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James Naughtie, Nigella Lawson

The Samuel Johnson Prize

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Prize is awarded on Tuesday 23 May. Full details of this event will be available from the Festival Office and posted at www.hayfestival.co.uk on Wednesday 24 May.

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Meera Syal

Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

Hay Festival 2000, 
The hugely versatile star of Goodness Gracious Me and author of Anita and Me introduces her hilarious new novel about Chila, a Punjabi bride, and her two best friends.

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Nick Clarke, Eric Wagner, Peter Stanford, Brenda Maddox

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Hay Festival 2000, 
A discussion about the relationship between biographer and subject, dead or alive. BBC broadcaster and biographer of Alistair Cooke, Clarke is joined by Erica Wagner, author of Ariel's Gift about Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and The Birthday Letters, and Peter Stanford the historian of Catholicism, and biographer of Bronwen Astor. Maddox is the award-winning biographer of Nora Joyce, D. H. Lawrence and W. B. Yeats.

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Alexander Broich, Phil Rance, Nicholoas Clee

Brave New E-World

Hay Festival 2000, 
How is the internet changing our reading habits, our writing, and our browsing for new books? Will the palm-top novel be read on the beach? The CEO's of the internet bookseller bol.com, and the online publisher, Online Originals are joined by other publishing industry guests to debate  the future of books on the web. All welcome. Chaired by the editor of The Bookseller.

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Kazuo Ishiguro, Francine Stock

Hay Festival 2000, 
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.

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Lawrence Block, Ian Rankin, Phillip Kerr

Crimeread

Hay Festival 2000, 
Three giants of the crime and thriller worlds examine motive, opportunity and morality in the genres. Block's 70 Collected Mystery Stories are published now by Orion, alongside Kerr's JFK-Castro thriller The Shot and Rankin's new Edinburgh-based Inspector Rebus novel Set in Darkness.

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Max Hastings, Anthony Clare

Going to the Wars

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Evening Standard editor, and author of Bomber Command and Scattered Shots talks about his experience as a front-line War reporter in Cambodia, Vietnam and The Falklands.

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Timothy Findley, C K Stead, Gunnar Kopperud

Fiction International

Hay Festival 2000, 
A reading and discussion. Canadian Findley's new novel is called Pilgrim about a man who cannot die. Stead, a New Zealander, publishes The Death of the Body and Talking about O'Dwyer. The Norwegian journalist Kopperud's The Time of Light explores a German soldier's experience of the Battle of Stalingrad and it's aftermath in the country his Nazi war machine had devastated.

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James Hawes, Arabella Weir, Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 2000, 
Cult creator of A White Merc With Fins and  Rancid Aluminium, Hawes establishes himself as the poet of the late-lad-crisis in his blackly funny new novel Dead Long Enough. Weir follows the success of Does  My Bum Look Big In This with the feel-good girlfriends story Onwards and Upwards. They talk to Terence Backer, whose Kill Your Darlings is published in July.

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The Orange Prize Winners Live from Hay

Hay Festival 2000, 
The first of two sessions featuring readings of new work by the four previous winners of the Orange Prize For Fiction, Anne Michaels, Helen Dunmore, Carol Shields and Suzanne Berne. The readings will be broadcast during the week on Radio 4, prior to the 2000 award on 6 June.

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Howard Jacobson, Caroline Gascoigne

The Mighty Walzer

Hay Festival 2000, 
Jacobson's self-laceriating humour finds it's perfect vehicle in this brilliant novel about ping-pong and the swag trade in the 1950s. It does for Manchester whatr Alfie did for London. He talks to The Sunday Times literary editor.

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Sean Hughes, Tony Hawks

Hay Festival 2000, 
Both comedians have enjoyed considerable success with their books. Hughes follows The Detainees with another brutally funny and harrowing novel about a man called Shea who finds his father hanging from a light-fitting on Boxing Day and sets out to find what could possibly have cast so dark a cloud over his family's happy Blairite lives. Hawks' new travel story Playing the Maldovans at Tennis is the result of another dodgy wager with Arthur Smith. It's a comic masterpiee, now shortlisted for the first Everyman Wodehouse Award.

