Event 389

Guy Gunaratne and Amy Sackville

Fictions: Language, Voice

Venue: Cube
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A reading and conversation with two outstanding emerging novelists whose utterly compelling and very different books display a rare and wonderful mastery of voice.  Gunaratne’s debut, In the Mad and Furious City follows three young men on a London council estate caught up in a wave of anger and rioting following the killing of a soldier.  Sackville’s Painter to the King charts Velasquez’ time at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, a court collapsing under the weight of its own excess.  They read and talk to Georgina Godwin.
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Event 390

Alan Trow

Kësulat - Screening and Q&A

Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema
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2018, the people of the still disputed territory of Kosovo celebrate the 10th anniversary of their declaration of independence from Serbia - 19 years since NATO bombs forced the Serbian President, Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw his troops from their land. This powerful drama documentary takes an intimate look at the horrors of the 1998/99 war and the strong agonising memories still burning within the Kosovar people. Directed by cinematographer Alan Trow. Written by Albanian writer/actor Jimi Tihofsi. "A persuasive and poignant drama, it evokes both the dramatic upheaval and the trauma that persists long after the news cameras move on." Francine Stock

This film carries a 15 certificate. Total duration 90 mins.
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Event 483

Harish Bhat and Lynda Gratton

Pioneering with Purpose

Venue: Compass
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The new economy is challenging business to adapt at an astonishing rate to new trading and manufacturing realities. What might a corporation be in the new global economy? What values and ambitions might it have for its place in society, and in different societies around the world? Bhat is author of The Curious Marketer and Tata Log and is Brand Custodian for Tata. Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she directs the program ‘Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies’ – considered the world’s leading program on human resources. She is the author of The Shift, Hotspots and Living Strategy.
Free but ticketed
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Event W128

Feral Productions

Follow Me: A Wellbeing Live Literature Performance

Venue: Mess Tent
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Audiences are immersed in an exquisite story while performers enhance the experience through smell, taste and touch. Feral places you at the centre of a magical soundscape, taking you on a dreamlike journey that is unforgettable. This multisensory production fuses the Danish Ole Lukkoye tale with gentler elements of Hoffman’s Sandman story.

Family (children 10+)
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Event 253

Germaine Greer: Exclusive Preview

BBC Two

Venue: BBC Tent
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A sneak preview of a new documentary about Germaine Greer. A mix of observational filming, music and archive, this brand new film tells the story of what it was like being Germaine Greer in the '70s and what it’s like being Germaine Greer today. Followed by a Q&A with film-maker Clare Beavan.

90 mins
Not suitable for children as the film contains very strong language and sexual references.
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Event 391

Monty Don and Derry Moore

Paradise Gardens

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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In the Islamic tradition, a garden with its central elements of water, the scent of fruit trees, and places for rest and reflection, celebrates Heaven on Earth. The gardener Monty Don and acclaimed photographer Derry Moore set off on a journey to find out more about the principles and immersive delights of paradise gardens and how a very different culture and climate has influenced garden design round the world. From the Real Alcazar and the Alhambra in Spain to a Mughal garden in Bradford, the Taj Mahal in India, and the Maidan in Isfahan, Iran, the birthplace of paradise gardens, they present a glorious celebration of the richness of Islamic culture through some of the most beautiful gardens on earth.

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Event 392

Jon Sopel in conversation with Jim Naughtie

If Only They Didn’t Speak English: Notes from Trump’s America

Venue: Tata Tent
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It's taken 18 months for a TV reality star to go from laughing-stock to leader of the free world. The BBC’s North America Editor has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as ‘a beauty’ by none other than Donald Trump. Sopel sets out to answer our questions about a country that once stood for the grandest of dreams but which is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division and increasingly perverse beliefs. Chaired by Jim Naughtie.

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Jon Sopel in conversation with Jim Naughtie

Event 393

Cordelia Fine

The Royal Society Platform

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of our Gendered minds 

A timely contribution to the gender debate, psychologist and author Cordelia Fine overhauls the idea that a single molecule could rule the gender divide. Fine uses the latest scientific evidence to challenge – and ultimately overturn – dominant views on both masculinity and femininity, calling for readers to rethink their differences and play their part in closing the gender gap. Fine won the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize in 2017, joining Stephen Hawking, Andrea Wulf, Jared Diamond and Stephen Jay Gould on a winners’ list dedicated to the best in science writing. “The mistress of ‘It’s a bit more complicated than that’ delivers a brilliant and witty riposte to the ‘boys will be boys’ bores.” – Caroline Criado-Perez

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Cordelia Fine

Event 394

William Atkins talks to Owen Sheers

The Immeasurable World: Journeys in Desert Places

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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In the classic literary tradition of Bruce Chatwin, Atkins offers a rich and exquisitely written account of travels in eight deserts on five continents that evokes the timeless allure of these remote and forbidding places. From the Gobi Desert and Taklamakan deserts of north-west China to the man-made desert of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan and the Black Rock and Sonoran Deserts of the American south-west, each of Atkins’ travel narratives effortlessly weaves aspects of natural history, historical background and present-day reportage into a compelling tapestry that reveals the human appeal of these often inhuman landscapes.

