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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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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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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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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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Alasdair Coles

Cambridge Series: Body, Brain and Behaviour

Hay Festival 2017, 

Once considered separate and independent, it is now clear that the there is an intimate, two-way connection between the two most complex body systems: the immune system and the brain. So our behaviour can affect inflammation in the body, and immune cells can alter our behaviour. Reverend Alasdair Coles, Professor of Neuroimmunology examines the implications. Chaired by Daniel Davis.

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Darren Shan

Zom-B

Hay Festival 2014, 
The master of horror returns with his latest bestselling series Zom-B, a gripping and grisly mix of horror, fantasy and realism. Be prepared to confront your innermost demons…
13+ years (YA)
Darren Shan

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Monika Borgmann, Abir Saksouk-Sasso and Walid Sadek in conversation with Fadi Shayya

Checkpoints of memory in a post-war city.

Beirut 2012, 
The panel investigates the possibility of critical and discursive notions of spatial production in post-war Beirut against the city’s disrupted collective memory. It discusses why and how the reproduction of urban design and architecture conforms to dominant socio-political dogmas of division, whilst art searches (and sometimes finds) freedom in expressing critical stances for and about memory, using different media. With Monika Borgmann, filmmaker and co-director of UMAM, Abir Saksouk-Sasso, architect and activist, and Walid Sadek, artist and assistant professor at AUB, chaired by Fadi Shayya, urbanist and architect.
 
Event in English

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Bruno Ganz talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Hay Festival 2008, 
The peerless Swiss actor’s films include Wings of Desire, Downfall, Nosferatu, Strapless and Bread and Tulips.

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Michael Pollan talks to Montagu Don

Food Rules

Hay Festival 2010, 
‘Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.’ An Eater’s Manual for eating wisely, gathered from a wide variety of sources including mothers, grandmothers, nutritionists, anthropologists and ancient cultures.

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Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl And The Atlantis Complex

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join this utterly brilliant writer in an adrenaline-fuelled exposé of his teenage criminal mastermind.
 
9+ years Rib Ticklers 

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Rhianna Pratchett

BAFTA presents Writing Games

Hay Festival 2013, 

The representation of women both in games and the games industry has been changing over the last few years. Come and meet Pratchett, the lead writer on Tomb Raider who specialises in developing the narrative structure, humour and characterisation in games and played a key role in the reinvention of the legendary Lara Croft.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Teatime Edition 3

Hay Festival 2012, 
The press-gang sharpen their wits to slice up the news, much of which may relate to tomorrow.

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David Abulafia

The Great Sea - A Human History of the Mediterranean

Hay Festival 2012, 
For more than 3,000 years, the Mediterranean Sea has been one of the great centres of world civilisation. From the time of historical Troy until the middle of the C19th, human activity here decisively shaped much of the course of world history.

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Matt Whyman and Justin Richards

Adventures for Boys

Hay Festival 2008, 
The two masters of action adventure Matt Whyman (Inside The Cage) and Justin Richards (The Chaos Code) discuss books, boys, computers and code with Jonathan Douglas.

Hay Fever 9 yrs +

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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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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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HL Dennis

Secret Breakers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Brodie, Hunter and Tusia: three kids chosen to solve the greatest unbroken code in the world. But why will some people kill to stop them? Join Team Veritas and crack the codes to help them. Bring a pad and pencil.
 
9+ yrs

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Evan Davis

Made in Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
What matters is what sells and for how much – from manufacturing to technology, design and the services industries. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.
 
Read a profile of Evan Davis www.independent.co.uk/news/people/

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Mukesh Kapila talks to Philippe Sands

Against A Tide Of Evil

Hay Festival 2013, 

The former head of the UN in Sudan reveals the shocking depths of evil plumbed by those who designed and orchestrated ‘the final solution’ in Darfur – How One Man Became The Whistleblower To The First Mass Murder Of The Twenty-First Century.

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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.

Jonathan Sacks

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Janine di Giovanni talks to Bidisha

Ghosts by Daylight

Hay Festival 2012, 
The war correspondent tells her own story of two frontline reporters brought together and deeply damaged by war. They try to build a civilian, family life in Paris.

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Matt Pritchett

Matt

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Telegraph’s superstar cartoonist on drawing, humour and satire.

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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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Gillian Beer

Cambridge 800 Series: Cultures of Extinction – Darwin and the Present

Hay Festival 2009, 
We view extinction now with alarm and even horror, and are encouraged to do so by specialist commentators and popular media alike. Darwin saw extinction as humdrum, inevitable and important for his theory. What does this transformation reveal about Darwin and ourselves?

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Gabrielle Walker

Reformations 20: Climate Change

Hay Festival 2017, 

If we’re going to win the climate war, the battle cry has to be positive. “Pain now or apocalypse later” just doesn’t cut it, and nor does “save the planet”. The climate scientist and strategist argues that it’s time to stop focusing on disaster and start pouring our energy into imagining – and creating – the promised land. Because fundamentally the planet doesn’t care what we do. This is about saving ourselves. Chaired by Jim Al-Khalili.

Gabrielle Walker