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  • James Naughtie, Nigella Lawson

    The Samuel Johnson Prize

    James Naughtie, Nigella LawsonThe 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Saturday 27 May 2000, 4.10pm - Esquire Tentaudio available

  • Meera Syal

    Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

    Meera SyalThe 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Saturday 27 May 2000, 4.15pm - Pavillionaudio available

  • Nick Clarke, Eric Wagner, Peter Stanford, Brenda Maddox

    Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    Nick Clarke, Eric Wagner, Peter Stanford, Brenda MaddoxA 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Saturday 27 May 2000, 6pm - Bol.Com Marqueeaudio available

  • Alexander Broich, Phil Rance, Nicholoas Clee

    Brave New E-World

    Alexander Broich, Phil Rance, Nicholoas CleeHow 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Saturday 27 May 2000, 6.10pm - Pavillionaudio available

  • Kazuo Ishiguro, Francine Stock

    Kazuo Ishiguro, Francine StockThe 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, Saturday 27 May 2000, 6.10pm - ESQUIRE TENTaudio available

  • Lawrence Block, Ian Rankin, Phillip Kerr

    Crimeread

    Lawrence Block, Ian Rankin, Phillip KerrThree 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Saturday 27 May 2000, 7.45pm - Bol.Com Marqueeaudio available

  • Max Hastings, Anthony Clare

    Going to the Wars

    Max Hastings, Anthony ClareThe 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Saturday 27 May 2000, 7.45pm - Esquire Tentaudio available

  • Timothy Findley, C K Stead, Gunnar Kopperud

    Fiction International

    Timothy Findley, C K Stead, Gunnar KopperudA 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Saturday 27 May 2000, 7.50pm - Pavillionaudio available

  • James Hawes, Arabella Weir, Terence Blacker

    James Hawes, Arabella Weir, Terence BlackerCult 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Saturday 27 May 2000, 9.30pm - Pavillionaudio available

  • The Orange Prize Winners Live from Hay

    The Orange Prize Winners Live from HayThe 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 9am - Pavillionaudio available

  • Howard Jacobson, Caroline Gascoigne

    The Mighty Walzer

    Howard Jacobson, Caroline GascoigneJacobson'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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 10.20am - Pavillionaudio available

  • Sean Hughes, Tony Hawks

    Sean Hughes, Tony HawksBoth 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 10.30am - Bol.Com Marqueeaudio available

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

    All The Trouble In The World

    Shashi Tharoor, William Shawcross, Michael Rose, Jemery Bowen, Nik GowingBBC 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 12pm - Bol.Com Marqueeaudio available

  • Deborah Bull, Rupert Chistiansen

    Deborah Bull, Rupert ChistiansenThe 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 12.10pm - Pavillionaudio available

  • Mourad Mazouz

    Momo

    Mourad MazouzThe internationally celebrated restauranteur introduces the Tunisian, Moroccan and Algerian gastronomic culture that informs his stunning North African food.

    Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 12.15pm - Esquire Tentaudio available

  • Susan Greenfield

    The Private Life of the Brain

    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 - Esquire Tentaudio available

  • Gore Vidal, Mark Lawson

    The Essential Gore Vidal

    Gore Vidal, Mark LawsonThe great American novelist, historian and politico in conversation with the BBC broadcaster and writer.

    Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 2.20pm - Bol.Com Marqueeaudio available

  • Jim Crace, Francine Stock

    Being Dead

    Jim Crace, Francine StockCrace 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 2.20pm - Pavillionaudio available

  • Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens

    Experience

    Martin Amis, Christopher HitchensJohn 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 4pm - Bol.Com Marqueeaudio available

  • Geordie Greig, Robert Lacey

    Majesty

    Geordie Greig, Robert LaceyThe 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.

    Hay Festival 2000, Sunday 28 May 2000, 4.10pm - Pavillionaudio available

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