The Chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group from 1991 to 2001 and of Anglo American Plc from 2002 to 2009 discusses the realities, dilemmas and lessons to be learnt from the last 20 years of corporate engagement with sustainability, ethics and responsibility. He tells a tale of corruption and conflict, of extractive industries and intractable governments from Syria and Nigeria to Downing Street and Beijing. In a tough world, how can business do the right thing?
From first joining the Royal Navy in 1940 until the end of the campaign against Japan, Tony Ditcham was in the front line of the naval war. After brief service in the battle-cruiser Renown, he went into destroyers and saw action in most European theatres, against S-boats and aircraft in Bomb Alley off Britain’s East Coast, and on Arctic convoys to Russia. During the dramatic Battle of the North Cape in December 1943 he was probably the first man to actually see the Scharnhorst from his position in the gun director of HMS Scorpion.
Hannah King is a liar, so everyone says. That means her stories of growing up in the Rhondda, as told in Six Pounds Eight Ounces by Rhian Elizabeth, must be treated with caution. Set in 1660, Matthew Francis’s The Book of the Needle is a story of religion, magic and power politics told by the King’s tailor, Arise Evans, who is charming, irritable, playful and – at least part of the time – insane. They talk to Jon Gower.
Exploring the role of Somatic Education – how understanding and improving natural movement, mindfulness and personal wellbeing translates into community, organisational and societal adaptability and efficiency. Darren Gibbs is Founding Director of Active Somatics.
A vivid and animated storytelling with Ossian, a theatre collective who will introduce the stories of Antigone, Gulliver, Captain Nemo and Don Juan, inviting audiences to share these stories, to listen and to become storytellers themselves.
Pushkin Children's Books Save The Story project is a mission in book form: saving great stories from oblivion by retelling them for a new, younger generation. Ossian, a collective of theatre professionals, has taken up the challenge and in a vivid and animated hour-long storytelling will introduce their young audience to these classic stories as retold by great contemporary writers Ali Smith, Jonathan Coe, Dave Eggers and Alessandro Baricco.
Storyteller Woman: Fiona Hampton
Storyteller Man: Benjamin O'Mahony
Director: Lesley Hutchison
Designer: Carlos Jiménez
The actress talks about her Shakespearean work and celebrates her album of great speeches, Exits and Entrances.
Drawing on experience of reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa, Reverend Mpho Tutu (who wrote this book with her father Archbishop Desmond Tutu) offers four concrete steps along the path to forgiving and being forgiven. Chaired by Simon Lockett.
The Director of the Design Museum in London has written a book about what makes a Warhol a genuine fake; the creation of national identities; the mania to collect. It’s also about the city as seen from the rear view mirror of Grand Theft Auto V; digital ornament and why we value imperfection. It’s about drinking a bruisingly dry martini in Adolf Loo’s American bar in Vienna, and about Hitchcock’s film sets. It’s about the modern world of fashion, technology, design and art. Chaired by Dylan Jones.
Drawing on recent spuddish collections I AM A POeTATO and Peace Love And Potatoes. Pieces new and older: meditations upon family, celery and happier daleks. A return to the Hay festivities, mandolin in hand with dippings into an animal alphabet and verses written whilst resident poet at Keats House, Hampstead. Light and lyrical. Deep and daft. Come and sing. Devised largely for adults but has proved tollerable for some 9-year-olds.
In this show Bill Bailey explores, with his trademark wit and enthusiasm, those areas of life that can’t be planned, or charted; the gaps between expectation and reality. Whether it’s black holes, politics, or the blandness of modern music, anger and humour explode in comedy fusion.
And it’s personal too, how our lives are ruled by details, and endless voting opportunities, comment leaving, ratings…a thousand distractions. He leads the audience through tales of his own experience, of one word that changed the course of his life…He revives the protest song in response to upheaval in Europe, he recounts the hilarious tale of a disastrous family trip to see the Northern Lights.
Music, language, political discourse, stories from the Equator to the Arctic Circle…this is Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to Modern Living.
The comedian has the last word at the 2014 Festival. Well, probably the last word and some music. Thank you for coming.