Joint the New Weather Institute at the Hay Festival to get to grips with political upheaval and explore different ways to understand our troubled times
With Sarah Woods, Bill McGuire and Andrew Simms
Friday 26 May 2017, 8.30pm
‘Strange’ is the new ‘normal’ for global events. Throughout history, folk tales emerged to help us come to terms with extreme events. With the world as it is today, might stories make better sense of things than news reports? Artist and playwright Sarah Woods is joined by Andrew Simms, editor of a new collection of tales There was a Knock at the Door, and Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at UCL and author of Waking the Giant.
With Zoe Williams, Amelia Womack, David Boyle, Andrew Simms
Sunday 28 May 2017, 8.30pm
With old British political alignments shifting, sharp divisions within government and at least as much in the official opposition, is a very different, new, progressive alliance the way ahead? Contributors to the book ‘The Alternative,’ debate including Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist, David Boyle, author of How to be English, and Andrew Simms of the New Weather Institute