The Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC discusses her current production. As a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and his great legacy, the production features local amateur companies in all 12 regions and nations of the UK playing Shakespeare’s Mechanicals alongside the professional cast. Erica shares her thoughts as the tour concludes in Cardiff and Belfast, and the company prepares to return to Stratford-upon-Avon for a final run featuring performances from all the amateur companies.
The Nobel Prize-winning developmental biologist was among the first to challenge the idea that a cell’s fate was irreversibly determined. His demonstration that the nuclei of differentiated cells could be ‘reprogrammed’ has ultimately led to successful cloning of mammals, and has provided the basis for much of modern stem cell research.
The bestselling novelist launches his new crime series. Twenty years ago seven rich, privileged students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter’s Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Cometh Detective Max Wolfe…
An expedition to Mars goes terribly wrong. A seaside pier collapses. A 30-stone man is confined to his living room. One woman is abandoned on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. Another woman is saved from drowning. Two boys discover a gun in a shoebox. A group of explorers find a cave of unimaginable size deep in the Amazon jungle. A man shoots a stranger in the chest on Christmas Eve. The author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Red House plays out his dark and wild imagination in his first collection of short stories.
Join Julia Donaldson discussing the creation of The Giant Jumperee. Chaired by Children’s Director Julia Eccleshare.
José María Lasalle, State Secretary of Culture, begins the Hay Festival Segovia tribute to the literary figure of Roberto Bolaño with the reading of Nocturno de Chile (Anagrama), punctuated by the anecdotes about the author made by his compatriot, the Chilean Jorge Edwards, the most “persona grata” and a Premio Cervantes winner who never shies away from controversy, despite knowing the intricacies of diplomacy.
Co-organised and produced by ACE (Acción Cultural Española)
Meet four producers who have identified a specialist market and are making farming pay. Will Chase re-invented himself from potato grower to purveyor of posh crisps, Tyrrell’s, then sold the company to form Williams Chase Distillery, making gin and vodka. Illtud Llyr Dunsford of Charcuterie Ltd is a seventh-generation farmer flying the flag for home-cured meats and reviving a taste for veal. Jane Scotter of Fern Verrow farms fruit and veg biodynamically, and Stephen Jones is growing quinoa, the new superfood previously chalking up thousands of food miles from South America. Chaired by Dan Saladino of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme.
The sensational Prime Suspect, written for Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison, sealed Lynda La Plante’s reputation as one of the greatest ever British crime writers. Her other screenwriting credits include Widows, Trial and Retribution, The Commander and Above Suspicion. Lynda discusses her writings and career, and previews her new book Tennison (due out on 24 September), the prequel to Prime Suspect, which sees Jane's induction into police life and her development into the character we see portrayed on screen. Chaired by Myles Dungan.
Thrilling and terrifying, The Things We Lost in the Fire takes the reader into Enriquez’s world of Argentine Gothic: of sharp-toothed children, of women racked by desire, of demons who lurk beneath the river, of stolen skulls and secrets half-buried under Argentina’s terrible dictatorship. McInerney follows her Baileys Prize-winning debut The Glorious Heresies with The Blood Miracles. The novel is set again in Cork with her vital, brilliant language and storytelling playing out the life and misdemeanours of Ryan Cusack.
An astonishing insight into the life of a humanitarian psychiatrist working in war and disaster zones around the world from Bosnia and ‘mission-accomplished’ Iraq, to tsunami-affected Aceh, post-earthquake Haiti and ‘the Jungle’ in Calais. Chaired by Oliver Balch.
Join animal experts and top writers Nicola Davies and Gill Lewis to find out all about their latest animal adventure stories. Unmissable for animal fans!
In times of instability and change, more and more African writers are turning to non-fiction. A new anthology, Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, brings local perspectives to the stories behind the headlines, and highlights contemporary issues across the continent. It addresses the Chinese in Africa, the refugee crisis, and Ebola. Can creative nonfiction move readers where fiction falls short, or simply fails to inspire action? Rosie Goldsmith hosts South African-based author Mark Gevisser, Hawa Golakai from Liberia and Kevin Eze from Senegal.
Global children’s charity Plan UK introduces Because I am a Girl, the world’s biggest campaign for girls’ rights. With education, skills and the right support, girls in the developing world can make choices over their future and be a force for creating lasting change. Joanne Harris, author of the Rune fantasy series and the bestselling Chocolat trilogy, shares her personal stories as an inspiration for other women and girls worldwide to be able to fulfil their aspirations. She is joined by Plan UK’s Director of Programmes, Nazma Kabir, and Cristina Fuentes, International Director of Hay Festivals, who will talk about our work with Plan in Colombia. Chaired by Claire Cohen, Deputy Women's Editor for Telegraph Wonder Women.
British Jon McNaught is the creator of a very special graphic style, using screen-printing and lithography to create miniature images and silent narratives, capturing quiet moments in small, inky panels. Belgian Conz made his debut in 2004 with the semi-autobiographical album Toen ik nog Baas van de Wereld was (‘When I Still Ruled The World’, pub. Oogachtend), which won the prize for the best début at the Turnhout comics festival. He is currently working on his dream project, the science-fiction graphic novel De Wraak van de Walvis (‘The Whale’s Revenge’). In conversation with Michèle Standjofski.
Event in English
Some of Ireland’s leading food bloggers discuss what drives their passion for food. A panel debate featuring Kristin Jensen (Edible Ireland), Imen McDonnell (Modern Farmette), Aoife McElwain (I Can Has Cook), Caitriona Redmond (Wholesome Ireland), and Lily Ramirez-Foran (A Mexican Cook). Chaired by Kevin Sheridan.
Two opposing views are presented on the role of the self-governing regions in the process of decision-making at the European level: that of the pleasantly polemic columnist Arcadi Espada on one hand and on the other Yves Wantens, Representative of Flanders in Spain. Chaired by the Belgian correspondent of Flemish public television, Sven Tuytens.
Simultaneous translation of Dutch into Spanish.
Val McDermid is one of the bestselling authors of thriller novels in the English-speaking world. Her prolific literary work, which has been translated into more than 30 languages, includes titles such as The Wire in the Blood, The Distant Echo and her latest work The Retribution. She has received the prestigious CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger prize, awarded for her contribution to the genre throughout her career. She talks to writer and contributor for The Guardian, Giles Tremlett.
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish.
Co-organized with the British Council