HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Event 20

Michael Gove talks to Rosie Boycott

The Future of Farming and Food

Venue: Oxfam Moot

An opportunity to discuss the immediate and longer-term challenges that range across his brief with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Boycott is chair of the London Food Board.

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Event 21

Fern Riddell

Death in Ten Minutes: Kitty Marion – Activist, Arsonist, Suffragette

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The never-before-told story of radical suffragette Kitty Marion. The historian Fern Riddell finds a hidden diary and uses Kitty's own words to tell the story of her sensational life and explosive actions. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Event 22

Hugo Drochon

Cambridge Series 2: Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Was Diana killed by the Secret Services? Is climate change a hoax? Did man not walk on the moon? Who shot JFK? Drawing on a nationwide survey about belief in conspiracy theories, Drochon will explore what factors –religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories and what impact that has had on contemporary political events. Drochon is a political theorist and historian of modern political thought.

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Hugo Drochon

Event 24

Johann Hari

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A persuasive and inspiring argument exploring the subject matter of his radical and brilliant book Lost Connections. Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, as we are often told. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work.

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Event 25

Sarah Corbett, Mya-Rose Craig, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Jonathon Porritt, Martin Wright

Do you Have to Be White and Well-Off to Be Green?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

By and large, environmentalism, at least in Britain, is still seen as the concern of the relatively well off, and the decidedly white, despite the fact that poorer communities often suffer disproportionately from the impact of pollution. In the developing world it can be a different story: where some of environmentalism’s greatest triumphs – such as the replacement of polluting kerosene with clean solar power – have brought huge benefits to such communities. If the fight against climate change and other existential environmental crises is to get the political prominence it needs, then it has to win support from way beyond the ‘usual suspects’. Craftivist Corbett, campaigner Porritt, farmer Emmanuel-Jones and young wildlife hero Mya-Rose Craig reach out with Martin Wright.

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Event 26

Rodric Braithwaite – The Rotblat Lecture 2018

Managing Confrontation: Lessons from the Cold War

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The diplomat and historian examines the nuclear confrontation between the Soviet Union and the West during the Cold War, and the lessons  for managing our difficulties with Russia today. Braithwaite was ambassador in Moscow at the time of the Soviet collapse, and then the Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser and chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee. His books include Across the Moscow River (2002), Moscow 1941 (2006), Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan (2011) and Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation (2017). Chaired by Nik Gowing, author of Thinking the Unthinkable: A New Imperative for Leadership in the Digital Age.

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Rodric Braithwaite – The Rotblat Lecture 2018

Event 27

Maggie Andrews, Sarah Greer, Anna Muggeridge, Krista Cowman, Dana Denis-Smith

Is 2018 the Year of Women?

Venue: Starlight Stage

It is 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK – albeit partial. Yet women are still embroiled in daily battles to get parity with their male colleagues and partners. Will it take another 100 years for women’s suffrage finally to mean women’s liberation? Or will 2018 be the year that marks a true step change in gender equality?

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Event 28

Russell Kane

Stand Up

Venue: Tata Tent

The uproariously funny comedian is best known as the host of BBC3's Live at The Electric, regular appearances on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, BBC3’s Unzipped, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now!  

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Russell Kane

Event 29

Hackney Colliery Band

Live at Hay – Sharpener

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The cult stars have totally re-invented the brass band sound for the modern age. A truly brilliant live act, they have played the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, the BRITs, MOBO and Mercury Awards. The group has great playing chops and a fun-loving stage presence that makes every one of their shows both visually and musically compelling.

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Hackney Colliery Band

Event 30

The Today Programme

BBC Radio 4 LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent
Join the audience of BBC Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme as we broadcast live from Hay.
2 hours
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Event W1

Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Venue: Cube

Wake up and re-energise with our morning yoga class. Iyengar yoga is characterised by precision, alignment and attention to detail and is an inclusive and accessible yoga practice. Mats are provided; wear comfortable clothing; all abilities welcome.

