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Richard Williams and Miranda Seymour

Drive Time

Hay Festival 2004, 
Williams' The Last Road Race is the story of the 1957 Pescara Grand Prix, the last race of the heroic age of motor racing when Stirling Moss beat the great Fangio. Seymour's The Bugatti Queen focous on Helle Nice, the roaring girl who held the racing world of the 1930s in thrall.

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Nick Broomfield talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
An extended interview with the provocative and relentless investigative documentary film-maker, illustrated with clips from his multi-award-winning films Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Biggie and Tupac and The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife. 'If Broomfield took up wedding photography, the divorce rate would be even higher.' (The Guardian)

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Intelligence Squared Debate

Hay Festival 2004, 
BBC World anchor Nik Gowing chairs this debate on foreign policy and world affairs.

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John Sergeant, Robin Cook, John Kampfner

Hay Festival 2004, 
Post-watershed Westminster from the former BBC Political Reporter, author of Give Me Ten Seconds, the former Foreign Secretary and Kampfner, author of Blair's Wars.

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Dylan Moran

Hay Festival 2004, 
The star of Channel 4's Black Books plays Hay on the last night of his national stand-up tou. One of the all-time greats.

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Catherine Fisher and Kevin Crossley-Holland

BBC Radio 4 Hayfever Readings

Hay Festival 2004, 
Two new stories for younger readers written and recorded for broadcast later this week.

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Dylan Moran and Ash Atalla talk to Daisy Goodwin

Talkback Comedy Situations

Hay Festival 2004, 
The star and writer of Channel 4's Black Books and the producer of The Office talk about their comedy to the television producer Diasy Goodwin.

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Tony Lewis

Taking Fresh Guard

Hay Festival 2004, 
England Cricket Captain, Test Match Special commentator, MCC President and Chairman of large parts of Wales' establishment: the gifted raconteur tells the tales.

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In Other Words: The New Welsh Review Translation Platform

Hay Festival 2004, 
As Europe enlarges her political and cultural borders NWR Editor Francesca Rhydderch hosts this exploration of linguistic exchange with bi-;ingual poet Gwyenth Lewis, Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation Amanda Hopkinson and Editor of Modern Poetry in Translation David Constantine.

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Kevin Crossley-Holland

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author of the spellbinding Arthur trilogy talks about bringing historical stories to life for young readers. King of the Middle March is an action-packed tale of war, romance, murder, power, politics and the medieval conflict between Christianity and Islam.

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Leonie Frieda and Paul Strathern

The Medicis

Hay Festival 2004, 
Strathern's The Medici: Godfathers of The Renaissance charts the rise and fall of the family who ran Florence, The Vatican and the throne of France. Frieda's biography of Catherine de Medici, widow of Henri II of France, seeks to rehabilitate the woman who served 30 years as regent to her three sons and instigated the St.Bartholomew's Day Massacre.

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Christopher Lee, Jim Naughtie and John Davies

England and the Celts

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this second turning points session, the historian examines Athelstan's unification of tenth-century England and the peace with the Scots. With Wales historian John Davies and the broadcaster Jim Naughtie, he looks at the subsequent relationship with England's Celtic neighbours.

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Mitchell Tonks

Fresh

Hay Festival 2004, 
The seafood guru offers Recipes and Advice from a Fishmonger. Come and ask everything you've ever wanted to know about fish as food.

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Patrick McGrath and Orhan Pamuk

The Artist at the Heart

Hay Festival 2004, 
A conversation with two of the greatest contemporary writers. The Turkish novelist and IMPAC-winner Pamuk introduces his new novel Snow in which a poet and political exile returns to Turkey as a journalist, assigned to write an investigative piece about troubling events in the small and mysterious city of Kars near the Armenian border. McGrath's Port Mungo explores the relationships around a charismatic and dissolute artist in London, New York, and the mangrove swamps of Honduras.

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The Fabian Society Platform

Hay Festival 2004, 
Minister of State for Culture Estelle Morris is joined by critic and novelist D.J.Taylor and the historian Tristram Hunt to discuss the interaction of politics, the arts and literature.

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John Pilger

Tell Me No Lies

Hay Festival 2004, 
An audience discussion on propaganda, journalism and the war on terror with the investigative journalist.

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The Economist Debate

The Energy Revolution

Hay Festival 2004, 
Are we entering the end of the oil era, on the cusp of transition to a post-fossil-fuel world? Some experts worry about the scarcity of oil, while others point to its environmental and geopolitical costs. How will people in Britain and the developing world be effected by an energy revolution? 

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Gillian Clarke

Making Beds for the Dead

Hay Festival 2004, 
The great Welsh poet discusses and reads her new collection which celebrates her themes of family, landscape and nature. The title poem charts the journey of a virus in 'the plague year'. Come from outer space, it travels - on a fox's paw, the beak of a kite and a crow and a buzzard - into the very heart of our lives.

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Joanne Harris and Sue Gee talk to Phil Rickman

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Chocolat bestseller introduces her first collection of malevolent and mischievous short stories, Jigs and Reels. Gee launches The Mysteries of Glass, the story of the illicit passion of a young curate for his vicar's wife in 1860s Herefordshire.

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Matt Collings

Matt's Old Masters

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Y(oung) B(ritish) A(rtists) prophet and Channel 4 art critic turns his ironic gaze and entering pen on the greatest of the 'proper' painters of the past: Titan, Rubens, Velazquez and Hogarth. Who's radical now?

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Matthew d'Ancona, Mark Mills, Ann-Marie MacDonald

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three 'break-through' fictions: D'Ancona's Going East is a masterly debut whose heroine Mia misadventures far from her privileged London society to the darker reaches of the East End. It's a great London novel. Mill's amagansett is a literary thriller set in post-war Long Island. MacDonald's international sensation The Way the Crow Flies sees the Cold War impact upon a family on a Canadian Air Force base.

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Jerry Brotton

'Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!' Shakespeare and Islam.

Hay Festival 2004, 
The scholar will explore relations between the Islamic East and the Christian West during the sixteenth century. Brotton will reveal that the contemporary understanding of Islam was far more complex than has been realised, as suggested in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaires.

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James Campbell

Comedy4Kids

Hay Festival 2004, 
Probably the only stand-up comedian for children in the universe. His unique blend of stories, surreal observations, improvisation and extremely silly songs is guaranteed to keep kids and their parents in stitches.

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Joshua Rozenberg, Michael Crick, Damien Tambini, Hugh Tomlinson, Alan Rusbridger

Sex, Lies and Circulation

Hay Festival 2004, 
Beckham's txts, Naomi's habit, William's mother. Who defines public interest and how? Crick is the biographer of Jeffery Archer and Alex Ferguson. Rozenberg is legal editor of The Telegraph and author of Privacy and The Press. IPPR Fellow, Tambini is the author of Ruled by Reclusives. Matrix Law QC Tomlinson is the author of Privacy and the Media. 

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David Hurn

Finding Ones Culture

Hay Festival 2004, 
The great Magnum photographer shows and discusses his collection of portraits of interesting people Living In Wales and his groundbreaking photo-journal Wales: Land of My Father.

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