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23 May – 2 Jun 2019, Hay-on-Wye
BBC Arts at Hay Festival 2019
Arundhati Roy: There's no such thing as a perfect story
The God of Small Things author reads a passage from her essay The End of Imagination.
Lucy Worsley on young Victoria becoming Queen
The young princess had a repressive childhood and was facing an arranged marriage.
Albert Woodfox on surviving over 40 years in solitary confinement
The Black Panther Party helped Woodfox, one of the Angola Three, to transform from a petty criminal to political activist.
Ian McEwan: It takes thousands of emails to adapt a book into a film
Despite the massive amount of work involved, he says it’s hard to let go of his novels.
Elif Shafak on the rise of populism and mental illness
The author explains how demagogues can profit from our yearning for simpler times.
James Ellroy on L.A. Confidential
The author says the movie adaptation of his book is "about as deep as a tortilla and does not make dramatic sense".
Emily Maitlis on an early meeting with Donald Trump
The journalist discovered the tycoon wasn't quite as germophobic as she'd been warned...
John Sutherland on the truth foreseen by George Orwell
The fictional element of dystopian novel 1984 that became a reality.
Peter Frankopan: We need more world history in our schools
The bestselling historian argues we’re ignoring some incredibly important periods.
Angela Gallop on the forensic science that cracked a cold case
How an examination of the suspects' clothing helped convict the killers of Stephen Lawrence after 19 years.
Making Our Planet with producer Alastair Fothergill
Special moments from the series, from Siberian Tigers to wolves in Chernobyl.
David Lammy responds to John Cleese
The Tottenham MP challenges Cleese’s claim that London is no longer an English city.
Carole Cadwalladr’s shocking big data discovery
The journalist describes what led her to start looking into Google’s algorithms in 2016.
How do 'gendered' toys affect children?
Neuroscientist Gina Rippon explains the effect of marketing stereotypes.
Sophia Jansson and Steve Box on Moominvalley
Moomin creator Tove Jansson's niece Sophia and Oscar-winner Steve Box discuss the new animated series.
Maxine Peake reads The Masque of Anarchy
The actor gives a reading of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s radical 1819 poem.
What does Keir Starmer really think of Theresa May?
Before he became an MP, he was a top prosecutor and got to know Theresa May very well.
Paul Dolan says marriage is great - for men
The behavioural scientist has analysed the data and found that it makes women less happy.
Naomi Wolf on why we should tolerate objectionable speech
The Outrages author discusses why censorship doesn't work.
Stonewall at 50
The story of the LGBTQ+ journey from prejudice to pride.
Why it really is a man's world
Caroline Criado Perez on how everyday design excludes women.
How the stories of Jack the Ripper’s victims are finally being told.
Textiles have helped human beings conquer the planet and the moon.
Web to bookshelf
YouTube star Humza Arshad is bringing diversity to children’s books.
How nature’s engineers can help save the planet.
Reading and mental health
In tough times, fiction can be an important remedy, as a panel discussed at a special BBC Culture event.
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