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Three O'Clock At Ponty

BBC Radio Wales and the Sherman Theatre present

Hay Festival 1996, 
Thirty-minute theatre, broadcast live from the Festival. WIth Richard Harrington, Rhodri Huw and Maria Pride. 
Teenage dreams and love tokens give way to adult reality in Ponty's Ynys Angharad Park.

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Charles Nicholl

My Wounded Shoes

Hay Festival 1996, 
We follow the dangerous trail of the French poet and traveller Arthur Rimbaud - the teenage author of A Season in Hell, the enigmatic trader and gun-runner in Africa, the lover and destroyer of Valerie. Nicholl previews his forthecoming book on Rimbaud with an idiosyncratic account of the poet's extraordinary life, told largely through Rimbaud's own words. Nicholl's books include The Fruit Palace, Borderlines, his award-winning investigation of Christopher Marlowe The Reckoning and The Creature in the Map.

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An Evening with Ned Sherrin

Hay Festival 1996, 
A glorious anthology of wit and tall tales from the great raconteur, broadcaster, director and compiler of Theatrical Anecdotes.

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Poetry Squantum 3

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Penultimate Exposure.

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Jenny Eclair, Paul Foot and Peter Florence

A Good Read

Hay Festival 1996, 
Festival Driector Peter Florence chairs this discussion of treasured books with comedienne Jenny Eclair and the investigative journalist Paul Foot. Eclair recommends Nell Dunn's Poor Cow. Foot recomendeds Byron's Don Juan. Florence recommendeds Graham Greene's screenplay The Third Man.

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Steve Jones

In The Blood

Hay Festival 1996, 
Genetics is coming uncomfortably close to the questions asked by philosophy, theology, and even politics. It deals with issues of fate, of life amd death. If everything is in the genes, what is left of free will? If man is but a glorifed ape, where is the soul? If society is just a mechanisim for ensuring that genes are transmitted, what room is there for good and evil? The Galton Professor of Genetics and Reith Lecturer explores these questions, and talks about what is really In The Blood.

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Darian Leader talks to Mary Loudon

Why Do Women Write More Letters Than They Post?

Hay Festival 1996, 
The psychoanalyst address the question posed in his book, hailed by Bice Benvenuto as "The most insightful, enjoyable and uncommon treatment of male and female sexuality I have ever read" He talks to the journalist Mary Loudon, whose books of interviews are Revelations: The Clergy Questioned and Unveiled.

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The Truth

Hay Festival 1996, 
Foreign Correspondant Peter Godwin chairs this discussion about investigative jounalisim with Andrew O'Hagan, author of The Missing. Editor of Granta, Ian Jack, and Patrick Wright, author of The Village That Died For England.

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Kyffin Williams' Portraits

Hay Festival 1996, 
The pre-eminent Welsh painter, internationally acclaimed for his landscape work, talks to the art critics Nicholas Usherwood and Jonathan Miles about his series of intimate portraits of friends and acquaintances painted between 1944 and 1994, published now in a book by Gomer Press.

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David Crystal

From Babble to Scrabble to Drabble

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language explores the word games that fascinate us as children, entertain us as adults, and dominate the media. Crystal has a fabulous ability to convey his wonder at the richness of language and the games we play with it.

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Germaine Greer

The 1996 Raymond Williams Lecture: Tradition and Female Talent

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Festival's keynote lecture will be given by the author of The Female Eunuch and Slipshod Sibylls.

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Alasdair Gray and Carl MacDougall

Hay Festival 1996, 
The cracking Scots novelist Alasdair Gray reads from his new collection of stories Mavis Belfrage. Keep listening through your laughter. Gray is the sharpest , wisest reader of his own work I've heard. MacDougall introduces his novel The Casanova Papers. The Spectator called his last work The Lights Below "A Masterpiece ... one of the great Scottish novels of this century".

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Marianne Wiggins talks to Sarah Dunant

Hay Festival 1996, 
The American novelist and short story writer talks about John Dollar - "a superb novel, hypnotic, disturbing and artful... almost any sentance may be shot through with wonderful phrases bright as tracer bullets" - (Washington Post), that is written in "a prose precisely opulent as a diamond solitare" - New York Times.
She talks to the award-winning crime-writer Sarah Dunant, author of Under My Skin, Birthmarks and Fatlands.

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Steven Berkoff

Hay Festival 1996, 
The actor, director and playwright discusses his autobiography Free Association with Festival Director Peter Florence.

