Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled

We deeply regret that Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Event 180

Martin Kemp

Art in History 600BC–2000AD

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Art has always been part of history. But we often think of it as outside history. When we look at a painting by Raphael, Rembrandt or Rubens it speaks to us directly, but it’s also an historical document, part of a living world. The Oxford art historian takes us on an extraordinary trip through art, from devotional works to the revolutionary techniques of the Renaissance, from the courtly Masters of the C17th through to the daring avant-garde of the C20th and beyond.

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Martin Kemp

Event 181

Joe Grice and Jay Lindop

Truths and Statistics

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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How do we measure how we’re doing, economically and demographically? What are the ‘facts’ about migration and the tax base, National Debt, growth, borrowing and GDP and how should they be interpreted? The Chief Economist and the Director of Population Statistics at the Office of National Statistics give us the un-spun skinny on what the numbers mean and where the truth lies… Chaired by Rosie Boycott.

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Joe Grice and Jay Lindop

Event 182

John Pikoulis, Juliet Aykroyd, Owen Sheers

Alun Lewis: The Syllable of Love

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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In this first event celebrating the centenary of the Welsh poet Alun Lewis, Owen Sheers will read the poetry and Juliet Aykroyd will reveal how he and her mother, Freda, fell in love in India during World War II. Lewis’s letters to Freda, published in A Cypress Walk, prove him to be one of the great letter-writers.

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John Pikoulis, Juliet Aykroyd, Owen Sheers

Event 183

Rachel Podger

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 1

Venue: St Mary's Church
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The violinist plays Giuseppe Tartini Sonata in B minor No13, Johan Helmich Roman Assaggio for violin solo, Nicola Matteis Part II from Other Ayrs, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber Passacaglia, and Giuseppe Tartini Sonata in A minor. Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 – please arrive in good time.

BBC Radio 3
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Rachel Podger

Event HF60

AF Harrold and Emily Gravett

The Imaginary

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join AF Harrold and Emily Gravett as they tell you all about their brilliant, somewhat creepy book: The Imaginary. Pictures will be drawn. Words will be spoken. Imaginary Friends welcome.
9+ years
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AF Harrold and Emily Gravett

Event W49

Engineering Creativity Workshop

How to Innovate

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Design and innovation company Tata Elxsi blend technology, creativity and engineering to transform ideas into solutions. Join their team to learn how to innovate.

12+ years

free but ticketed
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Engineering Creativity Workshop

Event HF59

Malorie Blackman

Children’s Laureate Talk

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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Join Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman in her final Laureate event as she discusses her award-winning books, including the bestselling Noughts and Crosses series and her most recent collection, Love Hurts. Malorie will talk about her Laureate highlights and about the legacy she hopes to leave behind. A must-see for all fans and a chance to ask Malorie all about her experience as the Children’s Laureate.
10+ years
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Malorie Blackman

Event HF61

Phoenix Comics Workshop

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Come and learn HOW TO MAKE AWESOME COMICS with Neill Cameron. Neill is a master storyteller and artist who has illustrated some of The Phoenix’s best-loved comics. In this workshop Neill takes you through the comic creation process from start to finish. WARNING: This workshop contains PIRATES AND DINOSAURS and is rated AWESOME on the comic scale. 
PLUS join other Phoenix creators (some of the UK’s best comic artists) as they show how to construct a brilliant comic from even the craziest ideas – they’ll take you through some top character creation tips and send you away with your very own brilliant comic!

www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk
7+ years
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Phoenix Comics Workshop

Event DT1

Ticket to Dine

Tuesday Early Lunch

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant
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Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant now and receive a free drink on us.

 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh on site by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce. You can view the menu online here.

 

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20. 

 

By booking online you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink, and guarantee your seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

 

Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer, with a selection of desserts to choose from as well as a full bar and barista coffees.

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Event 184

Juliet Barker

Agincourt: The King, The Campaign, The Battle

Venue: Tata Tent
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On St Crispin’s Day 1415, Henry V and his exhausted army of 9,000 long-bowmen and infantry defeated the 20,000 massed cavalry and nobility of France. It was a turning point in the Hundred Years War, and in the advance of weaponry.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

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Juliet Barker

Event 185

Amitav Ghosh talks to Alex Clark

Flood of Fire

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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We are thrilled to launch the publication of the conclusion to the Ibis Trilogy with a rare interview with the novelist. It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China’s devastating defeat, to Britain’s seizure of Hong Kong.

