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Journalism

Event 2

George Marshall talks to Oliver Balch

Talking Climate – From Research to Practice

Venue: Cube

A fresh approach to climate change communication: five core principles for public engagement that can propel climate change discourse out of the margins and into the mainstream. Marshall is the author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.

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Event 48

Filip Springer

History of a Disappearance: The Story of a Forgotten Polish Town

Venue: Cube

Lying at the crucible of Central Europe, the Silesian village of Kupferberg suffered the violence of the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, and World War I. After Stalin’s post-World War II redrawing of Poland’s borders, Kupferberg became Miedzianka, a town settled by displaced persons from all over Poland and a new centre of the Eastern Bloc’s uranium-mining industry. Decades of neglect and environmental degradation led to the town being declared uninhabitable, and the population was evacuated. Today, it exists only in ruins, with barely a hundred people living on the unstable ground above its collapsing mines. The journalist and photographer tells its story.

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Filip Springer

Event 57

Ahdaf Soueif talks to George Alagiah

BBC Talking Books 1: This is Not a Border

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The Egyptian novelist discusses her writing and her heroic Palfest festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with an anthology This Is Not a Border: Reportage and Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature. Soueif’s fiction includes In The Eye of the Sun and The Map of Love. Her non-fiction work includes Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed.

This event will be recorded for broadcast on the BBC World News programme Talking Books

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Ahdaf Soueif talks to George Alagiah

Event 65

Jeremy Paxman interrogated by Marcus Brigstocke

A Life in Questions

Venue: Tata Tent

Why is this lying bastard lying to me?” was at the front of his mind as the grand inquisitor conducted every interview on Newsnight. He has been known to be less hard on the students of University Challenge. He is lightly grilled with a touch of spice by the satirist and Now Show star.

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Jeremy Paxman interrogated by Marcus Brigstocke

Event 97

Christina Lamb, Helena Kennedy, Rachael Jolley and Joan Bakewell

The War on Women

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

In a tribute to the late frontline journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts and her posthumously-published book, a panel of three exceptional and indefatigable heroes talk to Joan Bakewell about The War on Women. Lamb is the Foreign Correspondent of The Sunday Times and the author of Farewell Kabul and The Girl from Aleppo. Kennedy is a world-renowned Human Rights lawyer. Jolley is editor of Index on Censorship.

With thanks to Nick Guthrie

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Christina Lamb, Helena Kennedy, Rachael Jolley and Joan Bakewell

Event 143

Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

The Sorrows of Mexico

Venue: Starlight Stage

Veering between carnival and apocalypse, Mexico has in the past ten years become the epicentre of the international drug trade. The so-called war on drugs has been a brutal and chaotic failure: more than 160,000 lives have been lost. The drug cartels and the forces of law and order are often in collusion; corruption is everywhere. Life is cheap, and inconvenient people – the poor, the unlucky, the honest or the inquisitive – become the ‘disappeared’, leaving not a trace behind. In September 2015, more than 26,798 were officially registered as ‘not located’. Yet people in all walks of life have refused to give up. Hernandez gives a chilling account of the ‘disappearance'” of 43 students. Cacho describes what it’s like to live every day as a journalist under threat of death.

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Lydia Cacho and Anabel Hernández talk to Gaby Wood

Event 168

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Dismembered: How the Attack on the State Harms Us All

Venue: Tata Tent

The two journalists travelled around Great Britain gathering the voices of the people who make up the public sector: nurses and patients, teachers and policemen and civilians. The story they tell is one of society’s dismemberment across our nation state: a fragmented NHS, a reduced police force, divided schools and a vulnerable military.

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Event 192

Kati Marton talks to Corisande Albert

True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The harrowing story of an American traitor who sold out his country to the Russian president. Noel Field, once a well-meaning and privileged American working in the State Department, spied for the Soviets during the 1930s and -40s. Later, a pawn in Stalin’s sinister master strategy, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB, and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades. Marton is an award-winning journalist, a human rights campaigner, and the author of Enemies of the People and The Great Escape.

