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SUNDAY 26 MAY 2.30pm


[HD15] 2.30pm STARLIGHT STAGE £8

[102] 4pm BBC TENT

Gill Lewis

100 Women: Tainted Love – Should we boycott controversial artists?

The Closest Thing to Flying

free but ticketed

BBC News

Join Gill Lewis as she discusses her thoughtful and wide-ranging new novel, which explores the plight of refugees in the UK, the origins of the RSPB and the beginnings of the women’s suffrage movement. Gill weaves together all of these strands and shares her own journey to becoming an author. 9+

Following recent sexual abuse allegations levelled against several high profile creatives, should we be pausing for thought before going to the cinema, the art gallery or the bookshop? Should we look beyond our favourite film, book and music to the person behind it? Can we consume the works of people such as Harvey Weinstein and R Kelly with a clear conscience? Or can great art simply stand alone? Adult themes not suitable for under 16s

4pm [99] 4pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £10


Anna Burns talks to Gaby Wood

Sophia Bennett and Aïcha Mehrez


The Bigger Picture: Women who changed the art world

The 2018 Man Booker Prize winner discusses her darkly funny novel set in 1970s Belfast with the prize’s director. “In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.” “Milkman is extraordinary. I’ve been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It’s frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time” – Lisa McInerney. Sponsored by the TLS

Join author Sophia Bennett and Aicha Mehrez, a Curator of Contemporary British Art, Tate Gallery, for a discussion on what it means to be a woman working in the arts today and a celebration of some of the world’s most renowned and inspirational women artists. From the pioneers who paved the way to contemporary artists working today, find out how artists including Lubaina Himid, Yayoi Kusama and Cindy Sherman have broken boundaries, fought to have their voices heard and changed the way we look at art. Chaired by Claire Armitstead, Associate Culture Editor, The Guardian. 12+ [HD17] 4pm STARLIGHT STAGE £8

[100] 4pm OXFAM MOOT £10

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Huw Edwards talks to Dylan Jones

Runaway Robot

Going Live

What would you do with a robot best friend? Award-winning author Frank Cottrell-Boyce has some ideas. He’ll share these as he introduces Runaway Robot, which stars Alfie, whose lonely life is transformed when he meets Eric, a one-legged robot. A warm-hearted story of the importance of friendship, and a celebration of being different. 9+

The BBC News at Ten anchor takes us behind the scenes of a rolling news operation that is trying to make sense of a world gripped by crises of every kind. Sponsored by Stephens & George Print Group [101] 4pm LLWYFAN CYMRU – WALES STAGE £9

Simon Armitage

Reading: Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic We are thrilled to launch the poet’s new eclectic book of poems, which collects commissions and collaborations of the last few years, with subjects ranging from sculpture and travel to the environment and drama. Sponsored by The Poetry Bookshop

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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.