Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled

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Event W48

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.

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Kaloi k’agathoi Drama Workshop

Event HF124

Meg Rosoff

Picture Me Gone

Venue: Starlight Stage
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One of the finest writers for young adult readers, Meg Rosoff is best known for her novel How I Live Now, which won the Guardian Prize, the Printz Award and the Branford Boase Award, became an international bestseller and was then adapted for cinema. Her work is always layered, subtle and thought-provoking and her latest novel Picture Me Gone is one of her finest. Come and hear her speak about her writing life and what’s coming next.

Photo: Zoe Norfolk

12+ years/YA
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Meg Rosoff

Event HF123

Michael Morpurgo

The Mozart Question Concert

Venue: Tata Tent
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Author Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble (a quartet of strings). Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust. Adapted and directed by Simon Reade.

The sensitive handling of difficult subject matter with such beautiful music and Michael Morpurgo's readings make for an uplifting and unforgettable experience suitable for the whole family.

8+ years
Duration 1 hour 15 minutes. No interval.
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Michael Morpurgo

Event HF125

Topsy and Tim Go Camping

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Have fun with Topsy and Tim as they leap from book to screen! Join your favourite twins on a camping adventure for storytelling, games and a make-and-do craft session.
4+ years
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Topsy and Tim Go Camping

Event 308

Writing the BBC Story: Lessons from History

A BBC Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Professor Jean Seaton, BBC historian and author, talks to Paddy O’Connell about her recent book on the turbulent history of the BBC during the Thatcher period, Pinkoes and Traitors, and discusses the challenges of writing a corporate history of a contemporary broadcaster constantly in the public eye.

Not for broadcast.

BBC
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Event 309

Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Punt, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Something's Going Funny with the Climate

Venue: Tata Tent
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Climate change is no laughing matter, but when all else fails, perhaps it’s time to take humour a bit more seriously? We really do need something to laugh about.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Punt, Carrie Quinlan and Andre Vincent

Event 310

David Lodge talks to Georgina Godwin

Quite a Good Time to be Born

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The novelist discusses his wartime childhood, his early married life and academic career, and the development of his fiction – all of which he explores in his memoir, which covers the years up to the publication of Changing Places.

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David Lodge talks to Georgina Godwin

Event 311

Kamila Shamsie, Philip Jones, Rosie Goldsmith and guests

Writers’ Centre Norwich presents: The National Conversation, Part 5 – The Invisible Women

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Why, when so many women are involved in reading, writing and publishing books, are female writers so consistently under-represented in prizes and reviews? What can be done about the problem? Join Kamila Shamsie, author of six novels including the 2015 Bailey's Prize shortlisted A God in Every Stone and Orange Prize shortlisted Burnt Shadows and Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller to discuss the gender bias in literature as well as some radical solutions as to how to fix it. A National Conversation debate chaired by Chris Gribble (Writers’ Centre Norwich).

Follow the pre-event warm-up and discussion on writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/thenationalconversation.aspx and on Twitter using #NatConv.

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Kamila Shamsie, Philip Jones, Rosie Goldsmith and guests

Event 312

Bryan Sykes talks to Rosie Boycott

The Nature of the Beast

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The Oxford DNA expert tested three hair samples from the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The hair samples were from the miogi – the Bhutanese yeti – that legendary creature of the high snows that has haunted the imagination of travellers for centuries. The miogi hairs did not surrender their secrets easily, but eventually two were identified as known species of bear. The third remained a mystery, and the mystery got weirder. Only the increasingly specific evidence of the DNA matters.

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Bryan Sykes talks to Rosie Boycott

Event HF126

James Campbell

Comedy For Kids

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Back by popular demand, it’s James Campbell, with a show for children over six, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. James might or might not discuss scooters, Scottish country dancing and what we’ll do with all these gregarious giraffes.
6+ years
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James Campbell

Event HF127

Rob Biddulph, Rebecca Cobb, Sophy Henn and Ed Vere

Words and Pictures

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Four of the most exciting names in picture books discuss the similarities and differences in the way they work and give us an insight into how they make their words and pictures work together to tell a story. Do they use computers to make art? Do the words or the pictures come first? Will they all agree? Highly recommended for anyone interested in art, design and illustration.
10+ years
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Rob Biddulph, Rebecca Cobb, Sophy Henn and Ed Vere

Event HF128

The Meek Family

100 Family Adventures

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Meet the Meek family (Tim, Kerry, Ella and Amy) whose mission is to encourage families to get outside, have adventures and enjoy the outdoors. They will share their own adventures, demonstrate some of the bushcraft skills they’ve picked up along the way and answer your questions. Find out more on www.dotrythisathome.com.

