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Luke Johnson

Start it Up!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The chairman of Risk Capital Partners Ltd, who has run and owned many of the most successful companies in the UK, shares his thinking about Why Running Your Own Business is Easier Than You Think. Chaired by Kamal Ahmed, business editor of The Telegraph.

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Simon Schama

Engineering the Holy Land

Hay Festival 2012, 
It was the Victorians who began the romance with the Holy Land that would lead to Britain becoming the mentor of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. And they did it with photographs and ordnance survey maps and dreams of the perfect waterworks for Jerusalem. The historian explains how.

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Fiona Shaw

Artichoke Presents – Peace Camp 2012

Hay Festival 2012, 
The actor talks about her personal relationship with poetry and introduces the most romantic project in the Cultural Olympiad, which she has created with the director Deborah Warner. Peace Camp is a poignant exploration of love poetry and will take the form of a series of installations at extraordinary locations encircling the coast of the UK this summer.
 
Shaw invites you to bring along your favourite love poems and join her in a conversation about love poetry in all its many forms. Your nomination may even be included in the soundscape being specially created for Peace Camp.

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Ravi Gurumurthy, Mark Lynas and Catherine Mitchell

The Future of Energy Series - Technological Breakthrough or Lifestyle Change?

Hay Festival 2012, 
There has been much talk about the potential for new technologies to revolutionise our energy use and production. Is there a panacea or are we facing major lifestyle changes to cope with our energy consumption? DECC’s Strategy Director Ravi Gurumurthy will be joined by author and climate change advisor Mark Lynas and Exeter Universities Professor of Energy Policy Catherine Mitchell. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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George Alagiah

Mixed Britannia

Hay Festival 2012, 
The previously untold history of Britain’s mixed-race community and the many love stories that created it. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

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William Boyd talks to Peter Florence

Waiting for Sunrise

Hay Festival 2012, 
A story of passions and deceptions set between Freud’s Vienna and the intelligence services of wartime London from the author of Any Human Heart and Restless.

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Fred Pearce

The Landgrabbers

Hay Festival 2012, 
A superb piece of investigative journalism that reveals the unprecedented land grab from the plains of Africa to the jungles and prairies of South America, as Wall Street speculators, Gulf oil sheiks, Chinese entrepreneurs and robber barons raid the last fertile corners of the world.

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Bryony Dixon and Francine Stock with music by Neil Brand

The BFI Presents: Dickens Before Sound

Hay Festival 2012, 
A magical series of pre-1914 silent short films from Dickensian sources includes Scrooge, Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist and DW Griffith’s The Cricket on the Hearth with live accompaniment.

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Annie Freud talks to Geordie Greig

Forgotten Footprints

Hay Festival 2012, 
The poet discusses her work and her father Lucian’s paintings with the journalist and author of the forthcoming Breakfast With Lucian.

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Andrew Edgar

Cardiff Series 5 - Sport, Ethics and the Olympics

Hay Festival 2012, 
What are the ethical issues that are posed by sporting competition in general and the Olympics in particular? Where does society place sport as a source of moral values and what are the problems that cheating and unsporting conduct pose to athletes, spectators, sponsors and funding bodies?
 

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Sue Monroe

The Magnificent Moon Hare

Hay Festival 2012, 
Join the dazzling former CBBC presenter for an offbeat story starring a spoilt princess and a moon hare. Alice in Wonderland meets Roald Dahl, with a game of Top Trumps thrown in.
 
7+ years

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Fiona Shaw, Tom Hollander, Simon Callow and friends

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Hay Festival 2012, 
We celebrate the novelist, Festival Vice-President and poetry champion who died last year with this reading of her beloved TS Eliot.

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Martin Amis talks to Gaby Wood

Lionel Asbo

Hay Festival 2012, 
The novelist launches his state-of-England satire about a very violent but not very successful young criminal who is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won £139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery.

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Marc du Bois talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of Médecins Sans Frontières analyses the political transactions and balances of power and interests that allow aid activities to move forward, but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of humanitarian principles.

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Fiona Carnarvon

Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Countess of Carnarvon, chatelaine of Highclere Castle, tells the story of her ancestor who actually ran the house during the Great War. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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Tariq Ramadan

The Arab Awakening - Islam and the New Middle East

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of the Centre for Islamic Legislation and Ethics asks: Can Muslim countries bring together Islam, pluralism and democracy without betraying their identity? Can this emancipation be envisioned with Islam, experienced not as a straitjacket, but as an ethical and cultural wealth? Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

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HL Dennis

Secret Breakers

Hay Festival 2012, 
Brodie, Hunter and Tusia: three kids chosen to solve the greatest unbroken code in the world. But why will some people kill to stop them? Join Team Veritas and crack the codes to help them. Bring a pad and pencil.
 
9+ yrs

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Monty Don

Gardening at Longmeadow

Hay Festival 2012, 
The cycle of the seasons in the Gardeners World garden at Longmeadow, from the earliest snowdrops of January through the first splashes of colour in the Spring Garden, the electric summer displays of the Jewel Garden, the autumn harvest in the orchard, and on to a Christmas feast sourced from the vegetable gardens.

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Simon Callow

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
The biography explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language.

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Ghislaine Wood

The V&A Lecture: British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

Hay Festival 2012, 
To coincide with the V&A’s major exhibition, the curator will explore the shifting nature of Britain’s design culture over the last 60 years.
 

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Claire Preston

A Brief History of Cider

Hay Festival 2012, 
In C17th England, apples were the national fruit and Herefordshire cider was the patriotic tipple. Wholesome, nutritious, strengthening, and morally pure, cider’s virtues would nourish the nation, establish Empire, and win wars. How did cider knock French wine and the Dutch navy into a cocked hat?
 

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John Harrison talks to Kathryn Gray

Antarctica - Forgotten Footprints

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award-winning author of Cloud Road presents his history of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the Weddell Sea, introducing the merchantmen, navy men, sealers, whalers and aviators who, with scientists and adventurers drew the first ghostly maps of the white continent.

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Elmehdi Ag Wakina

The News from Timbuktu

Hay Festival 2012, 
The Director of the AMSS, the local NGO that liaises with Hay as part of the town twinning, talks about the situation in Northern Mali. In April 2012 Timbuktu City was overtaken by an Islamic fundamentalist group which has imposed sharia law. There are diverse rebel groups in the region and a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Elmehdi, a Tuareg from Timbuktu, will give an update on the situation in Northern Mali, and will discuss the relationship between Hay and Timbuktu in this context
 
FREE BUT TICKETED
 
All welcome. Donations will be made to relief work on the ground.

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Norman Davies

The Open University Lecture: Vanished Kingdoms

Hay Festival 2012, 
How many British people know that Glasgow was founded by the Welsh in a period when neither England nor Scotland existed? Europe’s history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now vanished. The historian peers through the cracks in mainstream history writing and listens to the echoes of lost realms across the centuries.
 

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Andrew St George and Edward Davis

The Navy Way

Hay Festival 2012, 
The senior service’s contemporary history with the author of The Royal Navy Way of Leadership and the Commandant General Royal Marines and Commander Amphibious Forces, whose book Operation Herrick - Helmand details the latest Afghan tour.

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