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 275

Mary McCartney talks to Monty Don

At My Table: Vegetarian Feasts for Family and Friends

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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There are moments in our lives, and throughout the year, when we come together with our friends and family, and food plays a huge part in turning these moments into something special. Traditionally, many of these occasions call for meat – whether it’s roast beef for Sunday lunch, or burgers at a BBQ – but Mary wants to show us that vegetarian cooking can be just as celebratory and special.

* The Relish Festival Restaurant will be serving a vegetarian feast from the cookbook from 8.30pm. To book call Relish on 01285 658 444.

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Mary McCartney talks to Monty Don

Event 276

Jamie Bartlett talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

The Dark Net

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the most innovative and dangerous subcultures of the online world: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers and self-harmers, libertarians and vigilantes. Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tank Demos.

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Jamie Bartlett talks to Sarfraz Manzoor

Event 277

Katrine Marçal

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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When Adam Smith wrote that all our actions stem from self-interest and the world turns because of financial gain he brought to life ‘economic man’. But every night Adam Smith’s mother served him his dinner, not out of self-interest but out of love. Today, our economics focuses on self-interest and excludes all other motivations. It disregards the unpaid work of mothering, caring, cleaning and cooking. It insists that if women are paid less, then that’s because their labour is worth less. How could it be otherwise? Marçal tackles the biggest myth of our time and invites us to kick out economic man once and for all.

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Katrine Marçal

Event 278

The Mark Forrest Show – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Local Radio Event at Hay

Venue: Horizons Airstream
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Mark goes behind the scenes at the Hay Festival. He’ll talk to authors and festival-goers, bringing a flavour of Hay to listeners from Cumbria to Cornwall.

Broadcast on 40 local radio stations every weekday evening.

BBC Local Radio
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 3 hours
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The Mark Forrest Show – LIVE ON AIR

Event 279

Daniel Martyn Lewis

JS Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier 4

Venue: St Mary's Church
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Come and share this extraordinary emotional journey over four concerts, Monday–Thursday. The fourth and last concert in the series features The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book Two nos 13–24. BWV 882-893.

See also events 163, 204, 244
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Daniel Martyn Lewis

Event 442

The Winner of The IFFP talks to Boyd Tonkin

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2015

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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The day after the award is announced in London, the winner travels to Hay to talk to the chair of judges about her or his work. The shortlisted writers are Juan Tomás Ávila, Jenny Erpenbeck, Tomás González, Daniel Kehlmann, Erwin Mortier and Haruki Murakami.

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The Winner of The IFFP talks to Boyd Tonkin

Event HF110

Young, Gifted and Published

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Lucy Saxon is just 20 years old and the author of Take Back the Skies. She signed her contract with Bloomsbury when she was just 16. She’s a cosplayer, Con-goer and fangirl of all things sci-fi and fantasy. Taran Matharu’s The Summoner became a Wattpad sensation with over three million reads in three months, leading to a publishing deal with Hachette. And Helena Coggan saw her debut novel The Catalyst published at the age of only 15. Find out what makes three extraordinary young writers tick, and be inspired to write a novel before you are 20.

12+ years/YA
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Young, Gifted and Published

Event 434

Horizons Showcase: New Music From Wales

Venue: BBC Tent
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An evening of very special live and acoustic performances from:

H Hawkline
www.hhawkline.org

​H Hawkline will perform songs from his latest album In The Pink Of Condition. Hawkline himself is referring to this new album as 'strange pop', informed by Richard Brautigan and Paul McCartney’s Ram, with Cate Le Bon handling production duties in Los Angeles.

Climbing Trees
www.ilikeclimbingtrees.com

​Formed in the summer of 2011, this South Wales four-piece soon came to the attention of BBC Radio Wales with their distinctive 'Cymrucana' sound, gaining 'BBC Introducing Band of the Week', 'Artist of the Week' and 'Single of the Week' recognition along with playlisting throughout the station in 2013 during the run-up to the release of critically-acclaimed debut album Hebron.

The band was announced as one of twelve artists to take part in the inaugural year of Horizons.

Dan Bettridge
www.danbettridge.com

​Dan Bettridge, at all of 21 years old, knows his Stax from his Motown, his Sun from his Chess Records, and understands that it’s all about singing straight from the middle of his own bruised heart. He’s a blue-eyed soul singer: Van Morrison, if he’d come from Ogmore-By-Sea in the Vale of Glamorgan. Dan is one of this year's selected Horizons twelve artists.

See Dan's profile on Horizons.

Delyth McClean
www.facebook.com/delyth.mclean

Delyth McLean’s soaring, elemental voice is one of the most affecting and impressive recent additions to the Welsh musical landscape. Delyth is a bilingual artist from Merthyr Tydfil and has supported the likes of Gruff Rhys, The People The Poet (Horizons 2014), Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog and Kizzy Crawford. Delyth is one of this year's selected Horizons twelve artists.

See Delyth's profile on Horizons.

About Horizons/Gorwelion 

Horizons/Gorwelion is a scheme delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with Arts Council Wales to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales.

Throughout Hay Festival, live acoustic performances will also take place each day from selected Horizons 12 artists and other exciting musicians from across Wales at the Horizons Airstream stage.

For more details visit www.bbc.co.uk/horizons. Tweet us at @HorizonsCymru.

