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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.
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BBC Radio 3
Event 65 • • Venue: BBC Tent
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, I don’t know it” – Stuart Maconie.
Broadcast on Fridays at 10pm
Subject Areas – Physics, Astronomy, Maths, Cosmology
Event 555 • • Venue: Compass
Please drop in to our new Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2016 and with help from the Welsh Government we have invited a range of university lecturers and speakers to drop in, talk about their subject areas and about university life.
Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University.
Event HD7 • • Venue: Oxfam Moot
Celebrate everyone’s favourite patchwork elephant, on the very first Elmer Day. Listen to the wonderful stories about Elmer, and share in the funny adventures he and his friends get up to. Come dressed in your brightest clothes.
Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
Event HD8 • • Venue: Starlight Stage
Horatio Clare weaves a spell-binding story of a rambunctious boy, some remarkable animals, a lot of jokes and a darkly evil magic that Aubrey must bravely defeat if he is to save his father. Peter Florence says, “This is destined to become a children’s classic”.
Event 66 • • Venue: Telegraph Stage
The 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate talks about Russia and the USSR. Her Nobel citation was for “her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.
“I don’t ask people about socialism, I ask about love, jealousy, childhood, old age. Music, dances, hairstyles. The myriad sundry details of a vanished way of life. This is the only way to chase the catastrophe into the framework of the mundane and attempt to tell a story. Try to figure things out. It never ceases to amaze me how interesting ordinary, everyday life is. There are an endless number of human truths... History’s sole concern is the facts; emotions are out of its realm of interest. It’s considered improper to admit feelings into history. I look at the world as a writer, not strictly an historian. I am fascinated by people…”
This event will be conducted in Russian, with consecutive translation
Talking about Directing
Event 67 • • Venue: Tata Tent
The director talks about his work with actors and writers in the theatre and on screen. His films include the Oscar-winning American Beauty, Road to Perdition and the latest two Bond films Skyfall and Spectre. In the theatre he founded and ran the Donmar Warehouse for ten years, and has directed many productions for the RSC, the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway. His Neal Street Productions company produces The Hollow Crown Shakespeare films for the BBC. He talks to Clemency Burton-Hill.
Fiction: Now is the Time
Event 68 • • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
A fictional recreation of the biggest rebellion in English history, the Peasants’ Revolt of May 1381. The plague had returned, the king’s coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax had been introduced but was widely evaded. A large force of common people entered London demanding freedom, equality and the uprooting of Church and State.
The Industries of the Future
Event 69 • • Venue: Good Energy Stage
Hillary Clinton’s innovation advisor examines the specific fields that will most shape our economic future over the next ten years, including robotics, artificial intelligence, the commercialisation of genomics, cybercrime and the impact of digital technology.
The Future of Global Health
Event 70 • • Venue: Starlight Stage
The recent Ebola outbreak highlights the serious threat that emerging infectious diseases can pose to global public health. Despite years of apparent preparations for a devastating pandemic, responses to outbreaks are cumbersome and delayed, and opportunities to save lives are missed. Over the past 15 years, the systematic failure to collect and share clinical data during epidemics, including zoonotic viruses such as SARS, H5N1, Nipah, and MERSCoV, has been a recurring problem. Understanding the inter-relationships between human behaviour, animal health and the environment is essential for mobilising successful responses to future spillover events. Professor Farrar is the Director of the Wellcome Trust.
Celebrating Deborah Rogers
Event 71 • • Venue: Compass
The double-Booker-winning novelist hosts an event to honour Deborah, and to toast the winner of the inaugural new writers’ award given in the name of the beloved agent whose brilliance, encouragement and generosity were fundamental to Hay and to the publishing world. The winner will be announced by Ian McEwan on 5 May. Full details of the foundation can be found at deborahrogersfoundation.org.
Amazing Animal Journeys
Event HD9 • • Venue: Oxfam Moot
The TV presenter and wildlife champion shares his passion for the natural world and his deep understanding of the animals that live in it. In his latest book he looks at the incredible journeys animals make as they migrate across the globe. He is joined by illustrator Jason Crockcroft.
