Interview with the cinematographer whose credits include Mona Lisa, Bayman, Shadowlands, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Not I, Chocolat, 102 Dalmations, Iris, Troy and Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.
Conversation with the brilliantly entertaining screenwriter of Shadowlands, Life Story and the Oscar-winning Gladiator, whose new love-at-first-sight novel The Trial of True Love has just been published.
Recipient of the BAFTA Special Award for outstanding contribution to the interactive entertainment and the gaming industry, Livingstone is the creator of the Fighting Fantast books of the 1980s; founder of the Games Workshop and chairman of the technology company behind Lara Croft, Championship Manager and Commandos. He has recently returned to books, his first love. Eye of the Dragon is the first Fighting Fantast title in ten years.
Hawes introduces his satire Speak for England. Lewis talks about his blackest of black comedies The Last Llanelli Train. Williams' hero gets ensnared in the crap town Mangel in his novel Fags and Lager.
The former Welsh Secretary gives a brilliantly acute and witty account of the life and times of Britain's youngest and longest-serving Prime Minister, brought low by an attritional war and royal ructions.
The Qur'an, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed 1400 years ago. It is the supreme authority in Islam and the living source of all Islamic teaching. The eminent translator introduces his wok on the most admired contemporary version, which dispels some common misconceptions about Islam, particularly the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims and brings the style into the modern idiom.
Two years ago at Hay, Cat had an event detailing the frst chapters of her then uncompleted book. She not only enchanted her audience with Barkbelly's adventures, she asked them to suggest future plots and ideas. Now published with Puffin and set to become a huge hit, come and hear how this magical tale evolved and whether any of your ideas made it to the final draft. (Age 8+)
The sighted Watchmaker: how we got to be so different
Hay Festival 2005,
The distinguished physician and thinker, author of Hippocratic Oaths argues that it is possible to defend human exceptionalism without rejecting Darwin. He identifies the hand as the biological means by which man transcended it's biologcal roots and hominids evolved towards self-consciousness and freedom.
The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954, the concluding volume of Spurling's magisterial biography situates the serenity, sensuality and radiance of the later work within the context of family trauma and the wreckage of World War II. Illustrated lecture.
Brainwashing inspires fear and fascination. How can people believe such strange and often dangerous notions as, for example, some cults and terrorists do? The eminent neuroscientist put the brain back into brainwashing to reveal the emerging science of belief.
What you can and cannot say when writing for young adults. Brooks' Candy is a tale of love and hope, but also one of drugs, violence and utter hopelessness. Carnegie Medal-winner Burgess is famous for his explicit and controversial novels, including Doing It and Bloodsong. Cassidy's Looking for JJ won the Booktrust Teenage Prize and is based, in part, on the cases of Mary Bell and the boys who killed the toddler Jamie Bulger. (Age 14+)
The prolific and wildly entertaining author-illustrator team behind the best-selling Edge Chronicles won both the Smarties Gold Prize and the 4Children Special Award for Fergus Crane in 2004. They explore some of their delightfully disgusting creatures and the magical adventures of a boy, a winged mechanical horse and a mysterious flying box. (Age 7-11)
Cassidy is the author of the beguiling Dizzy and Indigo Blue. Rennison's latest Georgia Nicholson story is called Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers. Raucous and all embracing, her personality is as engaging as her books.
Is it affected by what is around us in the world, or what is inside our minds? Is it possible to improve personal happiness, and if so, how? Nettle uses evidence from sources as diverse as brain science and sociology to explore the paradoxes of happiness.
The two great story-tellers tell the tale of Daedalus' creations. An artificial cow, a labrynith, and wings for human flight. This enthralling retelling of the classic story was comissioned by the National Theatre.