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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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...
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.
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.'
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.