Why is there an ‘h’ in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press, and his Flemish employees are to blame. Without a dictionary or style guide to hand in C15th Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign ears, and it stuck. The linguistics prof unearths the stories behind the rogue words that confound us, in an epic journey taking in C6th monks, French and Latin upstarts, the Industrial Revolution and the internet.
Love Bombing is the psychologist’s very simple technique, which helps most children from three years to early teenage. Because so many parents have periods of living very busy or miserable or complicated lives, most of us need to reconnect with our children from time to time. Love Bombing does the job. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
In AD 476, Romulus Augustulus, Emperor in line to Augustus, Trajan and Constantine, was deposed by a German chieftain. It is an event that in most history books is identified as marking the end of the Roman Empire. But did it? The historian explores whether the Romans themselves had any comprehension that their empire could possibly fall. He traces the surprisingly obdurate survival of a Roman imperial identity across the centuries, and attempts to identify a moment in history when the Roman Empire could be said definitively to have come to an end.
Provocative and profound, Faulks’ dazzling new novel journeys across continents and time to explore the chaos created by love, separation and missed opportunities. In this open workshop he describes how he came to write it this way, building the structure of the stories and his search for the language and form of his narratives.
The representation of women both in games and the games industry has been changing over the last few years. Come and meet Pratchett, the lead writer on Tomb Raider who specialises in developing the narrative structure, humour and characterisation in games and played a key role in the reinvention of the legendary Lara Croft.
How can we use omnipresent data to drive behaviour change, improve performance and make radical the new normal? Join us to take the great ideas you’ve jotted on the back of beer mats or napkins and make them real.
Entry to this event is free but you must reserve a ticket.
In this sumptuously illustrated lecture the historian asks: were the Vikings, as contemporary description had it, a ‘valiant, wrathful and purely pagan people’ who swept in from the sea to plunder and slaughter? Or, in the words of a Manx folksong, ‘ware-wolves keen in hungry quest’, who lived and died by the sea and the sword? Or were they unusually successful merchants, extortionists and pioneer explorers?
The author of Vermeer’s Hat uses environmental crises to re-narrate China’s history from the time of Khubilai Khan down to the collapse of the Ming dynasty. His unique environmental indicator? Dragon sightings! Just because the Chinese saw dragons, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Chaired by Horatio Clare.
An age of isolation, warped communication, disintegrating community, where unfiltered and unregulated information pours relentlessly into our lives, destroying what it means to be human; or an age of marvels, where there is a world of wonder at our fingertips? Ultimately, the choice is ours – engage with the machines that we have created, or risk creating a world designed for corporations and computers rather than people.
How can data be used to help drive behaviour change, increase performance and make radical the new normal? With speakers from the world of technology and smart data analysis. Ben Southworth, Deputy Chief Exec at Tech City Investment Organisation, Chris Parker, Head of Geovation, Ordnance Survey and chaired by TYF’s Director Andy Middleton.
In an unprecedented double-length interview, the creator of George Smiley and author of spy masterpieces such as The Constant Gardener, The Honourable Schoolboy, The Russia House and The Tailor of Panama makes his first visit to the festival and talks about his work A Delicate Truth to Philippe Sands.
The video of the event is offered for sale, by John le Carré to raise money to keep Hay Library open.
Words of John le Carré (David Cornwell) ©David Cornwell, 2013
A revelatory way of imagining the world. The revered International Relations guru and revolutionary cartographer updates his seminal 1970s work that graphically analyses every indicator and vital statistic of modern life, from wealth and power, war and peace through to rights, health and the environment. Chaired by Mark Ellingham.
The remarkable untold story of a group of POWs who, through a shared love of birds, overcame hunger, hardship and boredom to bring purpose and dignity to their lives behind barbed wire. Under the gaze of Nazi guards, they founded a secret bird-watching society, and their legacy lives on in institutions such as the RSPB and the British Wildlife Trust.