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Philippa Perry talks to Stephanie Merritt

Couch Fiction

Hay Festival 2010, 
Compelling fly-on-the wall observation in this superbly cartooned Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy.
Philippa Perry talks to Stephanie Merritt

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Tim Jackson

Prosperity Without Growth

Hay Festival 2010, 
In the advanced economies ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness and may even impede it. The sustainability adviser provides a credible vision of how human society can flourish – within the ecological limits of a finite planet.
Tim Jackson

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks to Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2010, 

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Andrew Rawnsley talks to Guto Harri

The End of the Party

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Observer journalist discusses his swingeing account of the New Labour project, and the rollercoaster relationship between politics and the media.
Andrew Rawnsley talks to Guto Harri

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AC Grayling

Thinking of Answers

Hay Festival 2010, 
The philosopher examines what it is to live thoughtfully and to know about the big ideas.
AC Grayling

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Peter Stothard talks to Charlotte Higgins

On the Spartacus Road: A Spectacular Journey Through Ancient Italy

Hay Festival 2010, 
The TLS Editor traces the rebel army’s rampage of 71–73BC – a journalist’s notebook, a classicist’s celebration, a survivor’s record of a near-fatal cancer and the history of a unique and brutal war.
Peter Stothard talks to Charlotte Higgins

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Tishani Doshi and Wendy Law-Yone talk to Peter Florence

Fiction: Migrations

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Pleasure Seekers tells of the life and love of Babo Patel from Madras and Sian Jones from Wales, and their hybrid family. The Road to Wanting chronicles the heroine Na Ga’s passage from the tribal villages of Burma to military Rangoon and the hedonism of Bangkok.
Tishani Doshi and Wendy Law-Yone talk to Peter Florence

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Ben Cort

Aliens in Underpants

Hay Festival 2010, 
Come and join the star illustrator of this intergalactic series, with a visit from a very special extraterrestrial guest. Prizes for the best underpants brought to Hay, so get creating!
 
4–7 years

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Nadine Gordimer

The Hamlin Lecture: The Image and the Word

Hay Festival 2010, 
‘In the beginning was the Word. The Word that was Creation. Its transformation into the written word came when scratched on stone, traced on papyrus, and travelled from parchment to print in Gutenberg. Now universal technology of the image threatens the book.’
Nadine Gordimer

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Roger Pedersen

Cambridge Series: Stem Cells

Hay Festival 2010, 
The neuroscientist who runs the Cambridge Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine asks what stem cells tell us about ourselves.
Roger Pedersen

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Edmund de Waal

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

Hay Festival 2010, 
The great ceramicist’s family memoir tells the story of the netsuke, a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, and its extraordinary passage through the C20th. Chaired by Clemency Burton-Hill.
Edmund de Waal

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Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

A Lucky Child

Hay Festival 2010, 
The Hague judge discusses his memoir of surviving Auschwitz as a young boy.
Thomas Buergenthal talks to Philippe Sands

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Ketil Bjornstad and Elif Shafak talk to Ariane Koek

Fiction: Passions

Hay Festival 2010, 
To Music plays with a pianist’s family and relationships; The Forty Rules of Love engages with the ancient Sufi mystic, Rumi, who was transformed by the whirling dervish into a passionate poet and advocate of love.
Ketil Bjornstad and Elif Shafak talk to Ariane Koek

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Niall Ferguson

Down With Junk History: A Campaign for Real History in Schools

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of The Ascent of Money, Empire, Colossus and the forthcoming Warburg biography High Financier argues for a revolution in teaching.
Niall Ferguson

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Colm O’Gorman talks to Jon Snow

Beyond Belief

Hay Festival 2010, 
Abused by his priest, betrayed by his church – The Story of the Boy Who Sued the Pope. O’Gorman is currently Executive Director of Amnesty International in Ireland.
Colm O’Gorman talks to Jon Snow

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Maurice Gourdault-Montagne talks to Philippe Sands

The Run-up to the Iraq War – A French Perspective

Hay Festival 2010, 
The French Ambassador to London about ambassadorial life and his role as senior foreign policy adviser to President Chirac in the run-up to the Iraq war.
Maurice Gourdault-Montagne talks to Philippe Sands

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Almudena Grandes and Olga Tokarczuk talk to Rosie Goldsmith

Fiction: Europe

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two award-winning, great contemporary European novels, epic in scale and passion, which range across the C20th. The Frozen Heart is set in war-torn Spain and Russia. Primeval and Other Times chronicles a mythical Polish village.
Almudena Grandes and Olga Tokarczuk talk to Rosie Goldsmith

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Mal Peet & Bali Rai

Exposure & The City of Ghosts

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two of the most compelling voices in children’s fiction talk about their equally unforgettable stories, with twists of tragedy and vengeance. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
 
10+ years

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Robert Winston

Bad Ideas? An Arresting History of our Inventions

Hay Festival 2010, 
The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path toward greater power over his environment. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention? Chaired by Hilary Lawson, chair of the How The Light Gets In philosophy festival.
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Jerry Brotton

The Raymond Williams Lecture: The Country and the City, The Map and the World

Hay Festival 2010, 
The author of Trading Territories and presenter of the BBC’s The Power of Maps TV series takes Raymond Williams’ work on the relations between the country and the city and explores how Williams’ insights might help us understand a related idea central to our lived space: the history of world mapping.
Jerry Brotton

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Sara Wheeler

Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle

Hay Festival 2010, 
Reflections on mythic power, the Trans-Alaskan pipeline, colliding cultures and bioaccumulated toxins in polar bears. With staggering images.
Sara Wheeler

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John Kampfner

Freedom for Sale: How We Made Money and Lost Our Liberty

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why is it that so many people around the world appear willing to give up freedoms in return for either security or prosperity? Chaired by Francine Stock.
John Kampfner

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Paul Murray, Tiffany Murray

Fictions: The Comedians

Hay Festival 2010, 
Two magnificent and spectacularly funny second novels. Skippy Dies is an epic and tragic comedy set in Dublin. Diamond Star Halo is a rock ’n’ roll love story down on a Welsh farm. Both Skippy Dies and Diamond Star Halo are shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction.
Paul Murray, Tiffany Murray

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Tina Brown talks to William Boot

Hay Festival 2010, 
The A-list editor (Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk) discusses the future of magazines and communications, and her pioneering news reporting and opinion website The Daily Beast.
Tina Brown talks to William Boot

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Marcus du Sautoy

The Number Mysteries: A Mathematical Odyssey Through Everyday Life

Hay Festival 2010, 
How everyday problems can be solved by maths – from smartphones and transatlantic flight to bending a ball like Beckham and predicting population growth.
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