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What happens to our brain at night? Are we really fully asleep and if so how is it that some individuals end up doing what they do? Or can it be the case that perhaps the brain never fully goes to sleep and that in some individuals there is a disconnect between the sleeping part of their brain and the active part of their brain, so that the two become confused? The world-renowned neurologist weaves wonderful stories that highlight how sleep disorders affect the lives and health of patients and their families.
Join Stephen Sackur on the set of the BBC’s tough-talking interview programme. If you have a thirst for inquiring journalism and enjoy the cut and thrust of gladiatorial theatre, get a seat in the BBC Tent and judge for yourself.
With a look that falls somewhere between Adam Ant and Prince and a sound that blends glam rock, psychedelic folk and indie pop, Charles Costa is one of the most compelling and exhilarating live performers in Britain. His 2012 album Loveblood launched the exuberant hit singles 'Mississippi Isabel', 'Bam Bam' and 'Lady Percy'. His Gamble for a Rose album appeared in 2016, and his new single Freak has just been released. Come. He’s fabulous.
Snowflake, Nazi, Remoaner, Trot, Libtard, Brextremist, Feminazi, Piers Morgan... As we divide each other up into more and more unpleasant categories of evil, it is time to establish, once and for all, what is good and what is bad. Who better to arbitrate in these challenging divisive times than Lucifer himself? Brigstocke is a master of satirical comedy with an impressive list of TV credits including his role as team captain on Argumental and as host of The Late Edition and BBC4’s I’ve Never Seen Star Wars. “Rare is the stand-up show that makes you laugh, think and then fight back the tears. This is it.” – Telegraph.
Bryony Gordon was inspired by her reading of Carson McCullers, and her understanding of the support of fellowship, to set up Mental Health Mates, a network of peer support groups run by people with mental health issues and their friends who meet regularly to walk and talk. This is now a nationwide organisation. You do not need to have a diagnosed mental health issue to join the walks – everyone has mental health. Walk alongside Bryony Gordon, journalist, campaigner and author of Mad Girl, who will talk about the inspiration of McCullers and writing that can provide solace.
Please wear appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited. Return to Festival site by 11.30am.
We profile two more extraordinary books shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize: Lucy Cooke’s The Truth about Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife and Mark Miodownik’s Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives.
Dorling and Tomlinson argue that the 2016 vote to leave the EU was the last gasp of the old empire working its way out of the British psyche. In this wide-ranging and exacting analysis, they argue that if Britain can reconcile itself to a new beginning, there is the chance to carve out a new identity. Rule Britannia is a call to leave behind the jingoistic ignorance of the past and build a fairer Britain, eradicating the inequality that blights our society and embracing our true strengths. Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor in geography at the University of Oxford. Tomlinson is Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths University and Honorary Fellow of the Education Department at Oxford.
The founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition travels the globe in search of the most exciting and pioneering start-ups building the future, meeting ambitious entrepreneurs disrupting businesses in almost every sector. And yet too often the companies think they can innovate through jargon; with talk of change agents and co-creation gurus, ideas portals and webinars, paradigm shifts and pilgrimages to Silicon Valley. It’s mostly pointless innovation theatre – corporate nonsense that has little to do with delivering real change. But during this quest he’s also discovered some genuinely exciting and transformative approaches to innovation, often in places you might least expect…
Experience the BBC’s flagship science and technology TV show LIVE on stage. Host Spencer Kelly has spent over fifteen years exploring the world of technology, returning to Hay for a fourth year with mind-bending live demos 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
From Hay we climb to atmospheric Mouse Castle Wood, home to ancient oaks and site of an unfinished motte-and-bailey earthwork, consisting of a rock boss with an artificially scarped vertical side. The castle was held by the de Clanowe family in the 14th century. We continue across undulating fields, returning to Hay along the Wye Valley Walk. Distance 8 miles. Ascent 250 metres.
Strong boots and all weather clothing recommended. Bring a packed lunch.
