HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

We are pleased to announce the full programme for Hay Festival 2018.

Event W32

Thinking Mathematically

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Join Alison Eves (Royal Institution) and Charlie Gilderdale (NRICH Cambridge) who will share some of their favourite mathematical problems. This will be a highly interactive session so be prepared to explore, explain and generalise, and discover that everyone can enjoy thinking mathematically. Problems will be selected from the popular RI Masterclass and NRICH collections.

14+
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Event 114

Jim Broadbent and Dix

Dull Margaret

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Inspired by Dulle Griet (aka Mad Meg), Pieter Bruegel's 16th century painting of a "strong, intense woman striding determinedly across a violent landscape", Dull Margaret is the first graphic novel by Academy award-winning-actor Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and artist Dix (best known for his comics in the Guardian). The Dulle Griet painting shows a breastplated woman with a sword in one hand in front of the mouth of hell. Broadbent uses that single, vivid image as a launching point to explore what the rest of Dull Margaret’s bleak existence may have been like. Chaired by Georgina Godwin.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 115

Peter Hain

Mandela: His Essential Life

Venue: Tata Tent

The South African-born, anti-apartheid campaigner and politician chronicles the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, from lawyer to ANC freedom fighter, from political prisoner to President of the Rainbow Nation. He charts Madiba’s post-office humanitarian campaigns and gives an intimate and revealing portrait of the beloved global icon. The legacy is more complex, and Hain examines the state of the RSA today after Zuma’s corruption, and as Ramaphosa accedes to power. Chaired by Sarfraz Manzoor.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 116

Goldie talks to Gemma Cairney

All Things Remembered

Venue: Good Energy Stage

This is the story of the man born Clifford J. Price – jungle’s most streetwise ambassador who went on to collect an MBE from Buckingham Palace. As one of Britain’s most influential DJs, producers and record-label owners, Goldie’s contribution to the UK rave scene in the 1990s with Metalheadz provided the blueprint for dubstep and grime. Here is the memoir of an extraordinary life, an explosive story of abuse, revenge, graffiti, breakdancing, gold teeth, sawn-off shotguns, car crashes, hot yoga, absent fatherhood and redemption through reality TV.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Goldie talks to Gemma Cairney

Event 117

Maylis de Kerangal talks to Philippe Sands

Fictions: Mend The Living

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

The French winner of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize introduces her magnificent novel Mend the Living, a story that is both intimate and epic, that goes to the heart of what it means to be human.

Price: £7.00
 
 
Maylis de Kerangal talks to Philippe Sands

Event 118

BBC Introducing: Live Session 1

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Venue: BBC Tent

 

At BBC Music Introducing in Hereford & Worcester, we support the very best new music from across the region. Since 2005 we've broadcast more than 1,000 sessions, helping to showcase some of our area's most talented musicians. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite acts to join us on stage at Hay. These artists didn't even know they were being considered – and we hope this inspires people to keep sending in their music, because we really do listen to everything. We’d love to see you at either our 7PM or 8.30PM sessions. bbc.co.uk/introhw

These sessions will be broadcast throughout June on BBC Hereford & Worcester on Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm.

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Event 119

Stephanie Merritt talks to Olivia Cole

Fictions: Gothic

Venue: Cube

While You Sleep is a pacy psychological thriller that has drawn comparisons with du Maurier, from the writer whose crime fiction appears under her pseudonym S. J. Parris. On a remote Scottish island, the McBride house stands guard over its secrets. A century ago, a young widow and her son died mysteriously there. For Zoe Adams, newly arrived from America, the house offers a refuge from her failing marriage. But her peaceful retreat is disrupted by strange and disturbing events. The locals want her to believe that these incidents are echoes of the McBrides’ dark past. Zoe is convinced the danger is closer at hand, and all too real – but can she uncover the truth before she is silenced?

Price: £7.00
 
 
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Stephanie Merritt talks to Olivia Cole

Event 477

Kathy Burke talks to John Mitchinson

in Conversation

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
The actor introduces and reads from her book 24 Stories, an anthology of stories written on themes of community and hope, by a mix of the UK’s best established writers and previously unpublished authors inspired by the Grenfell Tower disaster. She is joined by Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina and Man at the Helm and a contributor to the anthology.
 
On the night of 14 June 2017, a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London, killing at least 72 people and injuring many more. An entire community was destroyed. For many people affected by this tragedy, the psychological scars may never heal. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that affects many people who have endured traumatic events, leaving them unable to move on from life-changing tragedies. In the immediate aftermath of the fire, the focus was rightly placed on providing food, shelter and health care for those left homeless – but it is important that we don’t lose sight of the psychological impact this fire will have had on its survivors.
 
