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 W74

‘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 W25

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 265

Pam Ayres

An Afternoon With Pam Ayres

Venue: Tata Tent
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We toast the 40th anniversary tour of the consummate comedienne and poet. Pam has the rarest gift of exquisite timing and a fond eye for the absurdities of everyday life. Her latest books are the hilarious memoir The Necessary Aptitude and her poetry collection You Made Me Late Again! Bliss…

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Pam Ayres

Event 266

Cedric Villani

Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The rock-star mathematician takes us on a mesmerising journey as he wrestles with a new theorem that will win him the most coveted prize in mathematics. Along the way he encounters obstacles and setbacks, losses of faith and even brushes with madness. His story is one of courage and partnership, doubt and anxiety, elation and despair. Blending science with history, biography with myth, he conjures up an inimitable cast of characters including the omnipresent Einstein, mad genius Kurt Gödel, and Villani’s personal hero, John Nash. Chaired by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Cedric Villani

Event 267

Phil Hammond

Staying Alive: How To Get the Best Out of the NHS – Advice From a Doctor

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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The NHS is our most treasured institution, but even caring doctors have too many patients and too little time, while patients often feel too overwhelmed, embarrassed, intimidated or ill to ask the right questions. Dr Hammond will show you how to get your GP to listen to you and take your symptoms seriously, how to get hold of your patient records so you can ensure they’re correct, how to get a second opinion and, most importantly, how to get better (and in turn help make the NHS better too).

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Phil Hammond

Event 268

Rae Langton

Cambridge University Series 13: Bad Speech vs Good?

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Defenders of free speech sometimes express the hope that bad speech can be fought with good. But there can be constraints on our power to talk back. Race and gender slurs present distinctive challenges, as do the related phenomena of hate speech and propaganda. How can we fight back?

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Rae Langton

Event 438

A Get Creative Masterclass: John Hegley’s Workshoppy Show

A BBC Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Drawing, and drawing out the creative, with poet John Hegley. An opportunity to make and experience poetry of the highest quality. No experience required.

John Hegley is widely known as one of the country's most innovative comic poets with many best-selling volumes of poetry to his name, including I am a Poet-ato and New & Selected Potatoes.

The Poetry Society www.poetrysociety.org.uk
Supporting Get Creative BBC ARTS

Photo: John Hegley by Jackie di Stefano

Get Creative

The Poetry Society
Age 9 to 99+ years. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Free but ticketed
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A Get Creative Masterclass: John Hegley’s Workshoppy Show

Event W47

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
2 hours
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Kaloi k’agathoi Drama Workshop

Event HF106

Sarah McIntyre

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Dinosaurs, pizza, police! The wonderful Sarah McIntyre brings her new picture book Dinosaur Police to Hay. Dinoville Police Station was having a perfectly quiet morning until the phone rang. ‘Red alert!’ hollered Sergeant Stig O’Saurus. ‘There’s a rampaging T-Rex at the pizza factory!’ So join Sarah as she solves the case and gets the audience drawing, roaring and laughing!
6+ years
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Sarah McIntyre

Event HF107

Tom Moorhouse

The River Singers

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Research ecologist Tom Moorhouse demonstrates how he translated his ecological expertise into two children’s stories about water voles. He describes the lives of water voles and the dangers they face. He shows you why stories involving animals are special, and what you need to think about if you ever want to write your own.
7+ years
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Tom Moorhouse

Event HF105

Virginia McKenna and Lauren St John

Born Free Foundation

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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For Virginia McKenna OBE, saving animals is a passion that started when she starred in Born Free and continued with the formation of the Born Free Foundation. For Lauren St John, it began with rescuing orphaned warthogs, monkeys and other wild animals on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe. They talk about their love of writing, Africa, and animals, and launch the brand new series of Born Free Foundation stories that share the message: keep wildlife in the wild! Support the Born Free charity and join Virginia McKenna and her team behind the scenes in this first book about an amazing lion rescue.
10+ years
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Virginia McKenna and Lauren St John

Event 269

Bill Oddie

Bill Oddie Unplucked

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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From a less-than-satisfactory press trip to the Galapagos Islands to encounters with orcas in Argentina and Iceland and an invisible tiger in India, the former Goodie and Springwatch presenter gives a humorous take on some of his experiences animal- and bird-watching around the world.

