HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Gemma Cairney and Jenny Valentine

Ask Us Anything

Venue: Starlight Stage

The authors of Open Your Heart and Finding Violet Park, both teen ambassadors, will explore how important it is to talk, with expert advice from Hay Festival Youth Council members Gemma Elgar and Ceri-Anne Gatehouse. Gemma, Jenny, Gemma and Ceri-Anne will be here to discuss everything from self-expression to how to love your body, your friends and your family, with help and advice for times when things feel like they are going wrong.

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Event 57

Hannah Critchlow and Rowan Williams

What is Consciousness?

Venue: Tata Tent

A theologian and a neuroscientist explore the concept of consciousness: is it unique to humans? Are we all simply machines? Do we have free will? Can we invoke an enhanced collective consciousness? Bringing together findings from science and insights from religion they unpick what it means to be conscious. Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge and a former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Critchlow is named as a British Council's Top 100 UK Scientists for her work in communication and author of Consciousness: A LadyBird Expert book, which will be launched at Hay. 

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Event 58

Roddy Doyle talks to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: Smile

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of Paddy Clark Ha! Ha! Ha! has all the features for which Roddy Doyle has become famous: the razor-sharp dialogue, the humour, the superb evocation of adolescence, but this is a novel unlike any he has written before. When you finish the last page you will have been challenged to re-evaluate everything you think you remember so clearly.

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Roddy Doyle talks to Stephanie Merritt

Event 59

Afua Hirsch talks to Amy Ansell

Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Where are you really from? You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British. So why do people keep asking you where you are from? Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It is about the everyday racism that plagues British society. It is about our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. It is about why liberal attempts to be ‘colour-blind’ have caused more problems than they have solved. It is about why we continue to avoid talking about race.

Ansell is Dean of Liberal Arts at Emerson College, and author of New Right, New Racism: Race and Reaction in the United States and Britain.

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Afua Hirsch talks to Amy Ansell

Event 60

Matt Hancock talks to Amol Rajan

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: The Issues

Venue: Good Energy Stage
An opportunity to discuss the immediate and longer-term challenges that range across his brief with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He talks to the BBC's Media Editor Amol Rajan.
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Matt Hancock talks to Amol Rajan

Event 61

Jo Brandon, Aviva Dautch, Shazea Quraishi

Poetic Responses to Gustav Klimt

Venue: Starlight Stage

Renowned painter of the exquisite and other-worldly The Kiss, Gustav Klimt is the crowning jewel in Austria’s symbolist movement. Join Brandon, Dautch and Quraishi as they present their poetic answers to Klimt’s masterpieces, specially commissioned by Bradford Literature Festival. The poets will discuss how Klimt’s work inspired their own, as well as the social and artistic context in which the paintings were created. This one-of-a-kind event marries the contemporary with the historical to mark the centenary of Klimt’s death.

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Event 62

Podcasts: Love to Listen

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
From Serial to My Dad Wrote a Porno, a whole new generation is learning to love podcasts. Whether you are already hooked or wondering what all the fuss is about, come and find out what makes a great podcast from the people who make them.  Commissioning editor Rhian Roberts is joined by a panel that includes Georgia Catt, the maker of Fortunately with Fi Glover and Jane Garvey, Becky Ripley, who recently produced the award-winning Blue Planet II podcast, and Dale Shaw, producer of Unpopped, the new pop culture podcast.
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Event 63

Chris Haughton and Emily Shuckburgh

Trans.MISSION 1: Polar Science and Climate Change

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

What happens when you bring together two people at the top of their game but from different spheres? Shuckburgh is a climate scientist and deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey. Haughton is a designer, author and illustrator of numerous publications including A Bit Lost, Oh No George! and Shh! We Have a Plan. They have collaborated to create an original piece of work that will explore the issues around polar science and climate change. The Trans.MISSION project was created to bring science and culture together with the aim of communicating cutting-edge science to new audiences through new methods. More information about the Trans.MISSION project can be found here.

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Event 64

Simon Schama

Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492-1900

Venue: Tata Tent

In our own time of anxious arrivals and enforced departures, the Jews’ search for a home is more startlingly resonant than ever. Belonging is a magnificent cultural history abundantly alive with energy, character and colour. From the Jews’ expulsion from Spain in 1492 it navigates miracles and massacres, wandering, discrimination, harmony and tolerance; to the brink of the twentieth century and, it seems, a point of profound hope. Schama tells the stories not just of rabbis and philosophers but of a poetess in the ghetto of Venice; a boxer in Georgian England; a general in Ming China; an opera composer in 19th- century Germany. The story unfolds in Kerala and Mantua, the starlit hills of Galilee, the rivers of Colombia, the kitchens of Istanbul, the taverns of Ukraine and the mining camps of California.

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Simon Schama

Event 65

Timandra Harkness, Harriet Kingaby, Peter Lacy, Rohit Talwar

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Ethical?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

AI is going to transform society over the next couple of decades, and we can’t wish it away. But can we ride the robot tiger and make it serve, rather than enslave, us? Can AI be a tool of liberation and sustainability, not just a scarily efficient way of making rich corporations richer, while robbing us of all our privacy? Do we need an ethical code for computers – a Hippocratic Oath for the algorithms? And if so, how do we go about creating one – and getting it adopted? Chaired by Writer and Green Futurist, Martin Wright.