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Kati Marton talks to Corisande Albert

Event 213

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition: The News Review Revue

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

What’s hot? What’s not? How do you decode the qualities’ agendas and how far can you trust the red tops? Why did this make the news and that make chip-wrapping? The comedians spend an hour in the human zoo, tearing up stories, making mad the guilty and appalling the free…

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Event 223

Bill Davies, Chris Monaghan, Penny Darbyshire, David Shaw and Toby Hooper

Enemies of the People? - University of Worcester Series 2

Venue: Cube

Judges have blocked Presidential executive orders in the US and corrected the legality of the Prime Minister’s parliamentary Article 50 procedures in the UK. What should the constitutional role of the courts be in maintaining a proper balance of power in a modern democracy? Professor Penny Darbyshire is from Kingston Law School, Bill Davies is Head of the School of Law and Chris Monaghan is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Worcester, David Shaw is the former Chief Constable of West Mercia Police and they are joined by retired judge, Toby Hooper QC.

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Event 237

Peter Jukes and John Sutherland

Lines of Duty

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Private investigator Daniel Morgan was murdered with an axe to the head in the car park of the Golden Lion pub, Sydenham on 10 March 1987. Thirty years on, after five failed police investigations and an ongoing Home Office inquiry, Daniel’s murder remains unsolved. Jukes co-wrote Untold with Daniel’s brother, Alastair. Sutherland is one of the Met’s most distinguished police officers. His book Blue: A Memoir – Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces is an account of the uplifting highs and crushing lows of a career in policing, and the story of slow recovery from serious illness. They talk to LBC’s Matt Stadlen.

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Peter Jukes and John Sutherland

Event 245

Lina Dencik

Social Justice in an age of Big Data - Cardiff University Series 3

Venue: Cube

We are living in a society increasingly driven by the technical ability to turn our activities and behaviour into data points that can be tracked and profiled. This is often said to advance responses to a range of social problems but these data processes can also affect individuals or entire communities that may be denied services and access to opportunities, or wrongfully targeted and exploited. What does this mean for fairness and equality? Lina Dencik is a Senior Lecturer at the Cardiff School of Journalism.

Lina Dencik is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by The CASE Foundation
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Lina Dencik

Event 247

Conor Woodman

Sharks: Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The investigative reporter takes us on a journey through the lawless backstreets of cities as diverse as Mumbai, Bogotá, New Orleans, Barcelona and London. He uncovers the people and the scams that keep the global black economy moving. From dice games in steamy southern states to torture in British suburbs; from the sharp end of currency counterfeiting in Buenos Aires to the terrible truth behind antique forgery in the Middle East.

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Conor Woodman

Event 268

Pilita Clark, Sean Dagan Wood, Martin Wright and Mark Stevenson

Good News is No News

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Environmentalists are good at scare stories; but is a diet of doom and gloom turning people off? Would it be better to inspire people with positive news? Or would that fail to win headlines in a media that still follows the old adage, ‘If it bleeds, it leads’? Pilita Clark, Financial Times Environment Correspondent, Sean Dagan Wood, Editor of Positive News and Futurologist Mark Stevenson talk to Forum for the Future's Martin Wright.

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Event 271

Alastair Sawday talks to Kitty Corrigan

Travelling Light: Journeys Among Special People and Places

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The campaigner, publisher and wanderer has spent his life travelling: “The richer our imaginations, the richer our travel experience. We British do things one way and the Spaniards another; there are unlimited ways of doing everything. Kindness is found in unexpected places, as is eccentricity. Eccentrics are an endangered species and need as much protection as does the house sparrow.”

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Event 284

Jeannette Littlemore

The Way You Tell It: the benefits and drawbacks of non-literal expression in everyday life

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Metaphors, metonymy, irony, hyperbole – non-literal expression is one of the primary tools for achieving economy of expression, clarity, persuasiveness, politeness and the communication of emotions. However, the potential for misunderstanding increases dramatically in situations where participants lack shared background knowledge or have significantly different views of the world. Littlemore is Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics at University of Birmingham.

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Event 308

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

The Early Edition: The News Review Revue 2

Venue: Tata Tent

The comedians read the papers for laughs. A little breakfast-time mockery may be in order as they hunt for the news that makes the biggest splash and the least sense. Not for the easily offended or the politically confident. #factcheck #funcheck

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Event 320

Jeremy Bowen

Our Man in the Middle East

Venue: Tata Tent

The BBC’s Middle East Editor returns home to bring the news from Mosul, Gaza and Jerusalem. His 25-part series for Radio 4 about the region’s history starts on 15 May. He combines first-hand accounts from the front line with analysis of the politics, economics and societies he’s reported on since he first arrived in the Gulf in 1990. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Jeremy Bowen

Event 329

George Butler

Reportage Illustrator

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Butler has worked in trouble spots all over the world in places including Syria, Afghanistan, Turkey, Myanmar and India. He captures human drama and architectural distress with pen, ink and watercolour. He has won an International Media Award and the V&A Illustration Award for his work.  He shows his work and talks to Oliver Bullough.

