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Alexander McCall Smith

Hay Festival 2005, 
The creator of The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency discusses Precious Ramotswe, Botswana, Edinburgh and crime with Paul Blezard.

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Timothy Garton Ash

Free World

Hay Festival 2005, 
As the UK accedes to the chairs of both the G8 and the EU, the leading geo-political thinker is optimistic about Britain's potential brokering power between Europe and America, and the consequent possibilities.

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Jeremy Deller talks to Tim Marlow

The Tate etc. Magazine Platform

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Turner Prize-winner talks about his work with music, folk, culture and performance.

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Peter Whybrow

American Mania

Hay Festival 2005, 
Whybrow sees an affluance in America that far outstrips need and rampant greed spawning the addictions of consumer culture: food, money and technology, and calls for collective action in refocusing the pursuit of happiness.

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John Humphrys

Lost for Words

Hay Festival 2005, 
Today Programme inquisitor examines the use and abuse of the English language eviscerating cliché, jargon and bullshit

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Ron Oxburgh and David king

Greenpeace Platform

Hay Festival 2005, 
Climate change and fossil fuels explored by the Chairman of Shell and the Government's top scientist. Chaired by Stephen Tindale, CEO of Greenpeace

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Langlands and Bell

Hay Festival 2005, 
The artists celebrated for their analysis of the architecture of power discuss their radical work The House of Osama Bin Laden.

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Anna Politkovskaya

Putin's Russia

Hay Festival 2005, 
A devastating appraisal by the country's leading radical journalist, admired for her fearless reporting on human rights issues, especially the wars in Chechnya. In Russian with simultaneous translation.

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Tiffany Murray, Diana Evans, Audrey Niffenegger

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Edinburgh Book Festival Director Catherine Lockerbie hosts this fiction discussion with the authors of the comic debut Happy Accidents, the great Neasden novel 26A, and the contemporary classic The Time Traveller's Wife.

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David Miles

The Tribes of Britain

Hay Festival 2005, 
Using genetic and archaeological investigations Miles analyses the Celtic, Roman and Viking, Saxon and Norman, Jewish and Huguenot tribes and their regional roots in Britain.

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Molly Dineen

A&B Filmmaker's Series: The Documentary Director 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
Award-winning director of Home from the Hill, The Ark, In The Company of Men, The Lord's Tale in conversation with Rosie Boycott. She previews rushes from her current project The Lie of the Land.

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Rory Bremner

Hay Festival 2005, 
The satirist and political scourge examines the post-election state of the nation articulated in his collaboration with the two John, Fortune and Bird, You Are Here. He talks to James Naughtie.

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Siri Hustvedt talks to John Wilson

Hay Festival 2005, 
Conversation with the author of the compelling art-world emotional thriller, What i Loved.

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Robert McCrum

Hay Festival 2005, 
P. G. Wodehouse's biographer details the life and work of the great comedian, his youth in Edwardian Britain, his golden years in Jazz-Age America and his internment in Nazi Germany.

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Wilf Mbanga and Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2005, 
The former editor of The Daily News, Blacklisted by Mugabe, now publishes The Zimbabwean from London. He talks with the poet and author of The Dust Diaries.

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Anne Applebaum, John Micklethwait, Christopher Hitchens, Roy Hattersley, Mark Leonard.

The Economist Debate: History will be kinder to Bush and Blair than to Chirac and Shroeder

Hay Festival 2005, 
John Snow chairs the debate on security, democracy, diplomacy and piety in early in early twenty-first century.

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Antonio Carluccio talks to Sarah Miller

The Condé Nast Traveller Platform

Hay Festival 2005, 
The chef, raconter and funghiphile talks and tastes Italian food, Welsh mushrooms and British gastronomy.

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John Man

Attila the Hun

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Biographer pursues the murderous military genius who united a vast terrorist network and brought down the world's greatest superpower.

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Thomas Graves talks to Chris Salewicz

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Publsiher, musician and writer introduces his witty and captivating Mallorcan memoir Tuning up at Dawn.

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Tanni Grey Thompson

Hay Festival 2005, 
Britain's greatest  Paralympian, made Dame in the new year's honours, talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas.

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Jonathan Freedland talks to Joan Bakewell

Jacob's Gift

Hay Festival 2005, 
The journalist explores his newbord son's Jewish inheritance. Freedland digs deep into his own family's past, telling the story of three remarkable people, each of whom came up with radically different answers to a quintessentially modern dilemma: how to live as a minority in the modern world.

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Gary Sheffield and Hew Pike

Haig

Hay Festival 2005, 
The historian is joined by the former Commander in The Falklands, Northern Ireland and Bosnia to read the private diaries and reassess the reputation of General Haig. Incompetant and callous butcher of World War I, or the leader and strategist who galvanized ' the war to end all wars' and achieved the greatest series of victories in British Military history?

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Stuart McLean

Hay Festival 2005, 
The beloved Canadian broadcaster tells his enchanting Home from the Vinyl Cafe stories to Paul Blezard.

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Stephen Fry, Christopher Hitchens and Joan Bakewell

The Blasphemy Debate

Hay Festival 2005, 
Joan Bakewell chairs a debate on the boundaries of freedom of speech, religious tolerance, multiculturalism and orthodoxy.

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Jason Byrne

Hay Festival 2005, 
Brilliantly inventive stand-up from the mercurial comedian. 'The greatest improviser I've ever seen.' (Peter Florence)

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