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Ian McEwan talks to Christopher Hitchens

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Booker-winner and author of Atonement discusses his new novel Saturday. 

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Simon Winchester

The Meaning of Everything

Hay Festival 2005, 
A wonderful celebration of the English language and of it's unrivaled treasure house, the Oxford English Dictionary. The award-winning historian yarns the dictionary-makers and the words that got away.

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Octavius Black and Sebastian Bailey

The Mind Gym: wake your mind up

Hay Festival 2005, 
A practical and lively workout for your mind from the authors of this bestseller. Discover how to change the way you think so you get less stressed, more time, stronger relationships and simple solutions to age-old problems. A no-brainer?

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Alan Rusbridger, David Yelland and John Lloyd

Why does Everyone Hate the Media?

Hay Festival 2005, 
Alan Rusbridger, David Yelland and John Lloyd discuss why everyone hates the media. Jon Snow in the chair.

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Leo Hickman and Lucy Siegle

Ethical Living

Hay Festival 2005, 
Which should I buy: an organic apple from New Zealand, a Fairtrade apple from New Zealand, a non-organic apple grown locally? The author of A Good Life and A Life Stripped Bare explores what it means to 'live ethically' with the Observer eco-columnist.

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Ali Smith talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Accidental is a compelling adventure in literature from the most inventive and entertaining novelist of my generation. Don't miss this. You can tell your grandchildren you were there when it launched.

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Sioned Davies

An Arthurian tale from The Mabinogion

Hay Festival 2005, 
Stepmothers, curses and heroes at the court of King Arthur. This reading of a new translation of How Cullwch won Olwen re-creates the performance of the medieval storyteller.

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Andrew Marr

Hay Festival 2005, 
What is a 'story' and what isn't? What does a newspaper editor actually do all day? How do hacks get their scoops? The BBC's Political Editor trades secrets from his book My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism.

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Jonathan Aitken and Erwin Jones

Hay Festival 2005, 
Joan Bakewell chairs this discussion of life in and outside prison with former politician Aitken and James, author of A Life Inside and The Home Stretch.

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Ben Hamilton-Baillie

Shared Space

Hay Festival 2005, 
The inspirational traffic, transport and design consultant is causing a revolution in urban planning and is set to radically improve the way we live and move around.

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Nick Broomfield

A&B Filmmaker's Series: The Documentary Director 2

Hay Festival 2005, 
Broomfield on Broomfield editor Jason Wood interviews the provocateur film-maker whose formidable credits include Biggie and Tupac, Fetishes, Tracking Down Maggie, Aileen and The Leader, His Driver and The Driver's Wife.

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James Naughtie and guests

The Special Relationship

Hay Festival 2005, 
The broadcaster and author of The Accidental American hosts this late-night political tabletalk.

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Lloyd Robson

The Parthian Open Poetry Grand Slam

Hay Festival 2005, 
Roll up, roll up for the 2005 all-comers competition. Bring your poems and performance. £100 first prize.

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Simon Fanshawe and guests

The Done Thing

Hay Festival 2005, 
Start the week politely: ASBOs, abuse and lane-hoggers. The crisis of social responsibility and care is addressed through Fanshawe's witty and erudite examination of tolerance, courtesy and understanding: that most English codes, 'manners'.

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The Hamburg Cell by Antonia Bird

Presented by Channel 4

Hay Festival 2005, 
UK, 2004, 101 mins
The film tells the story of the three men, Mohamed Atta, Ziad Jarrah and Ramzi bin al Shibh, from their initial meetings as students in Germany, throught the process of their radicalisation and eventual recruitment to al-Qaeda, which culminated in the events of September 11, 2001. Followed by Q&A at 11.15am: screenwriter Ronan Bennett talks to Alan Rushbridger. 

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Dan Cruickshank

Hay Festival 2005, 
From the solemn heads of Easter Island to the mysterious Nazca lines in Peru, the intrepid explorer discovers the pinnacles of human achievement as he travels Around the World in 80 Treasures.

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Lucy Hughes Hallett

Heroes: Saviours, Traitors and Supermen

Hay Festival 2005, 
From Garibaldi and the greatest of them all, Achilles, to David Beckham, the writer explores how the truest mark of the hero is the ability to inspire in others forms of madness: desire, terror or both.

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Peter Hobbs, Stephanie Merritt and Niall Griffiths

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
The hero of Hobbs' The Short Day Dying is a Methodist lay preacher and an apprentice blacksmith in 1870s Cornwall. Merritt's Real explores a contemporary relationship between actor and playwright. In Griffiths' lyrical and superverbal Wreckage his scouser characters get hammered and hammer others. Chair Paul Blexard.

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David Starkey

Marriage, Faith and Leadership Laid Bare

Hay Festival 2005, 
In his book Monarchy, the historian follows the sex and the money in his exposure of ythe British monarchy, from Ethelred the Unready to Charles the still-ready-and-waiting.

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Lucy Moore

Hay Festival 2005, 
Tiger hunts, rxotic places and lavish ceremonies in the historian's Maharanis: The Lives and Times of Three Generations of Indian Princesses from the rise and fall of the Raj to the Indian Mutiny and Independence. Chaired by Palash Dave. 

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I. C. Rapoport talks Jeni Williams

Aberfan: The Days After

Hay Festival 2005, 
On 21 October 1966, 144 people, 116 of them children, were killed when a tip of coal waste slid onto the village of Aberfan in South Wales. The photographer shows and discusses his photodocumentary of the community in the aftermath of the disaster.

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Peter & Christopher Hitchens

Guardian G2: The Hay Edition 2

Hay Festival 2005, 
See above [118], below [129], [133], [143].

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Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

A&B Filmmakers Series: The Producers

Hay Festival 2005, 
Conversation with the Working Title partners whose films range from My Beautiful Launderette to Four Weddings and a Funeral, Fargo and Bridget Jones. 

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Monty and Sarah Don

The Jewel Garden

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Gardener's World presenter and Observer columnist and his wife, the architect and designer, tell the magical story of the Herefordshire garden they have built over the last decade from the ashes of a catastrophic failure. Illustrated.

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John Sutherland

So You Think You Know Jane Austen?

Hay Festival 2005, 
The top Prof and literary sleuth delves into what's really going on beneath the perfect surface of Austen's novels. Essential and delightful insider nous for students, Andrew Davies fans and quizzers.

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