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Robin Ince, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition 5

Hay Festival 2012, 
The satirists’ final word on the stories of the day.

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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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Antony Beevor talks to Agustín Díaz Yanes

The Second World War

Segovia 2012, 
Distinguished British historian Antony Beevor talks with filmmaker Agustín Díaz Yanes about his latest book, the internationally successful The Second World War.
 
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish

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Louise Rennison

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Hay Festival 2013, 

They say she has been banned in Bognor and censored in Solihull. Here to hellraise in Hay for one day only, the creator of the world-conquering Georgia Nicholson and Tallulah books and Queen of Comedy – Louise Rennison – will give you a sneak preview of The Taming of the Tights.

Duration 60 mins.

11+ years

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Julia Golding

Cat Royal

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tough auditions, the world plunging into crisis, lives and fortunes under threat. Welcome to Cat Royal and the 1790s.  Come and meet the pirates, slaves and slaveowners on this Caribbean adventure... Costumes, quizzes and prizes for all who dare set sail with Julia Golding.

10 years +

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Boris Spassky talks to Ronan Bennett

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary Grand Master discussed Russian and Soviet chess culture, the psychology of the game, and the 1972 Reykjavik Match of the Century World Championships in which he lost his title to Bobby Fisher.

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Crime Pays

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paul Blezard meets the authors of two of the whitest-knuckle reads of the year. Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 tracks a serial killer at the height of Stalin’s Terror. Philip Kerr’s latest mystery A Quiet Flame sends Bernie Gunther to Peron’s Argentina.

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Matt Haig

Reasons to Stay Alive

Hay Festival 2015, 

Aged 24, the writer’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how Haig came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

Matt Haig

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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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Nicholas Crane and Jerry Brotton

The Man who Mapped the Planet

Hay Festival 2012, 
We salute the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gerardus Mercator, the greatest cartographer of all time; the man who coined the word ‘atlas’ and solved the riddle of converting the three-dimensional globe into a two-dimensional map while retaining true compass bearings.

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Don’t Scratch Your Bum With A Hedgehog

Hay Festival 2013, 

Fascinating facts and the kind of advice you won’t get anywhere else from the bestselling and double-Blue Peter Best Book with Facts-winning Mitchell Symons.

7+ years

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The History Keepers

Hay Festival 2013, 

Time-travelling adventures and evil plots abound with Damian Dibben’s The History Keepers – a secret society that travels through the centuries to prevent history being changed.

9+ years

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Alan Weisman

The World Without Us

Hay Festival 2008, 
Alan Weisman asks how the world would change if human beings vanished from the earth right now, for good. What would the planet be like in a day, a week, a month…a millennium?

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Jason and Daniel Freeman

Paranoia: The 21st Century Fear

Hay Festival 2009, 
Terrorism, child-abduction, lone gunmen, David Blunkett… what’s not to worry? And what should we do about it? Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Jon Gower and Fflur Dafydd

Story: Islands

Hay Festival 2009, 
Dafydd’s haunting novel Twenty Thousand Saints evokes life on the blessed island of Bardsea. Gower’s debut novel in Welsh, Dala’r Llanw, conjures stories set in Buenos Aires, Oakland and Cardiff. They trade stories, compare notes on island life and travel between two languages. Chaired by Elan Closs Stephens.

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Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

Oliver and the Seawigs

Hay Festival 2014, 

Set sail for an adventure with these story legends as they introduce Oliver and the Seawigs, full of giggly-but-dangerous monkeys, a near-sighted mermaid and some very BIG WIGS. Learn how to draw your own Sea Monkey and join in with the silly sea shanty chorus.
6+ years

Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve

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Hugh Ellis and Kate Henderson talk to Andy Fryers

Rebuilding Britain

Winter Weekend 2014, 

Britain faces extraordinary challenges, from climate change to growing inequality and global economics, but as a nation has no plan for the future. This unique book asks a simple question: how it can organise itself, not just for survival, but to build a fairer and a sustainable society?

Hugh Ellis and Kate Henderson talk to Andy Fryers

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Hanif Kureishi

Collected

Hay Festival 2011, 
We celebrate the publication of the novelist and screenwriter’s Collected Essays and Collected Stories. Chaired by Ariane Koek.
 
More about Hanif Kureishi www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/

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Carl Watkins

The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among The Dead

Hay Festival 2013, 

A vivid history of the macabre as the author goes in search of the ancient customs, local characters and compelling tales that illuminate how people over the years have come to terms with our ultimate fate. He discovers what a small Norfolk church has to tell us about the apocalypse; why the greatest minds of the C17th were embroiled in debate over the phantom Drummer of Tedworth; and how a nineteenth-century Welsh druid completely changed the national view of cremation.

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John Gray

The Immortalization Commission

Hay Festival 2011, 
The great and terrible implication of Darwin’s ideas was that natural selection made humans into animals like any other, doomed one day to disappear from the face of an uncaring Earth. The refusal to follow this logic and to insist instead on our immortality resulted in a series of experiments that carry on to the present day, some of which ravaged whole countries and some of which generated more private forms of pain.

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Korky Paul

Winnie the Witch

Hay Festival 2012, 
We’re celebrating our 25th Birthday with Winnie - hooray! Join Korky for an energy-filled event of quick sketching and story-book adventure.
 
5-8 years

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David Trueba in conversation with Félix Romeo

My favourite films

Segovia 2010, 
The writer David Trueba has been a film enthusiast from a very young age and moreover, as a creator, he has explored different aspects of this trade working as a director, a scriptwriter and even as an actor. In this event he will speak to the writer Félix Romeo, author of Amarillo, about his favourite films and clips of some of the scenes will be shown.

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Sana Krasikov and Emily Perkins

Shorts

Hay Festival 2009, 
A reading of world-class short stories from Krasikov’s collection One More Year, and a new story from Perkins, author of Not Her Real Name.

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Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis

Jeremy Leggett

Hay Festival 2006, 
The global marketplace is built on the notion of a stable supply of cheap oil and gas. But that bedrock is about to crumble. As geologists, civil servants and the oil industry knows, the end of oil is a lot closer than we think. Leggett is Chief Executive of Solarcentury.

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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