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Event 66

Akala

Natives: Race and Class in The Ruins of Empire

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A searing modern polemic on race in the UK, from the MOBO award-winning poet, musician and outspoken political commentator, founder of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. In his memoir Natives he speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain’s racialised empire. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Akala

Event 67

Simon Mayo talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Mad Blood Stirring

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Mayo’s first adult novel weaves Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet through a tense prison drama that sets itself against the epic backdrop of mighty Dartmoor in 1815. The passions unleashed in this riveting account place black against white and Americans against Britons with the stirring soul of a forbidden love caught in between.

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Event 68

Marcus Brigstocke and David Pitt-Watson

What They Do With Your Money

Venue: Oxfam Moot

An interactive exploration of how the finance industry delivers slim pickings and creates fat cats with financial expert Pitt-Watson and his willing stooge, comedian Brigstocke. The finance industry is often viewed with suspicion: complicated, greedy, and institutionally corrupt. But its origins were often inspired by social reformers because its purposes are so fundamental to individual and communal prosperity. They will discuss the expensive (but useless) things the finance industry does, and some of the (useful and) practical things it should do, but doesn’t. Reform is difficult, because the flaws in the industry are hard-wired into the way we think about economics, but they'll have it licked within the hour.

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Event 69

Civilisations: David Olusoga

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent

Historian and writer David Olusoga presented two of the BBC’s landmark art series Civilisations in which he explored contact, trade, empire and race, from the Benin Bronzes to Otto Dix’s nightmarish evocation of World War One trenches. He talks to BBC’s Director of Arts, Jonty Claypole, about the challenges of making the series and why he hopes it will change lives and attitudes. Followed by Q&A.

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Civilisations: David Olusoga

Event 70

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

BOSH!

Venue: Starlight Stage

Want to cook ridiculously good vegan food from scratch but have no idea where to start? Firth and Theasby, creators of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing, plant-based platform, BOSH!, are the new faces of the food revolution. They share their favourite go-to breakfasts, crowd-pleasing party pieces, hearty dinners, sumptuous desserts and incredible sharing cocktails. Hosted by John Mitchinson.

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Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

Event 71

Richard Lloyd Parry talks to Kate Summerscale

The Winner of the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize - Ghosts of the Tsunami

Venue: Compass
A work of literary non-fiction that travels deep into the grief, the trauma and the mysteries of the remote communities that lived through the Japanese earthquake and tsunami is the winner of the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize.

The foreign correspondent and Asia Editor of The Times Richard Lloyd Parry receives the £20,000 prize – which rewards the best work of literature of the year, regardless of form – for Ghosts of the Tsunami. Chair of judges Kate Summerscale said - “it is a piece of heightened reportage about the 2011 Japanese earthquake and its devastating aftermaths. It is both harrowing and inspiring. Here is a book which not only interprets for a non-Japanese reader the subtleties and complexities of that nation’s life, especially its family life and how it copes with grief, but also has the depth and reach to close the gaps between other nations and cultures."

This follows last year’s event with Ahdaf Soueif and Hisham Matar celebrating the first year of the reLaunched Rathbones Folio prize.
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Event 72

Jane Bradley, Misha Glenny, Luke Harding talk to Oliver Bullough

Kleptoscope 1: The Real McMafia

Venue: Oxfam Moot

A walk on the dark side of globalisation and the all-pervasive organised crime that reaches from Russia to the banks and parliaments of the world, and to every personal computer networked to the web. Bradley is Buzzfeed’s Investigations Correspondent, Glenny is the author of McMafia, Harding is the author of Collusion and a foreign correspondent at the Guardian, Bullough’s forthcoming book is Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks now Rule the World and How to Take it Back.

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Event 73

Simon Brooks, Angharad Closs Stephens, Jasmine Donahaye, Daniel G Williams with Michael Sheen

Wales After Brexit

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Unlike Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales voted to leave the EU. Is this an indication that the radical distinctiveness of Wales has eroded with the Welsh language or are there distinctive factors underlying the leave vote in Wales? Given the EU’s response to the referendum in Catalonia, was the Welsh Nationalist vision of ‘Wales in Europe’ built on wishful thinking? Is Wales on the verge of a final assimilation into an increasingly nationalist and isolationist England? Or is this far too dramatic a prognosis? What might be the ways ahead for Wales, Britain and Europe? Chaired by Welsh internationalist, actor and activist Michael Sheen.

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Event 74

Dolly Alderton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Everything I Know About Love

Venue: Good Energy Stage

When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart-themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. Alderton’s captivating memoir is about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

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Event 75

The Last Poets with Christine Otten

The Last Poets Live – Reading and Conversation

Venue: Starlight Stage
The Last Poets were formed in the US in the late 1960s, a period full of hope and dreams of revolution, and a time when the Black Panthers were at the height of their power. Taking their name from those who believed they were in the last era of poetry before guns would take over, these African-American poets and musicians ignited the imagination of a generation – and laid the groundwork for the hip hop movement of the 1980s and '90s. Dutch author Christine Otten was inspired to write about their lives – and there began a deep friendship and an acclaimed novel. The last poets are Felipe Luciano, David Nelson, and the three who are with us today, Abiodun Oyewole, Donn Babatunde and Umar Bin Hassan.

The Last Poets are supported by Apples and Snakes, the UK's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry.
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The Last Poets with Christine Otten