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John Mullan

Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature

Hay Festival 2008, 
Super-Don John Mullan unmasks the disguises and deceits of writers from Jane Austen to Joe Klein.

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Catherine Fieschi, Simon Hoggart, and Oliver James

The Demos Debate: Hearts and Minds

Hay Festival 2008, 
Catherine Fieschi, Simon Hoggart, and Oliver James explore how emotions operate in the political sphere, or affect issues like citizenship, which are normally thought of in terms of impartial rationality.

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Marcus du Sautoy

Symmetry

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy takes A Journey Into the Patterns of Nature and maps the contours of evolutionary biology, physics and chemistry.

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The Economist Debate

Adam Roberts, Kathleed Newland, David Conway and Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2008, 
‘Restricting migration hinders the development of both the rich world and the poor'. Adam Roberts of The Economist, Kathleen Newland of the Migration Policy Institute, David Conway of Civitas and Trevor Phillips. Jon Snow presides. The freer movement of people may be a sure-fire way of reducing global inequality. But does it come at the cost of creating greater inequality within countries?

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The News From Afghanistan

Sherard Cowper-Coles, Rory Stewart and George Osborne

Hay Festival 2008, 
Our Ambassador in Kabul Sherard Cowper-Coles is joined by Rory Stewart CEO of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation and author of The Places In Between to talk to Shadow Chancellor George Osborne.

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Bruno Ganz talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Hay Festival 2008, 
The peerless Swiss actor’s films include Wings of Desire, Downfall, Nosferatu, Strapless and Bread and Tulips.

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India Knight talks to Kathryn Flett

Food and Sex

Hay Festival 2008, 
India Knight (Neris and India’s Idiot-Proof Diet, The Dirty Bits for Girls) gives good chat with the restaurant critic and columnist Kathryn Flett of The Observer.

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John Irving talks to Peter Florence

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Great American Novelist talks to Peter Florence.

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Heart to Heart 2008

Terry Jones, Martin Orbach and Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2008, 
Python and gastro-pioneer Terry Jones joins Abergavenny Food Festival founder Martin Orbach and broadcaster Jon Snow to discuss marketing for small farmers.

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Andrew O’Hagan

The Atlantic Ocean

Hay Festival 2008, 
Andrew O’Hagan makes an argument for the personal essay as the great British form of writing, a form that once described the world back to itself in the eras of William Hazlitt and George Orwell. More argumentative than film, more risky than the novel, can the essay tell us how the culture of British life has become enslaved to the commercial and military dreams of America?

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The Edge of Love

Hay Festival 2008, 
Director John Maybury talks to Francine Stock about his new Dylan Thomas film, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Rhys and Siena Miller, and previews clips.

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Christopher Jamison talks to Raj Persaud

In the Psychiatrist’s Chair

Hay Festival 2008, 
Raj Persaud interviews the Abbot of the Benedictine Monastery, Worth Abbey and author of Finding Sanctuary Christopher Jamison.

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Garry Kasparov

The Hay Lecture: Putin’s Russia

Hay Festival 2008, 
The world’s greatest ever chess player now devotes himself to politics and the coalition opposed to Putin’s administration. Chaired by Orlando Figes.

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AC Grayling

The Choice of Hercules

Hay Festival 2008, 
Philosopher AC Grayling explores the powers of Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century.

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Mark Watson is Crap at the Environment

Hay Festival 2008, 
And he's one of the funniest stand-ups around - acute, surprising and conveying a sense of delight - a real pleasure.

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Maria Wyke

Caesar: A Life in Western Culture

Hay Festival 2008, 
Maria Wyke conjures the ways in which the Roman’s life, loves and death have dominated the popular consciousness from the Vatican to Shakespeare, Bonaparte and Mussolini. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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David Beerling

Fossil Forests and Climate Crisis

Hay Festival 2008, 
Paleoclimatology Prof David Beerling, author of Emerald Planet, examines the impact of mankind’s fossil fuel burning on climate change, and maps the action needed to arrest the damage done.

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Terry Jones

Was Richard II a Tyrant?

Hay Festival 2008, 
With inimitable brilliance and humour Terry Jones revises the conventional history spun by Richard’s successor, and reassesses the King’s reign.

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What Does China Think?

Hay Festival 2008, 
Mark Leonard overturns our accepted misconceptions about the new superpower, examining the internal intellectual currents and arguments that are reforming society and culture.

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The Collector of Worlds

Hay Festival 2008, 
Ilya Troyanov considers the extraordinary life of Sir Richard Burton, the first westerner to make the hajj to Mecca, discoverer of the source of the Nile, and translator of The Arabian Nights.

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Ian McEwan talks to John Mullan

Hay Festival 2008, 
The novelist discusses On Chesil Beach and Atonement.

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Lord Levy talks to John Harris

Hay Festival 2008, 
Blair’s fundraiser, Middle East envoy and confidant was cleared of all charges relating to the cash for peerages scandal. He discusses his political career and his memoir A Question of Honour.

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Valerie Grove and Frances Osborne

Private Lives

Hay Festival 2008, 
Valerie Grove introduces her biography of the irrepressible John Mortimer and Frances Osborne profiles her great-grandmother The Bolter: Idina Sackville—The Woman Who Scandalised 1920s Society and Became White Mischief ’s Infamous Seductress.

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Hereford Photography Festival presents Don McCullin

Hay Festival 2008, 
Britain’s greatest photo-journalist discusses his career and his body of work collected as In England with Rosie Boycott.

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ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century

Hay Festival 2008, 
Brain physiologist Susan Greenfield explores human nature, our past, what makes us individual, the connection between the brain and the mind, and what a society of fulfilled individuals might actually mean.

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