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Diana Athill talks to John Walsh

Somewhere Towards the End

Hay Festival 2008, 
The great nonagenarian publisher and memoirist Diana Athill talks to John Walsh about how the pleasure of sex ebbs, how the joy of gardening grows, how much there is to remember, to forget, to regret, to forgive—and how one faces the inevitable fact of death.

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Les Dennis

Must The Show Go On?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Rollercoaster showbiz memoir: Les Dennis tells all to Phil Rickman.

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Borrowed Time

Hay Festival 2008, 
Roy Hattersley tells The Story of Britain Between the Wars—of economic crisis, cultural and Olympic triumph, political disaster and the rise and rise of Winston Churchill.

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Wendy Cope

Hay Festival 2008, 
The poet reads from her magical collection Two Cures For Love.

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Marian Keyes

This Charming Man

Hay Festival 2008, 
‘Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married’…

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Catherine Tate

Shakespeare and Me

Hay Festival 2008, 
The actress talks to Fiona Lindsay.

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Pulling No Punches

Hay Festival 2008, 
11+ failure, Union firebrand, Britain’s longest-serving Deputy Prime Minister, and Blair-Brown consolidator John Prescott talks to John Harris.

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Tim Pritchard

Street Boys

Hay Festival 2008, 
Tim Pritchard and Elijah Kerr (JaJa) tell the inspiring and terrifying tale of abandoned children on the Angell Estate in South London and their remaking of family.

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David Crystal

Think on my Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language

Hay Festival 2008, 
The vaudevillian linguistics professor celebrates the most inventive and gifted wordsmith of all time.

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Daoud Hari, Chris Nugent and Tim Butcher talk to Paul Blezard

The Translator

Hay Festival 2008, 
Darfur tribesman Daoud Hari’s community was destroyed by Sudanese government-backed militias in 2003. He talks with human rights lawyer Chris Nugent about the conflict and his ‘treacherous’ work as a translator for the aid agencies and journalists. Tim Butcher discusses his extraordinary and audacious Congolese adventure Blood River: A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart, which has been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

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International Fiction

Hay Festival 2008, 
Australian novelist and Commonwealth Prize-winner Michelle de Kretser introduces The Lost Dog; Linda Grant’s The Clothes on Their Backs is an elegant tale of clothing, identity and assimilation. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Michael Rosen

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Children's Laureate is a compelling and hugely entertaining performer, and one of Britain's greatest writers.

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Simon Hoggart

The Hands of History

Hay Festival 2008, 
Guardian Sketch-writer Simon Hoggart collects his finest comic writing about Blair’s Westminster decade.

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Ismail Kadare and David Bellos

Hay Festival 2008, 
The first winner of the Man Booker International Prize and his translator discuss his new novel The Siege which explores the familiar thoughts and sufferings of C15th Ottoman warriors in Albania. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Fred Pearce

Confessions of an Eco Sinner

Hay Festival 2008, 
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner From Kenyan bean-fields to Bangaldeshi sweatshops, and from rainforest to desert, Fred Pearce travels to find where my stuff comes from.

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Martin Amis

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist reflects on September 11, his travels with Tony Blair, and the war in Iraq, as collected in The Second Plane.

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Oliver James and Stewart Wallis

Selfish Capitalism: its consequences and what to do about it

Hay Festival 2008, 
A dialogue between Oliver James, author of Affluenza and The Selfish Capitalist, and Stewart Wallis, Director of the New Economics Foundation.

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Orlando Figes

The Whisperers – Private Lives in Stalin’s Russia

Hay Festival 2008, 
In this masterpiece of popular history Orlando Figes teases out intimate experiences from people who spent their lives regarding individuality as both subversive and dangerous.

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Ben Goldacre

Bad Science

Hay Festival 2008, 
Satirist and doctor Ben Goldacre exposes fakery, pseudoscience and quackery in consumer marekting and in the media. Chaired by Rachel Holmes.

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Antonio Colinas, Juan Manuel de Prada and Gonzalo Santoja

Hay Festival 2008, 
To celebrate our Castilian festival three of the finest Spanish writers join us to read and talk to Jesús García Calero.

In Spanish with translation

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David Owen talks to John Kampfner

In Sickness and in Power

Hay Festival 2008, 
David Owen talks to John Kampfner about Illness in Heads of Government During the Last 100 Years.

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Wallace Broecker and Robert Kunzig talk to Jon Snow

Fixing Climate

Hay Festival 2008, 
The pre-eminent climate change scientist who coined the term ‘global warming’ way back in 1975 Wallace Broecker and his co-author Robert Kunzig propose a radical and amazing solution to the carbon crisis.

Chaired by Jon Snow.

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Misha Glenny

McMafia: Crime Without Frontiers

Hay Festival 2008, 
Misha Glenny investigates the global crime boom - Bombay gangs, sex slavery in Israel, Canadian dope, Nigerian investment scams, Brazilian cyber-crime. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Jonathan Fenby

The Great Wonders of China

Hay Festival 2008, 
Jonathan Fenby ranges across 3,000 years of continuous civilization to show and discuss treasures from the earliest forms of writing and bronze work to the towering urban development of the C21st.

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Fiction International

Hay Festival 2008, 
Isabel Fonseca’s debut novel Attachment examines marriage and desire; Julie Myerson’s Out of Breath is a deeply unsettling fairytale about runaway children; Katie Hickman’s The Aviary Gate is a tale of intrigue set in C16th Constantinople. They talk to Stephanie Merritt.

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