Hay Festival 2018 Early birds

We are pleased to announce the first events for Hay Festival 2018. The full programme will be released in the Spring.

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Event 1

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. 

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 2

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale

Venue: Tata Tent

The Canadian writer discusses her 1985 dystopian masterpiece with Peter Florence.

See also event 8

 

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Margaret Atwood

Event 3

Les Amazones d’Afrique

Venue: Tata Tent

The supergroup of great West African women musicians raise the Bank Holiday Monday roof with a spectacular and glorious concert.  Their exuberant harmonies and sublime rhythms make for a perfect celebration.

Mamani Keita (vocal), Rokia Kone (vocal), Awa Sangho (vocal), Joseph Palmer (drums), Mariam Kone (backing vocal), Mamadou Diakite (guitar) and Llorens Barcelo (Keys).

Their first album Republique Amazone is out now on the Real World label.


Price: £15.00
 
 
Les Amazones d’Afrique

Event 8

Margaret Atwood and Gaby Wood

In conversation

Venue: Tata Tent
In this extended session the Canadian writer discusses her poetry, short stories and novels, which include the Booker Prize winning The Blind Assassin, Alias Grace, Cat's Eye and her recent dystopian trilogy Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam. Gaby Wood is director of the Man Booker Prize.
Price: £20.00
 
 
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Margaret Atwood and Gaby Wood

Event 4

Sarah Churchwell

The 2018 Raymond Williams Lecture: Behold America

Venue: Tata Tent

The writer and academic offers a history of America First, one of Donald Trump’s campaign slogans. Although popular wisdom attributes the phrase to Charles Lindbergh and the isolationist America First Committee of 1940-1941, in fact the expression has a longer, and darker, history than that, a story of nativism and the Ku Klux Klan, of 100 percent Americanism and isolationism, and of a homegrown fascism that America continues to pretend “can’t happen here.”

Price: £10.00
 
 

Event 5

Philip Pullman, Marina Warner and Jack Zipes

Tales of Wonder, Magic, Resistance and Hope

Venue: Tata Tent

'Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of humanity through metaphor.’ 

This is one of many challenging and thought-provoking observations made over a long career by Jack Zipes, one of the most eminent scholars of folklore, fairy tales and children’s literature, whose eightieth birthday was celebrated last year.  It identifies not only one of the key characteristics of ‘wonder tales’, but also proposes a much wider audience and more important function for such tales than is often recognised.  

Joining Jack to discuss the past, present and future of the ‘wonder tale’ is Philip Pullman, one of the foremost writers of speculative fiction and author of Clockwork, the His Dark Materials trilogy, La Belle Sauvage and Daemon Voices; and Marina Warner, novelist, short story writer, mythographer and scholar and author of Stranger Magic, Fly Away Home, Once Upon A Time  and Forms of Enchantment. Chaired by Hamish Fyfe

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Event 6

Letters Live 2018

Venue: Tata Tent

The all-star performance returns to Hay for the fifth 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.

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Letters Live 2018

Event 7

Bridget Christie

Stand Up: What Now?

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Brexit. Trump. Nuclear apocalypse.  Environmental catastrophe. Is rolling news affecting your ability to enjoy the simple things?  Like baking, gardening and autoerotic asphyxiation? 

This new show from multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, and star of her own Netflix special, is for you. Join Bridget (Room 101, Have I Got News for You, Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule) for a night of hope and despair.

Winner of Rose D’Or, Edinburgh Comedy Award and Southbank Sky Arts Award.

Price: £15.00
 
 
Bridget Christie