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Ian Robertson

Mind Sculpture

Hay Festival 1999, 
One of the world's leading authorities on brain rehabilitation explores ground-breaking discoveries about how the brain is physically shaped by experience and our interactions with the world around us.

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O'Brien on Joyce

Hay Festival 1999, 
Edna O'Brien talks about James Joyce. Introduced by Geordie Greig, literary editor of The Sunday Times.

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Anne Fines talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1999, 
The pre-eminent children's writer and creator of Madame Doubtfire talks about her adult novel Telling Liddy. She "writes like an angel: flawless prose, perfect pitch, and a follow-through that knocks the wind from your lungs" Scotland on Sunday

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View From The Summit

Hay Festival 1999, 
On his eightieth birthday, the conqueror of Everest Edmund Hillary talks to the climber Joe Simpson author of Touching the Void. Introduced by Jan Morris.

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Mary Wesley and Julia Blackburn

Hay Festival 1999, 
The octgenarian novelist reads and talks with Blackburn, whose The Leper's Companions set on a medieval pilgrimage to the Holy Land is one of the most magical novels of the year, hotly tipped for the big literary prizes.

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Jimmy Hill

Hay Festival 1999, 
As player, manager and commentator Hill has been the face and voice of football for decades. He talks about his career to the sportswriter Grahame Lloyd whose biography of Jan Molby is published this week.

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Julian Lloyd Webber

Hay Festival 1999, 
The cellist is accompanied by pianist Rebecca Woolcott

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Ian Stewart - The Royal Society Michael Faraday Lecture

The Science of Discworld

Hay Festival 1999, 
Maths guru Ian Stewart explores the science bits in Terry Pratchett's completely new 30,000 world Discworld short story in which the wizards of Unseen University accidentally set in train the Roundworld Project - our universe!

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Roy Hudd - Hiss and Boo

Hay Festival 1999, 
The inimitable comedian tops the bill when Britain's brightest and best Music Hall and Variety Company Hiss & Boo bring their gala of laughter, music and song to Hay on Bank Holiday Monday. Leave your inhibitions at home and come and be well and truly entertained.

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Edward Lucie-Smith

Adam

Hay Festival 1999, 
Edward Lucie-Smith gives an illustrated lecture about the position of the male nude in western art and culture. He focuses both on its role as the traditional training ground for the artist and on its complex emotional and sexual connotations.

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Howard Norman, Wayne Johnston & Shyam Selvadurai

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading and discussion with Howard Norman, author of the magical Museum Guard set in an Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia and two of the stars of the new generation of Canadian novelists. JOhnston's The Colony of Unrequited Dreams fictionalises the rise and rise of Newfoundland's first Premier at the turn of the century. Selvadurai, a Sri Lankan writer based in Canada, explores the issues of exile, British colonial history, sexual identity and gender politics in his Cinnamon Gardens set in Ceylon. Chaired by John Saddler.

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Rory Maclean

Hay Festival 1999, 
The author of the best-seller Stalin's Nose expands the boundries of travel writing by trampling the borders between fact and fiction. He reads from his new book Under the Dragon a vivid, passionate journey around beautiful, betrayed Burma.

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Rosemary Conley

Hay Festival 1999, 
Lunchtime with the diet guru, author of the world bestselling Hip and Thigh Diet and the delightfully wicked Low Fat Cookbook.

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William Dalrymple

The Age of Kali

Hay Festival 1999, 
William Dalrymple returns to HAy to tell of his travels in India and Pakistan. He becomes the first European ever to be permitted to witness the macabre nightly offering to the goddess Parashakti; he meets such figures as Imran Khan and Benazir Bhutto; he experiences civil war in Kashmir; and discovers such Indian oddities as the last of the great tiger-stuffers.

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Roger Scruton

Goodwill Hunting

Hay Festival 1999, 
An open debate about the rights and wrongs of hunting.

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Gillian Clarke and Gwyneth Lewis

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading and conversation with two poets shortlisted for the 1999 Book of the Year in Wales. Clarke's collection is Five Fields. Lewis is nominated for Zero Gravity.

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Marika Cobbold

Hay Festival 1999, 
The author of Guppies For Tea talks to novelist Elizabeth Buchan about the writing of best-selling popular fiction and about her new novel of childhood, love and friendship Frozen Music.

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Gitta Sereny

A Different Journalism

Hay Festival 1999, 
The historian has written about FRanz Stangl, the Commandant at Treblinka, Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, and twice about the child-killer Mary Bell. She discusses her subjects, and how, in the information age, we might read history in new ways.

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Michael Hofmann, Ian Hamilton, Deborah Garrison

Three Poets

Hay Festival 1999, 
Hoffman reads from Approximately Nowhere many poems which deal with his father. Hamilton reads from his immediate and intimate collection of Sixty Poems, and 20-something New Yorker Garrison reads from her best-selling A Working Girl Can't Win.

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Robin Day

Speaking for Myself

Hay Festival 1999, 
An afternoon with the grand inquisitor recounting his speeches of yore. Toasts are proposed, anecdotes are told, and legs are pulled. The gallery of friends he addresses include Morecombe and Wise, Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher, Geoffrey Howe, and John Cole.

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Grey Gowrie

The Housman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 1999, 
Lord Gowrie has been Secetary of State for the Arts, Chairman of both Sothebys and The Arts Council, and has been a Professor of Literature in America. He delivers this year's address about his personal engagement with poetry.

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Vitali Vitaliev

Borders Up!

Hay Festival 1999, 
Having sought alcoholic oblivion from the oppressive soviet regime, the inimitable Russian jounalist staggers across Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania asking why statistics show that despitre all the benefits of democracy, the people of Eastern Europe are drinking more, not less, than ever before.

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Sian James, Jacinta Bell

Truth or Dare?

Hay Festival 1999, 
"I am certain of nothing but the truth of imagination"
Novelists Sian James and Jacinta Bell talk to Nigel Jenkins about the hidden experiences that form their fictions. James' new Summer Storm has the same subtle understanding of character displayed in her acclaimed childhood memoir Sky Over Wales. Moving between Mid-Wales, London and Tunisia, Bell's Exiles is the most exciting Welsh debut for many years.

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Emyr Humphreys At Eighty

Hay Festival 1999, 
An interview with the celebrated novelist, shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award for The Gift of a Daughter. He talks to Jason Walford Davies.

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Andrew O'Hagan and Al Kennedy

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading and discussion with two of Scotland's finest writers. The award-winning short story writer Kennedy reads from her novel Everything You Need. Journalist O'Hagan reads from his first work of fiction Our Fathers.

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