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The Scott Brown Celtic mentality factor that keeps him on the Billy McNeill path to immortality – Daily Record

Mental strength is a must for any true leader.

Gary Caldwell reckons its the quality that makes Scott Brown deserving of his place alongside Scottish footballs legendary nine-in-a-row captains Billy McNeill and Richard Gough.

The Celtic midfielder will join that duo of iconic figures when the SPFL officially confirm the Hoops as Premiership champions for 2019-20.

It isnt how Brown or anyone at Parkhead wanted to win it but having opened up a 13-point gap at the top before Covid-19 struck and shut down the game the title was all but theirs.

That means Neil Lennons side will equal the feat achieved by Celtic in 1974 and then Rangers in 1997 with McNeill and Gough as skippers.

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Brown will chase a record breaking 10th title next season in what is set to be his last year at the club.

Caldwell, who watched him come through the ranks at Hibs as a youngster before teaming up with him again at Celtic, is full of admiration for what the 34-year-old has achieved.

He never had any doubt that Brown would become a great player because even as a spiky-haired buzz bomb at Easter Road, Caldwell knew he was destined for the top.

But the former Scotland defender is in awe of Browns mental toughness, which developed at Celtic from his arrival in 2007.

The heartbreaking loss of his sister at just 21 to cancer thefollowing year would have broken lesser men but not Brown.

According to Caldwell, to come back from it and win nine titles, five Scottish Cups, six League Cups and 55 Scotland caps is nothing short of remarkable.

He said: When I look at Scott now, as the leader of this Celtic team and the centre of everything at the club, its hard to believe its that same kid I met at Hibs.

Even when he first came to Celtic, he had a difficult first couple of years.

He obviously he had a family issue, with his sister passing away, which was so tragic.

That really affected him but hes done amazingly well to come back from that and to grow as a person and as a footballer. Hes gone on to become a Celtic legend.

It takes a lot to come back from that because it could easily have gone the other way.

Thats probably Scotts biggest asset. When I think back to all of those young Hibs players at the time, he was the one who had that mental toughness, that resilience and character.

When things went wrong he was able to recover from it and get to the very top.

Hes needed that at many points in his career and hes shown hes got it in abundance.

In those first few years when I was at Celtic, I dont think anyone could have said that would happen for him, but hes gone on to be a fantastic player and someone wholl be remembered at the club for ever more.

Its incredible hell be in that company now, with McNeill and Gough. There wont be many more nine-in-a-row achievements in our lifetime and you can throw in the Trebles for Celtic as well.

There havent been too many of them in Scottish football history but hes got three in the last three seasons.

It shows how special a time it is for the football club and for Scott as captain. Thats what will put him right up there with the very best players whove played for Celtic over the years.

Caldwell left Celtic in 2010 just as Brown was given the captains armband by Gordon Strachan.

He might not have been one for rousing, motivational speeches before games but Caldwell says Browns leadership skills would come to the fore as soon as he crossed the white line.

He said: Being a leader wasnt something that jumped out at me with Scott early on. But as he got older, with experience, he became very professional.

He was always a figurehead in the changing room but being a captain wouldnt have been something I predicted when I left Celtic. Since hes had the armband hes shown what a leader he is. He leads by example.

Hes probably not a big talker or shouter before games for the sake of it, even though hell say something when he feels its needed.

On the pitch, hes someone who does the right thing atthe right time, like putting in a tackle when its needed.

Hell make a pass or score a goal when its really needed so he leads the team with performances more than anything.

He has more than matched the expectations I had of him when he was a kid at Hibs.

Scotts done what I thought he would do and probably more, in terms of the trophies hes won at Celtic. Putting himself in this small group of people, with McNeill and Gough, shows what kind of career hes had.

Browns anchoring of Celtics midfield under Brendan Rodgers and Lennon in the last few years has been key to the clubs success.

As he got older, he mastered that sitting role, dictating the teams tempo and rhythm.

Caldwell will never forget the buzz bomb he encountered at Easter Road almost 20 years ago but insists the respect Brown had for older pros at Hibs was a sign hed enjoy a fruitful career.

He said: I think he even dyed his spiky hair red once.

He was a bit different but a great lad in the dressing-room, full of energy and enjoying life.

He showed qualities and attributes that you knew could take him to the top.

