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 225

William Fotheringham

Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. Hinault is the last ‘old-school’ champion: a larger-than-life character from a working-class background, capable of winning on all terrains, in major Tours and one-day Classics. Nicknamed ‘The Badger’ for his combative style, he led a cyclists’ strike in his first Tour and instigated a legendary punch-up with demonstrators in 1982 while in the middle of a race. Hinault’s battles with teammates Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond provide some of the greatest moments in Tour history.

Sports writer and journalist William Fotheringham is the Guardian's cycling correspondent and author of a number of books about the cycling world, including the number one bestseller Merckx: Half Man Half Bike and biographies of Fausto Coppi and Tom Simpson. 

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site.

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William Fotheringham

Event 226

John Boyne talks to Gaby Wood

Fictions – A History of Loneliness

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Odran Yates enters Clonliffe Seminary in 1972 after his mother informs him that he has a vocation to the priesthood. He goes in full of ambition and hope, dedicated to his studies and keen to make friends. Forty years later, Odran’s devotion has been challenged by the revelations that have shattered the Irish people’s faith in the church. He has seen friends stand trial, colleagues jailed, the lives of young parishioners destroyed and has become nervous of venturing out in public for fear of disapproving stares and insulting remarks. When a family tragedy opens wounds from his past, he is forced to confront the demons that have raged within a once respected institution and to recognise his own complicity in their propagation.

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John Boyne talks to Gaby Wood

Event 227

Rob Penn, Jill Butler and Justin Albert

Woodland Trust Series 1: The Country Living Debate – Why Aren’t Special Trees Valued Like Monuments?

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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A Victorian urinal and the Beatles’ childhood home have been given national protection, but there is no legal safeguard for our ancient trees. The broadcaster, Woodland Trust expert and director of the National Trust in Wales discuss whether buildings receive greater recognition than the landmarks of the natural world. Chaired by Kitty Corrigan.

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Rob Penn, Jill Butler and Justin Albert

Event HF82

Ali Sparkes

Monster Mother/Genius Child

Venue: Starlight Stage
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You’re probably clever, but are you a genius? Or a genius’s mum? Find out how Jack – a 12-year-old with an IQ of 170 – ends up on the run with a bank robber in Car-Jacked. Ali explores whether being a child genius is good for you. And – as a mum of brilliantly talented kids – whether Jack’s monster mother is actually inspired…by herself…
10+ years
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Ali Sparkes

Event HF83

Lucy Letherland

Globe-trotting Through an Atlas of Adventures

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Illustrator Lucy Letherland brings the penguins of Antarctica, the Carnival in Brazil and crocs from the Zambezi River to your fingertips as you help her create your own adventure around the world in this fun-filled workshop.
5+ years
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Lucy Letherland

Event HF81

Lydia Monks

Drawing with Lydia Monks

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Watch as the brilliant illustrator brings the characters in some of your favourite books to life. Help her with some suggestions of your own. There will definitely be live drawing of mermaids, ladybirds, wizards – and of course Mungo Monkey.
5+ years
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Lydia Monks

Event DT5

Ticket to Dine

Wednesday 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 W22

Drawing Out and About

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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Drawing out and about around the festival demands a very different kind of language to that of the life room: nothing is fixed, everything is in flux. By working from observation outdoors and on the move drawing can be used as a means of recording a personal experience of our surroundings and their character, heightening perceptions of our environment and enlivening our drawing practice.

Suitable for all ages and abilities
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Drawing Out and About

Event 228

Bryony Gordon, Mary Riddell, Michael Deacon, Con Coughlin

The Telegraph Question Time

Venue: Tata Tent
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From Farage and the future of Europe to feminism and family life. A stellar team of Telegraph talent ­– columnists Bryony Gordon and Mary Riddell, parliamentary sketch-writer Michael Deacon, and Defence Editor Con Coughlin – tackle the great (and not-so-great) issues of the day. Come along to have your say. Chaired by Emma Barnett, the Telegraph’s award-winning women’s editor.

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Bryony Gordon, Mary Riddell, Michael Deacon, Con Coughlin

Event 229

Jerry Brotton

Band of Brothers: Shakespeare’s Agincourt, 1599

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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On the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, Jerry Brotton shows how Shakespeare’s Henry V now defines how we see this momentous event in English history. The play is often regarded as a straightforward celebration of English nationalism, the story of England’s tiny ‘band of brothers’ defeating the overwhelming might of the French. Brotton questions this assumption by recreating the historical moment in which Shakespeare wrote his play, with military disaster in Ireland, Queen Elizabeth’s power in decline, and the Essex Rebellion just about to engulf her. He argues that the result allows politicians on the left and the right to lay claim to the play and its account of Agincourt, along the way explaining how Olivier, Branagh and Spielberg are all part of the story.
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Jerry Brotton

Event 230

Gillian Beer

Alice in Space

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Beer sets the Alice books in a number of different contexts in the Victorian period – what was going on in Punch, in maths, in language theory, in evolutionary theory, in child development – and asks how the books both thrive on these presences and wriggle free of them. Beer is also the editor of Carroll’s poems Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense.

