We are pleased to announce the full programme for Hay Festival 2018.
Kudos, which follows Outline and Transit, completes Cusk’s trilogy: “One of the most fascinating projects in contemporary fiction” – Adam Foulds. A woman on a plane listens to the stranger in the next seat telling her the story of his life: his work, his marriage and the harrowing night he has just spent burying the family dog. That woman is Faye, who is now on her way to Europe to promote the book she has just published. Once she reaches her destination, the conversations she has with the people she meets – about art, family, politics, love, sorrow and joy, justice and injustice – are the most far-reaching questions human beings ask. These conversations, the last of them with her son, rise dramatically and majestically to a beautiful conclusion.
The illustrator is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and the winner of the V&A Book Illustration Award. Her work has appeared iVogue, the Guardian and the New York Times. Her books include The Promise by Nicola Davies and The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, which was awarded an honourable mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award fiction category.
The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act 2015 came into full force in April 2016. It puts a legal responsibility on the Welsh public sector, including Welsh Government, to consider sustainability in all of its actions. The potential for this to change the private sector, too, is huge, but how much progress has been made? What are the implications of Brexit for the Act and Wales: huge opportunity or damage limitation? Jane Davidson was the original architect of this Act and Sophie Howe is the Commissioner responsible for delivery.
The YA Book Prize singles out the best new fiction every year. Join the authors of Moonrise, Release, and Straight Outta Crongton as they discuss pushing the boundaries of YA fiction. Chaired by Emily Drabble, BookTrust.
Join a table and draw your way round the quick-fire themes that that artist Michael Czerwinski sets for you. Sketchmeet is House of Illustration’s fast-paced live event for all those who love to draw. See your work projected on to the big screen and try out a selection of drawing materials, including the Pro Marker and the Brush Marker, to see which suits your drawing style. Materials provided.
An hour of glorious grammar as the fabulously entertaining language and linguistics guru plays with two-minute lectures. A is for Alphabet – why this order? O may well be Oxford Comma, but it might be Original Pronunciation... (ellipsis). What would you like to hear him explain?
Cunliffe’s classic study of the ancient Celtic world was first published in 1997. Since then huge advances have taken place in our knowledge: new finds, new ways of using DNA records to understand Celtic origins, new ideas about the proto-urban nature of early chieftains' strongholds. Cunliffe explores the archaeological reality of these bold warriors and skilled craftsmen of barbarian Europe, who inspired fear in both the Greeks and the Romans. He investigates the texts of the Classical writers and contrasts their view of the Celts with current archaeological findings.
In 1954, following her death, Frida Kahlo’s possessions were locked away in the Casa Azul in Mexico City, her lifelong home. Half a century later, her collection of clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and other personal items was rediscovered. Wilcox, curator of the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A, offers a fresh perspective on the life story of this extraordinary artist, whose charisma and entirely individual way of dressing made her one of the most photographed women of her time. Specially commissioned photographs show her distinctive Mexican outfits alongside her self-portraits, an unprecedented pairing that is enriched by iconic images taken in her lifetime. Chaired by Tristram Hunt.
Sensationalist media coverage and sci-fi films often give a skewed impression of human-like and social robots, and this has left a major gap between the public perception of what they can do and their actual capabilities. The Senior Lecturer at University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory will give a more balanced view and outline how social robots can contribute to the public good.
This hybrid novel – part research notes, part fictionalised diary, part travelogue – uses the stories of polar exploration to make sense of the protagonist's own concerns as she comes of age as an artist, a daughter, and sister to an autistic brother. Conceptual and emotionally compelling, it advances fearlessly into the frozen emotional lacunae of difficult family relationships. Deserving winner of multiple awards upon its Catalan and Spanish publication, Kopf has been hailed as one of the greatest emerging talents in world literature.
The rise of Donald Trump has contributed to a shift in the ‘emotional regime’, or the ways in which we talk about and are governed by emotions. The Trump era has made anger the dominant political emotion. This anger cannot be viewed in isolation but should be seen as part of the rise of a broader trend of ‘angry populism’, evidenced in the UK’s Brexit and the success of right-wing populist parties across Europe. Wahl-Jorgensen is Director of Research Development and Environment at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Culture.
Whether we’re 20, 40 or 60, many of us are still looking for an answer to the question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?". The Silicon Valley design innovator and Co-Director of the Stanford Life Design Lab uses his expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it. This simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools such as re-framing, prototyping and ideation to build a life that works for you.
The uncompromising and passionate rationalist calls on us to insist that reason take centre stage and that gut feelings, even when they don’t represent the stirred, dark waters of xenophobia, misogyny, or other blind prejudice, should stay out of the voting booth. He investigates a number of issues, including the importance of empirical evidence, and decries bad science, religion in the schools, and climate-change deniers. Dawkins has equal ardour for ‘the sacred truth of nature’ and renders with typical virtuosity the glories and complexities of the natural world. When so many highly placed people still question the fact of evolution, Dawkins asks what Darwin would make of his own legacy - 'a mixture of exhilaration and exasperation'– and celebrates science as possessing many of religion’s virtues – 'explanation, consolation, and uplift' – without its detriments of superstition and prejudice.
The award-winning violinist presents BBC Radio 3's Breakfast, The Proms, and Young Musician of the Year. She introduces a beautiful engagement with classical music for every day of the year, whoever you are and wherever you’re from. In this session she celebrates the great sounds of spring and summer and mixes a Hay seasonal playlist.
From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings comes an electric, multi-layered novel about ambition, power, friendship and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It's a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time) and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.
The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Wellbeing of Nations
Pilling explores how economists and their cult of growth have hijacked our policy-making and infiltrated our thinking about what makes societies work. Our policies are geared relentlessly towards increasing our standard measure of growth, Gross Domestic Product (GDP). By this yardstick we have never been wealthier or happier. So why doesn't it feel that way? Why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise and wealth inequality as stark as ever?
As Britain's largest wading bird, the curlew is known for its evocative call, providing a range of emotions that many have expressed in poetry, music and art. Join nature activist Mary Colwell, who will be giving an illustrated talk on her book Curlew Moon, the RSPB’s Global Conservation Director Martin Harper, and curlew species champion and Assembly Member Mark Isherwood, as they celebrate this iconic species and look forward towards a brighter future for our most endangered wildlife.
Classicist and broadcaster Mary Beard hosts an episode of the BBC’s flagship arts show. She and her guests debate the big questions in arts and culture.
Broadcasts Friday 1 June at 11pm on BBC Two
The Neolithic in Britain was a period of fundamental change: human communities were transformed, collectively owning domesticated plants and animals, and inhabiting a richer world of material things: timber houses and halls, pottery vessels, polished flint and stone axes, and massive monuments of earth and stone. Equally important was the development of a suite of new social practices, and an emphasis on descent, continuity and inheritance. These innovations set in train social processes that culminated with the construction of Stonehenge, the most remarkable surviving structure from prehistoric Europe. The celebrated archaeologists launch their new book today at Hay.