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John Waller

Fabulous Science: Exploding Myths in the History of Scientific Discovery

Hay Festival 2003, 
Louis Pasteur suppressed 'awkward' data because it didn't support the case he was making. George Mendel, the supposed 'founder of genetics' never grasped the fundamental principles of 'Mendelian' genetics. Joseph Lister's famously clean hospital wards were actually notoriously dirty. Drawing on history of science scholarship, Waller shows that many of our greatest heroes of science were less than honest about the experimental data and not above using friends in high places to help get their ideas accepted.

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Terry Pratchett, Eleanor Updale

Teenager Readers

Hay Festival 2003, 
How is Updale's Montmorency for children when it has no children characters? How does Pratchett alter the famous Discworld to classify some of his new books as childrens? Join the debate about what defines a book as for younger readers.

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Julian Jackson

The Fall of France

Hay Festival 2003, 
On 16 May 1940 the Nazis had broken through the French lines on the River Meuse at Sedan and other locations, only five days after launching their attack. The eminent historian charts the French military collapse and the immediate consequences for Churchill and the Allies.

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Penelope Wilson

Sacred Signs: Hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt

Hay Festival 2003, 
Hieroglyphs were far more than a language. They were an omnipresent and all-powerfull force in communicating the messages of ancient Egyptian culture for over three thousand years, used as monumental art, as a means of identifying Egyptian-ness and for rarified communication with the gods. Wilson explores the cultural significance of the script.

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Robert Winston

Human Instinct

Hay Festival 2003, 
The conscious and unconscious decisions we make are deeply affected by an ancient and universal genetic programme. Our ambition and lust, our drives to compete and to co-operate are essential components of the human mind, forged among our ancestors on the African savannah. Instincts were instrumental in the evolutionary success of the species and success meant a fondness for sex and violence, for status and wealth, and a will to survive. Lord Winston is the pre-eminent professor of reproductive medicine in Britain.

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Jim Al Khalili

Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed

Hay Festival 2003, 
Everyone has heard of quantum theory but no one really understands it. It is without doubt the single most important scientific theory of the past century. It underpins the fields of physics, chemistry, electronics and material science. Without it we would have no computers, televisions, mobile phones, CD players, microwaves. This lecture traces the origins of quantum mechanics and explores its astonishing future potential.

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Peter Morgan

Fire Mountain

Hay Festival 2003, 
The award-winning Channel Four news reporter tells the stories of the volcanic eruption that wiped out St Pierre, Martinique in 1902, of the Barnum and Bailey freakshow adventures, of the sole survivor, Ludger Sylbaris and of what happend to the 'Paris of the Caribbean' when the redevelopment money started to filter in from colonial France.

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Terry Pratchett

Hay Festival 2003, 
The brilliantly inventive creator of Discworld has recently been writing 'childrens literature'. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents won the 2001 Carnegie Medal and his new The Wee Free Men looks set for similar acclaim.

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Sue Shepard

Seeds of Fortune: A Great Gardening Dynasty

Hay Festival 2003, 
For over a century and across five generations, the Veitch family pioneered the introduction of humdreds of new plants into gardens, conservatiories and houses, including the first ever orchid hybrid. They helped start the Royal Horticultural Society and the Chelsea Flower Show. Shepard tells their story.

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Nick Arnold

Hay Festival 2003, 
How to track a bear, why lions roll in dung and what a shark's favourite colour is. The author of Horrible Science introduces his new series Wild Lives, full of action, adventure and facts.

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Rita Carter

Consciousness

Hay Festival 2003, 
Human consciousness is unique in it's ability to roam in time and space, to conjure up non-existant worlds and to place itself 'indise' the mind of others. It is these extraordinary faculties that allow us to enjoy art, to read and understand books and to recognise why other people behave as they do. Research into the biological bases of consciousness is starting to reveal the brain mechanisms that generate our imaginative capacity.

