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Mo Mowlam in conversation with Jim Naughtie

Hay Festival 2002, 
Labour's most popular ex-politician, the ex-Northern Ireland Secretary publishes her characteristically off-message autobiography Momentum. She talks to the Today anchor, author of The Rivals, a study of the Brown-Blair oxymoron at the heart of the New Labour project.

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George Alagiah

A Passage to Africa

Hay Festival 2002, 
The Sri-Lankan born journalist was brought up in Ghana and was the BBC's Africa correspondent, covering genocides, famines, epidemics, disasters, dictatorships, democracies and ethnic divisions from Rawanda, Libera, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Mozambique to Zimbabwe and Zaire. His book examines the future relationships of African States with their former Colonial powers, and with American and international finance.

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Roger McGough

Everyday Eclipses

Hay Festival 2002, 
New poems with McGough's unique spin on innocence and experience: poems about his docker father and his new young daughter, dreams about how he gave the idea of Hey Jude to McCartney and told Dylan to go electric; about jugglers and human cannonballs, about sad music and 'everyday eclipses.'

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Philip Pullman talks to James Naughtie

Hay Festival 2002, 
The Amber Spyglass completed Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and was teh first 'childrens book' to win the overall Whitbread Prize. The novelist discusses his work with the broadcaster.

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Stephen L. Carter talks to Gary Young

The Emperor of Ocean Park

Hay Festival 2002, 
We launch the literary thriller that is gripping America and won a $4,000,000 advance from Random House. Talcott Garland, a black Ivy League law professor and son of the famous right-wing Judge Oliver Garland, is coming to terms with his father's murder. He begins a long and thrilling quest for the truth through a fascinating maze of high political ambition, family secrets and US justice horribly perverted. The Emperor of Ocean Park is, among many other things, an investigation into the soul of America during the darker years of the Nixon and Reagan presidencies. The author talks to The Guardian journalist Gary Younge.

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Christopher Hitchens

Why Orwell Matters

Hay Festival 2002, 
The great and prolific contrarian, scrouge of Henry Kissinger and Mother Theresa, hawkish advocate of American military action against Al Qaeda, and literary superstar, champions the cause of the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm, Down and Out In Paris and London and KeepThe Aspidistra Flying.

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Intervention and Cure

Hay Festival 2002, 
'The credible threat of overwhelming military force to prevent terror and further conflict: right or wrong?' The exact focus of this debatewill be determind by events at the time. The panel will be chaired by BBC World Anchor Nik Gowing and will include Michael Ignatieff, the Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and the BBC's Allan Little.

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Archbishop Rowan Williams

Has Secularism Failed?

Hay Festival 2002, 
There is much anxiety and confusion at present over the cultural role of religious belief. Are we condemed to a bitter stand-off between revived fundamentalism and an increasingly shaky 'liberal' consensus in public life? Or are there other models for faith and culture? Chaired by The Guardian's Alan Rusbridger.

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Roger McGough

Bad Bad Cats

Hay Festival 2002, 
A poetry party with the masterful word-juggler full of magic, horror and adult-eating alligators. These are very bad, bad cats...

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Joe Klein, David Halberstam, Christopher Hitchens and Jonathan Freedland

The Story is America

Hay Festival 2002, 
One of America's most brilliant political journalists, Klein was the anonymous author of the outrageous and unexaggerated satire Primary Colours and has just Published The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton. Halberstam's War In A Time of Peace explores America's role as the only international super-power and the effects of a generational shift in national leadership, the modern media's emphasis on entertainment over foreign news, and the leap in military technology and American economic prosperity that has rendered foreign policy largely irrelevant to many US citizens. Hitchens writes for Vanity Fair. Freedland writes for The Guardian and is the author of Bring Home the Revolution.

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Michael Ignatieff

Human Rights and Terror

Hay Festival 2002, 
Ignatieff is the Harvard Professor of Human Rights, author of The Warrior's Honour: Ethnic War and the Modern Conscience, and a Booker-shortlisted novelist.

