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Gaynor Arnold and Emily Perkins talk to Ariane Koek

Story: Loves

Hay Festival 2009, 
Arnold’s Booker-shortlisted Girl in a Blue Dress is a retelling of the difficult lives of Catherine and Charles Dickens; Perkins’ award-winning Novel About My Wife is a harrowing portrait of a marriage.

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Charlie Ryrie

The Cut Flower Garden

Hay Festival 2009, 
Growing a dream: British garden flowers, a sustainable future for floristry?

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Steve Jones

Darwin’s Island: The Galapagos in the Garden of England

Hay Festival 2009, 
Darwin wrote six million words, in nineteen books and innumerable letters, on topics as different as dogs, barnacles, insect-eating plants, orchids, earthworms, apes and human emotion. Together, they laid the foundations of modern biology.

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John Brewer

American Leonardo

Hay Festival 2009, 
The art historian explores the story of a single painting, La Belle Ferronnière by Leonardo Da Vinci, and shows how it reveals the intricacies of the C20th obsession with art, money and taste.

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Richard Evans

The OU Cymru Lecture: War and Society in Germany, 1939–45

Hay Festival 2009, 
Why did ordinary Germans keep on fighting to the end when they knew the war was lost? The author of The Third Reich at War examines the effects of war on German society between 1939 and 1945, asks how people coped with it, and looks at its longer-term effects.

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Sana Krasikov and Emily Perkins

Shorts

Hay Festival 2009, 
A reading of world-class short stories from Krasikov’s collection One More Year, and a new story from Perkins, author of Not Her Real Name.

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Julia Donaldson & Jenny Valentine

Teen Reads

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join two of the freshest voices in the world of teen fiction as they explore character development and plot twists in Running on the Cracks (Donaldson) and The Ant Colony (Valentine).

12 years +

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David Starkey

Henry – Virtuous Prince

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian reappraises the early life of the English monarchy’s most enduring and radical icon.

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Jane Birkin talks to Philippe Sands

Hay Festival 2009, 
The actress, singer, and film director discusses her life, her collaborations with Serge Gainsbourg, and her new album Enfants d’Hiver.

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Joan Bakewell talks to Peter Florence

All the Nice Girls

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster’s first novel captures the danger and excitement of wartime Britain with a sweeping story of heroic deeds and painful separations, illicit love and battles at sea, and above all, of the poignancy of longing and loss.

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Samir El-Youssef and Brian Chikwava chaired by Georgina Godwin

Story: Migrations

Hay Festival 2009, 
Caine Prize-winner Chikwava’s Harare North is an original and brilliant tale of illegal immigration into London. El-Youssef’s The Illusion of Return displaces his Palestinian characters to America and to London.

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Frank Skinner talks to Fiona Lindsay

On the Road: Love, Stand-up Comedy and The Queen Of The Night

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tables turned on the comedian and chat show host, and now author of a masterly memoir.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin talks to Jon Snow

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Hay Festival 2009, 
A magnificent study of presidential ambition and political manoeuvring, lauded by Barack Obama.

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Noel Kingsbury, Tim Richardson, Dan Pearson and Simon Jenkins

The C21st Garden – A place of beauty, or a home for woodlice?

Hay Festival 2009, 
How will the idea of the garden reflect our ecological concerns, our understanding of outdoor space as art, and the interface between humankind and nature?

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Caroline Bird and Imtiaz Dharker

Hay Festival 2009, 
A reading by the poets whose most recent collections are Trouble Came to the Turnip and The Terrorist at my Table.

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David Buckland, Marcus Brigstocke and Antony Gormley

Cape Farewell

Hay Festival 2009, 
The director of the organisation that inspires a cultural response to climate change is joined by two of his collaborators in the high Arctic.

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Markus Zusak talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Book Thief

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Some important information – this novel is narrated by Death. It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.’

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Marc Morris

A Great and Terrible King

Hay Festival 2009, 
A magisterial account of the Plantagenet ruler Edward I, conqueror of Wales, Hammer of the Scots.

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Breakfast at Hay with Nu Fiction

Presented by Tomos Owen

Hay Festival 2009, 
An early morning start for fifteen young writers hoping to become the next big thing in literature. Tomos Owen introduces first published work from James Smythe, Tyler Keevil, Bethan Michael, Robert Vaughan Hughes, Rebecca F John, Susie Wild, Becky Hunt, LP Mackenzie, Alys Conran, Cate Matthews, Alan Kellermann, ST Owen, Michael Oliver and Nick Mellors.

Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket.

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Dan Pearson

Spirit: Garden Inspiration

Hay Festival 2009, 
The garden writer explores the idea of a sense of place, illustrated with design influences as diverse as his childhood garden, the desert of southern California, the Thames houseboat moorings near Tower Bridge, the Villa d’Este, the Pantheon and a Japanese forest lodge.

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Richard Layard and Judy Dunn talk to Rosie Boycott

A Good Childhood

Hay Festival 2009, 
Is life really more difficult for children than it was, and if so why? And how can we make it better?

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Richard Overy

The Morbid Age

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian examines Britain Between the Wars – a time of great anxiety, resonant today, and the fear that the West was facing a possibly terminal crisis of civilization.

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Gillian Tett talks to John Harris

Fools’ Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Cata

Hay Festival 2009, 
At a Florida beach hotel in the mid 1990s a brotherhood of bankers frankenstein the concept of credit derivatives. The rest you know...

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Hala Jaber, Zena el Khalil and Conor Foley talk to Adam Boulton

Tabletalk: Risk

Hay Festival 2009, 
The authors of The Flying Carpet to Baghdad, Beirut I Love You and The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War discuss extremity, intervention and survival.

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Gerald Scarfe

Monsters

Hay Festival 2009, 
The savage satirist celebrates 50 years of his political cartoons.

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