'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.
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.
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...
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.
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.'
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.