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Nicholas Edwards talks to Vincent Kane

Opera House Lottery

Hay Festival 1998, 
Lord Crickhowell discusses his experience of chairing the Cardiff Bay Opera House project to build Zaha Hadid's new theatre with the BBC Wales television presenter.

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Muriel Spark

Hay Festival 1998, 
The novelist whose books include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, The Ballard of Peckham Rye and Curriculum Vitae reads her autobiographal short story The Gentile Jewesses and takes questions from the audience. Chaired by Geordie Greig.

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Janet Street Porter

Hay Festival 1998, 
The broadcaster and walker talks about her journey on foot from Coast to Coast across Britain

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Helen Fielding

Hay Festival 1998, 
The begetter of Bridget Jones' Diary previews her sequel to the mega-selling tale of pride and prejudice, and reveals what Bridget did next.

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Michael Dibdin talks to Peter Kemp

Hay Festival 1998, 
The creator of the Venetian detective Aurelio Zen talks to the Sunday Times Fiction Editior about crime, canals and Europe. Dibdin is the winner of the Crime Writers Asscciation Gold Dagger.

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The Gene Genie

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Evolution

Hay Festival 1998, 
Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward present the arguments about evolution and genetics explored in Dawin's groundbreaking books, which include The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and Climbing Mount Improbable.

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Too True

Hay Festival 1998, 
The poet Blake Morrison explores the boundries between fact and fiction with Linda Grant, author of Remind Me Who I Am, Again and the award- winning writer Romesh Gunesekera whose novel The Sandglas is published this month by Granta. Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father? launched a publishing fashion for confessional autobiography. His second book As If addressed the killing of two-year old James Bulger. Too True is published this month.

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Stephen Hawking

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Cambridge scientist celebrates the tenth anniversary of his book A Brief History of Time with this lecture.

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David Jenkins and Bill Cash talk to Andy Allan

Can we think again?

Hay Festival 1998, 
The former Bishop of Durham and the Tory MP discuss the free market and the issues of spiritual and material prosperity with the MD of Carlton Television.

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Philip Marsden and David Pryce-Jones

Hay Festival 1998, 
Marsden's The Spirit Werstlers is a journey through post-Soviet Russia. In villages unseen since before the Revolution, he explores the lives of Russians who seem to have stepped straight from the pages of Turgenev, Gogol and Babel. He discusses his adventure with the historian David Pryce-Jones, author of The War That Never Was.

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David Hare

Hay Festival 1998, 
The playwright and screenwriter discusses his current West End plays Amy's View and the Judas Kiss with Peter Florence.

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Orlando Figes

The TLS Lecture - The Invention of Russia

Hay Festival 1998, 
The author of the multi-award winning A Peoples Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution addresses Russian culture and national identity since the eighteenth century. Introduced and chaired by Ferdinand Mount, Editor of the TLS.

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Simon Nye

Hay Festival 1998, 
The award-winning creator of the cult hit Men Behaving Badly and the new BBC2 comedy How Do You Want Me? discusses his screenwriting with Peter Florence.

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Theodore Zeldin

An Intimate History Of Humanity

Hay Festival 1998, 
Theodore Zeldin has been called a "prophet of the 21st Century". His history - of fear, compassion, ambition, loneliness, respect, stress, friendship, eating, talking, desparing - shows what options still remain untried.

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Nigel Planner, Emily Perkins, Jonathan Myerson

The First Novel

Hay Festival 1998, 
Three writers of great distinction and differing writing experience have just published their first novels. The actor Nigel Planner has published poetry, the non-fiction best-seller A Good Enough Dad and the brilliant satire I, Actor. His debut novel is The Right Man. Emily Perkins won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for her short story collection Not Her Real Name. Her novel Leave Before You Go is set in her native New Zealand. The screenwriter Jonathan Myerson's novel is Noise. They talk to Terence Blacker

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Barbara Trapido and Julie Myerson

Hay Festival 1998, 
Trapido's Juggling confirmed her as one of our finest novelists. She reads from and talks about her new novel The Travelling Hornplayer. "She couldn't write a boring sentance if she tried" - Fay Weldon. Myerson follows the hugh success of her book The Touch with Me and the Fat Man. They talk to Peter Florence

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How To Eat

Hay Festival 1998, 
The Vogue and Times journalist Nigella Lawson discusses the pleasures and principles of good food with the great food writer Claudia Roden whose most recent publication The Book of Jewish Food has already become a classic of the genre. Chaired by Montagu Don whose Fork to Fork about growing and cooking food will be published later this year.

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Fergal Keane

Hay Festival 1998, 
The BBC correspondent reads from and talks about his Letter to Daniel one of the most popular Radio broacasts of all time.

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Mosley

Hay Festival 1998, 
Laurence Marks analysis his controversial C4 television film about the Fascist Leader Oswald Mosley with the politician's son, the distinguished novelist Nicholas Mosley, on whose work the series was based. Marks' television credits, who along with Maurice Gran, include Shine On Harvey Moon, Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and The New Statesman. They talk to Tom Rosenthal.

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Alison Laurie talks to Peter Kemp

Hay Festival 1998, 
The great American novelist, author of The Truth About Lorin Jones and Foreign Affairs talks with the Sunday Times Fiction Editior about her first novel for nearly ten years Last Resort. "Laurie is the transatlantic heir of Jane Austen's social comedy. She is the fabled Great American Novelist"

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Jean Moorcroft Wilson

O What A Lovely Subject!

Hay Festival 1998, 
Biographer Jean Moorcroft Wilson examines the complex character and fascinating background of Siegfried Sassoon, the Great War poet.

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Patrick McCabe

Hay Festival 1998, 
McCabe's new novel Breakfast on Pluto set in the London and Belfast of the 1970's confirms his status as the leading contemporary Irish novelist. HIs last book The Butcher Boy has been filmed by Neil Jordan.

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Susan Greenfield

Chemicals and Consciousness

Hay Festival 1998, 
Consciousness is now attracting the attention of scientists as well as philosophers. Although many physicists and mathematicians anxious to model consciousness in artificial systems have been quite vociferous, there is a need to understand consciousness in a way that catres for the diverse range of chemicals operating in the brain. How else might one explain the various mood modifying and consciousness changing effects of specific drugs?

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Alan Clark

The Tories

Hay Festival 1998, 
The colourful diarist, historian, walker and MP talks about his history of the Tory party. He talks to Kate Mosse.

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Jason Goodwin

Lords Of The Horizons

Hay Festival 1998, 
Jason Goodwin explores the mysteries of the 600-year rule of The Ottoman Empire. At its height, Istanbul had the richest court in Europe. The decline was prodigious, protracted and total.

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