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Andrew Dalby

Language in Danger

Hay Festival 2002, 
It is expected that a language will become extinct every two weeks of the twenty-first century. If so, must culture continue to become more impoverished? Dalby explores the 'life-cycle' of languages: their birth, their interaction and, especially, what happens when they die.

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Henry Chancellor

Colditz

Hay Festival 2002, 
Using over fifty original interviews with the English, French, Dutch and Polish officers, and their guards Chancellor describes their experiences in the notorious maximun security POW castle, and their escape across Nazi Germany.

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Michael Howard

The First World War

Hay Festival 2002, 
The pre-eminent military historian looks at the origins and causes of the Great War, triggered by the Sarajevo assassination in 1914.

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Paul Preston

Four Women in Spanish Civil War

Hay Festival 2002, 
The Spanish Civil War viewed by four women. In the red corner: Margarita Nelken the revolutionary feminist, writer and politician, and Nan Green the Communist nurse. In the blue corner: Carmen Polo de Franco, wife of and chilly power behind the dictator, Mercedes Sanz Bachiller and Priscilla Scott-Ellis, the sexually notorious daughter of a supporter of Oswald Mosley.

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Adam Phillips and Paul Keegan

Freud

Hay Festival 2002, 
Sigmund Freud revolutionized the way we see our inner world. His writing inspires not only psychoanalysts but also artists, film-makers, writers and anyone looking for an imaginative way to think about their inner lives. But Freud can also be baffling: Phillips and Keegan introduce the Id, the Ego, The Superego, the Oedipus Complex. He was a daring thinker, and a stylish writer. His ideas are thrilling and his writing is often delightful. It's time to put the pleasure principle back into Freud.

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Fay Weldon talks to Francine Stock

Auto Da Fay

Hay Festival 2002, 
The authorized autobiography covers love, sex, babies, blokes, poverty, work, politics, and very famous names. And of course a bibliography that includes Praxis, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, The Bulgari Connection, The Cloning of Joanna May and Big Women.

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Ellen MacArthur talks to Keith Wheatley

Taking on the World

Hay Festival 2002, 
On 11 February 2001, MacArthur sailed into the French Atlantic port of Les Sables d'Olonne to complete the Vendee Globe, sailing's toughest race. At 24 she became the youngest person ever to complete the race and the fastest woman or Briton ever to circumnavigate the globe.

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Alain de Botton

The Art of Travel

Hay Festival 2002, 
The author of The Consolations of Philosophy and How Proust can Change Your Life embarkes ona tour of the philosophical questions behind our desire to travel - and the capricious nature of our thoughts and emotions when we do. Chaired by Sarah Miller editior of Condé Nast Traveller magazine

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Helen Fielding talks to John Walsh

Hay Festival 2002, 
The creator of Bridget Jones in a rare interview about her writing, comedy, and Hollywood.

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Oliver Sacks

Hay Festival 2002, 
The legendary neurologist and analyst discusses his life and work. His groundbreaking books include Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat, A Leg To Stand On, An Anthropologist on Mars and the memoir Uncle Tungsten.

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Beryl Bainbridge talks to Susan Hill

Hay Festival 2002, 
The literary Dame discusses her Samual Johnson novel According to Queeney with Susan Hill. She takes the extravagant eighteenth century scholar and wit, and brings his last twenty years to runbustious life through the blunt and mocking observations of his mistress' firstborn daughter Queeney.

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Dame Margaret Anstee

Hay Festival 2003, 
The former Under Secretary General is the highest ranked woman in the history of the UN. Her memoir Never Learn To Type discusses her carrer from the days in the Foreign Office with Donald MacLean, Harold Wilson's government think-tank, and her UN work trying to bring peace to Angola, to tackle drugs in Russia and turn around economic disasters in Boliva. She talks to BBC World anchor, Nik Gowing.

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Richard Booth

The King's Festival Message

Hay Festival 2003, 
Richard Booth, President of the International Booktown movement, introduces his ideas about the global network of books, and the establishment of his new Welsh Booktown in Blaenavon. He is joined by the American bookdealer James Hanna, and the Australian poet John Boase.

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Tom Wright

The Resurrection

Hay Festival 2003, 
Newly appointed as the Bishop of Durham, Wright is the Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey. One of the foremost thinkers in the Anglican Communion, he has just published a major work The Resurrection of the Son of God.

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Richard Bentall

Madness Explained

Hay Festival 2003, 
Bentall argues that we need a radically new way of thinking about psychosis and its treatment. He shows that there is no reasuring dividing line between mental health and mental illness. Severe mental disorders can no longer be reduced to brain chemistry, but must be understood psychologiaclly, as part of normal behaviour and human nature.

