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Hay Castle Tour 16

Dr Peter Ford, Hay History Group

Venue: Meet inside Hay Castle
Discover a world of stories in Hay Castle’s thousand years of tempestuous history with a series of guided tours of the Medieval keep, Jacobean mansion and Victorian service buildings, led by a range of experts from Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Cadw, National Trust Wales, Hay History Group and Hay Castle Trust.
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Jeanette Winterson

The 2016 Raymond Williams Lecture – Shakespeare 400

Venue: Tata Tent

The novelist and essayist celebrates the work and gift of the playwright. Her latest novel The Gap of Time is a retelling of The Winter’s Tale. “A book of considerable beauty…a fine invitation into this deeply Shakespearean vision of imagination as the best kind of truth-telling” – Rowan Williams, New Statesman.

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Jeanette Winterson

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Gordon Corera

Intercept: The Secret History of Computers and Spies

Venue: Telegraph Stage

The computer was born to spy. Under the intense pressure of the Second World War and in the confines of Britain’s code-breaking establishment at Bletchley Park, the work of Alan Turing and others led to the birth of electronic espionage. It was a breakthrough that helped to win the war. In the following decades, computers transformed espionage, from the spy hunting of the Cold War years to the data-driven pursuit of terrorists and the industrial-scale cyber-espionage against corporations in the C21st. Together, computers and spies are shaping the future, and from the rise of China to the phones in our pockets, what was once the preserve of a few intelligence agencies now matters for us all. Corera is Security Correspondent for BBC News.

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Gordon Corera

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Hannah Rothschild and Paul Murray talk to Jim Naughtie

Winners of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize

Venue: Starlight Stage

PAUL MURRAY and HANNAH ROTHSCHILD are joint winners of this year's prize for comic fiction. 

Paul Murray's The Mark and The Void tells the story of two Dubliners: Claude, a banker who decides to rob his own bank and struggling novelist and crook, Paul, who helps him do it. The judges said: “Murray’s setup is funny, the elegant zip of his sentences make you smile, his novel is an achingly topical, clever, delightful tale of folly and delusion. We loved it.”

Rothschild’s debut novel has been described as “A meditation on great art and human passion which reads like a confection concocted by Anita Brookner and Judith Krantz” (The Independent). The heroine finds herself plunged into the London art world where skulduggery and big characters abound. The book has also been shortlisted for 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The judges said: “The Improbability of Love is a wonderful satire on the art trade, preposterous billionaires, Russian oligarchs and much else, a brilliant conceit faultlessly carried off. We were very sad to finish this gloriously funny novel.”

Murray, who shortlisted in 2010 for Skippy Dies, said: “I’m delighted and honoured. I first read PG Wodehouse as a boy and have kept returning to him ever since, longer than any other writer – which makes this award very special.”

Rothschild said: “To use a word that my hero PG Wodehouse invented, I am terribly ‘gruntled’ by winning this prize; sharing it with the great Paul Murray; and by the prospect of drinking Bollinger while reading an Everyman Classic.”

The judges were Everyman Publisher David Campbell, BBC Books man Jim Naughtie, comedian Sara Pascoe and Hay Festival Director, Peter Florence. Announcing the joint award, Florence said: "The novels have utterly different tones and style, but they are both wonderful and you just know that anyone you give them to will be delighted by them. We couldn't bear for either of them not to win."

The winners will each receive a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année and the complete set of the Everyman Wodehouse collection. The winners will also be presented with a locally bred Gloucestershire Old Spot pig, which will be named after the winning novels in a special celebration.

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Hannah Rothschild and Paul Murray talk to Jim Naughtie

Event 415

Mark Price talks to Kamal Ahmed

UK PLC

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The Minister of State for Trade and Investment discusses Britain’s economic and business relationship with the European Union. He looks west at TTIP and east to China and India to see what the future might hold for Britain inside or outside the Union. Price was formerly MD of Waitrose, Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, and Deputy Chairman of Channel 4. Ahmed is the BBC’s Economics Editor.

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Alun Gibbard and Phil Bennett

The Scarlets

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Llanelli is one of the world’s greatest rugby towns, and home to one of the most loved and followed teams, The Scarlets. The broadcaster and journalist, whose other books include Who Beat the All Blacks?, yarns the best tales and traditions of the club with one of its most favoured sons, the legendary fly-half Phil Bennett. They talk to Dai Smith. A safe bet that stories will be told of 31 October 1972, when the final scoreboard famously read: Llanelli 9 Seland Newydd 3. There may be singing. #sosbanfach

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Alun Gibbard and Phil Bennett

Event 417

Four Thought

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent

Four Thought is a series of exciting and often provocative personal talks in which speakers explain new thinking about the big trends and questions in culture and society.

