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Claire Tomalin's Jane Austen

Hay Festival 1998, 
Afetr her stunning biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Dora Jordan, Tomalin turned to their contemporary, Jane Austen, and reveals a life less quiet, more eventful, and more surprising than the conventional picture of the great novelist.

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Richard Fortey

Life - An Authorised Biography

Hay Festival 1998, 
Richard Fortey has written a vivid biography of life - a history spanning more than 3000 million years. Weaving his own lifetime as a palaeontologist into the story, he shows how life's past was one of reversals, chances gained and lost, occasional drama; more dramatic and engaging than a human lifetime, but governed by the same mix of genes and opportunity.

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Doris Lessing

The Good Books

Hay Festival 1998, 
The novelist Doris Lessing discusses what the Old Testament, New Testament and The Koran have in common.

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HON

Hay Festival 1998, 
Golwyg Sgwarnoglyd ar fap dychymyg Twm Morys, sy'n eich gwahodd i ragflas o gyfresi teledu a radio mwya' pryfoclyd Cymru. Cewch groeso ar gan, cipolwg o ambell I olygfa ac yna trafodaeth rhwng Twm a John Hefin.

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Germaine Greer

The Shakespeare Lecture

Hay Festival 1998, 
The new historricism is no longer new but does that meanit shouldbe thrown out? Does thinking about Shakespeare in his historic context help us or hinder us in understanding his plays as texts for today? So Juliet is fourteen, so what? So Cesario is a boy played by a girl played by a boy. So what?

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Ardal O'Hanlon talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Irish comedian and actor, star of Channel 4's Father Ted discusses his first novel The Talk of the Town.

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John Humphries talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1998, 
The BBC Today Programme's hard man inquisitor discusses dialogue, the language of politics, and Michael Heseltine's hair with the BBC World anchor presenter.

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Melvyn Bragg

On Giant's Shoulders

Hay Festival 1998, 
Melvyn Bragg chairs a discussion of Darwin's influence, and explores the ways in which the theory of evolution of the species has developed with the geneticist Richard Dawkins and the author of the forthcoming What Remains to be Discovered John Maddox.

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Alan Hollinghurst, Nicola Barker, Rupert Thomson

Hay Festival 1998, 
A reading and conversation with three outstanding contemporary novelists. Hollinghurst, author of The Swimming Pool Library ("superbly written, wildly funny" - Daily Telegraph) and The Folding Star launches his new novel The Spell; Barker's Wide Open confirms her as a "singular, soaring, stratospheric talent" - Scotland on Sunday: Thompson's Soft is a brilliant fable about advertising, urban angst and synchronized swimming.

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Gavin Esler

United States of Anger

Hay Festival 1998, 
Americans are angry - about their politics, their economy, about race, about crime, abortion, and immigration. The BBC's chief North America correspondent analyses what has happened to the American Dream at the end of the century of the Superpower.

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Patrick French

Liberty or Death

Hay Festival 1998, 
The writer and historian presents his view of the roles Mahatma Ghandi and Mohammad Ali Jinnah played in the Indian Independence Movement.

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Terry Pratchett

Hay Festival 1998, 
An interview with one of the most brilliantly imaginative novelists of contemporary literature.

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Nicholas Edwards talks to Vincent Kane

Opera House Lottery

Hay Festival 1998, 
Lord Crickhowell discusses his experience of chairing the Cardiff Bay Opera House project to build Zaha Hadid's new theatre with the BBC Wales television presenter.

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Muriel Spark

Hay Festival 1998, 
The novelist whose books include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, The Ballard of Peckham Rye and Curriculum Vitae reads her autobiographal short story The Gentile Jewesses and takes questions from the audience. Chaired by Geordie Greig.

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Janet Street Porter

Hay Festival 1998, 
The broadcaster and walker talks about her journey on foot from Coast to Coast across Britain

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Helen Fielding

Hay Festival 1998, 
The begetter of Bridget Jones' Diary previews her sequel to the mega-selling tale of pride and prejudice, and reveals what Bridget did next.

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Michael Dibdin talks to Peter Kemp

Hay Festival 1998, 
The creator of the Venetian detective Aurelio Zen talks to the Sunday Times Fiction Editior about crime, canals and Europe. Dibdin is the winner of the Crime Writers Asscciation Gold Dagger.

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The Gene Genie

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Evolution

Hay Festival 1998, 
Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward present the arguments about evolution and genetics explored in Dawin's groundbreaking books, which include The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and Climbing Mount Improbable.

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Too True

Hay Festival 1998, 
The poet Blake Morrison explores the boundries between fact and fiction with Linda Grant, author of Remind Me Who I Am, Again and the award- winning writer Romesh Gunesekera whose novel The Sandglas is published this month by Granta. Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father? launched a publishing fashion for confessional autobiography. His second book As If addressed the killing of two-year old James Bulger. Too True is published this month.

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Stephen Hawking

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Cambridge scientist celebrates the tenth anniversary of his book A Brief History of Time with this lecture.

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David Jenkins and Bill Cash talk to Andy Allan

Can we think again?

Hay Festival 1998, 
The former Bishop of Durham and the Tory MP discuss the free market and the issues of spiritual and material prosperity with the MD of Carlton Television.

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Philip Marsden and David Pryce-Jones

Hay Festival 1998, 
Marsden's The Spirit Werstlers is a journey through post-Soviet Russia. In villages unseen since before the Revolution, he explores the lives of Russians who seem to have stepped straight from the pages of Turgenev, Gogol and Babel. He discusses his adventure with the historian David Pryce-Jones, author of The War That Never Was.

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David Hare

Hay Festival 1998, 
The playwright and screenwriter discusses his current West End plays Amy's View and the Judas Kiss with Peter Florence.

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Orlando Figes

The TLS Lecture - The Invention of Russia

Hay Festival 1998, 
The author of the multi-award winning A Peoples Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution addresses Russian culture and national identity since the eighteenth century. Introduced and chaired by Ferdinand Mount, Editor of the TLS.

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Simon Nye

Hay Festival 1998, 
The award-winning creator of the cult hit Men Behaving Badly and the new BBC2 comedy How Do You Want Me? discusses his screenwriting with Peter Florence.