Hay Festival 2018 Early birds

We are pleased to announce the first events for Hay Festival 2018. The full programme will be released in the Spring.

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Event 13

Henrietta Bowden-Jones

The Art of Science

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

From the structure of clouds to shopping-trolley helices of DNA and sculpting in stardust, the Consultant Psychiatrist examines artworks by established artists who, wittingly or not, have conveyed scientific concepts through their art. Henrietta will be joined for a Q&A by artist Angela Palmer. Chaired by Emilie Glazer.

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Henrietta Bowden-Jones

Event 14

Andrew Boucher and Luke Craddock-Bennett

Death in the Close: A Medieval Mystery

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The editor of Death in the Close is joined by the archaeologist who led the excavations under Hereford Cathedral. They reveal extraordinary details of medieval life in Hereford, and the Saxon history of the cathedral site.

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Andrew Boucher and Luke Craddock-Bennett

Event 15

Jane Davidson, George Marshall, Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe

Can We Change the World With Imagination?

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube

Can climate fiction ever change minds, or does it merely confirm existing attitudes in the mind of the reader who chooses to read a book of that nature? Are more climate-related books aimed at children because their enquiring minds are supposed to be more open? Author and founder of Climate Outreach Information Network George Marshall talks to INSPIRE’s Jane Davidson, and authors Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe.

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Jane Davidson, George Marshall, Saci Lloyd and David Thorpe

Event W6

Drawing Out and About

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

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 17

Usha Goswami

Cambridge University Series 1: Dyslexia and the Brain

Venue: Good Energy Stage

How can neuroscience help us to understand the sensory processing differences that can give rise to learning difficulties like dyslexia? Goswami is Professor of Cognitive Developmental Neuroscience.

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Usha Goswami

Event 18

John Lewis-Stempel talks to Kitty Corrigan

Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field

Venue: Oxfam Moot

What really goes on in the long grass? Lewis-Stempel offers a hymn to pastoral beauty with an intimate account of an English meadow’s life from January to December. He records the passage of the seasons from cowslips in spring to the hay-making of summer and grazing in autumn, and the lives of the animals that inhabit the grass and the soil beneath: the badger clan, the fox family, the rabbit warren, the skylark brood and the curlew pair.

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John Lewis-Stempel talks to Kitty Corrigan

Event 19

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor talks to Rosie Boycott

In conversation

Venue: Telegraph Stage
At the age of 68, with the Catholic Church worldwide engulfed by the sexual abuse crisis, Murphy-O’Connor was a surprise appointment as Archbishop of Westminster. He reflects frankly on the mistakes he himself made and on how he responded to the crisis, and he speaks poignantly of how he navigated the tempestuous first decade of the twenty-first century, offering his opinion on the future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis. His memoir is entitled An English Spring.
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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor talks to Rosie Boycott

Event 20

Robert Tombs

Cambridge University Series 2: The English and their History

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

If a nation is a group of people with a sense of kinship, a political identity and representative institutions, then the English have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world. They first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. They have lasted as a recognizable entity ever since, and their defining national institutions can be traced back to the earliest years of their history.

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Robert Tombs

Event 21

Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow

The Shed That Fed a Million Children

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The extraordinary story of Mary’s Meals: after watching a news bulletin about war-torn Bosnia, two brothers agreed to take a week’s hiatus from work to help. What neither of them expected is that what began as a one-off road trip in a beaten-up Land Rover rapidly grew to become Magnus’s life’s work – leading him to leave his job, sell his house and direct all his efforts into feeding thousands of the world’s poorest children. He talks to Sarah Crompton.

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Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow

Event 22

Tim Parker talks to Francine Stock

Trust

Venue: Oxfam Moot

What and who do we trust with our sense of nationhood? The NHS, the BBC, the PM, the EU? The new chair of the National Trust has been a CEO and board director of many of Britain’s most successful international companies, and he owns the British Pathé Film Archive. He discusses the ideas of ownership, national identity, the interplay of the public, private and third sectors, and the ethical concerns that drive business in an age of social media.

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Tim Parker talks to Francine Stock

Event W7

Life Drawing

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Drawing from the figure in the studio concentrates the mind and can help us to see more and see better; draw what you see, not what you think you know. We will consider how line, tone and composition affect our drawing and participants will be encouraged to draw intuitively, making personal responses to the model in front of them. There will be both long and short poses.

