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Event 122

Simon Armitage

The Death of King Arthur

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Our poet-in-residence reads from his astounding new version of the great medieval epic of warfare and politics.
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Event 123

Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

The Rule of Law

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
A conversation with the Director of Public Prosecutions at a time when the death of Ian Tomlinson, Leveson, Huhne, Redknapp, Summer rioters and the Lawrence trials have generated unprecedented interest in the law.
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Event 124

Sarah Raven

Wild Flowers

Venue: Big Tent
The broadcaster, teacher, gardener and cookery writer (Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook) has travelled the length and breadth of the British Isles to find 500 of our most breathtakingly beautiful wild flowers.
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Event 125

Elif Shafak and Anjali Joseph talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions – Migrations

Venue: Digital Stage
Honour is a powerful, brilliant and moving account of murder, love and family set in Kurdistan, Istanbul and London; Another Country charts a young woman’s twenties in Bombay, Paris and London.
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Event T2

Tweet It Loud

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
Join the campaigning experts from the RSPB to get practical tips on how you can speak to people in power about the wildlife and marine issues that matter to you.
 
Duration 60 mins14+ years
 
Each young person attending this workshop must fill in the Permission Form available for download here. Please send the form in advance to admin@hayfestival.org and bring a copy on the day.
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Event HF33

Annabel Pitcher and Marcus Sedgwick

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece and Midwinterblood

Venue: Starlight Stage
See two amazing writers discuss their compelling stories of love and sacrifice. Chaired by Lorna Bradbury
 
12+ years
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Event 126

James Watson talks to Ian McEwan

Nobel Series - The John Maddox Lecture

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
Our annual science lecture is given this year by the 1962 Nobel Laureate, the author of The Double Helix, who in 1953 discovered the structure of DNA with Francis Crick. It will be chaired by Ian McEwan.
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Event 127

Maziar Bahari talks to John Kampfner

Then They Came For Me

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The Newsweek journalist left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, believing he’d return to his pregnant fiancée, Paola, in just a few days. In fact he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions while terrible threats were made to his family.
 
In association with Index on Censorship
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Event 128

Patrick de Witt and Tom Bullough talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions – Not the C19th Novel

Venue: Digital Stage
The Man Booker-shortlisted The Sisters Brothers is a noiradventure set in Gold Rush America; Konstantin tells the story of the first man in Russia to reveal how travel into space might be possible. It is a story of man, nature, and the limitless power of the imagination.
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Event 129

Tom Asbridge

The Crusades - The Siege of Acre 1189-1191

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The historian tells the story of the key turning-point of the Third Crusade, and the first clash of Saladin and Richard the Lionheart.
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Event 130

Tishani Doshi, Rhian Edwards, Arundhathi Subramaniam

Poetry Reading

Venue: Starlight Stage
Three of the emerging generation of poetry superstars read from their new collections - Everything Begins Elsewhere, Clueless Dogs, and Where I Live.
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Event 131

The Herbaliser Band

Venue: The Sound Castle
Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba discovered a shared passion for hip-hop, rare groove, funk and jazz in the 90s. Their music offers an emphatically London-centric take on funky-electronica packed with samples, scratches and chopped-up rhythms. Dancing.
 
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Event 132

Rang de Basanti – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
A sensational Bollywood picture directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starring Soha Ali Khan, who’ll be speaking in the Re-Imagine India event 114 this afternoon. A young woman from England comes to India to make a documentary about her grandfather's diary which was written in the 1920s about the Indian Independence with five young men. India, 2006. 157’.
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event 133

Tom Watson and Martin Hickman talk to Helena Kennedy

Speak After the Beep

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The relentless and crusading MP at the centre of the exposure of phone-hacking that has rocked the British Establishment discusses Leveson, privacy, the media and the Met.
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Event 134

John Cooper Clarke

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The legendary punk poet, king of the performance stage, brings his show to Hay. Greatest Hits and new stuff.
 
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Event 135

Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children, the Movie

Venue: Digital Stage
The director of the forthcoming film of the modern Indian classic previews and discusses clips with the novelist. Chaired by Francine Stock.
 
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Event 136

Simon Singh

Alan Turing and Enigma

Venue: Big Tent
The science writer celebrates the centenary of the genius mathematician and code-breaker, who deciphered the German naval cables in WWII, and demonstrates the encryption techniques on his own, original Enigma Machine.
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Event 540

Join the editors and a selection of artists from behind this beautifully-rendered, Eisner nominated, graphic novel. Nelson tells the story of one woman’s life from birth in 1968 to the present day. Each creator individually details a single event or moment of protagonist Nel Baker’s life before handing over to the next artist, resulting in a vast narrative told via yearly snapshots. Part exquisite corpse, part relay race, Nelson spans decades of British history and combines a myriad of stylistic approaches in a single, compelling graphic novel.
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Event 138

Courtney Pine Band

Europa

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The inspiring jazz hero draws back in time to Gregorian Chant, Scandinavian, Celtic, Spanish, Hungarian, Mediterranean melodies and rhythms that show like a geographical map, the scope, width and growth of the Continent. Robert Fordjour - Drums, Darren Taylor - Double Bass, Zoe Rahman - Acoustic Piano, Cameron Pierre - Mandolin and Acoustic Guitar, Courtney Pine - Bass Clarinet.
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Event 139

Timothy Garton Ash talks to John Kampfner

freespeechdebate.com

Venue: Big Tent
The distinguished author of The File and Facts Are Subversive introduces the ten founding principles of his new global Free Speech project and demonstrates its international reach with Google's Free Speech advisor.
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Event 140

The Gospel of Us – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
The film version of the Passion play starring Michael Sheen and written by Owen Sheers that was performed throughout Port Talbot in Easter 2011. A town is in thrall to a sinister and ruthless corporation intent on plundering the town's natural resources. Two sides are at war and catastrophe appears inevitable until a softly spoken man mysteriously arrives. Revealed as The Teacher (Michael Sheen), he gathers followers around him and becomes a focus for the Resistance and is perceived by the powers as a danger who must be removed at all costs. Directed by Dave McKean. UK, 2012, 118’. PG.
 
See also event 65.
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Event 141

Ghostpoet

Venue: The Sound Castle
The softly spoken 24-year-old has already won over BBC Radio 1’s foremost taste-maker Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Recordings with a handful of off-kilter, loopy electronic ditties blessed with his delightfully rambling musings on modern life. His captivating hook-laden productions and lazy baritone ensure that this young, inventive, British artist is destined for greatness. ‘With lullabies to hypnotise, this somnolent spirit is sleepwalking his way to greatness’
- The Guardian
 
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