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The Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts

The twenty-seventh Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts took place from 22 May to 1 June 2014.
Each year the Hay Festival brings together writers from around the world to debate and share stories, celebrating great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking.
This year the University of Birmingham’s College of Arts and Law hosted a series of talks showcasing top academics and the breadth of arts and humanities subjects studied by our students.

The showcase included:
• Jonathan Boff – Sleepwalking to war? Britain in 1914 and 1939
• Heather Widdows – Perfect me!
• Abigail Rokison – Romeo and Juliet for the young viewer – interpretation and adaptation
• Philippa Semper – ‘Who wants to live forever?’ Mortals, immortals and the undead
• David Gange – Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British culture and religion
• Richard House – Digital publishing: pixels vs. paper. The Kills

Jonathan Boff’s talk was recently covered in the Telegragh.  The article can be found at


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