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Helen Dunmore won the first Orange Prize for A Spell of Winter. She reads from her short story collection Love of Fat Men, a wonderful exploration of family, love, sex danger and loss. Introduced and chaired by Terence Blacker.
The intrepid voyager and explorer tells the tale of his adventure into the heart of the African interior in search of a dinosaur in a lost prehistoric lake. "As funny as ever; the surprisingly dark vision, and his scary urge to gaze beyond the precipice of sanity, makes this a unique, messy masterpiece" The Sunday Times
Impossible SaintsWH Smith Literary Award Winner Michele Roberts tells of the forbidden pleasures and pains of the love between father and daughter in the life and death of Saint Josephine: Holy woman or whore? Upholder of pious or pagan delights? Lowly nun or powerful miracle worker? Or both? "Some of the most voluptuous language since Joyce.. so rich, so crammed with stories, imagination and visions" - The Daily Mail
Meetings with Remarkable WomenThe author's Diaries from his appointment as Director of The National Portrait Gallery in 1967 to his resignation from the V&A twenty years later do for the Arts World what Alan Clark's Diaries did for Politics. His memoirs are frank, scabrously witty, and savagely rue.
Preview - Night TrainThe novelist previews his novella Night Train. Amis' novels include The Information, London Fields, The Rachel Papers, Other People, Times Arrow and Money, possibly the best book of the 1980's
The PEN ReadingThe playwright reads from his own work.
P.E.N. is an international organisation of playwrights, poets, essayists and novelists who defend and champion free speech throughout the world.Sponsored by The Friends of Hay Festival
Preview Enduring LoveThe novelist previews his novel Enduring Love. McEwan's books include Black Dogs, First Love Last Rites, The Innocent, A Child in Time, The Comfort of Strangers and The Cement Garden.
ArmadaThe poet reads from his new collection Armada. Patten's best-selling collections include Love Poems, The Mersey Sound, and Gargling With Jelly.
How To Be A MinisterAs the new administration settles in at Westminster, Gerald Kaufman talks to Keith Raffan about his authoritative guide to the process of government, an uproariously funny and scurrilous view of power.
TransgressionsSarah Dunant's erotic thriller shifts the ground of her award-winning detective fiction onto a far more complex and contentious plane.
The Practice of WritingThe novelest analyses the writing game, examining the mysterious process of creativity with a sharp eye for the subtleties of the different techniques needed for novels, plays, screenplays and adaptations.
In Harms WayBells's Campaigning journalism of engagement in Bosnia has won him unparralleled support and professional accolades. His searing analysis and humanitarian compassion has also called into question the value of journalistic objectivity and the role of the press in conflict and resolution.
Voice Production WorkshopThe Director of Voice at the Royal National Theatre teaches a public workshop on voice production, breathing, relaxation and how to work a text. Her best-selling books include The Need For Words, Right to Speak and now The Actor Speaks
A reading and interview with the award-winning novelist whose books include Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The War of Don Emmanuel's Neither Parts, Senor Vivo and Coca Lord, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. reads, and talks to Terence Blacker.
What Remains to be DiscoveredFar from being played out, Science is just beginning. Some of the outstanding questions that cannot yet be answered are: Where did the Universe come from? How did life begin? And how does the brain work? But the questions that will occupy our grandchildren are those we are not yet smart enough to ask...
British FashionThe novelist and former Vogue Fashion Editior Sally Brampton discusses the history of modern British fashion with the award-winning couturier Jasper Conran and Colin McDowell, Fashion Editor of The Sunday Times and author of Forties Fashion and the New Look.
Bridget JonesLondon's most famous single thirty-something talks about scratchcards, cigarette consumption, Mr Darcy and the emotional fuckwittage of men. Joanna Coles is the New York correspondent of the Guardian.
The News at Ten anchor, and President of the Campaign for Clear English talks to Nik Gowing, his BBC World counterpart, about journalism, language, reading and cricket.
The Way We Live NowThe pre-eminent cultural critic, author of The Uses of Literacy, Only Connect, Speaking to Each Other and The Way We Live Now examines the way our society's relationship with reading and literature has developed in the late teentieth century. He explores the politics of culture and education, and analyses the impact or our language on our daily lives.
BritainAnyone who's read The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Mother Tongue and Made in America knows Bryson as an achingly outrageously funny humorist. Notes From a Small Island confirms his status as a master of travel-writing, a wonderfully perceptive and acute companion over here or over there.
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