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Event 440

Claire Tomalin

The London Library Lecture - Charles Dickens

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The peerless literary biographer examines the contradictory and unpredictable life of our greatest novelist, in this, his bi-centenary year.
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Event 441

Hannah Rothschild talks to Martin Chilton

The Baroness

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
The author and filmmaker conjures the life of her great aunt, the heiress Nica Rothschild, who abandoned her life of privilege in Europe for New York’s 1950s Jazz scene. She was a patron and muse to some of the greatest C20th musicians. Charlie Parker died in her apartment, Thelonius Monk in her arms.
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Event 442

Wadah Khanfar talks to William Sieghart

Venue: Big Tent
The co-founder of the Sharq Forum and the former Director General of the Al Jazeera Network reflects on the momentous changes in the Arab world, and the effect of free media and new technology across the Middle East.
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Event 443

Frances Osborne and Alexandra Shulman talk to Paul Blezard

Fictions - Women of the World

Venue: Digital Stage
Park Lane the debut novel from the author of The Bolter is a tale of suffrage, war and love, upstairs and down in Edwardian London; Can We Still Be Friends follows three friends leaving University and emerging into the reality of 1980s Britain.
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Event 444

David MacKay, Julie Hill and David Howell

The Future of Energy Series - How to Decarbonise by 2050

Venue: Starlight Stage
There are many theories and proposals for decarbonising our society but which ones are the most credible and what do they require from us all in order to achieve the target by 2050? The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Chief Scientific Advisor will weigh the options with the former Director of Green Alliance and the FCO Minister for International Energy. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
 
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Event 445

Jono McCleery

Venue: The Sound Castle
The London-based solo artist, recently signed to Ninja Tune, has toured with Gil Scott Heron, Bonobo, Fink, and Jose Gonzales. Jono’s music is timeless. ‘Music that is imperishable, that reflects past, present and future in an instant.’ Likened to having the melodies and rich vocals of John Martyn, the darkness of Nick Drake, the soul of Marvin Gaye and the romantic indulgence of Jeff Buckley. Jono is defining a new folk/soul sound of our time.’ - Dannii Evans.
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Event 446

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. Directed by Dave McKean.
 
UK, 2012. See also event 65.
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Event T42

Cool Fossil Music Foundation

Building A Band

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
Piecing together the parts - with bass drums and rhythm guitar.
 
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 HF157

Easy Peasy Cookery School

Venue: The Mess Tent
The fantastic team behind Local to Ludlow return to Hay with their mobile culinary school. Using locally sourced ingredients they teach children how to cook delicious snacks from scratch.
 
Duration 60 mins.   10-14 years
 
Each young person attending this workshop without an accompanying adult 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 HF155

Helen Peters

The Secret Hen House Theatre

Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
A heart-warming debut that will whisk you away in the spirit of The Swish of the Curtain and I Capture the Castle. A treat.
 
9+ years
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Event HF154

Justin Fletcher

Justin’s Jokes

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The CBeebies star brings us jokes and songs in this giggle-tastic event. Come in your finest fancy dress.
 
3+ years
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Event HF156

Rainbow Magic Fairy Party

Venue: The Hexagon
Don your best fairy wings and pop along for some fairy fun, glittery games and plenty of pretty prizes.
 
Duration 40 mins.   3-5 years
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Event 447

Mary Portas

The High Street

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The retail guru and British knickers champion, author of The Portas Review on the future of our high streets, inspires a resurgence in entrepreneurial zest and redefines the nature of value in modern consumerism.
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Event 448

Simon Jenkins

A Short History of England

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
The great and good journalist introduces his bold, taut history that identifies the key players and moments of change from the Saxon dawn of nationhood to the establishment of coalition government.
 
In association with The National Trust, Wales
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Event 449

Bettany Hughes, Tim Whitmarsh, Charlotte Higgins and Oliver Taplin

The Greeks 7 - Heroisation

Venue: Digital Stage
The classicists examine the recounting of funeral games, athletic odes and Olympic trials in Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Bacchylids and Euripides. What are athletes for?
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Event 450

Ahdaf Soueif

Reflections on Islamic Art

Venue: Big Tent
The novelist and Palfest Director introduces her international anthology of essays and responses to the astounding collection of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.
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Event 451

Christopher Hill, Brendan Simms and Robert Tombs

Cambridge Series 13 - Will The UK Ever Get On With Europe?

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
How much does Britain’s history impact on the way it sees its relationship with Europe and can we overcome that? What are the wider implications for international relations for a Britain adrift of Europe?
 
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Event T43

Cool Fossil Music Foundation

Creating A Band By Yourself

Venue: Scribblers’ Hut
Discover how you can layer your beats and melodies to create complete tracks on your own.
 
Duration 60 mins  14+ 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 HF158

Julia Golding

Magical Creatures, Perilous Pirates

Venue: Starlight Stage
The super-star scribbler of The Glass Swallow, the Companions Quartet and the Cat Royal series takes us on a whistle stop tour of her fantastical worlds. With hints and tips on how to write your own fantasy adventures along the way.
 
9+ yrs
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Event 452

Antony Beevor

The Second World War

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
No other period in history has presented greater dilemmas both for leaders and ordinary people, nor offered such examples of individual and mass tragedy, the corruption of power politics, ideological hypocrisy, the egomania of commanders, betrayal, perversity, self-sacrifice, unbelievable sadism and unpredictable kindness. From the author of Stalingrad, D-Day and Berlin - The Downfall. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.
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Event 453

Tony Robinson talks to Ben Crystal

Venue: Big Tent
A conversation with the Time Team and Blackadder star - actor, presenter, archaeology champion, children’s writer and political activist.
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Event 454

Bronwen Maddox, Mark Fitzpatrick, Thomas Friedman and Wadah Khanfar talk to Nik Gowing

The Iran Question

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
As the US/Israeli anxiety about Iran’s nuclear ambitions grows and further sanctions are imposed, the editor of Prospect is joined by the International Institute for Strategic Studies expert, the New York Times Foreign Affairs editor and the former DG ofAl Jazeera to analyse the situation. BBC World News Anchor Nik Gowing chairs.
 
In association with Prospect
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Event 455

Alistair Darling talks to Jesse Norman

Back from the Brink

Venue: Barclays Pavilion
The former Chancellor discusses the state of the world economy and his one thousand days at No 11 that were dominated by RBS, Iceland, and his relationship with the bloke next door.
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Event 456

Alice Oswald

The Greeks 8 - Memorial

Venue: Digital Stage
The poet reads her brilliantly original rendering of Homer. ‘The Iliad is a vocative poem. Perhaps even (in common with lament) it is invocative, as if speaking directly to the dead, in the aftermath of the Trojan War: an attempt to remember people’s names and lives without the use of writing; a series of memories and similes laid side by side; an antiphonal account of man in his world.’
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Event 457

Alice Russell

Venue: The Sound Castle
Blessed with a lavishly soulful voice, her live performances are spectacular, capable of captivating an audience and tugging at your heartstrings. Her smouldering blues-inflected lament is constantly evolving in her new solo material, which encompasses an explosion of everything from funk, gospel and jazz to northern soul.
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