HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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

Event 37

James O’Brien talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Christopher Hitchens Lecture 2018

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The LBC talkshow host has become one of the most exacting and powerful voices calling out political lies and speaking truths to both power and prejudice. He discusses the weaponising of fake news and ignorance, the power of dialogue and the urgent need for journalistic vigilance and authority. O'Brien is writing a book on these issues entitled How to be Right, to be published by Penguin Random House in November 2018.

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James O’Brien talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 43

Ella McPherson

Cambridge Series 4: Digital Fakery and its Consequences

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Drawing on her research about human rights reporting in the digital age, the Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge argues that digital fakery’s consequences for democracy arise not because we are duped, but because of what we do to not be duped. Chaired by Rachael Jolley, editor of Index on Censorship.

Price: £7.00
 
 

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.

Price: £10.00
 
 

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.

Price: £7.00
 
 

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 131

Rachael Jolley, Paul Caruana Galizia, Caroline Muscat with Katya Adler

The Index on Censorship Platform - The Death of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the Truth About Malta

Venue: Starlight Stage

The journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia investigated corruption in the Maltese government for decades in the face of intimidation, libel threats and persecution. She was assassinated in a car bomb attack on 16 October 2017. The editor of Index on Censorship is joined by Daphne’s son Paul and her fellow Maltese journalist Caroline Muscat of The Shift News. They talk to the BBC’s Europe Editor.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 217

Marcus Brigstocke, Rachel Parris, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent

The Early Edition 1

Venue: Tata Tent

A little light ridicule to start the day, as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy today. The home team are joined by guest star Rachel Parris of The Mash Report.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 236

Martin Innes

Terrorism as a teachable moment: analysing social media to understand public reactions to the four UK attacks in 2017

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Terrorist attacks are designed to 'terrorise, polarise and mobilise' their multiple audiences. In a sense, then, they function as teachable moments, where the perpetrators try to teach 'a lesson' to their 'adversaries'. At the same time, however, governments use these events to instruct the wider public about the risks that have to be managed, and how public life and values will not be modified by them. The Director of the Crime and Security Research Institute shows how by applying cutting-edge social media analytics, we can learn from past attacks about how terrorist violence tries to work.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Martin Innes

Event 260

John Crace and Tim Shipman

Recess Tales

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Two fabulously funny, acute and savage journalists give us the skinny on the House of Commons, its characters and madness. Crace is parliamentary sketch writer for the Guardian and is the author of I, Maybot – a wicked chronicle of Theresa May’s first year in power. Shipman is political editor of The Sunday Times and author of All Out War and now Fall Out – A Year of Political Mayhem. Pull up a chair. This will be fun. Chaired by Hannah MacInnes.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 261

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, André Vincent

The Early Edition 2

Venue: Tata Tent

A little light ridicule to start the day, as the satirists read the tabloids and surf the social media storms for an irreverent look at what’s tickling the nation’s fancy today. 

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 296

Henry Blofeld talks to Simon Hughes

Over and Out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The first part of an evening of delicious cricket talk celebrates the career of the legendary broadcaster and commentator. Now that 'Blowers' has decided to declare his TMS innings closed, his book reveals the secrets of life in the commentary box and of the rich cast of characters with whom he shared it, from the early days of John Arlott and Brian Johnson to Aggers and new boys Boycott, Swann, Vaughan and Tuffers.

Price: £10.00
 
 
Henry Blofeld talks to Simon Hughes

Event 299

Roy Noble talks to Carolyn Hitt

Down the Road and Round the Bend

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Roy Noble is a Welsh legend – a consummate broadcaster, mischievous raconteur and collector of tales. His new book, launched today, is a glorious weft of fact, fiction and fancy – always moving and hilarious, elegantly told and often true. Pull up a chair…

Price: £7.00
 
 
Roy Noble talks to Carolyn Hitt

Event 401

Martin Rowson and Phil Jupitus

The Communist Manifesto: The Graphic Novel

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson employs his trademark draughtsmanship and wit to this lively graphic novel adaptation of Marx and Engels’ revolutionary pamphlet. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, at a time of deep mistrust in The Establishment, The Communist Manifesto is both a timely reminder of the politics of hope and a thought-provoking guide to the most influential work of political theory ever published. He introduces his pictures and talks with the comedian Phil Jupitus.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 423

Bryony Gordon

Eat Drink Run

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Bryony Gordon was not a runner. A loafer, a dawdler, a drinker, a smoker, yes. A runner, no. Yet somehow, as she began to recover from the emotional rollercoaster of laying her life bare in her mental health memoir Mad Girl, she started to realise that getting outside, moving her body and talking to others for whom life was also an occasional challenge, might actually help her. Going for a run might not banish her sadness but at least it might show that she was damn well trying to beat it, which is sometimes half the battle. As she began to run further she started to see the limitations she had imposed on her life more clearly. Why couldn’t she be a runner? Or a bungee jumper? Or a deep-sea diver? Maybe rather than sitting on the sofa watching the world go by, fulfilling your dreams was just about standing up and taking that first step.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Bryony Gordon

Event 457

Lindsey Hilsum and Matthew Heineman

Telling the Story of Syria: City of Ghosts

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
 
A conversation about reporting on the realities of Syria. Heinemmann’s extraordinary documentary City of Ghosts follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” – a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the greatest evils in the world today. Hilsum is International Editor for Channel 4 News and reports regularly from the frontline in Syria. Her book about Marie Colvin will be published later this year.
Price: £7.00
 
 
Lindsey Hilsum and Matthew Heineman