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Richard Fortey

The Earth: An Intimate History

Hay Festival 2004, 
The 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).

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Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran

Does It Play?

Hay Festival 2004, 
How 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.

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Thea Wolff, Stephanie Theobald and John Williams

Black Comedy

Hay Festival 2004, 
Williams' 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.

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Tristram Hunt

Building Jerusalem

Hay Festival 2004, 
The 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'

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Bob Geldof talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
Dad's, debt, and rock'n'roll.

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Orly Castel-Bloom and Jonathan Coe talk to Linda Grant

Hay Festival 2004, 
The 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.

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Simon Jenkins

Builded Here

Hay Festival 2004, 
The eminent journalist considers his cultural and architectural odyssey around England's Thousand Best Homes and Churches in this illustrated lecture.

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Tony Parsons

Hay Festival 2004, 
The 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.

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Christopher Lee, John Maddox, Eric Hobsbawm

Between the Wars

Hay Festival 2004, 
In 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.

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Joe Simpson talks to Charles Furneaux

Touching The Void

Hay Festival 2004, 
The 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?

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Anita Roddick talks to Michael Buerk

Greenwash?

Hay Festival 2004, 
The iconic environmental champion and founder of The Body Shop discusses corporate responsibility and ethics with the Moral Maze presenter and journalist.

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James Kelman and Iain Sinclair talk to Catherine Lockerbie

International Fiction

Hay Festival 2004, 
Booker 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.

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Joan Bakewell talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
The broadcaster discusses her frank and dazzling memoir The Middle of the Bed with the broadcaster and editior.

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Michael Ignatieff

The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror

Hay Festival 2004, 
The 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.

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Rory Maclean, Rory Stewart and Peter Robb

Other Worlds

Hay Festival 2004, 
In 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.

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Greg Klerkx

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

Hay Festival 2004, 
Post-Apollo NASA has got hung up on the Shuttle and the Space Station. The future may lie with an alternative free-market space community.

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Zadie Smith

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this exclusive preview the author of WHite Teeth and The Autograph Man reads from her work in progress on her new novel.

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Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

River Cottage Meat

Hay Festival 2004, 
The 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...

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

Fact and Fiction

Hay Festival 2004, 
The 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?

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Nigel Forde, Sarah Wardle, Deryn Rees-Jones

Poetry Live

Hay Festival 2004, 
A 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.

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Howard Jacobson and Deborah Moggach

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Wodehouse Prize-winner launches his new novel The Making of Henry, a brilliant bawdy and agonizing comedy about changing your life and falling in love. Moggach's These Foolish Things is a glorious 'silver' comedy about Dunroamin, a converted guesthouse in Bangalore where British pensioners can enjoy the hot weather and mango juice with their gin.

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Arnold Wesker 1

Hay Festival 2004, 
The playwright and and spellbinding solo performer, whose plays are currently running in twelve capital cities around the world, embarks on a five night residency reading and previewing new work and classic plays. Tonight he previews extracts from Longitude and Groupie, both of which will open in London later this year, and What Ever Happened to Betty Lemon?

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Ken Loach

Hay Festival 2004, 
The great radical film-maker, director of Cathy Come Home, Kes, Raining Stones, Carla's Song and Sweet Sixteen, and his biographer Anthony Hayward talk to Francine Stock.

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James Dean Bradfield and Patrick Jones

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Manic Street Preacher and his theatre collaborator discuss music, politics and words with the author and broadcaster Jon Gower.

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Jason Byrne

Hay Festival 2004, 
Inspired invention form a mercurial comedy genius. His delight in the rapport with his audience is irresistibly infectious. The most exciting comedy discovery in years.

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