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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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Crime

Event 66

Tim Wu talks to Rajan Datar

The Attention Merchants: How Our Time and Attention are Gathered and Sold

Venue: Good Energy Stage

In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. The lawyer and Columbia professor analyses who’s monetising us in the digital realm, and how to resist.

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Tim Wu talks to Rajan Datar

Event 78

Jan Kizilhan talks to Philippe Sands

It’s Happened Before

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Kizilhan is a psychologist who persuaded the state of Baden-Württemberg to spend €95m to rescue back to Germany 1,100 Yazidi women between the ages of 55 and eight, who had been enslaved, repeatedly raped, and tortured by IS in Iraq. He tells the stories of his patients and their desire for truth and justice in the face of genocide.

We recommend reading this article about Jan Kizilhan by Philippe Sands - https://www.ft.com/content/2ce55dee-01c7-11e6-ac98-3c15a1aa2e62

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Event 88

Graham Norton talks to Viv Groskop

Venue: Tata Tent

The actor and comedian introduces his debut novel Holding in which the loves and secrets and losses of an Irish community are exposed when human remains are found on a farm. Norton’s best-selling memoirs include The Life and Loves of a He-Devil and So Me.

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Graham Norton talks to Viv Groskop

Event 105

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

The Index Platform – Pussy Riot

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

An interview with the musician and activist, who was arrested after her punk band’s 2012 performance in a Moscow cathedral. She was convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' and sentenced to two years penal servitude. Nadya Tolokno now has permanent residency in Canada, from where she continues to protest human rights abuses. Introduced by Rachael Jolley.

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova talks to Philippe Sands

Event 114

Andy Hamilton talks to Stephanie Merritt

The Star Witness

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The comedy-writer’s first novel is the hilarious story of one self-regarding man’s descent into disgrace and his journey back to join the human race. It’s a pin-sharp satire on the shallows of modern media culture and the dysfunctional relationship we all have with the idea of ‘celebrity’.

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Event 116

Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

The Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: East West Street

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Sands’s inquiry into the origins of 'genocide' and 'crimes against humanity' is also a personal quest for his family in the Ukrainian city of Lviv. It won this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize. Hay Festival-goers will have heard Sands explore many of the themes of the story here over the past decade. We revisit East West Street this year to honour one of the greatest works of literature of the festival’s lifetime; a book that might be read around Europe and around the world to inform the way contemporary history is developing.

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Philippe Sands talks to Stephen Fry

Event 130

Rebecca F. John and Jake Arnott talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: London Tales

Venue: Cube

John presents her novel The Haunting of Henry Twist – a mysterious love story set in 1926 that recalls the power and strangeness of Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Arnott’s The Fatal Tree is set 200 years earlier and is about the true story of Edgeworth Bess, which mesmerised C18th society: a riveting, artful tale of crime and rough justice, love and betrayal. Rich in the street slang of the era, it vividly conjures up a murky world of illicit dens and molly-houses; a world where life was lived on the edge, in the shadow of that fatal tree – the gallows.

Rebecca John is selected for Hay 30 – celebrating a new generation of thinkers, supported by the CASE Foundation
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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 180

Charlie English

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu

Venue: Oxfam Moot

A medieval centre of learning, Hay’s twin-town was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology to astronomy. When al-Qaeda–linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. This is their story. Chaired by Francine Stock.

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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 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 246

Ian Burney and Barbara Machin

Murder and the Making of English CSI

Venue: Starlight Stage

Burney, author of Murder and the Making of English CSI, and Machin, creator of the BBC’s Waking the Dead, discuss the history of English crime scene investigation. They will consider how, in the first half of the twentieth century, homicide investigations – in fact and in fiction – turned their attention from a primarily medical and autopsy-based interest in the victim’s body to analysis of minute trace evidence discovered at the murder scene..

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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 249

Alex Renton talks to Matt Stadlen

Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Confronting the truth of his own schooldays and the crimes he witnessed, Renton reveals a profound malaise in the British elite, shown up by tolerance of the abuse of its own children that amounts to collusion. This culture and its traditions, and the hypocrisy, cronyism and conspiracy that underpin them, are key to any explanation of the scandals over sexual abuse, violence and cover-up in child care institutions that are now shocking the nation.