Hes learned over the years and refined his game. Now, hes a very experienced and clever footballer.

There were a lot of young boys at that time. Scott and Kevin Thomson were good pals and you had Garry OConnor, Derek Riordan and Steven Whittaker.

They were into their banter but, especially from Broony, it was never in a disrespectful way.

He knew when to draw a line and focus on football. The older lads never had to bring him down a peg or two.

He was respectful of older pros like Gary Smith and Steven Glass.

You could see that he was keen to ask them for advice and learn from them and that has stood him in good stead for the rest of his career.

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Blogging the Nebulas: Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth Is Space Opera Unhinged –

The Nebula Awards could be described as the Academy Awards of SFF literature; they are voted on by the professional peers of the award nomineesmembers of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. There aresix nominees in the best novel category this year. All this week I will be reviewing each of them in turn and figuring their odds of taking home the prize. Welcome to Blogging the Nebulas2020.

Tamsyn Muirs gonzo debut is the kind of book that demands to be discussed solely in exclamations: Necromancers! Swords! Skeletons! Secrets! Space castles! Giant bone monsters! Dirtbag romance! Shitty teens! A Poochie reference! It is, as the kids say, a lot. And in the absolute best way.

The novel opens on the titular Gideon Nav as she attempts to run away from home, which might strike you as typical teenage rebellion if she didnt seem so justified in her actions: Shes the orphaned ward of the Ninth House of the Emperor Undying, a planet-sized crypt populated by reanimated skeletons and only slightly more lively necromantic nuns. Gideon has spent years painting her pimpled face into a deaths head (as is tradition, no matter what it does to ones complexion), perfecting her skill with a broadsword, taking abuse from the sisters of the Order of the Locked Tomb, and getting kicked (literally and figuratively) by the lady of the House, the teen necromancer Harrowhawk Nonagesimus (imagine a more pissed-off Wednesday Addams with access to magicks that could rip your skeleton right out of your body).

Gideon hopes to escape from the Ninth House and enlist in the military, but Harrow has other plans for her: The Emperor of the Nine Houses is holding a tournament to select his next Lyctor (something between a general, an assassin, and a trusted confidant), a position that brings with it the gift of immortality. Representatives from each of the houses have been summoned, and Harrow needs Gideon to act as her cavalier in the competition. Though they hate each other as much as ever, the two unite in pursuit of mutually beneficial ends: For Harrow, lyctorhood and a life of service to the Emperor; for Gideon, a one-way ticket out of nunsville.

From there, things get weird: Gideon and Harrow arrive at Canaan Housethe rotting space castle (empty, save for a retinue of enchanted skeleton servants and a questionably alive proctor) that is the contests designated venuelike backwater hicks showing up for their first day at an elite prep school. The delegates from the other houses prove to be more worldly, more politically savvy, and demonstrably less socially awkward than our heroines, who hail from this galaxys equivalent of a Appalachian religious cult. But what starts off as a sort of black magic-infused twist on the Hunger Games grows quickly more sinister. Its not just that someone seems bent on murdering all the contestants one by one; there also appears to be a darker conspiracy at worka truth about the circumstances that have brought them all together that someone doesnt want uncovered. Suddenly, the book transforms into a twisted take on the locked-room mystery, plus magic and worldbuilding that is off-the-charts cool (with only a bit of blood, Harrow can spin bone dust into a Ray Harryhausen-esque army with terrifying ease).

Describing the plot doesnt do much to impart the experience of reading this book, because at least half of the reason it works is because of Tamsyn Muirs prose; she has voice for days, and manages to turn what should be a disparate jumble of incongruent tropes and bizarre twists into an unputdownable reading experience. She mixes together flowery language that verges on overwrought, Gothic lagubriousness with punchy, sarcastic dialogue and dozens of perfectly placed pop culture references. Ive previously described it as what might result if Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, and Ray Harryhausen collaborated on a novel on Reddit, and I still cant think of a better way to put it.

The surface pleasures asideI havent had so much pure fun reading a sci-fi novel in yearsI think its also important to admire the structure under all that flash. Its so easy to fall in love with the hilarious and heartrending journey of walking trashbag and teen swordswoman Gideon from grudging participant in a contest to determine who will join the inner circle of the galactic emperor to grudging participant in a murder mystery in a haunted space castle to, eventually, grudging participant in the years most adorably combative queer romance that you might not notice how many genres the author is dragging you through along the way.

