Hay Festival 2021 – Culture

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Event 94

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Rebecca Ruth Gould and Kayvan Tahmasebian

Lunchtime Lecture Series 8: Translation as a Form of Activism

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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Translation is an act of activism that enables readers and citizens to think differently about power. Yet every translator understands their activism differently. What are translators’ roles in bringing about social change? How is transnational activism shaped by class, race, and geography, be it the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, East Asia, the US or Europe?

Rebecca Ruth Gould is a writer, translator, and Professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Literature; Kayvan Tahmasebian is an Iranian poet, translator, critic, andMarie-Curie Research Fellow; both at University of Birmingham. They are co-editors of The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Activism and co-authors of a forthcoming book on translation as activism.

This event will be pre-recorded but the speakers will be live on the chat to answer questions during the event, and for 15 minutes afterwards.
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Event 98

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Neil Mendoza, Nina Plowman, Emma Rickett and Iwona Blazwick talk to Ed Vaizey

Your Culture Needs You!

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Ed Vaizey, former Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, leads a discussion on how our luxury brands can support our culture and its institutions in a time of crisis. On the panel is Neil Mendoza, Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal and Provost of Oriel College, Oxford University, Iwona Blazwick from The Whitechapel Gallery, Emma Rickett, Global Lifestyle Communications Manager of Rolls-Royce and Nina Plowman is managing partner at top PR agency Cultural Comms.

#artsandculture #politicsandhealth #society

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Event 102

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Sam Lee talks to Leah Borromeo

The Nightingale

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Imagine yourself in the forest, sit by the fire and listen to the intoxicating song of the nightingale. Every year, as darkness falls in the woods, this mysterious bird heralds the arrival of spring. Throughout history, its sweet song has inspired musicians, writers and artists around the world, from Germany, France and Italy to Greece, Ukraine and Korea. The conservationist, musician and folk expert reveals in beautiful detail the bird's song, habitat, characteristics and migration patterns, as well as the environmental issues that threaten its livelihood. Join us for a spell-binding blend of chat and music.
Leah Borromeo is a journalist, filmmaker and co-founder of Disobedient films.

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Event 110

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Martin Shaw talks to Fiona Mountain

Smoke Hole

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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In Smoke Hole, the master storyteller and wilderness guide Martin Shaw invites us to use stories to face the complexities of contemporary life, from fake news, parenthood, climate crises to addictive technology and more. We are urged to reclaim our imagination and untangle ourselves from modern menace to find the truth in wilderness and beauty.

​​Martin is in conversation with the award-winning novelist Fiona Mountain whose latest book, The Keeper of Songs, is out on July 2nd.

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Event 119

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Gillian Clarke, introduced by Rufus Mufasa

The Anthea Bell Lecture: The Gododdin – Lament for the Fallen

Virtual venue: Llwyfan Cymru Digidol – Wales Digital Stage
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The ancient Welsh poem, The Gododdin, charts the rise and fall of 363 warriors in the battle of Catraeth, around the year AD 600. The men of the Brittonic kingdom of Gododdin rose to unite the Welsh and the Picts against the Angles, only to meet a devastating fate. Composed by the poet Aneirin, the poem was originally orally transmitted as a sung elegy, passed down for seven centuries before being transcribed in early Welsh by two medieval scribes. It is composed of one hundred laments to the named characters who fell, and follows sophisticated alliterative poetics. The former National Poet of Wales animates this historical epic with a modern musicality, making it live in the language of today.

Rufus Mufasa is an artist, literary activist, poet, rapper, singer-songwriter, theatre maker and a previous Hay Festival Writer at Work.

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Event 129

Events taking place online 24 May - 6 June

Simon Armitage talks to Natalie Haynes

Magnetic Field and A Vertical Art

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage
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Growing up in Marsden in West Yorkshire, the Poet Laureate always associated his early poetic experiences with the night-time view from his bedroom window – those 'private, moonstruck observations' and the clockwork comings and goings in the village providing rich subject matter for his first poems. Decades on, that window continues to operate as both framework and focal point for the writing, the vastness of the surrounding moors always at his shoulder forming a constant psychological backdrop. Magnetic Fieldbrings together his Marsden poems, from his very first pamphlet to new work from a forthcoming collection. It offers his perspective on a locality he describes as 'transcendent and transgressive', a unique region forming a frontier territory between many different worlds.

A Vertical Art gathers together the poet's spirited public lectures delivered during his four-year tenure as Oxford University Professor of Poetry. Armitage tries to identify a 'common sense' approach to an art form that can lend itself to grand statements and vacuous gestures, questioning both the facile and obscure ends of the poetry spectrum. He asserts fundamental qualities that separate the genre from prose and song lyrics, examining who poetry is written for and its value today.

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