We are pleased to announce the first events for Hay Festival 2018. The full programme will be released in the Spring.
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James Layfield is the founder of Central Working, a collaborative workspace, and he was named in the London Standard's Top 30 most influential people in tech start-ups.
Hosted by Barclays' Richard Phelps.
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In the first of two fusion concerts at Hay on Friday 30 May, the world music ensemble play a concert of exciting works that tap into the Middle Eastern heritage of the lute and the driving rhythms of Flamenco. The two virtuosi brothers on lute and guitar are joined by Stanton’s exquisite percussion, creating a spectacular sound palette for this East–West fusion of classical traditions and contemporary improvisation.
What do you do when you’re labelled abnormal in a world obsessed with normality? If you grow up in a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, cellulite is cause for a mental breakdown and women over a size ten are encouraged to shoot themselves (immediately), what the **** do you do if you’re, gasp, disabled? The comedian discusses her memoir of growing up with cerebral palsy.
The former bishop of Oxford looks at the work of David Jones, Jacob Epstein, George Rouault, Stanley Spencer, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland and suggests that the modern movement in art has turned out to be a friend, not a foe, of Christian art.
The charismatic Glaswegian co-founded the Creation label at the age of 23 and brought us acts like My Bloody Valentine, House of Love, Ride and, of course, Primal Scream. In Manchester the label leapt into the big time with Screamadelica and then went global with Oasis.
How and why did the dinosaurs die? In the 1980s a team of Berkeley researchers proposed the controversial theory of asteroid impact, though the key evidence – the location of the crater – eluded them. It was a detective story that took 10 years to unravel. Today, the evidence is conclusive that a biospheric disaster of colossal magnitude took place. The NASA geologist takes us back 65 million years to explore what happened and why it happened. And – crucially – could it happen again?
Meeting the captain, the F-18 pilots and the dentists, experiencing everything from a man-overboard alert to the Steel Beach Party, Dyer guides us through the most AIE (acronym intensive environment) imaginable. Underlying Dyer’s efforts to overcome the disadvantages of being the oldest, tallest (actually, second tallest), and most self-conscious person on the boat is an intense fascination with the military world.
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A reading from Walsh’s sultry tale of transgressive passion on the island of Deia. Chaired by SJ Parris.
When Afro Celt Sound System burst onto the music scene some 15 years ago their impact was so instant, so astounding, that it hit like a thunder crack. Here was a band unlike any other, a band whose fusion of West African rhythms, Irish traditional music and cutting-edge dance grooves battered the senses and unleashed a wellspring of joy and liberation. When they added diverse new touches – Indian bhangra, Arabic influences, dub reggae and more – they did so seamlessly, in ways that only enhanced their sound and emphasised their openness. A supergroup whose line-up expanded and evolved around four core members (Simon Emmerson, James McNally, Iarla O’Lionaird, Martin Russell), the Afro Celts’ pan-global sound redefined dance music and stumped music critics. They remain defiantly, enigmatically uncategorisable.