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Martin Bell talks to Nik Gowing

In Harms Way

Hay Festival 1997, 
Bells's Campaigning journalism of engagement in Bosnia has won him unparralleled support and professional accolades. His searing analysis and humanitarian compassion has also called into question the value of journalistic objectivity and the role of the press in conflict and resolution.

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Patsy Rodenburg

Voice Production Workshop

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Director of Voice at the Royal National Theatre teaches a public workshop on voice production, breathing, relaxation and how to work a text. Her best-selling books include The Need For Words, Right to Speak and now The Actor Speaks

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Louis De Bernieres talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1997, 
A reading and interview with the award-winning novelist whose books include Captain Corelli's Mandolin, The War of Don Emmanuel's Neither Parts, Senor Vivo and Coca Lord, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. reads, and talks to Terence Blacker.

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John Maddox

What Remains to be Discovered

Hay Festival 1997, 
Far from being played out, Science is just beginning. Some of the outstanding questions that cannot yet be answered are: Where did the Universe come from? How did life begin? And how does the brain work? But the questions that will occupy our grandchildren are those we are not yet smart enough to ask...

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Sally Brampton, Colin McDowell, Jasper Conran

British Fashion

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist and former Vogue Fashion Editior Sally Brampton discusses the history of modern British fashion with the award-winning couturier Jasper Conran and Colin McDowell, Fashion Editor of The Sunday Times and author of Forties Fashion and the New Look.

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Helen Fielding talks to Joanna Coles

Bridget Jones

Hay Festival 1997, 
London's most famous single thirty-something talks about scratchcards, cigarette consumption, Mr Darcy and the emotional fuckwittage of men. Joanna Coles is the New York correspondent of the Guardian.

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Trevor McDonald talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1997, 
The News at Ten anchor, and President of the Campaign for Clear English talks to Nik Gowing, his BBC World counterpart, about journalism, language, reading and cricket.

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Richard Hoggart

The Way We Live Now

Hay Festival 1997, 
The pre-eminent cultural critic, author of The Uses of Literacy, Only Connect, Speaking to Each Other and The Way We Live Now examines the way our society's relationship with reading and literature has developed in the late teentieth century. He explores the politics of culture and education, and analyses the impact or our language on our daily lives.

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Bill Bryson

Britain

Hay Festival 1997, 
Anyone who's read The Lost Continent, Neither Here Nor There, Mother Tongue and Made in America knows Bryson as an achingly outrageously funny humorist. Notes From a Small Island confirms his status as a master of travel-writing, a wonderfully perceptive and acute companion over here or over there.

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Dylan Moran

Is Indisposed

Hay Festival 1997, 
This year's Perrier Award-winning show from the most original and charming stand-up comedian for years.

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David Rose, Joshua Rozenberg

Whose Law is it Anyway?

Hay Festival 1997, 
An examination of the crises in the British legal system and the conflict between government and judiciary chaired by the law historian Andrew St George. Rozenberg is the BBC's Legal Correspondent and the author of Trial of Strength. Rose's book In the Name of the Law is a brilliant analysis of the currant situation and proposes radical reform for the whole system.

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Sue Townsend

Hay Festival 1997, 
The great comic writer, playwright and novelist discusses her work and reading with Caroline Gascoigne, Deputy Literary Editior of The Sunday Times.

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Susannah Clapp

With Chatwin

Hay Festival 1997, 
Bruce Chatwin was a traveller, a teller of tales and a connoisseur of the extraordinary. When he died in 1989 he was 48 and had completed six books. In Patagonia made him celebrated, The Viceroy of Ouidah and On the Black Hill were both made into films, The Songlines made him a best-seller, and Utz confirmed an artist at the height of his powers. Clapp edited two of Chatwin's books and her memoir of her friend is a beautiful evocation of the man feted for his looks as well as his prose, a vivid presence and absence, whose travelling led him so often here to the Black Mountains.

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Eric Hobsbawm

Memory, Myth, Fiction and History

Hay Festival 1997, 
The American Historical Review has just begun to review not only books, but films - beginning with Michael Collins. Eric Hobsbawm, author of the new On History reflects on the relations of historians, film producers, patriots and the public.

