Welcome to our Early Bird programme. The full programme will be released at the end of March.
The novelist talks about his writing and reading, and the translation of his books into film. The movie of On Chesil Beach is released on 18 May. Towards the end of this event McEwan will introduce the winner of the 2018 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award, Deepa Anappara. Her winning entry is a work of fiction called Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.
If you’ve ever felt the shock of listening to a recording of your own voice, you realise how important your voice is to your personal identity. We judge others not just by their words but by the way they talk: their intonation, their pitch, their accent. The Professor of Acoustic Engineering explores the full range of our voice – how we speak and how we sing; how our vocal anatomy works; what happens when things go wrong and how technology enables us to imitate and manipulate the human voice.
Drawing on new genealogical research, original records and expert testimony, the historian and broadcaster reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination, Elizabethan ‘blackamoors’ and the global slave-trading empire. He shows that the great industrial boom of the 19th century was built on American slavery, and that black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of both World Wars. Black British history is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation. Chaired by Amol Rajan.
GDP is up – but whose GDP? (And what is it anyway?) There’s endless free stuff online but is it making anyone any happier? Are the cat videos on the internet distracting us from the prospect of jobs becoming automated and climate change ravaging food supplies? Behind this lies the challenge of how to measure economic progress. How can we tell if our society is becoming more prosperous or not? Coyle is Bennett Professor of Public Policy.
Ian McMillan presents Radio 3’s ‘cabaret of the word’, featuring award-winning writers alongside the most innovative up-and-coming performers. This year, guests include The Last Poets – legends in the world of spoken word performance in the U.S. Join us for our special Hay edition of the programme, “a linguistic leftfield joy that manages to be cosy and surreal, and which Ian McMillan presides over like a kindly pub landlord” – Radio Times.
Broadcast on Friday 1 June at 10pm on BBC Radio 3.
Three authors discuss the very different ways in which the power of magic and mystery enhance their stories with reference to their books The House with Chicken Legs, Twister and A Witch Alone. Chaired by Sian Cain.
This search-and-find adventure story is packed with riddles that you need to help solve. Tasks will be placed around the room and will include both paper and 3D searches.
Create the wildest creature you can imagine and make it come to life and run loose over the Hay Festival site in this exciting digital animation and projection workshop. You will design your own 2D digital creature on an iPad and animate it, then you’ll learn about video mapping and projection and have a chance to see your creations projected 30ft high. In the evening MASH Cinema will be in guerrilla mode projecting your monsters all over the Festival site and we'll make a film of the projections that will be available to watch later.
Come to this family and children's nature adventure session run by Rooted Forest School in the Hay Festival Wild Garden. Join in a range of outdoor, Forest School-inspired activities including nature games, natural crafts and making, fire skills, foraging and cooking.
(parents must attend but do not require a ticket)
Europe, the richest economic area in the world, faces unprecedented challenges: a protectionist US administration, Russian interventions, a Chinese leader who has defied succession planning, and the parliamentary success of the far-right in Germany, Italy and Austria. And then there’s Brexit. Something must be done. But what? And how? And by whom? The distinguished diplomat Gourdault-Montagne is now Secretary General of the French Foreign Ministry, Mountfield is a British QC, Schama is an historian. Chaired by the BBC’s Europe Editor.
The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey, is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world. The vivid new translation, the first by a woman, matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer's sprightly pace. Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting ‘rhythm and rumble’. She recaptures what is epic about this wellspring of world literature. This inaugural translation lecture is given in the name of the pre-eminent translator, whose peerless work rendering French, Danish and German literature into English ranges from Asterix to Austerlitz. Chaired by Charlotte Higgins.
It is as old as Adam and Eve: who’s to blame? Who’s innocent and praiseworthy? Apter discusses why these questions are not reserved just for big moral issues, but inform daily interactions with our family, our partner, our best friends and our bosses. She also shows that how we praise and blame our children, our colleagues, our friends and our partners may sustain or break our relationships with them. Apter is a psychologist, writer and Fellow of Newnham College. Chaired by Sameer Rahim of Prospect magazine.
BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme explores the art of writing about your country with the authors Javier Cercas, Elif Shafak and Juan Gabriel Vasquez. Chaired by Shahidha Bari, Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and Fellow of the Forum for European Philosophy at the LSE. She was one of the first BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers in 2011 and has presented programmes for BBC Radio 3 and 4. Javier Cercas is a professor of Spanish literature and author of novels including The Imposter, Soldiers of Salamis and The Anatomy of a Moment. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. Elif Shafak is an award winning novelist and scientist whose books includeThree Daughters of Eve, The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of Istanbul. Juan Gabriel Vasquez won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for The Sound of Things Falling. His other novels include The Informers, The Secret History of Costaguana, Reputations, and his latest, The Shape of the Ruins.
Michael Morpurgo is joined by the French illustrator of his remarkable new true story, about his two uncles, Pieter and Francis, one an airman and the other an SOE (Special Operations Executive) in the Second World War. The event will include reading by the author and live drawing by Barroux.
The writer of poetry, fiction and prose, poetry educator, founder and artistic director of Out-Spoken will read new work that explores identity, race, history and gender.
A hands-on, family, drawing and mark makingworkshop where children can create their dream school, library and bedroom based on the Nobrow magazine illustrator's work. Would you include a ball pool, a cinema, or a slide…or all of these and more? It’s entirely up to you; materials provided.
(parents and children need tickets)
Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.
Who? What? When? Where? What?? Seriously??? Wolff’s scathing, hilarious and terrifying revelations about the crazy chaos of the Trump White House are likely to run and run.