Is it a fantasy? Well sure: theres magic galore, dredged from blood and bone. Is it science fiction? Undoubtedly: Gideon is a citizen of a galactic empire and attempts to book passage on a spaceship that will take her to the front lines of an intergalactic war. Is it a mystery? Maybe that most of all: the plot resembles nothing so much as Agatha Christie on mescaline. In short, its impossible to slot into any one genre, and if youre the kind of reader who cant condone fantasy chocolate in their SF peanut butter, well, Gideon has a one-finger salute for you.

If you are even moderately active in online SFF circles, youve probably gotten used to people squeeing over Gideon the Ninth over the past, oh, 18 months or so. In the lead-up to its release in September 2019, the advance buzz was deafening; the advance copies sent to reviewers arrived laden with pages and pages of laudatory pull quotes (full disclosure: one of them was mine). Of course, lots of books are hyped up in prerelease; thats what a good marketing team is for, and Publishing has a pretty damn good marketing team. And all the critical acclaim in the world doesnt mean a book will find an audience.

Upon release, Gideon the Ninth found its audience and then some; it is unquestionably one of the biggest sci-fi debuts in yearsperhaps since Pierce Browns Red Risingand its success seems to be based almost entirely on word of mouth: readers finding it, loving it, and shoving it into the hands of all of their friends. (It inspired cosplay before it even made it to bookstores.) A national bestseller ensconced on a host of major media best-of lists, an impressive finish in the Goodreads Choice Awards, a spot on the Hugo ballot: This is clearly a case of reader enthusiasm meeting critical acclaim. And considering so many of the books biggest fans are SFF writers themselvesand thus, likely SFWA votersit definitely comes into the race a frontrunner.

Why does Gideonresonate so strongly with readers? Thats a harder question to answer; I think it mostly comes down to the expertly controlled narrative voice. Gideon (the character) is a damaged dirtbag with a foul mouth and a truer heart than shell admit, and she makes for the most memorable and endearing of companions to carry us through this bizarre locked-castle murder mystery.

In reviewing the largely unremembered 2006 thriller Running Scared, Roger Ebert crafted a turn of phrase that I will never forget, commenting that the film, goes so far over the top, it circumnavigates the top and doubles back on itself; its the Mobius Strip of over-the-topness. I find myself leaning on this bon mot every time I tried to explain the plot of Gideon the Ninth to someone who wants to know what the hype is all about. I think the novels muchness is one of its greatest strengthsbut when it comes to the Nebulas, it could also be a weakness.

In stretching to envelop a half-dozen disparate subgenres and dozens of distinct characters and a narrative voice imbued with equal parts gothic excess and Extremely Online sass, Gideon the Ninth displays a manic energy that could turn off readers who arent tuned into its weird-ass wavelength. Certainly some will bounce off of its byzantine worldbuilding and purposefully obtuse plotting. I mean, I cant personally imagine having this reaction, and I cant say I have met anyone who has read it who feels that way, but surely these people exist within the voting body that nominated both this novel and Marque of Caine. Will there be enough of them to keep Tamsyn Muir from taking home the top prize? Well see.

Joel Cunningham was the founding editor of theB&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog(RIP), where he explored the galaxy for 5 years, pickingup a Hugo Award (well, tangentially) along the way. Hes now managing editor ofLifehacker, which means hes managing at least one thing nowadays. He lives in an apartment in Brooklyn with his wife and two children and hopes to go outside again someday. He tweets@joelevard.

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Overwatch will a major exploit in Upcoming Updates – Gamer Rewind

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With the release of its final new hero, the Damage model Echo, Blizzard Entertainments Overwatch will probably be slowing down as designers plan for the forthcoming Overwatch 2. Nonetheless, Game Director Jeff Kaplan has been dynamic via web-based networking media starting late conversing with players about how they can hope for something else for the group based shooter as new skins and modifications for various characters, including the scandalously incredible Baptiste.