Photo: Jerry Bauer

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Amitav Ghosh talks to Alex Clark

Event 186

William Hall

Brick

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Acclaimed graphic designer William Hall presents his new book Brick – a fresh, insightful and surprising look at one of the world’s most familiar and popular building materials.

From the strange remains of the Ziggurat of Ur dating from 2100 BC, to the formidable mills of the industrial revolution, the humble brick has been an architectural staple for centuries.

The world’s best architects have explored the qualities of brickwork. Alvar Aalto, Antoni Gaudí, Jørn Utzon, Frank Gehry, and Mies van der Rohe all built with the material, and bricks were integral to Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for an American vernacular in his Prairie Houses.

Lesser-known newcomers have created some equally striking and memorable structures, from the stunning Winery Gantenbein – built by robotic arm – to the audacious Kantana Institute, an unprecedented vision in a Thai rainforest.
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William Hall

Event 187

Gillian Clarke

The Gwyn Jones Lecture: Love and War

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The National Poet of Wales celebrates the centenary of Alun Lewis, with a close reading and exploration of his poems. His first volume Raiders Dawn and other Poems was published in 1942. Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets, which contains his masterpiece All Day It Has Rained was published posthumously in 1945. Introduced by Cary Archard.

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Gillian Clarke

Event HF63

Cerrie Burnell

Mermaid

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join CBeebies’ Cerrie Burnell for a very special storytelling session about being different, about new beginnings and, most of all, about friendship. Cerrie will share her books Snowflakes and Mermaid, with music and a little bit of magic.
5+ years
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Cerrie Burnell

Event W50

Engineering Creativity Workshop

How to Innovate

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Design and innovation company Tata Elxsi blend technology, creativity and engineering to transform ideas into solutions. Join their team to learn how to innovate.

12+ years

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Engineering Creativity Workshop

Event HF62

Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Astounding Broccoli Boy

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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What would you do if your skin suddenly turned a bright, broccoli shade of green? Join multi-award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce as he introduces the colourful cast of characters in his fantastic new book, The Astounding Broccoli Boy. Frank is a successful scriptwriter who, along with Danny Boyle, devised the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Super-powers, suspicious vegetables and penguin sidekicks all play a part in this not-to-be-missed event.
9+ years
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Frank Cottrell Boyce

Event HF64

Phoenix Comics Workshop

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Come and draw with CORPSE TALK’S Adam Murphy. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a first time comic reader, Adam will help you dig up the best tips and tricks to help you put pencil to paper and create some AWESOME characters! Bring your imagination and prepare to be amazed!

PLUS join other Phoenix creators (some of the UK’s best comic artists) as they show how to construct a brilliant comic from even the craziest ideas – they’ll take you through some top character creation tips and send you away with your very own brilliant comic!

www.thephoenixcomic.co.uk

7+ years
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Phoenix Comics Workshop

Event DT2

Ticket to Dine

Tuesday Late Lunch

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant
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Book a seat in the Relish Festival Restaurant now and receive a free drink on us.

 

Enjoy a delicious meal from our Festival Restaurant buffet. Choose from a wide selection of hot and cold dishes created fresh on site by our team of chefs using the best local seasonal produce. You can view the menu online here.

 

Come up to the buffet and choose as much as you like from all the dishes on offer for just £20. 

 

By booking online you will receive a complimentary glass of wine, bottle of beer or soft drink, and guarantee your seat in the restaurant where our team will be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

 

Alex Gooch breads and water are free for every customer, with a selection of desserts to choose from as well as a full bar and barista coffees.

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Event W19

Walk and Draw

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: Meet at back of Hay Castle
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Drawing and walking in the surrounding landscape and hills participants will have a chance to engage with the changing weather and shifting light through drawing. By working in the live environment, students will heighten perceptions of their surrounding and enliven their drawing practice.

Walking shoes and warm and waterproof clothing are essential.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Event 188

Jonathan Sacks

Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence

Venue: Tata Tent
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There are many conflicts around the world at present that claim to be in the name of God – in Iraq, in Syria, in Gaza, and elsewhere. Rabbi Sacks argues forcefully that a true understanding of religion will enable and inspire the world to bring peace, not war; that far from leaving religion on the sidelines, it should be put at the heart of peacemaking efforts. Chaired by James Harding, head of BBC News.

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Jonathan Sacks

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