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam – The Diamond Chase
Event HD10 • • Venue: Cube
Shifty McGifty and his accomplice Slippery Sam, a pair of notorious robber dogs, have recently swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. Join their creators as they entertain with the comic rhymes and illustrations from their most recent hit.
BBC Radio 4
Event 72 • • Venue: BBC Tent
Tom Sutcliffe presents Radio 4’s flagship programme of ideas, and will be joined on stage by a panel of guests including the former head of the CIA and NSA Michael Hayden, for stimulating, entertaining and lively discussion.
Broadcast on Mondays at 9am and repeated at 9pm.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts
Event 74 • • Venue: Telegraph Stage
The author of The Hare With The Amber Eyes sets out on a quest – a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Along the way he meets the witnesses to its creation; those who were inspired, made rich or heartsick by it, and the many whose livelihoods, minds and bodies were broken by this obsession. It spans a thousand years and reaches into some of the most tragic moments of recent times.
The Royal Society Lecture: Antibiotics and the Cell's Protein Factory
Event 75 • • Venue: Good Energy Stage
Venki Ramakrishnan was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry for “studies of the structure and function of the ribosome” and in 2015 became president of the Royal Society.
We are facing a global health problem with the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. A large number of antibiotics work by preventing bacteria from making proteins, which are essential to carry out the various functions of all life. Proteins are made using instructions encoded in our genes by a large molecular machine called the ribosome. The ribosome is enormous in molecular terms, because it consists of almost half a million atoms. Solving its precise atomic structure was crucial to understand how it worked. It also showed how antibiotics bind to it and how new ones could be designed. The ribosome is also ancient and the structure provides strong evidence that it emerged from a primordial RNA world and by making proteins, helped to transform life into the form we know today.
Join Venki as he talks to Roger Highfield about his ground-breaking research.
Lessons in Creating Big Change
Event 76 • • Venue: Starlight Stage
Initiator of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage Mabel van Oranje reflects on lessons learned from two decades of fighting for human rights and development, what it means to make the impossible possible and how to create coalitions for lasting social change. Mabel has co-founded numerous peace foundations and is a member of the Dutch royal family.
Reader, I Married Him
Event 77 • • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
In this celebration of the bi-centenary of the birth of Charlotte Brontë, Chevalier is joined by three fellow writers to introduce their anthology of stories inspired by Jane Eyre.
Waste to Wealth – The Circular Economy Advantage
Event 78 • • Venue: Cube
Waste to Wealth proves that ‘green’ and ‘growth’ need not be contradictions and shows a new way for companies to compete with new markets, products and services that drive sustainable outcomes. The Global Managing Director of Strategy & Sustainability at Accenture examines five new business models that decouple harmful use or use of scarce natural resources from growth - looking at the latest innovation & technology disruption in areas like circular supply chains, recovery and recycling, product life extension, sharing economy and moving from products to services - before setting out what business leaders need to do to implement the models successfully. Already an Amazon best-seller & published in English, Mandarin, German, French, Italian & Korean in its first six months, the book includes more than 120 practical case studies anyone can learn from and apply, which Peter will share & debate.
Event HD11 • • Venue: Oxfam Moot
The award-winning author as she discusses her best-selling Geek Girl titles, the ups and downs of her previous career as a model and why she loves writing for YA readers. In conversation with Emily Drabble.
Event 79 • • Venue: Tata Tent
Letters Live returns to Hay for a third year after very popular shows in 2014 and 2015 at which Benedict Cumberbatch, Louise Brealey and Jude Law headlined, and following a sold-out, highly acclaimed run at the Freemasons’ Hall in London in March 2016. Letters Live has rapidly established itself as a wonderfully dynamic and exciting new format for presenting memorable letters to a live audience and each event celebrates the joy, pain, wisdom and humour that so often hallmarks this most intimate of literary forms.
This Letters Live is in aid of the Festivals of Literature Charitable Trust
PLEASE SEE EXTRA MATINEE PERFORMANCE - SUNDAY 29 MAY, LETTERS LIVE - FAMILY SHOW - EVENT 108