Hay Festival 2024

Welcome to our 2024 earlybird programme. Below you will find selected highlights which are available to book now. The full programme will be released in the spring. Please ensure you are signed up to our mailing list for updates. You can also pre-order a printed copy of the programme.

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Event T23

Events taking place live 23 May–2 June 2024

Rory Stewart talks to Toby Lichtig

Politics on the Edge

– Global Stage
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From the former Conservative Cabinet minister and co-presenter of 2022’s hit podcast The Rest is Politics, a searing insider’s account of ten extraordinary years in Parliament. From 2010 to 2019, Rory Stewart went from being a political outsider to standing for prime minister – before resigning from a Conservative Party he barely recognised. Tackling ministerial briefs on flood response and prison violence, engaging with conflict and poverty abroad as a foreign minister, and Brexit as a Cabinet minister, Stewart learned first-hand how profoundly hollow and inadequate our democracy and government had become, with cronyism, ignorance and sheer incompetence running rampant. Stewart talks to TLS Fiction and Politics Editor Toby Lichtig.

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Event T24

Events taking place live 23 May–2 June 2024

Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings

– Discovery Stage
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A Brief History of Seven Killings exploded onto the literary scene in 2014, winning the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Ten years after its publication, Marlon James presents a new edition exploring the ongoing cultural and historical fascination with Bob Marley. In Jamaica, 1976, seven gunmen storm Marley’s house, machine guns blazing. The superstar survives but the gunmen are never caught. James’s novel reimagines an event that has become a modern myth, as he chronicles the lives of slum kids, one-night stands, drug lords, girlfriends, gunmen, journalists and even the CIA.

Price: £13.00

Event T25

Events taking place live 23 May–2 June 2024

Venki Ramakrishnan talks to Adam Rutherford

Imagine… Science: Why We Die

– Discovery Stage
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The Nobel Prize-winning biologist and former president of the Royal Society explores the science of why and how we age and die. The knowledge of death is so terrifying that we live most of our lives in denial of it, and our fear has underpinned our religions, inspired our cultures, and driven our science. Today giant strides are being made in our understanding of death, and immortality might even be within our grasp. But what are the social and ethical costs of attempting to live forever? He talks to the Radio 4 broadcaster and president of the British Humanist Association.

Price: £13.00

Event T26

Events taking place live 23 May–2 June 2024

Robin Wall Kimmerer talks to James Rebanks

Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

– Global Stage
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The botanist draws on her expertise and experience as an indigenous woman to show how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. Her subjects range from the Native American legend of the Skywoman to the language of wild strawberries and squash, asters and goldenrod, algae and sweetgrass. Her collection of essays weaves together traditional ecological knowledge and scientific knowledge to examine the relationship people have, and can have, with the living environment. Kimmerer lives in New York where she is founder and director of the Centre for Native Peoples and the Environment. She talks about her book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants with farmer and author James Rebanks.

Price: £13.00

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