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Adrian Tinniswood

The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War and Madness in 17th-Century England

Hay Festival 2007, 
To know the Verney family is to know the C17th. And as Tinniswood demonstrates, we know the Verneys very well indeed.

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RSPB Cymru Lecture: Operation Osprey

Peter Holden

Hay Festival 2007, 
The return of the Osprey to Wales has captured the public's imagination. Holden looks at past history, the current success and, just possibly, ventures a look into the future.

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Tony Benn

Hay Festival 2007, 
The great diarist (Free at Last), orator and festival favourite will soon release his second post-parliamentary volume More Time for Politics.

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Ian Thompson

The Sun King's Garden

Hay Festival 2007, 
Louis XIV celebrated his many military and amorous conquests by commissioning André le Nôtre to extend his magnificent 16,000-acre gardens at Versailles.

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Helena Attlee

Italian Gardens

Hay Festival 2007, 
Five centuries of high Italian style from Petrarch and the Medici, to the picturesque masterpieces of the C19th, and the angular modernism of today.

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Darian Leader and David Corfield

Why Do People Get Ill?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Case studies and cutting-edge research inform this intriguing inquiry into the unconscious processes that can make us fall ill.

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Geraldine McCaughrean talks to Philip Reeve

Hay Festival 2007, 
Two award-winning and eminent writers in conversation with Daniel Hahn. Philip’s novel Here Lies Arthur gives a new truth to the famous legend; Geraldine has written Peter Pan in Scarlet, the sequel to JM Barrie’s classic.

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Marina Warner

Phantasmagoria

Hay Festival 2007, 
The novelist, mythographer and cultural historian explores ideas of spirit and the soul.

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Roger Riddell

Does Foreign Aid Really Work?

Hay Festival 2007, 
An examination of the $100bn governmental, NGO and emergency aid spending, and how to make it work better.

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AL Kennedy and Segun Afolabi

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
Kennedy’s new novel Day is a masterpiece. It’s ‘about’ war and peace, and the human condition. It enriches readers’ lives. Afolabi’s debut novel Goodbye Lucille brilliantly explores the world of European immigrants and outcasts. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Jay Griffiths

The Wild

Hay Festival 2007, 
The adventurer encounters cannibals, polar bears, Amazonian healers and sea gypsies in her extraordinary odyssey around geographical and mental wildernesses.

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Nick Rosen

How to Live Off-Grid

Hay Festival 2007, 
From survivalist and hippy homes to new environmental adventurers, Rosen takes a journey outside the system of telephone, water and power.

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Johnnie Walker talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
From DJ-ing local dance halls, and buccaneering with Radio Caroline to his current status as Radio 2 guru, Walker has always been an adventurer in contemporary music.

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Barbara Erskine and Sandra Howard

Chaired by Phil Rickman

Hay Festival 2007, 
Lady of Hay creator Erskine discusses her new novel Daughters of Fire. Howard talks about her political romance Glass Houses. Chaired by Phil Rickman.

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Kate Williams

England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton

Hay Festival 2007, 
The spectacular trajectory of our first supernova celebrity, from Northern slums to Nelson’s bedchamber. Chaired by Corisande Albert.

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Deborah Moggach talks to Louise Chunn

Hay Festival 2007, 
The screenwriter (Pride and Prejudice) and novelist (Tulip Fever, These Foolish Things) launches In The Dark, a tantalising, pageturning story of war, meat and desire on the home front, set in South London’s dark and dirty wartime streets during WWI. Chunn is the editor of Good Housekeeping.

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Frank Pope

Dragon Sea

Hay Festival 2007, 
The project’s archeological manager tells the intriguing and thrilling story of the excavation of the An Hoi wreck, embedded deep beneath a typhoon-prone stretch of the Vietnamese coast, known as the Dragon Sea.

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Terry Eagleton

The Meaning of Life?

Hay Festival 2007, 
The Prof ranges across literature and philosophy, and comes up with some answers of his own.

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Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz

Hay Festival 2007, 
The sensational author of the Alex Rider and Power of Five series writes unparalleled thrills, chills and adventure. 8 yrs +

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Helon Habila and Ngugi Thiong'o

Chaired by Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2007, 
Habila’s Measuring Time is the story of twin brothers from a Nigerian village dealing with famine, religious zealotry and appalling violence. The great Kenyan exile Ngugi discusses his comic masterpiece Wizard of the Crow. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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Hermione Lee

Edith Wharton

Hay Festival 2007, 
A scintillating biography of the author of The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth: a fiercely modern woman of passionate conviction and conflicting ambitions and desires.

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Dannie Abse talks to Gwyneth Lewis

Hay Festival 2007, 
The writer discusses his latest collection of poetry Running Late and his memoir The Presence. After his wife Joan died in a car accident in June 2005, he began to write a diary which is both a record of present grief, and a portrait of a marriage which lasted more than fifty years.

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Sophie McKenzie, Michael Morpurgo, Michelle Paver and Rick Riordan

Any Questions for the Writers?

Hay Festival 2007, 
Four superstar writers for teenagers answer your questions about stories, the business of writing, and their own reading. Chaired by Wendy Cooling.

Hay Fever 9 yrs +

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Vivien Norris, Matt Whyman and Claire Armitstead

Bibliotherapy for Families

Hay Festival 2007, 
The child psychologist running the pioneering Gwent Health Trust scheme to use self-help books in mental health cases is joined by children’s novelist and agony uncle Matt Whyman and Guardian Literary Editor Claire Armitstead to discuss how books can help parents and children with the struggles they face.

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David Crystal

By Hook or by Crook: A Journey in Search of English

Hay Festival 2007, 
The vaudevillian Linguistics Prof browses Britain celebrating the treasures of our language and culture.

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