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  • Claire Tomalin's Jane Austen

    Claire Tomalin's Jane AustenAfetr 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 10.40amaudio available

  • Richard Fortey

    Life - An Authorised Biography

    Richard ForteyRichard 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 12pmaudio available

  • Doris Lessing

    The Good Books

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

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 12.10pmaudio available

  • HON

    HONGolwyg 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 2pmaudio available

  • Germaine Greer

    The Shakespeare Lecture

    Germaine GreerThe 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?

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 2.10pmaudio available

  • Ardal O'Hanlon talks to Terence Blacker

    Ardal O'Hanlon talks to Terence BlackerThe Irish comedian and actor, star of Channel 4's Father Ted discusses his first novel The Talk of the Town.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 4pmaudio available

  • John Humphries talks to Nik Gowing

    John Humphries talks to Nik GowingThe BBC Today Programme's hard man inquisitor discusses dialogue, the language of politics, and Michael Heseltine's hair with the BBC World anchor presenter.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 4pmaudio available

  • Melvyn Bragg

    On Giant's Shoulders

    Melvyn BraggMelvyn 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 4.10pmaudio available

  • Alan Hollinghurst, Nicola Barker, Rupert Thomson

    Alan Hollinghurst, Nicola Barker, Rupert ThomsonA 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 6pmaudio available

  • Gavin Esler

    United States of Anger

    Gavin EslerAmericans 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 6.10pmaudio available

  • Patrick French

    Liberty or Death

    Patrick FrenchThe writer and historian presents his view of the roles Mahatma Ghandi and Mohammad Ali Jinnah played in the Indian Independence Movement.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 6.10pmaudio available

  • Terry Pratchett

    Terry PratchettAn interview with one of the most brilliantly imaginative novelists of contemporary literature.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 6.15pmaudio available

  • Nicholas Edwards talks to Vincent Kane

    Opera House Lottery

    Nicholas Edwards talks to Vincent KaneLord 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 7.45pmaudio available

  • Muriel Spark

    Muriel SparkThe 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Saturday 23 May 1998, 7.45pmaudio available

  • Janet Street Porter

    Janet Street PorterThe broadcaster and walker talks about her journey on foot from Coast to Coast across Britain

    Hay Festival 1998, Sunday 24 May 1998, 10.35amaudio available

  • Helen Fielding

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

    Hay Festival 1998, Sunday 24 May 1998, 10.40amaudio available

  • Michael Dibdin talks to Peter Kemp

    Michael Dibdin talks to Peter KempThe 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Sunday 24 May 1998, 12pmaudio available

  • The Gene Genie

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Evolution

    The Gene GenieRichard 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Sunday 24 May 1998, 12.10pmaudio available

  • Too True

    Too TrueThe 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.

    Hay Festival 1998, Sunday 24 May 1998, 2pmaudio available

  • Stephen Hawking

    Stephen HawkingThe Cambridge scientist celebrates the tenth anniversary of his book A Brief History of Time with this lecture.

    Hay Festival 1998, Sunday 24 May 1998, 2.10pmaudio available

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