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John Julius Norwich

Shakespeare's Kings

Hay Festival 2000, 
Following his great sucuss with Byzantium, Norwich examines Shakespeare's sources for the history plays from the newly recognised Edward III to Henry VI and discusses the interviewing of history and theatre.

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Karen Armstrong

The Battle For God

Hay Festival 2000, 
The former Roman Catholic nun, and now distinguished religious commentator, examines the appeal, tenacity, and extremity of Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious fundamentalism across the world.

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Peter Porter

The Houseman Lecture: The Name and Nature of Poetry

Hay Festival 2000, 
The title of this lecture echoes that of one given by A.E. Houseman in Cambridge in 1933 when he had been Kennedy Professer of Latin at the University for some 25 years. For the third in the annual series of lectures sponsored by The Housman Society the distinguished Australian-born poet, reviewer, critic and journalist who has published over thirty books during his long sojourn in LOndon, will be giving his personal testament as to what poetry is.

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Christopher Andrew

The Mitrokhin Archive

Hay Festival 2000, 
The Chair of the Cambridge History Faculty reveals the full extent of the KGB's operations to infiltrate ad destabalize the West, from the formation of the Soviet Republic through the Cold Ward to Perestroika. Previously suppresed material contained in the extraordinary records of the defector Vassili Mitrokhin reveals the farcical truth about Philby, the attempts to recuit Harold Wilson, to scilence Sakharov and Solzhenitsyn and to ward of the influence of John Paul II.

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Michael Holroyd

Basil Street Blues

Hay Festival 2000, 
The biographer of George Bernard Shaw, Lytton Strachey, and Augustus John turns his pen on himself and discusses the differing arts of biography and autobiography.

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Martin Buckley

Grains of Sand

Hay Festival 2000, 
Images of the desert exert a powerful grip on the human imagination, from Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars and Christ's forty days in the wilderness. To open this day of adventurous travel writing, Buckley introduces the story of a unique journey: a circumnavigation of the earth via the belt of deserts, which make up one fifth of its landmass.

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Ian McIntyre

Garrick

Hay Festival 2000, 
The biographer introduces his portrait of the great eighteenth century Shakespearean actor-manager, friend of Samuel JOhnson, Sheridan, Handel, Goldsmith and Gainsborough. Garrick, like Burbage, Kean, Irving and Olivier, revolutionsed his art amd changed theatre forever.

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Jeremy Seal, Edward Marriott

Here Be Monsters?

Hay Festival 2000, 
A double bill of travel to tickle your psyche. Seal's The Snake Bite Survivours Club: Travels Amongst Serpents is a mix of travel, history and modern fable, with the author travelling to the USA, Africa, Australia and India to meet people living amongst the worlds deadliest snakes-and attempting to overcome his personal fear in the process. Marriott's Wild Shore: Life and Death with Nicaragua's Last Shark Hunters pits men against monster in a struggle for supremacy.

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David and Hilary Crystal

It's not what you say...

Hay Festival 2000, 
... but the way that you say it. David Crystal explores the amazing range of vocal effects that make up a person's tone of voice, and uses them to animate some of the observations about language he and his wife, Hilary discovered as they were compiling their Penguin book of language quotations, Words on Words.

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Anthony Sattin

The Pharaoh's Shadow

Hay Festival 2000, 
Egypt is famous for it's ancient monuments, but few people have paid attention to its surving acient culture. Anthony Sattin describes his search for this hidden side of Egypt, for snake charmers and fertility rites, the sound of the Pharaohs and self combusting trees.

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Rory MacLean

Chancing it

Hay Festival 2000, 
MacLean never planned to visit Florida. Then the Daily Mail was deliverd to his house by mistake. Twenty-four hours later he found himself in the land of Mickey Mouse, gull-wing Thunderbirds and drive-by shootings. In Next Exit Magic Kingdom Rory swims with mermaids and discovers the site of the Garden of Eden. Join him as he unravels his accidental journeys from Stalin's Nose to the Sunshine State, and reveals how to avoid gratuitous sex in Miami Beach.

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Rose Tremain, Trezza Azzopardi

Hay Festival 2000, 
Reading and conversation with the author of Restoration and Evangelista's Fan, whose new novel Music and Silence about the experiences of an English musician in the Danish court of King Christiannin 1630 is a masterpiece. Tremain is joined by the new Welsh novelist, Trezza Azzopardi, whose debut The Hiding Place is set in the Maltese community of Tiger Bay. Both writers feature in the new edition of the British Council anthology of New Writing.

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Whither?: A Travellers' Question Time

Hay Festival 2000, 
All the writers taking part in todays travel events join a discussion about ways in which to write about journeys, locations, and take questions from the audience. Chaired by Rory MacLean, presenter of Radio 4's Itchy Feet.

