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Vanessa Redgrave

A World I Loved

Hay Festival 2011, 
A reading from Wadad Makdisi Cortas’ haunting and beautiful memoir of Lebanon and the Middle East.

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Philip Ball

Unnatural – The Heretical Idea of Making People

Hay Festival 2011, 
The writer delves beneath the surface of the cultural history of ‘anthropoesis’ – the artificial creation of people – to explore what it tells us about our views on life, humanity, creativity and technology. And what it tells us about the soul.

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Ed Vulliamy

Amexica

Hay Festival 2011, 
The harrowing story of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the US-Mexico border – this is the secret war of drugs, gangs and guns that is destroying thousands of lives. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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Mark Malloch Brown talks to Jim Naughtie

The Oxfam Lecture: The Unfinished Global Revolution

Hay Festival 2011, 
National governments are no longer equipped to address complex global issues, from climate change to poverty. International organizations have not yet been empowered to step into the breach.

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Howard Jacobson, Maggie Ross, Roy Strong

King James Authorised Version – Genesis, Psalms, Revelations

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three of the hugest and most contentious books are on the table for this Good Read conversation. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Simon Hoggart

Life’s Too Short to Drink Bad Wine: 100 wines for the discerning drinker

Hay Festival 2011, 
By popular demand, the journalist and wine writer leads another tasting.

The wines tasted were:
 
1) Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Dr Loosen 2009
 
2) Escarpment Pinot Gris NZ 2009
 
3) Tons de Dourum, Upper Douro Portugal 2008
 
4) Ch. Puygueraud, Cotes de Francs 2007

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Philip Pullman, Dai Smith, Richard Davies and Jon Gower

Make Room for the Jester

Hay Festival 2011, 
We celebrate Stead Jones’ classic tale – a haunting journey from the edge of childhood into a threatening adult world – now published in the Library of Wales series.

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A Poetry Reading for Josephine Hart

Hay Festival 2011, 
We'll be holding a Poetry Reading in tribute to our friend and champion of poetry, who died yesterday.
 
Bob Geldof reads Yeats and Keats, Lisa Dwan reads Heaney, Peter Florence reads Wilfred Owen. More readers will be announced tomorrow.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Jerusalem

Hay Festival 2011, 
The biography of the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
 
Read a review of Jerusalem

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John Heilbron

Galileo

Hay Festival 2011, 
A profile of the Renaissance genius that celebrates the 400th anniversary of the publication of Siderius Nuncius – The Starry Messenger, one of the turning points of science that changed perceptions of the perfection of the heavens and the centrality of the Earth forever.

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Sonia Faleiro, John Julius Norwich, Peter Godwin

Ox-Travels 4

Hay Festival 2011, 
Three more Meetings With Remarkable Writers from our new Oxfam anthology.

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Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence

An Historian's Alphabet

Hay Festival 2011, 
The historian, foodie, art critic, groover and broadcaster improvises on 26 subjects A–Z in conversation with Peter Florence.
Simon Schama talks to Peter Florence

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Hanif Kureishi

Collected

Hay Festival 2011, 
We celebrate the publication of the novelist and screenwriter’s Collected Essays and Collected Stories. Chaired by Ariane Koek.
 
More about Hanif Kureishi www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/

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Francis Pryor

The Birth of Modern Britain

Hay Festival 2011, 
Ranging over topics as diverse as the birth of modern agriculture, the growth of towns and cities, and the development of roads, canals and railways, the historian takes us on A Journey into Britain’s Archaeological Past: 1550 to the Present. Chaired by Michael Prodger.
 
Read an article about Francis Pryor www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/
 
 
 

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2011, 
The satirists rip up the Sunday papers.

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Onora O’Neill

Cambridge Series 18: Is Toleration Still A Virtue?

Hay Festival 2011, 
The philosopher is an exacting examiner of great issues such as freedom of speech, assisted suicide and stem cell research. Here she explores one of the fundamental assumptions of liberal societies.
 
Profile of Onora O'Neill www.guardian.co.uk/books/

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Bob Geldof in conversation

Bob Geldof talks to Peter Florence …and rock ’n’ roll

Hay Festival 2011, 
The sixth in a series of conversations over the last twenty years with the musician, campaigner and businessman focuses on song-writing, the environment and African trade.

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What can we do? Encourage organic farming? Eat less meat? Reduce food waste? Support GM plant breeding? Grow our own?
 
A little further reading... articles by Jonathon Harrington and Christie Peacock:
 

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Mansur Rajih, Pegah Ahmadi and Basim Mardan talk to Shenaz Kedar

People Power in the Middle East

Hay Festival 2011, 
Exiled writers from Yemen, Iran and Iraq discuss their work and the upheavals in the Middle East with the director of the Writers' Centre Norwich Shahrazad project.

Decades of silence, self-censorship and repression have been confronted by an explosion of social demands and movements for change by the people for the people stretching from Tunisia across the Middle East. What kind of reforms are needed to satisfy the dreams and demands of the people? Join Shenaz Kedar in a panel discussion with exiled International Cities of Refuge writers Mansur Rajih (Yemen), Pegah Ahmadi (Iran) and Basim Mardan (Iraq) for a discussion on these issues and their hopes for the future. 

This is a Writers’ Centre Norwich Shahrazad event organised as part of our Norwich City of Refuge scheme and supported by the EU Culture programme.

Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development organisation focused on the artistic and social power of creative writing. www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk

Norwich City of Refuge
Under the auspices of WCN, Norwich joined the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) In July 2006 and remains the only UK City of Refuge. We use literature to raise awareness of issues faced by asylum seekers and refugees in imaginative and engaging ways through a varied arts education programme.

Shahrazad is a Europe-wide collaboration between five International Cities of Refuge that spreads the stories of refugee and exiled writers who have found sanctuary in Europe through the Cities of Refuge Network (www.icorn.org). It is run by literary organizations in Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Stavanger, Stockholm and Norwich. www.shahrazadeu.org

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Claudine Parrish

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Documentary: A Portrait of Liu Xiaobo – Screening

Hay Festival 2011, 
The producer of the official 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Documentary, Claudine Parrish from Blakeway Productions, introduces the screening of a potrait of the life and work of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate. Claudine will participate in a Q&A. The documentary is provided by courtesy of Nobel Media, the media company for the Nobel Foundation.
Claudine Parrish

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Jonathon Porritt in conversation with Andy Fryers

The World Wildlife Fund at 50

Hay Festival 2011, 
The WWF ambassador examines the evolution of conservation. What have we learnt, and how do we address the challenges facing us for a sustainable future where people and nature thrive?
 
Read more by and about Jonathon Porritt www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jonathonporritt

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Paul Nieuwenhuis

Cardiff Series 4: The Car of the Future

Hay Festival 2011, 
The car is clearly not sustainable now, but can it adapt or evolve, or will it have to go, as some have suggested? How will we use it and how will it be made? Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
 
For further information and video content, visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/hayfestival

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Poetry Masterclass 1

Yusef Komunyakaa and Njeri Wangari

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
American Pulitzer prize-winner Komunyakaa and celebrated Kenyan poet Wangari lead this poetry masterclass for students.

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Poetry Masterclass 2

Ben Okri and Keguro Macharia

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
The second poetry masterclass is led by Nigerian-born poet Ben Okri (An African Elegy and Mental Flight) and Kenyan poet Keguro Macharia, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland.

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Storytelling Workshop with Nick Hennessey

Storymoja Nairobi 2011, 
A passionate advocate of the spoken word, Hennessey is a master of the ancient European storytelling tradition exploring Celtic and British myths and the great Finnish epic The Kalevala.

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