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Event 325

Owen Sheers

Screening: Poem From Llanybri

Venue: Sony Screen
The poet and author presents a preview screening of his programme about ‘Poem From Llanybri’ by Lynette Roberts from his BBC4 series, A Poet’s Guide to Britain.

Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket.
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Event 326

Ben Crystal

Shakespeare on Toast

Venue: Oxfam Studio
Love of the Bard breakfast with the actor and scholar. ‘I love it’ – Judi Dench. Cafédirect coffee will be served.
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Event 507

Monica Ali talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

In the Kitchen

Venue: Oxfam Stage
A second event by popular request: this event is a repeat of the sold out event 299.

The new novel from the author of Brick Lane opens with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and then peels back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot that exists below.
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Event 327

Penelope Leach

Contemporary Childcare: The Elephant In All Our Living Rooms

Venue: SONY Screen
Children’s wellbeing – even survival – depends, as it always has, on somebody taking care of them every minute of every day and night. But who is to do that caring, and who should bear the costs?
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Event 328

Rupert Isaacson talks to Rosie Boycott

The Horse Boy

Venue: Guardian Stage
The miraculous tale of a father’s journey with his family to the origins of equine culture in wildest Mongolia to cure his severely autistic son.
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Event 329

AC Grayling

Liberty in an Age of Terror

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
Privacy, free speech and individual autonomy, rights hard-won over centuries, are being eroded by state surveillance and data centralization. The philosopher argues for the vigorous defence of civil liberties.
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Event 330

Quentin Letts talks to Raj Persaud

Venue: Oxfam Studio
The columnist and author of 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain sits down In the Psychiatrist’s Chair.
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Event 331

The Guardian Green Home Clinic

Venue: Dream Stage
Builders and energy advisors advise on how to green your home, get grants and live sustainably (and cheaply). ‘Energy doctor’ Rob Bell (Energy Saving Trust) and Russell Smith (Parity Projects), chaired by the Guardian’s green technology correspondent, Alok Jha.
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Event HF95

Nature Detectives 1

Venue: Discovery Space
Using all the clues at your fingertips, come and discover the hidden wonders of the woodland with the vibrant Jan Watt. With environmentally-based games, quizzes and creative craft, you’ll be amazed what a story the forest has to tell.

7–11 years (unaccompanied with sign in/out)
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Event HF94

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party! 4

Venue: Imagine Space
Join in the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the world's bestselling picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. A brilliant party of games, songs, activities and interactive story telling with Justine de Mierre.

2–5 years

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Event 332

Kate Summerscale talks to Rosie Boycott

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Venue: Guardian Stage
The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner discusses her thrilling investigation of the classic true-life murder mystery that gripped Victorian England and inspired Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Conan Doyle.
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Event 333

Richard Dearlove talks to Philippe Sands

Cambridge 800 Series: Security

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
The Master of Pembroke College, who was head of the Secret Intelligence Service (known as ‘C’) from 1999 to 2004 discusses the security challenges facing government, the problems of past and contemporary terrorism, and the impact on UK foreign policy and national security of events in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine and Iraq.
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Event 334

Andrew Davies talks to Peter Florence

Little Dorrit Film Masterclass

Venue: Sony Screen
The screenwriter analyses three key scenes from his recent TV adaptation of Dickens’ novel.
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Event 335

Monty Don, Andrew Simms and Revel Guest talk to Stewart Wallis

An Environmental War Economy

Venue: Oxfam Studio
What can Britain’s experience of World War II teach us about conservation and thriving during times of adversity? Garden guru Monty Don, author and nef Policy Director Andrew Simms and senior film producer Revel Guest talk to nef Executive Director Stewart Wallis. KBO.
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Event 336

Melvyn Bragg and Matthew Evans

George Ewart Evans

Venue: Dream Stage
A celebration of the centenary of the socialist and oral history pioneer who was born and raised in the former mining community of Abercynon, chaired by Hamish Fyfe.
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Event HF97

Nature Detectives 2

Venue: Discovery Space
Using all the clues at your fingertips, come and discover the hidden wonders of the woodland with the vibrant Jan Watt. With environmentally-based games, quizzes and creative craft, you’ll be amazed what a story the forest has to tell.

7–11 years (unaccompanied with sign in/out)

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Event HF96

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party! 5

Venue: Imagine Space
Join in the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the world's bestselling picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. A brilliant party of games, songs, activities and interactive story telling with Justine de Mierre.

2–5 years

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Event 338

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition 9

Venue: Guardian Stage
The comedians’ farewell party at the expense of the Sundays.
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Event 339

Vince Cable talks to John Harris

The Storm: The World Economic Crisis and What it Means

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
The Liberal Democrat sage of the credit crunch looks forward.
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Event 340

Tim Birkhead

The Wisdom of Birds

Venue: Sony Screen
An illustrated history of ornithology.
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Event 341

Anne Michaels talks to Claire Armitstead

Story: The Winter Vault

Venue: Oxfam Studio
The poet and novelist introduces her new novel, which weaves great historical moments with the quiet and intense intimacy of private lives and griefs.
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Event 342

Jake Arnott talks to Peter Guttridge

Story: The Devil’s Paintbrush

Venue: Dream Stage
Scandal, black magic and Islamic revolution on the battlefields of Sudan and the backstreets of Edinburgh teem around the character of Brit hero Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald.
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Event HF98

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Party! 6

Venue: Imagine Space
Join in the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the world's bestselling picture book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. A brilliant party of games, songs, activities and interactive story telling with Justine de Mierre.

2–5 years

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Event 337

Hay-on-Sky Filming

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
Mariella Frostrup presents the daily Sky Arts television coverage featuring performances and interviews with some of the biggest and best names at the festival.
 
Hay-on-Sky airs daily at 7pm from 22 May on Sky Arts 1 channel 256 and Sky Arts 1 HD channel 258.
 
All proceeds from this event go to global action plan.
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Event 343

Simon Schama

The Guardian Sessions: The American Future

Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion
The historian offers a profound and revelatory analysis in his History from the Founding Fathers to Barack Obama.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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