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Alex Renton talks to Matt Stadlen

Event 257

Ed Thomas, Ed Talfan and David Wilson

Hinterland

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The producers of the cult noir film thriller are joined by photographer David Wilson to talk about the silent character in the hit TV show: the landscapes of Ceredigion. Wilson has captured these landscapes for the new book Hinterland Landscapes and the panel will reflect on what the settings have brought to the show, and the impact the show has had on this quiet part of Wales. Chaired by Jon Gower.

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Ed Thomas, Ed Talfan and David Wilson

Event 277

Mary Aiken

The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behaviour Changes Online

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The world’s leading expert in forensic cyberpsychology analyses everything from the impact of screens on the developing child to the explosion of teen sexting. She examines the acceleration of compulsive and addictive online behaviours (gaming, shopping, pornography) and the escalation in cyberchondria (self-diagnosis online), cyberstalking and organised crime in the Deep Web. Cyberspace is an environment full of surveillance, but who is looking out for us?

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Mary Aiken

Event 372

Tony Parsons talks to SJ Parris

Die Last

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

The novelist introduces the fourth book in his crime-thriller series featuring DC Max Wolfe of West End Central nick. The third in the series, The Hanging Club is now available in paperback.

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Tony Parsons talks to SJ Parris

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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Event 380

Phil Forder, Graham Hartill, William Muir and Janet Wallsgrove

Hay in the Parc

Venue: Cube

The inspirational teacher, Phil Forder, brings the two writers in residence and the Director of HM Parc Prison, Bridgend to discuss the literary programme he’s pioneered and our sister Festival there that’s now in its ninth year. They discuss the impact of education and empathy, literacy and literature, and offer a vision of a successful reformation of prison experience. They talk to Peter Florence.

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Event 382

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 387

Lemn Sissay

Reformations 17: Care

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The passionate and powerful poet re-imagines the way in which the State might raise children placed in its care. Sissay is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His foster parents placed him into care at the age of 12. He lived in care homes until he was 18. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Lemn Sissay

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 416

Adapting Emile Zola

BBC Radio Drama

Venue: BBC Tent

Blood, Sex and Money was an ambitious, innovative adaptation on Radio 4 of Emile Zola’s epic saga about the Rougon-Macquart family.  The drama set in 19th-century France mashed up 20 novels into 27 episodes, featured more than a hundred cast members and saw the return to acting after 20 years of Glenda Jackson. Illustrated with clips from the series, adaptor Dan Rebellato and executive producer Sue Roberts reveal the highs and lows of bringing this award-winning epic to our airwaves.

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Adapting Emile Zola

Event 428

Howard Jacobson talks to Amol Rajan

Fictions: Pussy

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Pussy is the story of Prince Fracassus, heir presumptive to the Duchy of Origen, famed for its golden-gated skyscrapers and casinos, who passes his boyhood watching reality shows on TV, imagining himself to be the Roman Emperor Nero, and fantasising about hookers. He is idle, boastful, thin-skinned and egotistic; has no manners, no curiosity, no knowledge, no idea and no words in which to express them. Could he, in that case, be the very leader to make the country great again? Jacobson has won the Wodehouse Prize twice and the Man Booker once.

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Howard Jacobson talks to Amol Rajan

Event 432

Ian Rankin talks to SJ Parris

30 Years of Rebus

Venue: Tata Tent

The big tent morphs into the Oxford Bar for the afternoon, as we pull up a stool and celebrate the enduring brilliance of Rankin’s great Edinburgh detective creation.

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Ian Rankin talks to SJ Parris

Event 450

Elif Shafak

Reformations 22: Honour

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The Turkish novelist reimagines the concept of honour, also the title of her 2015 novel. How has the word come to be understood in different communities? Can it be rescued from the grotesque association with the world “killing”? What might a truer application of honour mean for men and for women, for society and humanity? Chaired by A. C. Grayling

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Elif Shafak

Event 457

David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Executive Orders and wiretapping, and let’s face it – lying - have called the separation of powers and basic constitutional principles into question in the United States as never before. Trump threatens rights of speech, privacy, religious freedom, voting and equality -- and we’re just getting started.  Cole is the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has emerged as a leader in the fight to preserve civil liberties. He explains what’s going on to Philippe Sands.

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David Cole talks to Philippe Sands

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 500

Ilan Pappe talks to Peter Florence

The Biggest Prison on Earth

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The Israeli historian presents his powerful and groundbreaking history of the Occupied Territories. He analyses legal and security structures, political positions and abortive peace attempts, and discusses the possibilities for reconciliation. His other books include The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and Ten Myths About Israel.

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