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In Other Tongue

Dhaka 2013, 
A bilingual Session in Bangla and English, celebrating the different languages of Bangladesh.

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Ferdinand Mount

The TLS Lecture: Pepys the Novel

Hay Festival 1999, 
The Hawthornden-prizewinning novelist and TLS editor talks about the remarkable rebirth of the historical novel and recounts how a chance discovery in Pepys' diary led him to write Jem (and Sam), a Restoration saga of ambition and revenge, the second of his Tales of History and Imagination.

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Frank Close

The Particle Odyssey: A Journey to the Heart of Matter

Hay Festival 2004, 
Twenty-first century scientists want to find out how the universe came to be like it is. Their experiments involve a metaphorical journey back in time to within a billionth of a second of the Big Bang and constitute the latest stage in the quest to understand the matter that makes up our Universe and the forces that govern it. Close takes us on en exhilarating tour of the subatomic world, illustrated with beautiful photographs of the tracks of subatomic particles as they speed, curve, dance or explode through cloud and bubble chambers.

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Molly Dineen

A&B Filmmaker's Series: The Documentary Director 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
Award-winning director of Home from the Hill, The Ark, In The Company of Men, The Lord's Tale in conversation with Rosie Boycott. She previews rushes from her current project The Lie of the Land.

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Stephen Frears

A&B Filmmakers Series: The Director 2

Hay Festival 2005, 
BBC Radio 4's Francine Stock talks to the director whose credits include The Grifters, My Beautiful Launderette, High Fidelity and The Deal. They also preview clips from his new project Mrs Henderson Presents.

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Nick Lane

Oxygen: The Molecule that Changed the World

Hay Festival 2004, 
Oxygen is the engine of life and evolution. Lane explores the impact that oxygen has had on Earth, tracing the history of life from the very beginning. He explains the rise of animals and plants, the origin of two sexes, and the evolution of ageing and death.

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Tony Benn and Roy Bailey

The Writing on the Wall

Hay Festival 2005, 
We celebrate Benn's 80th birthday with this spellbinding anthology of dissent in a concert of speeches and songs from the barricades across the ages. He is joined by the great folk singer.

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Humphrey Burton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Bernstein 100

Hay Festival 2018, 

The biographer celebrates the centenary of the birth of the versatile musical genius, America’s greatest conductor and the composer of West Side Story. Burton was given exclusive access to Bernstein’s rich legacy of letters and papers, and the book draws on hundreds of interviews with family, friends and colleagues to reveal his fascinating and complex personality. The event is chaired by Humphrey Burton’s daughter, the broadcaster and author of Year of Wonder.

Humphrey Burton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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View From The Summit

Hay Festival 1999, 
On his eightieth birthday, the conqueror of Everest Edmund Hillary talks to the climber Joe Simpson author of Touching the Void. Introduced by Jan Morris.

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Richard Ingrams

The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Oldie Editor offers a vivid and perceptive account of the great nineteenth-cenury English radical and author of Rural Rides. Chaired by Palash Dave.

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John Julius Norwich

Venice, Paradise of Cities

Hay Festival 2003, 
The Most Serene Republic of Venice, after more than a thousand years, was killed off by Napoleon in 1797. What happened then? The city was kicked around like a football between France and Austria until finally becoming part of a united Italy in 1866. And yet, sad as she was, Venice attracted Byron, John Ruskin, Henry James, Robert Browning, Richard Wagner and many others.

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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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Anita Desai and Raj Khamal Jha

Hay Festival 1999, 
Desai's In Custody is a "magnificent novel" - Salman Rushdie, about a small town scholar's visit to interview a famed poet. Widely tipped for superstardom, Jha's Calcutta novel The Blue Bedspread has been hailed by John Fowles as 'something remarkable, almost a coming of age of the Indian novel'.

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Robert Winder and Caroline Moorehead talk to Paul Blezard

Wicked Words

Hay Festival 2005, 
Winder's Bloody Foreigners is a wide-ranging study of British immigration from the Romans, Saxons and Huguenots to Windrush. Moorehead's Human Cargo exposes the seven-billion-dollar reade in smuggling refugees from Afghanistan, Liberia, Palestine and China.

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Olivier Kugler

Guardian G2: The Hay Edition 4. Picture Editing and Illustration

Hay Festival 2005, 
See above [118], [123], [129], below [143].

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John Lloyd talks to John Mitchinson

Talkback Comedy Situations

Hay Festival 2004, 
The founder and Managing Director of QI is John Lloyd, creator and producer of numerous radio and television programmes including Blackadder, The News Quiz, Spitting Image, Quote Unquote, Not the Nine O'Clock News, To The Manor Born, The NEws Huddlines and The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy and letterly one of the UK's most successful directors of television commercials.

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David Kennard

Hay Festival 2004, 
Come and meet the Devon shepherd and English National Sheepdof Handler and his dogs. David will talk about his life and his book A Shepherd's Watch: Through the Seasons with One Man and His Dogs. DAvid has also produced a best-selling video diary The Year of the Working Sheepdog. He talks to the country writer Daniel Butler.

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Debi Gliori

Deep Water

Hay Festival 2005, 
A few days before it's official release, Debi previews the fifth in the Pure Dead series, Deep Water: a dragon struggling with the Atkins diet and a tarantula trying to teach her daughters the rudiments of mascara; both contained in a recipe that could only have been cooked up in the Gliori-cauldron. 
(Age 9-11)

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John Carey

What Good Are The Arts?

Hay Festival 2005, 
Do the arts make us better people? Are they a sign of civilisation? Are judgements about art anything more than personal opinions? What are works of art anyway?

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Debutantes: Your First Novel

Dhaka 2013, 
Ellah Allfrey, Ajitha GS, Prajwal Parajuly and Ned Beauman discuss how to have your first novel published.

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Peter Ustinov

Hay Festival 1999, 
An audience with the master, on the occasion of the publication of his novel Monsieur Rene.

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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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Bryan Sykes

Adam's Curse: A Future without Men

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Oxford professor of Human Genetics examines the furious decay of the male Y-chromosome and asks, Why are there only two sexes? Is there a genetic cause for men's promiscuity? Is there such a thing as the male homosexual gene? And can science offer an explanation for the rise of patriarchal society?

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Sean O'Brien with Lily Dunn, Em Brett, RYth Valentine, Mandy Sutter, Iain Broome, John Beevers, Tony Williams, Byrony Doran

Matter Magazine

Hay Festival 2004, 
Poet, playwright and critic, O'Brien is joined by talented new voices from Sheffield Hallam MA in Creative Writing. In its fourth year, Matter has established itself as a unique and collectable anthology, combining beautiful design with excellent writing.

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Chanchal Ashraf, Shakhawat Tipu, Sohel Hassan Galib, Shamset Tabrejee.

Dhaka 2014, 
Featuring Chanchal Ashraf, Shakhawat Tipu, Sohel Hassan Galib, Shamset Tabrejee. Moderated by Farid Kabir.