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 250

Clare Woods and Helen Sear

Landscapes and Contexts

Venue: The Summer House
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The artists discuss the importance of their location on the English/Welsh borders, their creative approaches and their international practice. Sear is representing Wales at Venice Biennale 2015. Chaired by Emma Geliot, Editor of CCQ Magazine.

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Clare Woods and Helen Sear

Event 424

BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

A BBC Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Screenwriter Emma Reeves talks to BBC producer Simon Nelson about the challenges of writing drama for children. She has been responsible for some of CBBC’s most prestigious and popular programmes including Tracy Beaker, Young Dracula and The Dumping Ground. She will also discuss the development of her own series Eve. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the session.

Not for broadcast.

BBC Writers Room Get Creative
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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BBC Writersroom/Get Creative: Writing for Children

Event W71

‘Note to Self’ Workshop

With Hereford Art College

Venue: Mess Tent
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Come and decorate an envelope along with the Illustration students from Hereford College of Arts. We will post your note to self, using our special edition Hay stamps and your decorated envelope for you to read in your future.

BBC Arts Get Creative
7–11 years
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‘Note to Self’ Workshop

Event W23

Drawing the Body Clothed

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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In this drawing session participants will draw from a clothed model, exploring approaches to drawing the figure as well as clothes and costume. We will explore how dress and posture give character and help breathe life into our drawings. Students are encouraged to draw texture, pattern and weave, making inventive marks using colour. Models are actors and dancers and we refer to literature, poetry and opera.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing the Body Clothed

Event HF92

Harry Potter: Calling All Fans

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Have you ever wanted to explore the magical world of the Harry Potter books? Join our ‘Professor of Potter’ and his plucky assistant as they bring to life the characters, creatures, spells and adventures from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A fun and interactive event for all the family, whether you’re new to the books or a dedicated fan. Prizes for best costume. Certificates and postcards for keen muggles! Come and share the magic!
7+ years
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Harry Potter: Calling All Fans

Event HF93

Lyn Gardner

Stage School, Theatre and Circuses

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Stage school – it’s got it all! Drama (both on and off stage), pushy parents, fiercely competitive pupils and sooooo much more. Come and hear Lyn Gardner talk all about her best-selling Olivia series. Forget your stage-fright; with all the movie stars, circus skills, drama and excitement, you’ll be shouting ‘encore’!
9+ years
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Lyn Gardner

Event HF94

Steve Antony

Betty Goes Bananas

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Have you ever thrown a tantrum? Betty has! Join Steve Antony for an interactive storytelling of his funny picture book, about a toddler gorilla named Betty, who, though she looks cheerful, throws lots of tantrums. What happens when Betty finds a banana that just won’t open? Steve teaches everyone how to draw Betty and gives sneak peeks into his next book, Betty Goes Bananas in her Pyjamas.
4+ years
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Steve Antony

Event W42

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 251

Raymond Tallis

The Black Mirror: Fragments of an Obituary for Life

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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Tallis is inspired by EM Forster’s thought that ‘Death destroys a man but the idea of it saves him’. He looks back on his world from the standpoint of his future corpse. He reflects on the senses that opened up his late world, the elements they reveal, the distances, divisions and intimacies of space, the multifarious activities that occupied his days; his possessions, his utterances, his relationship to others, the extinguished flame that was his self, his journey towards the end, and his afterlife either side of the grave.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

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Raymond Tallis

Event 252

Sarah Arrowsmith

Mappa Mundi: Hereford’s Curious Map

Venue: Tata Tent
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Who made the Mappa Mundi? How and why? Arrowsmith looks at the map through the eyes of a medieval visitor to the cathedral. She explains how a map that is very unfamiliar to us, with East rather than North at the top, populated with semi-human figures who may have four eyes or one foot and beasts like the defecating Bonnacon, would have made complete sense. You could tell your children the story of your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, point out the winding trail taken by Moses and the Israelites and tell the Bible stories illustrated there and elsewhere. Or you could impress other bystanders with your knowledge of Alexander’s campaigns and the three races of Ethiopians illustrated near the map’s edges.

Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

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Sarah Arrowsmith

Event 253

Gareth Stedman Jones

Cambridge University Series 12: Inventing Necessity - The Strange Genesis of C20th Political Authori

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Ideas about states of emergency went back to the politics of Ancient Rome in which it was said that ‘necessity knows no law’. This idea took on a series of different meanings during the early modern period and was employed by the Jacobins during the invasion scare of 1793–94. In 1848 the idea was employed again to justify emergency rule after the June uprising in Paris, but in its later usages, particularly by Marx, the idea was inverted. It was no longer emergency that justified dictatorship. Rather, dictatorship was posited as a desirable outcome in a transition to new forms of society.

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Gareth Stedman Jones

Event 254

Jenny Lees talks to Corisande Albert

Arabian Dreams

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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A conversation with the owner of Pearl Island Arabians based in Herefordshire, one of the most successful stud farms in the world, breeding from pure Bahraini bloodlines. She talks about her work with horses and her racy novels in the Seven Bands of Gold series, which recall the bestselling tales of Harold Robbins. Jenny is a member of the Hay Writers Circle. She talks to Corisande Albert, producer of the Horsetales documentaries.

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Jenny Lees talks to Corisande Albert

Event W72

‘Note to Self’ Workshop

With Hereford Art College

Venue: Mess Tent
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Come and decorate an envelope along with the Illustration students from Hereford College of Arts. We will post your note to self, using our special edition Hay stamps and your decorated envelope for you to read in your future.

BBC Arts Get Creative
7–11 years
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‘Note to Self’ Workshop

Event HF97

Aby King

A Right Royal Adventure

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Meet Lupo: favourite palace pet and companion to the baby prince. Join Aby King as she introduces you to the loveable Lupo and his friends; hear all about their adventures in the royal residences; and get top tips for creating your own adventure stories.
8+ years
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Aby King

Event HF95

Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

Hamish and the Worldstoppers

Venue: Starlight Stage
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What would you do if the whole world stopped? Yes, the whole world, except you? Come and meet writer, TV and radio presenter and now children’s author Danny Wallace with his new book. Danny is joined on stage by illustrator Jamie Littler and together they introduce you to Hamish, his trusty gang – the PDF, the baddies or the Terribles and their world – the one that keeps stopping!
7+ years
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Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler

Event HF96

Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

Geek Girl and Tabitha Baird

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Holly Smale, creator of the award-winning and bestselling Geek Girl books, talks about All That Glitters, the latest in the series starring accident-prone heroine Harriet Manners. She is joined by actress, writer and comedian Arabella Weir whose novel The Endless Trials of Tabitha Baird, second in this popular series, has also recently been published. A lively and irreverent discussion guaranteed.
10+ years
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Holly Smale and Arabella Weir

Event W43

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 255

Dominic Sandbrook

A BBC Two Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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The cultural historian talks about and shows clips from his latest BBC Two series on post-war culture, Let Us Entertain You. In it he argues that Britain’s cultural contribution has been second to none, from music and fashion to art, film, literature and theatre, James Bond to Agatha Christie, Andrew Lloyd Webber to John Lennon, and it is through our culture that the world now sees us.

Not for broadcast.

BBC2
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Dominic Sandbrook

Event W24

Drawing and Poetry

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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Myth and storytelling open up the imaginative mind. In this drawing session there will be readings from Welsh myths, legends and poetry while participants draw from life, working from a model and props, as well as using imagination and memory.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Event 256

Patrick Barkham

Coastlines

Venue: Tata Tent
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Barkham reflects on the long campaign to protect our shoreline from tidal erosion and human damage. He weaves together fascinating tales about every aspect of the coast – from ancient conquests and smugglers’ routes, to exotic migratory birds and bucket-and-spade holidays – to tell a more profound story about our island nation and the way we are shaped by our shores. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Patrick Barkham

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