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  • Orson Welles – Hello Americans

    Simon Callow

    Orson Welles – Hello AmericansThe actor introduces the second volume of his biography taking the American wunderkind through the career-disaster years from Citizen Kane to Macbeth.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 9.45am - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

  • First Iraq, Next Iran?

    Simon Jenkins

    First Iraq, Next Iran?The Guardian's political columnist discusses the US strategy in the Middle East.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 10am - The Elmley Foundation Theatreaudio available

  • George Saunders talks to Zadie Smith

    George Saunders talks to Zadie SmithSmith (White Teeth, On Beauty) in conversation with the American short story master of blackest comedy, and author of Pastoralia.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 11.30am - Segovia Stageaudio available

  • One-stop Literary Festival

    Craig Brown, Eleanor Bron, and imaginary friends

    One-stop Literary Festival'If there were a Parodist Laureate, Craig Brown would step up unchallenged to the title' – The Observer. In this, his own one-stop literary festival, Brown conjures up forgotten works by, among many others, WG Sebald, Graham Greene, Jeanette Winterson, Martin Amis and Jilly Cooper. 'We love Craig Brown!' – Sir Elton John.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 11.30am - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

  • Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore?

    Bettany Hughes

    Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore?The historical quest for the most desired and destructive woman that myth has ever known.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 2.30pm - The Elmley Foundation Theatreaudio available

  • The Greenpeace Debate

    Clare Short MP and Michael Codner, Director Military Service, RUSI

    The Greenpeace DebateIs there a rationale for continuing Britain's nuclear force in the twenty-first century? Chaired by Stephen Tindale.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 2.30pm - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

  • Reza Aslan

    No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam

    Reza AslanCan an Islamic state be founded on democratic values? Aslan believes we are now living in the era of 'the Islamic Reformation'. He examines the roots of this reformation and the future of the Islamic faith.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 4pm - Segovia Stageaudio available

  • Barbarians

    Terry Jones

    BarbariansThis isn't the imperial version of the Caesars' conquests, this is the story of Roman history as seen by the Britons, Gauls, Germans, Hellenes, Persians and Africans. And suddenly the Romans don't look at all familiar...

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 4pm - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

  • Cars Are Killing The Planet

    The Economist Debate

    Cars Are Killing The PlanetChannel 4 News' Jon Snow chairs as freedom, practicality and pleasure are set against pollution, asthma, global warming and terrifying geopolitics. Will post-petrol tech save the day? Speakers include Jeremy Leggett of SolarCentury, Vijay Vaitheeswaran of The Economist and Edmund King, Executive Director, RAC Foundation.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 5.30pm - The Elmley Foundation Theatreaudio available

  • Germaine Greer

    Poetry as Male Display

    Germaine GreerIn her annual poetry masterclass, Greer explores the idea that 'Literature is a masculinist invention; poetry in particular is a spectacular form of male display. Women have to adapt a language which objectifies them absolutely to become the speakers, the verbal aggressors.'

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 5.30pm - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

  • Sebastian Faulks

    Sebastian FaulksThe novelist (Birdsong, Charlotte Gray, On Green Dolphin Street) discusses his new work Human Traces with Tatler editor Geordie Greig.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 7pm - Review Studioaudio available

  • Margaret Atwood

    The Penelopiad

    Margaret AtwoodThe Canadian poet gives us her inversion of Homer's Odyssey, retold by Penelope and the twelve handmaids Odysseus slaughtered on his return from Troy, Dido and twenty years away from his palace.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 7pm - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

  • Christopher Hitchens and Shashi Tharoor

    Freedoms of Speech

    Christopher Hitchens and Shashi TharoorVigorous late-night debate around the Danish cartoons, David Irving, and contrarian culture. Tharoor is Under-Secretary General for Communications at the UN and a novelist. Chaired by Joan Bakewell.

    Hay Festival 2006, Saturday 27 May 2006, 10pm - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

  • Will Self talks to Alexander Linklater

    Will Self talks to Alexander LinklaterThe superverbal and imaginatively thrilling novelist and journalist launches his The Book of Dave, based around the rants of Dave Roth, a disgruntled East End taxi driver, who writes his woes down and buries them only to have them discovered 500 years later and used as the sacred text for a religion that has taken hold in the flooded remnants of London.

    Hay Festival 2006, Sunday 28 May 2006, 11.30am - The Elmley Foundation Theatreaudio available

  • Sheila Hancock talks to Joan Bakewell

    Sheila Hancock talks to Joan BakewellThe actress and RSC Artistic Director discusses her portrait of her own marriage The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw.

    Hay Festival 2006, Sunday 28 May 2006, 2.30pm - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

  • Andy McNab

    Andy McNabA rare interview with the author of Bravo Two Zero, Firewall, Last Light and Aggressor. Chaired by Phil Rickman.

    Hay Festival 2006, Sunday 28 May 2006, 7pm - Review Studioaudio available

  • Free to Offend?

    Joan Bakewell, Madeleine Bunting, Ziauddin Sardar, Philip Hensher, Reza Aslan and Anthony Julius

    Free to Offend?How are both religious sensibility and freedom of expression to be accommodated in pluralistic societies? Is offence the price believers must pay for living in a free society? Or do those who advocate free speech have to accept that in some circumstances other beliefs and principles may have to take priority?

    Hay Festival 2006, Sunday 28 May 2006, 7pm - Segovia Stageaudio available

  • Howard Hodgkin talks to Simon Schama

    Thames & Hudson Series

    Howard Hodgkin talks to Simon SchamaTo celebrate his forthcoming retrospective at Tate Britain, and to mark the publication of the catalogue raisonnés of his paintings and prints, the artist talks to Simon Schama.

    Hay Festival 2006, Sunday 28 May 2006, 7pm - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

  • The Poetry Gala

    The Poetry GalaMargaret Atwood, Tishani Doshi, James Fenton, John Fuller, Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Owen Sheers and Hugo Williams, hosted by Wales’ Poet Laureate Gwyneth Lewis. Chaired by Paul Blezard.

    Hay Festival 2006, Sunday 28 May 2006, 8.30pm - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

  • Christopher Hitchens

    The Rights of Man

    Christopher HitchensThe contrarian traces the history of The Rights of Man from the publication of Part One in 1791 in London and its rapturous reception across the Atlantic. He analyses the meaning it has acquired since its creation, and its significance as the cornerstone of contemporary debates about our basic human rights.

    Hay Festival 2006, Monday 29 May 2006, 11.30am - The Eos Marqueeaudio available

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