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One of pop music’s most enduring figures talks about his life, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the Eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells us what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park. He talks to Martin Chilton.
The creator of the iconic Danish-Swedish television thriller takes time out from writing the third series to discuss Saga, Martin and the long-form drama.
Ryan’s had a phenomenally successful couple of years, popping up regularly on the telly, from Mock the Week to QI, from 8 Out of 10 Cats to Live at the Apollo. Her new solo show explores the murky world of glamour modelling. ‘Warped wit…striking presence…killer lines…calm confidence.’ The Scotsman
On 4 June 2014 in New York the legendary Cape publisher auctions the drawings given to him by John Lennon when they were published 50 years ago. He shows the Beatle’s artwork and tells the story of their collaboration.
After dabbling in Darwin and cleaning out Schrodinger’s Cat, the star of The Infinite Monkey Cage now delves into his mind and possibly your mind too. From Freud and Jung to Laing and Milgram, from rats after rewards to insanity cured by ink spots, Robin looks at the last 100 years of psychiatry, psychology and skewiff brain dabblings.
The actor takes an evening off from filming Wolf Hall to read from Kingsnorth’s extraordinary ‘shadow tongue’ novel. Set in the three years after the Norman invasion of 1066, The Wake tells the story of a fractured band of guerilla fighters who take up arms against the invaders.
The multi-award-winning star of Not Going Out and Would I Lie To You? returns to Hay Festival with his new stand-up show. Expect his trademark brand of high-energy banter, well-crafted gags and sharp one-liners in one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year. ‘Gut-bustingly funny’ – The Sunday Times.
After twenty years in Everything But The Girl, and ten years as a DJ and label boss at Buzzin’ Fly, this year saw Ben Watt return to the solo career he put to one side back in 1983. With a newly released album Hendra – his first in thirty-one years – to accompany his recently published memoir, Romany and Tom, he performs a special free solo show, playing songs new and old.
All donations on the night go towards Books for Prisons.
You can see him read and talk about Romany and Tom with Sarfraz Manzoor earlier in the evening too at an 'in conversation' event at 7pm.
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Come and watch Paddy O’Connell present Broadcasting House live on Radio 4. Debate and features on the week’s big stories, plus a lively panel review the Sunday papers.
10+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18.
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Britain needs more scientists and engineers, but can our universities deliver? Current proposals for a new university in Hereford focus on employability and economic growth via a highly innovative ‘Liberal Sciences’ approach. If you’re a parent, a teacher, an employer or just interested in the future of education, jump start your day with this lively discussion. Usher is leading the campaign for the New University, Thomas is Vice Chancellor of Bristol University, Landsman is Executive Director of Tata and Willetts is Minister for Universities.
Chaired by Hereford MP Jesse Norman.
The repercussions of local events now cascade over national borders, and the fall-out of financial meltdowns and environmental disasters affects everyone. Goldin analyses how globalization creates systemic risks, and suggests what to do about it.
The former Home Secretary’s marvellous memoir plays out against the background of a vanishing community living in condemned housing. The story moves from post-war austerity in pre-gentrified Notting Hill, through the race riots, school on the Kings Road, Chelsea in the Swinging Sixties, and on to the rock-and-roll years, making a record in Denmark Street and becoming a husband and father while still in his teens.
This is the story of how paper, a simple Chinese invention, has wrapped itself around our world, with history’s most momentous ideas etched upon its surface. The author discusses An Unexpected History of the World’s Greatest Invention with Liz Thomson.
In medieval Wales, the Trojan legend became a symbol of Wales’ independent past before its colonisation by the Norman and English kings. This illustrated lecture by one of Britain’s leading medievalists reveals the nationalist agenda behind the Welsh version of the Troy story.
There are a handful of cock-ups that we remember all too well, from the Poll Tax to the Millennium Dome. However, the list is longer than most of us realize and it is growing. King explains why the British political system is quite so prone to appalling mistakes. Chaired by Martin Chilton.