HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

We are pleased to announce the full programme for Hay Festival 2018.

Event 101

The Verb

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

 

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.

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Event 461

Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon

Thinking the Unthinkable

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
FaceBook’s data catastrophe; MeToo; Populism; Nationalism; Trump; Putin, Russia and the nerve agent attack; the impact of AI on work and skills; Brexit. The world affairs expert analyses why disruption and unthinkables are creating ever-greater uncertainty for corporate and political leaders. Why do they have trouble thinking unthinkables then leading as you expect? Gowing and Langdon reveal findings from extensive interviews with world leaders in a new book, launched today at the festival. Come and brainstorm unthinkables.
Price: £7.00
 
 

Event HD17

Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli in conversation with Gemma Cairney

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Meet the authors as they continue to inspire with a second volume of stories. The Rebel Girls movement, empowering girls and women through the brilliant examples of many extraordinary women who have changed, and are changing, the world, has started a new conversation about role models for girls amongst parents, teachers and politicians. Written in the style of a bedtime story, each account is beautifully illustrated by a female artist and highlights the incredible achievements of women past and present. “I hope this beautiful book will continue to inspire girls to set high goals for themselves - because you don't need to be an adult to change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai

6+
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Event HD18

Sophie Anderson, Juliette Forrest, James Nicol

Mysterious magic

Venue: Starlight Stage

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.

9+
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W27

Jim Stoten

Mr Tweed’s Busy Day

Venue: Cube

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.

3-6
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Jim Stoten

Event W28

Massive Monsters

Digital Animation and Video Mapping workshop with MASH Cinema

Venue: Scribblers Hut

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.

14-16
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Event W29

Rooted Forest School

Fire and Cooking Workshop

Venue: Wild Garden

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)

4-6
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Rooted Forest School

Event 102

Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, Helen Mountfield and Simon Schama talk to Katya Adler

The Scramble for Europe

Venue: Tata Tent

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.

Price: £9.00
 
 
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Event 103

Emily Wilson

The 2018 Anthea Bell Lecture: Translating Homer

Venue: Good Energy Stage

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.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Emily Wilson

Event 104

Matt Hancock, Helen Margetts, Timandra Harkness

Spark Salon 1: Creators and Consumers: What’s our role in responsibly designing the future?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
Rapid advancements in computational power, decreasing costs of hardware and software, and the ubiquity of data, mobile and embedded technology have created unthought-of dilemmas. Policymakers, businesses and citizens are scrambling to understand the impact and challenges of technological progress. As creators, consumers and users do we all need to understand how technology works? And who can we hold to account when it fails? Is it possible to develop a set of regulatory principles for digital products? Hancock is Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Margetts is Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and Professor of Society and the Internet at University of Oxford. Harkness is a science writer, presenter and comedian.
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 105

Terri Apter

Cambridge Series 8: Passing Judgment – Praise and Blame in Everyday Life

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

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.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Terri Apter

Event 106

Free Thinking

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

 

BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme explores the art of writing about your country with the authors Javier Cercas 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. 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.

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Event HD19

Michael Morpurgo and Barroux

In the Mouth of the Wolf – live drawing event

Venue: Oxfam Moot

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.

6+
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event HD20

Anthony Anaxagorou

Heterogeneous

Venue: Starlight Stage

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.

YA
Price: £6.00
 
 

Event W30

Ben Newman

Professor Astro Cat

Venue: Cube

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.

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7-11
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Event W31

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

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.

11-13
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Event 107

Michael Wolff talks to Dylan Jones

Fire and Fury

Venue: Tata Tent

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.

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Michael Wolff talks to Dylan Jones

Event 108

Simon Armitage

We Need to Talk About Robert: Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize for Literature

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Too Far MediaArmitage, the current Oxford Professor of Poetry and Hay favourite, delivers his Oxford lecture on the connections and contradictions between the art of song-writing and the art of poetry, a topic brought to a head by Bob Dylan’s recent recognition by the Swedish Academy. The paperback edition of Simon Armitage’s eleventh volume of poetry, The Unaccompanied, is published this month, as is Flit, a new collection of poems with accompanying photographs taken by the author, published by Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Simon Armitage

Event 109

Amanda Levete

Two Museums

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Levete is a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect, founder and principal of AL_A, an international design and architecture studio. She describes her approach to two exceptional urban projects – The Exhibition Road project at the V&A in London, creating a new exhibition space and re-connecting the museum to open public space on Exhibition Road; MAAT, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, in Lisbon is a new outward-looking museum located on the banks of the Tagus in Belém, the district from where the Portuguese great explorers set off.

Chaired by Amol Rajan.

Price: £8.00
 
 
Amanda Levete

Event 110

Elif Shafak

The Philosophy of Rumi

Venue: Good Energy Stage

"Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion" – Rumi. Jalaluddin Rumi is one of the foremost poets of the Sufi tradition, with a lasting influence that transcends nationality, religion and literary genre. His poetry distils the purest experience of love, life and God into some of the most haunting, beautiful and profound verse ever written. The acclaimed Turkish novelist celebrates Rumi’s philosophy of love and life and reflects on her own experience of Sufism, and its impact on her work. Chaired by William Sieghart.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Elif Shafak