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An evening with Michael Morpurgo

Hay Festival 2003, 
The enchantment of the great Morpurgo's stories is brought to life on stage. Michael has written over ninety books for children, including The Butterfly Lion and Cool!

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Anthony Wall

Bacon and Burroughs

Hay Festival 2003, 
Q & A with Anthony Wall, Arena editor who shows the world premiere of a filmed conversation between Francis Bacon and William Burroughs, author of The Naked Lunch.

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Niall Ferguson

Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World

Hay Festival 2003, 
The historian analyses the sugar and spice, piracy, missionary zeal, homoerotic barons of empire, and civil service that drove the rise and fall of the British Empire: 'he writes with splendid panache ... the Errol Flynn of British historians.' (The Times)

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Sarah Dunant, James Runcie, Jean McNeil

Hay Festival 2003, 
Writer Mary Loudon chairs this conversation about fiction set in the Artworld. Runcie's The Colour of Heaven follows a trail across the fourteenth century world in search of perfect ultramarine. McNeil's Private View is an edgy take on contemporary London's YBA scene. Dunant's masterpiece The Birth of Venus tells the story of a woman painter in Renaissance Florence.

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Mark Tully

India in Slow Motion

Hay Festival 2003, 
From Hindu extremism to child labour, Sufi mysticism to the crisis in agriculture, and from the persistance of political corruption to the problem of Kashmir, the legendary broadcaster challenges the preconceptions others have about India, as well as those India has about itself.

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Louise Welsh, Mil Millington, Zoe Heller

Hay Festival 2003, 
New fiction from three astounding young writers: Heller's Notes on a Scandal tells of new teacher Sheba's illicit affair with a pupil. Millington's Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About is a cleverly plotted light satire of contemporary gender relations. In Welsh's The Cutting Room a dissolute and promiscious auctioneer comes upon a hidden collection of violent, and highly distubing, erotic photographs, and feels compelled to unearth more about the deceased owner.

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Anna Funder, Anne Applebaum

East is East

Hay Festival 2003, 
Terror States in the old Eastern Europe with Funder, author of Stasiland: tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany, and Applebaum, author of Gulag, a study of the Soviet labour camps which were once scattered across Russia from the White Sea to the Black Sea, and from the Arctic circle to the plains of Central Asia. Chaired by the film-maker Simon Finch.

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Antony Beevor

Berlin: the Downfall 1945

Hay Festival 2003, 
April 1945, three years after Stalingrad, 2.5 million Russian troops attacked along the Oder Neisse front, psychologically crushing the 'invincible' Nazi Germany. The battle was one of the most terrifying examples of fire and sword recorded, with mass rape, murder, pillage and destruction. Ensconded deep in his concrete bunker, Hitler could only scream at his military staff, denouncing the cowardice of the Wehrmacht. The award-winning historian tells the story.

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Melvyn Bragg

Crossing the Lines

Hay Festival 2003, 
We are delighted to launch the new, third novel in what is becoming a significant twentieth century series. W H Smith Award-winner, Bragg follows the story of Joe from A Son of War from working class Wigton to the gleaming spires of Oxford in 1950s Britain where profound changes are taking place in morals, religion, music and class.

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Alexandra Tolstoy, Spencer Wells

Tales of the Silk Road

Hay Festival 2003, 
Film-maker Revel Guest shares the journey with Tolstoy, author of The Last Secrets of the Silk Road, an account of four friends exploring the way by horse and camel. The same route led Wells, an American geneticist, onto The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey in search of our common African forebear 60,000 years ago.

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Julie Myerson, Esther Freud

Hay Festival 2003, 
New fiction from two of Britain's most accomplished novelists at the height of their form. Myerson's Something Might Happen is an utterly compelling emotional thriller set in Southwold in the aftermath of a murder. Freud previews her forthcoming The Sea House.

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Sandi Toksvig

Hay Festival 2003, 
The broadcaster, comedian and author of Flying Under Bridges, The Gladys Society, and The Travels of Lady Bulldog Burton talks about her reading and writing. Line-for-line she is one of the most brilliant entertainers in the world.

