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Terry Waite and Beryl Bainbridge talk to John Walsh

A Good Read

Hay Festival 1995, 
Which books do you treasure?
Bainbridge's novels include The Dressmaker, The Birthday Boys and the recently filmed An Awfully Big Adventure. She recommends Sherwin V Nuland's non-fiction book How We Die. The former hostage chooses Sir Stephen Spender's autobiography World Within World.

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Jill Paton-Welsh and John Rowe Townsend

The Double Audience

Hay Festival 1995, 
Children's books are written and bought by adults. The writer must somehow smuggle the goods to the true audience of children past an intervening reception committee of grown ups. The trick is to get them involved on the way. John Rowe Townsend is the author of the definitive history of Children's Literature Written For Children. Jill Paton-Walsh has won the Whitbread Prize, Smarties Award and Universe Prizes for her children's books. Her latest is Grace.

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Fred Hoyle

Belief and Fact in Cosmology

Hay Festival 1995, 
There have recently been observational results to show that cosmological redshifts of a wholly new kind are of widespread occurrence. The new results and the past history of this question will be discussed.

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Yehuda Amichai, Marge Piercy, Gwyneth Lewis

World Poetry

Hay Festival 1995, 
The Israeli writer, Yehuda Amichai, is one of the world's greatest poets. The American, Marge Piercy is both a poet and novelist whose selected poems Eight Chambers of the Heart include the famous Lunar Cycle.
Gwyneth Lewis is the leading bi-lingual Welsh poet. Her new English-language collection is Parables and Faxes.

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Ffyona Campbell

The Beat of a Different Drum

Hay Festival 1995, 
On 2nd April 1991, 24 year-old Ffyona Campbell waved goodbye to the chearing crowds in Cape Town and started walking north. Ahead lay 10,000 miles of some of the harshest, loneliest, most inhospitable wilderness on earth.
The Beat of a Different Drum is her gripping account of her extraordinary journey. Illustrated with breathtaking photos of Africa at it's most awesome, it is a story of high adventure, personal discovery and deep concern for the continent and people of Africa.

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Harry Hill

Hay Festival 1995, 
"Britains finest and funniest new comedian" - The Guardian

"He makes helpless laughter feel absolutely effortless" - The Times

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David Lodge and Jill Paton Walsh

Hay Festival 1995, 
David Lodge is the author of Nice Work, Small World, Changing Places and Paradise News and a new novel, Therapy. "He is one of those writers you could read all day, finding something amusing or stylish or ingenious on every page" - Washington Post.
Jill Paton-Walsh's novel Knowledge of Angels was shortlisted for the Booker Prize - "an irresistible blend of intellect and passion . . . novels of ideas come no better than this sensual example" - Mail on Sunday

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Craig Thomas

Worlds Not Realised - Wagner and Nietzsche

Hay Festival 1995, 
The best-selling novelist re-examines the personal and intellectual relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche, proposing the argument that Nietzsche's early philosophy was based on a misunderstanding of Wagner's music and on indebtedness to the aesthetic theories of the previous hundred years. Nietzsche emerges as a Romantic Philosopher and Wagner as the last composer of the revolutionary Enlightenment.

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Deborah Tannen

Talking from 9 to 5

Hay Festival 1995, 
The American author addresses the role played by conversational rituals in the workplace and analyses different ways men and women make decisions, negotiate and characterise their informal chat with one-upmanship and self-depecciation.
Tennen's other infuential books about conversation include the best-selling You Just Don't Understand Me.

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Nina Bawden talks to Mary Loudon

Hay Festival 1995, 
The novelist talks about her autobiography In My Own Time and the "myths, fancies, and half-truths" that make up family histories. She talks about her experiences of evacuation during the War, her time at Oxford with Richard Burton and Margaret Thatcher, and her career as one of Britain's leading fictionwriters. The journalist Mary Loudon wrote Revelations - The Clergy Questionned.

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Carla Lane

Hay Festival 1995, 
Lane is the most successful woman writer of popular television comedy in Britain. Her series include Bread, The Liver Birds, Butterflies and Luv. She talks to the Broadcaster Elinor Jones about relationships, sex, motherhood, her screenwriting and her passion for animals, discussed in her autobiography Instead of Diamonds.

