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 203

Nadifa Mohamed and Zukiswa Wanner talk to Ellah Allfrey

Fictions – Africa39

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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The editor of the Africa39 anthology, honouring 39 of the best writers from sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 40, talks to two of the writers celebrated in the project. Wanner, a South African now living in Kenya, is author of Men of the South, Maid in SA – 30 Ways to Leave Your Madam, and London Cape Town Joburg. Somalia-born Mohamed is the author of Black Mamba Boy and The Orchard of Lost Souls.

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Nadifa Mohamed and Zukiswa Wanner talk to Ellah Allfrey

Event 204

Daniel Martyn Lewis

JS Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier 2

Venue: St Mary's Church
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Come and share this extraordinary emotional journey over four concerts, Monday–Thursday. This second concert in the series features The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One nos 12–24. BWV 858-869.

See also events 163, 244, 279
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Daniel Martyn Lewis

Event HF70

Chris Priestley and Dave Shelton talk to Paul Magrs

Modern Gothic

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Chris Priestley’s acclaimed Tales of Terror series are chilling stories rooted in the tradition of MR James, Saki and Edgar Allan Poe. Mister Creecher is a novel inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and his latest, Through Dead Eyes, is set in a haunted hotel in Amsterdam.

Award-winning Dave Shelton turns to the gothic with Thirteen Chairs, an anthology in which twelve ghostly figures tell stories of death and horror. They talk to writer Paul Magrs about their fascination with the Gothic and its influence on their fiction.
12+ years/YA
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Chris Priestley and Dave Shelton talk to Paul Magrs

Event 205

The BBC Wales Patrick Hannan Lecture – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio Wales Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales and Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management delivers the fourth annual Welsh affairs lecture dedicated to the late BBC Wales broadcaster.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales.

BBC Radio Wales
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 2 hours
Free but ticketed
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The BBC Wales Patrick Hannan Lecture – LIVE ON AIR

Event 206

Charity Gala Quiz Night Supper

Venue: Relish Festival Restaurant
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Please come and join us for a light supper and some lighter competitive quizzing with rounds on vice and virtue, passion and progress. Bring your own team of four, or come and scratch together with new friends. There are sumptuous prizes, scrummy food and the (really not so fiendish) questions spun by Peter Florence.

Main course – choice of:
Lamb Puttanesca with Puy Lentils, Wild Rice, Olives, Pine Nuts, Dried Tomatoes and Greens;
or Wye Valley Asparagus and Leek Tartlet with Neal’s Yard Peroche Goats Cheese (Vegetarian)

Dessert: Strawberry and Elderflower Eton Mess

Price includes 2 courses. Pay bar. All profits to fund our Schools Programme.
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Charity Gala Quiz Night Supper

Event 207

Chris Woods and Chris Hunter talk to Oliver Bullough

Homeland Security?

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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How are wars conducted today? What happens when you only see your enemy onscreen or driving past an IED? And what effect does digital warfare have on the long-term security of the West? Woods is the author of Sudden Justice – America’s Secret Drone Wars. The investigative journalist charts the deployment of the CIA Predator drones for targeted counterterrorism killings in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan. He challenges with damning evidence the assertion that drones minimize civilian casualties and are ‘the most precise weapon ever invented’. Major Hunter is the author of Eight Lives Down and Extreme Risk. He was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for his work in Iraq as a bomb disposal operative.

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Chris Woods and Chris Hunter talk to Oliver Bullough

Event 208

Melissa Cole

Let Me Tell You About Beer

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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An hour of beer tasting with one of Britain’s most entertaining connoisseurs.

The author of Let Me Tell You About Beer is living the beer dream. Not only does she write extensively about the world's favourite drink, she also works with chefs to create beer and food extravaganzas in venues as diverse as Michelin-starred restaurants to local pubs, and is invited to judge at beer competitions from London to Brussels and Amsterdam to America.

Her reputation for having a fine palate and fun approach to all things brewed also translates to actually making beer, and some of her collaborative beers have gone on to become huge successes for the breweries Melissa made them with, never profiting herself.

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Melissa Cole

Event 209

Terence Blacker

My Village

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Somewhere between song and story, and between fiction and truth, is the world of Terence Blacker, a place of secrets, surprises and humour. His songs have been compared to those of Jake Thackray, and his stories to those of Roald Dahl. Combining the two for this guided tour around his private village – developed from his successful Edinburgh Fringe show My Village and Other Aliens ­– he offers a view of our world that is sharp-eyed, funny and affectionate.