Burke established herself as a great comic actress with parts like Waynetta Slob in Harry Enfield's Television Programme and the brattish teenager Perry in Kevin & Perry Go Large. She won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for her role as an oppressed wife to a violent alcoholic in Gary Oldman’s grim feature Nil By Mouth. Most recently she has directed an acclaimed production of Lady Windermere’s Fan in the West End.



portrait of Kathy Burke by Rankin, courtesy of Rankin Photography Ltd.
Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 120

Shazia Mirza

With Love From St Tropez

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage

Following her critically acclaimed 2016, 103-date sell-out international tour, ‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It', Shazia Mirza brings you her brand new stand-up show.
"After starving to death on a desert Island, I've changed my mind about a few things. I knew nothing about men before, I know an awful lot now.  Men versus women, survival, and is anyone really an atheist in the middle of a tsunami? Oh, and the answers to everything are in The Periodic Table. A show about lies and truth- or is that the same thing? Nudity and the Periodic Table", these things hold the key to the future. How much do you wear? What do you look like, and will they let you in? Whatever happens, don't you dare wear more than dental floss on a French beach.

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Shazia Mirza

Event 121

David France talks to Philippe Sands

Baillie Gifford Prize Lecture: How to Survive a Plague

Venue: Good Energy Stage

A conversation between the winners of the 2016 and 2017 Baillie Gifford Prizes for non-fiction. France tells Sands the riveting, powerful and profoundly moving story of the AIDS epidemic and the grass-roots movement of activists, many of them facing their own life-or-death struggles, who grabbed the reins of scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. Around the globe, the 15.8 million people taking anti-AIDS drugs today are alive thanks to their efforts.

Price: £7.00
 
 

Event 122

Emmeline Armitage, Anthony Anaxagorou, Zena Edwards, Sabrina Mahfouz, Sophie McKeand, Rufus Mufasa

The Hay Slam

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Our Hay Poetry Slam is hosted by 2017 SLAMbassador Emmeline Armitage and will feature three of the most celebrated performers of the international spoken word circuit – Antonio Anaxagorou, Zena Edwards and Sabrina Mahfouz, the Young People’s Laureate and Creative Wales award-winning Sophie McKeand, and Rufus Mufasa.

Price: £8.00
 
 

Event 123

BBC Introducing: Live Session 2

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Venue: BBC Tent

 

At BBC Music Introducing in Hereford & Worcester, we support the very best new music from across the region. Since 2005 we've broadcast more than 1,000 sessions, helping to showcase some of our area's most talented musicians. We’ve handpicked some of our favourite acts to join us on stage at Hay. These artists didn't even know they were being considered – and we hope this inspires people to keep sending in their music, because we really do listen to everything. bbc.co.uk/introhw

These sessions will be broadcast throughout June on BBC Hereford & Worcester on Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6pm.

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Event 124

Josephine and the Artizans

HipHopera

Venue: Starlight Stage

This thrilling seven-piece band fuse hip hop and classical music with a mix of classical strings, operatic vocals, heavy beats and energetic rap. The band’s energy is infectious: audiences dance, jump and join in with moves and lyrical hooks. They come to Hay after a festival tour that included Glasto, Womad and Camp Bestival.

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Event 125

David Baddiel

My Family: Not The Sitcom

Venue: Tata Tent

Following two critically acclaimed West End runs, the comedian brings his Olivier-nominated one-man show to Hay. This is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf!

Price: £18.00
 
 
David Baddiel

Event 126

Peter Florence

The Pity of War

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

A reading of Norman Florence’s award-winning play about the poet Wilfred Owen MC, who was killed in action on 4 November 1918. The full production toured the world between 1983 and 1995.

 

Ticket money will go towards funding extending the opening hours of Hay Public Library
Price: £8.00
 
 
Peter Florence

Event 127

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

SOAR

Venue: Oxfam Moot

This sublime, critically acclaimed collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita – delivers a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship. Their second album SOAR takes flight on the wings of the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey recently returned to Wales after centuries of absence, which makes its annual 3,000-mile migration from the coasts of West Africa to the estuaries of Wales, soaring like music and dreams over man-made borders, in an innate and epic journey of endurance. Entrancing, mesmeric, intricate and ethereal, this is remarkable music and a thrilling live experience.

Price: £15.00