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Dan Jones

The Plantagenets

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian introduces his tales of eight generations of the greatest and worst kings and queens this country has ever seen – from the White Ship to the Lionheart, bad King John to the Black Prince and John of Gaunt. This is the dynasty that invented England as we still know it today.

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Ben Crystal

Shakespeare on Toast

Hay Festival 2009, 
Love of the Bard breakfast with the actor and scholar. ‘I love it’ – Judi Dench. Cafédirect coffee will be served.

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Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver, Kirsty Gunn and Joanna Briscoe

Reader, I Married Him

Hay Festival 2016, 

In this celebration of the bi-centenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, Chevalier is joined by three fellow writers to introduce their anthology of stories inspired by Jane Eyre.

Tracy Chevalier, Lionel Shriver, Kirsty Gunn and Joanna Briscoe

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Diana Quick talks to Hannah Rothschild

A Tug on the Thread

Hay Festival 2009, 
The actress discusses her Indian heritage and professional life – From the British Raj to the British Stage.

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Carlos Vives and Daniel Samper Pizano in conversation with Juan Vicente Contreras

Lucho Bermúdez: 100 years of musical identity in Colombia

Cartagena 2012, 
Lucho Bermúdez, composer, conductor, arranger and musician, is considered by many to be the main figure in the most important musical phenomenon of the 20th century in Colombia; he made Caribbean rhythms an essential part of this very Andean country’s musical identity. The musician Carlos Vives, writer Daniel Samper Pizano and music researcher Juan Vicente Contreras, will talk, from the point of view of their different disciplines, about the importance of Lucho Bermúdez in the country’s musical memory, about his role in the internationalisation of cumbia and the recognition this genre receives throughout the world as a specifically Colombian style.

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The Etherington Brothers

Hay Festival 2013, 

The high-energy duo are back to share their comic book genius. Discover all the secrets you need to create your own adventures in words and pictures.

9+ years

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Shaun Hill

Michelin Wales: The Walnut Tree

Hay Festival 2010, 
A conversation with the legendary Michelin-starred chef, formerly of Gidley Park and The Merchant House, now the owner of the iconic Abergavenny restaurant. He talks to John Mitchinson.
Shaun Hill

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Andy Mulligan

The Boy With Two Heads

Hay Festival 2013, 

The author of Trash and Ribblestrop is back, with a tale of a boy with two heads. How would you feel if you woke up and found another head growing out of your neck? What's more, a living, breathing, talking head, with a rude, sharp tongue and an evil sense of humour. It knows all your darkest thoughts and it's not afraid to say what it thinks. To ANYBODY.

That's exactly what happens to eleven-year-old Richard Westlake. Prepare to be stunned.

10+ years

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Edmund White talks to Damian Barr

Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris

Hay Festival 2014, 

The American novelist tells the tales of his fifteen years in France, where he wrote lives of Genet, Rimbaud and Proust and met le tout Paris – from Yves St Laurent and Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault.

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Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

Good Energy Series 3: Where Are All The God Damn Operas?

Hay Festival 2015, 

The Arts have played a major role in changing views around gender, racial equality, poverty, etc. – but what have they done to change views about climate change? What role should the Arts play in telling stories, raising awareness and challenging the status quo? Smith – co-founder of Emergence, Neal – author and theatre-maker, and Davenport – director of Good Energy discuss with Marcus Brigstocke.

Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

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HAY JOVEN: Mario Mendoza sobre La importancia de morir a tiempo

Cartagena 2013, 
El autor colombiano Mario Mendoza ha publicado novelas como Los hombres invisibles (2007) y libros de cuentos como La travesía del vidente, con el que en 1995 obtuvo el Premio Nacional de Literatura del Instituto Distrital de Cultura y Turismo de Bogotá. Hablará de su última novela, La importancia de morir a tiempo (2012).

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Fiona Dunbar

Ghostorama

Hay Festival 2011, 
Enter a world of phantom science teachers, dead celebrities and some very spooky goings on... Join Fiona Dunbar on her ghostly quest with her new character Kitty Slade; together you will create a spooky mystery story... and solve it!
 
9+ years Goosebumps

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Laura Bates

Plan International UK: Because I am a Girl

Hay Festival 2017, 

The global children’s charity introduces the world’s biggest campaign for girls’ rights. The founder of the Everyday Sexism project shares her story and talks about barriers facing girls today in the UK and around the world: from online trolling to period poverty and gender stereotypes. Join the conversation and explore what it means to be a girl today.

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Gareth Williams

Angel of Death

Hay Festival 2010, 
The powerful story of one of medicine’s greatest triumphs – the defeat of smallpox.
Gareth Williams

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Professor Robert Winston

Utterly Amazing Science

Hay Festival 2016, 
From rocket launches to erupting volcanoes, magnets and electricity, and forces in motion, Winston explains what makes the world go round. Utterly Amazing Science won The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2015 and captures the imagination of children and adults alike with mind-blowing information.
8+
Professor Robert Winston

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Cornelia Funke

Inkdeath

Hay Festival 2009, 
The enchanting author of Inkheart and Dragon Rider makes her Hay debut with the final instalment of her powerful Inkheart trilogy.

9 years +

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Anthony Pagden

Worlds at War

Hay Festival 2008, 
Anthony Pagden maps The 2,500- year Struggle Between East and West from the secession of Asia and Europe, via Xerxes and Alexander to the present day divergence of Islam and the Christian and secular West.

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David Day

Antarctica

Hay Festival 2013, 

A compelling history of the southern-most continent from the C18th voyages of discovery to the fierce rivalries of today, as governments, scientists, environmentalists and oil companies compete for control. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

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Wade Davis

Into the Silence

Hay Festival 2012, 
The adventurer explores the story and significance of the 1924 Himalayan expedition in his majestic The First World War, Mallory and Mount Everest.

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Jonathan Sacks

Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence

Hay Festival 2015, 

There are many conflicts around the world at present that claim to be in the name of God – in Iraq, in Syria, in Gaza, and elsewhere. Rabbi Sacks argues forcefully that a true understanding of religion will enable and inspire the world to bring peace, not war; that far from leaving religion on the sidelines, it should be put at the heart of peacemaking efforts. Chaired by James Harding, head of BBC News.

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Ben Watt talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Romany and Tom

Hay Festival 2014, 

The Everything But The Girl musician’s beautiful and funny memoir is a personal journey and a portrait of his parents, Romany and Tom. It is a vivid story of the post-war years, of ambition and stardom, family roots and secrets, of life in clubs and in care homes.

Ben Watt talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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Steve Cole

Special Agent Mummy

Hay Festival 2014, 
In a fun-filled, frantic session, Steve will reveal the loopy origins of his many creations, give story-writing tips and make plenty of atrocious jokes… It’s everything you wanted to know about space-dinosaurs, monster superheroes and time-travelling Egyptian mummies but were too afraid to ask!
7+ years
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Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

Friends and Families in Fiction

Hay Festival 2014, 

Clever, optimistic, beautifully written and very amusing, these three writers’ books explore the relationships within families and between close friends with great insight and humour. The multiple-award-winning Hilary McKay whose new book is Binny For Short, is joined by Natasha Farrant, author of The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby series, and newcomer Jane Elson, author of A Room Full of Chocolate, for a lively session about the highs and lows of family life and how it inspires their fiction.
9
+ years

Hilary McKay, Jane Elson and Natasha Farrant

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Howard Davies

The LSE Lecture: Back from the Brink

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Director of the LSE asks where next for the UK in the Global Economy? Chaired by Adam Austerfield.
Howard Davies

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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.