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Shashi Tharoor, William Shawcross, Michael Rose, Jemery Bowen, Nik Gowing

All The Trouble In The World

Hay Festival 2000, 
BBC World anchor Gowing chairs this debate about international intervention, peacekeeping and the role of the UN. Tharoor is Director of Special Projects at the UN and has been Kofi Annan's special adviser with specific responsibility for the former Yugoslavia. William Shawcross is the author of Deliver Us From Evil. Retiring from the leading the UN Protection Force in Bosnia, General Sir Michael Rose wrote Fighting For Peace. Bowen is the BBC's Middle Eastern correspondent and frontline war reporter.

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Deborah Bull, Rupert Chistiansen

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Royal Ballet's principal dancer kepy a fascinating and wittily entertaining diary of the company's work during the year of the Covent Garden closure. A Member of The Arts Council, a nutritionist and programme director of the new Clore Studio, she discusses her book Dancing Away and her insiders view of The Royal Opera House with writer Rupert Christiansen. Christiansen is the author of Visitors: Culture Shock in 19th Century Britain. The last chapter deals with the status of ballet and the foreign ballerina in the late nineteenth century London.

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Mourad Mazouz

Momo

Hay Festival 2000, 
The internationally celebrated restauranteur introduces the Tunisian, Moroccan and Algerian gastronomic culture that informs his stunning North African food.

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Susan Greenfield

The Private Life of the Brain

Hay Festival 2000, 
The 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'.

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Gore Vidal, Mark Lawson

The Essential Gore Vidal

Hay Festival 2000, 
The great American novelist, historian and politico in conversation with the BBC broadcaster and writer.

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Jim Crace, Francine Stock

Being Dead

Hay Festival 2000, 
Crace invents new worlds in his brilliantly imaginative novels Quarantine, Arcadia and The Gift of Stones. Being Dead is a sustained meditation on death and the process of dying, full of haunting imagery. It 'is shocking because it is filled with truth. It feels like a classic already.' (Time Out) Crace talks to novelist and broadcaster Francine Stock.

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Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens

Experience

Hay Festival 2000, 
John Updike writes of novels: 'Amis is trying to construct a large, reaching, ambitious set of books - trying to cover the world in fiction'. In his autobiographical portrait Experience Amis writes about his father, his writing, his cousin Lucy Partington who was murdered by the Wests and the literary world. He talks to the journalist Christopher Hitchens.

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Geordie Greig, Robert Lacey

Majesty

Hay Festival 2000, 
The editor of Tatler discusses writing about royalty and his portrait of his grandfather, Louis and the Prince, about Louis Greig, mentor and friend for 45 years to Prince Albert, Duke of York, later crowned King George VI. Robert Lacey is the biographer of The Queen Mother and Grace Kelly.

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Eric Lander

The Nature Lecture

Hay Festival 2000, 
A week before the human genome sequence is due to be announced the Director of the Center for Genome Research at MIT reports.

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Michael Frayn, Peter Kemp

Hay Festival 2000, 
Frayn's work for the theatre such as Noises Off and Copenhagen and his brilliant translations of Chekov, are celebrated as his fiction, which includes the Booker-shortlisted Headlong and The Trick of It. He talks to The Sunday Times fiction editor.

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Andrew Hodges, Simon Singh

Bletchley Park, Enigma and the Anonymous Heroes of Cryptography

Hay Festival 2000, 
Alan Turing's biographer and the author of The Code Book tell the stories behind some of the most secret code-breaking achievements in history, including Alan Turing's cracking of the German Enigma cipher and Charles Babbage's decipherment of the supposedly unbreakable Vigenere cipher.

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Gore Vidal, Andrew Marr, Rhodri Morgan, Yasmin Alibhai Brown

The BBC Wales Debate: Democracy

Hay Festival 2000, 
In a changing, devolved Britain and with America about to go to the polls, how best can we interpret and pursue a Democrati ideal? Vidal is an eminence grise of American political and literary life and starred in the film Bob Roberts. Marr is an award-winning political commentator and the author of The Day Britain Died. Morgan is the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly. Alibhai Brown is author of Who Do We Think We Are? Chaired by Dai Smith, Professor of Modern History and Head of Programmes at BBC Wales.

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Martin Jarvis

Acting Strangely: A Funny Kind of Life

Hay Festival 2000, 
The actor and undisputed King of Radio readings introduces his hilarious memoir, a dazzling and delightful book about actors and acting.