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Here are our earlybird events for the 2018 Winter Weekend. The full programme will be released shortly.

Event 1

Mark Urban talks to Rosie Boycott

The Skripal Files

Venue: Big Tent
"With regard to traitors, they will kick the bucket on their own, I assure you . . . Whatever thirty pieces of silver those people may have gotten, they will stick in their throat” - Vladimir Putin, 2010. The explosive story of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and the new spy war between the West and Russia, based on hours of exclusive interviews Skripal gave before his near-death with number one bestselling author Mark Urban, diplomatic and defence editor for BBC Newsnight.
Price: £10.00
 
 
Mark Urban talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 2

Mary Portas

Work Like A Woman

Venue: Big Tent
Mary Portas is one of the UK’s most high profile businesswomen. She transformed Harvey Nichols, runs her own consultancy, made a career in TV (Mary Queen of Shops) and advised the Government on the future of High Streets. Today she talks candidly about her life and work and about how, after years of playing the business game, she rebuilt her business on the values that mattered to her. Don’t miss her advice on how to make the way we work better.
Price: £10.00
 
 
Mary Portas

Event 3

Kate Humble

Wayfaring Special: Thinking on My Feet

Venue: Big Tent
"I've discovered that going for a daily walk has become as essential to me feeling good for the rest of the day as that first cup of tea. But I would argue that all I am doing is responding to a natural need we all have. Humans have always been migrants, the physiological urge to be nomadic is deep-rooted in all of us and perhaps because of that our brains are stimulated by walking. I solve all sorts of problems, formulate ideas, work things out to that gentle rhythm of self-propelled movement." Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate's walking year - shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. As she explores the reasons why we walk, whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate's reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action.
Price: £10.00
 
 
Kate Humble

Event 4

James O’Brien

How To Be Right

Venue: Big Tent
The LBC radio talkshow host provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue in current affairs, James tells the stories of the conversations he’s had, explains why people have been fooled into thinking the way they do, and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards. He talks to Rosie Boycott. 
O’Brien’s 2018 Christopher Hitchens Lecture is now available on HayPlayer.
Price: £10.00
 
 
James O’Brien

Event 5

Rose Tremain

The Road Home

Venue: Big Tent
Tremain's novel about an Eastern European migrant worker's experience of Britain won the 2008 Orange Prize and was voted the best novel of the past 30 years by the Hay Festival audience in our 30th anniversary poll. She discusses the story and its urgent relevance with Peter Florence.
Price: £10.00
 
 
Rose Tremain

Event 6

Gina Miller

Rise!

Venue: Big Tent
 
Miller came to prominence when she successfully took the British government to the Supreme Court, challenging its authority to trigger Article 50, the formal notification to leave the EU, without parliamentary approval. Guyana-born Miller became the target of racist and sexist abuse, and physical threats. Rise is an unflinching account of what it means to stand up for justice, and for yourself, no matter what the cost. She discusses her book and why she felt compelled to write it. Chaired by Peter Florence.
Price: £10.00
 
 
Gina Miller