is Chair, national inquiry into child sexual abuse linked to the family.

Camila Batmanghelidjh, Helena Kennedy and Sue Berelowitz talk to Jon Snow

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Felipe Fernández-Armesto

The problem of change: Why do we live in an unstable world?

Cartagena 2011, 
Change is the universal law that governs the world. However, we don’t know how to explain it. Concentrating on the problem of social and cultural change, as a historian, Felipe Fernández-Armesto will try to explain why our living systems change, why the changes are gathering speed and to what point the laws of evolution can be applied to the study of culture. He also tackles the question: if the changes are accelerating, how will we end up? Felipe Fernández-Armesto is one of the most brilliant British historians working today and author of works such as Civilizations and 1492: The Year the World Began.

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AKAs and the Shidas

Booklaunch

Storymoja Nairobi 2012, 
Muthoni Garland is joined by the Kenya Human Rights Commission.

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La Vida Doble. Arturo Fontaine en conversación con Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Cartagena 2013, 
"Irene” o "Lorena” - nunca sabremos su verdadero nombre - es una combatiente de Hacha Roja, organización revolucionaria armada; Irene guarda más de un secreto. La Vida Doble es la última novela del autor chileno Arturo Fontaine, donde explora las paradojas de la sociedad chilena, adentrándose en los dilemas morales y la traición. Conversará sobre este libro, que ha sido éxito de ventas en Chile, con Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

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Andrew Robinson

Lost Languages

Hay Festival 2009, 
Genius, obsession, delusion and rivalry in the race to unlock The Enigma of the World’s Undeciphered Scripts.

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Martin Davidson talks to Simon Schama

The Perfect Nazi

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian’s investigation: Uncovering My SS Grandfather’s Secret Past And How Hitler Seduced A Generation.

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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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Sarah McIntyre

Cartoon Craziness

Hay Festival 2012, 
Meet this brilliant illustrator and learn how to invent your own cartoons. Expect pirates, monsters, princesses, dinosaurs, cowboys and, of course, Vern & Lettuce. Bring a pad and pencil.
 
5+ years

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

Early Edition 5

Hay Festival 2009, 
The team play with the papers. Much laughter, and a fair bit of news anti-management. B&R out today. That’ll be fun.

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John Major

More than a Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years

Hay Festival 2007, 
The politician celebrates the golden ages of Gentlemen and Players, underarm bowling, the Empire, the gaming and the MCC.

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Korky Paul

Winnie the Witch

Hay Festival 2011, 
Have fun with The World’s Greatest Portrait Painter and Dinosaur Drawer! Join Korky for an energy-filled event of quick sketching and story-book adventure.
 
5–80+ Rib Ticklers

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Roy Strong

A Little History of the English Country Church

Hay Festival 2008, 
An elegant synthesis of architecture, faith and parish community that points to a possible realigned future.

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 1

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian takes apart the day’s papers and media.