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Dame Margaret Anstee

Hay Festival 2003, 
The former Under Secretary General is the highest ranked woman in the history of the UN. Her memoir Never Learn To Type discusses her carrer from the days in the Foreign Office with Donald MacLean, Harold Wilson's government think-tank, and her UN work trying to bring peace to Angola, to tackle drugs in Russia and turn around economic disasters in Boliva. She talks to BBC World anchor, Nik Gowing.

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Richard Booth

The King's Festival Message

Hay Festival 2003, 
Richard Booth, President of the International Booktown movement, introduces his ideas about the global network of books, and the establishment of his new Welsh Booktown in Blaenavon. He is joined by the American bookdealer James Hanna, and the Australian poet John Boase.

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Tom Wright

The Resurrection

Hay Festival 2003, 
Newly appointed as the Bishop of Durham, Wright is the Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey. One of the foremost thinkers in the Anglican Communion, he has just published a major work The Resurrection of the Son of God.

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Richard Bentall

Madness Explained

Hay Festival 2003, 
Bentall argues that we need a radically new way of thinking about psychosis and its treatment. He shows that there is no reasuring dividing line between mental health and mental illness. Severe mental disorders can no longer be reduced to brain chemistry, but must be understood psychologiaclly, as part of normal behaviour and human nature.

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Marie Stubbs

Ahead of the Class

Hay Festival 2003, 
Stubbs took over Philip Lawrence's school after he was murdered. Her book, subtitled How an Aspiring Headmistress Gave Children Back Their Future, tells her inspiring story. She talks to the broadcaster Rosie Boycott.

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Tristram Hunt

The English Civil War at First Hand

Hay Festival 2003, 
The brilliant young historian brings the lost voices of England's revolution back to life with a talk based round his best-selling new book The English Civil War: At First Hand.

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Andrew O'Hagan, Monica Ali, Peter Ho Davies

Best of Young British Novelists

Hay Festival 2003, 
John Mitchinson presents the first of two sessions featuring young writers selected for the Granta 2003 list. O'Hagan, Booker-shortlisted for Our Fathers has just published his second novel. Personality, fictionalising the life of Lena Zavaroni. Dhaka-born Ali presents her debut novel Brick Lane. The Welsh-Chinese-American writer Peter Ho Davies is the author of the story collection Equal Love, and introduces his forthcoming novel The Bad Shepherd.

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Germaine Greer

The Uses of Poetry

Hay Festival 2003, 
The 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.

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James Frey, Justine Picardie, Josephine Hart, Rosie Boycott

Life Goes On

Hay Festival 2003, 
Frey's A Million Little Pieces is a searing account of the twenty-three-year old's rehabilitation and recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Picardie's memoir tells the story of a year in her own life after her sister Ruth's death and of a search for her sister in the afterlife in this age of reason, scepticism and science. Hart's The Reconstructionist is a novel about the way we build our lives from fragments of memory, half-truth, compromise, and desire. They talk to Rosie Boycott.

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Orlando Figes

Natasha'a Dance

Hay Festival 2003, 
In this talk, illustrated with slides, the renowned historian of Russia, author of A People's Tragedy introduces Natasha's DanceA Cultural History of Russia. He explores the controversial impulses and shared sensibilities that have given rise to one of the world's  most dazzling civilisations.

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John Gimlette, Geoff Dyer, Tobias Jones

The Travel Session

Hay Festival 2003, 
Gimlette's At The Tomb of the Inflatable Pig explores the Jesuits, Nazis and Dictators of Paraguay - the worlds largest importer of Scotch Whisky, and site of the bloodiest war mankind has ever known. JOnes examines The Dark Heart of Italy in the country riven by civil wars and corruption, ruled by the Catholic Church, the Cosa Nostra and Berlusconi, home of the Renaissance and la dolce vita. In Yoga for People who Can't Be Bothered to Do It Dyer travels from Detriot to Phnom Penh, from Lybia to Rome, and finds himself floundering in a sea of grievances in a wonky quest for peak experiences and transcendental calm.

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Rose Tremain, Javier Cercas

Hay Festival 2003, 
Rose Tremain introduces her new novel The Colour, a fabulous historical novel set against the background of the gold rush in New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. 'The colour' is miners' slang for gold. Cercas is the author of the hugeEuropean success The Soldiers of Salamis. At the heart of this 'true tale' are the last moments of the Spanish Civil War, during which Sanchez Mazas narrowly escapes death twice on the same day: first by firing squad and later when his hiding place is discovered by the unknown soldier, who looks him in the eye, and then, miraculously, turns and walks away. They talk to the critic Amanda Hopkinson.

