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Roger Deakin talks to Terence Blacker

Waterlog

Hay Festival 1999, 
The writer talks about about his journeyswimming round the British Isles. Detained by Water Bailiffs in Winchester, intercepted in the Fowey estury by Coastguards, mistaken for a suicide on Camber Sands... he provides a unique vision of Britain from the water.

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David Crystal

Dying, dying, dead: Writing the obituary of languages

Hay Festival 1999, 
Half the world's languages will be dead this time next century. In this Predictions Lecture, Crystal asks why, reflects on what can be done about it, and reads extracts from a play he has written to publicise their plight.

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Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd

Come Together

Hay Festival 1999, 
The writing partnership of Emlyn Rees and Josie Lloyd read from and answer questions about their collaboration on their extravagantly heralded novel, one of the publishing triumphs of the year.

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Andrew Miller and Patricia Duncker

Hay Festival 1999, 
Reading and conversation with two leading authors, both of whom have chosen to write historical novels. Miller's Casanova is a portrait of the great lover set in C18th London. Duncker's James Miranda Barry tells the story of a legendary surgeon, dualist and socialite - a woman whose greatest achievement was to have passed for more than fifty years as a man.

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Ludovic Kennedy

All in the Mind: A Farewell to God

Hay Festival 1999, 
The eminent broadcaster premises a rejection of "belief". Go down the honest, straightforward and admirably clear road which Kennedy has chosen and say that there is no external force of divinity other than the longings of the human mind. Or say with Bishop Rowan Williams: "If we are not self-created, we are answerable to a truth we don't produce"

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Norma Waterson & Martin Carthy

Hay Festival 1999, 
The first couple of English Folk Music play Hay. "One of the world's great duos'.

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Peter Ustinov

Hay Festival 1999, 
An audience with the master, on the occasion of the publication of his novel Monsieur Rene.

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James Fenton, Timothy Garton Ash, Darryl Pinckney

The Writer Looks at the World

Hay Festival 1999, 
A panel discussion with three New York Review of Books contributors who will discuss the risks  of arriving at a viewpoint when writing about an event, as well as airing their views of fairness, accuracy and judgment.

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Marion Keyes, Victoria Routledge

Friends

Hay Festival 1999, 
The current superstar of feel-good comic fiction Marian Keyes author of Rachel's Holiday reads and talks about her sparkling, laugh-out-loud novel Last Chance SaloonVictoria Routledge launched her delightful comedy of twenty-something shenanigans Friends Like These.

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George Walden, Jason Cowley

Lucky George

Hay Festival 1999, 
The rogue MP George Walden talks to The New Statesman's Jason Cowley about his sentimental education in the Foreign Office and his caustic Westminster diaries.

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Jenny Uglow

'Hogarth: Luxury and Excess in the Eighteenth Century'

Hay Festival 1999, 
In his penetrating satirical series like The Rakes Progress, and in his paintings of the polite and impolite society of his century, William Hogarth pulled the screen from the vices and follies of his day. In this talk, biographer Jenny Uglow gives a vivid account of his life, personality and work and shows his prints form part of the powerful debates about luxury, speculation and excess that troubled this new, thrusting commercial world.

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Maddox on Yeats

What's Liking Got To Do With It?

Hay Festival 1999, 
In writing her new biography of W.B.Yeats, George's GhostsBrenda Maddox found Yeat's belief that he and his young wife spent five years of communication with spirits an initial obstacle. She talks with psychotherapist Susie Orbach author of The Impossibility of Sex about how this supposed magic worked - to save the Yeats's marriage and give Yeats the metaphors for his late great poetry. But do biographers, or therapists, need to like the people they are analysing?

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David Lodge

Hay Festival 1999, 
The great comic novelist presents his play Home Truths focussing on the central scene of an interview of a writer by a journalist.

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Barbara Trapido

Hay Festival 1999, 
The author of The Travelling Hornplayer, Juggling, and Brother of the More Famous Jack talks to Philippa Gregory.

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Anthony Sampson

Nelson Mandel

Hay Festival 1999, 
The writer talks about his friend and biograhical subject, the retiring President of South Africa.

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Theodore Zeldin

How Talk Can Change Your Life

Hay Festival 1999, 
Developing his Radio 4 Lecture Series, the inimitable historian and cultural observer addresses his preoccupying theme of Conversation.

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Tony Parsons

Hay Festival 1999, 
The iconoclastic journalist and single parent launches his autobiograpical novel Man and Boy in conversation with Louise Doughty author of Honeydew and Dance With Me.

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Tom Wolfe

A Man In Full

Hay Festival 1999, 
The American writer, the winner of the 1999 Sunday Times award for Literary Excellence reads from and talks about his novel. Chaired by Geordie Greig Editor of The Sunday Times Books Section.

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Susie Orbach

The Impossibility of Sex

Hay Festival 1999, 
The world-renowned author of Fat is a Feminist Issue and expert on women's psychology analyses the basis and practice of therapeutic relationships.

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Ferdinand Mount

The TLS Lecture: Pepys the Novel

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Hawthornden-prizewinning novelist and TLS editor talks about the remarkable rebirth of the historical novel and recounts how a chance discovery in Pepys' diary led him to write Jem (and Sam), a Restoration saga of ambition and revenge, the second of his Tales of History and Imagination.

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Tony Harrison

Hay Festival 1999, 
A reading by the film-maker~poet whose latest movie is Prometheus.

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Bill Bryson

Hay Festival 1999, 
The outrageously funny humorist and travel-writer, author of Notes From a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, and Notes from a Big Country is the winner of this years Madoc Award for travel writing, sponsored by The Wales Tourist Board. 

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Annie Nightingale

Hay Festival 1999, 
Chat into the night with Radio 1's first and funkiest female DJ, who talks the talk and spins the discs she plays with in her autobiography Wicked Speed, charting her amazing career at the heart of the music business from the Beatles and the 'Stones to the Millenium.

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Patricia Cornwell talks to Sarah Dunant

Hay Festival 1999, 
The American Crimewriter talks about her creation, medical examiner Dr Kay Scarpetta.

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Anita Desai and Raj Khamal Jha

Hay Festival 1999, 
Desai's In Custody is a "magnificent novel" - Salman Rushdie, about a small town scholar's visit to interview a famed poet. Widely tipped for superstardom, Jha's Calcutta novel The Blue Bedspread has been hailed by John Fowles as 'something remarkable, almost a coming of age of the Indian novel'.

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