The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in Hay.
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Four brilliant European writers under the age of 30 are commissioned to write a story on the theme of Much Ado About Nothing, each of which is then translated into Italian, German and English. The writers visit the three partner festivals (Mantova and Berlin in September, Hay this week) to discuss their work.
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.
Dorling is a professor of geography of the School of Geography and the Environment of the University of Oxford and Carl Lee is a university tutor on the Working with Communities Programme at the University of Sheffield.
An unprecedented high-level, master narrative of America’s intelligence wars, from rendition and targeted killing abroad to homeland surveillance. Hayden is the only person to helm both the CIA and the NSA (National Security Agency).
The broadcaster and writer looks back at what she was given by her family, and the times in which she grew up. She ranges from the minutiae of life such as how to make a bed properly with hospital corners, to the bigger lessons of politics, of lovers, of betrayal. She talks of the present, of her family, of friends and literature. She talks, too, of what she will leave behind.
For the 3,000 children in London’s Science Museum and the many thousands of others around the country, 15 December 2015 was a day filled with pride and excitement. Major Tim Peake’s successful International Space Station mission confirmed the UK as a Space-faring nation, and is inspiring a generation of young people. The Commercial Director of Virgin Galactic describes the challenges involved, the progress made and the potential benefits to life on earth as the company strives to create the world’s first commercial Space line.
Born in Bangladesh, Anam grew up in Paris, New York City and Bangkok. Anam’s debut novel, A Golden Age, centres on the Bangladesh Liberation War and was inspired by her parents who were freedom fighters during the conflict. The novel won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. Anam’s next book, The Good Muslim, explores the after-effects of war and examines the conflicts within modern-day religion and family. She will be discussing her newest work The Bones of Grace, a tragic love story which traverses continents and communities and delves into larger themes like the importance of family history and reconciliation.
Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 4
This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books
Adam Rutherford and guests, including geneticist Professor Steve Jones and writer Gaia Vince, discuss what science can tell us about the state of our planet. Can research stop humans destroying the Earth?
Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 2 June at 4.30pm and 9.30pm
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Channelling our twin urges to explore and understand, geographers uncover the hidden connections of human existence, from infant mortality in inner cities to the decision-makers who fly overhead in executive jets. Geography is a science that tackles all the biggest issues that face us today, from globalisation to equality, from sustainability to population growth, from climate change to advancing technology.
We’re delighted to celebrate two of the stars of our Africa 39 project. H J Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect sends a Cape Town journalist, Voinjama Johnson, on an investigation into missing children. In Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms, an affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and 25-year-old weed dealer Reza was bound to provoke condemnation in conservative northern Nigeria. This story of love and longing – set against undercurrents of political violence – unfurls gently, revealing layers of emotion that defy age, class and religion.
In this workshop we'll take a witty look at how apathy works and how to combat it.
Expect big political ideas, funny youtubers and creative activism. Bring a fully charged mind and mobile phone because together we are going to take on the mighty forces of apathy!
Horrid Henry and Dennis the Menace go head-to-head in a battle to find out who is the more terrible of the two. Join the creators of two of the best-loved bad guys as they send their characters into the fight, then vote for the winner in this deadly contest.
Daniel Hahn is joined by novelists from Britain, Mexico and Colombia to celebrate the 400th anniversaries of Cervantes and Shakespeare and the stories that they have written around them.
Supported by The British Council and Acción Cultural Española
The geneticist, author of Creation: The Origin of Life/The Future of Life explains how the evolution of music is notably similar to biological evolution: sampling closely mimics synthetic biology, as wholesale pieces of other organisms are swapped to add functions and behaviours for our purposes. And now, as with the copyright issues that strangled creativity in hip-hop, patents in genetics act as crippling hindrances to scientific progress.
The phenomenal spoken word artist and Poetry Slam champion performs poems and stories from her new collection. Prepare yourself for the raw energy and passion of Hollie’s very personal poetic take on parenthood. She explores the learning curves of pregnancy and motherhood and how drum ’n’ bass can make great lullabies.
The iconoclastic writer and director of the classic Withnail & I returns to London in a decade-long examination of the most provocative murder investigation in British history. He finally solves the identity of the killer known as Jack the Ripper.
When writer and academic John Hull became totally blind in 1983, he began keeping a diary on audio-cassette. Over three years, he recorded more than 16 hours of material – a unique testimony that excavates the interior world of blindness. Notes on Blindness is a feature film based on these audio recordings, interwoven with interviews with John and his wife Marilyn, embedding documentary elements within cinematic interpretations and textured sound design. Channel Editor of BBC Four, Cassian Harrison talks to writer-directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney, and also John’s wife Marilyn, about taking the viewer on a journey deep into what John calls “a world beyond sight”.
This session is not for broadcast. The film broadcasts on Storyville, BBC Four in early 2017.
The slender-billed curlew is one of the world’s rarest birds. A beautiful, fragile creature, it bred in Siberia and wintered in the Mediterranean basin, passing through the wetlands and estuaries of Italy, Greece, the Balkans and central Asia twice a year. Then, no-one knows why, the population crashed. The slender-billed curlew now exists as rumour, hope, unconfirmed sightings and speculation. The only certainty of its story is that it now stands at the brink of extinction. The author of A Single Swallow tells a story of beauty, triumph, mystery and struggle, in a homage to a creature that may never be seen again.