Welcome to our Early Bird programme. The full programme will be released at the end of March.
Was Diana killed by the Secret Services? Is climate change a hoax? Did man not walk on the moon? Who shot JFK? Drawing on a nationwide survey about belief in conspiracy theories, Drochon will explore what factors –religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories and what impact that has had on contemporary political events. Drochon is a political theorist and historian of modern political thought.
In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the President-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’. Collusion is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The novelist introduces the new thriller in his best-selling DC Max Wolfe series. He starts with terrorists using a drone to bring down a plane on one of London’s busiest shopping centres, and then…
Journalist and author Oliver Bullough brings his popular Kleptoscope series to Hay to discuss why and how so much money is stolen from the world’s poorest countries, and what we can do about it. Nigerian novelist Onuzu talks about how she put corruption at the heart of her brilliant second novel Welcome to Lagos; former US intelligence agent and foreign affairs expert Matthew T. Page is the author of Nigeria: What Everyone Needs to Know – a guide to the oil-rich African state, plagued by corruption and Boko Haram, home to many of the world’s greatest writers.
A ground-breaking examination of a terrifying murder and its aftermath by the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake. The trial of the Chinese dissident accused of murdering Allan Chappelow was the first in modern British history to be held ‘in camera’ – closed, carefully controlled, secret. Wang Yam was found guilty but has always protested his innocence. “Meticulous and gripping – a thriller that disturbs for revelations about a singular act of murder, and the national security state which we call home” –Philippe Sands.
“Centuries of writing and thinking about rape – as inflicted by men on women – have got us nowhere. There are those who, like Quentin Tarantino, think it is one of the most violent crimes in the world, and others for whom it is simply what happens when a woman endures sex she doesn’t want. Bestial or banal, a proven rape may carry a prison sentence of many years, even life, but very few rapes ever find their way into a court of law. The prosecution of a selected minority of cases seldom results in a conviction. The crucial issue is that of consent, which is thought by some to be easy to establish and by others as impossible. Rape statistics remain intractable. Again and again crime surveys tell us that one woman in five will experience sexual violence. Despite all efforts to root sexual assault out of workplaces and colleges, predatory individuals still inflict lasting damage with apparent impunity. The only result of desperate attempts to apportion blame and enact chastisement has been an erosion of the civil rights of the accused. Sexual assault does not diminish; relations between the sexes do not improve; litigation balloons. There has to be a better way.” Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
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.
The lecturer in modern Indian history and global political thought explores the origins of modern anti-terror legislation in India’s struggle for independence and the reverberations today.
The journalist and writer Bullough (The Last Man in Russia, Moneyland) follows the money from Russia that flows into the UK and the darkmoney laundromat London housing market. Applebaum is a journalist and Russian expert, author of Gulag, Iron Curtain and Red Famine. Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. He is the author of Red Notice: How I Became Putin’s No.1 Enemy. And that’s a tough field.
A conversation about the most notorious spies of the Soviet era – until today, the most high-profile example of Moscow Station intervention in the UK. Phillips is the author of a new biography, A Spy Named Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean. Christened ‘Orphan’ by his Russian recruiter, Maclean was the perfect spy and Britain’s most gifted traitor. But as he leaked huge amounts of top-secret intelligence, an international code-breaking operation was rapidly closing in on him. Moments before he was unmasked, Maclean vanished. Macintyre wrote A Spy Among Friends, a book about Kim Philby, probably the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. His other spy books include Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and Double Cross.