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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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Sue Birtwistle talks to Richard Eyre

Adaptation

Event 38 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The producer of both Pride & Prejudice and Cranford reveals the challenges and delights of bringing Elizabeth Gaskell’s much-loved Cranford stories to the screen.
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Antony Woodward

The Garden in the Clouds

Event 39 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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Kyung-Sook Shin and Jaishree Misra

Fictions: Mothers and Daughters

Event 40 Venue: Summer House

A special preview reading of the beautiful and multi-million-selling Korean novel Please Look After Mother spinning four perspectives on the central character Son-yo, a mother and wife. And introducing the Keralan bestseller of Indian revelation A Scandalous Secret. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
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Adam Nicolson

When God Spoke English

Event 41 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The compelling story of scholarship, populism, diversity, unification and language in The Making of The King James Bible.

More about the book here
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Shashi Tharoor

Tagore 150

Event 42 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

The Indian novelist and politician celebrates the 150th anniversary of the great Nobel Prize-winning Bengali poet, musician and painter.

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John Barrow

The Artful Universe Expanded

Event 43 Venue: Oxfam Stage

A look at some of the unexpected ways in which the structure of the Universe, its laws, its environments, and above all its underlying mathematical structure imprints itself on our thoughts, our aesthetic preferences, and our views about the nature of things.

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Luis Rubio

Mexico Beyond The Headlines

Event 45 Venue: Summer House

The President of the Centre of Research for Development discusses the political and economic situation in one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket
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George Monbiot

Event 619 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The campaigning journalist, author of Bring On The Apocalypse, Heat and Age of Consent and star of the Left Hook tour, argues that our assessment of the risks of different energy options, from nuclear power to fossil fuels and renewables, is gravely flawed, and urgently needs to change.
Chaired by Andrew Simms of NEF.
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The Book Show at Hay – Filming

Event 46 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 Sunday 29 May
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Steve Jones

The John Maddox Lecture: Incest and Folk Dancing – Why Sex Survives

Event 47 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

Sir Thomas Beecham once said: ‘Try anything once but incest and folk-dancing’ (he pointed out that brass bands, too, are all very well in their place: ‘in the open air and several miles away’). Sex with a relative is often frowned upon, but is in fact universal, for we all share ancestors in the recent past.

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Jan Zalasiewicz

The Planet in a Pebble: A Journey into Earth’s Deep History

Event 48 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

Many events in the earth’s ancient past can be deciphered from a pebble: volcanic eruptions; the lives and deaths of extinct animals and plants; the alien nature of long-vanished oceans; and transformations deep underground, including the creations of fool’s gold and of oil...

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Kishwar Desai and Ann Patchett

Fictions: Women’s Lives

Event 49 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Two astounding novels explore mysteries and extremes. Desai’s Witness The Night is set in India and won the Costa First Book Prize. Orange Prize-winner Patchett’s State of Wonder is set in Brazil. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.
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Paul Theroux talks to Rosie Boycott

The Tao of Travel

Event 50 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The novelist and travel-writer celebrates his fifty years wandering the globe.
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Richard Dannatt talks to Nik Gowing

Leading from the Front

Event 51 Venue: Oxfam Stage

The forthright Chief of the General Staff (2006–2009) reviews his military career and the current state of the nation’s defences.

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Sue Flood

Cold Places

Event 52 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The wildlife photographer records her adventures in the polar regions – camping on the floe edge with Inuit hunters in the Canadian high-Arctic, watching polar bears hunting, diving with leopard seals in the Antarctic and sailing with Russian Ice-Breakers. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

Further information about Sue Flood and her photography
www.sueflood.com/bio.html
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