Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Event 65

Timandra Harkness, Harriet Kingaby, Peter Lacy, Rohit Talwar

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Ethical?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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AI is going to transform society over the next couple of decades, and we can’t wish it away. But can we ride the robot tiger and make it serve, rather than enslave, us? Can AI be a tool of liberation and sustainability, not just a scarily efficient way of making rich corporations richer, while robbing us of all our privacy? Do we need an ethical code for computers – a Hippocratic Oath for the algorithms? And if so, how do we go about creating one – and getting it adopted? Chaired by Writer and Green Futurist, Martin Wright.

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Event 66

Akala

Natives: Race and Class in The Ruins of Empire

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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A searing modern polemic on race in the UK, from the MOBO award-winning poet, musician and outspoken political commentator, founder of The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. In his memoir Natives he speaks directly to British denial and squeamishness when it comes to confronting issues of race and class that are at the heart of the legacy of Britain’s racialised empire. Chaired by Claire Armitstead.

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Akala

Event 67

Simon Mayo talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions: Mad Blood Stirring

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Mayo’s first adult novel weaves Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet through a tense prison drama that sets itself against the epic backdrop of mighty Dartmoor in 1815. The passions unleashed in this riveting account place black against white and Americans against Britons with the stirring soul of a forbidden love caught in between.

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Event 68

Marcus Brigstocke and David Pitt-Watson

What They Do With Your Money

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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An interactive exploration of how the finance industry delivers slim pickings and creates fat cats with financial expert Pitt-Watson and his willing stooge, comedian Brigstocke. The finance industry is often viewed with suspicion: complicated, greedy, and institutionally corrupt. But its origins were often inspired by social reformers because its purposes are so fundamental to individual and communal prosperity. They will discuss the expensive (but useless) things the finance industry does, and some of the (useful and) practical things it should do, but doesn’t. Reform is difficult, because the flaws in the industry are hard-wired into the way we think about economics, but they'll have it licked within the hour.

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Event 69

Civilisations: David Olusoga

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent
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Historian and writer David Olusoga presented two of the BBC’s landmark art series Civilisations in which he explored contact, trade, empire and race, from the Benin Bronzes to Otto Dix’s nightmarish evocation of World War One trenches. He talks to BBC’s Director of Arts, Jonty Claypole, about the challenges of making the series and why he hopes it will change lives and attitudes. Followed by Q&A.

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Civilisations: David Olusoga

Event 70

Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

BOSH!

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Want to cook ridiculously good vegan food from scratch but have no idea where to start? Firth and Theasby, creators of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing, plant-based platform, BOSH!, are the new faces of the food revolution. They share their favourite go-to breakfasts, crowd-pleasing party pieces, hearty dinners, sumptuous desserts and incredible sharing cocktails. Hosted by John Mitchinson.

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Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

Event 71

Richard Lloyd Parry talks to Kate Summerscale

The Winner of the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize - Ghosts of the Tsunami

Venue: Compass
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A work of literary non-fiction that travels deep into the grief, the trauma and the mysteries of the remote communities that lived through the Japanese earthquake and tsunami is the winner of the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize.

The foreign correspondent and Asia Editor of The Times Richard Lloyd Parry receives the £20,000 prize – which rewards the best work of literature of the year, regardless of form – for Ghosts of the Tsunami. Chair of judges Kate Summerscale said - “it is a piece of heightened reportage about the 2011 Japanese earthquake and its devastating aftermaths. It is both harrowing and inspiring. Here is a book which not only interprets for a non-Japanese reader the subtleties and complexities of that nation’s life, especially its family life and how it copes with grief, but also has the depth and reach to close the gaps between other nations and cultures."

This follows last year’s event with Ahdaf Soueif and Hisham Matar celebrating the first year of the reLaunched Rathbones Folio prize.
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Event 72

Jane Bradley, Misha Glenny, Luke Harding talk to Oliver Bullough

Kleptoscope 1: The Real McMafia

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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A walk on the dark side of globalisation and the all-pervasive organised crime that reaches from Russia to the banks and parliaments of the world, and to every personal computer networked to the web. Bradley is Buzzfeed’s Investigations Correspondent, Glenny is the author of McMafia, Harding is the author of Collusion and a foreign correspondent at the Guardian, Bullough’s forthcoming book is Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks now Rule the World and How to Take it Back.