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Poetry Squantum 4

Hay Festival 1996, 
The poets present their finished poems

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Stephen Jay Gould

The Nature Lecture: Dinosaur in A Haystack

Hay Festival 1996, 
Paleontologist, Professor of Zoology and geology, the world's greatest scientific essayist has a fantastic ability to connect the most diverse material and cultural references from Jurassic Park to the Old Testament and Eugenics in a brilliant exploration of the central idea of evolution. Gould's seminal and best-selling books include Wonderful Life, Bully for Brontosaurus and Eight Little Piggies.

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Peter Godwin talks to Michael Buerk

Mukiwa

Hay Festival 1996, 
Godwin's account of his relationship with Zimbabwe is one of the year's most exciting biographical books. Seen through the eyes of a child, Rhodesia is a magical land of leopard hunting, lepers, witch doctors, snakes and forest fires. But through the eyes of an adolescent, a conscripted boy soldier caught in the middle of a vicious civil war, and finally an adult who returned to Zimbabwe as The Sunday Times Correspondent to cover the bloody transition to majority black rule, it became a land stalked by violence, death and danger.
He talks to BBC's Michael Buerk, presenter of The Moral Maze and 999 who reported from Africa for many years, and whose coverage of the Ethiopian Famine prompted Bob Geldof to start Live Aid.

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Ben Okri, Kate Pullinger, Emily Perkins

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading and conversation with three international fiction writers. Okri won the Booker Prize for The Famished Road. He introduces his new novel Dangerous Love, a story set in the Nigeria of the 1970s in the aftermath of the civil war. Pullinger, who co-wrote The Piano with Jane Campion, presents her novel The Last Time I Saw Jane. Perkins' collection of stories Not Her Real Name is the moxt exciting debut of the year, and is set to become a cult classic. "Addictive, smart, wise, and profoundly funny" - Julie Myerson.

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Flora Fraser

The Unruly Queen

Hay Festival 1996, 
At the tawdry heart of the Regency period lies the bitter mismatch of the Prince and Princess of Wales, their tattered marriage and long and courageous fight for justice that is the subject of Fraser's study of Caroline of Brunswick - "an admirably convincing portrayal of a woman who evidently had more sprit than sensibility" - Sunday Telegraph

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Paddy Hill talks to Richard Ingrams

Hay Festival 1996, 
The most outspoken member of The Birmingham Six talks to the former editor of Private Eye and now the editor of The Oldie about his experience of interrogation, trial and imprisonment in the most famous miscarrige of justice of recent years. In the Evening Standard, Ingrams wrote of Forever Lost, Forever Gone - "Anyone who still believes that our policemen are wonderful or that British justice is the finest in the world should read Mr. Hill's gripping account. It is impossible to do so without feeling indignation and shame that such things could be done in our name"

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Ian Stewart - The Royal Society Michael Faraday Lecture

Riddles of Form: Discovering Order and pattern in the Universe

Hay Festival 1996, 
The patterns that occur in the form and behaviour of living creatures are usuallu explained in terms of genes and DNA. However, mathematics also plays a role, as examples from the numerolgy of plants and the rhythms of animal movement demonstrate. (No specialist knowledge or mathematical ability required)

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Pat Barker and Miranda Seymour talk to Peter Kemp

The First World War in Fact and Fiction

Hay Festival 1996, 
Barker won the 1995 Booker prize for The Ghost Road, the final novel in her WW1 trilogy of Regeneration and The Eye in the Door. Seymour is the highly acclaimed biographer of Robert Graves. They talk to The Sunday Times critic Peter Kemp.

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Frank Delaney

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Irish broadcaster and novelist introduces his book A Stranger in Their Midst - "With its drama verging on the operatic, as the community lights up in the name of progress, it is plunged ever deeper into moral darkness. Fantastic stuff. I can't help feeling that if Verdi were around today, he and Delaney would make a great team" - Independent

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Mario Vargas Llosa talks to Bronwen Maddox

Hay Festival 1996, 
Llosa discusses his autobiographical essays and study Making Waves and his magical new novel A Death in the Andes with the award-winning FT journalist Bronwen Maddox. His other books include A Fish in the Water, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, In Praise of the Stepmother and The Perpetual Orgy.

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Colin Dexter

Hay Festival 1996, 
The creator of Inspector Morse talks about his hero and his latest investigations.

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