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David Crystal

Making It Up

Hay Festival 1998, 
Linguist David Crystal goes out hunting for the sources of language creativity, and finds most of them far nearer to home than most people might think.

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John Julius Norwich

Byzantium

Hay Festival 1998, 
On the 545th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople John Julius Norwich tells the story of the decline and fall of the Byzantine Empire, which lasted 1,123 years.

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Christopher Logue

Hay Festival 1998, 
The author of the greatest contemporary version of The Iliad, in War Music, Kings and The Husbands reads from his Selected Poems. "Modern poetry at its best" - Dennis Potter; "I'm crazy about it" - Henry Miller; "Not bad. I can read quite a bit of it" - Ezra Pound

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Norman Davies' Europe

Hay Festival 1998, 
From the Ica Age to the Cold War, from Minos to Margaret Thatcher, Davies introduces his monumental and authoritative history of the continent, "A huge, heroic book" - London Review of Books.

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Juliet Barker's Brontes

Hay Festival 1998, 
The prize-winning biographer and editior of the Bronte letters portrays the lives of the three novelist sisters Emily, Charlotte and Ann, and their brother Branwell. She examines the literary sensation caused by the publication of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

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PD James

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Queen of Crime explores the setting of the law courts in her latest Adam Dalgleish investigation A Certain Justice.

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Alain de Botton

How Proust Can Change Your Life

Hay Festival 1998, 
Alain de Botton "dissects what Proust had to say about friendship, reading, looking carefully, paying attention, taking your time, being alive and adds his own delicious commentary". "So charming, amusing and sensible that it may even change your life" - Daily Telegraph

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Fay Weldon

Hay Festival 1998, 
The passionate and erotic story told in Weldon's Big Women is not unrecognisably dissimilar to the actual founding of the feminist publishing house Virago. She charts her four principle characters' lives over the last 20 years.

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Gitta Sereny talks to Anthony Clare

Hay Festival 1998, 
The journalist and writer whose books include the award-winning portrait of Albert Speer and Into That Darkness - the conversations with the commandant of the Treblinka camp - discusses morality and the humanity with the psychiatrist Anthony Clare. The subject of Sereny's new book Cries Unheard is under embargo untill 11th May.

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Jay McInerney, Julian Barnes and Stephen Fry

A Good Read

Hay Festival 1998, 
The three writers each recommend one treasured book: Barnes recommends Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome; McInerney chooses Raymond Carver's Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?; Fry celebrates PG Wodehouse's The Code of the Woosters.

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Roger Penrose

Richard Feynman

Hay Festival 1998, 
Roger Penrose the author of The Emperors New Mind discusses the life and work of one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century.

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The Boys Of The Lough in concert

Hay Festival 1998, 
featuring Aly Bain on Fiddle

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Michael Ignatieff

Ethnic War and The Modern Conscience

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Booker-nominated writer and broadcaster reports from Bosnia and The West Bank, from Afghanistan and Central Africa. He introduces the warlords, casualties and aid workers on the frontlines as he explores the perils and obligations of moral citizenship in a world scarred by ethnic war.

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Tom Paulin

The 1998 Raymond Williams Lecture Two Boston Unitarians: William Hazlitt and TS Eliot

Hay Festival 1998, 
Hazlitt's father, The Reverend William Hazlitt, founded the first Unitarian Church in Boston in 1783. TS Eliot's grandfather became a member of that church, so Hazlitt and Eliot share a common Unitarian heritage. Though Eliot dismissed Hazlitt's literary criticism, he was in fact profoundly influenced by Hazlitt, and, for example, stole the concept of The Dissociation of Sensibility from an early essay by Hazlitt. The lecture will explore the similarities and differences between these two writers.

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Stephen Fry, Brian Gilbert, Julian Mitchell

Wilde at Heart

Hay Festival 1998, 
The star, director, and writer of the movie Wilde discuss the importance of being Oscar.

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Jay McInerney and Julian Barnes

Hay Festival 1998, 
A preview reading of forthcoming work chaired and introduced by The Guardian's North American correspondant Joanna Coles. McInerney reads from Model Behaviour. Barnes reads from England, England.

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Joanna Trollope, Natasha Walter

New Britain, New Woman, New Family

Hay Festival 1998, 
What can and should New Labour culture do for womenand families in society? On the panel debating the issues will be Joanna Trollope, whose no 1 best-seller Other People's Children was published on Mother's Day, and Natasha Walter, author of The New Feminism.

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Roy Strong

The Story of Britain

Hay Festival 1999, 
How should our history be written? The Historian andndiarist introduces his elegant and highly entertaining version of these island's past.

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Trevor Jones talks to David Lewis

Hay Festival 1999, 
Jones was head boy at Gordonstoun, an usher at Princes Andrew's wedding, and ace helicopter pilot with a wonderful life ahead, when tragedy struck in an horrific skiing accident and Trevor was confined to a wheelchair for life. Not exactly "confined" - Walking on Air is the amazing story of this man's unwillingness to accept his fate.

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The Modern Library

Hay Festival 1999, 
Virago founder Carmen Callil and Irish writer Colm Toibin have canonised "the 200 best novels in English since 1950". Join them to debate who's in, who's out and why?

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John Mortimer

The Sound of Trumpets

Hay Festival 1999, 
The newly beknighted novelist turns his gaze on New Labour with delightful mischief in store. Mortimer chews the polenta with the political journalist Anthony Howard.

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Robert Llewellyn

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Red Dwarf cult star discusses comedy and his novels The Man on Platform Five and Punchbag which is launched at the Festival.

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Steve Jones

Is Human Evolution Over?

Hay Festival 1999, 
Utopian novels used to show ordinary people living in extraordinary societies. Now, the people change, but society stays the same (think of Star Trek) - because everyonw assumes that evolution is speeding up. In the first Predictions Lecture the great geneticist argues that this is untrue; that evolution has stopped; and that when it comes to our bodies, if not our minds, we are living in Utopia now.

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Leslie Norris

Hay Festival 1999, 
The tales and images from Sliding and The Girl From Cardigan have informed the sensibilities of generations of readers in Wales and America where he lives, but is largely unknown in England. The greatest living Welsh short story writer and poet talks to Peter Florence about his writing and reads from his work.

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Dr Thomas Stuttaford

In Your Right Mind

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Times' medical guru explores the responses to and treatments of common psychological and psychiatric conditions.

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