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Bronwen Maddox, Mark Fitzpatrick, Thomas Friedman and Wadah Khanfar talk to Nik Gowing

The Iran Question

Hay Festival 2012, 
As the US/Israeli anxiety about Iran’s nuclear ambitions grows and further sanctions are imposed, the editor of Prospect is joined by the International Institute for Strategic Studies expert, the New York Times Foreign Affairs editor and the former DG ofAl Jazeera to analyse the situation. BBC World News Anchor Nik Gowing chairs.
 
In association with Prospect

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Alistair Darling talks to Jesse Norman

Back from the Brink

Hay Festival 2012, 
The former Chancellor discusses the state of the world economy and his one thousand days at No 11 that were dominated by RBS, Iceland, and his relationship with the bloke next door.

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Alice Oswald

The Greeks 8 - Memorial

Hay Festival 2012, 
The poet reads her brilliantly original rendering of Homer. ‘The Iliad is a vocative poem. Perhaps even (in common with lament) it is invocative, as if speaking directly to the dead, in the aftermath of the Trojan War: an attempt to remember people’s names and lives without the use of writing; a series of memories and similes laid side by side; an antiphonal account of man in his world.’

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Mark Lynas

The 2050 Pathways Show

Hay Festival 2012, 
What would 2050 look like if you had your hands on the energy and lifestyle tiller? Join in a live experiment to crowdsource the future with the author and climate change advisor.

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Celia Rees and Melvin Burgess

This is Not Forgiveness and Kill All Enemies

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two taut psychological dramas from the leading lights of young adult fiction. Join them to talk truth and darkness. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
 
14+ years

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Andy Kershaw talks to Martin Chilton

No Off Switch

Hay Festival 2012, 
We’re talking the rollercoaster, deliciously candid and brilliantly funny autobiography of Britain’s maverick radio DJ, world music champion and foreign correspondent.

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Paul Franklin talks to Francine Stock

VFX

Hay Festival 2012, 
The CG pioneer and special effects maestro discusses and shows his Oscar-winning work on Inception and the Batman series.

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Jan Blake with Kouame Sereba

The Leopard Woman - Storytelling

Hay Festival 2012, 
A hunter goes in search of a leopard cub, a sacrifice in honour of his newborn son - but on finding two cubs, greed overcomes reason and he takes both. Their mother however, a shape-shifting leopard is determined to see her children returned home safely and the hunter pay a high price for his selfishness.

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Gerald Davies and Martin Johnes join Huw Bowen

Heroes and Villains of Wales 6 - Sport

Hay Festival 2012, 
Rugby players are the ultimate Welsh sporting heroes, aren’t they? What about our footballers, athletes, boxers, cyclists, snooker players, surfers and all the rest? And who are the villains? (THE Gerald Davies! – Ed..)
 
In association with The Western Mail

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Charlotte Higgins, Niall Livingstone, Fiona Macintosh and Oliver Taplin

The Greeks 9 - Drama

Hay Festival 2012, 
What do the surviving Greek tragedies and comedies, and the information we have about their performance and audiences, tell us about the Classical world?

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Rose Gottemoeller

The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
President Obama’s Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security was the chief negotiator on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with the Russian Federation. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
 
In association with the Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness Programme

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Kate Summerscale talks to Sarah Crompton

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary of a Victorian Lady

Hay Festival 2012, 
A compelling story of romance and fidelity, insanity, fantasy, and the boundaries of privacy in a society clinging to rigid ideas about marriage and female sexuality. The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) brings vividly to life a complex, frustrated Victorian wife, longing for passion and learning, companionship and love.

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Jeremy Vine

It’s All News to Me - The Most Fun You Can Have without Laughing

Hay Festival 2012, 
The radio and tv star reflects on his 25 years as a BBC broadcaster from the Bosnian frontline to the R2 lunchtime show.

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Fiona Reynolds and Simon Jenkins talk to Revel Guest

Octavia Hill’s Grand Idea

Hay Festival 2012, 
The National Trust Director General and Chair celebrate the centenary of Octavia Hill, the social reformer and founder of the National Trust, and discuss her legacy in the work of the Trust today.
 

