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Welcome to our programme

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Early-bird tickets to Hay Festival 2015

We are delighted to offer an early taste of our 2015 programme.

This year we have added advance car park booking: you can buy your required days' parking at the same time as your tickets.

Simon Mitton

Cambridge Series 3: From Alexandria to Cambridge

Event 29 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The historian of astronomy examines Five Books That Changed Our View of the Universe: Ptolemy's Almagest, Copernicus' De Revolutionibus, Galileo's Siderius Nuncius and Dialogo, and Newton's Principia. A facsimile of the Copernicus manuscript will be displayed.

More about Simon Mitton here 

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Trevor Fishlock and Dafydd Elis Thomas

Senedd @ 10

Event 30 Venue: Summer House

The journalist examines the architectural and environmental credentials of Richard Rogers’ iconic Welsh Assembly building, a symbol of both nationhood and new democracy, with the National Assembly's presiding office.

Read more about the Senedd building here  http://www.graffeg.com/products/senedd-english-paperback
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Victor Gregg & Rick Stroud

Rifleman: A Front Line Life

Event 31 Venue: Starlight Stage

The amazing life of the paratrooper veteran of Alamein and Arnhem, a Dresden PoW, who served in the security services during the Cold War and was witness to the falling of the Iron Curtain in 1989.
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Afro Celt Sound System

In concert

Event 32 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

Afro Celt Sound System
The legendary band return to Hay with their compelling fusion of Irish, African, Indian and global dance-music sounds. 'Moorish calls to prayer infused with the soft air of western Ireland, floating African whispers which build into whirling dervish Celtic jigs...Hearing is believing.' Mojo (UK).

The Afro Celt Sound System are: Simon Emmerson, James McNally, Iarla O'Lionaird, Martin Russell, Johnny Kalsi, N'faly Kouyate, Emer Mayock, Moussou Sissokho and Ian Markin.
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Jason Byrne

Cirque du Byrne

Event 33 Venue: Oxfam Stage

The freewheeling Irish comedian performs his high-energy stand-up. Pure, mad magic.
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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Event 613 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

The hilarious and inspiring story of one man’s unlikely quest to create out of a mountainous Welsh landscape a garden fit for inclusion in the prestigious Yellow Book. A comic masterpiece.
 
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Julia Hobsbawm, Peter York, Chris Parry, Bronwen Maddox and Alice Sherwood

EI Breakfast

Event 34 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The Editorial Intelligence director and her guests analyse the media stories and comment of the day.

Duration 45 minutes.
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Huw Bowen, Ray Karl, Ray Howell

New History of Wales 1: Celts or Britons?

Event 35 Venue: Starlight Stage

In the first of five sessions debunking myths and prejudices and rewriting the history of Wales, three historians consider the deep ancestry of the nation.

Duration 45 minutes.
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The Book Show at Hay – Filming

Event 36 Venue: Sky Arts Studio

Sky Arts returns with its acclaimed series of The Book Show. Join Mariella Frostrup for an exclusive recording, interviewing the biggest and best names at the festival.

Watch The Book Show at Hay on Sky Arts 1 HD at 7pm on Saturday 28 May
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Marcus du Sautoy

The Secret Mathematicians

Event 37 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The author of The Number Mysteries examines how the mathematicians' palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has inspired composers, painters, choreographers and writers.
The Number Mysteries - Marcus du Sautoy
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