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George Monbiot

Hay Festival 2011, 
The campaigning journalist, author of Bring On The Apocalypse, Heat and Age of Consent and star of the Left Hook tour, argues that our assessment of the risks of different energy options, from nuclear power to fossil fuels and renewables, is gravely flawed, and urgently needs to change.
Chaired by Andrew Simms of NEF.

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Alyxandra Harvey & Marcus Sedgwick

Afterlives

Hay Festival 2011, 
The pages of Haunting Violet and White Crow seep with atmosphere; their writers reveal how they weave secrets and mystery into their gothic dramas. Chaired by Jonathan Douglas.  
 
12+ years

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Steve Jones

The John Maddox Lecture: Incest and Folk Dancing – Why Sex Survives

Hay Festival 2011, 
Sir Thomas Beecham once said: ‘Try anything once but incest and folk-dancing’ (he pointed out that brass bands, too, are all very well in their place: ‘in the open air and several miles away’). Sex with a relative is often frowned upon, but is in fact universal, for we all share ancestors in the recent past.

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Jan Zalasiewicz

The Planet in a Pebble: A Journey into Earth’s Deep History

Hay Festival 2011, 
Many events in the earth’s ancient past can be deciphered from a pebble: volcanic eruptions; the lives and deaths of extinct animals and plants; the alien nature of long-vanished oceans; and transformations deep underground, including the creations of fool’s gold and of oil...

Read a review of The Planet in a Pebble

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Kishwar Desai and Ann Patchett

Fictions: Women’s Lives

Hay Festival 2011, 
Two astounding novels explore mysteries and extremes. Desai’s Witness The Night is set in India and won the Costa First Book Prize. Orange Prize-winner Patchett’s State of Wonder is set in Brazil. Chaired by Lisa Dwan.

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Deborah Newbold

Macbeth

Hay Festival 2011, 
A lyrical storytelling of royalty, madness and betrayal. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare and ‘the Scottish play’ from the Shakepeare’s Globe storyteller.
 
Duration 45 mins.
 
9+ years Knapsacks & Ginger Beer

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Jason Bradbury

Dot Robot: Cyber Gold

Hay Festival 2011, 
Join our favourite presenter of The Gadget Show as he introduces his new high-octane techno-thriller. Warning: may contain robots, breakdancing and gaming talk!
 
10+ years

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Paul Theroux talks to Rosie Boycott

The Tao of Travel

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist and travel-writer celebrates his fifty years wandering the globe.

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Richard Dannatt talks to Nik Gowing

Leading from the Front

Hay Festival 2011, 
The forthright Chief of the General Staff (2006–2009) reviews his military career and the current state of the nation’s defences.
 
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Sue Flood

Cold Places

Hay Festival 2011, 
The wildlife photographer records her adventures in the polar regions – camping on the floe edge with Inuit hunters in the Canadian high-Arctic, watching polar bears hunting, diving with leopard seals in the Antarctic and sailing with Russian Ice-Breakers. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

Further information about Sue Flood and her photography
www.sueflood.com/bio.html

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Jeffery Deaver talks to Stephanie Merritt

Carte Blanche

Hay Festival 2011, 
The superstar American thriller-writer launches his contemporary James Bond novel, and discusses his relationship with Ian Fleming and his iconic hero.

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Rob Lowe talks to Mariella Frostrup

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Hollywood star of The West Wing and Brothers & Sisters makes some new friends...

If you are based in London and might be there in the week before Hay, Rob Lowe will be appearing at the Royal Geographical Society on 25 May. Please book through www.intelligencesquared.com/events/rob-lowe
Rob Lowe talks to Mariella Frostrup

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Colin Thubron, Tiffany Murray, Anthony Sattin, David Shukman

Ox-Travels 1

Hay Festival 2011, 
Four Meetings with Remarkable Travellers from our new Oxfam anthology. Chaired by series editor Mark Ellingham.

Learn more about the authors: Colin Thubron, Tiffany Murray, Anthony SattinDavid Shukman

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Jean-Claude Carrière

This is Not the End of the Book

Hay Festival 2011, 
The great French playwright and screenwriter develops the ideas in his long conversation with Umberto Eco about the future of the book in a digital age. Chaired by Alex Butterworth.

Read a brief summary of some of Jean-Claude Carriere's work

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Don Paterson talks to Owen Sheers

Hay Festival 2011, 
A conversation with the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, whose latest award-winning collections have been Rain, Orpheus, Nil Nil and God’s Gift To Women.

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Hannah Shaw & Sean Taylor

The Grizzly Bear With The Frizzly Hair

Hay Festival 2011, 
With lots of rhythm and rhyme it’s time to see if you can help Rabbit out of a tricky spot of bother along with the wonderful creators of Crocodiles Are The Best Animals Of All.
 
5–7 years Rib Ticklers

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Olivia Party

Hay Festival 2011, 
Come and meet this gorgeous little pig – listen to her latest adventures, sing songs and twirl to your heart’s content.
 
3–5 years Rib Ticklers

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Robert Muchamore

CHERUB's recruiting...

Hay Festival 2011, 
The author of CHERUB and Henderson’s Boys discusses a not so typical writing day and previews People’s Republic, the first in his brand new series of CHERUB adventures out in August.
 
10+ years

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Paul O’Grady talks to Sandi Toksvig

The Devil Rides Out

Hay Festival 2011, 
The entertainer writes autobiography like a dream – a very funny, moving and riveting one.

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Fiona Reynolds, Rosie Boycott, David Aaronovitch, Mat Roberts

The National Trust Debate: When It Comes To Heritage, Britons Care More About Trees Than Buildings

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Government suggestion to sell off Forestry Commission land caused a revolt in Britain. What does this say about what we really care about? What does it say about our national identity?

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Eduardo Sacheri talks to Philippe Sands

The Secret in their Eyes

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Argentinian author discusses his noir thriller that won the 2010 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Simultaneous translation from Spanish to English

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Timothy Brook

Vermeer’s Hat

Hay Festival 2011, 
A work of compelling brilliance that maps the rapidly expanding C17th world and the dawn of the global age through the work of one of its greatest painters, from the beaver-trappers of Canada and the silver mines of the Americas to Delft itself and the China seas.

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Brian Cox

The Royal Society Lecture 1: Wonders of the Universe

Hay Festival 2011, 
The laws of light, gravity, time, matter and energy that govern us here on Earth are the same as those applied throughout the Universe. Chaired by Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society.

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Colin Thubron

To a Mountain in Tibet

Hay Festival 2011, 
Mount Kailas is the most sacred of the world’s mountains. Isolated beyond the central Himalayas, it is claimed by myth to be the source of the universe created from cosmic waters and the mind of Brahma. Chaired by Mick Brown.

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Neil Jordan talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Mistaken

Hay Festival 2011, 
The film-maker (The Crying Game, Michael Collins) and writer (The Past, Sunrise With Sea Monster) discusses his haunting and thrilling new novel about identity, duality and loss.

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