Broadcast on Wednesdays at 8.45pm on BBC Radio 4. Four Thought will record four speakers at Hay Festival.



BBC Radio 4




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Sophie Thompson

Zoo Boy

Venue: Cube

The actress and winner of Celebrity MasterChef in 2014 discusses her first book for children.  A wonderfully inventive story of a boy who finds he can talk to animals, Zoo Boy takes a fresh and funny look at animals and how we treat them.

6+
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Marcia Williams

Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, the cartoonist and children’s author will bring the Bard’s work vividly to life. Come up on stage and help Marcia re-enact The Tempest, using masks, props and plenty of drama.

8+
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Tim Whitmarsh

Subject Areas – Greek Literature and Culture

Venue: Compass

Please drop in to our new Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2016 and with help from the Welsh Government we have invited a range of university lecturers and speakers to drop in, talk about their subject areas and about university life.

Tim Whitmarsh is the A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge.

15+
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Event 418

Niall Ferguson

Kissinger: The Idealist, 1923-1968

Venue: Tata Tent

No American statesman has been as revered and as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Hailed by some as the ‘indispensable man’, whose advice has been sought by every president from John F Kennedy to George W Bush, he has also attracted immense hostility from critics who have cast him as an amoral Machiavellian – the ultimate, cold-blooded ‘realist’. In his first volume of biography, the historian examines Kissinger’s early life (as a Jew in Hitler’s Germany, a poor immigrant in New York, a GI at the Battle of the Bulge, an interrogator of Nazis, and a student of history at Harvard) to understand his debt to the philosophy of idealism. By tracing his rise, fall and revival as an adviser to Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller and Richard Nixon, Ferguson assesses Kissinger’s contribution to the theory of diplomacy, grand strategy and nuclear deterrence.

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Niall Ferguson

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Bryony Gordon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Mad Girl

Venue: Telegraph Stage

On the surface it seems that Bryony Gordon has the perfect life. One of the UK’s most successful journalists, she is married to a man she loves with a two-year-old daughter she adores. Yet things inside Bryony’s head are never as straightforward as they seem. Is it possible that she’s murdered someone and can’t remember? Why did her hair fall out when she was a teenager? Is she capable of hurting her daughter? Has she mysteriously contracted an STD? Why is she always so fat? For while Bryony does have a life many would envy, she is also engaged in a daily battle with mental illness. Fighting with OCD, bulimia and depression, like millions of others in this country, sometimes she finds it a struggle just to get out of bed.

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Bryony Gordon talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

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Oliver Taplin and Tim Whitmarsh

Talking about Sophocles

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Sophocles stands as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, and one of the most influential on artists and thinkers over the centuries. Taplin has translated the four great tragedies in which he portrays the extremes of human suffering and emotion. Oedipus the King follows Oedipus, the “man of sorrow”, who has unwittingly chosen to enact his prophesied course by murdering his father and marrying his mother. In Aias, the great warrior confronts the harrowing humiliation inflicted upon him, while Philoctetes sees a once-noble hero nursing his resentment after ten years of marooned isolation. In Oedipus at Colonus the blind Oedipus, who has wandered far and wide as a beggar, finally meets his mysterious death. The great classicist, Oliver Taplin discusses the plays with Tim Whitmarsh, AG Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University. 

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Holly Bridge, Helen Rowe, Amelie Saintonge

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Venue: Good Energy Stage

From brain imaging and epigenetics to galaxy formation and astronomy, three Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science with author and broadcaster Gabrielle Walker.

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Catherine Fletcher

The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de Medici

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Swansea University Series

From dazzling palaces and Tuscan villas to the treacherous backstreets of Florence and the corridors of papal power, the story of Alessandro’s spectacular rise, magnificent reign and violent demise takes us deep beneath the surface of power in Renaissance Italy – a glamorous but deadly realm of spies, betrayal and vendetta, illicit sex and fabulous displays of wealth, where the colour of one’s skin meant little but the strength of one’s allegiances meant everything. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Catherine Fletcher

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Four Thought

BBC Radio 4

Venue: BBC Tent

Four Thought is a series of exciting and often provocative personal talks in which speakers explain new thinking about the big trends and questions in culture and society.

