HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

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Event 23

The Leak

BBC Radio Wales

Venue: BBC Tent
Tom Price and guests from the world of comedy and entertainment review the week's biggest stories from around Wales and the world.

Broadcast on Saturday 26 May at 1:30pm
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Event 8

Rachel Lowe and Gemma Modinos

The Royal Society Platform: The Next Big Things

Venue: Starlight Stage

From planetary exploration and micro-sensors to tropical disease and psychosis, two Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science. Lowe’s research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine involves understanding how environmental and socio-economic factors interact to determine the risk of disease transmission. Modinos’ work at King’s College London attempts to understand the neural mechanisms of emotion and stress response in schizophrenia. Chaired by Hannah Critchlow.

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Event 9

Helen Pankhurst

Deeds Not Words

Venue: Tata Tent

To mark the centenary of women in Britain first getting the vote, the women’s rights campaigner and great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst charts how women’s lives have changed over the past century and offers a powerful and positive argument for the way forward.

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Helen Pankhurst

Event 10

Claire Gorrara, Christopher Lewis, Anna Vivian Jones, Teresa Tinsley

Why Bother Studying Modern Languages – Everyone Speaks English

Venue: Cube

We have been repeatedly told that the UK will be looking to create new free-trade partnerships following Brexit, above all with the 'Anglosphere'. Why then do we need to study or learn other languages? Everyone speaks English. This session will unpack some of the monolingual attitudes that sit behind such views and ask participants to think about the role of languages and language learning for Britain's relationships with a brave new world post-Brexit.  #unpack

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Event 11

Sarah Corbett talks to Jonathon Porritt

How to Be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

If we want a world that is beautiful, kind and fair, shouldn’t our activism be beautiful, kind and fair? The campaigner and founder of the global Craftivist Collective shows how to respond to injustice not with apathy or aggression, but with gentle, effective protest. With thoughtful principles, practical examples and honest stories from her own experience as a once burnt-out activist, Corbett shows how activism through craft can produce long-lasting positive change.

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Event 12

Helen Thomson

Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The neuroscientist and writer explains how the mind works – from memory to emotion, navigation to creativity, through nine extraordinary case studies.

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Event 455

The Ice King: Screening

BBC Four

Venue: BBC Tent

The Ice King is an extraordinary portrait of the figure skater John Curry who was the first openly gay Olympian at a time when homosexuality was barely legal. The film charts the rise and fall of this forgotten cultural icon whose story encapsulates art, sport, sexuality and rebellion.  Including unseen footage of some of his most remarkable performances; access to Curry’s letters, archives and interviews with family, friends and collaborators, this is a portrait of the man who turned ice skating from a dated sport into an exalted art form. Introduced by the director, James Erskine. Followed by Q&A.

2.5 hours
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Event 15

Horatio Clare

Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A message from the Finnish embassy launches Horatio Clare on a voyage around an extraordinary country and an unearthly place, the frozen Bay of Bothnia, just short of the Arctic Circle. Finland is an enigmatic place, famous for its educational miracle, healthcare and gender equality – as well as Nokia, Angry Birds, saunas, questionable cuisine and deep taciturnity. Aboard the icebreaker Otso Clare gets to know the crew, and explores Finland’s history and character. His most recent books include Down to the Sea in Ships and Myths and Legends of the Brecon Beacons. Chaired by Peter Florence.

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Horatio Clare

Event 16

Danny Dorling

Can the UK Afford to Leave the EU?

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The UK voted to leave at the peak of its economic inequality. In hindsight this appears to have influenced the decision. Many British citizens are likely to be impoverished as a result. Those without citizenship already live in great fear. So, can we actually afford to walk out on this relationship? Dorling is Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. His books include Why Demography Matters, Inequality and the 1% and Population 10 Billion. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine.

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Danny Dorling

Event 17

Helena Sanson, Bill Byrne and Marcus Tomalin

Cambridge Series 1: Lost in Translation?

Venue: Starlight Stage

How does automatic translation work and will machines ever be able to replace a ‘human’ translator? A panel of experts from University of Cambridge discuss latest developments. Sanson is a Reader in Italian Language, Literature and Culture, Byrne is Professor of Information Engineering and Tomalin is Research Associate in the Speech Research Group of the University Engineering Department.

