The author of the magnificent book The Silk Roads proposes a new way of understanding the past and of connecting context and ideas so that we might learn the lessons of history. Frankopan is Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.
The deep story of wire-tapping and interception by the NSA and GCHQ. Who ordered it? How it was done? How it’s done now. Jeffreys-Jones is one of the world’s most distinguished espionage and security experts.
The culmination of some 20 years of thinking, writing and wondering about time, the doctor and philosopher offers a bold, original and thought-provoking meditation on the nature and meaning of life – and time.
Brooks is a journalist and film critic whose first novel The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times is a dark social-realist fairytale, spotlighting the shadowy underside of 1920s England.
British surrealist Leonora Carrington worked alongside Max Ernst, Andre Breton and Pablo Picasso in Paris at the height of the surrealist movement - yet ended up virtually unknown in Mexico City. Now, after her death, her influence is spreading again and biographer Joanna Moorhead and executive producer Angus Macqueen talk to BBC commissioning editor, Emma Cahusac about her incredible life story, their fascination with this extraordinary artist, and how they brought her work to life for this film. Featuring clips from the forthcoming documentary and followed by Q&A.
The Lost Surrealist is an Erica Starling/Ronachan production for BBC Four
This is the story of the first zoo in history, a weird and wonderful oasis in the heart of the filthy, swirling city of Dickensian London, and of the incredible characters, both human and animal, that populated it - from Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria to Obaysch the celebrity hippo, the first that anyone in Britain had ever seen. This is a story of Victorian grandeur, of science and empire, and of adventurers and charlatans And it is the story of a dizzying age of Empire and industrialization, a time of change unmatched before or since This is the extraordinary story of London Zoo. Chaired by Isaac Florence.
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.
Jamie Vicary is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford.
Join three authors as they introduce their books, take children’s questions, and discuss with their young audience ways to make the world a better place. All create vivid, unforgettable stories that concern major issues and current events, in particular what it might mean to be a refugee. The event will be chaired by Nicky Parker of Amnesty International UK and the audience will be invited to draw or write a message of welcome on postcards that will be distributed to refugees or asylum seekers in the UK.
Discover new bird species, names and stories, and learn how to draw their markings at Matt Sewell’s Spotting & Jotting Club. Explore birdwatching guides, including Our Garden Birds and Owls, as he launches his first book specifically for children, The Big Bird Spot. Sewell, the author of the bestselling Our Garden Birds, has illustrated for The Guardian, Big Issue, and the V&A among many others.
Are you a budding chef or curious in the kitchen? Learn how to cook interesting food from all over the world with the Kitchen Academy using recipes from a different culture every day. You don’t need to bring anything other than your taste buds and your appetite...you are cooking lunch!
Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant and receive a complimentary drink on us.
Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh onsite by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce.
Come up to the buffet and choose as much as you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20 per person. By booking online you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink. You will also be able to reserve a seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.
Award-winning Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer.
A selection of desserts and local cheeses from Neal's Yard Creamery is also available, plus a full bar and barista coffees.
See a Sample Menu Here
We are delighted to be launching the new novel by one of the most daring and incisive prose writers. Uniting our most urgent contemporary concerns: from the ubiquitous mobile phone to a family in chaos; from the horror of modern war, to the end of privacy, Phone is a stunning novel that combines the high-concept bravura of Self’s Great Apes and The Butt with the deep literary scope and scale of Umbrella and Shark.
The passionate and powerful poet re-imagines the way in which the State might raise children placed in its care. Sissay is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His foster parents placed him into care at the age of 12. He lived in care homes until he was 18. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.
From nanomaterials and ancient oceans to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, three Royal Society Research Fellows introduce and discuss their work at the forefront of science with climatologist and broadcaster Gabrielle Walker.
Natural resources like oil and minerals are the largest source of unaccountable power in the world. Petrocrats like Putin and the Saudis spend resource money on weapons and oppression; militants in Iraq and in the Congo spend resource money on radicalisation and ammunition. Resource-fuelled authoritarians and extremists present endless crises to the West and at home. And the source of their resource power is ultimately ordinary consumers, doing their everyday shopping at the filling station and the mall. Wenar holds the Chair of Phliosophy and Law at King’s College, London.
The French novelist introduces his masterpiece The French Art of War, which won the Goncourt Prize in 2011 and is published now in English. It’s a journey through France’s military history in Indochina, Algeria and at home. The novel is told through the eyes of a war veteran who becomes a painter, Victorien Salagnon, and the young man he teaches to paint in exchange for writing his story.
This event is part of a European Writers’ Tour, an initiative proudly delivered by EUNIC London in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature and the British Library. The programme is supported by the European Commission Representation in the UK and EUNIC Global.
In French with translation available.
Inspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, this film reveals Bennett as he’s never been seen. Intimate encounters, filmed over the course of a year, reveal a writer who is bemused by his own popularity and is still as angry and irreverent in his 80s as he was in his 20s. Filmmakers Adam Low and Martin Rosenbaum talk to Mark Bell, Head of Commissioning TV Arts BBC, to reveal what it was like filming the nation’s best loved writer with clips from the film and followed by Q&A.
A Lonestar film for BBC. There will be a full screening of Alan Bennett’s Diaries following this event at 7PM.
Many young British women are actively choosing to embrace Salafism’s (or Wahhabism’s) literalist beliefs and strict regulations, including heavy veiling, wifely obedience and seclusion from non-related men. How do these young women reconcile such demands with their desire for university education, fulfilling careers and loving relationships? Drawing on more than two years of ethnographic fieldwork in London, Inge examines the attractions of Salafism.
Join Lisa Heathfield and Martin Stewart, both shortlisted for the third Bookseller YA Book Prize, and Brian Conaghan, winner of the Costa Book Award 2017, as they discuss writing about big themes for YA readers. Chaired by Chelsey Pippin of Buzzfeed.
Our healthcare system has been one of the bedrocks of British identity since its introduction by Aneurin Bevan in 1948. It employs 1.2 million people and treats one million people every 36 hours in England alone. It is free at the point of delivery to all UK residents. The Consultant Neurologist proposes reforms for a sustainable future. O’Sullivan’s book Is It All in Your Head? True Stories of Imaginary Illness won the 2016 Wellcome Book Prize. Chaired by Julian Huppert.
In the 18th century India’s share of the world economy was as large as Europe’s. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. British imperialism justified itself as enlightened despotism for the benefit of the governed. Tharoor, an historian, novelist and politician, takes on and demolishes this position, demonstrating how every supposed imperial ‘gift’ - from the railways to the rule of law, was designed in Britain’s interests alone and funded Britain’s Industrial Revolution.
An irreverent, delightful and wickedly clever insight into Shakespeare’s greatest play, with a spectacular performance of their abridged version. Sutherland is Emeritus Professor of English at UCL; Crace is the Digested Read satirist and writes the parliamentary sketch for The Guardian.
What is time? Is our sense of time’s passage an illusion? The human brain is a complex system that not only tells time but creates it; it constructs our sense of chronological flow and enables ‘mental time travel’ - simulations of future and past events. Chaired by Raymond Tallis.
Americanisms have been slyly colouring the English language for centuries and this practice must stop. Period. What d’y’all think?
A special feature-length screening of the BBC Two documentary made by Lonestar for BBC.
There is a discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers prior to this event at 5.30PM.