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Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry

Hay Festival 2003, 
The creator of the mischievous Horrid Henry talks about the antics and inspiration behind the ultimate anti-hero. Asked by a friend to 'write a story about a horrid boy' Francesca Simon has created 'the ture child of our time.' (The Sunday Times)

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Rowan Watson

Illuminated Manuscripts and their Makers

Hay Festival 2003, 
Illumination is the art of 'lighting up' a page through the use of illustration. Watson describes the collaborative productions, with different specialists contributing script, initials, borders, illustration and binding to any work, with specific reference to the V&A collections.

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Kjartan Poskitt

Murderous Maths

Hay Festival 2003, 
An event to bend your brain and stimulate your smile. Poskitt owns the amazing mind behind the Murderous Maths series. His other books include The Gobsmacking Galaxy and Killer Puzzles. Learn tips and tricks in this fun session of facts, ridiculous characters and laughter.

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Brian Jacques

Hay Festival 2003, 
Battles and banquets, love and loss, excitement and magic, Brian Jacques' Redwall series has them all. Come and be enchanted by this one time stand-up comedian and master storyteller. Brian's latest Redwall adventure is Triss, a beautifully written interweaving of three individual tales.

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Alan Yentob

Artists on Film

Hay Festival 2003, 
The BBC's creative leader introduces the Artists on Film Trust progect which collects film of visual artists at work and in interview that was started when rare footage of Monet and Renoir was discovered.

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Steven Mithen

After the Ice

Hay Festival 2003, 
Drawing on the latest cutting-edge research in archaeology and the environmental sciences, Mithen leads a sweeping global tour through human history as the last ice age came to its end and the first farming communities and towns appeared. He presents a gripping and intimate picture of minds, cultures, lives and landscapes through 15,000 years that laid the foundations of the modern world.

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The World of Quinten Blake

Hay Festival 2003, 
The world's greatest illustrator, Britain's first Children's Laureate and the genius behind hundreds of books like Clown, Zagazoo, The Green Ship, Fantastic Daisy Artichoke and the extraordinary and prolific collaboration with Roald Dahl, creates magic before your eyes and talks about his imagination and drawing.

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Roger Kimball

Political Correctness

Hay Festival 2003, 
Kimball is one of America's leading cultural critics and editior of the magazine New CriterionHis latest book is Lives of the Mind.

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Jimmy Carr

Hay Festival 2003, 
The sublime deadpan stand-up, winner of the Time Out Comedy Award for 2002. The satire of liberalism and political correctness is savage and brilliant. He gets more twists in a one-liner than you'd believe possible. Carr is the most original comedy talent to emerge since the last one.

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David Crystal

The Fantastic First Year

Hay Festival 2003, 
The legendary and encyclopaedic linguistics guru and vaudville star makes baby talk. He explores our first human communications and the understandings and acqusition of language.

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Geraldine McCaughrean

Hay Festival 2003, 
The multi prize-winning author of A Little Lower Than The Angels, A Pack of Lies, Gold Dust, Forever X and now her new books The Kite Rider and Stop the Train talks about the pleasure she finds in writing, her inspirations and wide-ranging subject matter.

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Jenny Matthews talks to Yasmin Alibhai Brown

The Action Aid Platform: Women and War

Hay Festival 2003, 
The distinguished photojournalist discusses her photographs of women's lives, taken over twenty years in the world's worst conflict spots. ActionAid's mission is to work with poor and marginalised people to eradicate poverty by overcoming the injustice and inequity that cause it.

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Liza Picard, Michael Dobson, Nicola Watson

Gloriana

Hay Festival 2003, 
Three leading historians toast the life and legacy of the great British Queen, who celebrates her 400th anniversary this year. Picard launches her book Elizabeths London. Watson and Dobson's England's Elizabeth: An Afterlife in Fame and Fantasy examines the building of the myths from Spenser to Blackadder.

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Brian Patten

In Performance

Hay Festival 2003, 
Our Sister the Mad Scientist, The VAmpire Duck, Three Frazzles in a Frimple, Earwigs and many more new creations! Meet the author of all-time children's cult classics Gargling With Jelly, Thawing Frozen Frogs, The Utter Nutters and The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry, and hear him read from his hilarious new book  Juggling With Gerbils.

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