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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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Benjamin Zephaniah

Hay Festival 2004, 
A unique opportunity to have a sneak look into the world famous writer's new book. Not on public release until September 2004, Gangsta Rap is the tough but touching tale of three friends excluded from school, who find their strengths and identity through hip-hop.

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Allan Sutherland

Hidden Dragons

Hay Festival 2004, 
Sutherland is the editor of a sparkling and surprising new anthology of prose and poetry d=from writers who are disabled. He gives a personal view of the editing process in conversation with Maggie Hampton of Arts Disability Wales.

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Richard Barber

The Holy Grail: Imagination and Belief

Hay Festival 2004, 
The writer and publisher of medieval history discusses the creation of the Holy Grail icon, its roots in Christian culture, and its refashioning down the centuries through literature, visual art and music.

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Michael Morpurgo and Kate Adie

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Children's Laureate and BBC War Correspondent talk about the fact and the fiction of war.

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Valeria Parrella and Gernot Wolfram

Hay Festival 2004, 
This is the third year of the project conceived with our partners at Festivaletteratura Mantova, Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin, and the Bjornsonfestivalen in Molde. Four young writers from across Europe are commissioned to write a story on the theme of Monsters. They visit each of the Festivals and discuss the themes of their work and the cultural translation involved in international publication. In this first session, Parella, the Italian writer is joined by the German author Wolfram.

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The Federation Lecture

Hay Festival 2004, 
The multi-award-winning author Malorie Blackman gives this inaugural lecture. She talks about her childhood love of reading, her use of writing to tackle social issues, and her razor sharp sequel to Noughts and Crosses, Knife Edge.

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Benjamin Woolley, Kate Fox, Nicholas Murray

Tabletalk

Hay Festival 2004, 
Woolley discusses The Herbalist: NIcholas Culpeper and the Fight for Medical Freedom, his biography of the great radical. Fox analyses the hidden rules of national behaviour in Watching the English. Murray discusses the women in the life of the subject of his new book, Kafka.

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Catherine Merriman, Elizabeth Baines, Janet Thomas and Lindsay Ashford

Woman's Textual Fantasies

Hay Festival 2004, 
Editiors and authors of two Honno anthologies, Laughing not Laughing and Mirror, Mirror, will be sharing their experiences of writing and getting published.

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Leon Kreitzman and Russell Foster

The Rhythms of Life

Hay Festival 2004, 
Why are people who work anti-social shifts more illness-prone and likely to die younger? What is jet-lag and can anything help? Why do teenagers refuse to get up in the morning, and are the rest of us really 'larks' or 'owls'? Why are most people born (and die) between three and five in the morning? Kreitzman and foster consult the biological clocks.

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Julia Eccleshare, Bali Rai, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three of the country's best authors and the Guardian's Children's Books Editor argue the case for their favourite children's classic. Come along to hear which books inspired them, and why.

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Owne Sheers and Ingeborg Arvola

Scritture Giovani

Hay Festival 2004, 
In the second session the Norwegian writer Ingeborg Arvola will be joined by the Welsh representative Owen Sheers.

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Mark Lynas

High Tide

Hay Festival 2004, 
A glacier disappears high in the Peruvian Andes. Ten thousand Pacific islanders begin to evacuate their homeland. Floodwaters surge across the English countryside. The earth's climate is in crisis, and after three years of travelling to all these places to witness it, the journalist and campaigner has returned to tell this amazing story.

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Bamber Gasgoine

How to Identify Prints

Hay Festival 2004, 
Is the print in your hand a woodcut, an etching or a lithograph? The scholar and broadcaster introduces the history of printmaking and reveals the detective work involved in formal identification.

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Gay Writing: Fact and Fictions

Hay Festival 2004, 
Peter Burton, former literary editor of Gay Times, talks to Francis King, one of the leading British novelists of his generation whose books cover four decades of writing from Dead Letters to The Nick of Time, John Sam Jones, Stonewall Award-winner for his short fiction Welsh Boys Too and the Fishboys of Vernazza and Richard Zimler with his debut novel Hunting Midnight.

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Frank Foer, Trevor Fishlock, Revel Guest

Globetrotters

Hay Festival 2004, 
Foer examines the most popular form of globalization and its political repercussions in How Soccer Explains the World. In Conquerors of Time Fishlock tells the story of the seafearers, engineers, inventors and trailblazers who built the sinews of transport and communication that held together the British Empire. They talk to the Trailblazers producer Revel Guest.

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George Carey talks to Mary Loudon

Hay Festival 2004, 
The 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury discusses his memoir Know The Truth. At the time of going to press the book is under embargo. Woman priests, gay Bishops, Christian fundamentalism, the morality of War and how to hold together the Anglican Communion of 400 million people across the globe may all be on the agenda.

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Roger McGough

Hay Festival 2004, 
Round off your day with poetic fun from one of Britain's best loved poets. Described as 'the patron saint of poetry' Roger's newest books include All The Best and The Bee's Knees. He also currently hosts Radio 4's Poetry Please.

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New Poetry from Eastern Europe

Hay Festival 2004, 
Taja Kramberger from Slovenia, Edward Pasewicz from Poland and Katerina Rudyenkove from the Czech Republic are among the twenty young poets featured in A Fine Line: New Poetry from East and Central Europe, just out from Arc Publications with a preface by Vaclav Havel. These poets' encounter with Western abundance gives them fresh imagery, but also grounds for amusement and irony. This is a poetry of wit and complexity, never raw but always glowing with human feeling.

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Jill Dawson, Carlos Luiz Zafon, Candace Allen

Hay Festival 2004, 
Orange Prize-shortlisted for Fred and Edie, Dawson previews her new novel Wild Boy about a boy with Asperger's syndrome. Allen introduces her story of the great African-American global star of the jazz age Valaida. The Barcelona-born Zafon discusses his multi-award-winning literary thriller The Shadow of the Wind.

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Kate Adie

Corsets and Camouflage

Hay Festival 2004, 
With some acute fashion analysis thrown in, Adie confronts big questions of gender and murder. When licensing a combatant to kill, are women different soldires from men, or precisely equal to them? And where does a lone female journalist among thousands of desert troops go to pee?

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Ken Dodd

Hay Festival 2004, 
The master returns with his legendary Happiness show.

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Russell James, Andrew Taylor, Rebeca Tope, Phil Rickman

Fields of Blood: Really?

Hay Festival 2004, 
It was Sherlock Holmes who said that not even the vilest alleys of London had a more dreadful record of sin than the smiling and beautiful countryside. But it is ture? Russell James, 'The Godfather of British noir' isn't convinced and interrogates his rural crimewriting colleagues, Andrew (The American Boy) Taylor, Phil (The Prayer of the Night Shepherd) Rickman and Rebeca (A Cotswold Killing) Tope on the issue of stiffs in the sticks, guns in the grass and corpses amongst the cows.

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In the week before Wales elects four MEPS to serve in Brussels, please join us to hear what each of the main parties is offering, and question candidates on all the major issues.

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Poetry Slam

Hay Festival 2004, 
The first Hay Open Poetry Slam with Lloyd Robson, irrepressible author of bbboing and associated weirdness hosts the first late night open slam shut. Got something to say?

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