Reading and Conversation. Glaister's Sheer Blue Bliss is a thrilling novel about the sources of art and the unpredictable forces of loss and human craving. Houston, the author of the cult classic Cowboys are my Weakness presents her first novel Waltzing the Cat, a beautiful novel about relationships and place with one of the most dazzling aerial sequences ever written. The spectacularly inventive and magical Gowdy returns with her novel The White Bone, a story in which we learn everything anout elephants, their societal structure, their mythology, their language, their beliefs, an entire invented universe which is brilliantly put together, it seems almost logical.
Two newsmen discuss how the role of the reporter has changed in the information age. Jeremy is the BBC's multiaward-winning Middle Eastern correspondent, speaking at Hay between covering the refugee situation in Albania and the crucial Israeli elections. His father, Gareth was the journalist who reported live from Aberfan in 1966.
The cult Florida crime-novelist and environmental hero Carl Hiaasen, author of Lucky You, Tourist Season, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather and Double Whammy, talks to Peter Guttridge author of A Ghost of a Chance and No Laughing Matter.
Shortlisted for bothnBooker and Whitbread awards The Restraint of Beasts has become a cult classic. Blackest comedy set in rural Herefordshire, it is terrifyingly funny and beautifully written. Tim Lott author of the acclaimed and bestselling The Scent of Dried Roses, launches his new novel White City Blue, an articulate study of a man made of little more than the suit he wears and the car he drives. Logue presents her first novel Shadow-Box a dazzling mix of characters including the boxer Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion of the world, and Mina Loy the poet.
Self-proclaimed King of Hay Richard Booth opened the first bookshop in Hay 40 years ago and has led the second-hand book town movement throughout Europe. Lawyers allowing, he will launch his colourful autobiography My Kingdom of Books. In conversation with Phil Rickman.
In an auction held in Holland in February 1637, 99 lots of tulip bulbs fetched a staggering 90,000 guilders, more than £6 million in today's money. Tulipomania had reached its height. In this sublimely illustrated lecture the author introduces her astonishing history of Europe's most desired flower.
The former South African President and Nobel Laureate visits Hay between his deposition to the TRC and the new elections, to talk about the dismantling of the great coalition and his relationship with President Mandela, explored in his autobiography The Last Trek.
The climber presents an illustrated slide show recounting his epic struggle for survival in the Peruvian Andes. 'Touching the Void' won the 1989 NCR Award for Non fiction and became an international bestseller. Tom Cruise will play Simpson in the movie. 'Touching the Void' is one of the absolute classics of mountaineering - a document of pyschological, even philosophical witness of the rarest compulsion' - George Steiner.
Illustrated with his images, the biographer assesses the masterpieces, and sheds new light on the humiliations and scandals the Henri Matisse had to overcome in order to develop into the greatest French painter of this century.
The science writer explains how astronomers at the University of Sussex measured the age of the Universe, and resolved the long-standing puzzle of stars that seemed to be older than time itself. Illustrated with images from the Hubble Space Telescope.