Baptiste is a Support paradigm legend discharged in March 2019 who centers around mending his partners and throwing an Everlasting status Field which forestalls any colleagues in the run from biting the dust temporarily. That Immortality Field has been glitched previously, yet it keeps on causing issues because of an endeavor on the payload escort map Watchpoint: Gibraltar that went to the consideration of Blizzard Vice President Kaplan on Reddit Wednesday.

The post transferred to the r/Competitiveoverwatch subreddit features a Twitch cut in which proficient Overwatch player ML7 more than once throws Baptistes Immortality Field in the third round of a match on Gibraltar by outdoors close to his groups base so he can trade to and fro between characters. Kaplan remarked on the Reddit post saying, We got mindful of this on Monday. We have a fix in progress.

While no unmistakable subtleties were offered concerning what this fix will involve or when players can hope to see it executed into the game, this isnt the first run through Kaplan has needed to stand in opposition to Baptistes quality in the Overwatch meta. This January he prodded changes coming to Baptiste and his Immortality Field because of grumblings about its quick cooldown, which Kaplan said made it harsh.

The looming arrival of Overwatch 2 comes after about four years of the primary titles predominance as a serious esport for Blizzard, alongside all the character tweaking that involves. Presently enthusiasts of the game are hanging tight for the start of the 2020 Overwatch Anniversary occasion, total with new beauty care products and extraordinary plunder to gather.

Meanwhile, players keen on the serious side of the game will simply need to continue moving with whatever bugs and endeavors are accessible until Kaplan and his group can push out fixes. Baptiste isnt the main guilty party of broken abilities, as the freshest legend Echo was prohibited only days after discharge in the Overwatch League Hero Pool.

Overwatch is accessible now for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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US health research boss wins Templeton prize for science and faith – FRANCE 24

Issued on: 20/05/2020 - 13:04Modified: 20/05/2020 - 13:02

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US geneticist Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, on Wednesday was awarded the Templeton Prize, which honors individuals whose work combines science and religious faith.

The prize, now in its 50th year, is worth 1.1 million pounds ($1.35 million).

In an interview given to AFP before the announcement of the prize, Collins -- who led the pioneering Human Genome Project in the 1990s and 2000s -- says he discovered his faith in the 1970s when he was in medical school.

"I realized as a medical student encountering life and death on a daily basis that there were some pretty profound issues that my atheism wasn't helping me with," Collins told AFP.

The 70-year-old Collins, who is now at the forefront of the US response to the coronavirus pandemic, says he is spending "probably 100 hours a week" on the search for a vaccine and other treatments.

But in an interview via videoconference, he took time out to reflect on the intersection of science and religion, and how that combination has affected his work.

Altruism, beauty, love, death -- science is ill-equipped to address such concepts, Collins says.

"It is perhaps the most radical of the dogmas to say that I know so much, that I can exclude the possibility of God, that there is no chance," he said.

"The most indefensible of all possible worldviews is a strict atheism, which comes across as actually pretty arrogant."

- 'The Language of God' -

Among past winners of the Templeton prize are astrophysicists and cosmologists who reflect on the biggest questions we face, about the origins of the universe.

But Collins' work has focused on the tiniest bits of that universe -- starting with the three billion DNA letters that make up our genes.

It is there that he found "The Language of God," the title of his best-selling 2006 book.

"Let me be clear, I'm not one of those who think God miraculously stepped in and figured out the exact letters in some supernatural moment, a few thousand years ago, and created the human genome in that way," Collins said.

"I see this as the long and elegant result of an evolutionary process beginning with that first self-replicating organism, which we really don't quite know how it got started."

From that microbe came life, which evolved into "creatures like you and me with big brains who can think big thoughts."

"I guess when I look at life science, I see this beauty, I see this elegance," Collins said.

"I see the way in which God's plan -- which I perceive to be having sort of wired the whole creation from the beginning -- results in the possibility of complex organisms and the evolutionary process to get there," he explained.

"That's even more amazing to me than galaxies, even though I love them too."

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The Templeton Prize, originally called the Prize for Progress in Religion, was created in 1972 by John Templeton, an investor who made his fortune on Wall Street before becoming a British national and moving to the Bahamas. He died in 2008.

The award first went to religious leaders -- Mother Teresa won the inaugural prize -- but eventually the field of laureates was widened to include scientists, theologians and philosophers.

Other past winners include the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Jordan's King Abdullah II.