Broadcast on Wednesdays at 8.45pm on BBC Radio 4. Four Thought will record four speakers at Hay Festival.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years

 

Free but ticketed
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Anuradha Roy talks to Georgina Godwin

Sleeping on Jupiter

Venue: Starlight Stage

The Indian author of the award-winning Folded Earth discusses her work and her new novel Sleeping on Jupiter, a masterpiece. In awarding the novel the DSC South Asian Literature Prize, Mark Tully said “The setting is described faithfully and evocatively. Among the issues raised are the power of memory and myth, religious hypocrisy, sexuality, abuse and other forms of violence. The novel contains powerful portraits of both major and minor characters. We believe this book will be a source of inspiration to other writers.”

Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 9
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Anuradha Roy talks to Georgina Godwin

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Miriam Moss and Jon Walter

Survival Tactics

Venue: Cube

Miriam was on a plane that was hijacked in the Middle East when she was 15 and flying without her parents, and Jon survived the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Join them for a discussion on turning fact into fiction.

12+
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Event 425

Stephen Frears talks to Rosie Boycott

Talking About Film: Florence

Venue: Telegraph Stage

The film director discusses and shows clips from his new movie Florence, which stars Meryl Streep as the tone-deaf singer Florence Foster Jenkins and Hugh Grant as her husband. Frears’ films include My Beautiful Laundrette, Dirty Pretty Things, The Queen, and Philomena.

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Gillian Tett talks to Nik Gowing

The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything in its Place Isn’t Such a Bright Idea

Venue: Tata Tent

Ever since civilised society began, we have felt the need to classify, categorise and specialise. It can make things more efficient, and help give the leaders of any organisation a sense of confidence that they have the right people focusing on the right tasks. But it can also be catastrophic, leading to tunnel vision and tribalism. Most importantly it can create a structural fog, with the full picture of where an organisation is heading hidden from view.  Tett uses an anthropological lens to explore how individuals, teams and whole organisations often work in silos of thought, process and product. With examples drawn from a range of fascinating areas – from the New York Fire Department and Facebook to the Bank of England and Sony – these narratives illustrate not just how foolishly people can behave when they are mastered by silos but also how the brightest institutions and individuals can master them. Tett is US Managing Editor of the FT.

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Gillian Tett talks to Nik Gowing

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Sarah Howe

Loop of Jade

Venue: Starlight Stage

A reading and conversation with the winner of the 2015 T S Eliot Prize. There is a Chinese proverb that says: “It is more profitable to raise geese than daughters.” But geese, like daughters, know the obligation to return home. In her exquisite first collection, Sarah Howe explores a dual heritage, journeying back to Hong Kong in search of her roots. With extraordinary range and power, the poems build into a meditation on hybridity, intermarriage and love – what meaning we find in the world, in art, and in each other. Crossing the bounds of time, race and language, this is an enthralling exploration of self and place, of migration and inheritance, and introduces an unmistakable new voice in British poetry. Chaired by Owen Sheers.

Arts Council of Wales International Series, 10
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Sarah Howe

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Fred Taylor

Exploring the Planets

Venue: Oxfam Moot

For 50 years, and from research labs to Cape Canaveral, from Space agencies to Downing Street, Fred Taylor has been at the forefront of the technological adventure of the Space Age. Instruments and experiments he helped imagine and build have travelled into Deep Space and surveyed the Solar System. He is now Halley Professor of Physics Emeritus at Oxford.

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CBBC’s Got What It Takes

CBBC Screening

Venue: BBC Tent

Lauren Platt hosts a conversation with the production and cast of the popular new CBBC programme Got What it Takes, which follows eight teen singers as they are guided through the highs and lows of the music industry, and there's a twist... their Mums are the judges! Come and hear the behind-the-scenes stories of the hilarious Mum challenges and see a special live performance from Paddy!

Not for broadcast.


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CBBC’s Got What It Takes

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Sjon and David Mitchell

In Conversation

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Two of the world’s most brilliant and imaginative novelists talk about time and story. Sjon’s new novel, Moonstone, The Boy Who Never Was is set in his native Iceland in 1918 and conjures the profound change that the Spanish ’Flu epidemic visits upon Reykjavik and 16-year-old film-dreamer Máni Steinn. Mitchell’s latest fictions are Slade House and The Bone Clocks.

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Sjon and David Mitchell

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Peter Johnson, Linda Bauld and Fred Scott

40 Years of Advances: how research has changed the face of cancer prevention, detection and treatment

Venue: Cube

Cancer Research UK Series

Unprecedented scientific and technological advances over the past 40 years have helped double the rate of cancer survival. Our expert panel will analyse some of the pivotal discoveries and research projects that have shaped our understanding of cancer and led to revolutionary new treatments. Find out what today’s lab work could mean for future generations. Chaired by Gabrielle Walker.

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Peter Johnson, Linda Bauld and Fred Scott

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