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Will Hutton

The World We're In

Hay Festival 2002, 
Hutton follows up his The State We're In with an analysis of the political and economic effects (for the rest of the world) of American isolationism, and divines a counterbalance in a strengthened European Union.

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Paulo Coelho talks to Mick Brown

Hay Festival 2002, 
A rare opportunity to meet the author of The Alchemist, The Devil and Miss Prym, The Fifth Mountain, By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, and Veronika Decides to Die. The Brazilian novelist talks to Mick Brown, author of The Spiritual Tourist.

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David Hare

'I have a go, lady, I have a go'

Hay Festival 2002, 
Since Osbourne's death eight years ago, a theatrical old guard has sought to downplay the significance of his first performed play Look Back in Anger and it's impact on the post-war world. In this inaugural lecture, Hare celebrates the originality and passion of one of the twentieth century's greatest playwrights, and takes the arguments of his critics head on.

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Jenny Pitman

Hay Festival 2002, 
An audience with the legendary trainer of such champions as Burrough Hill Lad, Corbière, and Garrison Savannah, the first lady of horse-racing, and now first time novelist, author of the thriller On The Edge.

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Tanya Seghatchian talks to Peter Florence

Filming Harry

Hay Festival 2002, 
The co-producer of the Harry Potter movies talks about the way she and her team bought J.K.Rowlings book to the screen. We want to know: How did the make Robbie Coltrane Hagrid sized? Who plays Gilderoy Lockhart in HP2? And how did they film the Quidditch? Come along and join in.

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Sebastian Faulks

On Green Dolphin Street

Hay Festival 2002, 
The author of The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong and Charlotte Gray introduces his new novel. Set in Cold War America 'the title is taken from a Miles Davis track, and the novel's structure owes much of the complex layering of rhythm and theme that is the currency of jazz' (The Observer)

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Ian McEwan

Turning Pages

Hay Festival 2002, 
An intense affair between a famous literary critic and one of the most famous American poets of the 1920's prompts this meditation on love, sex, death and writing from the author of Atonement and the Booker Prize-winning Amsterdam

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Maya Angelou

In Performance

Hay Festival 2002, 
The Phenomenal Woman returns to Hay to launch her final memoir A Song Flung up to Heaven, which covers her return to America in the 1960s and her friendships with Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and James Baldwin.

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Sebastian Faulks

Vintage Living Texts 2

Hay Festival 2002, 
The author of World War 1 epic Birdsong discusses approaches to teaching the book with Vintage Living Texts series editiors Jonathan Noaks and Margeret Reynolds.

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Ian McEwan - Enduring Love

Vintage Living Texts 4

Hay Festival 2002, 
The writer discusses his novel Enduring Love with Vintage Living Texts series editiors Jonathan Noakes and Margaret Reynolds.

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Deborah Devonshire talks to Susan Hill

Hay Festival 2002, 
Britain's première Duchess, NFU President, rebuilder of the Chatsworth Estate, has written magnificently about her house and garden at Chatsworth, and last year rocketed up the best-seller lists with a witty and entertaining book Counting My Chickens. She talks to the novelist and publisher Susan Hill.

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Richard Fletcher

Bloodfued: Murder and Revenge in Anglo-Saxon England

Hay Festival 2002, 
The story of the epic North-South fued and retaliations over the murder of Uhtred, Earl of Northumbria before the court of King Canute in 1016.

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Stephen Lacey

Real Gardening

Hay Festival 2002, 
Q&A with the author of the contemporary and personal guide to the art of gardening which explores in a lively and accessible way the whole process of transforming a bare plot into a series of stunning seasonal pictures.

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Jane Ridley

Edwin Lutyens

Hay Festival 2002, 
The biographer in conversation about her study of the great English architect who moved with equal success from 'English Free School' style to magnificent classical Baroque architecture, and with Gertrud Jekyll, created many of the nation's finest country houses and gardens.