Over 18s only, all levels and abilities welcome

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Life Drawing

Event 23

Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge

Magna Carta Uncovered

Venue: Good Energy Stage

The 1215 Runnymede Charter was both radical, in the way subjects tried to limit the power and conduct of government, and conservative, in following the form of Anglo Saxon Charters and trying to return government to the ways of early Norman and Angevin kings. The QC and the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales examine what brought King John to the table, and the impact it’s had on the law of the land.

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Anthony Arlidge and Igor Judge

Event 24

Claire Wilcox

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Venue: Telegraph Stage

The curator of the V&A’s spring blockbuster exhibition introduces the visionary body of work of one of fashion’s most inspiring and adventurous spirits. ‘People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality,’ – Alexander McQueen. Chaired by Tamsin Blanchard.

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Claire Wilcox

Event 25

Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

Cardiff University Series 2: In An Age of Mass Surveillance

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have transformed our understanding of our daily communication through social media, email and mobile phones. Scholars from Cardiff University’s research project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society will discuss the practices, implications and broader meanings of mass surveillance. Does it work? How does it work, and who and what is monitored? How does it affect civil rights? Have we been properly informed, and how should the media report? How can we protect ourselves?

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Arne Hintz, Lina Dencik, Jonathan Cable

Event 26

Jay Griffiths

Imagine the World

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube

Griffiths will be the International Hay Festival Fellow for the next 12 months, visiting all our festivals around the world. Her visionary and poetic work explores her interest in nature, anthropology and art. Her books include Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape, Wild: An Elemental Journey, Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time, and her fictionalised hymn to Frida Kahlo, A Love Letter to a Stray Moon. She talks to Peter Florence.

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Jay Griffiths

Event 427

Marco Pierre White

White Heat 25

Venue: Telegraph Stage

Any chef who says he does it for love is a liar… At the end of the day it’s just another job. It’s all sweat and toil and dirt. It’s misery. 

An audience with the iconic, superstar chef to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking cookbook White Heat. At 33, he was the youngest chef to be awarded 3 Michelin Stars. He talks to Rosie Boycott

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Marco Pierre White

Event 27

Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

Peaky Blinders

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

The screenwriter and creator of the hit gangster drama talks about the Selby family, tribal war, and the crime-world of post-war Birmingham. Knight is screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Locke. Introduced by Caryn Mandabach.

We will also be screening all six episodes of Series 2, starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory and Tom Hardy, from 1pm at Richard Booths Bookshop Cinema in Hay.

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Steven Knight talks to Peter Florence

Event 28

Richard Goldstone talks to Nik Gowing

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want?: The Rule of Law

Venue: Starlight Stage

A conversation with one of the world’s foremost jurists. The ruling in the Groups Areas Act and the Goldstone Commission were fundamental to the transition from apartheid to multiracial democracy in South Africa. At the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Goldstone prosecuted Radovan Karadzič and Ratko Mladić. In 2009, he led a fact-finding mission created by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate international human rights and humanitarian law violations related to the Gaza War.

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Richard Goldstone talks to Nik Gowing

Event 29

Jack Andraka

Breakthrough

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The multi-award-winning teen innovator and scientist overcame the skepticism of the academic world, depression and homophobic bullying to invent, at the age of 15, an early-detection test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. It has the potential to be over four hundred times more effective than the medical standard and it costs only 5p per use. Chaired by Alice Key.

Photo: Mark Tucker

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Jack Andraka

Event 436

Tim Key, Suzi Ruffell, David Elms, Fin Taylor

The Machynlleth Comedy Festival Gala

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Our sister festival returns with another belting line-up of acts, fresh from best-of-Machynlleth triumphs. Come and get into the party mood with the most brilliant young comedians.

Tim Key is the wnner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award. ‘I am jealous of my friend Tim Key. He has one of the funniest, smartest comic mminds in the country’ – Stephen Merchant. 

'Suzi Ruffell’s great. A lovely stage persona, hugely likeable and definitely one to watch’ – Time Out.

'For the first time in God knows how long, here is a musical comic [David Elms] who offers somehting that feels entirely new’ – The Guardian.

'Fin Taylor has all the qualities of a world quality stand-up' – The List.

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Tim Key, Suzi Ruffell, David Elms, Fin Taylor