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Wilfred Thesiger with Adrian House, Alex Maitland and Harry Marshall

The Hakluyt Society presents

Hay Festival 1996, 
To celebrate the Society's 150th anniversary, we are delighted to give the British premiere screening of Harry Marshall's film of Sir Wilfred Thesiger: Heart of a Nomad followed by a Question Time session with the director and the great travel writer himself, his official biographer, Alexander maitland, and his agent Adrian House.

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David Pryce-Jones

The War That Never Was

Hay Festival 1996, 
As the Russian Presidency is increasingly pressurized by a Communist resurgence, David Pryce-JOnes tells the inside story of shifting allegiances and alliances within Gorbachev and Yeltsin's Kremlin. The collapse of the Soviet Union caught everyone by surprise. Why did the Communist Party not seek to defend its hold on power through the use of force? Pryce-Jones asked those responsible in the Soviet Union and its satellites to explain how they had come to take a course leading to their own surrender of power.

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Gitta Sereny talks to Andrew Roberts

Hay Festival 1996, 
In her book Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth "presents the struggle of the second most powerful Nazi with his conscience, with her as his confessor. By the end, she forces Speer to admit what he denied at Nuremberg - That he knew about The Final Solution and tacitly consented to it . . . a book that actually penetrates the sould of Nazism" - Guardian. She talks to the historian Andrew Roberts.

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Andrew St. George

History's Turning Points

Hay Festival 1996, 
Do we make history or does history make us? Has the world always been like this? The brilliant young historian Andrew St. George takes the long view of history and talks about writing History's Turning Points. He answers questions with his co-author Revel Guest, Chairman of Transatlantic Films/

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Roy Jenkins' Gladstone

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Liberal Democrat Peer introduces his Whitbread Award-winning biography of the four times Prime Minister and pre-eminent Victorian politician, redeemer of prostitutes and student of Homer, whose glittering House of Commons career spanned sixty-three years. "Quite simply a masterpiece of the biographer's art" - The Economist.

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Emyr Humphreys and Bernice Rubens talk to Mario Basini

Hay Festival 1996, 
The two Welsh novelists discuss their latest work with The Western Mail's Literary Editor.
Humphrey's novel Unconditional Surrender deals with the nationalism and disorders at the end of the War, from the time of the German surrender, through the General Election, up to the dropping of The Bomb.
Booker Prize winner Rubens previews her work in progress on The Waiting Game. Her latest wartime novel Yesterday in the Back Lane was reviewed as "an achingly poignant book, whose triumph is the depiction of the intensely moving in the everyday, a tragedy of Greek dimensions played out in backstreet lives" - Independent.

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Breyten Breytenbach

The Memory of Birds in Times of Revolution

Hay Festival 1996, 
An up to the minute portrait of the New South Africa by its most authoritative writer, who'll speak of blackness, language, art, landscape, freedom and nationhood. "No white South African writer has penetrated as deeply into his own country as Breytenbach - and none has been as successful in the flowering of his art in exile" - Donald Woods.

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Martin Gilbert

Jerusalem

Hay Festival 1996, 
Churchill's biographer, who was knighted in 1995 "for services to British history and international relations" celebrates the 3000th anniversary of the Holy City. Gilbert talks about the proliferation of religious, intellectual, social and cultural activity, the heady mix of the divine and the secular, at the axis and front line of Christianity, Judasim and Islam.

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Ted Hughes

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading by the Poet Laureate.

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David Puttnam

The Dilys Powell Lecture

Hay Festival 1996, 
The inaugural lecture to commemmorate the revered Sunday Times cinema critic who died last year is given by the producer whose films include The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire, Local Hero, The Mission and Midnight Express.

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Louis De Bernieres, Jo Shapcott, Peter Porter

A Very British Literature

Hay Festival 1996, 
Three stars of the British Council's New Writing anthology read and discuss the Britishness of contemporary fiction and poetry. De Berniere's latest novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin "is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh" - A.S. Byatt. "Shapcott is a voice that grabs. In all her work, she transforms the extraordinary into the immediately plausible . . . whatever her province her concern remains for the chaotically unaccountable in humanity" - TLS. Porter, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Poetry is the editor of the antholgy.
Chaired by BBC's Gill Manley.

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Sue Limb, Guy Bellamy, Simon Brett

No Joke

Hay Festival 1996, 
Writing comic novels is no laughing matter, and going straight can be even tougher. Phil Rickman negotiates the minefield of mirth with Guy Bellamy, author of The Nudists, A Village Called Sin and The Mystery of Men, whose humour usually springs from personal diaster. Simon Brett, creator of After Henry and the Charles Paris comedy thrillers who's lately been producing thrills without comedy, and Sue Limb, author of Up the Garden Path whose latest novel Passion Fruit deals with the less laughable issue of C18th slavery.

