Wednesday at the Hay Festival
Benjamin Zephania’s biography almost put me off him – he seems apparently unrepentant about his burglarising life (if you’ve ever been burgled you’ll know why contrition would be important). But he remains forgiven because he turned down an honour from the queen gangster and because his manner and elocution are chopped sweets and berries gently shaken in a lucky bag. Here he talks with Gemma Cairney about his kids book, something he was born to do.
The ‘lunchtime lecture’ will be delivered by Siobhan Maderson who looks like she knows what she’s talking about. Expect various solutions to huge human problems that will filter their way to someone in power when it’s too late.
Here’s a reminder to count your blessings and that Gofundme is not as important as voting for a progressive political party (and to not give money to Murdoch or Amazon, ever). Lydia Cacho Ribiero and Samar Yazbek talking with Philippe Sands about their work as journalists and writers in Mexico and Syria respectively and probably confirming that real bravery is not a fist connecting with a jaw, but a pen to a note pad.