Books, bliss and bosky lanes
THE HAY FESTIVAL 1995
Saturday 22 April 1995
The History Men
Simon Schama discusses the significance of landscape, Eric Hobsbawm gives the Raymond Williams lecture on Twentieth Century extremism, and Balkans expert Sir Fitzroy Maclean talks about Yugoslavia in war and peacetime
The Fiction List
A head-spinning line-up of star novelists include David Lodge, Beryl Bainbridge, Iain Banks, Margaret Atwood, Richard Ford, Mark Lawson, Laurie Lee, Malcolm Bradbury, William Boyd, Philip Kerr, Nina Bawden, Michle Roberts, Hanif Kureishi, Penelope Fitzgerald, Patrick McCabe, Antony Sher, Russell Celyn Jones, Sebastian Faulks, Nick Hornby, Nigel Williams, Fay Weldon and the South African Nobel laureate, Nadine Gordimer
This year's Poetry Squantum will be convened by the magnificent Australian poet Les A Murray. Elsewhere, leading practitioners such as Glyn Maxwell, Peter Reading and Mick Imlah will read from their recent work
The Life Writers
Discussing the ethics and revelations of modern biographical writing will be Ken Russell, Brenda Maddox, Fiona McCarthy, Jon Stallworthy, Margaret Drabble, John Keane and Claire Tomalin
Sir Fred Hoyle and Richard Dawkins, two of the world's leading thinkers in the realms of cosmology and genetics discuss the significance of the most recent discoveries, observations and wild speculations
Fresh from the Palace of Westminster to the Palace of Art come Roy Hattersley (talking to John Cole about his memoirs), Paddy Ashdown (talking to Sir Peter de la Billire) and Enoch Powell (on his interpretation of the Gospels), together with Michael (House of Cards) Dobbs and Susan Crosland
Each evening, a line-up of the best cabaret acts in the land - Fascinating Aida, Ken Dodd the tickling-stick veteran, Sean Hughes the hyperactive Irish droll, Harry Hill the Perrier Award winner with the pocket of clip- on biros, and Jools Holland, the piano man supreme - will offer anarchic and extra- literary bliss for audiences sated with bookish endeavour
Plus - Iris Murdoch and John Bayley discussing "What makes a classic?", sagebrush superstars Hank Wangford and Kinky Friedman, the former hostages Terry Waite and Brian Keenan, Film `95 presenter and novelist Barry Norman, a celebration of Agatha Christie, a valuation of rare and collectable children's books, the sopranos Rebecca Evans and Eldrydd Cynan Jones, new music from Barrington Pheloung, the peripatetic life of Ffyona Campbell . . . and several glasses of cold wine, as you sit on the grass and watch the literati go by
For further information, send a stamped addressed envelope to: Festival Box Office (Independent), Hay-on-Wye, HR3 5BX; telephone: 01497 821299; fax 01497 821066
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