HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Event 23

The Leak

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Tent
Tom Price and guests from the world of comedy and entertainment review the week's biggest stories from around Wales and the world.

Broadcast on Saturday 26 May at 1:30pm
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The Ice King: Screening

BBC Four

Venue: BBC Tent

The Ice King is an extraordinary portrait of the figure skater John Curry who was the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality was barely legal. The film charts the rise and fall of this forgotten cultural icon whose story encapsulates art, sport, sexuality and rebellion.  Including unseen footage of some of his most remarkable performances; access to Curry’s letters, archives and interviews with family, friends and collaborators, this is a portrait of the man who turned ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Introduced by the director, James Erskine. Followed by Q&A.

2.5 hours
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Event 30

The Today Programme

BBC Radio 4 LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent
Join the audience of BBC Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme as we broadcast live from Hay.
2 hours
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Event 39

Click

BBC World News

Venue: BBC Tent

Experience the BBC’s flagship science and technology TV show live on stage. Host Spencer Kelly has spent 15 years exploring the world of technology, returning to Hay for a third year with mind-bending live demos and tales of artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual reality.

A Click Hay Festival special will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel and on BBC World News.

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Event 45

The Essay

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

In this series, leading writers choose their favourite fictional female character and extract the lessons we could all learn from their lives on the page. Featuring Afua Hirsch, Bettany Hughes and Fiona Sampson

Broadcast from Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June at 10.45pm on BBC Radio 3.

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Event 50

Akala’s Odyssey

BBC Four

Venue: BBC Tent

BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip-hop artist, writer and social entrepreneur, as well as co-founder of The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, Akala talks to the BBC’s Director of Arts, Jonty Claypole, about his recent documentary on Homer’s Odyssey.  He discusses why this 3,000-year-old epic poem has become the cornerstone of Western literature, how it would have sounded to contemporaneous audiences and how it has shaped his own experiences as an artist. Followed by Q&A.

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Event 56

Free Thinking

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme explores our ideas of land in poetry from the inspiration of the British landscape to war territory with guests Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, now Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, patron of the Wilfred Owen Society and author of books including The Tragic Imagination and Simon Armitage, the current Oxford Professor of Poetry and the author of eleven poetry collections including his latest, The Unaccompanied and Flit, published by Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  Chaired by Rana Mitter, Professor of History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and presenter of documentaries for BBC Radio 3 and 4.

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Event 62

Podcasts: Love to Listen

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent
From Serial to My Dad Wrote a Porno, a whole new generation is learning to love podcasts. Whether you are already hooked or wondering what all the fuss is about, come and find out what makes a great podcast from the people who make them.  Commissioning editor Rhian Roberts is joined by a panel that includes Georgia Catt, the maker of Fortunately with Fi Glover and Jane Garvey, Becky Ripley, who recently produced the award-winning Blue Planet II podcast, and Dale Shaw, producer of Unpopped, the new pop culture podcast.
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Event 69

Civilisations: David Olusoga

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent

Historian and writer David Olusoga presented two of the BBC’s landmark art series Civilisations in which he explored contact, trade, empire and race, from the Benin Bronzes to Otto Dix’s nightmarish evocation of World War One trenches. He talks to BBC’s Director of Arts, Jonty Claypole, about the challenges of making the series and why he hopes it will change lives and attitudes. Followed by Q&A.

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Civilisations: David Olusoga

Event 456

Inside Science

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent

Adam Rutherford and guests discuss some of the big ideas in science today. 

Broadcast on Thursday 7 June at 4:30pm and repeated at 9:30pm

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Event 91

Start the Week

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent

Tom Sutcliffe presents Radio 4’s flagship programme of ideas, exploring our desire to survive – from Homer’s epic poetry to global pandemics – with guests Emily WilsonAntony BeevorDavid Christian and Jonathan D. Quick.

Broadcast every Monday at 9am on BBC Radio 4

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Event 96

Between the Ears

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

 

Join Helen Mort as she takes you on a climb up Langdale in the Lake District. Inspired by the amazing life of legendary climber Gwen Moffat, Helen weaves together poetry and music to give you the sensation of teetering in high winds on a rock face. “An atmospheric adventure in 3D sound...with every footfall etched on air” – The Spectator. Described as one of British poetry's brightest stars, Mort has published two collections of poetry, has won the Foyle Young Poet’s award five times and has been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and T.S. Eliot Prize.

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Event 476

Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

Born to be Wilde

Venue: Tata Tent
The actor previews clips from his forthcoming film about Oscar Wilde’s last days The Happy Prince and of Yentob's imagine… BBC documentary film about his life and work. One of Hollywood’s most wickedly gifted storytellers; Everett is the author of Vanished Years and Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.
 
The Happy Prince is released on 15 June. Photo by Wilhelm Moser.
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Rupert Everett talks to Alan Yentob

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 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 CercasElif 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 ImposterSoldiers 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.

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Event 118

BBC Introducing: Live Session 1

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Venue: BBC Tent

 

At BBC Music Introducing in Hereford & Worcester, we support the very best new music from across the region. Since 2005 we've broadcast more than 1,000 sessions, helping to showcase some of our area's most talented musicians. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite acts to join us on stage at Hay. These artists didn't even know they were being considered – and we hope this inspires people to keep sending in their music, because we really do listen to everything. We’d love to see you at either our 7PM or 8.30PM sessions. bbc.co.uk/introhw

These sessions will be broadcast throughout June on BBC Hereford & Worcester on Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm.

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Event 123

BBC Introducing: Live Session 2

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Venue: BBC Tent

 

At BBC Music Introducing in Hereford & Worcester, we support the very best new music from across the region. Since 2005 we've broadcast more than 1,000 sessions, helping to showcase some of our area's most talented musicians. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite acts to join us on stage at Hay. These artists didn't even know they were being considered – and we hope this inspires people to keep sending in their music, because we really do listen to everything. bbc.co.uk/introhw

These sessions will be broadcast throughout June on BBC Hereford & Worcester on Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm.

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Event 133

The Listening Service

BBC Radio 3

Venue: BBC Tent

 

BBC Radio 3’s weekly journey of imagination and insight explores how to write for children. What are the parallels between great children’s literature and music written for young people? From Debussy to Prokofiev, Bizet to Britten, childhood has fascinated some of the greatest composers. How does their approach compare to the likes of Lewis Carroll, Judith Kerr and Michael Morpurgo? And how ‘childish’ are some of the most complex works of music and literature? Joining presenter Tom Service to answer those questions at the piano is the composer and pianist Richard Sisson who wrote the score for Alan Bennett's The History Boys at The National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Goodnight Children Everywhere.

Broadcast on Sunday 3 June at 5pm on BBC Radio 3

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Event 140

Tonight at Hay

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Tent

A round-up of highlights from Hay Festival on the national radio station for Wales presented by GQ editor, Dylan Jones.

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Event 145

Tonight at Hay

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Tent

A round-up of highlights from Hay Festival on the national radio station for Wales presented by GQ editor, Dylan Jones.

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