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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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"
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.
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?