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
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.
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…
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.
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).
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?
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
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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
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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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.
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.