Poet Simon Armitage talks about his new commission for the BBC and the challenge of writing seven poems about the Great War. He will be in conversation with the BBC’s director of Arts, Jonty Claypole, and will be showing clips from his forthcoming documentary. Not for broadcast. The Great War: An Elegy will go out on BBC TWO in the autumn.
12+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
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In August 1814 the United States’ army is defeated in battle by an invading force just outside Washington DC. The US president and his wife have just enough time to pack their belongings and escape from the White House before the enemy enters. The invaders tuck into the dinner they find still sitting on the dining-room table and then set fire to the place.
In this first of Hay Festival's 2014 sessions celebrating the 450th birthday of the playwright, the Renaissance scholar explores Shakespeare’s relationship with the Islamic world in the history plays and in his tragedies.
Can our planet support the demands of the ten billion people anticipated to be the world’s population by the middle of this century? The Oxford Professor of Globalization and Development examines the intended and unintended consequences of population and economic growth.
Harkaway’s Tigerman and Haider Rahman’s In The Light of What We Know are superb novels of huge scale and imagination that range across the turbulent contemporary world, exploring loyalties, friendship and redemption. They discuss their stories with Olivia Cole.
One of the translators of this encyclopedic philosophical lexicon – The Dictionary of Untranslatables – examines some of the philosophical, literary and political terms and concepts that defy easy – or any – translation from one language and culture to another. He talks to Daniel Hahn, the national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.
The ‘Trail Blazing Wellness’ advocate suggests strategies for building resilience and flexibility for strong sustainable social enterprises. She focuses on creating business that supports founders rather than drains them and responds to change in the midst of crisis.
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It’s the 15th anniversary of the worldwide picture book classic. To celebrate, the illustrator will be storytelling and giving behind-the-scenes peeks into his sketchbook.
Famous as ‘the Fonz’ in Happy Days, Henry Winkler overcame dyslexia to act, write and direct. The author of the Hank Zipzer series is on a mission to inspire children and show them how everyone can succeed in their own way. In association with First News, the children’s newspaper.
Fans of Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will enjoy this heartfelt story of human connections in which a 12-year-old child, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, finds it comforting to count by 7s. Join bestselling Holly Goldberg Sloan over from the USA as she discusses the themes and inspiration behind this highly acclaimed book.
Inspired by nature? Join a poetry workshop hosted by Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre. Birds and wildlife have been a predominant theme throughout the history of poetry, as well as exerting a powerful influence on the literature of Wales. Through a series of writing exercises and discussion, this workshop explores the central role of birds and wilderness in both contemporary verse and legendary tales.16+ years
A master class on how to get started. Francine Stock chairs a discussion with young researchers, producers and journalists from Television, Radio and Online on how to break into, and climb, the media career ladder. Not for broadcast.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
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An intimate and personal decoding of the nature and nurture of the famous and infamous geneticist, author of The Selfish Gene, Unweaving the Rainbow, The God Delusion and The Blind Watchmaker.
Two days after the European elections and a year from the next UK General Election, the journalist gives us the skinny on the state of the coalition government. Will Boris get a seat? Will Dave’s set club together with Nigel? Will Nick be Deputy PM forever?
The world authority on civil and environmental engineering examines the most challenging aspects of underground work faced by the world’s most ambitious construction projects.
The American novelist tells the tales of his fifteen years in France, where he wrote lives of Genet, Rimbaud and Proust and met le tout Paris – from Yves St Laurent and Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault.
The author reads from and discusses his searing short novel, weaving the interlocking fates of a badger-baiter and a disconsolate farmer. The story unfolds in a stark rural setting where man, animal, land and weather are at loggerheads.
Grub is an interactive food experience introducing the concept of entomophagy (eating insects) as well as other alternative protein sources. Everything is cooked in a sustainable, low-carbon kitchen using Pembrokeshire’s finest produce.
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Come and play with rhyme. Steven Camden (aka spoken word artist Polarbear) leads a fun and informal session sharing his fascination with rap and rhyming words meant to be spoken out loud. Get some rhyming tips and have a go yourself.