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Rosie Boycott talks to Monty Don

Our Farm: A Year in the Life of a Smallholding

Hay Festival 2007, 
The former newspaper editor discusses her new life on her small farm and her local town’s battle with Tescos and the planners; she explores the complexities of the food chain and its frequent cruelty, the rhythms of the natural world, the healing patterns of nature and the therapeutic effects of a herd of boisterous pigs.

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JPR Williams talks to Peter Florence

Given the Breaks

Hay Festival 2007, 
Rugby’s greatest full-back talks about his career with his biggest fan.

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Thomas Keneally talks to Alastair Niven

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Australian Booker winner (Schindler’s Ark) discusses his work and his new novel The Widow and her Hero.

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William Dalrymple

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty; Delhi 1857

Hay Festival 2007, 
Bahadur Shah Zafar II, one of the most tolerant and likeable of his remarkable dynasty, found himself leader of a violent and doomed uprising. The Siege of Delhi was the Raj’s Stalingrad: the end of both Mughal power and a remarkable culture. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Wole Soyinka talks to Nik Gowing

Writing on the Wall of Silence

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Nigerian Nobel Laureate talks about freedom of expression, the need to articulate truths and the power of literature.

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Kiran Desai and Stevie Davies talk to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Indian novelist discusses her 2006 Man Booker-winning novel The Inheritance of Loss. Davies introduces her beautiful and politically passionate The Eyrie. They talk to The Guardian's Literary Editor.

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Eric Hobsbawm talks to Simon Schama

The Memory of an Empire

Hay Festival 2007, 
‘A world almost entirely composed of empires 100 years ago, has gone for good and is beyond reconstruction. It should not be remembered with superior nostalgia, nor with mythologies of national liberation.’

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Gordon Brown

Courage

Hay Festival 2007, 
The former Chancellor celebrates his political heroes from Martin Luther King and Aung San Suu Kyi to Bobby Kennedy and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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Gruff Rhys talks to Phil Rickman

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Super Furry Animals singer-songwriter talks music, politics and the subtle art of being angry. He'll also perform some of the songs from his new solo album Candylion. Recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Wales.

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George Monbiot

Heat

Hay Festival 2007, 
How to Stop the Planet Burning analyses the issue of carbon emission with ruthless rigour and elegant clarity. The action and commitments Monbiot proposes are politically compelling and define how we might all move forward.

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Is Islam Incompatible With Democracy?

Michael Gove, Rageh Omaar, Ziauddin Sardar, Martin Bright, Tahmina Anam

Hay Festival 2007, 
From the beleaguered Iraqi parliament and Sharia courts in Karachi to Westminster’s ‘hearts and minds’ projects in Preston and East London, can Islam and democracy ever find common ground?

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Ghazi Hammad

Hay Festival 2007, 
Ghazi Hammad is the spokesman for Hamas and the Palestinian government. He makes a suprise appearance at the twentieth anniversary of the festival.

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Rachel Holmes and Erica Wagner

Start the Day 2

Hay Festival 2007, 
Holmes introduces The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman (Born 1789 – Buried 2002). Wagner’s debut novel Seizure is a compelling exploration of identity and adulthood. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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TJ Hughes in conversation with Simon Jenkins

Wales's Best One Hundred Churches

Hay Festival 2007, 
Often in a landscape spiritually charged, Welsh churches tell us about medieval times, the Age of Saints that came before, and of the pagan Celtic times before that.

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Sally Emerson and Antonia Quirke

Start the Day 3

Hay Festival 2007, 
Emerson introduces her enchanting poetry anthology ‘for lovers, weddings and ever after’, Be Mine. Quirke talks about her movie memoir Madame Depardieu and the Beautiful Strangers. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Elif Shafak and Maureen Freely

Well-behaved Women Rarely Make History

Hay Festival 2007, 
Freely’s thriller Enlightenment spans 25 years of contemporary Turkish society. Shafak previews her forthcoming novel The Bastard of Istanbul and launches her Hay Festival Press story The Happiness of Blond People.

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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

Previous Convictions: Assignments from Here and There

Hay Festival 2007, 
A conversation with the spectacularly provocative and delightfully acerbic Sunday Times journalist.

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Stephen Marshall and Nick Cohen

What's Left?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Two searing and brilliantly entertaining examinations of Liberalism here and in America, from eco-shopping to Iraq, with Marshall’s Wolves in Sheeps Clothing and Cohen’s What’s Left? How Liberals Lost Their Way. Chaired by Palash Dave.

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Geoffrey Robertson

Crimes Against Humanity and The Tyrannicide Brief: The Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold

Hay Festival 2007, 
The leading human rights lawyer discusses his work on war crime tribunals in Africa, and his latest books Crimes Against Humanity and The Tyrannicide Brief: The Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold.

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Ruth Rendell talks to Stephanie Merritt

Hay Festival 2007, 
The great psychological thriller and crime writer discusses her work.

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Kathy Lette and John Mortimer

Murder - A Beginner's Guide

Hay Festival 2007, 
Lette (married to Geoffrey Robertson) wrote How To Murder Your Husband. Mortimer created Rumpole. Chaired by meettheauthor.com’s David Freeman.

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Steve Jones

Why Intelligent Design is Stupid

Hay Festival 2007, 
Scientists are professional pessimists, always dubious about what they find. Believers, in contrast, are certain: full of joy that their own Big Book contains the truth. The geneticist talks about science and faith as conflicting explanations of what we are; and how biology, in the end, is blind.

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Dan Rhodes, Helen Oyeyemi and Lucy Eyre

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
Challenging and inspiring new fiction with Eyre’s philosophical adventures in If Minds Had Toes, the wry comedy of Rhodes’ Gold and the Nigerian-London-Cuban dislocations of Oyeyemi’s The Opposite House. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers

River Café at Twenty

Hay Festival 2007, 
We celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking Hammersmith restaurant, whose creative visionaries, Gray and Rogers, and kitchen alumni (Oliver, Fearnley-Whittingstall, Clark & Clark, etc). have changed the way we eat in Britain. Chaired by John Mitchinson.

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Simon Jenkins

Thatcher and Sons

Hay Festival 2007, 
The journalist examines how the Iron Lady changed our country and the nature of democratic leadership.

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