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Orson Welles – Hello Americans

Simon Callow

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actor introduces the second volume of his biography taking the American wunderkind through the career-disaster years from Citizen Kane to Macbeth.

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First Iraq, Next Iran?

Simon Jenkins

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Guardian's political columnist discusses the US strategy in the Middle East.

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George Saunders talks to Zadie Smith

Hay Festival 2006, 
Smith (White Teeth, On Beauty) in conversation with the American short story master of blackest comedy, and author of Pastoralia.

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One-stop Literary Festival

Craig Brown, Eleanor Bron, and imaginary friends

Hay Festival 2006, 
'If there were a Parodist Laureate, Craig Brown would step up unchallenged to the title' – The Observer. In this, his own one-stop literary festival, Brown conjures up forgotten works by, among many others, WG Sebald, Graham Greene, Jeanette Winterson, Martin Amis and Jilly Cooper. 'We love Craig Brown!' – Sir Elton John.

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Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore?

Bettany Hughes

Hay Festival 2006, 
The historical quest for the most desired and destructive woman that myth has ever known.

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The Greenpeace Debate

Clare Short MP and Michael Codner, Director Military Service, RUSI

Hay Festival 2006, 
Is there a rationale for continuing Britain's nuclear force in the twenty-first century? Chaired by Stephen Tindale.

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Reza Aslan

No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam

Hay Festival 2006, 
Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values? Aslan believes we are now living in the era of 'the Islamic Reformation'. He examines the roots of this reformation and the future of the Islamic faith.

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Barbarians

Terry Jones

Hay Festival 2006, 
This isn't the imperial version of the Caesars' conquests, this is the story of Roman history as seen by the Britons, Gauls, Germans, Hellenes, Persians and Africans. And suddenly the Romans don't look at all familiar...

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Cars Are Killing The Planet

The Economist Debate

Hay Festival 2006, 
Channel 4 News' Jon Snow chairs as freedom, practicality and pleasure are set against pollution, asthma, global warming and terrifying geopolitics. Will post-petrol tech save the day? Speakers include Jeremy Leggett of SolarCentury, Vijay Vaitheeswaran of The Economist and Edmund King, Executive Director, RAC Foundation.

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Germaine Greer

Poetry as Male Display

Hay Festival 2006, 
In her annual poetry masterclass, Greer explores the idea that 'Literature is a masculinist invention; poetry in particular is a spectacular form of male display. Women have to adapt a language which objectifies them absolutely to become the speakers, the verbal aggressors.'

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Sebastian Faulks

Hay Festival 2006, 
The novelist (Birdsong, Charlotte Gray, On Green Dolphin Street) discusses his new work Human Traces with Tatler editor Geordie Greig.

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Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Canadian poet gives us her inversion of Homer's Odyssey, retold by Penelope and the twelve handmaids Odysseus slaughtered on his return from Troy, Dido and twenty years away from his palace.

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Christopher Hitchens and Shashi Tharoor

Freedoms of Speech

Hay Festival 2006, 
Vigorous late-night debate around the Danish cartoons, David Irving, and contrarian culture. Tharoor is Under-Secretary General for Communications at the UN and a novelist. Chaired by Joan Bakewell.

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Will Self talks to Alexander Linklater

Hay Festival 2006, 
The superverbal and imaginatively thrilling novelist and journalist launches his The Book of Dave, based around the rants of Dave Roth, a disgruntled East End taxi driver, who writes his woes down and buries them only to have them discovered 500 years later and used as the sacred text for a religion that has taken hold in the flooded remnants of London.

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Sheila Hancock talks to Joan Bakewell

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actress and RSC Artistic Director discusses her portrait of her own marriage The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw.

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Andy McNab

Hay Festival 2006, 
A rare interview with the author of Bravo Two Zero, Firewall, Last Light and Aggressor. Chaired by Phil Rickman.

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Free to Offend?

Joan Bakewell, Madeleine Bunting, Ziauddin Sardar, Philip Hensher, Reza Aslan and Anthony Julius

Hay Festival 2006, 
How are both religious sensibility and freedom of expression to be accommodated in pluralistic societies? Is offence the price believers must pay for living in a free society? Or do those who advocate free speech have to accept that in some circumstances other beliefs and principles may have to take priority?

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Howard Hodgkin talks to Simon Schama

Thames & Hudson Series

Hay Festival 2006, 
To celebrate his forthcoming retrospective at Tate Britain, and to mark the publication of the catalogue raisonnés of his paintings and prints, the artist talks to Simon Schama.

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The Poetry Gala

Hay Festival 2006, 
Margaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, James Fenton, John Fuller, Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Owen Sheers and Hugo Williams, hosted by Wales’ Poet Laureate Gwyneth Lewis. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Christopher Hitchens

The Rights of Man

Hay Festival 2006, 
The contrarian traces the history of The Rights of Man from the publication of Part One in 1791 in London and its rapturous reception across the Atlantic. He analyses the meaning it has acquired since its creation, and its significance as the cornerstone of contemporary debates about our basic human rights.

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Margaret Atwood

The Tent

Hay Festival 2006, 
A conversation and reading from her new short story collection.

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Half Gone: Oil, Gas, Hot Air and the Global Energy Crisis

Jeremy Leggett

Hay Festival 2006, 
The global marketplace is built on the notion of a stable supply of cheap oil and gas. But that bedrock is about to crumble. As geologists, civil servants and the oil industry knows, the end of oil is a lot closer than we think. Leggett is Chief Executive of Solarcentury.

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Graeme Gibson

The Bedside Book of Birds

Hay Festival 2006, 
Folktales, stories and excerpts from a naturalist's journal where creation myths, recipes, and the most stunning illustrations lace Gibson's own graceful and erudite essays telling of the pleasure, fear, confusion, or hope that birds inspire, and their imperiled place in nature.

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Laurence Lessig

The Director's Lecture

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Stanford Law Professor, author of Free Culture, The Future of Ideas and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace examines the questions of copyright, ownership and access, to determine whether and how the western literary tradition is being imperilled in the digital age. Chaired by Damian Tambini.

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Graydon Carter, Christopher Hitchens and Gary Younge

America

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Vanity Fair editor, author of the savagely critical What We’ve Lost, joins the Hitch and The Guardian’s US correspondent Gary Younge, who launches Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, to consider the state of the union.

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