HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Event 380

Talking Books: Marian Keyes and Martha Kearney

BBC World News

Venue: BBC Tent
One of Ireland’s most successful writers, Marian Keyes, best known for Watermelon (1995) and Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (2000) and most recently, The Break (2017), talks to Martha Kearney about writing the stories of modern women in a modern world. She has written 13 best-selling novels, three non-fiction books and one autobiographical cookbook.
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Event 381

Christopher Meredith talks to Diana Wallace

Fictions: Brief Lives

Venue: Compass

In Brief Lives, six fictions by Christopher Meredith take the reader from the South China Sea in 1946 to a nameless place at the end of time, where the dead have risen. In between are stories in the new post-War South Wales, in which characters sense their aloneness while being a part of the larger world. The individual and community has been at the heart of much of Meredith’s prose and poetry, as it has been in British life over the past century, and it is his skill in creating characters whose brief lives the reader finds engaging that makes this book so relevant. He reads and discusses the book with Diana Wallace, author of Christopher Meredith in the UWP Writers of Wales series.

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Christopher Meredith talks to Diana Wallace

Event HD87

Lucy Worsley

Lady Mary

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Join the historian for the dramatic and captivating story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce, told through the eyes of their daughter, Lady Mary. Expect costumes, trivia and tips on how to get a princess out of jail.

9+
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Event HD88

Miranda McKearney, Nicola Davies, Atinuke

Building Empathy Through Stories

Venue: Starlight Stage

The founder of EmpathyLab, a new organisation inspired by scientific research showing that reading builds our real-life empathy, discusses how to create stories that elicit empathy in readers with the two writers. There will be an opportunity to join in empathy-boosting activities, and look ahead to national Empathy Day on 12 June.

6+
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Event W125

Feral Productions

Follow Me: A Wellbeing Live Literature Performance

Venue: Mess Tent

Audiences are immersed in an exquisite story while performers enhance the experience through smell, taste and touch. Feral places you at the centre of a magical soundscape, taking you on a dreamlike journey that is unforgettable. This multisensory production fuses the Danish Ole Lukkoye tale with gentler elements of Hoffman’s Sandman story.

Family (children 10+)
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Event W123

Splatch

Circus Workshops

Venue: Cube

Roll up, roll up...run away with the circus at Hay Festival. Join two fantastic performers from Splatch, a community-driven company from Cardiff. They will be teaching hula hoop, juggling, tightwire and acrobatics. Get physical and have fun at this workshop.

Adult
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Event 382

Letters Live

Venue: Tata Tent

Join Benedict Cumberbatch and friends as the hugely popular, all-star show returns to Hay for the fifth consecutive year. Letters Live has rapidly established itself as a wonderfully dynamic and exciting new format for presenting memorable letters to a live audience, and each event celebrates in an unforgettable way the joy, pain, wisdom and humour that so often hallmarks this most intimate of literary forms. Letters Live is inspired by Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note anthologies and Simon Garfield’s To the Letter.

The cast will be announced on the day.

There will be a second Letters Live on Sunday 3 June at 2.30pm. See event 427.

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Event 383

Chelsea Clinton and Devi Sridhar

Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Governments, NGOs and corporations collaborate across the world on campaigns to respond to global health issues such as AIDS, Ebola, SARS and malaria. But how do you regulate these PPPs (private-public partnerships)? And how do you analyse the accountability, effectiveness and sustainability of the biggest campaigns? Clinton is Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation and a Lecturer at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia. Sridhar is Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. Chaired by the science writer and climatologist Gabrielle Walker.

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Event 384

Jan Zalasiewicz

Skeletons: The Frame of Life

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Over half a billion years ago life on Earth took an incredible step in evolution, when animals learned to build skeletons. Using many different materials, from calcium carbonate and phosphate, and even silica, to make shell and bone, they started creating the support structures that are now critical to most living forms, providing rigidity and strength. The Leicester University palaeobiologist explores the incredible variety of the skeleton innovations that have enabled life to expand into a wide range of niches and lifestyles on the planet. Discussing the impact of climate change, which puts the formation of some kinds of skeleton at risk, he also considers future skeletons – including the possibility that we might increasingly incorporate metal and plastic elements into our own – as well as the possible materials for skeleton building on other planets.

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Event 385

Shirley Collins talks to Stewart Lee

All in the Downs: Reflections on Life, Landscape and Song

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A legendary singer, folklorist and music historian, Shirley Collins has been an integral figure in the English folk music scene for more than 60 years. In her autobiography, All in the Downs, Collins tells the story of that lifelong relationship with English folksong – a dedication to artistic integrity that has guided her through the triumphs and tragedies of her life. 

