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The 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.
The 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
The Mysterious William ShakespeareLord 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.
Eden RenewedA portrait and study of the pamphleteer and most influential poet of the English Language, the author of Paradise Lost.
Can New Labour Deliver?What 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.
The 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.
In 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.
We 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.
Strandloper: Man of Leaf and Golden HoodRecognised 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
The 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.
Second thoughts on the theme
The 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.
The 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.
BBC Radio Wales and the Sherman Theatre presentThirty-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.
My Wounded ShoesWe 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.
A glorious anthology of wit and tall tales from the great raconteur, broadcaster, director and compiler of Theatrical Anecdotes.
The Penultimate Exposure.
A Good ReadFestival 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.
In The BloodGenetics 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.
Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post?The 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.
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