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Dambisa Moyo talks to Jon Snow

Dead Aid

Hay Festival 2009, 
Western Aid is not relieving poverty and disaster in Africa. The Zambian economist analyses how the new world order of the G20 might realign trade and investment in developing worlds.

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Martin Rees

Cambridge 800 Series: Cosmos – The Search for Extra Terrestrial Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Astronomer Royal celebrates the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope and the Darwin bicentenary by boldly going in search of life elsewhere.

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Ann Leslie talks to Rosie Boycott

Killing My Own Snakes

Hay Festival 2009, 
Fleet Street’s finest, the doyenne of women reporters, Damed for services to journalism, talks about her life.

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Ed Mayo talks to Julia Hobsbawm

Consumer Kids

Hay Festival 2009, 
How Big Business is Grooming our Children for Profit.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 2

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians mock the news and newsmongers.

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Siobhan Freegard, Julia Hobsbawm and Fiona Millar

In the Balance

Hay Festival 2009, 
Life, parenthood and the modern family debated by the Netmums founder and the authors of The See Saw: 100 Recipes for Work–Life Balance and The Secret World of The Working Mother.

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Susie Dent

Words of the Year

Hay Festival 2009, 
Do you know your kettlebell from your knork? Countdown’s cult language guru parses the patois.

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Timothy Garton Ash

Time For Another Velvet Revolution?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Twenty years on from 1989, the eminent historian and political commentator, author of the forthcoming Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name examines the turbulent politics of Eastern Europe. Chaired by Lisa Appignanesi.

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Matthew d’Ancona and Sadie Jones talk to Anita Sethi

Story: Fear

Hay Festival 2009, 
D’Ancona offers his riveting suspense thriller Nothing to Fear. Jones’ The Outcast is a sustained examination of love and disillusion in a small 1950s town.

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Robert Peston

Who’s to Blame…

Hay Festival 2009, 
The BBC’s business editor, author of Who Runs Britain?, fingers the greedy, the incompetent and the naive who’ve led us into economic disaster.

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David Aaronovitch talks to Jon Snow

Voodoo Histories

Hay Festival 2009, 
From moon landings to the Parisian underpass and the twin towers, the journalist probes and explodes The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History.

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Andrew Roberts

The World on Fire

Hay Festival 2009, 
Just how close did the Nazis come to winning the Second World War? The award-winning historian examines the reasons for their defeat.

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Matthew Engel talks to Peter Florence

Eleven Minutes Late

Hay Festival 2009, 
An enraptured paean to a national obsession. Britain gave railways to the world, yet its own network is the dearest (definitely) and the worst (probably) in Western Europe.

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Eric Hobsbawm and Niall Ferguson

After Versailles

Hay Festival 2009, 
The two historians discuss the Versailles Treaty of 1919 and its influence on the world today. Chaired by Philippe Sands.

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Monty & Sarah Don talk to Francine Stock

Fork to Fork

Hay Festival 2009, 
A sumptuous feast of wonderful ideas for growing and preparing your own food.

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Nam Le and Fflur Dafydd talk to Kathryn Gray

Hay Festival 2009, 
Hay's two fiction highlights of 2008 are Le’s short stories The Boat which won the Dylan Thomas Award and Dafydd’s English reworking of her award-winning Cymraeg novel Twenty Thousand Saints. They talk to NWR editor Kathryn Gray.

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Ignacio Martínez de Pisón talks to Paul Preston

To Bury the Dead

Hay Festival 2009, 
An investigation of a brutal political murder in the Spanish Civil War and a fascinating literary feud that divided Hemingway and John dos Passos as it divides our speakers.

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Shaun Tan

Tales From Outer Suburbia

Hay Festival 2009, 
The multi-award winning Australian illustrator and writer discusses his mesmerising work, including The Arrival, Tales From Outer Suburbia and his projects with Pixar.

9 years – adult

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Alistair MacGowan talks to Fiona Lindsay

First Impressions

Hay Festival 2009, 
Mimicry, satire, football and Shakespeare are on the agenda for the platinum-tongued actor.

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Luis Moreno-Ocampo talks to Philippe Sands

The Guardian Sessions: Justice

Hay Festival 2009, 
An interview with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, who recently made the first ever indictment of a serving Head of State when he filed charges against Omar al-Bashir of Sudan.

The Guardian Sessions at Hay
For the eighth year, the Guardian is proud to be the headline sponsor of the Hay Festival. 

Over the past year, the world has seen momentous change – a deepening economic crisis; the dawn of a new era in America; environmental concerns moving higher up the agenda; and increased challenges to our civil liberties... As the world's leading liberal voice, the Guardian is committed to the exploration and debate of these issues. 

At this year's festival, the Guardian Sessions, with insight from leading individuals in their fields, will further examine and debate the most pressing concerns facing us today.

Come and join us.

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Nicholas Parsons

How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedy legend presents a delightful portrait of the nonsensical genius and creator of The Owl and the Pussycat, The Jumblies and The Dong with the Luminous Nose.

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Kate Williams

Becoming Queen

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian uncovers the machinations, repressions and rebellions of the young Victoria in her accession to the English throne.

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Colm Tóibín and Rawi Hage talk to Stephanie Merritt

Story: Migrations

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tóibín’s Brooklyn is a beautifully rendered story of an Irish woman venturing migration to the New World in the 50s. Lebanese novelist Hage takes his protagonist from his childhood in a war-torn Arab country, to his current life in the smoky émigré cafes of his new city in Cockroach.

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David Davis and Henry Porter vs Charles Clarke and Conor Gearty chaired by Georgina Henry

The Guardian Debate: Does the Left Still Care About Liberty?

Hay Festival 2009, 
In the name of security, the Labour government has championed ID cards, data-retention, CCTV surveillance, and wide range of counter-terrorism measures. Does it add up to a fundamental assault on our civil liberties? Would the Right defend our rights any better?

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Dave Gorman

America Unchained

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedian recounts his attempts to drive from coast to coast of the United States, giving money only to independent businesses.

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