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Martin Amis, Christopher Hitchens

Experience

Hay Festival 2000, 
John Updike writes of novels: 'Amis is trying to construct a large, reaching, ambitious set of books - trying to cover the world in fiction'. In his autobiographical portrait Experience Amis writes about his father, his writing, his cousin Lucy Partington who was murdered by the Wests and the literary world. He talks to the journalist Christopher Hitchens.

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Geordie Greig, Robert Lacey

Majesty

Hay Festival 2000, 
The editor of Tatler discusses writing about royalty and his portrait of his grandfather, Louis and the Prince, about Louis Greig, mentor and friend for 45 years to Prince Albert, Duke of York, later crowned King George VI. Robert Lacey is the biographer of The Queen Mother and Grace Kelly.

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Eric Lander

The Nature Lecture

Hay Festival 2000, 
A week before the human genome sequence is due to be announced the Director of the Center for Genome Research at MIT reports.

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Michael Frayn, Peter Kemp

Hay Festival 2000, 
Frayn's work for the theatre such as Noises Off and Copenhagen and his brilliant translations of Chekov, are celebrated as his fiction, which includes the Booker-shortlisted Headlong and The Trick of It. He talks to The Sunday Times fiction editor.

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Andrew Hodges, Simon Singh

Bletchley Park, Enigma and the Anonymous Heroes of Cryptography

Hay Festival 2000, 
Alan Turing's biographer and the author of The Code Book tell the stories behind some of the most secret code-breaking achievements in history, including Alan Turing's cracking of the German Enigma cipher and Charles Babbage's decipherment of the supposedly unbreakable Vigenere cipher.

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Gore Vidal, Andrew Marr, Rhodri Morgan, Yasmin Alibhai Brown

The BBC Wales Debate: Democracy

Hay Festival 2000, 
In a changing, devolved Britain and with America about to go to the polls, how best can we interpret and pursue a Democrati ideal? Vidal is an eminence grise of American political and literary life and starred in the film Bob Roberts. Marr is an award-winning political commentator and the author of The Day Britain Died. Morgan is the First Minister of the Welsh Assembly. Alibhai Brown is author of Who Do We Think We Are? Chaired by Dai Smith, Professor of Modern History and Head of Programmes at BBC Wales.

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Martin Jarvis

Acting Strangely: A Funny Kind of Life

Hay Festival 2000, 
The actor and undisputed King of Radio readings introduces his hilarious memoir, a dazzling and delightful book about actors and acting.

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Ben Elton, Peter Howarth

Hay Festival 2000, 
Elton has written comedy for stand-up, television with Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line, on stage with Popcorn, and a series of best-selling novels. His film adaptation of Inconceivable is premiered in London this week as Maybe Baby. Ridley Scott is filming Popcorn this Summer. He talks to the editor of Esquire.

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Shashi Tharoor

India: From Midnight to the Millennium

Hay Festival 2000, 
In the latest Predictions Lecture, Tharoor, novelist, columnist and UN official, looks at his homeland as it stands at the intersection of some of the most crucial debates facing the world at the dawn of the millennium: bread versus freedom, centralisation versus federalism, pluralism versus fundamentalism, globalisation versus self-sufficiency. Examining the vexed notion of nationalism and identity in a land of which he has written 'the singular thing about India is that you can only speak of it in the plural,' he considers the choices India will make as it strides and stumbles into the twenty-first century.

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Juliet Stevenson, Helen Bamber, Barb Jungr, Tim Piggott Smith

Captured Voices

Hay Festival 2000, 
A reading of work from victims of torture. All proceeds given to support the work of one of the Festival's nominated charities, The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.

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The Orange Prize Winners Live from Hay

Hay Festival 2000, 
Two further readings from work by the four Orange Prize-winners, recorded for transmission on BBC Radio 4. For full details please consult the website at www.hayfestival.co.uk

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David Fraser

Frederick the Great

Hay Festival 2000, 
The military biographer and former general presents his adulatory study of the Prussian dictator, 'one of the most extraordinary men ever to sit on the throne or command an army.'

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Susan Hill, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Bate, Joanna Trollope

Books & Company

Hay Festival 2000, 
A 'live' edition of the quarterly magazine 'about books, for those who delight in them.' Three contributors, plus the Editor reveal some of the secrets of their bookshelves and share old and new favourite.