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Philippa Gregory, Anthony Mason

Dispatches From the Sex Wars

Hay Festival 2000, 
A double-headed examination of the writing by men and women on men and women from troubadours to tarts from the best-selling author of Earthly Joys, Virgin Earth, and A Respectable Trade. Even-handedly savage and wildly entertaining.

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Karen Goodwin, Tim Guest, Tiffany Murray, Cathy Rosario, Oliver Shelley

The Next Big Things

Hay Festival 2000, 
Agents, publishers and talent-spotters should flock to hear the Millennium Class from the famous UEA Writing School, almamater to Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Owen Sheers and Trezza Azzopardi, in a gala presentation of their graduating work. You'll hear them here first.

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Richard Holmes

Sidetracks

Hay Festival 2000, 
Holmes, author of the great two-volume Coleridge, Shelly: The Pursuit, and the groundbreaking Footsteps, launches his new work Sidetracks by raising questions about the speculative borderlands of biography in characteristically playful fashion. 'We are living in a golden age of biography, and Richard Holmes is one of its luminaries.' (Doris Lessing)

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Simon Jenkins

England's Thousand Best Churches

Hay Festival 2000, 
The eminent journalist describes and illustrates with slides his choice of English Churches and discusses the effect such enormous exposure to God's houses had had on his atheism and beliefs.

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Francine Stock and Guests

Front Row

Hay Festival 2000, 
Please join us for a live edition of the Radio 4 ars programme.

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Peer Lachman, Vivian Moses, Steve Jones,

Feed the World? Geneticists Called to Account

Hay Festival 2000, 
In a time of famine, BSE, sheep cloning, and the depletion of the farming industry, what are the justifications for the public boycott of GM foods? What are the risks involeved in testing? What are the implications for farming here and in developing countries? Is the genetic modification of food crops by selective breeding simply one of the fundamentals of agriculture? Who benefits? How far does, and should, the public trust the scientists?

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Jeremy Dyson, Kate O'Riordan, Kathy Lette

Hay Festival 2000, 
Dyson, the lead writer for the hugely successful television comedy cult The League of Gentlemen introduces his collection of surreal short stories Never Trust a Rabbit. O'Riordan's very funny romantic comedy The Angel in the House is the story of Robert, who falls in love with Angela. He thinks she's the angel he's been waiting for. She's not an angel. She's a num. They are joined by the spunky author of Mad Cows and Altar Ego, Kathy Lette, who previews her work in progress.

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Jan Dalley

Diana Mosley

Hay Festival 2000, 
Born into the celebrated Mitford family in 1910 and married at 18 to Bryan Guinness, Diana Mosley was part of a sparkling society circle which included the leading artists and intellectuals of the time. Evelyn Waugh dedicated Vile Bodies to her. Then, at the age of 22, she fell in love with Oswald Mosley and committed her life to his ideas. In Germany she was a friend to Hitler and Goebbels. By 1940 she was in a dmap cell in Holloway prison. Drawing on fresh interviews with Diana, whose views are as contrversial today as they were then, Dalley has created a revealing biography of the wife of one of the most hated politicians of the century.

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Susan Blackmore

The Meme Machine

Hay Festival 2000, 
Our minds are fashioned by memes just as our bodies are fashioned by genes. Memes are ideas, behaviours or skills passed on from person to person by imitation. Memes are replicators, and are all around us in our everyday lives, competing to get into our brains and minds. Examples include the way in which we copy ideas, behaviours, inventions, songs, ctchphrases and stories from one another. Memetics can explain why we talk and think so much, why religious, cults and ideologies have such power over us, and how our telephones, televisions and computers could have been designed for the replication of memes. Memetic competition shapes our minds and culture, just as natural selection has designed our bodies.

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Monty and Sarah Don

Fork to Fork

Hay Festival 2000, 
'We are all losing the plot as far as food goes. Everybody sort of knows that the best food comes from good, simple, organic ingrediants, but we do very little about it. Yet there are more gardeners now than ever before and more opportunities for people to grow some food, simple, organic ingrediants themselves. Also it has always seemed crazy that gardening celebrates the look and size of veg and fruit without a side-glance at their taste'. The husband and wife team introduce their appealing understanding and practice of gardening and cuisine.

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P. D. James

Hay Festival 2000, 
An interview with the Baroness of Crime, creator of Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gary, and author of the brilliant novel The Children of Men, and the diary-memoir Time to be in Earnest.

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Geoffrey Robertson

The Prospect Lecture: Crimes Against Humanity

Hay Festival 2000, 
The crusading QC analyses what International Human Rights are now, and what they should be. Informed by Pinochet, Kosovo, Suharto and Mahartir, Robertson addresses both the philosophy and the law.

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