Event 69

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Laura Bates and Laurie Penny in conversation with Viv Groskop

Imagine... Equalities: Women, Misogyny and Power

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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In Fix the System, Not the Women, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and author of Men Who Hate Women Laura Bates debunks the myth that acts of violence towards women are merely ‘isolated incidents’, laying bare the patterns of systemic misogyny that is so deeply ingrained in our society.

In Sexual Revolution: Modern Fascism and the Feminist Fightback, Laurie Penny tells the story of how modern masculinity is killing the world, and how feminism can save it. It’s a story about sex and power and trauma and resistance and persistence.

Together they discuss misogyny, power and envision the possibilities of our moment.

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Laura Bates and Laurie Penny in conversation with Viv Groskop

Event 70

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Emily Shuckburgh and Bhaskar Vira

Planetary Crisis: Building More Equitable Futures

Venue: Cube
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We need to ensure that efforts to address climate catastrophe result in a more equal future for everyone. Emily Shuckburgh, director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge’s climate change initiative, and Bhaskar Vira, Head of Geography at the University of Cambridge and Professor of Political Economy, discuss a just planetary response.

Emily Shuckburgh worked for more than a decade at the British Antarctic Survey where she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate. She has also acted as a climate advisor to the UK Government in various capacities. Bhaskar Vira’s research focuses on the political economy of environment and development. He is concerned, in particular, with the often-hidden costs of environmental and developmental processes, and the need to draw attention to the distributional consequences of public policy choices.

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Emily Shuckburgh and Bhaskar Vira

Event 71

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Linda Davies and Nick Bashall

10 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Money

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Money… we’re not educated about it at school and we don’t like to talk about it at home. The money world likes to keep its own secrets. Yet it’s more important than ever that we understand it. Linda Davies knows that world inside out. She takes us on an inspiring, non-conformist tour aided by some live drawing on screen by artist Nick Bashall.

Linda Davies is an ex-investment banker, now a consultant, writer, speaker and investor. She shows us how we can improve our financial, physical and mental health, and lead more sustainable lives, fighting back against the consumerist, debt-fuelled political-economic models that hold sway globally. Renowned portrait painter and ex-corporate lawyer Nick Bashall has created a series of satirical cartoons inspired by Daumier and Hogarth, which capture the essence, idiocies and excesses of the financial world.

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Linda Davies and Nick Bashall

Event 72

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 4: Screenshot with Ellen E. Jones and Mark Kermode

Venue: Marquee
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Screenshot is Radio 4’s guide through the ever-expanding universe of the moving image. Every episode, Ellen E Jones and Mark Kermode journey through the main streets and back roads connecting film, television and streaming over the last hundred years. In this live show they are joined by special guests Monica Ali, Jennifer Egan, Cressida Cowell and Jeffrey Boakye for an entertaining and sometimes surprising cinematic conversation.

Producer: Jane Long.

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BBC Radio 4: Screenshot with Ellen E. Jones and Mark Kermode

Event W4

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Workshop: How to Get Your Work Published

With the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize

Venue: Summerhouse
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Join judges and previous nominees and winners of the prestigious Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize for a discussion and Q&A session about the pleasures and pitfalls of getting your work published. Sharing tips and personal experience, panellists will discuss the publication process from first draft through to finding an agent and a publisher.

The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is famous for helping undiscovered female writers launch their literary careers. Founded in 2010, the Prize has gone from strength to strength with many shortlisted authors securing publishing deals. The Prize has developed a formidable reputation for attracting first-class writing talent and the judges seek entries that combine literary merit with unputdownability. Previous winners and nominees include Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Sara Collins’ The Confessions of Frannie Langton and Susan Stokes-Chapman’s Pandora.

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Workshop: How to Get Your Work Published

Event 73

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Theo Fennell talks to Rory Bremner

I Fear For This Boy

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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An icon in the world of designer jewellery and known for his quintessential eccentricity and sharp sense of humour, Theo Fennell takes us on a journey of ups and downs (but mostly downs) in his early reminiscences. His book is named after the single comment on his final school report, following an unexpectedly premature departure. I Fear For This Boy is a collection of hilarious and often beyond-belief stories of his bumpy road to success.

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Theo Fennell talks to Rory Bremner

Event 74

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Matthew Williams talks to Rachel Clarke

The Science of Hate

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Are our brains hardwired to hate? Is social media to blame for an increase in hateful abuse? With hate on the rise, what can we do to turn the tide? Drawing on twenty years of pioneering research – as well as his own experience as a hate-crime victim – world renowned criminologist and Director of Cardiff University’s pioneering HateLab, Matthew Williams explores one of the pressing issues of our age. Surveying human behaviour across the globe and reaching back through time, from our tribal ancestors in prehistory to artificial intelligence in the twenty-first century, his The Science of Hate is a groundbreaking and surprising examination of the elusive ‘tipping point’ between prejudice and hate.

