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Fariha Shaikh

Noel Malcolm

19th-century Emigration in British Literature and Art

Useful Enemies: Islam and The Ottoman Empire in Western Political Thought, 1450–1750

The explosion of settler emigration during the 19th century to colonies in Canada, Australia and New Zealand was supported and underpinned by a vast outpouring of text including printed emigrants’ letters, manuscript shipboard newspapers and settler fiction. These textual cultures pervaded the cultural imagination of 19th century authors such as Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Catherine Helen Spence and Ford Madox Brown, and provided new means of interrogating representations of space and place, home-making and colonial encounters. Fariha Shaikh is Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham. In association with the University of Birmingham

From the fall of Constantinople in 1453 until the 18th century, many Western European writers viewed the Ottoman Empire with almost obsessive interest. They reacted to it with fear and distrust; reinforced by the deep hostility of Western Christendom towards Islam. Yet there was also curiosity about the system on which the huge power of the sultans was based. In the 16th century when Ottoman territorial expansion was rapid and Ottoman institutions seemed particularly robust, there was even open admiration. Chaired by Tom Clark of Prospect magazine. Sponsored by Prospect Magazine

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DJ Target and Gemma Cairney

Javier Cercas talks to Daniel Hahn

Grime Kids

Fictions: Lord of All the Dead

Grime has shaken the world and Target is revealing its explosive and expansive journey in full, using his own unique insight and drawing on the input of Grime’s greatest names. Grime Kids: The Inside Story of the Global Grime Takeover documents the rise of the Grime scene, and Target will talk to Gemma Cairney about its growth from subculture to international phenomenon. 16+

Soldiers of Salamis cemented Cercas’ reputation as one of the world’s greatest novelists. His new book is a courageous journey into his own family history and that of a country collapsing from a fratricidal war. The author revisits Ibahernando, his parents’ village in southern Spain, to research the life of Manuel Mena, who died in combat at the age of 19 during the battle of the Ebro, the bloodiest episode in Spain’s history. Who was he? A fascist hero whose memory is an embarrassment to the author, or a young idealist who happened to fight on the wrong side? And how should we judge him, as grandchildren and greatgrandchildren of that generation, interpreting history from our supposed omniscience and the misleading perspective of a present full of automatic answers, which fails to consider the particularities of each personal and family drama? With the support of Acción Cultural Española

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Emily Maitlis talks to Hannah MacInnes

Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News The Newsnight presenter takes us behind the camera and onto the newsroom floor: “The things that are said on camera are only part of the story. Behind every interview there is a backstory. How it came about. How it ended. The compromises that were made. The regrets, the rows, the deeply inappropriate comedy. Making news is an essential but imperfect art. It rarely goes according to plan. I never expected to find myself wandering around the Maharani of Jaipur’s bedroom with Bill Clinton or invited to the Miss USA beauty pageant by its owner, Donald Trump. I never expected to be thrown into a provincial Cuban jail, or to be drinking red wine at Steve Bannon’s kitchen table or spend three hours in a lift with Alan Partridge. I certainly didn’t expect the Dalai Lama to tell me the story of his most memorable poo. The beauty of television is its ability to simplify. That’s also its weakness: it can distil everything down to one snapshot, one sound bite. Then the news cycle moves on.”

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Ben Goldfarb talks to Andy Fryers

Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped millions of beavers. The consequences were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and many species lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of ‘Beaver Believers’ – scientists, ranchers and passionate citizens – recognises that ecosystems with beavers are healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish Highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts. Eager has won the 2019 Pen/EO Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing.

Profile for Hay Festival

Hay Festival 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.

Hay Festival 2019 Programme  

Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.