Liberated from the death camps of Auschwitz at the age of eleven, in adulthood Buergenthal became a judge at the International Court in The Hague, investigating modern day genocides. He returns to the festival with a new postscript to his memoir.
The news tends to focus on the antagonism between India and Pakistan. A distinguished panel of academics looks at the common ground between the two countries, in terms of environmental resources and challenges, trade and economic growth, and state formation and geo-politics. Chaired by Anatol Lieven.
How much do we keep from the people we love? Why is the truth so often buried in secrets? Can we learn from the past or must we forget it? O’Hagan’s fifth novel is a beautiful, deeply charged story about love and memory, about modern war and the complications of fact.
Photo: Tricia Malley Ross Gillespie
The consultant psychiatrist to Liverpool FC, Sky ProCycling, Ronnie O’Sullivan and the England football team introduces The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness. Chaired by Martin Chilton.
Sam McBratney has won many awards for his children’s books and is best known as the author of the multi-million selling family classic Guess How Much I Love You. He talks about his life and career and what it means to have created one of the world’s most famous picture books – which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Don't miss this chance to hear Sam read his famous story. There will also be a special Guess How Much I Love You goody bag for every child.
Sita is bringing her storytelling patchwork quilt to Hay Festival. In the pockets of the quilt are treasures from all her stories. Using the multi-sensory patchwork quilt Sita explores with young readers and aspiring writers the material out of which stories are formed. Sita’s book Brace Mouth, False Teeth is published by Barrington Stoke.
LoveReading4Kids and Barrington Stoke are working together to run a series of events dedicated to children with dyslexia. The authors featured in these events are published by award-winning publisher Barrington Stoke, whose books are renowned for their dyslexia-friendly features and layouts, cream paper and special font. These events will be creative, interactive and, most of all, fun.
Throughout the week of the festival LoveReading4Kids and Barrington Stoke expert staff will be on hand in the Make & Take Tent for advice and support for both adults and children. A selection of dyslexia- and reluctant-reader-friendly titles will be available to buy from the Hay Festival Bookshop.
Poet Ian McMillan presents Radio 3’s ‘cabaret of the word’, featuring award-winning writers alongside the most innovative up-and-coming performers. ‘If there’s a more entertaining show than The Verb then I don’t know it’ – Stuart Maconie.
Broadcast on Fridays at 10pm. This recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 29 May.
We are delighted to launch Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble by the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day.
On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.
The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. American troops, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians fled, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While many American soldiers fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters that slowed the German advance.
The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the eastern front. And after massacres by the Waffen-SS, even American generals approved when their men shot down surrendering Germans. The Ardennes was the battle that finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht.
What did the Greeks ever do for us? They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. But what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? Who were they? Edith Hall is the first woman to win the Erasmus Medal, awarded by the European Academy for her work in Classics.
Who invented beds? When did we start cleaning our teeth? How old are wine and beer? Which came first: the toilet seat or toilet paper? What was the first clock? In this gloriously entertaining romp through human history Greg Jenner, historical consultant to Horrible Histories, explores the gradual and often unexpected evolution of our daily routines.
As you grow up, you are told to renounce most of the hopes and dreams of your youth, and resign yourself to a life that will be a pale dilution of the adventurous, important and enjoyable life you once expected. But who wants to do any of that? No wonder we live in a culture of rampant immaturity, when maturity looks so boring. The moral philosopher discusses childhood, adolescence, sex, and culture, and asks how the idea of travel can help us build a model of maturity that makes growing up a good option and leaves space in our culture for grown-ups. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.
Drawing and walking in the surrounding landscape and hills, participants will have a chance to engage with the changing weather and shifting light through drawing. By working in the live environment, students will heighten perceptions of their surroundings and enliven their drawing practice.
Walking shoes and warm and waterproof clothing are essential.
Suitable for all ages and abilities
Ultra-high-functioning addict meets gravity in this latest volume of autobiography. The writer and actor talks to Peter Florence.
In his funniest and filthiest novel yet, Welsh celebrates an unreconstructed misogynist hustler – a central character who is shameless but also, oddly, decent – and finds new ways of making wild comedy out of fantastically dark material, taking on some of the last taboos. So fasten your seatbelts, because this is one ride that could certainly get a little bumpy…