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Gillian Clarke

Hay Festival 2008, 
We celebrate the accession of the new National Poet of Wales, her prose anthology At The Source, and her forthcoming poetry collection A Recipe for Water. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Chris Stephens

The Tate Lecture: Ben Nicholson

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ben Nicholson was the leader of the modernist movement in art in the 1930s. Much of his work, however, was of the English landscape. Drawing on his lively correspondence, this richly illustrated talk by the curator of his current Tate Liverpool show will explore both the familiar and lesser- known aspects of his art.

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The Duchess of Devonshire and Charlotte Mosley

The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters

Hay Festival 2008, 
The twentieth century filtered through the correspondence of the most glamorous and controversial English literary dynasty. Debo Mitford and Diana’s niece, who edited the letters, talk to Hannah Rothschild.

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Julian Barnes talks to Claire Armitstead

Nothing to be Frightened of

Hay Festival 2008, 
The masterly novelist discusses his memoir: a meditation on death, God, his philosopher brother and French literature, with the literary editor of the Guardian.

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Felipe Fernandez Armesto

Pathfinders

Hay Festival 2008, 
Romance, conquest and adventure in a breathtaking global history of exploration, from mankind’s first migrations out of East Africa to Columbus, the Silk Road and the building of empires.

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Glyn Maxwell and Catherine O’Flynn

Hay Festival 2008, 
Maxwell presents his chilling satire of our media-culture obssession The Girl Who Was Going To Die. O’Flynn ntroduces her multi-award-winning debut What Was Lost. Chaired by Jon Gower.

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Will Self

Hay Festival 2008, 
The spectacular satirist turns his unforgiving gaze on post-colonialism, multiculturalism, intervention, and moral relativism in the dark and brilliant novel The Butt, winner of the 2008 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.

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John Mitchinson & John Lloyd

The QI Zoo: The Book of Animal Ignorance

Hay Festival 2008, 
The gameshow creators marvel at elephants that walk on tiptoe, pigs that shine in the dark, and woodpeckers that have ears on the end of their tongues…

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Jonathan Steele, Shashi Tharoor and George Monbiot

Defeat: Why They Lost Iraq

Hay Festival 2008, 
The ignorance, arrogance and incompetence of the West’s Iraq policy and intervention laid bare by Steele, the Guardian’s senior foreign correspondent. Tharoor was formerl UN Under Secretary General for Communications. Chaired by William Sieghart.

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World Class Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rosie Goldsmith introduces three of the biggest contemporary novels: Philip Hensher’s The Northern Clemency, Manil Suri’s Indian birth- of-a-nation The Age of Shiva, and the Argentinian masterpiece Alan Pauls' The Past.

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The American Election… We Decide

Hay Festival 2008, 
Who might we elect as leader of the free world? Jonathan Freedland chairs Spectator editor Matthew D’Ancona, Sarfraz Manzoor, author of Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock 'n' Roll, Greenpeace Director Jonathan Sauven, and Brecon & Radnor AM Kirsty Williams.

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Charity Gala

Hay Festival 2008, 
Festival favourite Sandi Toksvig MCs this year’s Variety rattle-bag of ideas, arguments, stories and poetry. Full line-up will be announced on 24 May.

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The Wisdom of Whores

Hay Festival 2008, 
Elizabeth Pisani describes how politics, ideology—and ten billion dollars a year—have bulldozed through scientific evidence and common sense and needlessly failed to fight the AIDS pandemic that has infected 70 million people worldwide. Chaired by Rachel Holmes.

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The Shock Doctrine

Hay Festival 2008, 
The radical analyst Naomi Klein meticulously exposes the US policy of ‘Disaster Capitalism’ that overwhelms societies reeling from natural (tsunami) and military (Iraq) catastrophe. In conversation with Rosie Boycott.

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Crime Pays

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paul Blezard meets the authors of two of the whitest-knuckle reads of the year. Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44 tracks a serial killer at the height of Stalin’s Terror. Philip Kerr’s latest mystery A Quiet Flame sends Bernie Gunther to Peron’s Argentina.

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Julia Donaldson

Hay Festival 2008, 
The delightful and brilliant Julia Donaldson conjures her magical children’s worlds with songs, stories and an inflatable whale.

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James Ivory talks to Geordie Greig

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary film director discusses his career and collaborations with Ismail Merchant and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala.

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Rory McGrath

Bearded Tit

Hay Festival 2008, 
The larky comedian rhapsodises his lifelong passion for bird-watching in his Love Story With Feathers.

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Chinese Whispers

Nick Broomfield interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai

Hay Festival 2008, 
Nick Broomfield, director of the cockle-pickers film Ghosts, interviews Hsiao-Hung Pai about her searing book The True Story Behind Britain’s Hidden Army of Labour.

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Rt Rev V Gene Robinson

The 2008 President’s Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Bishop of New Hampshire, whose homosexuality threatens the schism of the Anglican Church discusses The State of the Communion. Chaired by Stephen Bates, author of God’s Own Country: Power and Religion in the USA.

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Åsne Seierstad

The Angel of Grozny

Hay Festival 2008, 
Extraordinary and harrowing reportage from undercover in Chechnya by the Norwegian author of The Bookseller of Kabul.

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Emily Perkins and Jhumpa Lahiri

Hay Festival 2008, 
The dazzling New Zealand writer launches her compelling Novel About My Wife. The Pulitzer Prize-winning short story writer Lahiri launches her new collection Unaccustomed Earth. Chaired by Ariane Koek of the Arvon Foundation.

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First World

Hay Festival 2008, 
International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander, Harriet Lamb of Fairtrade, and Oxfam’s Duncan Green debate how sustainable principles can be managed in our relations with the developing world. Chaired by Jo Confino.

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Christopher Hitchens

God is Not Great

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great contrarian eviscerates organised religion.

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George Monbiot

In the Green Corner 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
Eco-firebrand George Monbiot develops his conversation with the audience about global sustainability and political accountability.

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