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Gwynfor: Portrait of A Patriot

Hay Festival 2008, 
Biographer Rhys Evans launches his study of Gwynfor Evans, the great Welsh politician, Plaid Cymru president for 36 years, pacifist and language rights campaigner. He talks to Guto Harri.

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Salman Rushdie talks to Mariella Frostrup

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses The Enchantress of Florence. ‘it is the hand of the master artist, past all explanation, that gives this book its glamour and its power, its humour and shock, its verve, its glory…East meets west with a clash of cymbals and a burst of fireworks’ – Guardian.

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In the Green Corner 3

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

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2008, 
The brilliant corduroy comedian takes apart the day’s papers and media.

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Sports Writing

Hay Festival 2008, 
First Minister Rhodri Morgan, rugby star and broadcaster Eddie Butler, and Gareth Williams, editor of the Library of Wales Sport Anthology, talk to Carolyn Hitt.

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Boris Spassky talks to Ronan Bennett

Hay Festival 2008, 
The legendary Grand Master discussed Russian and Soviet chess culture, the psychology of the game, and the 1972 Reykjavik Match of the Century World Championships in which he lost his title to Bobby Fisher.

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AA Gill talks to John Mitchinson

Sweet and Sour, Salt and Bitter

Hay Festival 2008, 
The passionate and incisive food critic entertains with Table Talk.

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The Selected Later Poems of Peter Finch

Hay Festival 2008, 
The innovative and humorous poet, Peter Finch author of Real Cardiff, is treasured for experiment, mesmerising performance, and his subtle variations on other Welsh poets’ work. He talks to Jon Gower and performs.

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Chris Hunter talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The bomb-disposal expert, awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal for his service in Basra, talks about Eight Lives Down: ‘the best war memoir I’ve read in years’ - Andy McNab.

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Paul Greengrass talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2008, 
The director talks about his films; the Bourne trilogy, Bloody Sunday, United 93 and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence.

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David King and Gabrielle Walker

Hay Festival 2008, 
The former UK chief scientific advisor and the science writer present their The Hot Topic : How to Tackle Global Warming and Still Keep the Lights On. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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The 2008 Raymond Williams Lecture: Border Country

Hay Festival 2008, 
Dai Smith explores Williams’ relationship with the Black Mountains, landscape and storytelling. Smith is the author of Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale. Introduced by Eric Hobsbawm.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Hay Festival 2008, 
John Boyne retells the story of Captain Bligh from the point of view of his 14-year-old cabin boy. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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General Sir Mike Jackson

Soldier

Hay Festival 2008, 
The former Chief of General Staff discusses Kosovo, the Taliban, Iraq and government - army relations with his hallmark candour. Chaired by BBC World’s Nik Gowing.

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Teens

Bryan Elsley, Jenny Valentine and Jacqueline Wilson talk to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2008, 
Screenwriter Bryan Elsley (Skins) and rising star Jenny Valentine (Finding Violet Park, Broken Soup) join Louise Rennison to explore the boundaries of writing for teenagers. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Menna Elfyn talks to Dafydd Elis Thomas

Hay Festival 2008, 
The poet and playwright, whose latest bilingual collection is Perffaith Nam/Perfect Blemish, discusses her work.

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Jasper Fforde talks to Paul Blezard

Hay Festival 2008, 
The cult humorist and Wodehouse Prize-winner, yarns his latest adventure comedy First Among Sequels.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Black Swan

Hay Festival 2008, 
A Black Swan is a highly improbable event with three principle characteristic it is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct a explanation that makes it appear less random and more predictable than it was. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Roger McGough and Brian Patten

40 Love

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great entertainers celebrate the ruby anniversary of the Mersey Sound anthology of Liverpool poets.

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Jeff Halper

Hay Festival 2008, 
The peace activist and Anthropology Professor discusses the settlements in the territories and his book -An Israeli in Palestine: Resisting Dispossession, Redeeming Israel-with William Seighart

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Louis de Bernières and Ilone Antonius

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist reads from A Partisan’s Daughter and performs Serbian and Eastern European music, some Dylan and some classical tunes with his instrumental partner.

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An Audience with Rob Brydon

Hay Festival 2008, 
The quicksilver Welsh comedian, creator of Keith Barret and Bryn in Gavin and Stacey entertains

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Brian Paddick talks to Rosie Boycott

Line of Fire

Hay Festival 2008, 
The inside story of the Met from the Brixton riots to Jean Charles de Menezes, from its most senior openly gay officer, now a Liberal politician.

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Philip Ball

Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind

Hay Festival 2008, 
Philip Ball establishes Chartres’ iconic role in Europe’s history: a revolution in thought embodied in stone and glass, a philosophy made concrete through the cooperation of theologians, craftsmen and engineers.

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Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth? Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation, Big Issue founder John Bird and Tom Hodgkinson of The Idler find reasons to be cheerful about climate change and its opportunities to reframe our lives.

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