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Victoria Hislop talks to Paul Blezard

The Return

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ravishing Spanish Civil War romance set in Granada from the no.1 bestseller.

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Bronwen Maddox, Matthew d’Ancona and Nik Gowing talk to Adam Boulton

Obama’s First Hundred Days

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of In Defence of America, the editor of The Spectator and the BBC World anchor discuss the administration’s honeymoon period with the Sky News anchor, author of Tony’s Ten Years.

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Arnold Wesker

All Things Tire of Themselves

Hay Festival 2009, 
We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the playwright knight’s first play with a magical reading of his poetry.

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David Frost talks to Peter Florence

Frost Frost

Hay Festival 2009, 
The peerless satirist and political interviewer in conversation.

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Geoffrey Robertson

The Index Lecture

Hay Festival 2009, 
The QC champions free speech. Chaired by Jo Glanville, Editor of Index on Censorship.

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Rebecca Miller talks to Francine Stock

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and film director discusses her fiction and cinema treatments of her compelling story.

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Shazia Mirza

Hay Festival 2009, 
The stand-up comedian has a glorious, laconic wit, a ruthless eye for the ridiculous, and a relish for shattering taboos. She’s very funny.

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Robin Ince’s One Man Book Club

Hay Festival 2009, 
Sometimes absurd, sometimes facetious, often just plain stupid, the multi-award-winning comedian celebrates the truly BAD book – from The Secrets of Picking up Sexy Girls to What God Does When Women Pray.

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Charlotte Higgins

Barack Obama: The New Cicero

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of It’s All Greek To Me analyses the President’s classicist rhetoric.

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Marc Craste & Helen Ward

Varmints

Hay Festival 2009, 
The writer and film-maker of this beautifully haunting ecological tale come together to discuss working collaboratively and their recent BAFTA nomination. Screening included.  Chaired by Amelia Johnstone.

9 years – adult

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Adam Nicolson talks to Simon Jenkins

Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History

Hay Festival 2009, 
A portrait of the great English garden, created by the historian’s grandparents Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, and newly transferred to the National Trust.

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Richard Holmes

The Age of Wonder

Hay Festival 2009, 
The pre-eminent biographer surveys the great golden age of Darwin, Newton, Cook and How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science.

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Chris Stewart talks to Rosie Boycott

Three Ways to Capsize a Boat: An Optimist Afloat

Hay Festival 2009, 
The charming joker-of-all-trades, author of Driving Over Lemons, yarns his tales of the high and very wet seas.

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Unjust Rewards

Hay Festival 2009, 
A rigorous and profoundly shocking study Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today.

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Lissa Evans talks to David Aaronovitch

Their Finest Hour and a Half

Hay Festival 2009, 
The producer of Father Ted, director of The Kumars at Number 42 and Orange Prize longlisted novelist talks about creating comedy on screen and in print.

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Rosie Boycott talks to Peter Florence

A Nice Girl Like Me

Hay Festival 2009, 
The journalist discusses her nakedly pitiless classic 1970s memoir of journalism and alcohol addiction.

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Chris Lowe

Cambridge 800 Series: Biosensors

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Director of the Institute of Biotechnology brings life to sensors and sensors to life. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Diana Quick talks to Hannah Rothschild

A Tug on the Thread

Hay Festival 2009, 
The actress discusses her Indian heritage and professional life – From the British Raj to the British Stage.

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James Hawes talks to Anita Sethi

Excavating Kafka

Hay Festival 2009, 
The satirical novelist and German scholar refashions everything we thought we knew about the C20th literary icon, including his predilection for porn.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 3

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians read the papers for laughs.

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Chris Mullin talks to Guto Harri

A View from the Foothills

Hay Festival 2009, 
Riveting and wickedly funny political diaries from the maverick parliamentarian, author of A Very British Coup.

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Ed Stourton

It’s a PC World

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster explores What it Means to Live in a Land Gone Politically Correct. Chaired by Stephanie Merritt.
Ed Stourton

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Horatio Clare and Isabel Fonseca talk to Peter Florence

Migrations

Hay Festival 2009, 
The award-winning author of Running for the Hills follows the swallow’s migration and makes a life-changing odyssey on an epic journey from South Africa to South Wales in A Single Swallow. Fonseca, author of Attachment, discusses her classic study of Romany life Bury Me Standing.

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Antony Gormley talks to Tim Marlow

NEW EVENT

Hay Festival 2009, 
This summer, sculptor Antony Gormley is inviting everyone from across the UK to help create an astonishing living monument. He is asking people to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, a space normally reserved for statues of Kings and Generals. They will become an image of themselves, and part of a portrait of the United Kingdom now. Over the last 25 years, Antony has dedicated himself to an exploration of the body as a place of memory and transformation, often using his own body as his subject, tool and material. Here he talks about his work and this summer’s groundbreaking new project, One and Other.

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Paddy Ashdown

The Joseph Rotblat Lecture 2009: Ashdown’s Third Law

Hay Festival 2009, 
The WMD Awareness Programme lecture this year is given by the Royal Marine commando, party leader and international peacekeeper, whose memoir A Fortunate Life is published this month. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
Paddy Ashdown

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