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Matthew Williams talks to Rachel Clarke

Event 75

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jacqueline Rose and Amia Srinivasan

Sex and Violence

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Violence – particularly against women, and often sexual – has become exponentially more visible across the world. The renowned feminist thinker and the Professor of Social and Political Theory agitate for new frameworks to achieve sexual justice.

Jacqueline Rose’s On Violence and On Violence Against Women is a blazingly insightful, provocative study of violence against women, tracking multiple forms of today’s violence – ranging through trans rights and #MeToo; the suffragette movement and the sexual harassment faced by migrant women; and the sharp increase in domestic violence over the course of the pandemic.

Amia Srinivasan’s The Right to Sex rethinks sex as a political phenomenon. Since #MeToo many have fixed on consent as the key framework for achieving sexual justice. Yet consent is a blunt tool. To grasp sex in all its complexity we need to interrogate the fraught relationships between discrimination and preference, pornography and freedom, rape and racial injustice, punishment and accountability, pleasure and power, capitalism and liberation.

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Jacqueline Rose and Amia Srinivasan

Event 76

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Louise Kennedy talks to Chris Power

Trespasses

Venue: Cube
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Debut novel Trespasses, set in 1970s Belfast, is an intimate portrait of those caught between the warring realms of the personal and political, rooted in a turbulent and brutal moment of history.

Cushla Lavery lives with her mother in a small town near Belfast, and works as a teacher. The daily news rolls in of another car bomb exploding, another man shot, killed, beaten or left for dead. Then she meets Michael Agnew, an older (and married) barrister who draws her into his sophisticated group of friends. As her affair with Michael intensifies, political tensions in the town escalate, threatening to destroy all she is working to hold together.

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Louise Kennedy talks to Chris Power

Event 77

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 4: You’re Dead to Me

Venue: Marquee
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You’re Dead To Me, the award-winning, chart-topping BBC podcast that takes history seriously, hosted by Public Historian Greg Jenner, comes to Hay Festival for the first time. Join Greg, academic, writer and broadcaster Dr Corin Throsby and special guest comic Stu Goldsmith as they record a live episode on the History of Fandom. Expect discussions of Byron’s fan mail, the famous theatre stars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the historical roots of our modern celebrity and fan culture.

May contain adult language, not suitable for children

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BBC Radio 4: You’re Dead to Me

Event 78

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour

Julius Caesar

Venue: Hay Castle
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A new collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe brings nine performances of Julius Caesar to a specially commissioned open-air theatre at the newly renovated Hay Castle. The travelling company of actors, will bring to life Shakespeare’s political thriller with a stripped back production made fresh for our world today.

Touring has been a longstanding tradition at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, since the tours of the Elizabethan Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Shakespeare’s versatile troupe toured frequently in the summer especially when there was a plague or political unrest. Shakespeare’s Globe has now established a world renowned reputation for highly ambitious and economical Shakespearean storytelling in the rough and ready fashion of Elizabethan times.

“We are so delighted to be able to finally come to the Hay Festival to perform against the breath-taking backdrop of Hay Castle.” – Shakespeare’s Globe

Click here to pre-book a delicious picnic box to enjoy during the performance.

2 hours 30 mins, 15 minute interval
Please note: this will be an open air performance.
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Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour

Event 79

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Sir Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Trystan Llŷr Griffiths and Leah-Marian Jones

Platinum Jubilee Concert

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Join our firmament of Welsh stars for a sublime evening of Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi and haunting Welsh songs with the festival chamber orchestra conducted by Gareth Jones (Hallé, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Proms in the Park).

Soprano Rebecca Evans is a Grammy Award-winning artist whose concert appearances include the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals and the BBC Proms. Tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths has sung with Opéra National de Lorraine, Zürich Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and Welsh National Opera. Mezzo-soprano Leah-Marian Jones is long established on the stages of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North. And bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel has established an extraordinary career, performing regularly on the prestigious concert stages and opera houses of the world.

Two 40-minute parts with an interval
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Sir Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Trystan Llŷr Griffiths and Leah-Marian Jones

Event 80

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Reginald D Hunter

Bombe Shuffleur

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Climate change. Mass unemployment. Economic pandemics. The rise of global fascism. So what the f*** could this man POSSIBLY say to upset you? Welcome to the world of the Bombe Shuffleur.

Reginald D Hunter is back with a brand-new show, and there’s no time for niceties. Unafraid to tackle head on the subjects the rest of us skirt around, Reginald is the voice of his generation – searingly honest, brutally funny and uniquely placed to commentate on the unfolding meltdown of life as we know it.

More than 20 years since moving to the UK from the US, this three-time Perrier Award nominated comic has forged a reputation for delivering unadulterated comedy of the highest order. His TV appearances include Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News for You and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. He drew widespread acclaim for his two BBC series, Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the South and Reginald D Hunter’s Songs of the Border.

