What are the key factors for sustainability and change, for disruption and catastrophe? The Director of the London School of Economics considers the threats, internal and external, to global capitalism.
After living in London and Buenos Aires, what will the journalist make of moving to Hay, a tiny, quirky town on the Welsh-English border? To help guide him, he turns to Francis Kilvert, the Victorian diarist who captured the bucolic rural life of his day. Does anything of Kilvert’s world still exist? And could a newcomer ever feel they truly belong? With empathy and humour, Balch joins in the daily routines and lives of his fellow residents. What emerges is a captivating, personal picture of country life.
Little India, East London: Shyama, aged 44, has fallen for a younger man. They want a child together. Meanwhile, in a rural village in India, young Mala, trapped in an oppressive marriage, dreams of escape. When Shyama and Mala meet, they help each other realise their dreams. But will fate guarantee them both happiness? The author of Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee launches her new novel.
Getting to grips with the energy sector, new technologies and moving to a low-carbon supply – Mark Shorrock, Chief Executive of Tidal Lagoon Power, and Patrick Begg, the National Trust’s energy expert discuss with Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.
There is a burgeoning literature on end-of-life writing, on grief, bereavement and memorial. Edmund de Waal talks about mortality and how it is reflected across different genres and art-forms from the poetry of Anne Carson and Max Porter, the memoirs of Paul Kalanithi and Marion Coutts, to the writings of Atul Gawande and Julia Samuel. He will also discuss his own porcelain installations and collaborations that explore ideas of memorial. The Wellcome Book Prize lecture aims to celebrate the place of medicine, science and the stories of illness in literature, arts and culture, and how these stories add to our understanding of what it means to be human. Edmund De Waal, chair of judges for the 2018 prize, is an artist and writer, author of The Hare with the Amber Eyes and The White Road.
Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes – an award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers. Come and meet one of the world’s most inspiring and brilliant mathematicians, co-founder of Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.
The author of A History Of Christianity examines prayer, mystical contemplation, shame, evasion, and careless and purposeful forgetting. He describes the early Church’s attitude to the competing claims of silence and noise, shows how monasticism came to dominate Christian worship, and looks at the sudden eruption of noise in the Protestant reformation.
In 2009, as in 1933, a charismatic president succeeded a discredited one at a time of economic crisis. Obama and his advisers explicitly looked to FDR for policy models. Despite his re-election in 2012, Obama has lost control of the House, where Republicans stymie attempts to avoid the fiscal cliff. Economic recovery is partial and largely jobless. The prospects for his second term look unpromising in a highly polarised politics. Did Obama learn the right lessons from the New Deal? Chaired by Stephanie Flanders.
The Palestinian editor of Rai al-Youm offers a comprehensive review of the group’s organisational structure and leadership, strategies, tactics and diverse methods of recruitment. He traces the salafi-jihadi lineage of IS, its ideological differences with al-Qa’ida, and the deadly rivalry that has emerged between their leaders. Atwan also shows how the group’s rapid growth has been facilitated by its masterful command of social media platforms, the ‘dark web’, Hollywood ‘blockbuster’-style videos, and even jihadi computer games, producing a powerful paradox where the ambitions of the Middle Ages have re-emerged in cyber-space.
The Sky News Foreign Affairs Editor discusses whether the phrase ‘Arab Spring’ is harmful to our understanding of what has been happening in the Middle East. Chaired by Oliver Balch.
The maverick and veteran MP, Father of the House, scourge of the Front Benches and opponent of wars considers his parliamentary career, spanning 43 years and 8 administrations.