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Gillian Beer

Event 231

Peter Davies and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

The Wales We Want

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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‘The Wales We Want’ conversation mirrors a global initiative by the United Nations, asking people what sort of Wales they want for their children and grandchildren. The final report was launched in March 2015 and we discuss the outcomes and how this will feed in to Welsh Government policy. Davies, Climate Change Commissioner for Wales, and Middleton, entrepreneur, designer and maverick thinker, discuss with Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

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Peter Davies and Andy Middleton talk to Andy Fryers

Event 232

The Kitchen Cabinet

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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For anything you ever wanted to know about food or cooking, but didn’t know whom to ask… Come and be part of the audience for BBC Radio 4’s culinary panel programme, The Kitchen Cabinet with Jay Rayner. You’ll have the opportunity to put your questions on everything to do with food and drink to a panel of experts, and you may even find that the show changes the way you think about cooking and eating.

Broadcast on Saturdays at 10.30am and repeated on Tuesdays at 3pm. This recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 6 June.

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

Event HF84

Chris Jarvis

Dinosaurs and Fossils

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Step into the late Cretaceous period with intrepid dinosaur expert Chris Jarvis from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Find out lots of fascinating dinosaur facts, examine fossils and learn how palaeontologists interpret their finds.
7+ years
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Chris Jarvis

Event HF87

Easy Chinese Workshop

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Come along to get a Chinese name, make Hay Festival postcards (in Chinese) and learn how to say 你好! Elinor Greenwood introduces you to China right here in Hay. Learn some simple Chinese words and phrases, find out how to write Chinese characters and decorate postcards with step-by-step Chinese painting, stickers and stencils. Finish with ‘The Great Quiz of China’ to find out what you know.
7+ years
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Easy Chinese Workshop

Event HF85

Paul Magrs and Moira Young

Epic Science Fiction Dystopia

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Blood Red Road, the first part of Moira Young’s famous Dustlands trilogy, has been described as ‘The Hunger Games meets The Road’ and has won numerous awards including the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Cybils Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction. It is being developed for film by Ridley Scott. Moira is joined by Paul Magrs, who has written a number of critically acclaimed stand-alone YA novels including Exchange and Diary of a Dr Who Addict. With the scale and scope of the great science fiction epics, his new novel Lost on Mars tells the story of Lora and her family, third generation human settlers on the red planet living in increasingly bleak and hostile circumstances.

Paul was a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, running their famous MA course; while Moira was a comedian and then an opera singer before she became a writer. Join them for a wide-ranging conversation about their lives, their writing and whether they are true science fiction geeks.
12+ years/YA
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Paul Magrs and Moira Young

Event HF86

Steve Antony

Pandas, Doughnuts, and the Queen’s Handbag

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Steve Antony is one of the hottest talents around – his first book, The Queen’s Hat, has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize. Learn to draw a panda who loves good manners (and doughnuts!), read stories together, and get a sneak peek of Steve’s next book, The Queen’s Handbag.
3+ years
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Steve Antony

Event 233

Levison Wood

Walking the Nile

Venue: Tata Tent
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The adventurer’s journey is 4,250 miles long. He is walking every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, fending for himself against multiple dangers. He is passing through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert and lush delta oasis. He traverses seven, very different, countries and comes face to face with the story of Africa. No one has ever made this journey on foot.

Please click here to prebook dinner at Relish Restaurant on site.

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Levison Wood

Event 234

Rose Tremain

Fictions – The American Lover

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The award-winning novelist, author of Restoration, The Road Home, Music and Silence, and The Colour, awakens the senses in this diverse collection of short stories. In her precise yet sensuous style she lays bare the soul of her characters– the admirable, the embarrassing, the unfulfilled, the sexy and the adorable – to uncover a dazzling range of human emotions and desires. She reads, and talks to Peter Florence.

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Rose Tremain

Event 235

Farah Faizal and Ahmed Shaheed talk to Philippe Sands

Paradise Lost: The Maldives Experience

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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When long-standing dictatorships fall and democracies are born, without economic support these countries will struggle. And when they do, it can breed extremism. We need a Marshall Plan for these countries to ensure that they are economically supported. Former Maldives High Commissioner Farah Faizal and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran talk to international human rights lawyer Philippe Sands.

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Farah Faizal and Ahmed Shaheed talk to Philippe Sands

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