The Meek family will be giving away a freebie adventure goodie bag, supplied by Ellis Brigham, to one lucky member of the audience at this event!

8+ years
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The Meek Family

Event W29

Life Drawing

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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Drawing from the figure in the studio concentrates the mind and can help us to see more and see better; draw what you see, not what you think you know. We will consider how line, tone and composition affect our drawing and participants will be encouraged to draw intuitively, making personal responses to the model in front of them. There will be both long and short poses.

Over 18s only, all levels and abilities welcome

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Life Drawing

Event 313

Dan and Peter Snow

The Battle of Waterloo

Venue: Tata Tent
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Waterloo was the climactic showdown between the military giants of the age, Napoleon and Wellington, who faced each other for the first and only time across the sodden rolling Belgian farmland south of Brussels on the morning of Sunday 18 June 1815. More than 150,000 French, British, Dutch and Prussian soldiers fought an epic, bloody and decisive encounter that ended the Napoleonic Wars and led to Bonaparte’s final abdication and decades of international peace in Europe.

Peter and Dan Snow tell the story of Napoleon’s 100 Days Campaign, from his Elba escape to his defeat at Waterloo. Their book, The Battle of Waterloo Experience, provides what no other book on the battle contains – removable facsimiles of historic archival documents. You can relive this extraordinary moment in history by holding and examining rare or previously unpublished sketch maps, letters, orders, official papers and proclamations which up until now have been filed away in the National Army Museum’s collections or in other archives and museums around Europe.

Get close to the action by reading the campaign journal of a colonel of Hussars, the Duke of Wellington’s handwritten orders to the commander defending the farm of Hougoumont, the poignant letters written to family and loved ones by officers and men shortly after the battle, the paybook of a soldier of Napoleon’s Imperial Guard, and The Times of 22 June 1815, containing a complete transcript of Wellington’s renowned Waterloo Dispatch.

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Dan and Peter Snow

Event 314

Jules Pretty

The Edge of Extinction

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The natural world is rapidly diminishing. Traditions and cultures are dying out.
Extinction has denied many human groups and languages a future and it now
even threatens the ways of life of the affluent.
Pretty takes us on a personal journey to show why we should look again at those marginal communities who still live close to nature, the land and sea. The lessons these disappearing societies have to teach us may well be ones that we later come to rely on. Chaired by Andy Fryers.
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Jules Pretty

Event 315

Frank Turner talks to Bethan Elfyn

The Road Beneath My Feet

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The singer talks about his memoir. On 23 September 2005 at the Joiners Arms in Southampton, Frank Turner played his last gig with his hardcore band, Million Dead. On the laminates that listed the tour dates, the entry for 24 September simply read: ‘Get a job.’ Deflated, jaded and hung-over, Frank returned to his hometown of Winchester without a plan for the future. A thousand-and-some shows later he was headlining a sold-out gig at Wembley Arena with his band The Sleeping Souls.
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Frank Turner talks to Bethan Elfyn

Event 316

Damian Walford Davies and Richard Beard

Judas and the Assassins

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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A reading and conversation with the authors of poetry collection Judas and the ‘gospel noir’ Acts of the Assassins. They talk to Peter Florence.

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Damian Walford Davies and Richard Beard

Event 317

Karrie Fransman

The Power and Potential of Graphic Novels

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Following her TEDx talk on the power of comics, join Karrie Fransman to look at why graphic novels are one of the fastest growing categories in publishing. Explore stunning, printed graphic novels, digital, interactive comics and Fransman’s own experimental comics including her book Death of the Artist, in which she embodies five different hedonistic artists to tell their story across watercolour, digital art, photography and collage, taking the graphic novel into entirely new realms. She tells Stephanie Merritt why visual storytelling is entering a golden age.
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Karrie Fransman

Event DT12

Ticket to Dine

Friday 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 318

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

Clychau Dibon – In Concert

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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A stunning shared musical journey with two world class virtuosos – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and West African kora player Seckou Keita. The harp occupies a vital place in the cultures of both Senegal and Wales. The West African harp, the kora, is made from a dried gourd and fishing line; the Welsh harp is one of the most potent icons of a nation steeped in music. Both nations share a centuries-old bardic tradition of intricate oral history, expressed through music, verse and song.

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

Photo by Josh Pulman

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Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita

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