Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled

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Event 299

Wynne Evans – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio Wales Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Wynne Evans brings his Big Welsh Weekend to the festival. Expect big name guests, laughs and live music.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales every Friday, 1pm–4pm.

BBC Radio Wales
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 3 hours
Free but ticketed
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Wynne Evans – LIVE ON AIR

Event 300

Elias Quartet

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Recitals 4

Venue: St Mary's Church
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The quartet play Joseph Haydn String Quartet in C major Op 33 No 3 ‘The Bird’ and Benjamin Britten String Quartet No 3 Op 94. Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill.

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

BBC Radio 3
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Elias Quartet

Event HF116

Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson

The Fiery Dragon: Storytelling and Fiddle

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Daniel, one of the most popular storytellers in the UK, tells traditional stories with passion, wit and gusto. Accompanied by Oliver on fiddle, he will tell a hair-raising Welsh gypsy tale featuring giants, dragons and dwarves. Storytelling for the stout of heart!
7+ years
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Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson

Event HF117

Jennifer Gray

Atticus Claw, Chickens and More

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Find out about Atticus Claw, the world’s greatest cat burglar, and be introduced to the hen-sational Amy Cluckbucket, heroine of Jennifer’s new Chicken Mission series. Answer a quiz, hear all about the characters and help Jennifer plan the next part of the story.
6+ years
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Jennifer Gray

Event HF158

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 DT10

Ticket to Dine

Friday 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 HF118

Where’s Spot?

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Where’s Spot? Have you seen him? Come along and join in the fun with this storytelling session featuring games, dancing and singing, plus a chance to meet the world’s most lovable puppy!
3+ years
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Where’s Spot?

Event 301

David Mitchell talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Fictions – The Bone Clocks

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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This dazzling new novel is the kaleidoscopic story of an unusual woman’s life, a metaphysical thriller and a profound meditation on mortality and survival. And it’s brilliant. Mitchell’s previous books are Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

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

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David Mitchell talks to Clemency Burton-Hill

Event 302

Brendan Simms

Cambridge University Series 15: Did the Germans Win the Battle of Waterloo?

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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In 1815, after Europe had been at war for over 20 years, two large, hastily-mobilised armies faced each other at the small Belgian village of Waterloo to decide the future of Europe. Unknown to Napoleon or Wellington, the battle would be decided by a small, ordinary group of British and German troops given the task of defending the farmhouse of La Haye Sainte.

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Brendan Simms

Event 303

Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

Good Energy Series 3: Where Are All The God Damn Operas?

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The Arts have played a major role in changing views around gender, racial equality, poverty, etc. – but what have they done to change views about climate change? What role should the Arts play in telling stories, raising awareness and challenging the status quo? Smith – co-founder of Emergence, Neal – author and theatre-maker, and Davenport – director of Good Energy discuss with Marcus Brigstocke.

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Fern Smith, Juliet Davenport, Lucy Neal and Marcus Brigstocke

Event HF119

Cathy Cassidy

The Chocolate Box Girls: Fortune Cookie

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Join much-loved author Cathy Cassidy as she introduces The Chocolate Box Girls series finale: Fortune Cookie. Cathy is a bestselling, award-winning author who writes about difficult subjects in a touching yet humorous way. Join her to discover which of the Tanberry sisters you are most like, and get Cathy’s tips on friendship, daydreaming and chocolate.
8+ years
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Cathy Cassidy

Event HF120

John Dougherty

Stinkbomb & Ketchup-Face and the Evilness of Pizza

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Join John Dougherty and his guitar for a trip around the little island of Great Kerfuffle, home of Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face. Why is the army just one small cat? Why does the king have such a silly name? And what is the evilness of pizza? All these questions and more may be answered in this fun-filled session – but whatever happens, laughter is guaranteed, and singing too.
8+ years
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John Dougherty

Event HF121

Rob Biddulph

Blown Away

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, kite-flying larks and new experiences in Blown Away, the very first picture book from Rob Biddulph. Join Rob for some blustery fun and arty activities.
4+ years
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Rob Biddulph

Event HF122

The Meek Family

Bushcraft Skills

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Meet the amazing Meek family and learn some bushcraft skills – find out how to make a cord from nettle (it’s how rope used to be made), and how to make a raft.
8+ years
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The Meek Family

Event DT11

Ticket to Dine

Friday 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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Event W28

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 304

John Gray

The Soul of a Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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We flatter ourselves about the nature of free will. And yet the most enormous forces – biological, physical, metaphysical – constrain our every action. Instead of embracing our condition we battle against it, with everyone from world conquerors to modern scientists dreaming of a ‘human dominion’ almost comically at odds with our true state. The philosopher talks to Francine Stock.

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John Gray

Event 305

Tony Juniper

What Nature Does for Britain

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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From the peat bogs and woodlands that help to secure our water supply, to the bees and soils that produce most of the food we eat, Britain is rich in ‘natural capital’. For years we have damaged the systems that sustain us under the illusion that we are keeping prices down, through intensive farming, drainage of bogs, clearing forests and turning rivers into canals. As the ecologist shows, there are better ways to meet our economic needs.

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Tony Juniper

Event 306

Marc Morris

Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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The historian introduces his biography of King John – a ruler managing the aftermath of another ruinous Crusade, conflicts with France, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, excommunication, taxation and some very demanding Nobles. King John is familiar to everyone as the villain from the tales of Robin Hood — greedy, cowardly, despicable and cruel. But who was the man behind the legend? Was he truly a monster, or a capable ruler cursed by ill luck? In this talk, the historian draws on contemporary chronicles and the king's own letters to bring the real John vividly to life.

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Marc Morris

Event 307

Nicola Barker and Deborah Levy

Cambridge University Series 16: Literary Fiction in the Age of Information

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Leading novelists Barker and Levy discuss how the internet has impacted today’s literature and what the future might hold. Malachi McIntosh, from the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of English, chairs.

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Nicola Barker and Deborah Levy

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