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Julian Allwood and David MacKay talk to Andy Fryers

Sustainable Materials

Hay Festival 2012, 
The ever-growing demand for materials to support our lifestyles is not sustainable – it is time to use those materials more efficiently and explore new ways of manufacturing and production. The authors of Sustainable Materials and Sustainable Energy discuss.

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John Mullan

What Matters in Jane Austen

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is there any sex in Austen? What do the characters call each other, and why? What are the right and wrong ways to propose marriage? And why is it risky to go to the seaside? Mullan shows that you can best appreciate Austen's brilliance by looking at the intriguing quirks and intricacies of her fiction – by asking some very specific questions about what goes on in her novels and why, he reveals their devilish cleverness and their art.
 
The English Prof, Late Review star and Guardian Book Club host discovers what games people played and why they had to wear mourning, how they addressed each other and how wealth was inherited, who shared bedrooms and who owned coaches. He explores the rituals and conventions of her fictional world in order to reveal her technical virtuosity and sheer daring as a novelist. Though not a book about Jane Austen's life, it uses biographical detail and telling passages from her letters to explain episodes in her novels; readers will find out, for example, what novels she read and how much money she had to live on and why she was obsessed with the weather.
 
John Mullan's books include How Novels Work and Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature.

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David Starkey

The Very Model of a Modern Monarchy

Hay Festival 2012, 
The historian scrutinises The House of Windsor.

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Ahdaf Soueif

Cairo - My City, Our Revolution

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist who reported live from Tahrir Square weaves human stories and acute political analysis into this magnificent understanding of the Egyptian uprising. Chaired by Bidisha.

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Tom Hollander and James Wood talk to Peter Florence

Re - Rev

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Pirates of the Caribbean and In the Loop star discusses his award-winning comedy Rev -with co-writer James Wood.

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Peter Hain and David Lipsey

Forty Years is a Long Time in Politics

Hay Festival 2012, 
Two of the most unconventional Westminster memoirs shed new, controversial and wickedly funny light on the political process. With the anti-apartheid campaigner, MP for Neath, former Leader of the House, and Secretary of State for Work and Wales, author of Outside In and the veteran Labour peer, author of An Autobiography. Chaired by Simon Mundy

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Emily Perkins and Kishwar Desai talk to Gaby Wood

Fictions - Lived Lives

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Forrests is our tip for this year’s Man Booker - a New Zealand novel that sings with colour and memory; that speaks of family and time, dysfunction, ageing and loneliness, about heat, youth, and how life can change if ‘you're lucky enough to be around for it’; Origins of Love is a huge novel from the Costa Prize-winner about the multi-million dollar, global surrogacy industry.

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Fireman Sam

Happy Birthday, Sam!

Hay Festival 2012, 
It's time for a Pontypandy party to celebrate Sam and Hay turning 25 together. Meet your favourite fireman and hear all about his exciting adventures from the fabulous storyteller Liz Fost.
 
3+ yrs

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Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

Hay Festival 2012, 
A rare chance to see the best-selling author of Shiver, as she introduces her lyrical new stand-alone novel.
 
12+ yrs

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Monty Don, Marcus du Sautoy, Andrés Neuman, Jim Naughtie and Rosie Boycott talk to Francine Stock

Hay 25 – The Way We Live Now 6

Hay Festival 2012, 
The panellists discuss three of the 25 Questions.
 
25 years from now climate change will have created over 100 million refugees. Where should they go?
What was the last thing you made with your hands?
Would you like the United States of America to a) grow stronger? b) stay more or less the same? c) grow weaker? Why?

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Andrew Gamble, David Runciman and Glen Rangwala

Cambridge Series 14 - Is Democracy Right for the World’s Current Problems?

Hay Festival 2012, 
Is democracy too short-termist to deal with the kind of issues facing the world, including the current crisis of capitalism and climate change?
 

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