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Michael Buerk, Kate Adie, John Sergeant

Any Broadcasting Questions

Hay Festival 2003, 
The BBC and ITN memoirist heavyweights take on allcomers. If it's onair it's fair game. From the killing fields to Downing Street briefings, from Reith to Dyke, and from Ethiopian famine to Tiananmen Square, no party lines, no cute dodging.

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Brenda Maddox

A Tale of Two Chemists

Hay Festival 2003, 
The award-winning biographer looks at the lives and legacies of Rosalind Franklin, the woman whose work led James Watson to the DNA double helix; and Margaret Thatcher, the first British woman Prime Minister.

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Graham Swift talks to Claire Armitstead

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Booker-winner, author of Last Orders and Waterland discusses his new novel The Light of Day with the literary editor of The Guardian. Swift reworks the noir crime thriller into a beautiful understanding of his characters' lives and souls.

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Bill Bryson talks to Mariella Frostrup

Hay Festival 2003, 
The humorist, language expert and traveller launches his new book A Short History of Nearly Everything. How do we know what is in the centre of the Earth, or what a black hole is, or where the continents were 600 million yeras ago? How did anyone ever figure these things out? He also reports on his trip to Kenya, All the author's royalties from Bryson's African Diary and the publisher, Transworld's profits, will go to CARE International.

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John Kay talks to James Ledbetter

The Truth About Markets

Hay Festival 2003, 
The economist examines the relationship between socieities and markets. How do they work? Why do they work? Why are they better than alternative systems of organizing economics? And why, sometimes, do they fail so catastrophically? He talks to James Ledbetter of Time magazine, the author of the engaging dot.com autopsy Starving to Death on $200 Million.

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Alice Sebold talks to Katherine Viner

Hay Festival 2003, 
The American Author discusses her celebrated debut novel The Lovely Bones with the editor of Guardian Weekend magazine. Narated from 'heaven' by a fourteen-year-old girl who has been raped and murdered, the story follows her family and the neighbour who killed her. And she launches Lucky, her memoir about her own rape and assult, and her struggle for understanding and recovery: 'you save yourself or you remain unsaved'.

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David Constantine, Helen Dunmore, Neil Astley, Melvyn Bragg

Staying Alive: Real Poetry for Unreal Times

Hay Festival 2003, 
Lord Bragg hosts this feast of modern international poetry with discussion and readings by the major poets David Constantine and Helen Dunmore, and the Bloodaxe Editior, Neil Astley. 'This is a book to make you fall in love with poetry ... Go out and buy it for everyone you love.' (The Independent) A fascinating conversation and life-affirming anthology in performance.

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Jeff Green

Hay Festival 2003, 
'Stand-up's most irresistible rouge' (The Guardian) combines razor-sharp observations with an abundance of natural charm that has made him one of Britain's most popular comedians. A regular on television's Never Mind The Buzzcocks and They Think It's All Over, his live show is a freewheeling, delightful entertainment.

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Steven Pinker

The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

Hay Festival 2003, 
The author of How The Mind Works and The Language Instinct challenges our usual explanations of human behaviour, stated most clearly in the human sciences of psychology, ethics and politics, In an explosive argument he reasserts the role of an inherited human nature.

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Andrew Davies

Adapted for the Screen

Hay Festival 2003, 
The man who brought Darcy, Elizabeth, Zhivago, Deronda' Lydgate, Melmotte and Becky Sharp to our television screens talks about his art and craft, the resolution of sexual tension and how he tipped the velvet over into late night cult viewing.

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Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward

A Devils Chaplain

Hay Festival 2003, 
The pre-eminent evolutionary biologist is joined by his wife, actress Lalla Ward to present a selection of his essays collected in A Devil's Chaplain. Writing on evolution or science in general, on dead comrades or on travel or literature, on education or religion, he shows why he is one of the most influential thinkers of our time.

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Andrew Roberts

Hitler and Churchill

Hay Festival 2003, 
Developing the ideas of his popular TV series, prize-winning historian Andrew Roberts investigates the leadership techniques and rhetorical skills employed by Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill, as well as the effect that each man's style of leadership had upon the outcome of the Secon World War.

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Louis de Bernieres

Hay Festival 2003, 
A reading and conversation chaired by Peter Florence.

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