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Antony Beevor

The Mystery of Olga Chekhova

Hay Festival 2004, 
The award-winning historian tells the extraordinary story of Anton Chekov's beautiful niece who left Moscow for Berlin during the Russian Civil War. She became Hitler's favourite film star, yet was a Soviet agent.

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Doris Lessing

Hay Festival 2004, 
The author of The Golden NotebookThe Good Terrorist and African Laughter was awarded the David Cohen British Literature Prize in 2001. She introduces her new set of four stories, The Grandmothers.

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Lesley Glaister, Helen Dunmore

Hay Festival 2004, 
Conversation with two leading fiction writers. Glaister discusses As Far As You Can Go, her menacing thriller about two couples on an isolated farm in the Australian outback. Orange Prize-winner Dunmore discusses Morning Ruby which tells not only the story of the loss of a child and it's effect on three people, but an account of a young girl's life in a brothel during the First World War, the magical story of a circus acrobat, and the history of Stalin's first wife and her mysterious fate.

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David Starkey talks to Janice Hadlow

The History Man

Hay Festival 2004, 
Taking his forthcoming small screen series on the monarchy as a starting point, Starkey examines what you lose or gain from the medium when you televise history? Hadlow is an acclaimed history producer and is Head of Specialist Factual programming at Channel 4.

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David Crystal

The Stories of English

Hay Festival 2004, 
The encylopaedic language guru and Hay hero turns the history of English on its head and provides a startlingly original view of where the richness, creativity and diversity of the language truly lies - in the accents and dialects of nonstandard English users all over the world. He explores the diversity in local usage and scans the literary inventions of Chaucer, Tolkein and Irvine Welsh.

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Helena Kennedy

Just Law

Hay Festival 2004, 
The left-wing QC Baroness prosecutes a savage indictment of the government's record on liberty and justice. Blair (shallow), Blunket (feeble) and Falconer are the accused over the burden of proof, fat-cat lawyers, old white judges, terrorism special powers, and the legal opinion on the Iraq War.

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Richard Eyre talks to Francine Stock

National Service

Hay Festival 2004, 
The theatre and film director discusses his tenure at the National Theatre, his working relationship with writers, and previews his new film Stage Beauty to be released in the Autum.

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Janice Hadlow, AC Grayling, Frederick Taylor, Antony Beevor

World War II

Hay Festival 2004, 
On the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day, Janice Hadlow chairs this discussion about the political and ethical legacy of the last world war. She is joined by the philosopher A.C. Grayling, Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad and Berlin, and Frederick Taylor, author of Dresden.

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Colin Jackson talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Hay Festival 2004, 
The Olympian and 110-meters hurdles world-record holder, now a senior figure in UK athletics and a regular commentator, talks about his career and previews the 2004 Olympics with the BBC Wales broadcaster.

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Timothy West and Jamie Glover

Nearest and Dearest Enemy

Hay Festival 2004, 
This anthology takes a wide ranging journey through English and classic literature, from Oedipus to the present day. Poems, prose and dramatic extracts illustrate the tragic and comic expression of this most fundamental conflict between father and son.

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Jon Snow talks to Rosie Boycott

London Events 2004, 
The Channel 4 News anchor and author of Shooting History discusses broadcast news, conflict and the New World Disorder with Rosie Boycott.

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John Pilger

Tell Me No Lies

London Events 2004, 
My Lai, Watergate, Hiroshima and Palestine. The heroic war correspondent and film-maker has collected the greatest investigative reporting of the last sixty years exposing the hidden agendas of oppressive regimes in Tell Me No Lies. He talks to Peter Florence.

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Peter de la Billière talks to Hugh Purcell

Supreme Courage

Hay Festival 2005, 
The General tells tales of Victoria Cross Heroes.

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Jamie O'Neill and Jessica Cohen

Hay Festival 2005, 
The writer and co-creator of Earthfall's dance theatre piece At Swim Two Boys introduce their collaboration, before the first of three Festival performances.

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Charles Williams

Pétain

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Biographer introduces his life of the French military hero and national leader.

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Miffy 1

Hay Festival 2005, 
Join storyteller Liz Fost and the white bunny herself to celebrate her 50th birthday.

(Age 3-5)

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Michael Wood

Travel in Time: Adventures in History and Myth

Hay Festival 2005, 
The intrepid historian quests for Shangri-la, the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba, and the Holy Grail.

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Jonathan Freedland

The Columnist

Hay Festival 2005, 
The Policy Editor analyses the day's papers and the role and art of the columnist. What is it they do exactly? And why are there so many?

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Sue Townsend talks to Catherine Lockerbie

Hay Festival 2005, 
The comic diarist turns her darker satire on today with Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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Miffy 2

Hay Festival 2005, 
Join Storyteller Liz Fost and the white bunny herself to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Ages 3-5

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Stephen Fry

A&B Filmmaker's Series

Hay Festival 2005, 
The actor/director/screenwriter (Wilde, Bright Young Things) discusses and show four of his favourite scenes with Peter Florence.

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Peter Brook talks to Michael Kustow

Hay Festival 2005, 
The iconic theatre director discusses his work with his autobiographer. His production of Tierno Bokar opens at Warwick in June.

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Thomas Friedman

The World is Flat

Hay Festival 2005, 
A brief history of the globalized world in the twenty-first century according to the legendary New York Times columnist. Chaired by Jamie Naughtie.

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Simon Barnes

How to be a Bad Birdwatcher

Hay Festival 2005, 
RSPB columnist and best-selling ornithologist communicates his passion infectiously. Look around you ...

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Marie Darrieussecq, Rupert Thomson, Louise Dean

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Broadcaster Paul Blezard discusses new fiction. Darrieussecq's White is set on and Antarctic station. Thomson's satirical fable Divided Kingdom is set here in the UK. Dean's This Human Season is set in Belfast in 1979.

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