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  • Richard Fortey

    The Earth: An Intimate History

    Richard ForteyThe palaeontologist introduces his magisterial history of our planets' last four billion years. 'Think of Earth as a recycling system, forever turning granite into clay and sand, ocean mud into marble, gathering gold in veins and silver into seams. The Earth is the greatest show on earth' (The Guardian).

    Hay Festival 2004, Friday 28 May 2004, 6pmaudio available

  • Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

    Does It Play?

    Laurence Marks and Maurice GranHow to hold 12 million people for 28 minutes. A full-morning masterclass in comedy writing for television with the creators of Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and The New Statesman.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 9amaudio available

  • Thea Wolff, Stephanie Theobald and John Williams

    Black Comedy

    Thea Wolff, Stephanie Theobald and John WilliamsWilliams' The Prince of Wales continues his black-comedy trawl through Cardiff's underworld. Wollf's agent provocateur works at The Honey Trap, an agency testing fidelity. Theobald's Trix pairs a Scarborough waitress and a charismatic hustler on a road trip across America.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 10amaudio available

  • Tristram Hunt

    Building Jerusalem

    Tristram HuntThe acclaimed historian explores the history of civic pride and the legacy of the Victorian city from the Gothic wonder of Manchester Town Hall to the coming of theGarden City and Dickens' 'Coketown'

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 10amaudio available

  • Bob Geldof talks to Rosie Boycott

    Bob Geldof talks to Rosie BoycottDad's, debt, and rock'n'roll.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 10amaudio available

  • Orly Castel-Bloom and Jonathan Coe talk to Linda Grant

    Orly Castel-Bloom and Jonathan Coe talk to Linda GrantThe leading Israeli satirist, author of Human Parts and the Wodehouse Prize-winning author of What a Carve Up and The Rotters' Club in conversation with the Orange Prize-winning novelist about the strategic deployment of heavy ridicule.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 11.30amaudio available

  • Simon Jenkins

    Builded Here

    Simon JenkinsThe eminent journalist considers his cultural and architectural odyssey around England's Thousand Best Homes and Churches in this illustrated lecture.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 11.30amaudio available

  • Tony Parsons

    Tony ParsonsThe blockbusting champion of masculinism and author of Mand and Boy, Man and Wife, and One for my Baby discusses his career and his new novel The Family Way.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 11.30amaudio available

  • Christopher Lee, John Maddox, Eric Hobsbawm

    Between the Wars

    Christopher Lee, John Maddox, Eric HobsbawmIn this first of a series of conversations about major turning points in British history, the playwright and historian discusses the revolutions in science, society and industry of the 1920's and 1930's with the grandee science-writer John Maddox, and the historian and autobiographer Eric Hobsbawm.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 1pmaudio available

  • Joe Simpson talks to Charles Furneaux

    Touching The Void

    Joe Simpson talks to Charles FurneauxThe climber and writer discusses his classic mountaineering story and the process of making the feature film with the Channel 4 Commissioning Editior. Is he happy with the result? Does the film add to the experience of the book, or merely bastardise it?

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 1pmaudio available

  • Anita Roddick talks to Michael Buerk

    Greenwash?

    Anita Roddick talks to Michael BuerkThe iconic environmental champion and founder of The Body Shop discusses corporate responsibility and ethics with the Moral Maze presenter and journalist.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 1pmaudio available

  • James Kelman and Iain Sinclair talk to Catherine Lockerbie

    International Fiction

    James Kelman and Iain Sinclair talk to Catherine LockerbieBooker Prize-winner Kelman launches his new novel You Have to Be Careful in the Land of the Free. Sinclair introduces his Dining on Stones. Chaired by the EIBF Director.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 2.30pmaudio available

  • Joan Bakewell talks to Rosie Boycott

    Joan Bakewell talks to Rosie BoycottThe broadcaster discusses her frank and dazzling memoir The Middle of the Bed with the broadcaster and editior.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 2.30pmaudio available

  • Michael Ignatieff

    The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

    Michael IgnatieffThe novelist and Harvard Professor of Human Rights Practice explores how a violent response to violence arguably makes us morally indistinguishable from our enimies, and confronts the political challenge of trying to win the war against terror without losing our democratic souls.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 2.30pmaudio available

  • Rory Maclean, Rory Stewart and Peter Robb

    Other Worlds

    Rory Maclean, Rory Stewart and Peter RobbIn Maclean's Falling for Icarus our intrepid adventurer sets off to Crete, where, with help from his Cretan neighbours, he attempts to build a woodhopper from scratch and make it fly. In 2001, Stewart, now Deputu Governor of a province in Iraq, set off from Heart to walk to Kabul via the mountains of Ghor in central Afghanistan. Robb's A Death in BRazil engages the politics, history and culture of South America's carnival superpower.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 4pmaudio available

  • Greg Klerkx

    Lost in Space: The Fall of NASA and the Dream of a New Space Age

    Greg KlerkxPost-Apollo NASA has got hung up on the Shuttle and the Space Station. The future may lie with an alternative free-market space community.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 4pmaudio available

  • Zadie Smith

    Zadie SmithIn this exclusive preview the author of WHite Teeth and The Autograph Man reads from her work in progress on her new novel.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 4pmaudio available

  • Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

    River Cottage Meat

    Hugh Fearnley WhittingstallThe chef and writer conjures shepherds pie, glazed baked ham, Irish stew, roast grouse with all the trimmings, toad in the hole and oxtail stew, pot au feu, cassoulet, bolito misto, pasticcio, jerked pork, feijoida, cozido, curried goat...

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 4pm - CHANNEL 4 MARQUEEaudio available

  • Jonathan Freedland, Clive James, Michael Ignatieff, Nick Broomfield, Linda Grant

    Fact and Fiction

    Jonathan Freedland, Clive James, Michael Ignatieff, Nick Broomfield, Linda GrantThe Guardian policy editor hosts this discussion about how truths are told in stories. What happens when the imagination is continually outstripped by reality? How can novelists and playwrights keep up when current events repeatdly generate more drama, tragedy and absurdity than any writer could dream up?

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 5.20pmaudio available

  • Nigel Forde, Sarah Wardle, Deryn Rees-Jones

    Poetry Live

    Nigel Forde, Sarah Wardle, Deryn Rees-JonesA reading by three award-winning poets. Forde's latest collection is A Map of the Territory, Wardle's is Fields Away, Rees-Jones has just published Quiver.

    Hay Festival 2004, Saturday 29 May 2004, 5.30pmaudio available

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