Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Crime

Event 24

Joan Smith talks to Nazir Afzal

Home Grown: How Domestic Violence Turns Men Into Terrorists

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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What do the attacks on London Bridge, Manchester and Westminster have in common with those at the Charlie Hebdo offices, the Finsbury Park Mosque, and multiple US shootings? They were all carried out by men with histories of domestic violence. From angry white men to the Bethnal Green girls and London gang members who joined ISIS, Joan Smith shows that, time and time again, misogyny, trauma and abuse lurk beneath the rationalisations of religion or politics. Until Smith pointed it out in 2017, criminal authorities missed this connection because violence against women is dangerously normalised. Yet, since domestic abuse often comes before a public attack, it’s here a solution to the scourge of our age might be found. Afzal is a lawyer who oversaw prosecutions in the Rotherham grooming case.

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Joan Smith talks to Nazir Afzal

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Carole Cadwalladr

Byline Platform: Damned Lies and Big Data

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Cadwalladr has won the Orwell Prize and the Reporters Without Borders Award for her investigative journalism in The Observer into the subversion of the democratic process and the impact of big data analytics and interventions on the EU Referendum and the American Presidential Election. She discusses her work with Oliver Bullough.

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Carole Cadwalladr

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Deborah Lipstadt talks to Rosie Boycott

Antisemitism: Here and Now

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left, in America, across Europe and in Britain. She addresses what can be done about it.

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Deborah Lipstadt talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 142

Kate Nicholls talks to Jane Garvey

Under the Camelthorn Tree

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Nicholls left England to raise her five children in Botswana. Living on a shoestring in a lion conservation camp, she home-schools her family while they also learn at first-hand about the individual lives of wild lions. The setting is exotic but it is also precarious. When Nicholls is subjected to a brutal attack by three men, it threatens to destroy her and her family: post-traumatic stress turns a good mother into a woman who is fragmented and out of control. This powerfully written, raw and often warmly funny memoir is an inspiring account of family love, and a powerful beacon of hope for life after trauma.

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Kate Nicholls talks to Jane Garvey

Event 184

John Simpson talks to Oliver Bullough

Moscow, Midnight

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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The legendary BBC World Affairs Editor discusses his new thriller and the way in which, in fact as in fiction, so many of the most improbable or extraordinary stories and trails all lead back to Moscow.

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John Simpson talks to Oliver Bullough

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Angela Gallop talks to Oliver Balch

When the Dogs Don’t Bark: A Forensic Scientist’s Search for Truth

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Never before has criminal justice rested so heavily on scientific evidence. Gallop is one of the world’s most eminent forensic scientists. During a career spanning more than forty years, she has helped to drive change and transformation within the field. A specialist in cold-case investigations, Gallop has led forensic teams to find vital evidence in many of the UK’s most challenging cases, including the investigation that finally absolved the Cardiff Three and the killings of Stephen Lawrence, Damilola Taylor and Rachel Nickell.

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Angela Gallop talks to Oliver Balch

Event 202

Paul Martin and Anja Shortland talk to Oliver Bullough

Badlands and Business

Venue: Cube
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Martin is one of the world’s most experienced security experts. His book The Rules of Security shows how the threats to our security today are complex and continually evolving. Criminals, hackers, terrorists and hostile foreign states continually find new ways of staying one step ahead of us, while we are continually creating new vulnerabilities as we adopt new technologies and new ways of working. Shortland is a Reader in Political Economy specialising in Somali piracy. Her book Kidnap: Inside The Ransom Business investigates the strange trade of hostage-taking and asks: What would be the ‘right price’ for your loved one – and can you avoid putting others at risk by paying it? What prevents criminals from maltreating hostages? And why would kidnappers release a potential future witness after receiving their money? Bullough is author of Moneyland.

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Jean Jenkins

Fashion - An Industry of Gross Exploitation

Venue: The Summerhouse
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In 1909 Nancy Meyer and Clementina Black wrote The Makers of our Clothes, documenting abuses in what was described as a ‘parasite industry’. Today, gross exploitation thrives in clothing manufacture. Nevertheless, workers are not hapless victims – they fight back. This talk shines a light on workers’ struggles against the odds. Jenkins is Reader in Employment Relations at Cardiff University and is currently working on a UK government-funded Global Challenges Research Fund research project investigating the availability of access to remedy for garment workers in today’s garment supply chain.

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Jean Jenkins

Event 230

Hallie Rubenhold

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. Their murderer was never identified, but the name created for him by the press has become far more famous than any of these five women. Now, in her devastating narrative of five lives, historian Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, and gives these women back their stories. Chaired by the historical thriller writer SJ Parris.

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Oliver Bullough

How to Steal a Trillion Dollars, and Where to Hide it

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Moneyland is the secret country of the lawless, stateless, super rich. Over the past fifty years it has become the third largest economy in the world, and is annexing more every day. Investigative journalist Oliver Bullough explains how the City of London created this phenomenon, what damage it’s doing to the world and what Britain must do to stop being the problem.

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Oliver Bullough

Event 241

Chris Ryan talks to Oliver Balch

Fictions: Red Strike

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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A former SAS corporal and the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation during the 1991 Gulf War, Ryan turned to writing thrillers to tell the stories the Official Secrets Act stops him putting in his non-fiction. His novels have gone on to inspire the Sky One series Strike BackRed Strike sees Ryan’s two heroes go undercover into the circle of a British populist demagogue with links to the Kremlin.

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Event 304

Albert Woodfox talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Solitary

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement, in a 6 x 9-foot cell, twenty-three hours a day, in the notorious Angola prison in Louisiana – all for a crime he did not commit. That Albert Woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. That he was able to emerge whole from his odyssey within America’s prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit. 

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Albert Woodfox talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

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James Ellroy talks to Mark Lawson

Fictions: This Storm

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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From “one of the great American writers of our time” (Los Angeles Times) a brilliant historical crime novel, a pulse-pounding, as-it-happens narrative that unfolds in Los Angeles and Mexico in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Ellroy is author of the acclaimed LA Quartet: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, LA Confidential and White Jazz, as well as the Underworld USA trilogy.

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