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 257

Rosie Boycott, Jonathan Hughes, Simon Blackmore and Russell Carrington

Magna Carta 800 – What Do We Want? Fairer Farming

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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We look at the future of farming in Britain and ask what ‘better’ might look like: better for farmers, better for people who need food. What are the issues that matter most? Diversification, ‘big-agri’ ownership, the relationship with supermarkets, the mental health of the people who work the land, the land itself or the quality of produce? Hughes is the National Trust's General Manager for Pembrokeshire, overseeing more than 30 tenanted farms, Blackmore (Harper Adams) specialises in farm engineering, Boycott is Food Advisor to the Mayor of London and Carrington is a young farmer from Hereford.

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Rosie Boycott, Jonathan Hughes, Simon Blackmore and Russell Carrington

Event 258

Charles Jencks

The Architecture of Hope

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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The architect introduces the Maggie’s Centres, a revolutionary building project providing new cancer caring centres designed by some of the world’s greatest architects that offer a fresh approach to both architecture and health. Complementary to NHS hospitals, they present an environment that is welcoming, risk-taking, aesthetic and life affirming; and with their commitment to the other arts, including landscape, they bring in the full panoply of constructive means.

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Charles Jencks

Event 259

William Waldegrave talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

A Different Kind of Weather

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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A beautifully weighted memoir of political success and failure from the son of an Earl, who after Eton and Oxford found himself in cabinet and at the heart of Margaret Thatcher’s government. Just as his star was in the ascent, Waldegrave became embroiled in a scandal that tarnished his reputation but could not dampen his voracious enthusiasm for the political game.

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William Waldegrave talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 260

Guy Johnston and Tom Poster

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 3

Venue: St Mary's Church
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The cellist and pianist play Felix Mendelssohn Variations concertantes in D Op 17, Anton Webern Drei kleine Stücke Op 11 and Serge Rachmaninoff Sonata in G minor Op 19. Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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

BBC Radio 3
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Guy Johnston and Tom Poster

Event HF163

Abi Elphinstone

Inventing Villains

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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The author of The Dreamsnatcher will help you create the scariest, ghastliest, vilest villain you can think of. Look at classic rogues like Voldemort, Miss Trunchbull and the Child Catcher for inspiration; invent monstrous names stolen from old maps and rummage through all sorts of props to get the sinister appearance of your villains just right. Mwah ha ha…
7–12 years
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Abi Elphinstone

Event HF100

Emma Dodd

I Love You

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Emma won the Booktrust Early Years Award with I Love My Mummy. In this session, celebrating the release of I Love My Granny, Emma reads stories, draws pictures of your pets and family, and helps you to design your own card for someone you love.
3+ years
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Emma Dodd

Event HF98

Heroes: Pilots and Paramedics

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Meet real-life heroes from the Wales Air Ambulance team and hear their amazing true life stories in this illustrated talk about some of the life-saving rescue operations they have carried out in extraordinary and difficult situations. All the people featured in this session are heroes in their own way. There’s a chance to ask them questions too.
8+ years
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Heroes: Pilots and Paramedics

Event HF99

Jonathan Meres

The World of Norm: May Contain Nuts

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Eight books into the bestselling, award-winning, ‘laugh-out-loud’ World of Norm series, life is still totally unfair for poor old Norm! Come and meet Norm’s creator, Jonathan Meres. Hear him say stuff. Ask him anything you like. He might even sing. May contain nuts.
9+ years
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Jonathan Meres

Event DT7

Ticket to Dine

Thursday 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 W73

‘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
12–17 years
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‘Note to Self’ Workshop

Event 261

Sounding It Out

A BBC Radio Drama Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Alison Hindell, the BBC’s Head of Audio Drama, in conversation with two leading writers of radio drama. Come for some tips on creating memorable stories and characters out of words and sound.

Not for broadcast.

Photo: Alison Hindell by Mark Bassett

BBC Radio Drama
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Sounding It Out

Event 262

John Sergeant

Barging Round Britain

Venue: Tata Tent
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The political commentator and sometime dancer explores the people and places that have forged this national treasure, from the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the leisure explosion on our waterways today. He talks to Mark Skipworth.


Please click here to prebook lunch at Relish Restaurant on site

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John Sergeant

Event 263

Christianne Glossop and Glyn Hewinson

Bovine TB: The Cattle, the Farmers, the Vets and the Badgers

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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BTB can be harmful to humans and is fatal for cattle. Managing a breakdown can be economically disastrous and extremely stressful for farmers. The campaign to eradicate bTB combines challenging diagnostic science, field-by-field biosecurity, veterinary monitoring and political will. Glossop is Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, and has made the implementation of a comprehensive TB eradication programme her highest priority. Hewinson is a globally respected scientist in the field of TB immunology and diagnostics, who worked on the collaborative project that led to the sequencing of the M Bovis genome. They talk to Peter Florence.

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Christianne Glossop and Glyn Hewinson

Event 264

Martin Rowson and Jean-Pierre Filiu

After Charlie Hebdo

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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How do we understand and respond to what happened in Paris on 7 January? What is the nature of ‘respect’ and ‘offence’ for a satirist? The cartoonist and ‘visual journalist’ Martin Rowson discusses with the writer and Professor of Political Science, Jean-Pierre Filiu. Filiu has collaborated with the French graphic artist David B. on two volumes of Best of Enemies – a graphic history of US–Middle East relations. Chaired by Daniel Hahn, chair of the Society of Authors.

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Martin Rowson and Jean-Pierre Filiu

Event HF101

Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant and Beyond

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The brilliant series created by Derek Landy has sales to date of five million copies worldwide and left fans heartbroken as it ended with The Dying of the Light. Derek has recently revealed that his next book, Demon Road, will be out later this year and is the first in a YA trilogy of supernatural thrillers. Come along and find out more.
11+ years
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Derek Landy

Event HF104

Helen Peters

The Farm Beneath the Water

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Helen Peters is author of The Secret Hen House Theatre and its sequel, The Farm Beneath the Water. As well as sharing the story of how Hannah has to save the family farm with her theatrical talents, she explains how her real-life experiences growing up on a family farm inspire her stories and how she turns the farm itself into a ‘character’ in her novels – with lots of authentic mud-squelching, pig-oinking, and chicken-clucking happening in the background.
7+ years
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Helen Peters

Event HF103

Mairi Kidd

Breaking Down The Barriers

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Mairi Kidd is MD of Barrington Stoke, which commissions and publishes a wide range of books intended to help kids ‘crack’ reading. What can be done to help young people who may be dyslexic or appear to be ‘reluctant’ to read? How can we help every child develop a love of reading? Mairi is joined by guest panellists to discuss why our children don’t want to read and what to do about it.
11+ years
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Mairi Kidd

Event HF102

Rob Eastaway

Maths, Magic and Mystery

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Rob Eastaway returns with more engaging ways to make maths more fun at home in this lively, interactive session. Entertaining and enlightening for everyone.
7+ years
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Rob Eastaway

Event HF157

Rosie Wellesley

Moonlight Bear

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Bring your favourite teddy bear along to this fun storytelling session. Hear all about Eva’s favourite bear who turns into a real bear one night and takes her on a night-time adventure around town. Imagine your own teddy bear adventure and create a Hay Hullabaloo drawing to take home.
4+ years
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Rosie Wellesley

Event DT8

Ticket to Dine

Thursday 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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