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 W40

Wild Garden Safari

RSPB Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Come and discover the secret world that lives in your garden, with RSPB Cymru. Grab a net and see what amazing creatures are hiding in the leaves and lurking underwater. Make a Bee and Bug B&B to take away, to give nature a home in your garden.

Photo: Eleanor Bentall

Families welcome
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Wild Garden Safari

Event 215

Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

The Head of Gonzo Davies

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Gonzo Davies, back-row forward and builder, knows the highs and lows of life; but as political and industrial corruption conspire to give parochial violence a national and international dimension, is he prepared to become the target of dark forces? The bestselling author of The Greatest Welsh XV Ever, best known now as the BBC’s voice of international rugby, brings us his first novel and looks forward to this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

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Eddie Butler talks to Peter Florence

Event 216

Andrew Duff and John Keay

Beneath the Himalayas

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Narendra Modi’s pilgrimage to Tibet heralds a new warmth in Sino-Indian relations, but the emerging superpowers have a long and complex history of contested priorities in the Himalayas. Keay is author of Midnight’s Descendants, a sweeping history of South Asia; Duff’s Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom tells the remarkable true story of India’s annexation of Sikkim in 1975. It’s a tale of love, intrigue and the Cold War in Asia.

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Andrew Duff and John Keay

Event 217

Guto Harri and Dylan Jones

The News Academy

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Join Dylan Jones, author and award-winning editor of GQ magazine, and Guto Harri, former BBC Chief Political Correspondent, Communications Director for Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and now Communications Director for News UK, in a special Q&A on their career insights, experiences and advice for entering the world of journalism.

For students aged 16–18 years

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Guto Harri and Dylan Jones

Event HF75

Chris Bradford

Bodyguard

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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Following his phenomenally successful Young Samurai events, Chris Bradford returns to the stage for his Bodyguard series with an adrenaline-fuelled show. Chris brings the action in his books to life with an interactive performance and explosive content linked to his own research and training. During his bodyguard training, Chris acquired skills in unarmed combat, defensive driving, tactical firearms, threat assessments, surveillance, and even anti-ambush exercises; all of which he relates in one breath-taking, high-energy event.

Photo: Donny Fitzpatrick

9+ years
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Chris Bradford

Event HF76

Emily Gravett

Venue: Starlight Stage
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2015 marks the ten year anniversary of Emily Gravett’s acclaimed and much-loved debut novel, Wolves. Join Emily as she talks about all her beloved characters, from Wolf to Little Mouse to Bear and Hare – and help her create a brand new story live on stage!
5+ years
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Emily Gravett

Event HF77

Phoenix Comics Workshops

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 will take 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 Workshops

Event W41

Wild Garden Safari

RSPB Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Come and discover the secret world that lives in your garden, with RSPB Cymru. Grab a net and see what amazing creatures are hiding in the leaves and lurking underwater. Make a Bee and Bug B&B to take away, to give nature a home in your garden.

Photo: Eleanor Bentall

Families welcome
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Wild Garden Safari

Event W21

The Theatre and Drawing

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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This session explores various theatrical ideas and devices through drawing. We will work imaginatively and from life, choosing a play or an opera for inspiration and using props and the model to create a theatrical scene. We will consider different elements of drawing the theatre, such as light and shadows, character, costume, space and scale. We will look at artists who have designed for the theatre, as well as those who have drawn and painted from constructed sets and costumed models in the studio.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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The Theatre and Drawing

Event 218

Victoria Hislop talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – The Sunrise

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island’s most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city just two families, the Georgious and the Özkans, remain. The best-selling author of The Thread, The Return and The Island introduces her new novel.

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Victoria Hislop talks to Georgina Godwin

Event 219

Robert Llewellyn, Juliet Davenport and Kate Henderson

Good Energy Series 2: From NIMBY to IMBY

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Energy generation has to take place somewhere – what would you prefer in your backyard? Is policy determined by those who shout loudest rather than those with the strongest argument? What would it take for communities to say yes rather than no to new energy developments? Robert Llewellyn is an actor, comedian and author, Kate Henderson is CEO of the Town and Country Planning Association and Juliet Davenport is founder and CEO of Good Energy. They talk to journalist and author Oliver Balch.

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Robert Llewellyn, Juliet Davenport and Kate Henderson

Event 221

Simon Szreter

Cambridge University Series 11: Why We’ve Lost the Way on Welfare

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The provision of an effective and trusted collective social security system always faces threats to its integrity from potential mismanagement and free-riders on both sides – those supposed to be paying in and those supposed to be benefiting. Problems with the welfare state today are addressed by the government as primarily the latter; but history shows that it is the former that requires more scrutiny.

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Simon Szreter

Event 222

Inside The Archers

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Find out about life behind the scenes in Ambridge with the Editor of The Archers, Sean O’Connor, and Graham Harvey, the programme's Agricultural Advisor.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Inside The Archers

Event 223

Ivana Gavrić

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 2

Venue: St Mary's Church
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The pianist plays Leoš Janáček In the Mists, Cheryl Frances-Hoad Two Lyric Pieces and Edvard Grieg Ballade Op 24 and Selection from Slåtter Op 72. Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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

BBC Radio 3
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Ivana Gavrić

Event HF79

David Melling

Hugless Douglas

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The world’s most huggable bear, Hugless Douglas, and his creator David Melling return to Hay to celebrate Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School. Douglas is very excited to be going to Little School. There is so much to do – and lots of hugs to be given out! Come along to learn how to draw Douglas, and even have a hug with Douglas himself!
3+ years
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David Melling

Event HF78

Dick and Dom

Venue: Tata Tent
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Join Dick and Dom, authors of Slightly Naughty But Very Silly Words and their gut-splitting new handbook, Whoopee Book of Practical Jokes, for a big handful of comedy nuts and babbling guff! An interactive and very funny show which includes a practical joke master class, stuffed with gags, brilliant practical jokes and sage and onion. If this event doesn’t tickle your funny bone, you’re probably dead!
7+ years
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Dick and Dom

Event W46

Kaloi k’agathoi Drama Workshop

Oedipus – Exposed!

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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An interactive drama workshop exploring the extraordinary life of Oedipus. Left to die as a baby, he returns unwittingly to kill his father and marry his mother in a story that has thrown a shadow over Western culture for millennia. Equally suitable for those revising their Sophocles over half-term and for those who’ve never heard of him.  

For more on the company visit kaloi.org, where myths are rescued from dusty books and restored to the public arena, where they belong, and Greek theatre lives again.

10–17 years
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Kaloi k’agathoi Drama Workshop

Event HF80

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 DT4

Ticket to Dine

Wednesday 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 224

Juliet Barker

England Arise

Venue: Tata Tent
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In the summer of 1381 England erupted in a violent popular uprising as unexpected as it was unprecedented. Sceptical of contemporary chroniclers’ accounts, Barker draws on the judicial sources of the indictments and court proceedings that followed the rebellion to offer a new perspective on the so-called Peasants’ Revolt. She introduces us to the loyal rebels who believed they were acting in the king’s best interests, and suggests that the boy-king Richard II sympathised with their grievances. Had it been implemented, their radical agenda would have transformed English society and anticipated the French Revolution by four hundred years. In conversation with Stephanie Merritt.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

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Juliet Barker

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