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Race, Identity and Belonging

Race, Identity and Belonging

Afua Hirsch has been called “one of the most dangerous women in Britain”, a statement she said she found hugely flattering. This afternoon she  spoke to a Hay Festival audience about Britain’s identity crisis and societal colour blindness.

She said “Race is systemic, its structural”. She also described British society as “highly racialized”. Hirsch drew on personal experience and said despite growing up and still living in Wimbledon, when asked where are you really from?, often what is meant is why are you brown and in Britain?

How Catholic Ireland shaped Roddy Doyle

How Catholic Ireland shaped Roddy Doyle
Booker-Prize winning novelist Roddy Doyle took to the Hay stage today to discuss his eleventh novel, Smile, his career so far and how his work has been shaped by the experience of growing up in Catholic Ireland.

When Matt met Amol

When Matt met Amol
Matt Hancock was sipping a beer when Amol Rajan quizzed him on his life as a student at Oxford.  By the time the chat had moved to Brexit and Cambridge Analytica, he had switched to drinking water. From fake news and technology to the BBC’s future funding and Netflix, the laughter-filled conversation traversed the complex landscape of culture in 21st century Britain. 

Ask Us Anything

Ask Us Anything
How do you show yourself love? How do you overcome stress? What’s the secret to confidence? Gemma Cairney and Jenny Valentine had big answers to these big questions as they enjoyed a Q&A session with an enthusiastic crowd.

Edge of Chaos

Edge of Chaos
Is democracy delivering its fundamental ideals of freedom and equality? According to economist Dambisa Moyo’s latest book, The Edge of Chaos, people are ‘no longer convinced that democracy is the path to human progress’ and, as such, are increasingly putting their faith in authoritarian regimes to deliver economic and political results

Dylan Thomas Prize winner, Kayo Chingonyi

Dylan Thomas Prize winner, Kayo Chingonyi

When the winner of the 2018 International Dylan Thomas Prize winner, Kayo Chingonyi, sat down to discuss his winning collection, Kumukanda, the result was a tantalizing hour-long insight into the mind of one of the brightest poets of our generation.


Writers in Translation

Writers in Translation

Three Latin American writers, featured in a new Hay Festival anthology, Bogota39, took to the stage to talk about their work, and the role of the translator in bringing their work to an English-speaking readership.

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