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Monica Ali talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

In the Kitchen

Hay Festival 2009, 
The new novel from the author of Brick Lane opens with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and then peels back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot that exists below.

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Patrick Hannan talks to Jim Naughtie

A Useful Fiction: Adventures in British Democracy

Hay Festival 2009, 
Ten devolved years on, we survey the trials, tribulations, powers and glories of the assemblies and parliaments in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

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Chris Patten

What Next? Surviving the Twenty-First Century

Hay Festival 2009, 
Migration, climate, conflict, and the myriad challenges for the global communities. The former EU Commissioner, Governor of Hong Kong is now co-Chair of the International Crisis Group. Chaired by BBC World anchor Nik Gowing.

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Jan Morris, Simon Armitage, DBC Pierre and Tobias Hill

Faber @ 80

Hay Festival 2009, 
We toast the 80th birthday of the blue-chip publishing house with readings by four of its star writers, chaired by publisher Lee Brackstone.

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Arthur Smith

My Name is Daphne Fairfax

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hilarious, scandalous and delightfully rude memoir from the comedian – ‘My name is Arthur Smith, unless there’s anybody here from the Streatham tax office. In which case, I’m Daphne Fairfax’.

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Sophie Dahl

Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author reads from and discusses her recipe for the art of eating a little of what you fancy in Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Jane Davidson AM, Joan Herrera MEP, Caroline Lucas MEP and Andrew Simms

A Green New Deal

Hay Festival 2009, 
Can the environment save the economy? Featuring Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MEP, Jane Davidson AM, Welsh Assembly Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, and Spanish MEP Joan Herrera. Chaired by nef Policy Director Andrew Simms.

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Alan Bennett

Hay Festival 2009, 
The playwright, novelist and diarist discusses his work with Peter Florence. He is the recipient of Listening Books Award for outstanding contribution to the spoken word.

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Edna O’Brien

Byron in Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Irish novelist is a perfect match for the subject of her biography, the heroic Romantic poet. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Tristram Hunt

The Frock-Coated Communist

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels, huntsman and author of The Communist Manifesto.

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Zoe Heller talks to John Mullan

The Believers

Hay Festival 2009, 
The superbly entertaining new tragi-comic novel from the author of Notes From a Scandal.

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Stanley Greenberg

Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders

Hay Festival 2009, 
As a hired gun strategist, the seasoned pollster and political consultant recounts his work with Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Ehud Barak, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada and Nelson Mandela.

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Jeremy Paxman

The Victorians

Hay Festival 2009, 
Starting out from the hugely popular masterpieces of Victorian art, the grand inquisitor challenges our assumptions about the birth of modern Britain.

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Julian Clary talks to Fiona Lindsay

Devil in Disguise

Hay Festival 2009, 
The new comedy thriller from the peerless entertainer. ‘They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer…’

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Frank Gardner talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Far Horizons

Hay Festival 2009, 
The intrepid BBC Security Correspondent’s adventures and epicly hard travels before and since he lost the use of his legs when he was gunned down in Riyadh.

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Giles Foden and Andrew Freeman

Turbulence

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Last King of Scotland talks to McKinsey’s risk expert about his novel about the D-Day landings. The fate of 2.5 million men, 3,000 landing craft and the entire future of Europe depends on the right weather conditions in the English Channel on a single day. A team of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing an accurate forecast five days in advance. But is it even possible to predict the weather so far ahead? And what is the relationship between predictability and turbulence, one of the last great mysteries of modern physics?

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Anne Michaels talks to John Mullan

Guardian Book Club: Fugitive Pieces

Hay Festival 2009, 
The novelist discusses her Orange Prize-winning book. Numbers limited.

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David Simon talks to Mark Lawson

The Corner

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Baltimore creator of The Corner, The Wire and Generation Kill in conversation.
David Simon talks to Mark Lawson

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Sarah Waters talks to Claire Armitstead

The Little Stranger

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of Fingersmith, The Night Watch and Tipping The Velvet launches her mesmeric new novel.

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James Fenton, Maurice Riordan, Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Paul Murdin chaired by Sian Ede

Dark Matter: Poems of Space

Hay Festival 2009, 
A magical reading and conversation with eminent cosmologists and poets celebrates the UNESCO Year of the Astronomer.

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Arthur Smith or possibly Daphne Fairfax hosts festival stars

Gala Cabaret

Hay Festival 2009, 
Stories, jokes, poems and improvisations in aid of education projects for young women at our new Storymoja Festival in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Immodesty Blaize and Stephanie Theobald introduced by Julian Clary

Tease

Hay Festival 2009, 
The dazzling international showgirl superstar, Las Vegas’ ‘Reigning Queen of Burlesque’, launches her novel Tease. Theobald introduces her art-market satire A Partial Indulgence. Performance and chat.
Immodesty Blaize and Stephanie Theobald introduced by Julian Clary

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Owen Sheers

Screening: Poem From Llanybri

Hay Festival 2009, 
The poet and author presents a preview screening of his programme about ‘Poem From Llanybri’ by Lynette Roberts from his BBC4 series, A Poet’s Guide to Britain.

Entry to this event is free, but you must book a ticket.

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Ben Crystal

Shakespeare on Toast

Hay Festival 2009, 
Love of the Bard breakfast with the actor and scholar. ‘I love it’ – Judi Dench. Cafédirect coffee will be served.

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Penelope Leach

Contemporary Childcare: The Elephant In All Our Living Rooms

Hay Festival 2009, 
Children’s wellbeing – even survival – depends, as it always has, on somebody taking care of them every minute of every day and night. But who is to do that caring, and who should bear the costs?

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