Part 1: 35 mins, Interval: 20 mins, Part 2: 40 mins

Age recommendation 18+
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Reginald D Hunter

Event 81

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

My Pen Is The Wing Of A Bird

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A special event in partnership with Untold’s Write Afghanistan project to launch My Pen Is The Wing Of A Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women, the first anthology of short fiction in translation by Afghan women. Contributor Masoma Kawsary joins translator Zarghuna Kargar and Untold Narratives’ Founder and Director Lucy Hannah to discuss and perform extracts of these powerful, profound and deeply moving new pieces.

“These stories will expand your mind and elevate your heart” – Elif Shafak.

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Event 82

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jen Cownie and Fiona Lensvelt with Jane Garvey

Wild Card: Let the Tarot Tell Your Story

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The friends and entirely non-psychic tarot readers introduce broadcasting legend Jane Garvey to the tarot and how to use it. They talk us through the meanings of each card, drawing on personal experiences as well as references to history, literature and popular culture that have shaped their understanding of the deck, encouraging you to bring your own imagination and instincts to your readings.

They invite anyone and everyone who’s curious about the tarot to give it a try and discover its magic: a playful, illuminating tool for sparking conversations and embarking on journeys of self-knowledge.

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Jen Cownie and Fiona Lensvelt with Jane Garvey

Event 83

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Elizabeth Day talks to Emma Gannon

Magpie

Venue: Cube
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Deliciously sinister and engrossing, Day’s new novel is an atmospheric tale of motherhood, greed and obsession, placing a happy couple trying for a baby in the orbit of a woman who takes an unhealthy interest in their personal lives.

Elizabeth Day is author of four novels and a memoir, How to Fail (now a podcast). Her acclaimed debut Scissors, Paper, Stone won a Betty Trask Award and Home Fires was an Observer book of the year. Her third, Paradise City, was named one of the best novels of 2015 by the Evening Standard, and The Party was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick. She is a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book and the Sky Arts Book Club.

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Elizabeth Day talks to Emma Gannon

Event 84

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Martin Rees talks to Mark Lee

Imagine... Science: Are Astronauts Extinct?

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Human journeys into space fill us with wonder. But the thrill of space travel for astronauts comes at enormous expense and is fraught with peril. As our robot explorers grow more competent, governments and corporations must ask, does our desire to send astronauts to the Moon and Mars justify the cost and danger? Martin Rees believes that beyond low-Earth orbit, space exploration should proceed without humans.

The United Kingdom’s Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees was previously Professor of Astronomy and Director of the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. His latest book, co-written with Donald Goldsmith, is The End of Astronauts. Mark Lee is an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science who has researched AI and robotics for 40 years and is author of How to Grow a Robot: Developing Human-Friendly, Social AI.

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Martin Rees talks to Mark Lee

Event 85

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Gurnaik Johal talks to Jon McGregor

10@10 Debuts: We Move

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A debut brimful of the music and movement of multicultural London, to stand beside White Teeth, Brick Lane and The Buddha of Suburbia. The stories in We Move are set in London, but chart a wider narrative about the movement of multiple generations of immigrants. In acts of startling imagination, Gurnaik Johal brings together the past and the present, the local and the global, to show the surprising ways we come together.

Beneath the planes circling Heathrow, various lives connect. Priti speaks English and her nani Punjabi. Without Priti’s mum around they struggle to make a shared language. Not far away, Chetan and Aanshi’s relationship shifts when a woman leaves her car in their drive but never returns to collect it. Gujan’s baba steps out of his flat above the chicken shop for the first time in years to take his grandson on a bicycle tour of the old and changed neighbourhood. And returning home after dropping out of university, Lata grapples with a secret about her estranged family friend, now a chart-topping rapper in a crisis of confidence.

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Gurnaik Johal talks to Jon McGregor

Event 86

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Kübra Gümüşay talks to Sophie Hughes

Imagine.... Equalities: Speaking and Being

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Kübra Gümüşay is an award-winning author and activist from Germany. In her bestselling book Speaking and Being she examines how language dictates politics and shapes the way we think. Language opens up our world, and in the same instant, limits it. What does it mean to exist in a language that was never meant for you to speak? Why are we missing certain words? How can we talk about our communal problems without fuelling them? What does it actually mean to speak freely? As a writer and activist fighting for equality, Gümüşay has been thinking about these questions for many years. She addresses language and equalities related to gender with translator Sophie Hughes.

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Kübra Gümüşay talks to Sophie Hughes

Event 87

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

BBC Radio 4: Start the Week

Venue: Marquee
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Three prize-winning writers – Damon Galgut, Margo Jefferson and Jennifer Egan – discuss family drama, memory and redemption with Helen Lewis. Damon Galgut’s Booker-winning The Promise tells the story of a family and a country, and the failed promises that destroy them both. The promise of a super-connected world with memories as currency is set against the quest for privacy in Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House. And Margo Jefferson examines every passion and influence in her new memoir, Constructing a Nervous System.

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BBC Radio 4: Start the Week