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Event 18

Hugh Purcell

Up Top

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Up Top was the name given locally to the Mid Wales Mental Hospital above Talgarth; a double meaning like 'round the bend', which often located asylums elsewhere – out of sight and out of mind. Purcell’s hitherto untold history, based on archives and oral testimony from staff and patients, shows how mentally ill people were treated through the 20th century. At first the ‘lunatic asylums’ relied on a strict regime of fresh air and bromide. Then they became ‘mental hospitals’, trying desperate measures like leucotomy, deep sleep narcosis and electro convulsive therapy. Then the word ‘mental’ was dropped and ‘psychiatric hospitals’ moved into the era of heavy drugs and psychotherapy. Finally, community care took over.  The history of the Mid Wales’ was typical of many institutions that lie as ruined monuments to our attempts to help the mentally ill.

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Hugh Purcell

Event 19

Robert Webb talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

How Not to Be a Boy

Venue: Tata Tent

Webb has been a male for his whole life. As such, he has been a boy in a world of fighting, pointless posturing, and the insistence that he stop crying. As an adult man, he has enjoyed better luck, both in his work as the Webb half of Mitchell & Webb as an acclaimed actor and comedian, and as author of this part memoir, part call to arms.

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Robert Webb talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 20

Michael Gove talks to Rosie Boycott

The Future of Farming and Food

Venue: Oxfam Moot

An opportunity to discuss the immediate and longer-term challenges that range across his brief with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Boycott is chair of the London Food Board.

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Event 21

Fern Riddell

Death in Ten Minutes: Kitty Marion – Activist, Arsonist, Suffragette

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The never-before-told story of radical suffragette Kitty Marion. The historian Fern Riddell finds a hidden diary and uses Kitty's own words to tell the story of her sensational life and explosive actions. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Event 22

Hugo Drochon

Cambridge Series 2: Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories?

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Was Diana killed by the Secret Services? Is climate change a hoax? Did man not walk on the moon? Who shot JFK? Drawing on a nationwide survey about belief in conspiracy theories, Drochon will explore what factors –religious, economic, political – make some and not others believe in conspiracy theories and what impact that has had on contemporary political events. Drochon is a political theorist and historian of modern political thought.

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Hugo Drochon

Event 24

Johann Hari

Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

A persuasive and inspiring argument exploring the subject matter of his radical and brilliant book Lost Connections. Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, as we are often told. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions – ones that work.

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Event 25

Sarah Corbett, Mya-Rose Craig, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Jonathon Porritt, Martin Wright

Do you Have to Be White and Well-Off to Be Green?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

By and large, environmentalism, at least in Britain, is still seen as the concern of the relatively well off, and the decidedly white, despite the fact that poorer communities often suffer disproportionately from the impact of pollution. In the developing world it can be a different story: where some of environmentalism’s greatest triumphs – such as the replacement of polluting kerosene with clean solar power – have brought huge benefits to such communities. If the fight against climate change and other existential environmental crises is to get the political prominence it needs, then it has to win support from way beyond the ‘usual suspects’. Craftivist Corbett, campaigner Porritt, farmer Emmanuel-Jones and young wildlife hero Mya-Rose Craig reach out with Martin Wright.

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Event 26

Rodric Braithwaite – The Rotblat Lecture 2018

Managing Confrontation: Lessons from the Cold War

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The diplomat and historian examines the nuclear confrontation between the Soviet Union and the West during the Cold War, and the lessons  for managing our difficulties with Russia today. Braithwaite was ambassador in Moscow at the time of the Soviet collapse, and then the Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser and chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee. His books include Across the Moscow River (2002), Moscow 1941 (2006), Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan (2011) and Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation (2017). Chaired by Nik Gowing, author of Thinking the Unthinkable: A New Imperative for Leadership in the Digital Age.

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Rodric Braithwaite – The Rotblat Lecture 2018

Event 27

Maggie Andrews, Sarah Greer, Anna Muggeridge, Krista Cowman, Dana Denis-Smith

Is 2018 the Year of Women?

Venue: Starlight Stage

It is 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK – albeit partial. Yet women are still embroiled in daily battles to get parity with their male colleagues and partners. Will it take another 100 years for women’s suffrage finally to mean women’s liberation? Or will 2018 be the year that marks a true step change in gender equality?

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Event 28

Russell Kane

Stand Up

Venue: Tata Tent

The uproariously funny comedian is best known as the host of BBC3's Live at The Electric, regular appearances on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, BBC3’s Unzipped, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now!  

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Russell Kane