Moore has been awarded the 2018 Creative Wales Hay Festival International Fellowship/Cymrawd Rhyngwladol Cymru Greadigol Hay Festival, and is visiting all our festivals worldwide over the next 12 months. He talks with Peter Florence, founder of the Hay Festivals, about his collection of travel writing, which takes him from bull runs in the Basque Country to the mangrove swamps of the Gulf of Guinea. Driving Home Both Ways is part essay collection, part travelogue through life. It offers fresh reflections on the changing nature of the local and the global, epiphanies of tribe and faith, and is underscored always by the enduring allure of elsewhere and the constant pull of home.
How did you sleep last night? Not well if you’re a Night Speaker, cursed with insomnia but also gifted with the power to speak any language – human or animal. Or maybe you chose to stay awake because, like self-styled vampire Spin, the shadows are the only place you’re safe… Join Ali Sparkes for a journey through the midnight world of Nightwalker Spin and his strange love-hate relationship with the Night Speakers. Be ready to supply sound effects, get hypnotised, shout fabulous foreign words… and find out what it’s really like to be destroyed by daylight…
The world economy defies comprehension. A continuously-changing system of immense complexity, it offers over ten billion distinct products and services, doubles in size every fifteen years, and links almost every one of the planet's seven billion people. It delivers astonishing luxury to hundreds of millions. It also leaves hundreds of millions behind, puts tremendous strains on the ecosystem, and has an alarming habit of stalling. Nobody is in charge of it. Indeed, no individual understands more than a fraction of what's going on.
How can we make sense of this bewildering system on which our lives depend?
Hidden connections will be laid bare: how the barcode undermined family corner shops; why the gramophone widened inequality; how barbed wire shaped America. Meet the characters who developed some of these inventions, profited from them, or were ruined by them. We'll trace the economic principles that help to explain their transformative effects. And we'll ask what lessons we can learn to make wise use of future inventions, in a world where the pace of innovation will only accelerate
Blackburn has always collected things that hold stories about the past, especially the very distant past: mammoth bones, two-million-year-old shells, a flint shaped as a weapon long ago. Time Song brings many such stories together as it tells of the creation, the existence and the loss of a country now called Doggerland, a huge and fertile area that once connected the entire east coast of England with mainland Europe, until it was finally submerged by rising sea levels around 5,000 BC.
Join author Anne Rooney on a journey to the prehistoric age. Walk alongside the massive megalosaurus, take to the skies with terrific pterosaurs and dive to the depths of an ancient ocean with the incredible ichthyosaur. Keep your eyes open, though – you never know what other creatures you might meet along the way. Dinosaur Atlas was shortlisted for the Royal Society’s 2018 Young People’s Book Prize.
Seymour’s new book is a double biography, In Byron’s Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter, Annabella Millbanke and Ada Lovelace. Her previous book was a lauded biography of Mary Shelley. Sampson’s brilliant debut biography is In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein. They compare notes on female genius, Romanticism, radicalism, the madness and badness of male poets, and the interplay of literature and the sciences, with Rosie Goldsmith in the chair.
Chekhov, a doctor by profession, said that medicine was his legal wife, while literature was only his lover. The Russian author took advantage of this double condition: his consultation served him as a privileged laboratory for the miseries of the soul. The precariousness of the literary profession forces most contemporary writers to practice this double life. The fact that very few can survive dedicated exclusively to creation raises reasonable questions: Does literature feed on the professional knowledge of part-time authors, or does it suffer from the lack of a more complete dedication? Isabel P. Fuentes alternates her position as director of the CaixaForum Madrid with the writing of novels. Miquel Molina also leads a double life: he is deputy editor of the newspaper La Vanguardia and novelist. Both will discuss their status as extramarital writers.
What is the relationship between writers’ relocations and their work? Four of Latin America’s finest writers, residents outside their countries of origin, talk to the publisher José Hamad about how this experience affects their literature. Gonzalo Eltesch (Chile), Carlos Fonseca (Costa Rica), Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón (Puerto Rico) and Samanta Schweblin (Argentina).
The YA Book Prize singles out the best new young adult fiction every year. Join shortlisted authors Sara Barnard (Goodbye, Perfect), Muhammad Khan (I Am Thunder) and Laura Wood (A Sky Painted Gold) for a discussion of their books and the the importance of YA fiction. Chaired by Sian Cain, Online Books Editor at the Guardian.
We are delighted to launch the new novel by one of the world’s great storytellers, the author of the Ibis trilogy. A dealer of rare books, Deen is used to a quiet life spent indoors but, as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he is forced to set out on an extraordinary journey; one that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice via a tangled route through the memories and experiences of those he meets along the way.