The Hay Festival is one of the largest annual events in Wales, attracting in excess of 100,000 visitors. The Festival launched its Greenprint programme in 2006 in an attempt to manage and mitigate the direct and indirect environmental impacts of the Festival. What motivates visitors to attend, what are their consumption patterns and how can change be effected? Cardiff University’s Andrea Collins presents her study research and talks with the Sustainability Director.
Discover two of the most thrilling new voices in fiction. Building to an extraordinary climax over the course of one spring month, Harrison’s second novel At Hawthorn Time is both a clear-eyed picture of rural Britain, and a heartbreaking exploration of love, land and loss. Paull’s debut The Bees is set entirely in a beehive. It is the story of a heroine, Flora 717, a sanitation bee who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world. They read and talk to Mary Loudon.
After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has gone home to Ireland to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is about Irish people who found themselves caught up in the revolution that followed the 1916 Rising, in the pitiless violence of civil war in north Kerry after the British left in 1922, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present. It is the story of Keane’s grandmother Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, and how they and their neighbours took up guns to fight the British Empire and create an independent Ireland. It is the story of another Irishman, too, Tobias O’Sullivan, who fought against them as a policeman because he believed it was his duty to uphold the law of his country. He talks to Peter Florence.
We are surrounded by an astronomical zoo of familiar and curious objects, from asteroids and zodiacal dust to Alpha Centauri and the centre of the Milky Way. Chris Lintott discusses the many marvels of the cosmos with comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw, and takes us on a tour of the universe.
For 600 years, exquisitely produced volumes stored everything we know – from Gutenberg’s bibles to Newton’s Principia and Austen’s Persuasion. Purcell tells a rollicking tale of discoveries and bibliophile treasures from some of Britain’s greatest private library collections that are now saved for the nation. Purcell was formerly Libraries Curator for the National Trust and is now Deputy Director of Research Collections at Cambridge University Library.
How do we understand and respond to what happened in Paris on 7 January? What is the nature of ‘respect’ and ‘offence’ for a satirist? The cartoonist and ‘visual journalist’ Martin Rowson discusses with the writer and Professor of Political Science, Jean-Pierre Filiu. Filiu has collaborated with the French graphic artist David B. on two volumes of Best of Enemies – a graphic history of US–Middle East relations. Chaired by Daniel Hahn, chair of the Society of Authors.
The lives of Henry VIII’s queens make for dramatic stories. In her new novel, Weir tells the poignant story of Katherine of Aragon. Was her union with Prince Arthur consummated? What happens when a happy Royal marriage is overshadowed by dynastic pressures, doubts, and the allure of an ambitious woman? The best-selling popular historian and novelist evokes a court peopled by the luminaries of the early Tudor age – Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell and the magnificent figure of Henry VIII himself – a young and athletic Henry, not yet marred by frustration and disappointment.
Go on an adventure with Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary. From going on a picnic to cracking clues and solving a mystery, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog present an immersive theatre show for all the family.
Antonia Fraser’s memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of history. The fascination began as a child, and developed into an enduring passion and a globally successful career from her first biography Mary Queen of Scots to her intensely personal and riveting portrait of her second marriage Must You Go? My Life With Harold Pinter.
The journalist introduces his fictionalised thriller about the death of Alan Turing. He is the ghostwriter of Sweden’s fastest-ever-selling book I am Zlatan Imbrahimovic, though he’s likely to top that in August with the publication of his newest novel – the authorized sequel to Stieg Larsson’s Girl With A Dragon Tattoo / Millenium series. He talks to SJ Parris.