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SATURDAY 25 MAY 5.30pm



[65] 7pm OXFAM MOOT £10

Daniel Hahn

Mary Robinson talks to Emily Shuckburgh

The Anthea Bell Lecture: The Genius of Getafix

The Kew Gardens Platform: Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future

In this second annual lecture, the renowned translator pays tribute to his peerless, multilingual colleague Anthea Bell, who died in October 2018. He explores her work on the Asterix books, translating the original French by René Goscinny and his illustrator partner Albert Uderzo. “She was an elegant stylist, but more than that, a startlingly versatile one,” says Hahn. “I first learned her name, as so many people did, because she wrote all those impossible Asterix jokes I loved so much; but to other people she was Sebald, or perhaps Kafka – or sometimes Freud. She was Cornelia Funke or Erich Kästner for children, Saša Stanišic and Stefan Zweig for adults, and so many others besides. Literature struggles to thrive without translation. Today I can’t help wondering how we readers and writers ever could have managed without Anthea Bell.” Chaired by Thea Lenarduzzi of the TLS. In association with the TLS

Holding her first grandchild in her arms in 2003, Mary Robinson was struck by the uncertainty of the world he had been born into. Before his fiftieth birthday, he would share the planet with more than nine billion people – people battling for food, water and shelter in an increasingly volatile climate. As the UN’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, Robinson’s mission led all over the world, from Malawi to Mongolia, and to a heartening revelation: that an irrepressible driving force in the battle for climate justice could be found at the grassroots level, mainly among women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. Robinson met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity had already unlocked extraordinary change. Robinson is the former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and is now a member of The Elders. Supported by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

[63] 5.30pm STARLIGHT STAGE £8

The Dylan Thomas Prize Winner talks to Dai Smith


The 2019 International Dylan Thomas Prize

Brexit Britain: The State of the Union

Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

Join us to celebrate this prestigious literary prize for writers aged 39 and under. The 2019 winner, to be announced on 16 May, talks to Dai Smith, chair of the judging panel and Emeritus Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University. The long-list comprises: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Michael Donkor, Clare Fisher, Zoe Gilbert, Emma Glass, Guy Gunaratne, Louisa Hall, Sarah Perry, Sally Rooney, Richard Scott, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and Jenny Xie. In association with Swansea University [64] 5.30pm BBC TENT

free but ticketed

Inside Science

BBC Radio 4 Adam Rutherford and guests, including mathematician Steven Strogatz, discuss the big ideas in science today. Broadcast Thursday 30 May at 4.30pm and 9.30pm.

What happens now? What’s the deal with Europe, America, Ireland, Scotland? The Shadow Brexit Secretary is on the spot. And he’s listening. Sponsored by Gabbs Solicitors [67] 7pm LLWYFAN CYMRU – WALES STAGE £8

Elizabeth Day talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

How To Fail: Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong A conversation with the novelist and podcaster. “If I have learned one thing from this shockingly beautiful venture called life, it is this: failure has taught me lessons I would never otherwise have understood. I have evolved more as a result of things going wrong than when everything seemed to be going right. Out of crisis has come clarity, and sometimes even catharsis.” Sponsored by Woodee Limited

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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.