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Rupert Isaacson talks to Rosie Boycott

The Horse Boy

Hay Festival 2009, 
The miraculous tale of a father’s journey with his family to the origins of equine culture in wildest Mongolia to cure his severely autistic son.

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AC Grayling

Liberty in an Age of Terror

Hay Festival 2009, 
Privacy, free speech and individual autonomy, rights hard-won over centuries, are being eroded by state surveillance and data centralization. The philosopher argues for the vigorous defence of civil liberties.

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Quentin Letts talks to Raj Persaud

Hay Festival 2009, 
The columnist and author of 50 People Who Buggered Up Britain sits down In the Psychiatrist’s Chair.

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The Guardian Green Home Clinic

Hay Festival 2009, 
Builders and energy advisors advise on how to green your home, get grants and live sustainably (and cheaply). ‘Energy doctor’ Rob Bell (Energy Saving Trust) and Russell Smith (Parity Projects), chaired by the Guardian’s green technology correspondent, Alok Jha.

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Kate Summerscale talks to Rosie Boycott

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Samuel Johnson Prize-winner discusses her thrilling investigation of the classic true-life murder mystery that gripped Victorian England and inspired Dickens, Wilkie Collins and Conan Doyle.

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Richard Dearlove talks to Philippe Sands

Cambridge 800 Series: Security

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Master of Pembroke College, who was head of the Secret Intelligence Service (known as ‘C’) from 1999 to 2004 discusses the security challenges facing government, the problems of past and contemporary terrorism, and the impact on UK foreign policy and national security of events in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Palestine and Iraq.

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Andrew Davies talks to Peter Florence

Little Dorrit Film Masterclass

Hay Festival 2009, 
The screenwriter analyses three key scenes from his recent TV adaptation of Dickens’ novel.

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Monty Don, Andrew Simms and Revel Guest talk to Stewart Wallis

An Environmental War Economy

Hay Festival 2009, 
What can Britain’s experience of World War II teach us about conservation and thriving during times of adversity? Garden guru Monty Don, author and nef Policy Director Andrew Simms and senior film producer Revel Guest talk to nef Executive Director Stewart Wallis. KBO.

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Melvyn Bragg and Matthew Evans

George Ewart Evans

Hay Festival 2009, 
A celebration of the centenary of the socialist and oral history pioneer who was born and raised in the former mining community of Abercynon, chaired by Hamish Fyfe.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition 9

Hay Festival 2009, 
The comedians’ farewell party at the expense of the Sundays.

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Vince Cable talks to John Harris

The Storm: The World Economic Crisis and What it Means

Hay Festival 2009, 
The Liberal Democrat sage of the credit crunch looks forward.

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Tim Birkhead

The Wisdom of Birds

Hay Festival 2009, 
An illustrated history of ornithology.

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Anne Michaels talks to Claire Armitstead

Story: The Winter Vault

Hay Festival 2009, 
The poet and novelist introduces her new novel, which weaves great historical moments with the quiet and intense intimacy of private lives and griefs.

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Jake Arnott talks to Peter Guttridge

Story: The Devil’s Paintbrush

Hay Festival 2009, 
Scandal, black magic and Islamic revolution on the battlefields of Sudan and the backstreets of Edinburgh teem around the character of Brit hero Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald.

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Simon Schama

The Guardian Sessions: The American Future

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian offers a profound and revelatory analysis in his History from the Founding Fathers to Barack Obama.

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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Jo Whiley talks to Fiona Lindsay

My World in Motion – The Seven Lives of Jo Whiley

Hay Festival 2009, 
Monday: DJ; Tuesday: Daughter; Wednesday: Icon; Thursday: Wife; Friday: Sister; Saturday: Mother; Sunday: Me. Britain’s top female DJ talks the talk.

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Doug Allan & Sue Flood

Behind the Scenes on Planet Earth

Hay Festival 2009, 
From the extremes of the Arctic winter filming polar bears in -40˚C, to the tropical shallow seas of the South Pacific, where they swam with humpback whale mothers and their newborn calves, the wildlife film-makers show their captured images.

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MJ Hyland, DBC Pierre and Paolo Giordano

Story: Like Life

Hay Festival 2009, 
An exclusive preview of this summer’s most brilliant novel, Hyland’s humane and riveting masterpiece This is How. DBC Pierre reads from his Hay Festival Press story Suddenly Doctor Cox. And introducing the European no.1 bestseller, Giordano’s astounding The Solitude of Prime Numbers. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Josephine Hart talks to Fiona Shaw

Story: The Truth About Love

Hay Festival 2009, 
This is not a tale about romantic, idealised love, the kind that comes with soaring strings and sweeping gestures, but about a more dangerous kind of love: real, raw love, the sort of passion that can neither be controlled nor packaged.

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Antonia Fraser

Mary Queen of Scots

Hay Festival 2009, 
The historian marks the 40th anniversary of her groundbreaking biography masterpiece.

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Amartya Sen

The Guardian Sessions: The Impartial Spectator and The Global Mess

Hay Festival 2009, 
The distinguished Nobel Economics laureate discusses Adam Smith and the current financial crisis.

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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Rick Stroud

The New Space Race

Hay Festival 2009, 
The author of The Book of the Moon celebrates the anniversary of the first moon walk and examines what it is that has held our imagination for decades.

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Mark Radcliffe talks to Tiffany Murray

Thank You for the Days

Hay Festival 2009, 
A Boys’ Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond told between the DJ’s choice of ‘Life Tracks’.

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Jonathan Dimbleby

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and Its People

Hay Festival 2009, 
The broadcaster travels across the eight time zones of the resurgent, energy-rich superpower meeting ordinary citizens of the land famously described by Churchill as ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’.

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Simon Armitage

The Poet

Hay Festival 2009, 
Reading and conversation with the poet whose recent publications include The Not Dead, Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid, Out of the Blue and Gawainand the Green Knight.

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