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

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Bill Oddie

Event 270

Åsne Seierstad talks to Francine Stock

One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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On 22 July 2011 Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 of his fellow Norwegians in a terrorist atrocity that shocked the world. Many were teenagers, just beginning their adult lives. In the devastating aftermath, the inevitable questions began. How could this happen? Why did it happen? And who was Anders Breivik? A gripping, shattering and vital book, One of Us is the story of a massacre and a study of evil. It is also a story about community versus isolation, hope versus rejection, love versus bigotry – and a powerful memorial to those who lost their lives. Seierstad is the author of The Bookseller of Kabul and The Angel of Grozny.

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

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Åsne Seierstad talks to Francine Stock

Event 271

William Banks-Blaney

25 Dresses: Iconic Moments in Twentieth Century Fashion

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The founder of the iconic vintage clothing company WilliamVintage and Global Style Ambassador to American Express introduces his history of C20th couture, told through the designers who made the dresses and the women who wore them. His talk is illustrated with slides. William Banks-Blaney is Vogue’s 'Vintage King', and the Fashion Patron of Oxfam.

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William Banks-Blaney

Event 272

Luke Clements and Anne Cottringer

Cardiff University Series 4: Does Your Carer Take Sugar?

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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There are 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK. There’ll be more soon as the demography changes. The Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Health and Social Care Law examines the reality of today and the implications for the future with film-maker Anne Cottringer.

Watch the YouTube video here

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Luke Clements and Anne Cottringer

Event 273

Hayden Gabriel

The Annual INSPIRE/ASLE-UKI Lecture: Animal Lives, Binary Opposition, and Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Prodigal Summer’

Venue: The Summer House
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Environmental crisis entails profound and often catastrophic changes to animal habitats as well as to human lives. This year’s winning lecture explores the complex and dynamic relationships between humans and animals in both the lecturer’s own work and Kingsolver’s bestselling novel. Hayden Gabriel is a novelist and also Programme Leader for Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth. The INSPIRE Lecture explores how literature, in any of its forms, responds to and is shaped by our contact with other creatures in the context of debates around sustainability.

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Hayden Gabriel

Event HF109

Katie Scott

Animalium

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Join illustrator Katie Scott as she unravels the wonders of the natural world with the bestselling book Animalium, winner of the Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Year. Discover the incredible Tree of Life and marvel at creatures big and small – from the tiniest insect to the giant blue whale – as Katie takes us on a whistle-stop tour of this incredible collection of animals. Finally, watch an artistic talent at work as Katie reveals how she brings these amazing animals to life in a live drawing session.
6+ years
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Katie Scott

Event HF108

Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle

Getting Creative with Rap, Rhyme and Reality

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Steven Camden, aka Polarbear, one of the top Spoken Word artists on the circuit today, loves rap, rhyme and stories that feel real. He talks about getting creative with words in different ways and shows you how he does it with some Spoken Word performance. Alex Wheatle’s first YA novel, Liccle Bit, about dreaming big when the odds are stacked against you, draws on his experience of council estate life in Brixton. A journalist, broadcaster, novelist and playwright, Alex also teaches creative writing. Join them for a session that will inspire you to be creative, be brave and dream big.
12+ years/YA
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Steven Camden and Alex Wheatle

Event DT9

Ticket to Dine

Thursday Dinner

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 274

John Julius Norwich

Sicily: A Short History, From the Greeks to Cosa Nostra

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The stepping stone between Europe and Africa, the gateway between the East and the West, at once a stronghold, clearing-house and observation post, Sicily has been invaded and fought over by Phoenicians and Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans, Goths and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Germans, Spaniards and the French for thousands of years. It has belonged to them all – and yet has properly been part of none. John Julius Norwich was inspired to become a writer by his first visit in 1961 and this study is the result of a fascination that has lasted over half a century. In tracing its dark story, he attempts to explain the enigma that lies at the heart of the Mediterranean’s largest island.

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John Julius Norwich

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