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Anna Barford and Daniel Dorling

Atlas of the Real World

Hay Festival 2009, 
The globe mapped not by landmass but by health, wealth, and a fascinating and revelatory variety of indices. You will never see Earth in the same light again.

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Jackie Morris

Illustration Masterclass

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join one of Wales’ most acclaimed artists for an intimate illustration masterclass.

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Denis Norden talks to Paul Blezard

Clips from a Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
The grand master comedian spins yarns and anecdotes of a long, long golden age of British humour.

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Piers Bizony

One Giant Leap

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Space historian celebrates the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 with astounding images and and flight logs from the first manned mission to reach the moon.

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Emma Darwin talks to Ruth Padel

A Secret Alchemy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The biologist’s great-great-granddaughter discusses her historical novel about the Princes in the Tower.

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Julia Golding

Cat Royal

Hay Festival 2009, 
Tough auditions, the world plunging into crisis, lives and fortunes under threat. Welcome to Cat Royal and the 1790s.  Come and meet the pirates, slaves and slaveowners on this Caribbean adventure... Costumes, quizzes and prizes for all who dare set sail with Julia Golding.

10 years +

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Leo Hickman

Will Jellyfish Rule The World?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Calling all mini eco-worriers! There is no getting away from it, you are the future. No pressure. But fear not, help is at hand from green guru Leo Hickman.  Come and quiz him on how we can save the planet one step at a time.

9 years +

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Frank Close

Anti Matter

Hay Festival 2009, 
The eminent particle physicist examines the reality of the great sci-fi staple catastrophe, and how it grew from the meeting point of relativity and quantum theory in the early C20th, to the discovery of the first antiparticles, cosmic rays, annihilation, antimatter bombs and antiworlds, all the way to CERN in Geneva.

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Charles Avery

A School of Dolphins

Hay Festival 2009, 
The dolphin’s presence and meaning in Western Art from Antiquity (where it was associated with several gods), into the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque (where it had Christian connotations, as well as playing a supporting role in fountains and furniture), and then on to the empires of Venice and Britain, ending in the 20th century with Matisse.

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Archie Brown

The Rise and Fall of Communism

Hay Festival 2009, 
A monumental study of the C20th phenomenon in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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David Gilman

The Ultimate Survival Quiz

Hay Festival 2009, 
Fancy yourself as the next ultimate survival daredevil? Then this is the place for you.  Come and test your knowledge in this super buzzer quiz and pick up a few tips for those tricky situations from the author of the adrenalin-fuelled Danger Zone series. Look out Bear & Ray!

9–14 years

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Hugh Masekela talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Guardian Sessions: Jazz Talk

Hay Festival 2009, 
The South African jazz legend discusses his music and his life.

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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Julia Wright, Carlos Alfaro and John Vidal chaired by Andrew Simms

The Cuban ‘Surprise’

Hay Festival 2009, 
How lessons from a small, isolated island could save millions of lives in a warming world. Author Julia Wright talks with Cuban Economic Counsellor Carlos Alfaro and Guardian Environment Editor John Vidal. nef Policy Director Andrew Simms chairs.

Part of the nef series ‘Surviving the Crash’. nef is sponsored by The Ecology Building Society

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Dannie Abse

Reading

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great Welsh poet celebrates the launch of his New Selected Poems.

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Discover The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 1

Hay Festival 2009, 
Back by popular demand, authors long listed for this prestigious award share the secrets of their success with Julia Eccleshare. Previous winners include Philip Pullman, Patrick Ness, Jacqueline Wilson and Meg Rosoff.

Participating authors announced in May at: www.hayfestival.com/hayfever

10 years +

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Adama Bah, Angus Davison and Richard Harvey hosted by Marcus Brigstocke

Time to reconsider: Is there a better way of doing business in Africa?

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ledbury organic fruit producer Haygrove and the Hereford-based international development charity Concern Universal have created a superb model for African Trade with their pioneering ‘Gambia is Good’ project, supporting 1,000 subsistence farmers across the country, supplying nearly half of the tourist market.

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Derek Draper talks to Benna Waites

Life Support

Hay Festival 2009, 
The psychotherapist makes life happier and better with his Survival Guide For The Modern Soul. Waites is a consultant psychologist.

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Ruth Padel

Darwin – A Life in Poems

Hay Festival 2009, 
With sympathy and grace, the poet moves deftly between vast processes of evolution and Darwin’s personal life; between science, love and family in this homage to her great-great-grandfather.

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Denise Inge & Mark Vernon

The Pursuit of Happiness from Plato to Thomas Traherne and Back Again

Hay Festival 2009, 
In this conversation on happiness Denise Inge will talk about the seventeenth-century priest and poet Thomas Traherne, Mark Vernon about the ancient Greek philosophers Aristotle and Plato. Traherne's story, unparalleled in the history of English literature, surrounds recently found manuscripts; the ideas of the ancient Greeks, on whom Traherne drew, have never been more pressing and relevant.

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Nicola Coldstream

Builders and Decorators

Hay Festival 2009, 
Medieval Craftsmen in Wales brought to vivid life by the eminent art and architecture historian.

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Russell Foster and Leon Kreitzman

Seasons of Life: The Biological Rhythms That Enable Living Things to Thrive and Survive

Hay Festival 2009, 
How do birds know when to return to their nesting grounds? What effect do the seasons have on our wellbeing, and how does the season in which we are born affect our subsequent life chances?

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Caroline Lawrence

Roman Mysteries

Hay Festival 2009, 
Gladiators, togas, Latin and the odd mystery–what's not to love? Come and see the author of this hugely successful series talk about its grand finale, The Man From Pomegranate Street.

9–14 years

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John Kay

The Long and the Short of it

Hay Festival 2009, 
A Guide to Finance and Investment for Normally Intelligent People Who Aren’t in the Industry. Someone, somewhere, needs to know... Chaired by financial commentator and author of Compassionate Economics Jesse Norman.

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Alanna Mitchell

Seasick: The Hidden Ecological Crisis of the Global Ocean

Hay Festival 2009, 
99% of the planet’s living space is undergoing vast chemical changes at the hand of man.

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Ed Kessler

Cambridge 800 Series: Isaac and Ishmael – what next?

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Executive Director of the Centre for Study of Muslim–Jewish Relations surveys the state of play.

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