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[201] 8.30pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £15

[204] 8.30pm STARLIGHT STAGE £8

Nish Kumar

Michelle Paver and Damian Walford Davies

It’s In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves

Fictions: Wakenhyrst and Docklands

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Nish Kumar is bringing his brand new show to Hay! The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction and whether it will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF. He’s the host of the Mash Report, which you might have seen on BBC Two, or on a Facebook video posted by someone you went to school with but haven’t spoken to in a while. “A masterclass by a no-frills comedian at the height of his powers” – Guardian.

A reading and discussion for an after-dark audience. A painted medieval devil in a graveyard awakens unhallowed forces in Paver’s gothic thriller set in Edwardian Suffolk: Wakenhyrst. Walford Davies’ Docklands is a ghost story told in 50 poems, set in Victorian Cardiff as an architect pursues his commission to level three terraces to make way for a new square. Chaired by Tiffany Murray, author of Sugar Hall.


Paul Martin and Anja Shortland talk to Oliver Bullough

Badlands and Business Martin is one of the world’s most experienced security experts. His book The Rules of Security shows how the threats to our security today are complex and continually evolving. Criminals, hackers, terrorists and hostile foreign states continually find new ways of staying one step ahead of us, while we are continually creating new vulnerabilities as we adopt new technologies and new ways of working. Shortland is a Reader in Political Economy specialising in Somali piracy. Her book Kidnap: Inside The Ransom Business investigates the strange trade of hostage-taking and asks: What would be the ‘right price’ for your loved one – and can you avoid putting others at risk by paying it? What prevents criminals from maltreating hostages? And why would kidnappers release a potential future witness after receiving their money? Bullough is author of Moneyland. Sponsored by Richard Booth’s Bookshop

9pm [205] 9pm OXFAM MOOT £15

Ezra Furman

Plays Hay Crossing between love, gender, sexuality and religion, and singing in solidarity with the innocent, persecuted, oppressed and threatened, Ezra Furman provides a soundtrack like no other for the current fear and loathing in America. A wildly intelligent, phenomenal live performer and deft lyricist, Ezra made three albums with his band The Harpoons, then a crowd-funded solo record before he released Day of the Dog in late 2013 and followed it up with critically acclaimed record Perpetual Motion People in 2015 – both made with his band The Boyfriends. Selling out London’s Roundhouse in 2016, performing on Jools Holland and playing Coachella in 2017 has established him as a popular, exciting and energetic live act, while his audience has grown globally through exposure to his music on the Netflix series Sex Education. He plays Hay (which is just upstream from Symonds Yat, you Sex Education fans!) with his album Transangelic Exodus and a ‘new’ band, The Visions.


Jean Jenkins

Still Fighting the ‘Parasite Industry’ In 1909 Nancy Meyer and Clementina Black wrote The Makers of our Clothes, documenting abuses in what was described as a ‘parasite industry’. Today, gross exploitation thrives in clothing manufacture. Nevertheless, workers are not hapless victims – they fight back. This talk shines a light on workers’ struggles against the odds. Jenkins is Reader in Employment Relations at Cardiff University and is currently working on a UK government-funded Global Challenges Research Fund research project investigating the grievances of garment workers employed in factories in the city of Bangalore, south India. In association with The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods

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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.