Celebrate The Gruffalo’s 20th birthday with Julia Donaldson and friends for a fun-packed hour of stories and songs based on her bestselling books. Performing alongside her guitar-playing husband Malcolm and other actors, they will also bring to life her brand new stories The Cook and the King and The Go-Away Bird. Get ready to join in!
Shortlisted for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal, Bone Talk is a dramatic adventure tale full of spirit and soul that transports readers to the world and heart of a remote Filipino tribe. Candy Gourlay, who is of Filipino heritage and was a journalist during the People Power Revolution in the Philippines, explores colonialism and the treatment of Filipino tribes in this fascinating and strongly set adventure.
What is news? Is all news fake? Who can you trust? Join the NewsWise team for a fun, interactive investigation into the news… find the clues to help you spot fake news, and understand why this matters! NewsWise (theguardian.com/newswise) is a free project from The Guardian Foundation (theguardian.com/the-guardian-foundation), National Literacy Trust (literacytrust.org.uk) and PSHE Association (pshe-association.org.uk).
Cook School is pitching up at Hay Festival to offer hands-on, fun cookery sessions, preparing a couple of Italian classics to take home for dinner along with an easy step-by-step recipe card, written by renowned children’s cookbook author Amanda Grant. Cook School is on a mission to teach as many children and young people to cook as possible. Head to cookschool.club to find out more.
Come and join Rooted Forest School (rootedforestschool.co.uk) for an outdoor family session inspired by the Forest School approach. We will be making charcoal on the fire, using natural pigments to create our own paint, making brushes from found materials and creating communal land art. These sessions are aimed at families and will run whatever the weather, so make sure you’re wrapped up for the conditions.
Join us in NMiTE’s Studio 1, a hi-tech refurbished shipping container, to explore ideas through making. Experience how highly creative and technological engineering can be. NMiTE is located in Hereford and aims to be the city’s first university with a focus on engineering.
Sign up at the venue for 10am, 11.30am or 1pm. Ingenuity Studio 1 free drop-in sessions for families take place between 2.30pm and 5pm, Sunday 26 May – Saturday 1 June.
The winning novelist and translator, announced on 21 May, will join us for a conversation with the chair of the jury. The longlisted authors and their translators are Hwang Sok-yong and Sora Kim-Russell, Mazen Maarouf and Jonathan Wright, Hubert Mingarelli and Sam Taylor, Marion Poschmann and Jen Calleja, Samanta Schweblin and Megan McDowell, Sara Stridsberg and Deborah Bragan-Turner, Olga Tokarczuk and Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Anne McLean, Tommy Wieringa and Sam Garrett, Alia Trabucco Zeran and Sophie Hughes, Can Xue and Annelise Finnegan Wasmoen.
Happiness expert Professor Paul Dolan draws on a variety of studies ranging over wellbeing, inequality and discrimination to bust the common myths about our sources of happiness. He shows that there can be many unexpected paths to lasting fulfilment. Some of these might involve not going into higher education, choosing not to marry, rewarding acts rooted in self-interest and caring a little less about living forever. By freeing ourselves from the myth of the perfect life, we might each find a life worth living. Chaired by Horatio Clare.
Couto’s novel Woman of the Ashes masterfully interweaves history with folklore and has managed to create a work of rare originality and imagination set in 19th century Mozambique. Imani, a fifteen-year-old girl, struggles with her cultural identity as she is torn between her VaChopi roots and the occupying Portuguese. The three diaspora protagonists in Moore’s dazzling magical realist debut She Would be King meet in the settlement of Monrovia. Their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.
BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme explores the ways in which writing about art can help us embrace a new way of seeing the work. Rana Mitter is joined by novelist and art essayist Siri Hustvedt, writer and broadcaster Simon Schama and Radio 3 New Generation Thinker and historian of Renaissance and early modern Europe Catherine Fletcher.
Free Thinking is broadcast on Radio 3 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm. This recording will be broadcast on Thursday 30 May and available as a BBC Arts & Ideas podcast.