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    Earlybird tickets available now

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    Here are the details of our 2016 Hay Festival earlybird events. These are just a few highlights, and we will release more throughout the spring.

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    Philip Bobbitt

    Is a War on Terror Absurd?

    Event 383 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    The answer from the author of The Shield of Achilles and Terror and Consent might surprise you, and might also tell us something about the nature of war in the C21st.

    Duration 45 minutes.
     
    Read more about Phillip Bobbit www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us
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    Huw Bowen, Madeleine Gray, Martin Johnes

    New History of Wales 5: The Welsh People

    Event 384 Venue: Summer House

    Religion, politics, education and popular culture. What type of people are we?

    Duration 45 minutes.
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    Maggie Ross talks to Rachael Kerr

    Silence

    Event 385 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

    The Anglican solitary and theologian, whose Writing the Icon of the Heart has been described by Rowan Williams as ‘a really transformative book’, explains how ‘the work of silence’ can help us toward a deeper understanding of God. Duration 45 minutes.
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    Kate Brotherton-Ratcliffe, Tim Martin, Fiona Gray and Bruce Gray

    The Renaissance of Talgarth Mill

    Event 386 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    The restoration of Talgarth Mill, derelict for 70 years, into a functioning artisan bakery is nearly complete.

    Duration 45 minutes.

    Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket
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    Hay and District Writers Circle

    New Work

    Event 387 Venue: The Moot

    The local writers’ club members share their work.

    Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket
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    Evan Davis

    Made in Britain

    Event 388 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

    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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    Peter Snow

    To War With Wellington

    Event 389 Venue: Oxfam Stage

    A profile of Britain’s greatest military commander From the Peninsula to Waterloo. Chaired by Michael Prodger.
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    Vanessa Redgrave

    A World I Loved

    Event 390 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    A reading from Wadad Makdisi Cortas’ haunting and beautiful memoir of Lebanon and the Middle East.
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    Philip Ball

    Unnatural – The Heretical Idea of Making People

    Event 391 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    The writer delves beneath the surface of the cultural history of ‘anthropoesis’ – the artificial creation of people – to explore what it tells us about our views on life, humanity, creativity and technology. And what it tells us about the soul.
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    Ed Vulliamy

    Amexica

    Event 392 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

    The harrowing story of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the US-Mexico border – this is the secret war of drugs, gangs and guns that is destroying thousands of lives. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.
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    Mark Malloch Brown talks to Jim Naughtie

    The Oxfam Lecture: The Unfinished Global Revolution

    Event 394 Venue: Oxfam Stage

    National governments are no longer equipped to address complex global issues, from climate change to poverty. International organizations have not yet been empowered to step into the breach.
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    Howard Jacobson, Maggie Ross, Roy Strong

    King James Authorised Version – Genesis, Psalms, Revelations

    Event 395 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    Three of the hugest and most contentious books are on the table for this Good Read conversation. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.
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    Simon Hoggart

    Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine: 100 wines for the discerning drinker

    Event 396 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

    By popular demand, the journalist and wine writer leads another tasting.

    The wines tasted were:
     
    1) Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Dr Loosen 2009
     
    2) Escarpment Pinot Gris NZ 2009
     
    3) Tons de Dourum, Upper Douro Portugal 2008
     
    4) Ch. Puygueraud, Cotes de Francs 2007
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    Philip Pullman, Dai Smith, Richard Davies and Jon Gower

    Make Room for the Jester

    Event 397 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    We celebrate Stead Jones’ classic tale – a haunting journey from the edge of childhood into a threatening adult world – now published in the Library of Wales series.
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    A Poetry Reading for Josephine Hart

    Event 627 Venue: Summer House

    We'll be holding a Poetry Reading in tribute to our friend and champion of poetry, who died yesterday.
     
    Bob Geldof reads Yeats and Keats, Lisa Dwan reads Heaney, Peter Florence reads Wilfred Owen. More readers will be announced tomorrow.
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    Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Jerusalem

    Event 398 Venue: Oxfam Stage

    The biography of the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
     
    Read a review of Jerusalem
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    John Heilbron

    Galileo

    Event 399 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

    A profile of the Renaissance genius that celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publication of Siderius Nuncius – The Starry Messenger, one of the turning points of science that changed perceptions of the perfection of the heavens and the centrality of the Earth forever.
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    Sonia Faleiro, John Julius Norwich, Peter Godwin

    Ox-Travels 4

    Event 401 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

    Three more Meetings With Remarkable Writers from our new Oxfam anthology.
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    John Williams

    Miss Shirley Bassey

    Event 403 Venue: Summer House

    The meteoric life – from the vibrant, multicultural oasis of Tiger Bay in the Cardiff docklands through the club-lands of Soho and Las Vegas to New York’s Carnegie Hall. Helluva soundtrack too.

    Read a review of Miss Shirley Bassey www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/
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    Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence

    An Historian's Alphabet

    Event 404 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

    Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence
    The historian, foodie, art critic, groover and broadcaster improvises on 26 subjects A–Z in conversation with Peter Florence.
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