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  • Edwina Curry talks to Keith Raffan

    Edwina Curry talks to Keith RaffanThe author of A Parlimentary Affair tells the former Tory MP and HTV political broadcaster about the sizziling tale of sex, power and intrigue in her new best-seller A Womans Place.

    Hay Festival 1996, Thursday 25 May 1996, 10.20amaudio available

  • Christopher Logue and Craig Raine

    Christopher Logue and Craig RaineThe author of the greatest contemporary version of the Iliad in War Music, Kings and The Husbands Logue reads from his new volume of Selected Poems - "Modern Poetry at its best" - Dennis Potter, "I am crazy about it" - Henry Miller
    Raine reads from Clay. Whereabouts Unknown, poems written whilst he was working on History: The Home Movie. :I cannot think of anyone else writing today whose every line is so unfailingly exciting" - John Carey

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 10.20amaudio available

  • Charles Burford

    The Mysterious William Shakespeare

    Charles BurfordLord Burford tells the true tale of William Shakespeare, the pen name used by Queen Elizabeths courtsatirist, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, whose devastating exposes of Court Life incurred the wrath of the government and resulted in his own posthumous oblivion.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 10.30amaudio available

  • Peter Levi on Milton

    Eden Renewed

    Peter Levi on MiltonA portrait and study of the pamphleteer and most influential poet of the English Language, the author of Paradise Lost.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 12pmaudio available

  • Peter Mandelson talks to Anthony Howard

    Can New Labour Deliver?

    Peter Mandelson talks to Anthony HowardWhat does Tony Blair's New Labour stand for? Who better to ask than the party's "spin guru" and MP for Hartlepool? And who better to interrogate him than the great journalist and editor of The Crossman Diaries and author of The Making of the Prime Minister? Dai Smith is the biographer of Aneurin Bevan.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1995, 12.10pmaudio available

  • Melvyn Bragg

    Melvyn BraggThe writer and broadcaster presents his new novel Credo, a magnificent epic tussle of faith and passion, sensuality and Christianity set in the Dark Ages. Bragg's bestselling novels include The Maid of Buttermore, A Time to Dance and Crystal Rooms.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 12.10pmaudio available

  • Ranulph Fiennes talks to Peter Grose

    Ranulph Fiennes talks to Peter GroseIn 1984, Birmingham accountant Alex Goodman went for a walk in his local woods with his family. The outing turned to bloody carnage and Goodman found himself, hours later, alone in a hospital bed with no memory and no past. The 10 year odyssey that followed is the story he brought to the explorer and writer, who has written the tale as The Sett.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 2pmaudio available

  • Doris Lessing talks to Julian Mitchell

    Doris Lessing talks to Julian MitchellWe celebrate the publication of Lessing's first novel for ten years Love, Again with this interview in which she talks to the playwright and screenwriter Julian Mitchell.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 2.10pmaudio available

  • Alan Garner

    Strandloper: Man of Leaf and Golden Hood

    Alan GarnerRecognised as the key figure in the Golden Age of British Literature for his books Elidor, The Owl Service, Red Shift and The Stone Book Quartet, Garner talks about his writing and introduces his first adult novel Strandloper which explores and melds the Dreaming of the Aborigines and the ancient green magic of England

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 4pmaudio available

  • Joanna Trollope talks to Mary Loudon

    Joanna Trollope talks to Mary LoudonThe author of A Village Affair, The Choir, A Spanish Lover, The Rectors Wife and The Best of Friends talks about her new novel Next of Kin - a story about incomers and insiders, change and resignation, set at the tragic heart of Britain's dairy farmland.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1995, 4.10pmaudio available

  • Poetry Squantum 2

    Poetry Squantum 2Second thoughts on the theme

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 6pmaudio available

  • Julian Barnes

    Julian BarnesThe author of Flaubert's Parrot, Metroland and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters reads from and tlaks about his collection of stories Cross Channel.
    "Julian Barnes, who has an exceptional following in France, seems to have done more for Anglo-French relations than anyone since Edward VII" - Sunday Telegraph.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 6pmaudio available

  • Kate Adie talks to Nik Gowing

    Kate Adie talks to Nik GowingThe BBC's reporter talks about her front-line experiences and the interaction of the media, the diplomats and the military in the danger zones of the world. Nik Gowing is the anchor of BBC World News.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 6.10pmaudio available

  • Three O'Clock At Ponty

    BBC Radio Wales and the Sherman Theatre present

    Three O'Clock At PontyThirty-minute theatre, broadcast live from the Festival. WIth Richard Harrington, Rhodri Huw and Maria Pride. 
    Teenage dreams and love tokens give way to adult reality in Ponty's Ynys Angharad Park.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 7.30pmaudio available

  • Charles Nicholl

    My Wounded Shoes

    Charles NichollWe follow the dangerous trail of the French poet and traveller Arthur Rimbaud - the teenage author of A Season in Hell, the enigmatic trader and gun-runner in Africa, the lover and destroyer of Valerie. Nicholl previews his forthecoming book on Rimbaud with an idiosyncratic account of the poet's extraordinary life, told largely through Rimbaud's own words. Nicholl's books include The Fruit Palace, Borderlines, his award-winning investigation of Christopher Marlowe The Reckoning and The Creature in the Map.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 8pmaudio available

  • An Evening with Ned Sherrin

    An Evening with Ned SherrinA glorious anthology of wit and tall tales from the great raconteur, broadcaster, director and compiler of Theatrical Anecdotes.

    Hay Festival 1996, Saturday 25 May 1996, 8.10pmaudio available

  • Poetry Squantum 3

    Poetry Squantum 3The Penultimate Exposure.

    Hay Festival 1996, Sunday 26 May 1996, 10amaudio available

  • Jenny Eclair, Paul Foot and Peter Florence

    A Good Read

    Jenny Eclair, Paul Foot and Peter FlorenceFestival Driector Peter Florence chairs this discussion of treasured books with comedienne Jenny Eclair and the investigative journalist Paul Foot. Eclair recommends Nell Dunn's Poor Cow. Foot recomendeds Byron's Don Juan. Florence recommendeds Graham Greene's screenplay The Third Man.

    Hay Festival 1996, Sunday 26 May 1996, 10.30amaudio available

  • Steve Jones

    In The Blood

    Steve JonesGenetics is coming uncomfortably close to the questions asked by philosophy, theology, and even politics. It deals with issues of fate, of life amd death. If everything is in the genes, what is left of free will? If man is but a glorifed ape, where is the soul? If society is just a mechanisim for ensuring that genes are transmitted, what room is there for good and evil? The Galton Professor of Genetics and Reith Lecturer explores these questions, and talks about what is really In The Blood.

    Hay Festival 1996, Sunday 26 May 1996, 12.10pmaudio available

  • Darian Leader talks to Mary Loudon

    Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post?

    Darian Leader talks to Mary LoudonThe psychoanalyst address the question posed in his book, hailed by Bice Benvenuto as "The most insightful, enjoyable and uncommon treatment of male and female sexuality I have ever read" He talks to the journalist Mary Loudon, whose books of interviews are Revelations: The Clergy Questioned and Unveiled.

    Hay Festival 1996, Sunday 26 May 1996, 2pmaudio available

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