Based on a mass of newly declassified Russian secret intelligence documentation, Haslam reveals the true story of Soviet intelligence from its very beginnings in 1917 right through to the end of the Cold War. Covering both branches of Soviet espionage, civilian and military, he charts the full range of the Soviet intelligence effort and the story of its development: in cryptography, disinformation, special forces, and counter-intelligence. He shows how their greatest weapon and ironically their greatest weakness was the human factor: their ability to recruit secret agents. Haslam is the George F Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.
The best-selling author of Flawed and the debut author of Kook discuss teen life, the key issues in writing YA fiction and what really matters to their readers. Chaired by HAYDAYS director Julia Eccleshare.
The Indian author of the award-winning Folded Earth discusses her work and her new novel Sleeping on Jupiter, a masterpiece. In awarding the novel the DSC South Asian Literature Prize, Mark Tully said “The setting is described faithfully and evocatively. Among the issues raised are the power of memory and myth, religious hypocrisy, sexuality, abuse and other forms of violence. The novel contains powerful portraits of both major and minor characters. We believe this book will be a source of inspiration to other writers.”
‘They say dead men tell no tales, but they’re wrong. Even the dead tell stories.’ In this event, we embark on a journey into darkness with prestigious British author Marcus Sedgwick, who talks to Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival.
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish
Co-organised with the British Council and in collaboration with El Norte de Castilla, the oldest Spanish journal, on its 160th anniversary
Featuring Nairobi’s headlining artists, this concert will leave you in a musical whirl. Kick off with the high-energy Afro fusion band Sarabi and then let Mumala and Kiu melt your dance sweat away. Phenomenal Fena will have you head-bopping and feet-tapping to soul and afro house, and the electrifying Jemedari will teach you just what jazzy hip hop is. Imagine it... we can.
More adventures for Aubrey, a small boy who can talk to animals, in this author’s new title. Now shrunk to the size of an earwig, Aubrey is helping the insects to save the world from starvation and supporting a newly arrived Ladybird family to overcome hostility from the local inhabitants. Join Horatio Clare as he discusses his fantastic new story about the world of Aubrey and his epic adventure of love, travel and insects with Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust.
Mixing extensive research and testimony from survivors with a searing analysis of the decision-making of the Nazi state, the distinguished film-maker and historian’s landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history – how, and why, did the holocaust happen?
Daniel is one of the UK’s most popular tellers of traditional stories. Here he tells tales from the timeless collection of magical fairytales. Expect impossible quests, mysterious strangers,sudden jumps, dramatic twists, moments of high drama and low comedy…
Boyne’s new novel spans 80 years of Irish history. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, Cyril Avery will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from – and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home and a country. Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Absolutist. He talks to Peter Florence.
2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele. One of those who fell in battle was Ellis Humphrey Evans, the poet from Meirionnydd whose Bardic name was Hedd Wyn. He died before being announced winner of the Chair at the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead. The empty chair was draped in black, and Hedd Wyn is still remembered throughout Wales, as he is in Flanders, as a potent symbol of bloodshed and loss. Ifor ap Glyn will talk about the life, work and remarkable legacy of Hedd Wyn.
The acclaimed environmentalist and campaigner, author of What Has Nature Ever Done For Us? charts the dramatic explosion of human population and consumption and its impact on climate change and our planet. He offers rigorous and clear analysis, and a fresh perspective on what we might do next.
The outrageously funny comedians cover a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories! Parental guidance: GO!
Sally McKenna’s new book Extreme Greens reveals the culinary, health and cosmetic wonders of seaweeds, one of our greatest natural resources. Sally will also give an insight into being one of Ireland’s most noted food writers and critics. She talks to Olivia Duff.
Marcus Sedgwick has won or been nominated for over thirty awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal (four times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times). He recently won the prestigious Printz Award for Midwinterblood. He joins Daniel Hahn for a conversation about his work, in particular his latest novel, the highly acclaimed She Is Not Invisible.12+ years (YA)