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David Puttnam and Peter Florence

The Undeclared War

Hay Festival 1997, 
From their origins in the Victorian penny arcades through to their emergence as the key to the multi-million dollar "information superhighway" the movies, like so many other creative industries, have found themselves caught between the forces of art and commerce. Putnam argues that while establishing itself as a global force, Hollywood has devastated the European and Japanese film industries. Puttnam is the only European ever to run one of the great Hollywood syudios. His films include The Killing Fields, Loacl Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express and The Mission.

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Lee Smolin

Why is the Universe Hospitable to Life?

Hay Festival 1997, 
Relativity and quantum mechanics are fundamentally incompatible. We are still in need of a physics that can explain the Universe as a whole. The leading cosmologist author of The Life of the Cosmos suggests  a way forward "merging key elements of Einstein and Darwin in a breathtaking synthesis. The result is nothing less than a radically new view of the cosmos and our place in it" - Paul Davies

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Richard Ford, Mavis Gallant, Robert Stone

The New Yorker Short Stories

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Literary Editior of the New Yorker Bill Buford hosts this reading and conversation with three major North American short story writers. Ford's work includes Independence Day, Wildlife, The Sportswriter and The Ultimate Good Luck. Many of Gallant's newly published Collected Stories were originally written for the New Yorker. "She is one of the great short-story writers of our time" - Michael Ondaatje. Robert Stone's Bear and His Daughter is a brilliant collection - "Stone writes like a bird, like an angel. like a circus barker, like a con man, like someone so high on pot that he is scraping his shoes on the stars" - Wallace Stegner

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Another Evening With Ned Sherrin

By Popular Demand

Hay Festival 1997, 
A glorious anthology of wit and more tall tales from the great raconteur, broadcaster, director and compiler of Theatrical Anecdotes.

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Nicholas Crane

Clear Waters Rising

Hay Festival 1997, 
Following unanimous critical acclaim for his book, Crane tells the story of his 10,000 kilomtere walk along the mountain ranges of Europe from Cape Finistere to Istanbul. With stunning photographs, he offers a unique portrait of Europe's last wildernesses, and relates the gruelling and exhilarating truths of a remarkable physical achievement.

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Craig Thomas, Sam Llewellyn, Robert Goddard

It's a tough one chaps, but we can handle it..

Hay Festival 1997, 
With an estimated 75% of popular novels now bought by women, male writers of traditional thrillers are in a tight corner, but Craig Thomas, father of the techno-thriller and cold-war master, and seafaring Sam Llewellyn don't scare easily, while Robert Goddard has gone on the offensive, with more than a touch of old-fashioned romance between murders.

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Blake Morrison talks to Michael Buerk

As If

Hay Festival 1997, 
John Major's comment on the killing of James Bulger - "We must condemn a little more, and understand a little less" - drives Morrison's search for the "Why?" of the case in his experience of the trail, and in his own autobiographical recollections of childhood. He talks to Michael Buerk, presenter of The Moral Maze, about how and why two boys killed another? Whether childhood innocence is a myth? And what punishment could fit such a crime - assuming that children are fit to stand trial. Morrison's And when did you last see your father? won the Waterstones/Esquire non-fiction award.

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Nick McDowell and Tania Kindersley

Friends Like These

Hay Festival 1997, 
How does the business of publishing literary fiction work? What does an editor actually do? The Hodder & Stoughton Editorial Director Caroline Mays and the Publicity Director, Karen Geary, present the stories behind McDowell's Four In The Morning and Kindersley's Don't Ask Me Why. The novelists read and talk about their fiction.

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Antony Sher and Gregory Doran

Woza Shakespeare!

Hay Festival 1997, 
An exploration of their landmark mixed-race, South African, production of Titus Andronicus - "Shakespeare in Tarantino mode". A fascinating insight into how actor and director approach a classic play, and of the cultural wealth of the new South Africa. "It is a significant act of cultural cross-fertilization... Shakespeare wrote templates for time to come, and this play has found it's time and place" - The Sunday Times.

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Jackie Collins talks to Mark Lawson

Hay Festival 1997, 
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pan Macmillan, the best-seller talks about her career and her heroine Lucky Santangelo: "if you take Lucky to the beach for sunbathing company, you may still be there reading when the moon comes up" - Cosmopolitan

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Robin Robertson and Samuel Menashe

Two Poets

Hay Festival 1997, 
Robertson reads from his beautiful and brilliant first book of poems A Painted Field. In resonant and lyrical language his poems are concerned with the fugitive nature of things: the implacable coupling of desire and sadness, personality and nationality, beauty and loss: "A poet of rare skill and sensitivity. This is work that will stand and endure.. it speaks softly in the mind" - The Scotsman. The celebrated American poet Samuel Manashe reads from his Penguin Modern Poets collection.