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Shirley Collins talks to Stewart Lee

Event 386

Liz Rideal, Kathleen Soriano, Joan Bakewell

Madam and Eve: Women Portraying Women

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

How do women paint or photograph each other? How do they represent each other in performance or sculpture? As mothers or heroines? With tenderness, aggression or respect? Madam and Eve explores the female gaze as it focuses on other women. Rideal is an artist and photographer; Soriano is one of the world’s most respected curators; Bakewell is Bakewell – broadcaster, writer, pioneer.

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Event 387

Stories That Shaped the World

BBC Culture

Venue: BBC Tent

BBC Culture has recently asked writers, literary critics, journalists, thinkers and leaders to nominate the stories that they think have shaped the world. These are the stories that have really changed the way people think or live and have marked a turning point in society for the people who read them. A panel of authors that includes, Colm Tóibín, Kamila Shamsie and Sarah Churchwell discuss the results and debate the importance and power of fiction in the real world. Chaired by writer and broadcaster, Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Event 388

Andy Kirkpatrick

Unknown Pleasures: Collected Writing on Life, Death, Climbing and Everything in Between

Venue: Starlight Stage

One moment Kirkpatrick is attempting a rare solo ascent of Norway’s Troll Wall, the next he is surrounded by the TV circus while climbing Moonlight Buttress with the BBC’s The One Show presenter Alex Jones. Yosemite’s El Capitan is ever-present; he climbs it alone – strung out for weeks, and he climbs it with his 13-year-old daughter Ella – her first big wall.

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Event 389

Guy Gunaratne and Amy Sackville

Fictions: Language, Voice

Venue: Cube
A reading and conversation with two outstanding emerging novelists whose utterly compelling and very different books display a rare and wonderful mastery of voice.  Gunaratne’s debut, In the Mad and Furious City follows three young men on a London council estate caught up in a wave of anger and rioting following the killing of a soldier.  Sackville’s Painter to the King charts Velasquez’ time at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, a court collapsing under the weight of its own excess.  They read and talk to Georgina Godwin.
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Event 390

Alan Trow

Kësulat - Screening and Q&A

Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema
2018, the people of the still disputed territory of Kosovo celebrate the 10th anniversary of their declaration of independence from Serbia - 19 years since NATO bombs forced the Serbian President, Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw his troops from their land. This powerful drama documentary takes an intimate look at the horrors of the 1998/99 war and the strong agonising memories still burning within the Kosovar people. Directed by cinematographer Alan Trow. Written by Albanian writer/actor Jimi Tihofsi. "A persuasive and poignant drama, it evokes both the dramatic upheaval and the trauma that persists long after the news cameras move on." Francine Stock

This film carries a 15 certificate. Total duration 90 mins.
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Event 483

Harish Bhat and Lynda Gratton

Pioneering with Purpose

Venue: Compass
The new economy is challenging business to adapt at an astonishing rate to new trading and manufacturing realities. What might a corporation be in the new global economy? What values and ambitions might it have for its place in society, and in different societies around the world? Bhat is author of The Curious Marketer and Tata Log and is Brand Custodian for Tata. Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs the program ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies’ – considered the world’s leading program on human resources. She is the author of The Shift, Hotspots and Living Strategy.
Free but ticketed
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Event W128

Feral Productions

Follow Me: A Wellbeing Live Literature Performance

Venue: Mess Tent

Audiences are immersed in an exquisite story while performers enhance the experience through smell, taste and touch. Feral places you at the centre of a magical soundscape, taking you on a dreamlike journey that is unforgettable. This multisensory production fuses the Danish Ole Lukkoye tale with gentler elements of Hoffman’s Sandman story.

Family (children 10+)
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Event 253

Germaine Greer: Exclusive Preview

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent

A sneak preview of a new documentary about Germaine Greer. A mix of observational filming, music and archive, this brand new film tells the story of what it was like being Germaine Greer in the '70s and what it’s like being Germaine Greer today. Followed by a Q&A with film-maker Clare Beavan.

90 mins
Not suitable for children as the film contains very strong language and sexual references.
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Event 391

Monty Don and Derry Moore

Paradise Gardens

Venue: Oxfam Moot

In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrates Heaven on Earth. The gardener Monty Don and acclaimed photographer Derry Moore set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world. From the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain to a Mughal garden in Bradford, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, they present a glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth.

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Event 392

Jon Sopel in conversation with Jim Naughtie

If Only They Didn’t Speak English: Notes from Trump’s America

Venue: Tata Tent

It's taken 18 months for a TV reality star to go from laughing-stock to leader of the free world. The BBC’s North America Editor has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as ‘a beauty’ by none other than Donald Trump. Sopel sets out to answer our questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division and increasingly perverse beliefs. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

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Jon Sopel in conversation with Jim Naughtie