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Claire Tomalin

Samuel Pepys

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Whitbread Award-winner discusses her life of the great London diarist Samuel Pepys with the broadcaster Sheena McDonald.

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The Economist Debate - What Next for the World?

John Browne, Bill Emmott, Giles Foden, Andrew St George, Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Channel 4 anchor hosts this discussion about the future. John Browne of BP is widely admired as one of the world's top corporate chiefs. Bill Emmott, editor of The Economist is the author of 20:21 Vision: The Lessons of the 20th Century for the 21st. The Whitbread Award-winning novelist Giles Foden's lagtest book Zanzibar examines Osama Bin Laden's influence in Africa. They are joined by the historian Andrew St George, an international relations consultant.

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Patricia Duncker, James Wood, Steven Sherrill

Hay Festival 2003, 
Duncker reads from her short stories Seven Tales of Sex and Death and introduces Sherrill's invenitve and brilliant  The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break, in which the Minotaur, or M as he is known to his colleagues, is working as a line chef at Grub's Rib in the American Deep South, keeping to himself, keeping his horns down, trying in vain to put his past behind him. The first novel by the critic James Wood is The Book Against God, which introduces readers to the irrepressible presence of it's narrator, Thomas Bunting, liar, doubter, and the strangest philosopher in contemporary fiction.

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Karen Armstrong

Islam

Hay Festival 2003, 
One of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs introduces her history of the world's most misunderstood religion. Armstrong explores the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the rise of Persian influence, the clashes with Western cusaders and Mongolian conquerors, the contemporary rise of fundamentalism, and the spiritual explorations that traced the route to God.

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Adam Nicholson

Power and Glory

Hay Festival 2003, 
Nicholson examines Jacobean England and The Making of the King James Bible, the most influential and admired version ever produced. A century after the Reformation, out of the clash between Catholic, Anglican and Puritan came a Bible that combined scholarly skill, exalted language and an exquisite homeliness.

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Nicola Shulman talks to Anna Pavord

A Rage for Rock Gardening

Hay Festival 2003, 
Shulman discusses her book A Rage for Rock Gardening: The Story of Reginald Farrer, Gardener, Writer and Plant Collector. "Half poet, half botanist', as Vita Sackville West described him, he became one of the very greatset in the last great age of plant-hunters, and wrote books of unforgettable method and style. Through their influence, he did for English gardening what half a century later Elizabeth David would do for cooking, and changed it all for ever

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Nick Clarke, Bernard Ingham, David Cannadine and Simon Hoggart

Eminent Elizabethans

Hay Festival 2003, 
The politics and personalities of the last fufty years with the BBC anchor, Clarke, author of The Shadow of a Nation; Thatcher's former Press Secretary and now author of The Wages of Spin, Ingham; Cannadine, the eminent historian and author of In Churchill's Shadow and Hoggart, who has collected his parliamentary sketches from The Guardian in Playing to the Gallery.

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John Hegley

Hay Festival 2003, 
The poet-comedian and national treasure performs songs, stories, sideshows, potatoes and even a bit of dancing. 'A technical virtuoso, a left-field imaginative genius, Hegley is nothing short of priceless.' (The Scotsman)

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Margaret Atwood talks to David Aaronovitch

Hay Festival 2003, 
The great Canadian novelist and poet discusses her ingenious and savage biotech fantasy Oryx and Crake with David Aaronvitch

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Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall talks to John Mitchinson

The River Cottage Year

Hay Festival 2003, 
The iconoclastic chef and author of The River Cottage Cookbook and The River Cottage Year talks food and country with John Mitchinson, gastronome and Publisher of QI.

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Jon Snow, Billy Childish, Chris Smith, Jude Kelly, Michael Jacobs, Jason Cowley

The Fabian Society Debate

Hay Festival 2003, 
Britain's senior think tank and forum for progressive argument examines the extent to which culture is capable of addressing, challenging and even changing the issues of the day. Can the novel affetc political and social change? Is there such a thing as political art? Is political theatre simply self-indulgent or can it facilitate productive and important debate?

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Richard Holloway talks to Joan Bakewell

On Forgiveness

Hay Festival 2003, 
How 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

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Phil Rickman and Barbara Erskine

To the Witching Hour

Hay Festival 2003, 
Discovering that their latest novels explore related themes involving witchcraft and exorcism, Barbara Erskine (hiding from the Light) and Phil Rickman (The Lamp of the Wicked) arrange a late-night tryst. Go on, spook yourselves ...