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Our HAYDAYS programme for families and children can be viewed here.
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Julia Hobsbawm with David Aaronovitch, Peter York, Allison Pearson and Douglas Alexander

EI Breakfast 2

Event 79 Venue: Oxfam 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, Chris Williams, Huw Pryce

New History of Wales 2: Wales – Nation, Region, Province, Principality

Event 80 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Where is Wales and what is Wales? What’s the relationship with England, Europe and the world?


Duration 45 minutes.
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Magnus Mills talks to Alice Jones

Screwtop Thompson

Event 81 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

The novelist reads from and discusses his story collection. 'Magnus Mills' unerringly sharp eye for human foibles combines with a dry deadpan wit to create comic genius.' The Independent. He talks to The Independent Deputy Arts Editor.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Magnus Mills
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Judith Oakley

Seashore Safari

Event HF14 Venue: Starlight Stage

Starfish, crabs, jellyfish… Beaches are full of amazing wildlife, if only you know where to look. Join Judith, a passionate marine biologist, and discover the sandy secrets of British seasides.
 
8+ years & families Knapsacks & Ginger Beer
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Mary Warnock

Dishonest To God

Event 82 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The moral philosopher argues that to value religion as the essential foundation of morality is a profound and probably dangerous mistake. Chaired by David Aaronovitch.
 
Read more about Baroness Warnock here
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Meghnad Desai

LSE Lecture 1: The Rediscovery of India

Event 83 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

‘How an old civilisation became a new nation after four thousand years of history and four centuries’ engagement with Europe; why it has succeeded as a democracy and why it is a miracle economy.’
 
More information about Meghnad Desai in this online profile
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Adam Nicolson and Sarah Raven

Smell of Summer Grass: Pursuing Happiness – Perch Hill 1944–2011

Event 84 Venue: Oxfam Stage

The story of the years spent in finding and building a personal Arcadia, sometimes a dream, sometimes a nightmare, by the writer and his wife, cook and gardener Sarah Raven. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
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Timothy Brook and Xiaolou Guo

China

Event 85 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

Two views of the emerging superpower from the distinguished sinologist, author of Troubled Empire and The Confusions of Pleasure and the novelist and performer whose books include A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers and UFO In Her Eyes. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
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Evelyn Juers

House of Exile

Event 86 Venue: Summer House

A unique imagining of the unconventional love affair between the writer and political activist Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger – a tall, blonde ex-barmaid twenty-seven years his junior – recounting their flight from Nazi Germany in 1933, to France and then to Los Angeles. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.
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Mary Hooper & Linda Press Wulf

Fallen Grace, Crusade

Event HF15 Venue: Starlight Stage

Immerse yourselves in worlds gone by – the smog of Victorian London, the aromas of 13th century France and the heat of Jerusalem – with two stories of friendship, loss and love. Chaired by Peter Florence.
 
10+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer 
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Rainbow Magic Fairy Party

Event HF16 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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AC Grayling

The Good Book

Event 87 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human, from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life, the philosopher has created a secular bible.
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Polly Toynbee & David Walker

The Verdict

Event 88 Venue: Oxfam Stage

Did Labour policies worsen the recession? Why did social mobility slow down on Labour’s watch? Has SureStart improved the prospects of tomorrow’s children? Does politics ever actually change anything?
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Allison Pearson talks to Tiffany Murray

I Think I Love You

Event 89 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

Bestselling author and award-winning columnist Allison Pearson's first novel I Don't Know How She Does It is a lively social comedy about working motherhood, shortly to be made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan.
 
Her new novel I Think I Love You is a witty and poignant story about a young girl who falls hopelessly in love with her teenage pin-up and some twenty years later, with her life in pieces all around her, finally gets to meet him...
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Mohsin Hamid and Dinaw Mengestu talk to Kathryn Gray

Fictions: Strangers and Lovers

Event 90 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Moth Smoke, by the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is a story of love and estrangement set in Pakistan; How To Read The Air shares the Ethiopian-American context of Mengestu’s brilliant debut Children of the Revolution.
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The Book Show at Hay – Filming

Event 91 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 Monday 30 May
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National Nuclear Laboratory

Paper Free Science

Event T36 Venue: Scribblers Hut

Think robots, fission and colour!

hf2 for teens
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Liz Pichon

Oodles of Doodles

Event HF17 Venue: Starlight Stage

Meet Tom Gates – master of excuses, expert doodler and comic story writer extraordinaire. His journal (The Brilliant World of Tom Gates – obviously!) is pretty awesome and his creator is going to show you how yours can be too. Bring a pad and pencil!
 
7+ years Rib Ticklers 
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Rainbow Magic Fairy Party

Event HF18 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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VS Naipaul

The London Library Lecture

Event 92 Venue: Oxfam Stage

The Nobel Laureate, author of A House for Mr Biswas, The Enigma of Arrival, A Bend in the River and The Masque of Africa charts his development as a writer and his relationship with his family in his Letters Between a Father and a Son. Chaired by Alexander Waugh.
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