Hay Festival Tales: Wild Ideas
David Olusoga is Professor of Public History at Manchester University and a BAFTA award-winning documentary maker, broadcaster and writer. A regular contributor to the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine, his books include Black and British, which won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize and the Longman-History Today Trustees Award.
Allie Esiri is an accomplished curator and host of live poetry events at The National Theatre and The Bridge Theatre. Her anthologies A Poem for Every Day of the Year and A Poem for Every Night of the Year won multiple awards. Her latest collection is Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year.
Xiaolu Guo is a novelist, essayist, screenwriter and film maker. Born in south China, published six books before moving to Britain in 2002. Her new memoir, Radical: A Life of My Own is playful, provocative and original.
Jordan Stephens is best known as one half of hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks. An accomplished actor (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Tucked, Been So Long), he is now an author, creating the award-winning children's book The Missing with illustrator Beth Suzanna.
Andria Zafirakou won the Global Teacher Prize in 2018, using the $1 million prize to set up Artists in Residence, a charity that brings professional artists into disadvantaged schools across the UK. In 2019, she was appointed an MBE for her services to education.
Ha-Joon Chang teaches economics at SOAS University of London, and is one of the world's leading economists. His latest myth-busting book, Edible Economics: A Hungry Economist Explains the World, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.