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Lisa Jardine

Robert Hooke and the Art of Always Coming Second

Hay Festival 2004, 
Illuminating London's critical role in the emergence of modern science, the acclaimed biographer and critic rediscovers and decodes a great original thinker of indefatigable curiosity and imagination, a major figure in the seventeenth century intellectual and scientific revolution.

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Jo Brand

Sorting Out Billy

Hay Festival 2004, 
The comedian adapts her humour from stage to page in her debut novel which asks: What do you do when your man misbehaves: stay silent, sweet-talk or shoot him?

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Niall Ferguson

Colossus

Hay Festival 2004, 
The provocative historian follows his anatomy of the British imperial project with a fascinating analysis of American internationalism. Ferguson sees an empire with attention deficit disorder, imposing unrealistic timescales on its overseas interventions. Worse, it's an empire in denial - a hyperpower which simply refuses to admit the scale of its global responsibilities.

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Nigel Spivey

The Ancient Olympics: War Minus the Shooting

Hay Festival 2004, 
The historian tells the classical Greek Olympics as they really wer: fierce contests between bitter rivals, in which victors won kudos and rewards, and losers faced scorn and even assult. Contested bitterly, and often bloodily, the ancient Olympics wer not an idealistic celebration of unity, but a clash of military powers in an arena not far removed from the battlefield.

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Lynne Truss

Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author talks about her acute, elegant and witty Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation and her delightful comic fictions Going Loco and Tennyson's Gift.

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Jeannette Winterson

Lighthousekeeping

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author of The PowerbookThe Passion and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit presents her new novel. Her writing is poetically rich, politically exciting and of the rarest sensibility. But what thrills you is her passion - for art, for language, and for love. She demands much of her readers, and rewards in equal measure.

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A Woman's Place is on the Shelf

Hay Festival 2004, 
Comedian, novelist and chair of this year's Orange Proze Sandi Toksvig and the louche, superverbal genius that is John Walsh captain star teams to play a few rounds of lavishly entertaining parlour games with pretty tenuous literary connections. We'll steal (pay homage to? Ed.) the best rounds from every other quiz show you love to make it as entertaining as possible.

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Greyson Perry talks to Sarah Thornton

The Art Review Platform

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Turner Prize-winning potter discusses his work and his female alter-ego Claire, with the sociologist. 'I want to make something that lives with the eye as a beautiful piece of art, but on closer inspection, a polemic or an ideology will come out of it'.

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Azar Nafisi

Reading Lolita in Tehran

Hay Festival 2004, 
For two years before she left Iran in 1997, Nafisi gathered seven young women at her house every Thursday morning to read and discuss forbidden works of Western literature: Pride and Prejudice, Washington Square, Daisy Miller and Lolita. 'We were, to borrow from Nabokov, to experience how the ordinary pebble of oridinary life could be transformed into a jewel through the magic eye of fictiion'.

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Felipe Fernandez Armesto

So You Think You Are Human?

Hay Festival 2004, 
The harder we cling to the concept of humanity, the more slippery it becomes. But if it breaks down altogether, what will this mean for human values, human rights, and the defence of human dignity? The encyclopaedic and imaginative historian confronts these problems from a historical perspective, showing how our current understanding of what it means to be human has been shaken by new challenges from science and philosophy.

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The Antonius Players with Louis de Bernieres

An evening of Medieval and Renaissance Music and Poetry

Hay Festival 2004, 
The consort will play flute trios and will also play keyboard, percussion, piccolo, mandolin and guitar music by T,Susato, T Campion, Henry VIII, T.Weelkes, G Mainerio and others. The writer and musician de Bernieres will read work by Petrarch, Michaelangelo, Jonson, Drayton, the words to Greensleeves and the T.Champion song 'Shall I come sweet love to thee'. The Antonius Players are Ilone Antonius, Sue Sabin and Tina Gandy.

