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Bogotá 39

Hay Festival 2008, 
Introducing the cream of new fiction from Latin America with Colombian Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s The Informers, Peruvian Santiago Roncagliolo, and Mexican Guadalupe Nettel. Chaired by Jason Wilson.

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Charles Freeman

AD 381: Heretics, Pagans and The Christian State

Hay Festival 2008, 
Charles Freeman narrates the end of religious pluralism and Emperor Theodosius’ ruthless establishment of Christian Orthodoxy.

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Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great contrarian eviscerates organised religion.

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John Irving talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Great American Novelist talks to Peter Florence.

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Simon Singh & Edzard Ernst

Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial

Hay Festival 2008, 
The science writer and the world’s first Professor of Complementary Medicine analyse which therapies work and why. Rigorous, clear and surprising.

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Ashraf Ghani & Clare Lockhart

Fixing Failed States

Hay Festival 2008, 
A billion people live in sixty-odd states where terrorism, ethnic conflict, disease, poverty and trafficking thrive. What do we do now? Dr Ghani was Afghan Finance Minister 2002–04.

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Charlie Higson talks to Jonathan Douglas

Young Bond

Hay Festival 2008, 
To celebrate the centenary of Bond’s originator, Charlie Higson discusses recreating the superspy for a young audience.

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John Barrow

Cosmic Imagery: The History of Science Through Pictures

Hay Festival 2008, 
The iconic images that embody our understanding of the natural world and the universe from Robert Hooke’s microscope to Hubble, and from human anatomy to Hiroshima.

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Jamie Oliver talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2008, 
The chef and gastro-revolutionary talks produce, prep and passion.

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Katherine Jenkins talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Welsh diva discusses her autobiography Time To Say Hello.

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Cherie Booth

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Matrix Chambers QC specialising in Employment and Human Rights lectures on Women’s Equality: Making your way in a man’s world. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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Big Impact

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rob Holt (Ryder Cup 2010) and Dan Epstein (London 2012) discuss their environmental policies and legacy with Greenprint Director Andy Fryers.

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Steve Jones

Is Evolution Over?

Hay Festival 2008, 
After Darwin, Utopia evolved. From Eden to Erewhon, society changed but people stayed much the same. The geneticist argues that the agents of evolution have lost their power and that—whatever happens to society— humans are stuck with what we are.

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Gore Vidal talks to Adam Boulton

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary American wit, novelist and politico.

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Life on Air: A History of Radio 4

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Hendy talks to Rosie Goldsmith about the makers, myths and treasures of the world’s greatest talk-radio station.

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George Johnson

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Hay Festival 2008, 
George Johnson introduces his brilliant and clear understanding of the scientific revolutions that changed our world.

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Martin Amis

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist reflects on September 11, his travels with Tony Blair, and the war in Iraq, as collected in The Second Plane.

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Anna Beer

Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot

Hay Festival 2008, 
The biographer celebrates the 400th anniversary of the author of Paradise Lost, probably the most politically and religiously engaged poet in the English language. Chaired by author and SBC Literature & Spoken Word director Rachel Holmes.

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John Parker

Lords of Creation

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Cambridge University Botanic Garden Director and Professor of Plant Cytogenetics brushes against near- immortality, the truth of sustainability, and the awe-inspiring aesthetic of trees.

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Rt Rev V Gene Robinson

The 2008 President’s Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Bishop of New Hampshire, whose homosexuality threatens the schism of the Anglican Church discusses The State of the Communion. Chaired by Stephen Bates, author of God’s Own Country: Power and Religion in the USA.

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Lisa Appignanesi talks to Benna Waites

Hay Festival 2008, 
The author discusses her landmark History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present Day with the Powys Mental Health chief.

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Kathleen Turner talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The actress (Body Heat, War of the Roses, Romancing the Stone) talks about her life, loves and movies, wittily recounted in her memoir Send Yourself Roses.

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Tariq Ramadan

The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad

Hay Festival 2008, 
The charismatic scholar sets the story of the Prophet in context.

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Patrick Wright

Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War

Hay Festival 2008, 
Patrick Wright discusses his work of impressive scholarship that roots our understanding of Cold War rhetoric and attitudes deeply in the C20th. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Monty Don and Patrick Holden

Hay Festival 2008, 
The new President and the Director of The Soil Association talk to Sky News anchor Adam Boulton about food production, climate change, and the organic movement’s lead with local and supermarket shopping.