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David Nash

Blasphemy in the Christian World

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Nash seeks to understand why this medieval offence of ‘denial or denigration of God’ has reappeared to become a distinctly modern presence in the West.

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 5

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

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David Almond talks to Julia Eccleshare

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great author of Skellig, Kit’s Wilderness, Clay, The Savage and The Fire-Eater talks about his work with the Guardian’s children’s books editor.

Hay Fever 11 yrs +

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Raymond Tallis

The Kingdom of Infinite Space: A Fantastical Journey Around Your Head

Hay Festival 2008, 
Raymond Tallis combines biological science and philosophical interrogation in his search of the place where our soul and consciousness reside. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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John Bird

Hay Festival 2008, 
The heroic Big Issue founder yanks on the bootstraps in his The 10 Keys to Success. He talks to Paul Blezard.

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The Federation Presents Darren Shan

Hay Festival 2008, 
The dark one takes us on a jolly trip through this fresh hell from the Demonata, Death's Shadow. Only the unshakebale should attend.

Hay Fever 10 yrs +

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The Gaia Lectures 2: In Our Hands

Hay Festival 2008, 
Friends of the Earth Director Tony Juniper shows how we can all face the big eco-problems with mass attention to simple domestic practice, from energy conservation to green business networks.

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Julia Neuberger

Not Dead Yet

Hay Festival 2008, 
Julia Neuberger lays out her thinking for our changing demography with A Manifesto for Old Age. Chaired by Revel Guest.

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Kathleen Turner talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The actress (Body Heat, War of the Roses, Romancing the Stone) talks about her life, loves and movies, wittily recounted in her memoir Send Yourself Roses.

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International Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
Introducing Sasa Stanisic’s Bosnian comedy How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone and Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland, which examines NY cricket, belonging and un-belonging and the depths and shallows of male friendship.

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Encyclopaedia of Wales

Hay Festival 2008, 
Chief Editor John Davies talks to David Crystal about the vast new reference project that aims to encompass the nation, its history and culture.

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Tahir Shah

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

Hay Festival 2008, 
As Tahir Shah makes his way through the medinas of Fez and Marrakech, traverses the Saharan sands and tastes the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, he collects a dazzling treasury of traditional stories, gleaned from the heritage of the Thousand and One Nights. Chaired by Palash Dave.

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Michael Marriott

Roses and Rose Fragrances

Hay Festival 2008, 
What other plant potentially has a beautiful bloom, a wonderful fragrance, is easy to look after and repeat flowers? The David Austin Roses technical director Michael Marriott identifies the best roses available, and discusses their fragrances, and how to look after them.

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David Stafford

Endgame 1945: Victory, Retribution, Liberation

Hay Festival 2008, 
Using letters and interviews David Stafford creates an unforgettable panorama of the defeat of Fascism, of ordinary people and extraordinary valour, and of a Europe in every way tested to its limits.

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Sue Clifford

The Apple Source Book

Hay Festival 2008, 
Sue Clifford of Common Ground offers an illustrated insight into orchards as exemplars of how we can live well with nature whilst enriching both our culinary and cultural landscapes.

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Joanne Harris talks to Ariane Koek

Runemarks

Hay Festival 2008, 
Joanne Harris talks to Ariane Koek about her move from the romantic bohemia of Chocolat to the epic fantasy of her first novel for teenagers Runemarks.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Tim Richardson

Avant Gardeners

Hay Festival 2008, 
Tim Richardson profiles the most exciting contemporary landscape visionaries from around the world.

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George Johnson

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Hay Festival 2008, 
George Johnson introduces his brilliant and clear understanding of the scientific revolutions that changed our world.

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Governing the Environment

Hay Festival 2008, 
Does the current emphasis on individual choice allow policy makers to duck out of difficult decisions when trying to put in place climate change solutions? Environment Ministers John Gormley (Eire) and Jane Davidson (Wales) debate how far they could and should go in directing and guiding. Chaired by Guto Harri.

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Meg Rosoff

Hay Festival 2008, 
The multi-award-winning author of How I Live Now and Just In Case introduces her new tale of solitude and passion What I Was.

Hay Fever 12 yrs +

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Patrick Wright

Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War

Hay Festival 2008, 
Patrick Wright discusses his work of impressive scholarship that roots our understanding of Cold War rhetoric and attitudes deeply in the C20th. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Marcus Brigstocke & guests

The Early Edition 6

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

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Michael Wood

The Story of India

Hay Festival 2008, 
Historian Michael Wood introduces his enthralling and elegant study of the cultural history of the world’s largest democracy.

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Parc comes to Hay

Hay Festival 2008, 
Caspar Walsh is a former inmate, and now writer-in-residence at HM Parc Prison, Bridgend. He discusses his autobiography Criminal with Peter Florence. This session complements the Hay Comes to Parc arm of the Festival being held this week at the prison. For full details please see www.hayfestival.com.

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James Campbell

Hay Festival 2008, 
Cult kids’ comedian guaranteed to tickle your ribs and your fancy.

Hay Fever 7 yrs +

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