A group of rebels has united to save a world ravaged by war, violence and greed. Joan is their leader. The future of humanity is being rewritten. Yuknavitch's mesmerising novel sees Joan of Arc's story reborn for the near future. It is a genre-defying masterpiece that may very well rewire your brain.
AIDS. Ebola. Bird flu. SARS. These and other epidemics have wiped out millions of lives and cost the global economy billions of dollars. Experts predict that the next big epidemic is just around the corner. But are we prepared for it? And could we actually prevent it? Somewhere out there, a super virus is boiling up in the bloodstream of a bird, bat, monkey or pig, preparing to jump to a human being. This as-yet-undetected germ has the potential to kill more than 300 million people. That risk makes the threat posed by a ground war, a massive climate event, or even the dropping of a nuclear bomb on a major city pale in comparison. But there is hope. The doctor and Harvard instructor explains the science and the politics of combatting epidemics and tells the stories of the heroes who’ve succeeded in their fights to stop the spread of illness and death.
Join the TV space journalist as she tells how humans went from first imagining what lies above us to being able to reach for the stars. Learn all about where space exploration is heading and discover that the future of space is stranger than you can ever imagine – including the idea that the first person to walk on Mars is probably in school today. Packed full of amazing facts, quirky statistics and mind-blowing information, this will appeal to space fans of all ages.
Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace already have a great reputation for badness. Alice Dent is busy making one. Join broadcaster and author Zeb Soanes for a discussion with their creators about why these larger-than-life characters are so popular.
On the morning of 26 April 1986 Europe witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine. In the end, less than five per cent of the reactor’s fuel escaped, but that was enough to contaminate over half of Europe with radioactive fallout. Plokhy’s Baillie Gifford Prize-winning account recreates these events in all of their drama, telling the stories of the fire-fighters, scientists, engineers, workers, soldiers and policemen who found themselves caught in a nuclear Armageddon and succeeded in doing the seemingly impossible: extinguishing the nuclear inferno and putting the reactor to sleep. While it is clear that the immediate cause of the accident was a turbine test gone wrong, Plokhy shows how the deeper roots of Chernobyl lay in the nature of the Soviet political system and the flaws of its nuclear industry. Plokhy is Professor of History at Harvard University and a leading authority on Eastern Europe. Chaired by Nik Gowing.
The novelist introduces the new thriller in his best-selling DC Max Wolfe series. He starts with terrorists using a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, and then…
The author of The Awesome Book of Animals wants to know if you share his passion for the animal kingdom. Join him to discover some of the wildest facts about the creatures that share our planet and test your knowledge in a fun quiz.
Join the author, activist, BBC Radio 6 Music presenter and the Mayor of London’s very first Night Tsar as she looks back at the rise and achievements of the LGBTQ+ movement. With the help of her new book, From Prejudice to Pride, Amy charts LGBTQ+ history from ancient civilisations to the present day, exploring the pioneers, heartbreaks and courageous communities that have helped us understand what it means to be LGBTQ+ today.
A conversation about place and story, language and resilience. Keevil has two new books out. The first is a novel called No Good Brother – a high stakes Canadian adventure of love and morality, introducing two unlikely outlaws. Hometown Tales: Wales pairs two stories: Last Seen Leaving, a gripping account of the days following the disappearance of a local man by Keevil and The Lion and the Star by Eluned Gramich, a vivid retelling of the Welsh language protests that electrified Cardiganshire in the 1970s.
Join the creators of the lovable ex-robbers turned bakers, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam. Hear all about their latest adventures in this fun-packed event full of storytelling, fun participation and laugh-out-loud games.
The journalist Javier del Pino, director of “A vivir que son dos días”, of the Radio Station Cadena SER, the most listened to program at weekends, with more than 2.2 million listeners, speaks of humor and journalism with the comedian and television presenter David Broncano, who also participates in what is considered to be the second audience program of Spanish broadcasting. With Aurelio Martín.
What is the writer’s role in the world? Are they there to respond to events, drive change, reflect society? Join our Hay Festival International Fellow and PEN International writer and the new PENCymru’s winner of PEN International’s New Voices competition, Rebecca John. Chaired by Jon Gower.
Children’s fiction writer Erika McGann, author of The Demon Notebook series, conducts an interactive talk about writing books for younger readers and writers.
The last year has seen an explosion of public outrage over plastics pollution, triggered by images of straws in turtles’ noses, whales dying after eating shopping bags, and the ugliness of a blue planet disfigured by a throwaway society. It’s sparked tougher regulation on single-use plastics and has shamed supermarkets into action. What would an end to plastic pollution mean in practice? And how do we get there?
Natalie Fee (author and campaigner, founder of City to Sea), Lucy Siegle (journalist and author) and Paula Owen (founder of Green Gumption) talk to award-winning environment journalist Martin Wright.
What keeps you awake at night? It's probably not an inter-dimensional beam messing with your mind at exactly 1.34am every 24 hours. The writer investigates the night-time world of three kids who just can't sleep. Expect interactive comedy, weird sleep facts and a bit of hypnotism from the creator of the Shapeshifter series.