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Jenni Murray and guests

The Orange Prize for Fiction Shortlist

Hay Festival 2005, 
The chair of the tenth anniversary prize hosts this reading and discussion with the six shortlisted authors. Names will be posted at www.hayfestival.com on 26 May.

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Tom Maschler talks to Peter Florence.

Hay Festival 2005, 
An interview with the man who defined literary taste for a quarter of a century as publisher Janathan Cape and founder of The Booker Prize. He discusses his memoir Publisher.

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25 Years with Spot 2

Hay Festival 2005, 
See above, [343] 2.15pm

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Jane Fonda talks to Mark Lawson

My Life So Far

Hay Festival 2005, 
The actor and activist discusses her life and career with the writer and broadcaster.

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Charles Spencer

Blenheim: Battle for Europe

Hay Festival 2005, 
The historian analyses one of the decisive European turning points, when in 1704 the Duke of Malborough comprehensively defeated the rampant armies of Louis XIV, and thwarted their aim of continental domination.

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Sebastian Barry, Henry Porter, Catherine Chidgey

New Fiction

Hay Festival 2005, 
Barry introduces his new Easter rising novel A Long Long Way. Porter's thriller Brandenburg is set in East Germany as the iron curtain is torn aside. Chidgey's The Transformation tells the tale of an exotic wigmaker, the only permanent resident in the Tampa Bay Hotel in 1898. Chair Paul Blezard.

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Sgrin Cymru Screening/Q & A

Five award-winning Sghorts

Hay Festival 2005, 
The DM Davies Award is the largest short film prize in Europe and is presented at the Cardiff Screen Festival. Berwyn Rowlands will show five award-winning films and talk with previous award-winning film-makers Chris Forster and Arwel Gruffudd.

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Robert Winder and Caroline Moorehead talk to Paul Blezard

Wicked Words

Hay Festival 2005, 
Winder's Bloody Foreigners is a wide-ranging study of British immigration from the Romans, Saxons and Huguenots to Windrush. Moorehead's Human Cargo exposes the seven-billion-dollar reade in smuggling refugees from Afghanistan, Liberia, Palestine and China.

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Simon Wright and Shaun Hill

Tough Cookies: Tales of Obsession, Toil and Tenacity from Britain's Culinary Heavyweights

Hay Festival 2005, 
The author is joined by the Michelin-starred chef of The Merchant House to lift the lid on those who can stand the head... and relish it.

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Roberto Fontanarosa

Cartagena 2006, 
Roberto Fontanarosa speaks at Hay Festival Cartagena 2006. 

Please note: This talk is conducted entirely in Spanish.

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Orson Welles – Hello Americans

Simon Callow

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actor introduces the second volume of his biography taking the American wunderkind through the career-disaster years from Citizen Kane to Macbeth.

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First Iraq, Next Iran?

Simon Jenkins

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Guardian's political columnist discusses the US strategy in the Middle East.

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George Saunders talks to Zadie Smith

Hay Festival 2006, 
Smith (White Teeth, On Beauty) in conversation with the American short story master of blackest comedy, and author of Pastoralia.

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One-stop Literary Festival

Craig Brown, Eleanor Bron, and imaginary friends

Hay Festival 2006, 
'If there were a Parodist Laureate, Craig Brown would step up unchallenged to the title' – The Observer. In this, his own one-stop literary festival, Brown conjures up forgotten works by, among many others, WG Sebald, Graham Greene, Jeanette Winterson, Martin Amis and Jilly Cooper. 'We love Craig Brown!' – Sir Elton John.

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Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore?

Bettany Hughes

Hay Festival 2006, 
The historical quest for the most desired and destructive woman that myth has ever known.

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The Greenpeace Debate

Clare Short MP and Michael Codner, Director Military Service, RUSI

Hay Festival 2006, 
Is there a rationale for continuing Britain's nuclear force in the twenty-first century? Chaired by Stephen Tindale.

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Reza Aslan

No God But God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam

Hay Festival 2006, 
Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values? Aslan believes we are now living in the era of 'the Islamic Reformation'. He examines the roots of this reformation and the future of the Islamic faith.

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Barbarians

Terry Jones

Hay Festival 2006, 
This isn't the imperial version of the Caesars' conquests, this is the story of Roman history as seen by the Britons, Gauls, Germans, Hellenes, Persians and Africans. And suddenly the Romans don't look at all familiar...

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Cars Are Killing The Planet

The Economist Debate

Hay Festival 2006, 
Channel 4 News' Jon Snow chairs as freedom, practicality and pleasure are set against pollution, asthma, global warming and terrifying geopolitics. Will post-petrol tech save the day? Speakers include Jeremy Leggett of SolarCentury, Vijay Vaitheeswaran of The Economist and Edmund King, Executive Director, RAC Foundation.

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Germaine Greer

Poetry as Male Display

Hay Festival 2006, 
In her annual poetry masterclass, Greer explores the idea that 'Literature is a masculinist invention; poetry in particular is a spectacular form of male display. Women have to adapt a language which objectifies them absolutely to become the speakers, the verbal aggressors.'

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Sebastian Faulks

Hay Festival 2006, 
The novelist (Birdsong, Charlotte Gray, On Green Dolphin Street) discusses his new work Human Traces with Tatler editor Geordie Greig.

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Margaret Atwood

The Penelopiad

Hay Festival 2006, 
The Canadian poet gives us her inversion of Homer's Odyssey, retold by Penelope and the twelve handmaids Odysseus slaughtered on his return from Troy, Dido and twenty years away from his palace.

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Christopher Hitchens and Shashi Tharoor

Freedoms of Speech

Hay Festival 2006, 
Vigorous late-night debate around the Danish cartoons, David Irving, and contrarian culture. Tharoor is Under-Secretary General for Communications at the UN and a novelist. Chaired by Joan Bakewell.

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Will Self talks to Alexander Linklater

Hay Festival 2006, 
The superverbal and imaginatively thrilling novelist and journalist launches his The Book of Dave, based around the rants of Dave Roth, a disgruntled East End taxi driver, who writes his woes down and buries them only to have them discovered 500 years later and used as the sacred text for a religion that has taken hold in the flooded remnants of London.

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Sheila Hancock talks to Joan Bakewell

Hay Festival 2006, 
The actress and RSC Artistic Director discusses her portrait of her own marriage The Two of Us: My Life With John Thaw.

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