Hay Festival 2022 – Crime

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Event 13

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Anthony Horowitz talks to Matt Stadlen

With a Mind to Kill

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Anthony Horowitz pulls the trigger on his new James Bond novel on its publication day. With a Mind to Kill opens with M’s funeral. One man is missing from the graveside: the traitor who is now in custody, accused of M’s murder – James Bond. Behind the Iron Curtain, a group of former Smersh agents want to use the British spy in an operation that will change the balance of world power. Bond is smuggled into the lion’s den – but whose orders is he following, and will he obey them when the moment of truth arrives? In a mission where treachery is all around and one false move means death, Bond must grapple with the darkest questions about himself. But not even he knows what has happened to the man he used to be.

Anthony Horowitz is the only author in recent years to have been invited by Ian Fleming Publications to write successive, official James Bond novels. In 2015 he published Trigger Mortis, continuing with Forever and a Day in 2018. Both were critically acclaimed bestsellers, and With a Mind To Kill completes Horowitz’s trilogy of original 007 novels.

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Anthony Horowitz talks to Matt Stadlen

Event 50

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Martin Innes

Lunchtime Lecture: Disinform, Distort, Deceive

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Disinformation is one of the most pressing and urgent social and political challenges of our times. Almost every high-profile event or issue seems to act as a magnet for disinformation campaigns and influence operations, ranging from democratic elections to the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.

Director at Cardiff University Crime and Security Research Institute Martin Innes investigates how disinformation campaigns are organised and conducted. Informed by a large-scale international research programme exploring disinformation and its impacts across diverse settings and situations, he uses several key ‘real world’ examples to illuminate the key components of how digital disinformation campaigns are run, and what can be done to limit their harms.

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Martin Innes

Event 75

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Jacqueline Rose and Amia Srinivasan

Sex and Violence

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Violence – particularly against women, and often sexual – has become exponentially more visible across the world. The renowned feminist thinker and the Professor of Social and Political Theory agitate for new frameworks to achieve sexual justice.

Jacqueline Rose’s On Violence and On Violence Against Women is a blazingly insightful, provocative study of violence against women, tracking multiple forms of today’s violence – ranging through trans rights and #MeToo; the suffragette movement and the sexual harassment faced by migrant women; and the sharp increase in domestic violence over the course of the pandemic.

Amia Srinivasan’s The Right to Sex rethinks sex as a political phenomenon. Since #MeToo many have fixed on consent as the key framework for achieving sexual justice. Yet consent is a blunt tool. To grasp sex in all its complexity we need to interrogate the fraught relationships between discrimination and preference, pornography and freedom, rape and racial injustice, punishment and accountability, pleasure and power, capitalism and liberation.

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Jacqueline Rose and Amia Srinivasan

Event 163

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Stephen Bates joins Maria Golightly and Sophie Jones

The Poisonous Solicitor Walk

Venue: Meeting Place on Site
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The true story of Major Herbert Armstrong, a Hay-on-Wye solicitor who was hanged in May 1922 for poisoning his wife with arsenic, was a celebrated murder case, which inspired works by Dorothy L Sayers and Agatha Christie in the golden age of crime writing. But was he really guilty? Or was it a terrible miscarriage of justice? Stephen Bates uncovers new evidence as he joins Brecon Beacons National Park guides on this walking tour around Hay, visiting some of the sites featured in his book.

2 hours
Please wear appropriate outdoor gear. The walk returns to the Festival site by midday.
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Event 198

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Sophie Hannah, SJ Parris and Sarah Vaughan

Crime à la Carte

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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Sophie Hannah is author of the Poirot continuation mysteries: The Couple at the Table has everything you want in a mystery – a cryptic threat, a murder, a closed circle of suspects and an unguessable solution. SJ Parris (aka Stephanie Merritt)’s Storm is set in a beautiful French château, where long-buried secrets begin to unravel at a party… and no one is safe. Sarah Vaughan’s Reputation is a timely, thought-provoking novel about women, perception and power. The three masters of the art of crime fiction present their new thrillers.

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Sophie Hannah, SJ Parris and Sarah Vaughan

Event 257

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Cori Crider, Rosa Curling, Mercy Mutemi and Zelda Perkins talk to Emma Graham-Harrison

Imagine… Democracy: Speaking Truth to Power

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Excess of power and absence of mechanisms of control often lead to abuse, monopoly or corruption. Cori Crider and Rosa Curling are co-directors of Foxglove, a British platform that fights against the power of algorithmic systems managed by giants such as Facebook or the CIA. They are working with Mercy Mutemi (who joins the event via video link) in a claim against Meta/Facebook and Sama for the appalling conditions in which content moderators are forced to work in Nairobi. Zelda Perkins is co-creator of Can’t Buy My Silence, a campaign that raises awareness of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) used to threaten people with legal consequences, to cover up abuse and in some cases criminal acts. They discuss how speaking the truth has helped them fight oppressive power, with Emma Graham-Harrison, International Affairs Correspondent for the Observer.

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Cori Crider, Rosa Curling, Mercy Mutemi and Zelda Perkins talk to Emma Graham-Harrison

Event 320

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Rose Tremain talks to Kirsty Lang

Lily

Venue: Festival Friends Stage
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The new novel from the author of The Road Home and Trespass opens with a confession of murder… Abandoned at the gates of a London park one winter’s night in 1850, baby Lily Mortimer is saved by a young police constable and taken to the London Foundling Hospital. She is fostered by a farming family in Suffolk, enjoying a brief childhood idyll before she is returned to the Hospital and punished for her rebellious spirit. Released into the harsh world of Victorian London, Lily becomes a favoured employee at Belle Prettywood’s Wig Emporium, but all the while she is hiding a dreadful secret. The police constable keeps watch over the young woman he once saved and when he meets Lily again there is mutual attraction: but might he uncover her crime and condemn her to death?

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Rose Tremain talks to Kirsty Lang

Event 371

Events taking place live 26 May–5 June 2022

Ian Rankin talks to Hannah Critchlow

The Dark Remains

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Two crime-writing legends join forces for the first ever case of DI Laidlaw: the original gritty Glasgow detective who inspired an entire genre. William McIlvanney’s Laidlaw trilogy changed the face of crime fiction in the 1970s and 1980s, inspiring an entire generation of crime writers including Mark Billingham, Val McDermid, Denise Mina, Chris Brookmyre – and Ian Rankin. When McIlvanney died in 2015, he left half a handwritten manuscript of Laidlaw’s first case, his first new novel in 25 years. Now, Ian Rankin is back to finish what McIlvanney started. In The Dark Remains, the criminal world of 1970s Glasgow, and the relentless quest for truth, are brought to life by these two authors.

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Ian Rankin talks to Hannah Critchlow