Hay Player

David Kennard

Hay Festival 2004, 
Come and meet the Devon shepherd and English National Sheepdof Handler and his dogs. David will talk about his life and his book A Shepherd's Watch: Through the Seasons with One Man and His Dogs. DAvid has also produced a best-selling video diary The Year of the Working Sheepdog. He talks to the country writer Daniel Butler.

Hay Player

Robert Bartlett

The Hanged Man

Hay Festival 2004, 
700 years ago, executioners led a Welsh rebel named William Cragh to a wintry hill to be hanged. They placed a noose around his neck, droped him from the gallows, and later pronounced him dead. But Cragh later proved to be very much alive. Bartlett leads us deep into the world of lords, rebels, churchmen, papal inquisitors, and other individuals living at the time of conflict and conquest in Wales.

Hay Player

Ian Ogilvy

Hay Festival 2004, 
Cult hero and children's author, Ian will talk about life after Saint-hood. From being TV heart-throb to creating the smelly, messy, heart-warming hero of Measle and the Wrathmonk, his magical new adventure story. Be the first in the know! 

Hay Player

Ranulph Fiennes

Captain Scott

Hay Festival 2004, 
The legendary explorer and survivor hails his adventurer predecessor, the subject of his sympathetic biography.

Hay Player

Thomas Asbridge and Jonathan Phillips

The Crusades

Hay Festival 2004, 
In 1905 at the Clermont Council Pope Urban invented atrocities against Christian pilgrims commited by Muslims in Jerrusalem, so launching a hundred years of sanctimony, sadism and butchery that still resonates throughout the world today. Asbridge describes the First Crusade to capture Antioch and Jerusalem. Phillips recounts the travesty of the Forth Crusade in which Venetian capitalists contrived the sack of Constantinople, the Christian world's wealthiest and most cultured city, so ensuring centuries of Orthodox fury against Catholics.

Hay Player

Richard Holmes

Biography

Hay Festival 2004, 
Holmes argues that biography is a form of writing in which English literature has produced great masterpieces. He is re-publishing a series of the most thrilling examples and introduces Southey on Nelson, Johnson on Savage, and Gilchrist's life of Blake. Holmes is the biographer of Shelly and Coleridge, and author of the magnificent Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer.

Hay Player

Armand Marie Leroi talks to Olivia Judson

Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Erros of the Human Body

Hay Festival 2004, 
'Once, people with disfiguring or bizzare mutations were thought monstrous. Now they give vital clues to the dance of genes during the body's growth. Leroi combines meticulous historical research, brand-new genetic understanding and consummate skill with words to tell an absorbing tale' (Matt Ridley)

Hay Player

Michael Rosen

Hay Festival 2004, 
Much loved as a radio presenter and respected as an authority on children's literature Michael Rosen is back in Hay by huge demand following his sell-out poetry performance last year. 'Lively, immediate, spiced with doggerel. rap. nonsense rhymes and puns'. (Times Educational Supplement)

Hay Player

Simon Blackburn

Lust

Hay Festival 2004, 
'Broadminded though we take ourselves to be, lust gets a bad press. It lives on the wrong side of the tracks, lumbers around elbowing its way into too much of our lives, and blushes when it comes into company'. The Cambridge Philosophy Don points to the work of David Hume, who saw lust not only as a sensual delight but also as a joy of the mind. 'Be proud of your lust, says the professor of pleasure.' (Daily Mail)

Hay Player

Minette Walters, Susan Hill, Jake Arnott

Hay Festival 2004, 
Author and crator of Orange Labyrinth, Kate Mosse chairs this conversation about contemporary crime writing. Walters is the Gold Dagger-winning author of The Sculptress and most recently Disordered Minds. Hill has been one of Britains' most successful novelists for children and adults for many years and launches her first crime novel The Various Haunts of Men. Arnott's True Crime is out now in paperback. 

Hay Player

Diane Wood Middlebrook

How It Worked: The Marriage of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath

Hay Festival 2004, 
In writing Her Husband: Hughes and Plath - a Marriage, the biographer drew on a wealth of unpublished materials that reveal the dynamics of Ted Hughes' lifelong creative partnership with Sylvia Plath, in life and death.

Hay Player

Ian Stewart

Math Hysteria

Hay Festival 2004, 
Welcome to Ian Stewart's strange and magical world of mathematics! Professor Stewart presents us with a wealth of magical puzzles, each one spun around an amazing tale: Counting the Cattle of the Sun; The Great Drain Robbery; and Preposterous Piratical Predicaments.

