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James Dean Bradfield and Patrick Jones

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Manic Street Preacher and his theatre collaborator discuss music, politics and words with the author and broadcaster Jon Gower.

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Jason Byrne

Hay Festival 2004, 
Inspired invention form a mercurial comedy genius. His delight in the rapport with his audience is irresistibly infectious. The most exciting comedy discovery in years.

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George Galloway talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
Late-night conversation with the Glasgow MP, expelled by the Labour Party for his stance on the Iraq War, and author of I'm Not the Only One.

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David Ramsbotham, Francis Gilbert

State of the Nation

Hay Festival 2004, 
Formerly HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Ramsbotham is the author of Prisongate: The Shocking State of Britains Prisons and the Need for Visionary Change. Gilbert's I'm a Teacher, Get Me Out of Here! recounts his induction into the British education system.

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Rageh Omar talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 2004, 
The international affairs journalists discuss the society and community od Iraq before and during the bombardment of Baghdad in 2003 and in the subsequent period of Allied administration. Omaar is the author of Revolution Day: The HUman Story of the Battle for Iraq.

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Robin Dunbar

The Human Story

Hay Festival 2004, 
The evolutionary psychologist looks at new research into genetics, behaviour and psychology to examine the evolution of the human mind, with particular attention to the deep psychological and biological bases of music and religion.

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Paul Watkins, Tobias Hill, Desmond Barry

Hay Festival 2004, 
New fiction from three novelists at the height of their powers. Watkins' Thunder God is set at the end of the Viking era when the Norse faith clashes with Christianity. Hill's The cryptographer arcs the fall of the world's first quadrillionaire, inventor of the first global e-currency. Barry launches his third novel, Cressida's Bed, set in India and Bhutan in the 1930s.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore

Stalin

Hay Festival 2004, 
The award-winning historian examines the court surrounding the Soviet tyrant and reveals the inside stories of the Great Terror, the Axis summit with Roosevelt and Churchill and Stalins relationships with Beria and Molotov.

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Clive James

The Magic Sentence

Hay Festival 2004, 
The poet, songwriter, essayist and broadcaster, whose work ranges from popular television to the holocaust, talks about his 'search for the magic sentance, in a world all too real'.

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Christopher Lee, Marcel Berlins, Tom Bingham

The Trial of Raleigh

Hay Festival 2004, 
The historian considers the story and repercussions of the seventeenth century trial of the former royal favourite which radically overturned the natural 'presumption of guilt' and began the evolution of the modern justice system. He is joined by Lord Bingham, the senior Law Lord, and The Guardian's legal correspondent Marcel Berlins.

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Malise Ruthven, Zia Sarder, Stuart Sim, Peter Tatchell

Fundamentalist World

Hay Festival 2004, 
Ruthven's Fundamentalism examines a broad spectrum of radical conservatives and ideological purists, finding 'family resemblances' between different fundamentalist movements, especially in terms of national identity and gender. Sardar is co-author of Why Do People hate America?  Sim is the author of Fundamentalist World: The New Dark Age of Dogma. Tatchell is a gay and human rights campaigner.

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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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Helen Walsh, M.J.Hyland, Tessa Hadley

Hay Festival 2004, 
Walsh's Brass is a brutally powerful story of love set in the underbelly of Liverpool's Cathedral area. Hyland's How the Light Gets In conjures an Australian scholarship exchange visit to the USA. Hadley's Everything Will Be Alright spans five decades of post-war Britain.

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Adrian Forty

Words and Buildings: A Vocabulary of Modern Architecture

Hay Festival 2004, 
Forty's analysis of the complex relationship between language and architecture thrillingly opens up new understandings of form and space.

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Melvyn Bragg

The Adventure of English

Hay Festival 2004, 
How the guttural language that came over to the fifth-century Britain with Germanic invaders saw off Norse, Welsh, Latin and French, and became the great, acquisitive global currency of today.

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James Wood

The Irresponsible Self

Hay Festival 2004, 
The eminent critic will discuss what makes us laugh in fiction, and explore the differences between comedy in the novel and comedy in other literary art forms. His new book of essays, The Irresponsible Self, argues that the modern novel essentially invented and pioneered a new form of comedy, the tragicomic, and he compares this mixed mode to satire, farce, and vaudeville. There will be copious examples, and many jokes.

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Peter Lord

Aardman Animations

Hay Festival 2004, 
The co-founder of the animation company behind Wallace and Gromit talks about his life, from Morph to Chicken Run. A fascinating story of plasticine and publicity illustrated with clips from all your favourite animations.

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Alex Holmes

Dunkirk

Hay Festival 2004, 
Exactly this week, sixty-four years ago, in the third week of Churchill's Prime-Ministership, Operation Dynamo effected the rescue of 338,000 troops from the beaches of Dunkirk. The director of the acclaimed three-part drama-documentary film built his story from veteran's testimony, letters, and previously unseen official archives, and created an epic masterpiece.

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Karen Armstrong talks to Joan Bakewell

Hay Festival 2004, 
America's need to educate itself about Islam post 9/11 established the former nun as one of the world's most respected theologians, a bridge between cultures and the three Abrahamic faiths. Her memoir The Spiral Staircase relates her writing career to her personal odyssey.

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Etgar Kerret, Samir El Youssef

Gaza Blues

Hay Festival 2004, 
Discover the new voices of the generation that follows Said, Oz and Grossman. Guardian Weekend editior Katherine Viner chairs this discussion of writing about the Middle East with the Israeli and Palestinian editiors and contributors to a new anthology. They are joined by the diplomat and Middle-East scholar Andrew Burns.

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Tony Robinson

Hay Festival 2004, 
Make a cunning plan to meet the comedy writer, children's author, actor and broadcaster who effortlessly spans acrhaeology, history, heroism and the world's worst jobs. Come and ask him about his work from Baldrick to Time Team and Made Marian and her Merry Men.

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Neil Jordan

Hay Festival 2004, 
The writer and filmaker has written three acclaimed novels, Sunrise with Sea Monster, The Past and The Dream of a Beast. His films include Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, Interview with the Vampire and The Crying Game. He discusses his new novel Shade.

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Terry Jones

Who Murdered Chaucer?

Hay Festival 2004, 
The reactionary, oppressive regime of Henry IV overthrows liberal, cultured Richard II. In 1400 the superstar poet and pre-eminent intellectual of his time simply vanishes. The former Python and medieval scholar examines the political intrigues and literary evidence.

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Janine di Giovanni and Jeremy Bowen talk to Michael Buerk

War Correspondence

Hay Festival 2004, 
Di Giovanni's Madness Visible is an account of the award-winning war correspondent's life on the front line in the Balkans. Bowen's Six Days examines how the 1967 war has shaped the Middle East.

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Andrew Roberts

What Might Have Been

Hay Festival 2004, 
The acclaimed historian, author of Napolean and Wellington, HItler and Churchill, Eminent Churchillians and  The Holy Fox asks, WHat if Lenin had been assassinated on arrival at Finland Station, St Petersburg in 1917?

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