The acclaimed traveller, biographer and literary sleuth reads from his new collection of investigations Traces Remain and talks about his fascination with the hidden details of the past, and the ‘sudden presence’ of distant historical figures. Chaired by Simon Mundy
The novelist and playwright (whose Noises Off is currently playing in London) discusses his childhood memoir and his exploration of his father’s story My Father's Fortune. His new novel Skios is a story of mislaid identity, misdirected passion and miscalculated consequences set on a Greek Island.
The Greeks 6 - The Song of Achilles and The Whispering Muse
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Venue: Hay on Earth Stage
The Song of Achilles is a re-imagining of the love story at the heart of Homer’s Iliad; The Whispering Muse pitches the mythic hero Caeneus and his tales of the Argonauts, the Golden Fleece and Lemnos onto a Scandinavian merchant ship in 1949.
The author and filmmaker conjures the life of her great aunt, the heiress Nica Rothschild, who abandoned her life of privilege in Europe for New York’s 1950s Jazz scene. She was a patron and muse to some of the greatest C20th musicians. Charlie Parker died in her apartment, Thelonius Monk in her arms.
The co-founder of the Sharq Forum and the former Director General of the Al Jazeera Network reflects on the momentous changes in the Arab world, and the effect of free media and new technology across the Middle East.
Park Lane the debut novel from the author of The Bolter is a tale of suffrage, war and love, upstairs and down in Edwardian London; Can We Still Be Friends follows three friends leaving University and emerging into the reality of 1980s Britain.
The Future of Energy Series - How to Decarbonise by 2050
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Venue: Starlight Stage
There are many theories and proposals for decarbonising our society but which ones are the most credible and what do they require from us all in order to achieve the target by 2050? The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Chief Scientific Advisor will weigh the options with the former Director of Green Alliance and the FCO Minister for International Energy. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
The London-based solo artist, recently signed to Ninja Tune, has toured with Gil Scott Heron, Bonobo, Fink, and Jose Gonzales. Jono’s music is timeless. ‘Music that is imperishable, that reflects past, present and future in an instant.’ Likened to having the melodies and rich vocals of John Martyn, the darkness of Nick Drake, the soul of Marvin Gaye and the romantic indulgence of Jeff Buckley. Jono is defining a new folk/soul sound of our time.’ - Dannii Evans.
Hay Festival runs for ten days with a packed programme of debates and conversations with poets and scientists, novelists and historians, artists and gardeners, comedians and musicians, film makers and politicians.
Hay Fever - our festival for families and children, runs across the ten days of the festival where children have the chance to meet and talk to their favourite writers and take part in workshops to create wonderful memories and develop new skills in imaginative thinking and self expression.
Hf2 is our festival for teenagers - with an awesome line-up featuring the movers and shakers of Young Adult writing, Hf2 is a mind-blowing experience for 13-plus.
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