The Maldives – Dispatches from the Climate Change Frontline
Hay Festival 2010,
The leader of one of the newest emerging democracies is committed to a 10-year carbon neutral plan for his country. He beams in by satellite for a conversation about the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change and building democracy in a Muslim nation. Introduced by Mark Lynas.
In his first visit to Hay, the Booker Prize winning novelist discusses the final part of his Henry Smart trilogy, which maps C20th Ireland through A Star Called Henry, Oh, Play That Thing and now The Dead Republic.
The historian surveys the globe at the moment when the Medieval world gave onto modernity, from the Alhambra and Timbuktu to the poets of the Indian Ocean, the Aztecs and Incas. Chaired by Bronwen Maddox.
The Secret History of Costaguana plays with a Colombian traveller’s relationship with Joseph Conrad and his Nostromo in London. Uncharted conjures the mythologising of an Argentinian woman’s journey to Cardiff.
Science and logic are often held up as the only way to answer the modern world’s big questions. But is there a role for instinct, inherited wisdom, or even God? Can religion ever win the intellectual argument? Chaired by Simon Jenkins.