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Terence Blacker

Event 210

Lewis Dartnell

The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Maybe it was a viral pandemic, or an asteroid strike, or perhaps nuclear war. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended and you and the other survivors must start again. What key knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? Dartnell is a UK Space Agency research fellow at the University of Leicester, in the field of astrobiology and the search for signs of life on Mars.

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Lewis Dartnell

Event 211

Catrin Finch

Tides

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The world-renowned classical harpist, arranger and composer from Wales is hailed for her versatility and musical fearlessness. Her new album Tides marks the first time her own material has appeared as a body of work on stage and on record. It reveals a new side of an exceptional artist, driven to explore the possibilities of the harp and a lifetime of musical influences. As Catrin says, ‘All my musical life is here.’ Catrin plays harp and piano. She is joined on stage by a string section and other guest musicians.

Photo by Rhys Frampton

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Catrin Finch

Event 212

Abigail Rokison and Erin Sullivan

Romeo & Juliet

Venue: The Summer House
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The Shakespeare Institute scholars examine the text, sources and context of Shakespeare’s most popular play, looking at how the earliest performances worked and how subsequent productions over the centuries have reflected its themes. In the Q&A they address the most commonly examined syllabus questions.

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Abigail Rokison and Erin Sullivan

Event 213

James Ward

Adventures in Stationery: A Journey Through Your Pencil Case

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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We are surrounded by stationery: half-chewed Cristal Bics and bent paper clips, rubber bands to fiddle with or ping, blunt pencils, rubbers and Tipp-ex. Exploring these everyday objects, Ward reveals tales of invention – accidental and brilliant – and bitter rivalry. He also asks the difficult questions, like who is Mr Pritt, and what are the thousands of uses claimed for Blu-Tack?

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James Ward

Event 214

Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis talk to Andy Fryers

Rebuilding Britain

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Britain faces extraordinary challenges, from climate change to growing inequality and global economics, but as a nation has no plan for the future. This unique book asks a simple question: how can it organise itself, not just for survival, but to build a fairer and more sustainable society? The Town and Country Planning Association’s Henderson and Ellis talk to the Hay on Earth Director.

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Kate Henderson and Hugh Ellis talk to Andy Fryers

Event 433

A Get Creative Masterclass: How to Make Films on Your Smart Phone or Tablet

A BBC Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Join Into Film for an intro to filmmaking workshop. You'll soon be showing off your filmmaking skills to friends – whatever your filmmaking background.

Bring your smart phone if you have one.

Not for broadcast.

Get Creative
All ages welcome. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years.
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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A Get Creative Masterclass: How to Make Films on Your Smart Phone or Tablet

Event W20

Drawing the Figure and the Still Life

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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How to animate the inanimate? This session will explore one of the artist’s oldest and most simple subjects: the still life. Infinitely varied, the still life can represent the nature of mortality and transformation, or simply provide the artist with the subject in the absence of a model. Students will have the opportunity to draw the figure in relation to a still life in colour and a variety of media.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing the Figure and the Still Life

Event HF71

Kjartan Poskitt

Murderous Maths

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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Back by popular demand, Kjartan Poskitt will have parents and children in fits of laughter as he introduces the people who really did put the Murder into Maths. He’ll also show off some amazing tricks and weird facts but NO NASTY SUMS – guaranteed! Creator of the bestselling Murderous Maths series, Agatha Parrot and Borgon the Axeboy, Kjartan is a brilliant entertainer – and you’ll learn some maths facts along the way.
7+ years
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Kjartan Poskitt

Event HF73

Magic Animal Friends

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Welcome to an enchanting world full of animals, magic and friendship, from the creator of Rainbow Magic. When best friends Jess and Lily follow a mysterious golden cat into Friendship Forest, their holidays become much more magical! There are riddles to solve, games to play and magic to create.
5+ years
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Magic Animal Friends

Event HF74

Phoenix Comics Workshops

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 Workshops

Event HF72

Steve Cole

How Bond Are You?

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Steve Cole introduces his first explosive Young Bond adventure, Shoot to Kill, and gives a unique insight into 1930s gadgets, gangsters and Hollywood. Join Steve for a highly entertaining event. He explains how he became such a fan of Ian Fleming’s super-spy, shares the research behind his creation, introduces new characters, including a sinister villain, and tests the audience’s spy skills to find out: ‘How Bond are you?’
9+ years
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Steve Cole

Event W70

The Story of Life

Drop-in Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
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With award-winning illustrator Amy Husband, local authors Catherine Barr and Steve Williams will take children on the extraordinary journey of evolution. Inspired by readings from the book, children will explore the story of life and, working together, they will draw, cut and colour all kinds of creatures to create their own timeline of life on Earth.

4–10 years
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The Story of Life

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