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Norman Lewis in conversation

The World, The World

Hay Festival 1996, 
"Norman Lewis is the best travel writer of our age, if not since Marco Polo" - Auberon Waugh.
We celebrate the publication of Lewis' second volume of autobiography with this conversation.
His books include the travel classics A Dragon Apparent and  Golden Earth and Naples 44. His resolve, his style and his integrity are flovoured with a wonderful humour that also puts him "among the great comic writers of our time" - Ian Thomson

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Peter Carey

Reading and Conversation

Hay Festival 1996, 
Carey won the Booker Prize for Oscar and Lucinda. His other novels include Illywhacker, Bliss, The Tax Inspector and The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith. He reads from his work-in-progress.

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Joyce Lorimer

Raleigh's Discoveries

Hay Festival 1996, 
As part of the Hakluyt Society's 150th Anniversary Professor Joyce Lorimer celebrates the adventures and discoveries of Sir Walter Raleigh, the great Elizabethan voyager in the Americas and the Indies.

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Rhidian Brook, James Hawes, Catherine Merriman, Adrian Mourby

Writes of Passage

Hay Festival 1996, 
Four outstanding Welsh writers discuss their work. Brook's The Testimoney of Taliesin Jones is a beautiful, "humorous and poetic" (Literary Review) evocation of the passage from childhood to adolescence. Hawes' White Merc With Fins tilts at the passage from twenty- to thirty-something in a dazzling novel that reads like a high-octane mix of Easy Rider and Trainspotting. Catherine Merriman's State of Desire weaves the themes of gender troubles and passions so brilliantly explored in Leaving the Light On and Fatal Obsevations. Mourby's We Think The World of Him is a wonderful study of New Manhood and house husbandry in Cardiff.

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Joe Simpson talks to Andrew St. George

Talking Mountains

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Mountaineer and author of This Game of Ghosts who won the NCR Book Award for Touching the Void talks to the historian and climber Andrew St. George about avalanches, earthquakes and the violence of nature, selves and society that he explores in his writing. His most recent book Storms of Silence "capyures the full terror of mountaineering" - The Times

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Gavin Young talks to Sue Bardbury

Fiction and Far Away Places

Hay Festival 1996, 
"Glamour and the sea! Tell me - wasn't that the best time, that time when we were young and at sea? - Lord Jim: Joseph Conrad.
Travel writer Gavin Young, whose Slow Boats to China has been described as a "genuine adventure story", discusses the romance of far away places in fiction with Sue Bradbury, Director of the Folio Society whose novel Midnight Madonna is set in the Spanish Civil War

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Ray Monk

The Spirit of Solitude

Hay Festival 1996, 
The biographer whose Wittgenstein won the Mail on Sunday and Duff Cooper awards introduces his biography of the Welsh Nobel Prizewinning philospher Bertrand Russell, master of logic and mathematics, and the inspiration of political protest.
Monk's magnificent portrait not only addresses the great texts - Principia Mathematica, Marrige and Morals and History of Western Philosophy - but also sources new private material including hitherto embargoed letters to his lover, Constance Malleson, and his second wife Dora.

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Roy Hattersley talks to John Cole

Hay Festival 1996, 
The rematch of 1995's hit interview with Cole asking the questions this year about the former Labour Deputy-Leader's volume of Westminster memoirs Who Goes Home?

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Who? Why? Where?

Hay Festival 1996, 
An open Question Time for travel writers with several of the writers taking part in the Hakluyt and Folio Society celebrations - Gavin Young, Charles Nicholl, Joyce Lorimer who are joined by the supreme travel-writers agent George Greenfield.

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P. D. James

Emma Considered as a Detective Story

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Crimewriter examines Jane Austen's masterpiece.
James' latest novel is Devices and Desires.

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Paul Theroux

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading and conversation with the great American travel-writer and novelist, author of My Secret History, Riding the Iron Rooster, Mosquito Coast, The Old Patagonian Express, Picture Palace. .
Introduced by Bill Buford, the Literary and Fiction Editor of The New Yorker.

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Duncan Bush, MIke Jenkins, Robert Minhinnick, Hilary Llewellyn Williams

Burning the Bracken

Hay Festival 1996, 
We launch Amy Wack's anthology to celebrate 15 years of The Seren Press' poetry list with this reading by four of Wales' finest poets. Duncan Bush won the 1995 Welsh Book of the Year for Masks, Mike Jenkins reads from This House, My Ghetto, the award-winning essayist Robert Minhinnick reads from his latest collection Hey Fatman and Hilary Llewellyn Williams reads from her remarkable Book of Shadows.

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Rose Tremain in conversation with Michele Roberts

Hay Festival 1996, 
"One of the finest short story writers in the country" (Independent), Tremain's Collected SHort Stories have just been published. Her novels include the Booker-shortlisted Restoration recently filmed at Tretower with Meg Ryan, HUgh Grant and Ian McKellen. Michele Roberts, compared by critics to Joyce at his most voluptuous, Carter at her most inventive, and Woolf at her most flirtatious, won the W.H. Smith Literary Award for Flesh and Blood.

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