Only three women have been given the prize so far. The last was British nurse Cicely Saunders, who was honored in 1981 for helping to found the movement for palliative care.

Descendants of Templeton, whose eponymous foundation funds research on projects covering everything from immortality to love and neuroscience, like to note that he set the value of his prize slightly above that of the Nobel, to show that religion was not worth less than science.

For Collins, the two are harmonious.

Science gives researchers "this privilege of exploring God's creation," he said, adding that such a pursuit transforms from a purely intellectual exercise into something approaching "worship."

2020 AFP

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‘World of Tomorrow’: Science fiction that brims with soul – The Tide

A staple of early 2000s internet culture, Don Hertzfeldts morbid animationsincluding but not limited to stick figures gawking at giant spoons, anthropomorphic clouds bobbing atop a sea of blood, babies toppling down staircases and unnervingly long wisdom teeth stitcheshave collectively reached the epitome of surreal, macabre humor.

But despite the bizarre hilarity of classic shorts like Rejected (2000) or Wisdom Teeth (2010), Hertzfeldts longer projects have historically been a space to poke at larger philosophical beasts. His 2015 animated short film World of Tomorrow is no exception: through simple lines and blooming colors, the sci-fi story contemplates everything from our capacity for love to solar-powered robots that fear death. Yet, the focus of World of Tomorrow feels anything but scattered. Hertzfeldt effortlessly permeates his apocalyptic dystopia with the beauty of childhood whimsy, and the films core message of appreciating the present resounds because of it.

World of Tomorrow is a tale of two Emilys, or at least of one toddler-aged Emily and her third generation adult clone from 227 years in the future. In a signature monotone, clone Emily (Julia Pott) hollowly narrates the life shes lived. Meanwhile, Hertzfeldts four-year-old niece Winona Mae voices the original Emily, or Emily Prime, in all her unscripted, four-year-old gloryhappily burbling about triangles and shooting stars. But those shooting stars are actually dead bodies falling, as clone Emily warns, and the fate of our future world has been sealed by an incoming meteor.

But inevitable doom aside, humanity has otherwise found the key to immortality. Defying death, those who can afford it buy into the unending cycle of uploading memories into clone bodies. People spend their hours staring into screens that digitize and display the memories of past generationsuntil soon all there is to be seen are past generations staring into the same screens.

While Hertzfeldt makes apt commentary on the screen-centric culture we live in today, as well the disparities of social class (the wealthy brace for the apocalypse by uploading their consciousness into cubes; the poor launch themselves into the atmosphere and become the aforementioned dead bodies), its the seemingly silly details of this futuristic world that gives World of Tomorrow so much soul.

Clone Emily recounts falling in love with a rock, a fuel pump and a lumpy alien. She describes watching a memory six thousand times over, clinging to a sadness she does not fully comprehend but still chases because the emotion makes her feel human. The absurdity is comedic; its something wed expect from toddlers like Emily Prime. Its also heartbreaking, profoundly human and hauntingly familiar. Suddenly, we understand.

And perhaps thats Hertzfeldts appeal. Blurring the line of tragedy and comedy, World of Tomorrow aches with something universal.

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Hay on Wye book festival goes on line – and it’s free – Blackpool Gazette

Hay-on-Wye Festival is to book lovers and writers what Glastonbury is to pop and rock fans.

It has celebrity and kudos, glamour and gravitas as Hollywoods finest rubs shoulders with Booker Prize winners.

Literary heavyweights mix it with best-sellers - not that one means you cannot be the other - though a book snob may argue otherwise!

There is no need for despair, this year, as though the real Hay is cancelled, Hay Festival Digital is going online, free to access.

The main programme runs from Friday May 22 to Sunday May 31 and features free live broadcasts and interactive events from more than 100 award-winning writers, global policy makers, historians, pioneers and innovators, celebrating the best new fiction and non-fiction, and interrogating some of the biggest issues of our time.

It will be hosted on the crowdcast platform to enable questions and comments.

Donations totalling 350,000 have helped it go ahead in this digital format.

Director Peter Florence said: It looked alarming, but festival-goers are generous and imaginative in their response to crisis.

However the financial blow to the Powys town cannot be under-estimated. The festival brings an economic boost of about 28 million every year to an area made up mostly of smaller, independent businesses and traders.