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Bryan Magee

Confessions of a Philosopher

Hay Festival 1997, 
An introduction to the guiding principles of western philosophy from Socrates to Lacan told through the life of one of Britain's leading popular philosophers.

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Will Self talks to Elizabeth Young

Planet Self

Hay Festival 1997, 
The writer talks about his new novel Great Apes. Some people lose their sense of reality, others their sense of scale, but Self's hero, Simon Dykes has lost his sense of perspective in a most disturbing fashion. The world has gone ape around him, as everyone has transmogrified and become chimpanzees...

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Ismail Merchant talks to Iain Johnstone

Hay Festival 1997, 
The renowned producer of Howard's End , A Room With A View, and The Remains of the Day talks about his movie career and the making of his first English-language film as a director The Proprietor - starring Jeanne Moreau. The film critic and former Director of The Edinburgh Film Festival, Iain Johnstone co-wrote Fierce Creatures with John Cleese.

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Richard Mabey

Flora Britannica: From Magic to Modern Myth

Hay Festival 1997, 
An exploration of the findings of this cultural flora (which was compiled from thousands of public contributions) and of what it tells us about modern popular attitudes towards nature, and about the role of folklore in a scientific age. "The Doomsday Book for the plant life of Britain at the end of the 20th century" - The Times

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Jeremy Lewis

Cyril Connolly

Hay Festival 1997, 
A portrait of the precociously brilliant, and influential literary journalist, author of The Unquiet Grave and Enemies of Promise. Connolly was an autobiographer, essayist and parodist of genius whose spectacularly fallible life makes for wonderful telling.

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Frances Spalding

Duncan Grant

Hay Festival 1997, 
The acclaimed art historian and biographer presents a portrait of the painter and designer, his relationship with the Bloomsbury Group, the Omega workshops, and his vision of harmony, colour and line. The excitement of Grant's artistic creativity is interwoven with his emotional and sexual life, his passions for men, his long and powerful relationship with Vanessa Bell, and the creation of Charlston, their Sussex home.

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David Esslemont

The Gregynog Press - an illustrated talk

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Director of the celebrated limited edition Press, founded by the Davies Sisters in 1923, talks about the illustrious history of the Press, and demonstrates the techniques and skills involved in creating their illustrated books.

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Frank and Andrew St George

Sex-Change Bishop in Mercy Dash to Palace

Hay Festival 1997, 
The linguist and his son, the brilliant young historian and biographer, look at style and lifestyle in English writing from Shakespeare to The Sun. They will be offering tips from their new book Clear English and advice on family collaborations...

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Julia Neuberger, Rowan Williams, Mary Loudon, Tariq Madood

Defender of Faiths

Hay Festival 1997, 
An informal open debate arguing Disestablishment of the Church of England, and the relationships between religions and the state in a multi-faith and multi-cultural Britain.

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An Evening with David Shepherd

Hay Festival 1997, 
World-famous as a hugely commercially successful painter of wild animals, Shepherd has become an heroic and inspiring campaigner on behalf of endangered mammals. He talks about his astonishing career and the work of the David Shepherd Conservation Foundation, for which he will auction and original African wildlife painting at the end of the event.

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Harry Kroto

The Art and Architecture of the Microcosmos

Hay Festival 1997, 
The 1996 Nobel Prizewinner gives this years Nature Lecture. Chemistry is the art of creating compounds, and a fundamental of understanding requires an awareness of the structure of molecules on the scale of atoms. This scale is the nonometer scale, in which dimensions are of the order of a millionth of a millimeter. When we look at compounds they just appear like liquids or solids. Sometimes the crystals look beautiful, but in general, one liquid looks muck like another. However, the chemist who creates these materials can see in his mind the structure of the individual molecules and understand their beauty. Is it really an architectural awareness of molecules of this scale, and the drive towards creating new compounds is often no different from the creative urge which stimulates the artist or architect to create a new sculpture or building.

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