Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 51

Naomi Wolf

Outrages: Sex, Censorship, and the Criminalisation of Love

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Wolf illuminates a dramatic history – how a single English law in 1857 led to a maelstrom, with reverberations lasting to our day. That law was the Obscene Publications Act. Dissent and morality became legal concepts: if writers, editors, printers and booksellers did not uphold the law and the morals of society they faced serious criminal penalties. This was most dramatic regarding anything to do with love between men; homosexuality was linked to deviancy in the eyes of the law. Wolf portrays the dramatic ways this censorship played out among a bohemian group of sexual dissidents, including Walt Whitman in America and the English critic John Addington Symonds. Both a fascinating story and, crucially, an important way of understanding how the Act created homophobia and our ideas of ‘normalcy’ and ‘deviancy’, Outrages also shows the way it helped usher in the state’s purported need and right to police speech. Chaired by Matthew d’Ancona.

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Event 112

Kamal Ahmed

The Life and Times of a Very British Man

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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Ahmed’s childhood was very British in every way – except for the fact that he was brown. Half English, half Sudanese, he was raised in 1970s London at a time when being mixed-race meant being told to go home, even when you were born just down the road. The memoir by the Editorial Director of BBC News makes the case for a new conversation about race in Britain through personal stories, political analysis and a passionate belief in the ultimate good of this country. He talks to Thea Lenarduzzi of the TLS.

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Kamal Ahmed

Event 153

Dustin Lance Black talks to Francine Stock

Mama’s Boy

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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“To outsiders, my mom and I should have been enemies. Our house should have been divided – North vs South, red vs blue, conservative vs progressive, or however you want to put it. Instead, my mom and I fuelled each other. Her oil lit my lamp, and eventually mine lit hers.” Dustin Lance Black wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay for Milk and helped overturn California’s anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in the United States Supreme Court. He grew up in a conservative Mormon household outside San Antonio, Texas. This is his story.

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Dustin Lance Black talks to Francine Stock

Event 156

Sandi Toksvig Live!

Great Dane

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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New Stand-Up from the beloved GBBO and QI superstar. 

Sandi is a Danish/British writer and presenter.   She has been working on British TV and radio for nearly four decades and in 2014 was made an Officer of the British Empire for her services to broadcasting.   She has written over 25 books including fact and fiction. Her latest novel ‘The End of the Sky’ was published in 2017 and her new stage musical, an adaptation of ‘Treasure Island’,  will open in December 2018 Sandi is the co-founder of Britain’s newest political force, the Women’s Equality Party.

Presented by Fane Productions

Sandi will also be appearing in the Woodland Trust event on Tuesday morning at 10am, for which there are tickets available - event 166

 

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Sandi Toksvig Live!

Event 163

Matthew Todd, Munroe Bergdorf, Calum McSwiggan

Pride: From Stonewall to the Present

Venue: Hay Festival Foundation Stage
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In June 1969 police raided New York gay bar the Stonewall Inn. Matt Todd’s book Pride charts the events of that night, the days and nights of rioting that followed, the ensuing organisation of local members of the community – and the fifty years since in which activists and ordinary people have dedicated their lives to reversing the global position. Todd, the former editor of Attitude and author of Straight Jacket, is joined by transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf and YouTuber Calum McSwiggan to celebrate the milestones in the fight for equality, from the victories of early activists to the gradual acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in politics, sport and the media, and the passing of legislation barring discrimination.

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