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Marie Stubbs

Ahead of the Class

Hay Festival 2003, 
Stubbs took over Philip Lawrence's school after he was murdered. Her book, subtitled How an Aspiring Headmistress Gave Children Back Their Future, tells her inspiring story. She talks to the broadcaster Rosie Boycott.

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Tristram Hunt

The English Civil War at First Hand

Hay Festival 2003, 
The brilliant young historian brings the lost voices of England's revolution back to life with a talk based round his best-selling new book The English Civil War: At First Hand.

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Andrew O'Hagan, Monica Ali, Peter Ho Davies

Best of Young British Novelists

Hay Festival 2003, 
John Mitchinson presents the first of two sessions featuring young writers selected for the Granta 2003 list. O'Hagan, Booker-shortlisted for Our Fathers has just published his second novel. Personality, fictionalising the life of Lena Zavaroni. Dhaka-born Ali presents her debut novel Brick Lane. The Welsh-Chinese-American writer Peter Ho Davies is the author of the story collection Equal Love, and introduces his forthcoming novel The Bad Shepherd.

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Germaine Greer

The Uses of Poetry

Hay Festival 2003, 
The celebrated teacher and Shakespearean communicates her passion for great poetry with her customary provocative and inspirational brilliance. Greer has edited two collections of poetry by women, Kissing the Rod and 101 Poems. She runs her own press, Stump Cross Books, which has published editions of work by Katherine Philips, Anne Wharton and other neglected poets.

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James Frey, Justine Picardie, Josephine Hart, Rosie Boycott

Life Goes On

Hay Festival 2003, 
Frey's A Million Little Pieces is a searing account of the twenty-three-year old's rehabilitation and recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Picardie's memoir tells the story of a year in her own life after her sister Ruth's death and of a search for her sister in the afterlife in this age of reason, scepticism and science. Hart's The Reconstructionist is a novel about the way we build our lives from fragments of memory, half-truth, compromise, and desire. They talk to Rosie Boycott.

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Orlando Figes

Natasha'a Dance

Hay Festival 2003, 
In this talk, illustrated with slides, the renowned historian of Russia, author of A People's Tragedy introduces Natasha's DanceA Cultural History of Russia. He explores the controversial impulses and shared sensibilities that have given rise to one of the world's  most dazzling civilisations.

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John Gimlette, Geoff Dyer, Tobias Jones

The Travel Session

Hay Festival 2003, 
Gimlette's At The Tomb of the Inflatable Pig explores the Jesuits, Nazis and Dictators of Paraguay - the worlds largest importer of Scotch Whisky, and site of the bloodiest war mankind has ever known. JOnes examines The Dark Heart of Italy in the country riven by civil wars and corruption, ruled by the Catholic Church, the Cosa Nostra and Berlusconi, home of the Renaissance and la dolce vita. In Yoga for People who Can't Be Bothered to Do It Dyer travels from Detriot to Phnom Penh, from Lybia to Rome, and finds himself floundering in a sea of grievances in a wonky quest for peak experiences and transcendental calm.

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Rose Tremain, Javier Cercas

Hay Festival 2003, 
Rose Tremain introduces her new novel The Colour, a fabulous historical novel set against the background of the gold rush in New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. 'The colour' is miners' slang for gold. Cercas is the author of the hugeEuropean success The Soldiers of Salamis. At the heart of this 'true tale' are the last moments of the Spanish Civil War, during which Sanchez Mazas narrowly escapes death twice on the same day: first by firing squad and later when his hiding place is discovered by the unknown soldier, who looks him in the eye, and then, miraculously, turns and walks away. They talk to the critic Amanda Hopkinson.

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Claire Tomalin

Samuel Pepys

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Whitbread Award-winner discusses her life of the great London diarist Samuel Pepys with the broadcaster Sheena McDonald.

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The Economist Debate - What Next for the World?

John Browne, Bill Emmott, Giles Foden, Andrew St George, Jon Snow

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Channel 4 anchor hosts this discussion about the future. John Browne of BP is widely admired as one of the world's top corporate chiefs. Bill Emmott, editor of The Economist is the author of 20:21 Vision: The Lessons of the 20th Century for the 21st. The Whitbread Award-winning novelist Giles Foden's lagtest book Zanzibar examines Osama Bin Laden's influence in Africa. They are joined by the historian Andrew St George, an international relations consultant.

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