This years programme is no less star-studded with Benedict Cumberbatch and Helena Bonham Carter all set to appear. Authors Hilary Mantel, Roddy Doyle, Ali Smith and Sandi Toksvig will be among the writers previewing their new work.

Mr Florence highlighted the most-extraordinary cast set to celebrate the life of William Wordsworth, including festival president Stephen Fry, Tom Hollander and Jonathan Pryce.

Hay usually sells 275,000 tickets and there have been more than 200,000 digital registrations for this years event so far.

Across Wales, Covid-19 has put paid to numerous live events, with the Welsh Government calculating the direct economic impact on those it supports at about 33 million.

That may mean digital alternatives will be here to stay. The model that we used to have, of flying in writers and thinkers and artists around the world, thats thats not going to come back anytime soon.

And we as producers, the artists as creators, and the audience as participants, will all adapt to whatever new reality is possible.

Wordsworth 250: A Night In With The WordsworthsFriday May 22, 6.30pm - 7.25pmSimon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Benedict Cumberbatch, Monty Don, Lisa Dwan, Inua Ellams, Stephen Fry, Tom Hollander, Toby Jones, Helen McCrory, Jonathan Pryce and Vanessa RedgraveA gala performing of Williams poetry and Dorothys journals begins the 250th anniversary celebrations with a superstar cast reading work that will include Intimations of Immortality, Daffodils, lines composed both Upon Westminster Bridge and Above Tintern Abbey, The Prelude and We Are Seven.

Stephen Fry: TroyFriday May 22 at 9pmThe actor and author previews scenes from the third part of his Greek trilogy, which follows Mythos and Heroes. Q&A afterwards.

Maggie OFarrell talks to Peter Florence about her latest book Hamnet, Saturday May 23 from 1pm - 1.45pmShortlisted for the Womens Prize.On a summers day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home?

Ali Smith: The Beginning Of The And, A Hay Festival ExclusiveMonday May 25 at 6.30pmA meditation on continuance, by prize-winning novelist Ali Smith, filmwork by Sarah Wood.

Tori Amos talks to Dylan Jones: Resistance: A Songwriters Story Of Hope, Change And CourageMonday May 25 at 9pmSince the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos has been one of the music industrys most enduring and ingenious artists.

Hannah Rothschild talks to Rosie Boycott: Fictions: House Of TrelawneyTuesday May 26 at 1pmThe new novel from the author of The Improbability of Love, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, is a mischievous satire of English money and class.

Simon Schama: Return Of The Tribes. Nationalism In The Age Of Global DisasterWednesday May 27 at 4pmThe historian explores the isolations and protections of our current situation in a time of Coronavirus, and reflects on the clear and present dangers to society.Roddy Doyle talks to Peter Florence: Fictions: Love - A Preview

Wednesday May 27 at 7.30pmA festival special preview of the new novel published later this year by the Booker-winning author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and the Barrytown Trilogy.

Jules Hudson: Escape To The CountryThursday May 28 at 2.30pmFor more than a decade, the BBCs hit rural property series Escape to the Country has helped thousands of would-be country dwellers do just that. Now presenter Jules Hudson shares his experience of seeking out captivating country homes

Hilary Mantel talks to Peter Florence: The Mirror And The LightSaturday May 30 at 2.30pmThe novelist discusses the final volume of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Both Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies won the Booker Prize.You can hear Hilary Mantel discuss Bring Up the Bodies at Hay 2012 on Hay Player.

Allie Esiri, Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West: A Journey Through A Year Of Shakespeare (Or What You Will)Saturday May 30 at 5.30pmTake a journey through the year with Shakespeare, and join curator Allie Esiri and acclaimed actors for this illuminating celebration of the greatest writer in the English language

Anne Enright talks to Peter Florence: Fictions: ActressSunday May 31 at 1pmCapturing the glamour of post-war America and the shabbiness of 1970s Dublin, Actress is an intensely moving, disturbing novel by Booker Prize-winner Anne Enright about mothers and daughters and the men in their lives.

Sandi Toksvig talks to Lennie Goodings: Between the StopsSunday May 31 at 5.30pmThe View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus: the long-awaited memoir from the star of QI and The Great British Bake Off.

The events will remain on the crowdcast platform for 24 hours and will then be available on Hay Player.

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