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Rose Tremain

Hay Festival Press & Ox-Tales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Orange Prizewinner reads her story The Jester of Astapovo, to launch our collaboration with Oxfam and Profile Books. Introduced by Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive of Oxfam, and Mark Ellingham, publisher of the Ox-Tales stories.

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Jan Zalasiewicz

The Earth After Us

Hay Festival 2009, 
What might human civilization leave behind as relics into the far geological future? The geologist envisions what extra-terrestrial aliens, exploring Earth one hundred million years from now, might uncover in their excavations.

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Timothy Garton Ash and Slawomir Sierakowski talk to Anita Prazmowska

Solidarity, 1989

Hay Festival 2009, 
Twenty years on, leading participants and commentators assess the progress and effects of the Polish revolution.

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Patrick Jones, Mari Strachan and Catrin Dafydd

Hay Festival 2009, 
The poet reads and discusses his new collection Darkness is Where the Stars Are. Strachan discusses her novel The Earth Hums in B Flat. Dafydd performs from her comic novel Random Deaths and Custard. Chaired by Jon Gower.

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Stephen Fry

America

Hay Festival 2009, 
Irony, Obama and our love affair with the New World, from sea to shining sea.

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Lisa Jardine

The 2009 Raymond Williams Lecture: Culture & Society

Hay Festival 2009, 
Williams’ Culture and Society became a cult book for liberal practitioners and critics in the humanities throughout the 1960s and 70s. The Professor of Renaissance Studies looks at his dreams and ambitions for mass culture, and the vital role of literature in the democratic process, and asks whether there is something important to be learned from his cultural analysis today.

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Jonathan Sacks talks to Ed Stourton

Future Tense

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Chief Rabbi discusses his vision for the future of Judaism, Jewish life and Israel for the twenty-first century.

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Alaa Al Aswany and Amit Chaudhuri talk to Clemency Burton-Hill

Story: Perspectives

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Yacoubian Building Al Aswany offers a fresh portrait of Cairo in ten stories collected as Friendly Fire. The Immortals by Chaudhuri tells three musicians stories to explore the relationship between art, money and commerce.

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Jon Gower and Fflur Dafydd

Story: Islands

Hay Festival 2009, 
Dafydd’s haunting novel Twenty Thousand Saints evokes life on the blessed island of Bardsea. Gower’s debut novel in Welsh, Dala’r Llanw, conjures stories set in Buenos Aires, Oakland and Cardiff. They trade stories, compare notes on island life and travel between two languages. Chaired by Elan Closs Stephens.

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Roy Hattersley

The Future of Socialism

Hay Festival 2009, 
The elder statesman of the Labour Party envisions a fourth way ahead. Chaired by John Harris.

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Michio Kaku

Physics of the Impossible

Hay Festival 2009, 
The acclaimed physicist boldly goes beyond the known limits to explore perpetual motion, invisibility, ray guns, anti-gravity and anti-matter, teleportation, cyborgs, faster than light travel, time travel, zero-point energy, and extraterrestrial life.

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Stephen Daldry talks to Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2009, 
The film director discusses his work on Billy Elliott, The Hours and The Reader.

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David Nicholls talks to Paul Blezard

One Day

Hay Festival 2009, 
The screenwriter introduces his magical romantic-comic novel.

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Gillian Clarke

A Recipe For Water

Hay Festival 2009, 
The National Poet of Wales launches her new collection of poetry with a reading.

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Jeremy Hardy

Hay Festival 2009, 
Hilarious deadpan wit from the News Quiz star in his stand-up show.

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Damian Walford Davies and Richard Marggraf Turley

Jade Corridors and Green Harpoons

Hay Festival 2009, 
A son-et-lumière performance of poetry and image, strongly themed around desire, bodies and borders with the authors of Suit of Lights and Wan-Hu’s Flying Chair.

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Stephen Anderton and Charles Hawes

Discovering Welsh Gardens

Hay Festival 2009, 
The garden writer and his photographer look at gardens ancient and strikingly modern, and how to capture them in words and pictures.

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Adrian Goldsworthy

The Fall of the West

Hay Festival 2009, 
The long view of The Long, Slow Death of the Roman Empire played out in politicking, economic collapse and terrorism...

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Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Hidden Roads

Hay Festival 2009, 
Well-known poet and one of the country’s most distinguished writers for children visits the rich memories of his childhood and 1950s England.

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Tony de Saulles

Horrible Science

Hay Festival 2009, 
Science just got a lot more squishy! Join the illustrator behind this gruesomely brilliant series to learn how to doodle and cartoon all things horrid.  Don't forget your pencil!

9 years +

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Samuel Turvey

Witness to Extinction

Hay Festival 2009, 
Political apathy, environmental neglect and cultural crash inform this illustrated lecture about How We Failed to Save the Yangtze River Dolphin.

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Simon Blackburn

Cambridge 800 Series: Arguing about Religion – Hume Ten, Rest of World Nil

Hay Festival 2009, 
Philosophers tend to roll their eyes when scientists arrive and declaim that they have discovered either that there is a God, or that there isn’t. Blackburn shows why the current debate between militant atheists and militant theists can be improved by paying attention to David Hume.

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Simon Reid-Henry

Fidel and Che: A Revolutionary Friendship

Hay Festival 2009, 
The two C20th political icons met in exile in Mexcio in 1955 and forged a 12-year friendship that informed the history of Latin America.

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Lucy Hawking

Surfing the Solar System

Hay Festival 2009, 
Come and join one of the stars of the science world and children's writer, Lucy Hawking, for this mind-blowing event.  Prepare to travel to galaxies far, far away.

8 years +

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 4

Hay Festival 2009, 
Sub-editors and journos beware... the comedians mock facts and folly in today’s papers.

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