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Brian Platt

Cartoon Masterclass

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Hay cartoonist teavhes the basic principles outlined in his book How to DRaw Cartoons. No previous experience required.

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Brian Cathcart

The Fly in The Cathedral

Hay Festival 2004, 
The investigative journalist tells the story of paper-and-pencil calculations, hand-made apparatus and the occasional lump of plasticine, in How a Small Group of Cambridge Scientists Won the Race to Split the Atom.

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Julia Donaldson

Hay Festival 2004, 
A fantastic all singing, all dancing event from the creator of Room on the Broom and Monkey Puzzle. Come dressed as your favourite character, to be ready to join in, and prepared to face a real, live Gruffalo.

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Nigel Calder

Magic Universe

Hay Festival 2004, 
Subtitled The Oxford Guide to Modern Science, Clader's latest book ranges from quarks and galaxies to genes and brain wiring. He'll encapsulate it by explaining 'why the top experts are usually wrong!'

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Nick Arnold

Hay Festival 2004, 
Back by popular demand, the best-selling author of the Horrible Science series launches his latest book Painful Poison. Learn how to dish up a deadly dose or turn your brother or sister into a zombie slave.

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Sgript Cymru presents Livewire

Hay Festival 2004, 
Wales' national new writing company presents a showcase of rehearsed readings by new English language writers from across Wales. Livewire is designed to develop creative writing skills for the stage. The scheme included workshops with some of Wales' premiere dramatists as well online dramaturgical support

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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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Francesca Simon and Tony Ross

Hay Festival 2004, 
In their first ever joint event the author and illustrator of the Horrid Henry series talk about the creation and team work involved in bringing the country's naughtiest nuisance to life.

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Adam Zamoyski

1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow

Hay Festival 2004, 
Tsar Alexander refuses to join the blockade of Britain. The French Emperor moves to effect retribution but meets his nemesis, and the balance of Europe is changed forever.

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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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Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell Boyce

Hay Festival 2004, 
Best-selling Malorie Blackman has adapted many of her books for the screen including the award winning Pig Heart Boy. Frank Cottrell Boyce, the screenwriter of Welcome to Sarajevo and Hilary and Jackie has just written his first, fantastic children's novel Millions.

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Andrew Davies

Talkback Comedy Situations

Hay Festival 2004, 
The creator of A Ver Peculiar Practice and co-writer of the Bridget Jones movies conducts a masterclass in writing comedy for the screen.

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John Emsley

Vanity Vitality Virility

Hay Festival 2004, 
There is the chemistry of sex and the chemistry of molecules, and though we imagine these to be very different, the former depends very much on the latter. Whether it's lipstick, Viagra, nappies, Prozac, or chewing gum, it's chemistry that explains how they work.

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Louise Rennison

Hay Festival 2004, 
Hilarious, hair-raising fun with the author of the brilliant Georgia Nicholson stories as she entertains us with tales of her new book, And That's When It Fell Off In My Hand. Described by The Sunday Telegraph as 'Bridget Jones for teenagers, but funnier'.

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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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Richard Hallion

Taking Flight

Hay Festival 2004, 
A century after the Wright brother's historic flight on 17 December 1903, Hallion looks at the pioneers of air travel from early hot air ballons to the jet age.

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Mick Brown

The Dance of 17 Lives

Hay Festival 2004, 
In January 2000, the Seventeenth Karmapa, one of the most important figures in Tibetan Buddhism, arrived at the home-in-exile of the Dalai Lama. He was fourteen years old. Mick Brown travelled to Dharamsala to meet him, and he found himself surrounded by stories of miracles, murder and the settling of two hundred-year-old scores.

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Jacqueline Wilson

Hay Festival 2004, 
The hard-hitting author, whose books are the most borrowed from libraries in Britain, introduces her newest story Best Friends and answers questions about all her books.

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Arnold Wesker

Hay Festival 2004, 
The playwright's residency ends with his reading of a new work in rogress called Honey.

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Julian Barnes

Hay Festival 2004, 
The novelist, treasured for his elegance of style and acuteness of perception, presents his exquisite short stories collected as The Lemon Table. Barnes is also the author of the magical Pedant in the Kitchen cooking column in The Guardian Review.

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Robin Williamson in concert and conversation

The Incredible Quest

Hay Festival 2004, 
The founder member of the iconic Incredible String BAnd talks to Phil Rickman about musical influences from the 1960s to the present. He discusses the bardic craft and explains how his life as storyteller and songwriter remains inspired by the Celtic tradition. 

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The Medici String Quartet

Hay Festival 2004, 
The third and final concert relocates to Hay. Haydn: Quartet in E flat major, opus 76/6, 'Fantasia'; Mozart: Quartet in G major, K387; Beethoven: Quartet in C major, opus 59/3, 'Razumosvky'.

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Gerald Edelman

Wider than the Sky: The Phenomenal Gift of Consciousness

Hay Festival 2004, 
How does the firing of neurons give rise to subjective sensations, thoughts, and emotions? How can the disparate domains of mind and body be reconciled? The Nobel Laureate's analysis of the brain activities underlying consciousness is based upon recent remarkable advances in biochemistry, immunology, medical imaging, neuroscience and evolutionary biology.

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Mark Thomas, stand-up

Hay Festival 2004, 
Mark is working on some new stuff. He will be talking about transvestite direct action, adventures with the confetti-istas, blocking the traffic in Scotland, arms dealers in East London, and DIY places of worship. He will also be having a closer look at The Real Thing and asking why anyone would want to teach the world to sing. 'A supurbly funny show ... Thomas has a delightfully tiggerish enthuaisam for his stories ... If comedy could ever be described as necessary, this is it' (The Observer)

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Ian Whybrow

Hay Festival 2004, 
A fun , lively romp through the Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs books, with Harry and dinosaur goodies to give away. Learn the Dinosaur Song and hear Ian read a few of the Harry stories.

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