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Event 73

Simon Brooks, Angharad Closs Stephens, Jasmine Donahaye, Daniel G Williams with Michael Sheen

Wales After Brexit

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Unlike Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales voted to leave the EU. Is this an indication that the radical distinctiveness of Wales has eroded with the Welsh language or are there distinctive factors underlying the leave vote in Wales? Given the EU’s response to the referendum in Catalonia, was the Welsh Nationalist vision of ‘Wales in Europe’ built on wishful thinking? Is Wales on the verge of a final assimilation into an increasingly nationalist and isolationist England? Or is this far too dramatic a prognosis? What might be the ways ahead for Wales, Britain and Europe? Chaired by Welsh internationalist, actor and activist Michael Sheen.

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Event 74

Dolly Alderton talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Everything I Know About Love

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart-themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you've ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. Alderton’s captivating memoir is about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.

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Event 75

The Last Poets with Christine Otten

The Last Poets Live – Reading and Conversation

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The Last Poets were formed in the US in the late 1960s, a period full of hope and dreams of revolution, and a time when the Black Panthers were at the height of their power. Taking their name from those who believed they were in the last era of poetry before guns would take over, these African-American poets and musicians ignited the imagination of a generation – and laid the groundwork for the hip hop movement of the 1980s and '90s. Dutch author Christine Otten was inspired to write about their lives – and there began a deep friendship and an acclaimed novel. The last poets are Felipe Luciano, David Nelson, and the three who are with us today, Abiodun Oyewole, Donn Babatunde and Umar Bin Hassan.

The Last Poets are supported by Apples and Snakes, the UK's leading organisation for spoken word and performance poetry.
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The Last Poets with Christine Otten

Event 76

Rowan Hooper

Superhuman: Life at the Extremes of Mental and Physical Ability

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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Why can some people achieve greatness when others can't, no matter how hard they try? What are the secrets of long life and happiness? The New Scientist Managing Editor takes us on a tour of the peaks of human achievement. Drawing on interviews with a wide range of superhumans as well as those who study them, Hooper assesses the science of peak potential, reviewing the role of genetics alongside the famed 10,000 hours of practice.

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Rowan Hooper

Event 77

Andy Bradley, Luke Woodley, Sarah Stone, Roger Kingerlee, Benna Waites

Men and Suicide: Making Sense and Building Resilience

Venue: Compass
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Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under 50. Andy Bradley, founder of Frameworks 4 Change, recognised by the Observer and NESTA as one of Britain’s Most Radical Thinkers, talks about his own experience of depression and suicidality, and explores the role of shame. Sarah Stone is currently Executive Director for Wales for Samaritans. Luke Woodley is a British Army veteran who has pieced his life back together having developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after serving under the UN in Bosnia in 1993. Dr Roger Kingerlee is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and specialises in addressing male defence mechanisms, engaging male civilians and military veterans in care, and suicide prevention.
They discuss why men might be vulnerable and how communities might rise to the challenge of male suicide. Benna Waites, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, facilitates.

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Event 78

Silent Disco with Gemma Cairney

Venue: Cube
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One of the most versatile broadcasters currently in the UK, multiple award-winning Gemma started her career at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra and has since become a BBC Radio 6 Music and Radio 4 firm favourite. She has also hosted the Glastonbury Festival coverage and BBC Music Awards. Her first book, Open: A Toolkit For How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be was published in 2017. With her prolific music background and love of disco dancing, Gemma will grace the decks at Hay this year, spinning her famous multi genre party set including ole skool, hip-hop, garage and '90s classics, peppered with pop bangers and perhaps some Motown and soul… Who knows what will happen? Come and find out.

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Silent Disco with Gemma Cairney

Event 79

Jeremy Hardy

Live at Hay

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Hardy is in his fourth decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 33 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 33 years to go. The tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4. He is also well known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. “In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material” - Guardian.

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Jeremy Hardy

Event 80

Laura Mvula

Live at Hay

Venue: Tata Tent
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Innovative British singer-songwriter, two-time Mercury Prize nominee and two-time MOBO award winner, Laura Mvula grew up in Birmingham. She first sang in church and later with all female acapella group Black Voices. By 2008 she had formed and was composing for her own jazz/neo-soul outfit Judyshouse. Her debut album Sing to the Moon was released in 2013 and garnered multiple award nominations and critical acclaim. Discussing her follow-up, 2016 album The Dreaming Room the Guardian described how Mvula “pulls the listener along with her through the most serpentine songs: however, winding their routes, the melodies are almost always beautiful.” Her live gigs are joyful, soulful, and unforgettable.

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Laura Mvula

Event 81

Benjamin Zephaniah

The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Britain’s best-loved performance poet will share stories from his remarkable life. He befriended Nelson Mandela, fought in the 1980s race riots and recorded radical and relevant reggae music with Bob Marley’s former band. In a compelling and inspiring show, Zephaniah will explain how he fought injustice and discrimination to lead a remarkable life, while sharing a selection of favourite stories and poems.

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Benjamin Zephaniah

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