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George Butler

Event 350

Erika Rackley

Who Our Judges Are and Why it Matters

Venue: Cube

Who were these Supreme Court judges who might thwart ‘the will of the people’?  What were their backgrounds, their politics?  In response, there came a reassuring message: the job of judges is simply to apply the law made by our elected Parliament.  But this reassurance is based on an understanding of judging that is at best only half true; it does sometimes matter who our judges are. Rackley is Professor of Law at University of Birmingham.

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Event 353

Roy Strong

Scenes and Apparitions: The Roy Strong Diaries 1988-2003

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The super-articulate, erudite and wickedly amusing reflections of the grand curator and historian, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A, as he moves out of the art world and London society. His vivid and intimate diaries are a treasurable record of Britain at the turn of the millennium. He talks to Corisande Albert.

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Roy Strong

Event 512

Peter Florence and You

The 30th anniversary Quiz Night Supper

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant
Scrummy food, great company and some not-too-fiendish quizzing. Points mean prizes! If you know your Tombouctoo from your Tim Brooke Taylor you’ll be in the game. And it’s really not all THAT competitive… #hahahaha

Teams of four. Come as a quartet or come and scratch a team with new friends. Just come. It’ll be a blast.

• price includes 2-course supper
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Event 373

Ian Cobain

The History Thieves: Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The award-winning investigative journalist takes aim at the official versions of UK history and the British establishment’s culture of secrecy. He examines key episodes – including the long denial of the existence of Bletchley Park, the time of talking to terrorists and the modern surveillance state and the convenient loopholes in the Freedom of Information Act.

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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

We Know All About You: The Story of Surveillance in Britain and America

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The deep story of wire-tapping and interception by the NSA and GCHQ. Who ordered it? How it was done? How it’s done now. Jeffreys-Jones is one of the world’s most distinguished espionage and security experts.

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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones talks to Nik Gowing

Event 389

Leif Wenar talks to Rosie Boycott

Blood Oil: Tyrants, Violence and the Rules That Run the World

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Natural resources like oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. Petrocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend resource money on weapons and oppression; militants in Iraq and in the Congo spend resource money on radicalisation and ammunition. Resource-fuelled authoritarians and extremists present endless crises to the West and at home. And the source of their resource power is ultimately ordinary consumers, doing their everyday shopping at the filling station and the mall. Wenar holds the Chair of Phliosophy and Law at King’s College, London.

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Leif Wenar talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 397

Matthew Engel

That’s The Way It Crumbles: The American Conquest of English

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Americanisms have been slyly colouring the English language for centuries and this practice must stop. Period. What d’y’all think?

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Matthew Engel

Event 402

Hannah Rothschild, Elif Shafak, Bryony Gordon, Sabrina Mahfouz and Gabrielle Walker

Question Time

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

An all-star cast will take questions from anyone on any topic in or out of the news. Shafak is a Turkish novelist and public intellectual, Rothschild is chair of the National Gallery, Walker is a climate scientist and broadcaster, Mahfouz is an award-winning poet and playwright and Gordon writes for the Telegraph and is a mental health campaigner.

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Event 482

Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

The Dunce’s Grammar: Truth and Fiction in the Age of Trump

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The multi award-winning journalist and novelist conducts an exacting examination of identity, secrecy and the relationship between the individual, the state and technology in his new book The Secret Life: Three True Stories.

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Andrew O’Hagan talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 485

Evan Davis

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It

Venue: Tata Tent

Low-level dishonesty is rife everywhere, in the form of exaggeration, selective use of facts, economy with the truth, careful drafting - from Trump and the Brexit debate to companies that tell us, ‘your call is important to us’. How did we get to a place where bullshit is not just rife but apparently so effective that it's become the communications strategy of our times?

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Evan Davis

Event 491

John Simpson

We Chose to Speak of War and Strife: The World of the Foreign Correspondent

Venue: Tata Tent

The BBC World Affairs Editor tells the stories of journalists reporting from the frontlines – from Crimea and Vietnam to Mosul.  Chaired by Matt Frei.

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John Simpson

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