A reading by the Poet Laureate.
Hay Festival 1996, Thursday 30 May 1996, 6pm
The PEN ReadingThe playwright reads from his own work.
P.E.N is an international organisation of playwrights, poets, essayists and novelists who defend and champion free speech throughout the world.
Hay Festival 1997, Saturday 24 May 1997, 6.15pm
The journalist and writer whose books include the award-winning portrait of Albert Speer and Into That Darkness - the conversations with the commandant of the Treblinka camp - discusses morality and the humanity with the psychiatrist Anthony Clare. The subject of Sereny's new book Cries Unheard is under embargo untill 11th May.
Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 30 May 1998, 4.10pm
The American Crimewriter talks about her creation, medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta.
Hay Festival 1999, Sunday 6 June 1999, 10.30am
The writer in conversation with the journalist Mark Lawson. Wolfe's books include the contemporary classics The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities.
Hay Festival 1999, Sunday 6 June 1999, 4pm
The Booker Prizewinner talks to the BBC Radio 4 Front Row presenter about his novel When We Were Orphans. His other books include The Remains of the Day, An Artist of the Floating World, and The Unconsoled.
Hay Festival 2000, Tuesday 23 May 2000, 6.10pm
Susan GreenfieldThe most intriguing function of the human brain is to generate an inner world of feeling: emotions. Greenfield shows how both positive and negative emotions are with us all the time, but varying in degree. At the extreme she suggests that these entail an abrogation of a sense of self, the individual mind. She looks at what might actually be happening in the brain when you 'lose your mind', 'blow your mind' or 'let yourself go'.
Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 2.10pm
The iconoclastic journalist talks about the end of political correctness and ranges around sexual politics. Hitchens is the author of the savage and brilliant portrait of Bill Clinton, No-one Left to Lie to and the radical The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice. He is a feature writer for Vanity Fair and Washington correspondent of the London Evening Standard. Having recently appeared on the fly leaf of The Mating Season, as introducer, alongside the name of the author, PG Wodehouse, he may die happy. He talks to Colin MacCabe.
Hay Festival 2000, Monday 29 May 2000, 4pm
An interview with one of the world's greatest living writers, author of The Naked and the Dead, Barbary Shore, The Executioner's Song, Harlot's Ghost, Ancient Evenings, The Time of Our Time, Oswald's Tale and The Gospel According to the Son. 'Mailer stands toe-to-toe with the heavyweights of literature, trading tale for tale.' He talks to Dai Smith.
Hay Festival 2000, Saturday 3 June 2000, 8pm
Turning PagesAn intense affair between a famous literary critic and one of the most famous American poets of the 1920's prompts this meditation on love, sex, death and writing from the author of Atonement and the Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam
Hay Festival 2002, Tuesday 4 June 2002, 4pm
In PerformanceThe Phenomenal Women returns to Hay to launch her final memoir A Song Flung up to Heaven, which covers her return to America in the 1960s and her friendships with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and James Baldwin.
Hay Festival 2002, Tuesday 4 June 2002, 7.30pm
The Uses of PoetryThe celebrated teacher and Shakespearean communicates her passion for great poetry with her customary provocative and inspirational brilliance. Greer has edited two collections of poetry by women, Kissing the Rod and 101 Poems. She runs her own press, Stump Cross Books, which has published editions of work by Katherine Philips, Anne Wharton and other neglected poets.
Hay Festival 2003, Saturday 24 May 2003, 11.30am
The great Canadian novelist and poet discusses her ingenious and savage biotech fantasy Oryx and Crake with David Aaronvitch
Hay Festival 2003, Saturday 24 May 2003, 7pm
On ForgivenessHow forgiveness works and where it came from. How it can enrich our humanity, wether or not we have religious beliefs. The former Bishop of Edinburgh and Gresham Professor of Divinity, Holloway draws on philosophers and writers such as George Steiner, Frederick Nietzsche, Jacques Derrida, Hannah Arendt and Nelson Mandela, throwing light on conflicts around the world today. He discusses his thinking with the broadcaster Joan Bakewell
Hay Festival 2003, Saturday 24 May 2003, 8.30pm
Linda Colley talks to Christopher HitchensThe historian discusses her stories of the flipside if Imperialisim: the soldiers and settlers seized in India and North America, the men and women captured from Devon and Cornwall by Moroccan slavers, or taken at sea by Barbarycorsairs. She explores the parallels with empire today, and the West's relationship with Islam.
Hay Festival 2003, Sunday 25 May 2003, 11am
The great historian discusses his memoir Interesting Times: A Twentieth Century Life. 'Autobiography does not come much more sumptuous than this. Eric Hobsbawm writes with elegant, witty precision. His memory - not just for people and dates, but looks and sounds and the feel of things - is prodigious.' (The Observer)
Hay Festival 2003, Sunday 25 May 2003, 1pm
CosmopolisA unique opportunity to meet the American novelist, author of Underworld, Libra, White Noise and Mao II and hear him discuss his new novel Cosmopolis in conversation with the Today programme anchor.
Hay Festival 2003, Sunday 25 May 2003, 2.30pm
Loose TonguesThis year's lecture is given by the novelist and filmwriter, author of The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette, The Black Album, Intimacy, My Son the Fanatic and now The Mother. Kureishi examines multi-culturalism, censorship, and the power of language used against totalitarian silences, depression and fear.
Hay Festival 2003, Sunday 25 May 2003, 5.30pm
Said is the author of eighteen books, including Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism and a memoir Out of Place which traces his growing sense of himself as an outsider: Arab but Christian, Palestinian but the holder of a US passport. His latest work, co-written with Daniel Barenboim, is Parallels and Paradoxes. He is also a music critic, opera scholar, pianist and the most eloquent spokesman for the Palestinian cause in the West. 'Edward Said is among the truly important intellectuals of our century.' (Nadine Gordimer)
Hay Festival 2003, Sunday 25 May 2003, 8.30pm
Late Night HitchThe Christopher Hitchens stand-up gig. Lenny Bruce meets Wodehouse. Bullies beware.
Hay Festival 2003, Sunday 25 May 2003, 10pm
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