Hay Player

Carl Djerassi

Smuggling Science to the Page or Stage: From the Pill to Newton

Hay Festival 2004, 
The inventor of the birth-control pill is the author of This Man's Pill and now a consideration of Newton Newton's Darkness. He is also an acclaimed playwright, and has danced over the barriers between art and science for decades. He discusses the connections.

Hay Player

Richard Overy

Comparing Dictatorship

Hay Festival 2004, 
Half a century after their deaths, the dictatorships of Stalin and Hitler still cast a long and terrible shadow over the modern world. They were the most destructive and lethal regimes in history, murdering millions. They fought the largest and costliest war in all history. Yet millions of Germans and Russians enthusiastically supported them and the values they stood for. Overy asks how they gained and kept their power.

Hay Player

Kate Mosse, Emily Angle, Tim Wright

Writers at Work: The Writer Online

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three experts show how to use the net, from research and masterclass support to publication, interactivity and multi-media narrative. Mosse is the creator of Orange Labyrinth, the online writing community. Angle edits the BBC Get Writing website. Wright is the writer-in-residence of Nottingham Trent University's NESTA-funded writersforthefurtue.com.

Hay Player

Chang-rae Lee, Luke Sutherland, Nadeen Aslam

Hay Discovery Fictions

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three more break-through novels. Selected by The New Yorker as one of the twenty best American novelists under forty, the South Korean-born Lee's thrid novel Aloft is the portrait of Jerry Battle. Whitbread-shortlisted Sutherland's Venus as a Boy is the story of a boy's mithical journey from a bullied and heartbroken childhood in Orkney and the sort of sex that makes people see angels, to a man in a room in Soho whose flesh is turning to gold. Aslam's Maps for Lost Lovers is set in a northern English town where two Pakistani boys Jugnu and Chanda, disappear. Chanda's brothers are arrested for murder.

Hay Player

Josceline Dimbleby talks to Katie Hickman

A Profound Secret

Hay Festival 2004, 
The writer describes her quest to discover the truth about her great-grandmother, May Gaskell, who was the last great love of the pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones. 'She has constructed a compelling romance (complete with mystery) ... The whole book is deeply satisfying' (Michael Holroyd)

Hay Player

Peter Florence and guests

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Guardian Hay Festival and the Orange Prize for Fiction have joined up to celebrate the huge wealth of contemporary fiction.

Hay Player

Stevie Davies and Nicholas Shakespeare

Hay Festival 2004, 
Davies' Kith and Kin is a gleaming portrait of family rivalries. 'There are good writers, there are very good writes. And there is Stevie Davies who is in a class of her own' (The Independent). Shakespeare's Snowleg is a seductive masterpiece; a novel of passion and betrayal set in the Stasi-state of East Germany, a world where voyeurism has no limits.

Hay Player

Anthony Sampson

Who Runs This Place?

Hay Festival 2004, 
In his updated anatomy of Britain, Sampson examines the accountability of the media, the pension-fund managers, the EU Commissioners and the multinationals. He pits Parliment against Downing Street, the marchers against the arms trade, and aspirations of democracy against the realities of political life in Blair's new world.

Hay Player

Germaine Greer

The Boy

Hay Festival 2004, 
In this illustrated lecture the critic examines the erotic image of the male nude in Western Culture form Michelangelo and Caravaggio to the photographs of Nan Goldin and Sally Mann and the images of David Beckham.

Hay Player

Michael Schmidt

The First Poets

Hay Festival 2004, 
The PN Review editor and Carcanet publisher talks about the pleasures and responsibilities of reading the lives and works of the Classical Greek poets, who can often be seen as the preserve of specialist academic interests. He finds them immediate and resonant.

Hay Player

Heston Blumenthal

Hay Festival 2004, 
The superb chef, whose Fat Duck restaurant at Bray was recently awarded the exceptional third Michelin star, demonstartes his spectacular command of the science of cooking, his culinary aesthetic (the man who gave the world snail porridge), and the brilliant and imaginative recipes from his new book Family Food.

Hay Player

Jung Chang talks to Rosie Boycott

Hay Festival 2004, 
Ten yeras after the first publication of Wild Swans the writer revisits her family history, her life in East and West, and the future of Communist China. 

Hay Player

John Sutherland and Peter Parker

Spender and Isherwood

Hay Festival 2004, 
Their biographers discuss the lives and work of the two twentieth century giants whose writing, politics and sexuality defined a literary generation that rose to prominence in the 1930s. Parker publishes Isherwood in 2004 to celebrate the centenary of Isherwood's birth. Sutherland is the authorized biographer of Stephen Spender.

Explore All Genres