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Andrew St. George

Speed, Greed, Sex and Lawyers

Hay Festival 1995, 
The brilliant young historian talks about his history of Disraeli's lawyers, Norton Rose, the creators of the Great Northern Railway and the Brompton Hospital, and the saviours of Barings Bank. He looks at City life and style, and talks about writing the new commercial and industrial social history.

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Edwina Curry talks to Keith Raffan

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of A Parlimentary Affair tells the former Tory MP and HTV political broadcaster about the sizziling tale of sex, power and intrigue in her new best-seller A Womans Place.

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Christopher Logue and Craig Raine

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of the greatest contemporary version of the Iliad in War Music, Kings and The Husbands Logue reads from his new volume of Selected Poems - "Modern Poetry at its best" - Dennis Potter, "I am crazy about it" - Henry Miller
Raine reads from Clay. Whereabouts Unknown, poems written whilst he was working on History: The Home Movie. :I cannot think of anyone else writing today whose every line is so unfailingly exciting" - John Carey

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Charles Burford

The Mysterious William Shakespeare

Hay Festival 1996, 
Lord Burford tells the true tale of William Shakespeare, the pen name used by Queen Elizabeths courtsatirist, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, whose devastating exposes of Court Life incurred the wrath of the government and resulted in his own posthumous oblivion.

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Peter Levi on Milton

Eden Renewed

Hay Festival 1996, 
A portrait and study of the pamphleteer and most influential poet of the English Language, the author of Paradise Lost.

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Peter Mandelson talks to Anthony Howard

Can New Labour Deliver?

Hay Festival 1996, 
What does Tony Blair's New Labour stand for? Who better to ask than the party's "spin guru" and MP for Hartlepool? And who better to interrogate him than the great journalist and editor of The Crossman Diaries and author of The Making of the Prime Minister? Dai Smith is the biographer of Aneurin Bevan.

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Melvyn Bragg

Hay Festival 1996, 
The writer and broadcaster presents his new novel Credo, a magnificent epic tussle of faith and passion, sensuality and Christianity set in the Dark Ages. Bragg's bestselling novels include The Maid of Buttermore, A Time to Dance and Crystal Rooms.

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Ranulph Fiennes talks to Peter Grose

Hay Festival 1996, 
In 1984, Birmingham accountant Alex Goodman went for a walk in his local woods with his family. The outing turned to bloody carnage and Goodman found himself, hours later, alone in a hospital bed with no memory and no past. The 10 year odyssey that followed is the story he brought to the explorer and writer, who has written the tale as The Sett.

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Doris Lessing talks to Julian Mitchell

Hay Festival 1996, 
We celebrate the publication of Lessing's first novel for ten years Love, Again with this interview in which she talks to the playwright and screenwriter Julian Mitchell.

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Alan Garner

Strandloper: Man of Leaf and Golden Hood

Hay Festival 1996, 
Recognised as the key figure in the Golden Age of British Literature for his books Elidor, The Owl Service, Red Shift and The Stone Book Quartet, Garner talks about his writing and introduces his first adult novel Strandloper which explores and melds the Dreaming of the Aborigines and the ancient green magic of England

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Joanna Trollope talks to Mary Loudon

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of A Village Affair, The Choir, A Spanish Lover, The Rectors Wife and The Best of Friends talks about her new novel Next of Kin - a story about incomers and insiders, change and resignation, set at the tragic heart of Britain's dairy farmland.

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Poetry Squantum 2

Hay Festival 1996, 
Second thoughts on the theme

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Julian Barnes

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of Flaubert's Parrot, Metroland and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters reads from and tlaks about his collection of stories Cross Channel.
"Julian Barnes, who has an exceptional following in France, seems to have done more for Anglo-French relations than anyone since Edward VII" - Sunday Telegraph.

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Kate Adie talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1996, 
The BBC's reporter talks about her front-line experiences and the interaction of the media, the diplomats and the military in the danger zones of the world. Nik Gowing is the anchor of BBC World News.

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