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Jo Brand talks to Francine Stock

The More You Ignore Me

Hay Festival 2009, 
Celebrity, coming of age and cowshit… the comedian launches the great Herefordshire novel?

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Susie Orbach talks to Benna Waites

Bodies

Hay Festival 2009, 
Reconstructive surgery, eating disorder, identity crisis: the psychoanalyst dicsusses the lengths women go to around the world to conform to the western media’s notions of beauty with consultant clinical psychologist Benna Waites.

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David Peace talks to Peter Guttridge

Hay Festival 2009, 
The cult novelist discusses his recently filmed stories The Red Riding Quartet and The Damned Utd.

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Martin Jacques

LSE Lecture: When China Rules The World

Hay Festival 2009, 
We have barely begun to understand what life will be like when China rules the world. Martin Jacques explores how we are moving into an era of contested modernity, and how China's re-emergence as a global power will confront the West with the idea that its systems, institutions and values are no longer the only ones on offer. Chaired by BBC World anchor Nik Gowing.
 

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Geoff Dyer talks to William Fiennes

Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist introduces his ingenious dual narrative, a story of love and yearning that plays with the boundaries of fiction.

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Tobias Hill talks to Peter Guttridge

The Hidden

Hay Festival 2009, 
Secrets, beauty and extremism turn the plot of this stupendous novel.

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Liz Fleming-Williams & Simon Fraser with Ruth Bidgood

Gwesyn – Stillffilm

Hay Festival 2009, 
The photographer and sound recordist introduce a journey that follows the river Gwesyn from its source near the summit of Drygarn Fawr in the Cambrian Mountains to its confluence with the river Irfon in the village of Abergwesyn using source material in photographs and multi-track field recordings. The Welsh poet reads her poem ‘Film, Gwesyn’ from her book Time Being inspired by the film.

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Richard Madeley talks to Raj Persaud

Fathers and Sons

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster sits down with the psychiatrist to analyse his agonising family memoir.

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Libby Purves

Shadow Child

Hay Festival 2009, 
There is no right way to deal with the loss of a beloved son. Against her husband’s wishes, Marion determines to find out more about her son’s life away from home. The broadcaster’s novel subtly and brilliantly explores a modern family in crisis.

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Deyan Sudjic

The Language of Things

Hay Festival 2009, 
How did the design of a pistol influence a car? Why did a chair make a café the most fashionable place in Paris? What can we learn from a banknote, a police uniform or a typeface? The Director of the Design Museum explores our visual vocabulary.

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Kate Atkinson talks to Lisa Allardice

When Will There Be Good News

Hay Festival 2009, 
In a quiet corner of rural Devon, a six-year-old girl witnesses an appalling crime. Thirty years later the man convicted of the crime is released from prison. Private detective Jackson Brodie investigates. In conversation with the editor of Guardian Review.

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Agnès Desarthe talks to Philippe Sands

Chez Moi

Hay Festival 2009, 
The French author of Five Photos of My Wife and Good Intentions discusses her magical Chez Moi, about a woman who runs away from the circus to open a restaurant at home.

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Alain de Botton

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist and philosopher heads out into the under-charted worlds of the office, the factory, the fishing fleet and the logistics centre, ears and eyes open to the sheer strangeness of the modern workplace.

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Sabine Bahn

Cambridge 800 Series: Bringing Mental Illness Out of the Shadows

Hay Festival 2009, 
Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research’s expert discusses new developments in understanding and treating severe mental illness. Chaired by consultant psychiatrist Harriet Stewart.

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Mark Borkowski and Marina Hyde talk to Paul Blezard

Hype and Glory

Hay Festival 2009, 
PR Guru and author of The Fame Formula: How Hollywood’s Fixers, Fakers and Star Makers Created the Celebrity Industry meets superstar columnist, author of Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and Why We Need an Exit Strategy.

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Joe Queenan talks to Tiffany Murray

Closing Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
The witty commentator and critic portrays his childhood in a Philadelphia housing project. He talks to the author of Happy Accidents.

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Overthrow Parliament Now

Hay Festival 2009, 
Helena Kennedy, Philippe Sands and Marcus Brigstocke rip up the Westminster cabal of fraudsters, opportunists and scoundrels. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent and Carrie Quinlan

The Early Edition 8

Hay Festival 2009, 
The news, read for laughs by the house team.

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Jenni Murray talks to Fiona Lindsay

Memoirs of a Not-So-Dutiful Daughter

Hay Festival 2009, 
The great broadcaster describes her relationship with her mother.

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Reza Aslan talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

How to Win a Cosmic War

Hay Festival 2009, 
‘Why do they hate us?’ And who exactly are They? Al-Qaeda? Islamic nationalists? The whole Muslim world? The writer and scholar lays out a comprehensive definition of the movement behind and surrounding al-Qaeda and the like, a global ideology properly termed Jihadism.

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Graham Swift

Making an Elephant: Writing from Within

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Booker-winner offers a varied and brilliantly realised version of a writer’s life, work and friends. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Kamila Shamsie and Reif Larsen talk to Claire Armitstead

Story: Maps

Hay Festival 2009, 
Shamsie’s epic Burnt Shadows weaves history through Nagasaki, Pakistan, Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan. Larsen’s The Selected Works of TS Spivet sends his 12-year-old genius map-maker on a journey across America in a debut full of wonders.

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Robert Kennedy Jr talks to Rosie Boycott

The Guardian Sessions: Environmental Justice

Hay Festival 2009, 
The environmental lawyer discusses his work and Pig Business an investigative documentary into the corporate takeover of pig farming and the devastating impacts this is having on our environment, local communities, small farmers, human health and animal welfare.

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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Antony Beevor

D-Day: The Battle for Normandy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner launches his study of the D-Day landings and the liberation battles that turned the war and marked, forever, the relationship between Europe and America.

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Melvyn Bragg

Autobiography and Fiction

Hay Festival 2009, 
The award-winning novelist and biographer explores his book Remember Me and the ethics and practice of writing fiction that reflects real lives.

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