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Edna O'Brien

Down by the River

Hay Festival 1997, 
The Irish author reads from and discusses her contorversial novel Down by the River with Nick McDowell. The book deals with fundamentalist beliefs about sexuality, abortion and faith in a stark process of one country girl's rite of passage from childhood to womanhood, from abuse and terror into wisdom. "An angry, violent, yet startlingly beautiful book.. Edna O'Brien's imagination inflames the world" - Independent on Sunday

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Erica Jong & Marilyn French

Hay Festival 1997, 
Jong, the author of Fear of Flying, How to save your Own Life, Parachutes and Kisses and Fear of Fifty discusses her new novel Of Blessed Memory. French, whose books include Our Father, The Bleeding Heart and The War Against Women celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the first publication of The Woman's Room.

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Claire Tomalin's Jane Austen

Hay Festival 1998, 
Afetr her stunning biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Dora Jordan, Tomalin turned to their contemporary, Jane Austen, and reveals a life less quiet, more eventful, and more surprising than the conventional picture of the great novelist.

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Richard Fortey

Life - An Authorised Biography

Hay Festival 1998, 
Richard Fortey has written a vivid biography of life - a history spanning more than 3000 million years. Weaving his own lifetime as a palaeontologist into the story, he shows how life's past was one of reversals, chances gained and lost, occasional drama; more dramatic and engaging than a human lifetime, but governed by the same mix of genes and opportunity.

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Doris Lessing

The Good Books

Hay Festival 1998, 
The novelist Doris Lessing discusses what the Old Testament, New Testament and The Koran have in common.

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HON

Hay Festival 1998, 
Golwyg Sgwarnoglyd ar fap dychymyg Twm Morys, sy'n eich gwahodd i ragflas o gyfresi teledu a radio mwya' pryfoclyd Cymru. Cewch groeso ar gan, cipolwg o ambell I olygfa ac yna trafodaeth rhwng Twm a John Hefin.

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Germaine Greer

The Shakespeare Lecture

Hay Festival 1998, 
The new historricism is no longer new but does that meanit shouldbe thrown out? Does thinking about Shakespeare in his historic context help us or hinder us in understanding his plays as texts for today? So Juliet is fourteen, so what? So Cesario is a boy played by a girl played by a boy. So what?

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Ardal O'Hanlon talks to Terence Blacker

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Irish comedian and actor, star of Channel 4's Father Ted discusses his first novel The Talk of the Town.

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John Humphries talks to Nik Gowing

Hay Festival 1998, 
The BBC Today Programme's hard man inquisitor discusses dialogue, the language of politics, and Michael Heseltine's hair with the BBC World anchor presenter.

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Melvyn Bragg

On Giant's Shoulders

Hay Festival 1998, 
Melvyn Bragg chairs a discussion of Darwin's influence, and explores the ways in which the theory of evolution of the species has developed with the geneticist Richard Dawkins and the author of the forthcoming What Remains to be Discovered John Maddox.

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Alan Hollinghurst, Nicola Barker, Rupert Thomson

Hay Festival 1998, 
A reading and conversation with three outstanding contemporary novelists. Hollinghurst, author of The Swimming Pool Library ("superbly written, wildly funny" - Daily Telegraph) and The Folding Star launches his new novel The Spell; Barker's Wide Open confirms her as a "singular, soaring, stratospheric talent" - Scotland on Sunday: Thompson's Soft is a brilliant fable about advertising, urban angst and synchronized swimming.

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Gavin Esler

United States of Anger

Hay Festival 1998, 
Americans are angry - about their politics, their economy, about race, about crime, abortion, and immigration. The BBC's chief North America correspondent analyses what has happened to the American Dream at the end of the century of the Superpower.

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Patrick French

Liberty or Death

Hay Festival 1998, 
The writer and historian presents his view of the roles Mahatma Ghandi and Mohammad Ali Jinnah played in the Indian Independence Movement.

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Terry Pratchett

Hay Festival 1998, 
An interview with one of the most brilliantly imaginative novelists of contemporary literature.

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