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Roy Hattersley

Blood and Fire

Hay Festival 2000, 
Hattersley conjures an 'entertaining and stylish romp' through the life of a crusading, political winner of religious zeal, with a flair for media manipulation and a fondness for hob-nobbing with the rich and famous. The story of William Booth and his wife Catherine, founders of the Salvation Army.

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Susan Sontag, Kevin Jackson

In America

Hay Festival 2000, 
The American writer and thinker discusses her novel with journalist Jackson. In 1876, a group of Poles led by Maryna Zalewska, Poland's greatest actress, travels to California to found a 'utopian' commune. The image of America, and California, as escape, as fantasy, constantly meets a more complex reality. The commune fails and most of the group go home, but Maryna stays and triumphs on the American stage.

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Rose Gray, Ruthie Rogers

The River Cafe Green

Hay Festival 2000, 
The River Cafe team returns to Hay to present the modern Italian recipes prompted by the seasonal fruits and vegetables from their organic garden.

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Misha Glenny, Bronwen Maddox

The Balkans

Hay Festival 2000, 
Glenny introduces a survey of Balkan history since 1804 that provides the context for the events of the 1990s explored in his earlier book The Fall of Yugoslavia. Chaired by the foreign editor of The Times.

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Henry Gee

Deep Time

Hay Festival 2000, 
The chief science writer of Nature introduces what is no less than a revolution in how we look at the history of life and humanity's evolution upside down and makes space for the existence of creatures far wilder than human imagination. And in the age-old debate over what came first, the chicken or the egg, cladistics has the definitive answer - the egg.

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Carol Shields, Kate Mosse

Hay Festival 2000, 
A rare interview with the Canadian novelist, who won the Orange Prize for Larry's Party. She talks to Kate Mosse, the writer and administrator of the Chichester Festival Theatre about her short story collection Dressing Up for the Carnival. 

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Christopher Hitchens talks to Colin MacCabe

Hay Festival 2000, 
The iconoclastic journalist talks about the end of political correctness and ranges around sexual politics. Hitchens is the author of the savage and brilliant portrait of Bill Clinton, No-one Left to Lie to and the radical The Missionary Position: Mother Theresa in Theory and Practice. He is a feature writer for Vanity Fair and Washington correspondent of the London Evening Standard. Having recently appeared on the fly leaf of The Mating Season, as introducer, alongside the name of the author, PG Wodehouse, he may die happy. He talks to Colin MacCabe.

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Anne Michaels, John Berger

Hay Festival 2000, 
Berger, the Booker Prize-winning novelist, poet, story-teller, essayist and playwright talks about stories and language with the Canadian novelist and poet, who won the Orange Prize for Fugitive Pieces. Berger's latest books are Once in Europa and King. Michaels' poetry collection is called Skin Divers. 

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Diana Athill, Andrea Ashworth, John Walsh

Memoir

Hay Festival 2000, 
Athill is one of publishings legends. She worked for the BBC throughout the second world war and then helped Andre Deutsch establish the publishing company that bore his name. For almost fifty years she was widely regarded as one of the finest editors in London working with Naipaul, Jean Rhys, Gitta Sereby and Brian Moore. She was also a considerable and unjustly neglected writer. Two of what she called her 'documentary books,' Instead of a Letter and After a Funeral anticipated the modern memoir in their directness and intimacy. Ashworth's remarkable memoir of a very disturbed 1970s childhood Once in a House of Fire is hailed as a searing masterpiece. Walsh's The Falling Angels is a stunning portrait of his Irish youth in Battersea, and gives a beautifully rendered account of his mother's death.

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Robert Lacey

Millennium, The Year 1000

Hay Festival 2000, 
Mystery and magicians, monks, warriors and wandering merchants- people who feared an apocolypse and people who had no idea what year is was or what lay beyond the nearest valley. People felt they walked hand-in-hand with God, and envisaged him so literally that even Christians were sometimes buried with supplies for the journey to the new life in heaven.

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Pauline McLynn, Molly Jong Fast

Hay Festival 2000, 
The star of Father Ted and Alan Parker's movie Angela's Ashes, McLynn's fictional debut Something For The Weekend revolves around a Dublin Private eye stripping away layers of martial infidelities and battling with bread-making and beef Wellington. Molly Jong Fast has written a first novel about the Manhatten fast life called Normal Girl. 

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Penny Vincenzi

Hay Festival 2000, 
A rare opportunity to meet the multi-million-selling superstar storyteller who talks about her work and her new novel of marital infidelity Almost a Crime.

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