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Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind

Hay Festival 2008, 
Psychologist Gary Marcus shows how imperfect and ill-adapted our brains really are from their hominid origins. We are prone to rages, addictions and other habits that limit our capacity for rational action in every sphere, from food to politics.

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Andrea Wulf

The Brother Gardeners

Hay Festival 2008, 
Andrea Wulf tells the tale of the C18th friends who fired the origins of modern horticulture in her magnificent study Botany, Empire and the Birth of An Obsession.

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Louis de Bernières talks to Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses A Partisan’s Daughter, his superb 1970s love story about a bored husband and a Yugoslav Scheherazade.

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Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2008, 
The bestselling and brilliantly funny author talks about Georgia Nicolson on page and screen, with sneak peeks from the upcoming movie of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and the upcoming book, Stop in the Name of Pants.

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Solving Stonehenge: The New Key to an Ancient Enigma

Hay Festival 2008, 
Archaeological surveyor Anthony Johnson uses hi-tech analysis to nail one of the world’s great mysteries.

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RIBA Lecture

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ken Shuttleworth of MAKE Architects, who’s previously worked on groundbreaking buildings like Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport and St Mary’s Axe (The Gherkin) in London looks at the challenge of designing a new generation of compelling, dynamic and environmentally responsible buildings within our globally changing landscape. In conversation with Wayne Hemingway.

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Eoin Colfer

Hay Festival 2008, 
Airman is the newest swashbuckling adventure from the brilliantly entertaining creator of Artemis Fowl.

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Charles Freeman

AD 381: Heretics, Pagans and The Christian State

Hay Festival 2008, 
Charles Freeman narrates the end of religious pluralism and Emperor Theodosius’ ruthless establishment of Christian Orthodoxy.

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The British Academy Warton Poetry Lecture 2008

Hay Festival 2008, 
Poet and professor Tony Curtis:‘We keep the bread and wine for show’: Consistent irony and reluctant faith in the poetry of Dannie Abse. Chaired by Professor Christopher Morgan.

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Joseph Silk

Infinite Cosmos

Hay Festival 2008, 
Oxford astronomer Joseph Silk analyses the Big Bang from the frontiers of technology, and tells of supernovae, dark matter, dark energy, curved spacetime, colliding galaxies, and supermassive black holes.

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Bad Blood: The Secret Life of the Tour De France

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jeremy Whittle and William Fotheringham discuss the agony, the ecstasy, the drugs and the disillusion.

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Georgia Byng and Andy Stanton

Super Powers

Hay Festival 2008, 
Byng’s once-miserable orphan, Molly Moon, finds excitement and bizarre adventure through her hypnotic abilities. Stanton’s dastardly anti-hero Mr Gum is even more menacing and laugh-out-loud wicked with the use of his Power Crystals. The authors talk adventure, laughter and character with Jonathan Douglas.

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David Andress and Mike Rapport

Revolution

Hay Festival 2008, 
Two of Britain’s most brilliant historians, David Andress (1789) and Mike Rapport (1848) discuss the turning points of European history.

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Martin Rowson

Cartoons, Offence and Religion

Hay Festival 2008, 
The cartoonist and author of Stuff and The Dog Allusion explores the boundaries of satire.

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Tariq Ramadan

The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad

Hay Festival 2008, 
The charismatic scholar sets the story of the Prophet in context.

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Rita Carter

Multiplicity: The New Science of Personality

Hay Festival 2008, 
Multiple personalities are traditionally the stuff of horror movies, thrillers and bizarre mental disorders. Rita Carter argues that every one of us consists of different and often competing selves.

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Jenny Valentine talks to Julia Eccleshare

Hay Festival 2008, 
Valentine’s debut novel, Finding Violet Park, won the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction. Broken Soup is set to consolidate its author’s reputation as a unique and compelling writer who can combine heart-rending tragedy, quirky characters and intriguing mystery with a masterly lightness of touch.

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Homero Aridjis

Hay Festival 2008, 
The eminent Mexican writer ("Eyes to See Otherwise", "1492 The Life and Times of Juan Cabezon of Castille"), environmentalist and diplomat talks about his lifelong crusade to save the Monarch butterfly, which migrates every year from Canada to overwinter in Mexico's oyamel forests.

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Jeremy Clarkson talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2008, 
Top writer talks cars and opinions.

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Jo Wood

Hay Festival 2008, 
The model and cosmetics producer lays out an holistic organic manifesto—Naturally: How to Look and Feel Healthy, Energetic and Radiant the Organic Way.

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Sam Taylor-Wood and Patrick Marber

Love You More

Hay Festival 2008, 
The YBA photographer and video artist Sam Taylor-Wood discusses and introduces her collaboration with screenwriter Patrick Marber (Closer, Asylum, Notes on a Scandal, Saturday) on a short film inspired by the Buzzcocks single of the same name. The film is a tender love-story set in the heady punk days of 1978.

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Building St Pauls

Hay Festival 2008, 
James WP Campbell describes not just the feats of Christopher Wren, but the work of the quarrymen, stonemasons, carpenters and craftsmen who collaborated on Britain’s most imposing cathedral.

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Horrid Henry

Francesca Simon

Hay Festival 2008, 
Francesca Simon tells why she created Horrid Henry, revels in his terrible antics, and lets us in on some mischievous adventures she has planned for him in the future.

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Giles Milton

Paradise Lost

Hay Festival 2008, 
Giles Milton recounts the catastrophe of Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of Islam’s City of Tolerance.

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The RSPB Cymru Lecture: Saving Special Places

Hay Festival 2008, 
Graham Wynne talks about why the RSPB, a UK-based conservation charity, is involved in saving the Harapan Rainforest? Find out how the destruction of this special place is not only a disaster for the local people and wildlife, but also for the world's climate.

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