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Helen Dunmore

Hay Festival 1997, 
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.

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Redmond O'Hanlon's Congo Journey

Hay Festival 1997, 
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

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Michele Roberts

Impossible Saints

Hay Festival 1997, 
WH 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

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Roy Strong

Meetings with Remarkable Women

Hay Festival 1997, 
The 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.

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Martin Amis

Preview - Night Train

Hay Festival 1997, 
The 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

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Harold Pinter

The PEN Reading

Hay Festival 1997, 
The 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.

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Ian McEwan

Preview Enduring Love

Hay Festival 1997, 
The 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.

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Brian Patten

Armada

Hay Festival 1997, 
The poet reads from his new collection Armada. Patten's best-selling collections include Love Poems, The Mersey Sound, and Gargling With Jelly.

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Gerals Kaufman talks to Keith Raffan

How To Be A Minister

Hay Festival 1997, 
As 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.

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Sarah Dunant

Transgressions

Hay Festival 1997, 
Sarah Dunant's erotic thriller shifts the ground of her award-winning detective fiction onto a far more complex and contentious plane.

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David Lodge

The Practice of Writing

Hay Festival 1997, 
The 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.

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Martin Bell talks to Nik Gowing

In Harms Way

Hay Festival 1997, 
Bells'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.

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Patsy Rodenburg

Voice Production Workshop

Hay Festival 1997, 
The 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

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Louis De Bernieres talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1997, 
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.

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John Maddox

What Remains to be Discovered

Hay Festival 1997, 
Far 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...

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Sally Brampton, Colin McDowell, Jasper Conran

British Fashion

Hay Festival 1997, 
The 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.

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Helen Fielding talks to Joanna Coles

Bridget Jones

Hay Festival 1997, 
London'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.

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Trevor McDonald talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1997, 
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.

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Richard Hoggart

The Way We Live Now

Hay Festival 1997, 
The 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.

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Bill Bryson

Britain

Hay Festival 1997, 
Anyone 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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Dylan Moran

Is Indisposed

Hay Festival 1997, 
This year's Perrier Award-winning show from the most original and charming stand-up comedian for years.

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David Rose, Joshua Rozenberg

Whose Law is it Anyway?

Hay Festival 1997, 
An examination of the crises in the British legal system and the conflict between government and judiciary chaired by the law historian Andrew St George. Rozenberg is the BBC's Legal Correspondent and the author of Trial of Strength. Rose's book In the Name of the Law is a brilliant analysis of the currant situation and proposes radical reform for the whole system.

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Sue Townsend

Hay Festival 1997, 
The great comic writer, playwright and novelist discusses her work and reading with Caroline Gascoigne, Deputy Literary Editior of The Sunday Times.

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Susannah Clapp

With Chatwin

Hay Festival 1997, 
Bruce Chatwin was a traveller, a teller of tales and a connoisseur of the extraordinary. When he died in 1989 he was 48 and had completed six books. In Patagonia made him celebrated, The Viceroy of Ouidah and On the Black Hill were both made into films, The Songlines made him a best-seller, and Utz confirmed an artist at the height of his powers. Clapp edited two of Chatwin's books and her memoir of her friend is a beautiful evocation of the man feted for his looks as well as his prose, a vivid presence and absence, whose travelling led him so often here to the Black Mountains.

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Eric Hobsbawm

Memory, Myth, Fiction and History

Hay Festival 1997, 
The American Historical Review has just begun to review not only books, but films - beginning with Michael Collins. Eric Hobsbawm, author of the new On History reflects on the relations of historians, film producers, patriots and the public.