Professor Erzsébet Dobos, author of Megmenekültek, talks to celebrated journalist Arcadi Espada, author of En nombre de Franco, about the protection given to Hungarian Jews by the Spanish Embassy in Budapest during WWII.
In collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Hungary, Instituto Cervantes and Fundación Lara
This follow-up to John O’Donoghue’s award-winning memoir, Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (Mind Book of the Year) addresses the economic and political issues of Ireland. An epic satire, Fools & Mad tells the story of twelve great Irish poets who have been incarcerated by Swift in a palatial ‘House for Fools & Mad’. These men compose a jury for the ‘Court of Poetry’ where they try the Celtic Tiger. Arguing the case against the Tiger, this striking and politically-charged poem evokes a sense of Twelve Angry Men meets the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Cardiff University has been undertaking research into the methods by which visitors travel to Hay Festival. Here they discuss the results and ask - can similar transport strategies be used for different festivals and events? What are the key challenges in terms of influencing visitor travel behaviour, and delivering more sustainable events in Wales? In conversation with the Festival’s Sustainability Director.
Man Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly novel evokes the intimate relationships of a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love across three generations. It explores the social and sexual revolutions of the most pivotal years of the past century, whose life-changing consequences are still being played out to this day. Richly observed, disarmingly witty and emotionally charged, The Sparsholt Affair is an unmissable achievement from one of our finest writers.
A Book Club like no other, as our favourite literary vaudevillians read Orwell’s 1984 and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and think about how things might actually be WORSE. Crace writes the satirical Digested Reads for the Guardian where he is also parliamentary sketch-writer. Sutherland is Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of English at UCL and the go-to senior Eng-Lit Super-Don.
In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin, Atkins offers a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places. From the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of north-west China to the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan and the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American south-west, each of Atkins’ travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.
A third of the seven billion people in the world speak English, with just 400 million of them as a first language. There have been sixty to seventy new Englishes that have emerged in the last fifty years alone, and the ‘lingua franca’ in Europe is emerging as another English too. For sure. Can the world’s most acquisitive and adaptable communications tool just keep growing? The linguistics guru plays with the cultural misunderstandings and the huge gains that come in internationally when people from different cultures communicate fluently in the global language.