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John Gray

Gray’s Anatomy

Hay Festival 2010, 
Why is the human imagination to blame for the worst crimes of the twentieth century? Why is progress a pernicious myth? Why is contemporary atheism just a hangover from Christian faith?
John Gray

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Graham Rankin

The Flowering of Aberglasney

Hay Festival 2010, 
The award-winning story of the restoration of the Welsh gardens, now celebrating their tenth year after reopening.
Graham Rankin

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Liz Kessler

Enchanting Tails

Hay Festival 2010, 
The creator of Emily Windsnap and Phillipa Fisher weaves her charm, as she reveals the secrets, dreams and mysteries that go into her writing. Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy with insatiable curiosity and a love of adventure.
 
8–12 years

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Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

Diaries, Gardens and Mastercrafts

Hay Festival 2010, 
Alongside the huge success of his recent Mastercrafts television series and the spectacular media project of Around the World in Eighty Gardens, the publication of his Ivington Diaries confirms the gardener as one of the most attuned and passionate men of the soil and land and as a writer of consummate skill and beauty.
Montagu Don talks to Peter Florence

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David Crystal

The Little Book of Language

Hay Festival 2010, 
With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. And the charismatic Linguistics Prof is our man.
David Crystal

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Robert Minhinnick

Fairground Music

Hay Festival 2010, 
Prepare for hallucinatory encounters with Margaret Thatcher, Dylan Thomas and Elvis Presley, and every guilty pleasure a fairground might offer as the writer collaborates with photographer Eamon Bourke to celebrate Porthcawl’s iconic attraction.
Robert Minhinnick

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Chrissie Gittins

The Humpback’s Wail

Hay Festival 2010, 
Making cream cakes for pop stars, sweet-smelling pirates and postcards from bathrooms: anything is possible in poetry. Come and hear one of the brightest children’s poets, fresh from CBBC’s Poetry Pie.
 
7+ years

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Ranulph Fiennes talks to Rupert Lancaster

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Hay Festival 2010, 
Sir Ranulph Twistleton-Wykham-Fiennes’ personal expedition to trace his extraordinary family through history. From Charlemagne to the present day.
Ranulph Fiennes talks to Rupert Lancaster

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Martin Rowson

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

Hay Festival 2010, 
The anarchic cartoonist grapples with Laurence Sterne and one of English literature’s most curious, complex and comic novels.
Martin Rowson

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The Duchess of Rutland talks to Corisande Albert

Belvoir Castle

Hay Festival 2010, 
The story of one of Britain’s great Regency houses told by its owner as A Thousand Years of Family Art and Architecture.
The Duchess of Rutland talks to Corisande Albert

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Green Dragons’ Den 3

Hay on Earth 3

Hay Festival 2010, 
After two hours of practice and polish, the eight groups from today’s Hay on Earth sustainability workshops have just three minutes to present their ideas to the specialist panel of invited experts and members of the public, who will be asked to vote and comment on the best projects. A final decision on winners will be made by the panel. The winning group receives £10,000 for their project.

Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
Green Dragons’ Den 3

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Anthony Browne

Hay Festival 2010, 
Find out what the Children’s Laureate has been up to and hear why picture books are for everybody, as he speaks to Julia Eccleshare.
 
Family event

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Diane Reay

Cambridge Series: Education & Class

Hay Festival 2010, 
Social class and the English educational system.
Diane Reay

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Puffin of Puffins Debate

Hay Festival 2010, 
A hustings like no other to celebrate Puffin's 70th birthday. Join chair Lucy Mangan and a whole host of festival guests as they defend their favourite Puffin book from the last 70 years. Then we put it to the vote...
 
The line-up:
1940s - Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett. 
Championed by Jacqueline Wilson
 
1950s - Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. 
Championed by Jenny Valentine
 
1960s - Stig of the Dump by Clive King. 
Championed by Jasper Fforde
 
1970s - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. 
Championed by Marcus Brigstocke
 
1980s - Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian. 
Championed by Cathy Cassidy
 
1990s - The Hundred-Mile-an Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong. 
Championed by Andy Stanton
 
2000s - Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. 
Championed by Jason Bradbury

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Philip Gross, Hamish Fyfe, Dannie Abse, Sacha Abercorn

Creative Reading

Hay Festival 2010, 
We extend the conversation about reading and writing and well-being – ‘Art is part of the answer – not as a panacea, but because art has a way of going to the hurt place and cleaning it. Some wounds may never heal but they need not remain infected’ – Jeanette Winterson.
Philip Gross, Hamish Fyfe, Dannie Abse, Sacha Abercorn

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Shaun Hill

Michelin Wales: The Walnut Tree

Hay Festival 2010, 
A conversation with the legendary Michelin-starred chef, formerly of Gidley Park and The Merchant House, now the owner of the iconic Abergavenny restaurant. He talks to John Mitchinson.
Shaun Hill

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Brian May & Elena Vidal

A Village Lost and Found

Hay Festival 2010, 
A painstaking excavation of exquisite stereo photographs from the dawn of photography transports us back in time to the lost world of an Oxfordshire village of the 1850s. Pioneering stereographer TR Williams created these powerfully atmospheric views of rural society in 1856, and here today they burst into glorious 3D life.
Brian May & Elena Vidal

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Richard Evans

The Art of the Album Cover

Hay Festival 2010, 
The designer and writer discusses his own iconic images for The Who, Van Morrison and The Kinks and looks at the greatest examples of the genre with John Harris.

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CILIP Kate Greenaway Breakfast

Hay Festival 2010, 
Join Grahame Baker Smith (Leon & the Place Between) and Viviane Schwarz (There are Cats in this Book) as they draw and chat about creating picture books, as well as their shortlisting for one of the most prestigious awards for children's illustration. For all generations of readers – parents, youngsters and aspiring illustrators alike. Chaired by Children's Laureate and twice winner of the CILIP Greenaway Medal Anthony Browne
 
Complimentary Cafédirect coffee will be served.
 
Family event
 
See the Blog for more details.

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Matthew Syed

Bounce: Becks, Tiger, Mozart and the Science of Success

Hay Festival 2010, 
The journalist uses neuroscience, psychology, sex and economics to explain how champions are made.

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Stevie Davies, Elena Moya Pereira, Blake Morrison

Fiction: The Past

Hay Festival 2010, 
Into Suez pitches a Welsh RAF family into Egypt in 1949; The Olive Groves of Belchite moves between the long shadows of the Spanish Civil War and the business battles of a global economy; The Last Weekend intrudes escalating rivalry and the past into a summer idyll in East Anglia. They talk to Anita Sethi.

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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead

Hay Festival 2010, 
Horrid Henry is everyone’s favourite naughty little boy! Join Francesca Simon as she talks about her latest books starring Horrid Henry, Moody Margaret and Perfect Peter and be one of the first children in the country to hear a brand new Horrid Henry story.
6–9 years

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Sophia Bennett

Threads

Hay Festival 2010, 
Threads is a magical story of four friends and their amazing adventure with fashion. Whether your look is high street or vintage, Matalan or Marni the author of this fashion fairytale will lift your heart and open your eyes.
A modern day Ballet Shoes.
 
9–14 years
 
See the Blog for more details.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Andre Vincent, Carrie Quinlan and Guest

The Early Edition

Hay Festival 2010, 
The comedians review the papers and mock the day’s media.

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Simon Baron Cohen

Cambridge Series: Autism

Hay Festival 2010, 
The evolution of empathy: perspectives from autism and psychiatry from the distinguished Professor of Developmental Psychopathology.

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