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William Atkins talks to Owen Sheers

Event 395

Timothy Garton Ash

The Wales for Europe Lecture at Hay: BREXIT! Can Britain Still Stay in Europe?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Oxford Professor of European Studies examines the best interests of the United Kingdom, the European Union, global trade and western democracy in this lecture, part of a series curated by Geraint Talfan Davies, who chairs. Garton Ash’s many books about world affairs include Freedom of Speech, The File, The Magic Lantern and Free World.

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Timothy Garton Ash

Event 397

Akram Khan and S. F. Said

Black Holes and Multiverses: Where Science and Fiction Collide

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Every day, scientists make discoveries that shape our idea of who we are and where we are in the universe, but these theories often originated in the medium of science fiction. Before Stephen Hawking was talking about multiple universes, Douglas Adams was creating them in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This fascinating conversation between CERN physicist Professor Akram Khan and author S. F. Said will explore the interaction between works of the imagination and cutting-edge science. Chaired by Anita Sethi.

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Event 398

Kate Harding and Benna Waites

Men and Suicide: The People Left Behind

Venue: Compass
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Suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under 50. Kate Harding, a hospice doctor and part- time GP whose anaesthetist husband, Richard, committed suicide last year, explores the legacy that suicide leaves to those left behind. Along with Kate and other panellists, Benna Waites, Joint Head of Psychology in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, looks at what sense can be made of this troubling loss of life, and what could be done to change it.

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Event 399

Chris Bonington

Ascent

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The great climber charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world – from the Alps to the Eiger, and the Himalaya but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains. An evening with a legend.

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Chris Bonington

Event 400

Donna Brazile talks to Helena Kennedy

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that put Donald Trump in the White House

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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As chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign, Brazile had a front-row seat to the wildest, craziest, and most disturbing presidential race in American history. She was called to take over a party riven by scandal and allegations of corruption, and then thrust into the international spotlight after the DNC email system was hacked by the Russians, a brazen and wholly unprecedented attempt by a foreign power to influence a presidential election. She talks about the roles played by Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and President Obama with an insider’s knowledge and looks forward to the 2018 November mid-terms and the potential Democrat runners for 2020.

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Event 401

Martin Rowson and Phill Jupitus

The Communist Manifesto: The Graphic Novel

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
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The Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson employs his trademark draughtsmanship and wit to this lively graphic novel adaptation of Marx and Engels’ revolutionary pamphlet. Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, at a time of deep mistrust in The Establishment, The Communist Manifesto is both a timely reminder of the politics of hope and a thought-provoking guide to the most influential work of political theory ever published. He introduces his pictures and talks with the comedian Phill Jupitus.

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Event 402

Nat Luurtsema and Yassmin Abdel-Magied

The Guilty Feminist: Live at Hay

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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A funny, frank conversation about embracing both feminism and our imperfections with the host of the hit comedy podcast The Guilty Feminist (22 million downloads). From confidence to the secret power of rom-coms, from effective activism to what poker can tell us about gender, Nat and Yassmin explore what it means to be a 21st century woman, and encourages us to make the world better for all women. guiltyfeminist.com

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Event 403

Mark Cocker

Our Place: Can we Save British Wildlife Before it is too Late?

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The wish to protect wildlife is now a central goal for our society, but where did these ‘green’ ideas come from? And who created the cherished institutions, such as the National Trust or the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which are now so embedded in public life and attract millions of members? Cocker asks searching questions such as who owns the land and why? And who benefits from green policies? Why do the British seem to love their countryside more than almost any other nation, yet have come to live amid one of the most denatured landscapes on Earth? He tries to map out how this overcrowded island of ours could be a place fit not just for human occupants but also for its billions of wild citizens. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Mark Cocker

Event 404

Yrsa Daley-Ward

The Terrible

Venue: Compass
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This is the story of the celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, and all the things that happened – “even the Terrible Things (and God, there were Terrible Things)”. It’s about her childhood in the north-west of England with her beautiful, careworn mother Marcia, Linford (the man formerly known as Dad, “half-fun, half-frightening”) and her little brother Roo, who sees things written in the stars. It’s about growing up and discovering the power and fear of her own sexuality, of pitch grey days of pills and powder and encounters. It’s about damage and pain, but also joy. Told with raw intensity, shocking honesty and the poetry of the darkest of fairy tales, The Terrible is a memoir of going under, losing yourself, and finding your voice.

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Event 405

Silent Disco with Amy Lamé

Venue: Cube
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The evening queen of the London scene is spinning discs here at Hay Festival. Broadcaster, performer and writer Amy Lamé hosts BBC Radio 6 Music's Sunday Service and as London's first ever Night Tsar, she is charged with ensuring London parties hard. This year, with her eclectic mix, she will make sure Hay parties hard, loud and proud...you will be Lamé-zed!
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Silent Disco with Amy Lamé

Event 406

Show of Hands, with Miranda Sykes

Live at Hay

Venue: Tata Tent
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The Show of Hands success story tells a vivid account of more than two decades of international touring, 25 album releases, three BBC Folk Awards, and four Royal Albert Hall sell-outs. A sorcerous combination, Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes blend captivating songwriting with flawless musicianship and a ceaselessly innovative approach to remain steadfastly at the top of their game. Expect the songs you love, and prepare to fall for the ones you’ve not yet met. “Formidable operators…a class act.” – The Independent.

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