Gorwelion / Horizons
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Free but ticketed
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Horizons Showcase: New Music From Wales

Event 281

Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

Proud

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Gareth Thomas had it all. He was a national hero, a sporting icon. He was a leader of men, captain of Wales and the British Lions. To him, rugby was an expression of cultural identity, a sacred code. It was no mere ball game. It gave him everything, except the freedom to be himself. This is the story of a man with a secret that was slowly killing him. Something he feared might devastate not only his own life but the lives of his wife, family, friends and teammates. His fear that telling the truth about his sexuality would lose him everything he loved almost sent him over the edge. The deceit ended when Gareth became the world’s most prominent athlete to come out as a gay man. His gesture has strengthened strangers, and given him a fresh perspective.

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Gareth Thomas talks to Mike Calvin

Event 282

Tony Hawks

Once Upon a Time in the West Country

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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The comedian and bestselling author gives an hilarious account of his move from London life to deepest Devon. Hawks is a townie but, as we know from his entertaining exploits hitchhiking around Ireland with a fridge and taking on the Moldovan football team one by one at tennis, he is up for a challenge. He takes part in a calamitous tractor run, chairs a village meeting, and finds time for one last adventure as fatherdom beckons – cycling coast to coast with a mini pig called Titch.

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Tony Hawks

Event 283

June Andrews

Dementia: The One-Stop Guide

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Across the world, 44.4 million people live with dementia. Hundreds of millions of people are affected by the dementia of parents, partners, siblings or friends. And as much of the world struggles with an aging population, dementia is set to become ever more of a challenge for societies and individuals. But still most people who are diagnosed, or who are dealing with the diagnosis of a loved one, feel as though they are alone. Professor Andrews, one of the most distinguished clinicians in the UK, aims to fill this gap, providing practical information and support for living with, or caring for, dementia.

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June Andrews

Event 284

Caroline Lucas

Honourable Friends

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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From the NHS to corporate tax evasion, from climate change to immigration, Honourable Friends? tells the story of five years in Westminster and offers bold and practical suggestions for a fairer British political system. Caroline Lucas is MP for Brighton Pavilion. She was the leader of the Green Party from 2008 to 2012 and was voted MP of the Year in 2014. Caroline talks to Hay on Earth Director Andy Fryers.

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Caroline Lucas

Event 285

Tinariwen In Concert

BBC Radio 3’s World on 3 presents

Venue: Tata Tent
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The great Malian ‘desert blues’ band has always been politically driven as they tell their stories of nomadic life in the Sahara. This concert celebrates Hay’s twin town of Timbuktu, once Tinariwen’s home city. The band have been in exile since 2013 and recorded their latest albums Emmaar and Inside/Outside in the Joshua Tree desert in California. World on 3’s Lopa Kothari hosts the evening, which includes support from emerging world music talent Maelog, a Welsh-Galician roots collective whose uplifting songs feature traditional pipes from both shores with an array of strings and percussion.

The concert will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 29 May at 11pm.

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Tinariwen In Concert

Event 422

Paul Benham

Primrose Earth Awareness Trust: Site Visit

Venue: Meet at box office for bus
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The permaculture pioneer guides us around his sustainable food centre, which has won 12 True Taste of Wales awards in three years – including gold for Sustainable Development – and as the most productive acre and a half in the UK is a blueprint model for future food security.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing.

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Paul Benham

Event 421

River Walk 2

Venue: Meet at box office for bus
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Join the Wye & Usk Foundation trip around the Wye and its tributaries near Hay to see the rare and unusual creatures that live in the river, and to see what progress is being made to restore the run of salmon.

For all outdoors events and walks we recommend walking boots and warm and waterproof clothing.

Please bring a packed lunch.
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River Walk 2

Event 440

A Get Creative Masterclass: How to get into Local Radio

A BBC Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Taking you behind the scenes of local radio BBC host Mark Forrest and his producer Jo Taylor will be hosting a session about how to get a job in your local radio station. As well as discussing the highs and lows of working there, they will be having a no-holds-barred chat about the worst jobs they’ve ever done, giving tips on how to get your foot in the door and doing a Q&A.

Get Creative
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years.
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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A Get Creative Masterclass: How to get into Local Radio

Event 286

John Crace and John Sutherland

The Two Johnnies Do Emma

Venue: Tata Tent
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Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece was published 200 years ago by John Murray. Our awareness of her heroine’s limitations is one of the great joys of the book. The Guardian’s Digested Read satirist is joined by UCL’s Emeritus Professor of English, John Sutherland – co-author of The Connell Guide to Jane Austen’s Emma, Lives of the Novelists and How To Be Well Read – to celebrate the book.

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John Crace and John Sutherland

Event 287

Peter Gray

Wings of Modernity

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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From the Avro 504 reconnaissance planes first used in 1914 to the Stealth Bombers and Predator Drones of today, the Director of the Centre for War Studies charts the technological innovation that developed aeroplanes into super-effective war machines. Chaired by Con Coughlin, Defence Editor of The Telegraph.

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Peter Gray

Event 288

Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal

The Herbalist’s Bible: John Parkinson’s Lost Classic Rediscovered

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Herbalist to King Charles I, John Parkinson was a master apothecary, herbalist and gardener. His magnum opus was published in 1640 and in this new edited version the authors have printed his clear and lively descriptions of the chosen plants’ healing qualities, with a modern commentary and contemporary take on his almost-forgotten herbal recipes.

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Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal

Event 289

Caroline Ingraham

How Animals Heal Themselves

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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From the humble caterpillar to mighty elephants, animals have innate ability to forage for plant and mineral extracts, in order to look after their own emotional and physical health. If, however, an animal’s environment is devoid of these substances you can enrich their lives by offering many of these extracts for self-selection.

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Caroline Ingraham

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