At 21 the prodigious violinist found her instrument: a rare 1696 Stradivarius, perfectly suited to her build and temperament. Her career soared. Then, in a train station café, her violin was stolen from her side. In an instant her world collapsed. This is Min's extraordinary story - of a young woman staring into the void, wondering who she was, who she had been. It is a story of isolation and dependence, of love, loss and betrayal, and of the intense, almost human bond that a musician has with their instrument. Above all, it's a story of hope through a journey back to music.
Invention is at the heart of the adventures of Rosie Revere, Ada Twist and Iggy Peck. Andrea
Beaty’s stories of engineer Rosie, scientist Ada and architect Iggy show that anyone can be whatever they want to be if they are curious and apply themselves.
Alwyn Hamilton and Maria Turtschaninoff have both recently completed their second titles in powerful trilogies set in richly imagined worlds. Join the authors as they discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating whole new worlds and the people who live in them. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
From the food on our plates to the greens in our garden, many plants share one extraordinary characteristic – they contain two, three or even 10 copies of their entire genetic code in each of their cells. This so-called ‘polyploidy’ crams cells full of DNA and not only gives us weird and wonderful-looking plants, but almost all of the plants we eat every day. The Director of Science at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Michael Faraday Prize winner talks about polyploidy and how it will help us take on our great global challenges.
From the rise and fall of empires in China, Persia, and Rome to the spread of the great religions and the wars of the twentieth century, this epic work illuminates how the Silk Roads shaped global history, the axis of East and West. Peter Frankopan is the Director of the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. Chaired by Peter Florence.
Featuring Nairobi’s headlining artists, this concert will leave you in a musical whirl. Kick off with the high-energy Afro fusion band Sarabi and then let Mumala and Kiu melt your dance sweat away. Phenomenal Fena will have you head-bopping and feet-tapping to soul and afro house, and the electrifying Jemedari will teach you just what jazzy hip hop is. Imagine it... we can.
Find out about the techniques and materials that Jackie Morris uses to create her beautiful books, including the stunningly beautiful Song of the Golden Hare, in this illustration master class for adults and children.
12+ years (YA)
Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone economic cycles that veer from boom to bust. The Economics Editor for Channel 4 News argues that we are on the brink of a change so big and profound that this time capitalism itself will mutate into something wholly new.
The best-selling author of Flawed and the debut author of Kook discuss teen life, the key issues in writing YA fiction and what really matters to their readers. Chaired by HAYDAYS director Julia Eccleshare.
Marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, the cartoonist and children’s author will bring the Bard’s work vividly to life. Come up on stage and help Marcia re-enact The Tempest, using masks, props and plenty of drama.
For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on. Then, in the late 19th century, medics began going where no one had dared go before. Morris gives us a view over the surgeon’s shoulder, showing us the heart’s inner workings and failings. He describes both a human story and a history of risk-taking that has ultimately saved countless lives. Chaired by Rosie Boycott.
Culture-grown lab meat is becoming big business. It can be taking a few animal cells, feeding them nutrients, growing them in to meat and allowing them to self-renew indefinitely; or taking the fish out of fishing by helping fish cells to multiply in a brewery-like environment to create fish fillets. The benefits could be huge, not only in removing the need to kill animals but also in the reduction of methane production and water use. However, it raises lots of potential ethical concerns too. To discuss the benefits and drawbacks, Dan Crossley, Executive Director at the Food Ethics Council, farmer Illtud Llyr Dunsford, Marianne Ellis, Senior Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bath University and Alexandra Sexton, researcher at Wellcome Trust "Livestock, Environment, People' project, talk to Andy Fryers, Sustainability Director at Hay Festival.
Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured, where every week the countless hours of work you do are not recognised or valued. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re a woman. The award-winning campaigner and writer shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.
Whether as signposts to an underworld, beacons to ancient mariners or as extraordinary manifestations of the natural world, volcanoes have intrigued many people, who have left records of their encounters in letters, diaries, sketches and illustrations. The Oxford volcanologist shares contemporary accounts of eruptions – from Pliny’s 79 CE report of Vesuvius to 21st century imaging of Santorini.
‘They say dead men tell no tales, but they’re wrong. Even the dead tell stories.’ In this event, we embark on a journey into darkness with prestigious British author Marcus Sedgwick, who talks to Peter Florence, Director of Hay Festival.
Simultaneous translation from English into Spanish
Co-organised with the British Council and in collaboration with El Norte de Castilla, the oldest Spanish journal, on its 160th anniversary
Journalist and author Nativel Preciado discusses her latest novel Canta solo para mí, which won the 2014 Premio Fernando Lara de Novela. The novel depicts the journalistic profession in Spain in the 1970s, a very turbulent period during which huge changes took place. This provides the backdrop for a passionate love story. She talks to writer Fernando Delgado.
Powerful girls, swirling adventures, fantasy worlds and a breathtaking love story – join the authors of The Girl of Ink and Stars and Rebel of the Sands, two of the most exciting first novels of 2016, as they reveal the inspiration behind their sensational debuts.
The classics super-prof explores the myths surrounding ancient and modern concepts of democracy, from its Athenian origins to the tests of Rome and the Middle Ages, and from its rebirth in C17th Britain all the way to the current state of the European Union.
Charlotte was a literary visionary, a feminist trailblazer and the driving force behind the whole Brontë family. She pushed Emily to publish Wuthering Heights and took charge of their precarious finances when her feckless brother turned to opium. In Jane Eyre she introduced the world to a brand new kind of heroine, modelled on herself: quiet but fiercely intelligent, burning with passion and potential. Harman is the award-winning biographer of Sylvia Townsend Warner, Fanny Burney and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the author of the best-selling Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World. Chaired by Catherine Han of Cardiff University.
Promising myth, adventure and mechanimals, Bunzl and Hargrave will begin an illustrated conversation in which they discuss the inspiration behind their best-selling debuts Cogheart and The Girl of Ink and Stars and introduce their new books, Moonlocket and The Island at the End of Everything.
In the popular imagination, as in her portraits, Elizabeth is the image of monarchical power. The Virgin Queen ruled over a Golden Age: the Spanish Armada was defeated and England's enemies scattered; English explorers reached almost to the ends of the earth; a new Church of England rose from the ashes of past conflict, and the English Renaissance bloomed in the genius of Shakespeare, Spenser and Sidney. But the image is also armour. In her illuminating new account of Elizabeth’s reign, Castor shows how England’s iconic queen was shaped by profound and enduring insecurity – an insecurity which was both a matter of practical political reality and personal psychology. But, facing down her enemies with a compellingly inscrutable public persona, the last and greatest of the Tudor monarchs would become a timeless, fearless queen.
The funniest, craziest book featuring bananas that you’ll ever read. Anarchic, fun and clever – a proper, funny story for children to get their teeth into.