16+
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Morning Iyengar yoga session with Wye Valley Yoga

Event 475

Alastair Campbell talks to Dylan Jones

Breakfast Tabletalk

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
A conversation with the iconic journalist, whose diaries of his time in Downing Street during the Blair years established him as a best-seller. He has also written extensively about mental health and has just published a new thriller about football and terrorism set in the 1970s, co-written with Paul Fletcher - Saturday Bloody Saturday.
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Alastair Campbell talks to Dylan Jones

Event 31

Luke Harding talks to Nik Gowing

Collusion

Venue: Oxfam Moot

In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the President-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’. Collusion is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier. 


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Event 32

David Christian talks to Rosie Boycott

Origin Story: A Big History of Everything

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A majestic distillation of our current understanding of the birth of the universe, of the solar system, of the oceans, of mountains and minerals, of all life on earth and of the driving dynamics of human culture and achievement. Christian is a Distinguished Professor in History at Macquarie University in Australia and the co-founder, with Bill Gates, of The Big History Project.

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Event 33

Jaideep Prabhu

Cambridge Series 3: Frugal Innovation – How the Globe is Learning to do More (and Better) with Less

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

More than three billion people in the developing world live outside the formal economy and face unmet needs in areas such as health, education, energy, food and financial services. Meanwhile in the developed world, consumers are becoming both value- and values- conscious. The Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Business and Enterprise at the Judge Business School addresses how frugal innovation – the creation of faster, better and cheaper solutions that employ minimal resources – can help solve some of the big problems of poverty, climate change and inequality that stalk the planet.

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Event 34

OLGA TOKARCZUK in conversation with Gaby Wood

The Winner of the 2018 Man Booker International Prize

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk wins for Flights - translated into English by Jennifer Croft, who will join her onstage.

The longlist for this year's international fiction prize consists of Laurent Binet, Javier Cercas, Virginie Despentes, Jenny Erpenbeck, Han Kang, Ariana Harwicz, László Krasznahorkai, Antonio Muñoz, Christoph Ransmayr, Ahmed Saadawi, Olga Tokarczuk, Wu Ming-Yi and Gabriela Ybarra. The shortlist will be released on 12 April, and the winner will be announced on 22 May.

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Event 35

Horatio Clare

Wayfaring: Cwmdu Valley

Venue: Meet at Hay Festival main entrance for bus

The author of Icebreaker, Down to the Sea in Ships, A Single Swallow and Running for the Hills leads a walk from Tretower Court through the Cwmdu Valley looking at stories in his Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. A member of the Brecon Beacons National Park team will join the walk.

The bus will take you to Tretower and returns to Hay Festival by 12.30pm
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Horatio Clare

Event HD2

David Walliams

Ten years of Glorious Stories

Venue: Tata Tent

Since the publication of his first novel, The Boy in the Dress, David Walliams has seen ten years of global success as a children’s author. Hear about the inspiration for his best-loved characters, listen to him read excerpts from some of his books and get the chance to put your questions directly to him. David will be discussing his writing with Gemma Cairney.

6+
There will be a limited number of pre-signed books available in the Festival bookshop
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Event HD3

Julia Green and Natasha Farrant

Adventure Fiction

Venue: Starlight Stage

The authors of To the End of the World and The Children of Castle of Rock discuss the great tradition of adventure stories and the delights of writing modern tales to add to it with Jonathan Douglas, Director, National Literacy Trust.

9+
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Event HD93

Rachel Bright

The Squirrels who Squabbled

Venue: Compass

Join the author of The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could for a fun-filled event packed with stories, drawing and games. Hear the tale of The Squirrels who Squabbled – a tale of two greedy mammals who must learn to share – before learning how to draw one of the iconic animal characters from Rachel’s books, illustrated by the talented Jim Field.

4 - 8
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Rachel Bright