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Julia Hobsbawm with Johann Hari, Mark Skipworth and Stefan Stern

EI Breakfast 3

Event 125 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, Martin Johnes, Aled Jones, Peter Stead

New History of Wales 3: Public History

Event 126 Venue: The Moot

Ivory Tower or public realm – what is the point of Welsh history in the C21st?

Duration 45 minutes.

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Abdelkader Benali talks to Eric Akoto

East is West

Event 127 Venue: Summer House

The Moroccan-Dutch writer and journalist, a Beirut39 star, and one of the most acute and thoughtful commentators on migrations and multiculturalism discusses his travels in the Middle East with the editor of Litro.

Duration 45 minutes.
 
Read more about Abdelkader Benali. See a recent interview in Litro.
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Patrick Barkham

Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals

Event 614 Venue: Starlight Stage

A joyful celebration of the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly.
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Owen Sheers talks to Peter Florence

Resistance – The Movie

Event 617 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The novelist and screenwriter previews clips from the counterfactual film of the novel launched here two years ago – a thriller set up in the Olchon Valley above Hay during the Nazi occupation of Britain.
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Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo

King James Authorised Version 3

Event 128 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

In this third Good Read session on the Bible the writers enjoy The Song of Solomon, Job and Ecclesiastes.
 
More by and about today's authors: Joan Bakewell, Daisy Goodwin, Michael Morpurgo
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David Baddiel talks to David Aaronovitch

Event 129 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

The comedian and writer whose credits include the fundamentalism satire movie The Infidel discusses his new novel The Death Of Eli Gold.
 
The Death of Eli Gold - David Baddiel
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Matthew Rice and Emma Bridgewater talk to Tristram Hunt

The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent

Event 130 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A fanfare for one of the great cities of the world’s first industrial revolution, from its C18th zenith with Wedgwood and Spode to the post-war dereliction.
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Zaiba Malik talks to Jo Glanville

We Are A Muslim Please

Event 131 Venue: Summer House

The award-winning investigative journalist analyses her British and Muslim identities, growing up in Bradford in the 70s and 80s and working undercover and in extreme circumstances in Bangladesh and in the heart of her family.
(Also see event 118)
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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

AA Gill is Further Away

Event 132 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

Travels and food and stories with the iconoclastic journalist.
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Orlando Figes talks to Oliver Bullough

Crimea

Event 133 Venue: Oxfam Stage

A magisterial account of the terrible C19th war of land and religion that gave us The Charge of the Light Brigade, Sebastopol and Florence Nightingale as it pitted Imperial Russia against Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire.
 
More about Orlando Figes
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Mark Watson and Catherine O'Flynn talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: The Comedians

Event 134 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

Watson’s Eleven is a tale of love and loss, Scrabble and six degrees of separation. O’Flynn’s Birmingham-set The News Where You Are spins around intimate absences and banal news presences.
 
 
Eleven - Mark Watson
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The Book Show at Hay – Filming

Event 135 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 Tuesday 31 May
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Dai Smith talks to Guto Harri

In The Frame

Event 136 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

From Rhondda heroes chasing the American dream to rioters staking a claim in their society this is a powerful alternative history of C20th South Wales, offered from the personal viewpoint of the cultural historian.
 
Read more about Dai Smith
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Christopher Morgan Jones and Sergei Kostin talk to Max Easterman

Fictions: What’s Secret Now?

Event 137 Venue: Summer House

Former intelligence operative Morgan Jones yarns an intrigue of contemporary Russia in An Agent of Deceit. Kostin is Russia’s leading espionage expert and spy novelist, whose latest book is published as Death of the White Mouse.
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Michael Wood

The Story of England

Event 138 Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

Fifteen hundred years of English history told through the archaeology, records and DNA of the village of Kibworth in Leicestershire. Spellbinding.
 
Read more about The Story of England
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India Knight talks to Lynn Barber

Comfort and Joy

Event 139 Venue: Oxfam Stage

‘I loved Comfort and Joy, a hilarious, bawdy yet touching portrait of Christmas over three years’ – Jilly Cooper.
Comfort and Joy - India Knight
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Patrick Barkham

Butterfly Isles: A Summer in Search of Our Emperors and Admirals

Event 140 Venue: Summer House

A joyful celebration of the extraordinary physical beauty and amusingly diverse character of our 59 species of butterfly.
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Sarah Winman, Téa Obreht, Mirza Waheed and Sam Leith talk to Lisa Dwan

Fictions: Waterstone’s Eleven

Event 141 Venue: Elmley Foundation Theatre

We profile four of the emerging novelists championed in the Waterstone’s new writing promotion. Winman’s <spanstyle="font-style: italic;"="">When God Was a Rabbit is a family story set over four decades; Obreht’s <spanstyle="font-style: italic;"="">The Tiger’s Wife resonates over three generations in the Balkans; Waheed’sThe Collaborator is set in the heart of terrible conflict in 1990s Kashmir. Leith’s The Coincidence Engine conjures The Directorate of The Extremely Improbable and a chase across America.

Trailer for The Coincidence Engine




Find more information about these titles at waterstones.com
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Mrs Moneypenny

Austerity Britain

Event 142 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The FT’s cult columnist and presenter of the Channel 4 series Superscrimpers looks at the state we’re in...
 
Read more by and about Mrs Moneypenny at FT.com
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