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Hugh Lupton

True Thomas

Hay Festival 2004, 
Beyond The Border Festival commissioned the great British storyteller to create a new work, based on an incident ('a tale that has always been told in whispers') in the life of his Welsh Victorian great great-grandfather, Thomas Gee. The result is True Thomas, a praise song for Thomas Gee, about his encounter with The Other World. With musicians Chris Wood and Ceri Rhys Matthews.

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Alexi Sayle and Jasper Fforde

Hay Festival 2004, 
A reading and Q&A with two cult novelists. Sayle's novel Overtaken is a spectacularly unsentimental satire with real comic power. Fforde's brand of surreal humour in The Well of Lost Plots locates him in a Lewis Carrol - or Douglas Adams - like realm.

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Arthur Smith

Dante's Inferno

Hay Festival 2004, 
A new translation of Dante's masterpiece by the beloved comedian and writer Arthur Smith. The show features medieval Italian poetry, yodelling and the world's sexiest woman. 'Stand-up for the emotionally mature' (The Scotsman).

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Antony Beevor and Lynne Truss

Writers at Work

Hay Festival 2004, 
The two best-selling authors discuss building a career, working with publishers and agents, and how the royalties system works.

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Heart to Heart 2004: Jack Monsanto and his GM beanstalk

Hay Festival 2004, 
Diana Schumacher, chairs the annual half-day rally. Terry Jones, Monty Python and medieval historian, on the destructive powers of large organizations. Robert Kennard of Graig Farm Organics on successful food production. Mark Measures on small local farms and food producers. Michael Antoniou on the experience of sitting on a government science review panel for the GM Debate and Lim Li Ching on the hazards of GM and benefits of sustainable argriculture.

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Tom Stuttaford

Stress and How to Avoid It

Hay Festival 2004, 
One in three of us suffer from stress. Only one in twenty does anything about it. The Times mediacl expert gets us on track.

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Emily Perkins, Ali Smith, Jeanette Winterson

Short Stories

Hay Festival 2004, 
Three of the finest exponents of the form read and discuss the art of the short story. Perkins is the author of Not Her Real Name, Smith's latest collection is The Whole Story and Other Stories, Winterson, an avowed fan of Chekov, Angela Carter and fairy stories has published one collection The World and Other Stories.

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Germaine Greer

The Quintessential Love Poem

Hay Festival 2004, 
In her annual poetry lecture at Hay, the formidable Shakespeare scholar and poetry publisher analyses Sappho's Phaentai moi and its Latin version, Catullus's Beatus ille - 'We'll look at the original and the Latin, quickly, and then at English versions. This is the quintessential love poem?: every love poem written in Europe is descended, however distantly, from Sappho's ur-statement of love-longing.'

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David Starkey

Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

Hay Festival 2004, 
The charismatic and meticulous historian focuses on Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, on translation of love letters and the schism with Rome. The scholarship is thrilling, the gossip is salacious and true, but the genius is in the telling of the tale.

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Next Generation Poets

Hay Festival 2004, 
Ten years on from the promotion that celebrated the emergence of the Armitage/Maxwell New Generation, The Poetry Book Society has identified twenty of the most exciting new voices in poetry. Come and meet and hear members of the class of 2004 in this celebration gala.

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Jenny Uglow

A Little History of English Gardening

Hay Festival 2004, 
A romp through British gardening from the stone-age to today. The historian looks at the grand designers, plant hunters and allotment tenderrs of England, and asks: Did the Romans have rakes? Did the monks get muddy? Did the potato seem reallyt really weird when it arrived on our shores?

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Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist

Hay Festival 2004, 
Writers shortlisted for the international women's novel award discuss their work.

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Marian Keyes

Hay Festival 2004, 
The best-selling novelist gives a special preview of her forthcoming The Other Side of the Story, a novel set in the world of publishing about love, loyalty, glass ceilings and survival tactics - and what to do when you get your chance for revenge.

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Roy Strong

The Laskett

Hay Festival 2004, 
In Herefordshire, the historian and his late wife, Julia Trevelyan Oman, have created the largest and most interesting formal garden of the last 50 years. He introduces the garden and its development.

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