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 319

Neil Gaiman talks to Claire Armitstead

A Conversation

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The prolific and inspiring creator of game-changing books, comics, films and songs talks about his work. His latest book is Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances.

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Neil Gaiman talks to Claire Armitstead

Event 320

Clive Anderson

Woodland Trust Series 2: The Oliver Rackham Memorial Lecture

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Woodland Trust president Clive Anderson pays tribute to the life and legacy of prolific ecologist and author Oliver Rackham, who died in February. This inaugural memorial lecture will explore Professor Rackham’s profound influence, both on the work of the Trust and Clive’s own love of the nation’s trees and woods. 

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Clive Anderson

Event 321

Harvey Goldsmith talks to Dylan Jones

Live Onstage

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The legendary promoter has been at the heart of the music industry for 40 years. He talks to the editor of GQ.

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Harvey Goldsmith talks to Dylan Jones

Event 322

John Crace

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The parliamentary sketch-writer looks back at the Coalition government more in ridicule than in sorrow. Horrible, hilarious truths about Westminster, the greasy pole and the indiscreet charm of the chamber…

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John Crace

Event 323

Steven Fowler, Nia Davies, Zoe Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, Rhys Trimble

Gelynion: The Enemies Project

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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A groundbreaking exploration of contemporary poetry in Wales through the potential of collaboration across our two languages. Six poets have worked with one another to create original poetic works. They’ve been touring these pieces in rolling pairs around Wales, drawing in poets in each location, and inviting them to create their own collaborations. Their tour culminates here in Hay with a showcase performance and Q&A.

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Steven Fowler, Nia Davies, Zoe Skoulding, Eurig Salisbury, Joe Dunthorne, Rhys Trimble

Event 324

Nosferatu

Screening

Venue: St Mary's Church
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Come and join us in the late Georgian-Gothic setting of St Mary’s Church for a special screening of FW Muranu’s great 1922 classic silent movie, with live organ accompaniment by Richard Williams. The screening raises money for the church organ. Numbers are limited. 

See also event 369
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Nosferatu

Event 325

David Mitchell and Tiffany Murray

Fictions – Halloween Comes Early

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A late-night reading of ghost stories as Mitchell previews his new story to be published in October, Slade House, and Murray reads from her acclaimed Sugar Hall. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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David Mitchell and Tiffany Murray

Event 326

Frank Turner

The Road Beneath My Feet Tour

Venue: Tata Tent
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An acoustic solo gig with the impassioned and compelling folk singer-songwriter whose recent albums include Tape Deck Heart, The Third Three Years and England Keep My Bones.

There will be an onstage conversation earlier in the evening about Frank’s memoir The Road Beneath My Feet with the BBC’s Bethan Elfyn. 

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

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Frank Turner

Event 327

Con Coughlin

What the Paper Said: The Telegraph Archive

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Hosted by senior Telegraph journalists, stories from 30 May at key historical moments over the past 150 years are brought to life using the paper’s unique archive. From World War One and D-Day to the rise of the Suffragettes and the birth of the nuclear age; not to mention fashion through the decades and legendary stars of sport. Here is a past world documented in fascinating and revealing detail by daily reporting.

30 mins
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Con Coughlin

Event 328

Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tim Telling

The Early Edition

Venue: Tata Tent
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Sub-editors and journos beware…the comedians mock facts and folly in today’s papers. The home team is joined by Daily Mash editor Tim Telling.

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Marcus Brigstocke, Carrie Quinlan, Andre Vincent and Tim Telling

Event 329

Laura Bates

Everyday Sexism 2015

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The online Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day-to-day basis. It shares stories from women around the world. The founder reports on the last year’s work.

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Laura Bates

Event 330

Suzanne O’Sullivan

It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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A third of men and women visiting their GP have symptoms that are medically unexplained. In most, an emotional root is suspected and yet, when it comes to a diagnosis, this is the very last thing we want to hear, and the last thing doctors want to say. The consultant neurologist takes us on a journey through the very real world of psychosomatic illness.

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Suzanne O’Sullivan

Event 331

Polly Samson and Kate Hamer

Fictions – Truths

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Lyrical, haunting and exquisitely rendered, Samson’s second novel The Kindness explores a deception that comes wrapped as a gift, a betrayal clothed in kindness, and asks if we can ever truly trust another. The result is an unforgettable story of love, grief, betrayal and reconciliation, masterfully plotted and beautifully told. In Hamer’s The Girl in the Red Coat Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. The authors talk to Georgina Godwin.

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Polly Samson and Kate Hamer

Event 416

Blue Peter Book Awards

A CBBC Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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Join Blue Peter and Book Trust to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Blue Peter Book Awards. CBBC presenter and former Awards judge Katie Thistleton will host this special event, with appearances from this year’s winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham (The Spy Who Loved School Dinners) and Andy Seed (The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff).

Not for broadcast.

Blue Peter Book Awards
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Blue Peter Book Awards

Event HF131

Alice in Wonderland

Storytelling with the Mad Hatter

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is celebrating its 150th anniversary and it’s time for you to join the party! Meet the Mad Hatter, who will take you on a fun adventure through Wonderland to find the White Rabbit, with an imaginative story-trail retelling of the classic novel and creative craft activities. Why not come dressed as your favourite character and make the Cheshire Cat smile?
5+ years
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Alice in Wonderland

Event W52

Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Join The Telegraph’s Chess Correspondent and International Master Malcolm Pein and 2014–2015 Welsh Chess Champion Timothy Kett as well as trainers from Chess in Schools and Communities, for a chess extravaganza especially for families who are either new to the game or have played before. 

The session will include a brief introduction to the chess pieces, a simultaneous exhibition and players playing against the champions, Yes2Chess internet chess matches, and games on a giant outdoor chess set. 

6–106 years
free but ticketed
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Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Event HF130

Chris Riddell

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Wildly inventive and richly entertaining, Chris Riddell is the genius behind a vast range of children’s books that children and adults revisit time and time again. There’s Alienography, the Ottoline and Goth Girl series, and for older readers The Graveyard Book, and The Sleeper and the Spindle, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris. He also illustrated The Edge Chronicles and Russell Brand’s Pied Piper of Hamelin. He has twice won the coveted Greenaway Medal and still manages to produce political cartoons for The Observer. See him in action in a live drawing tour around the wonderful world of Chris Riddell.
8+ years
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Chris Riddell

Event W30

Drawing the Circus

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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Join the circus for a morning! From acrobats to clowns, this is your chance to get involved and draw all the life of the circus. Students are encouraged to use colour and a variety of media.

Suitable for under 12s

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Event W76

Rocket Making with AstroCymru

Drop-in Workshop

Venue: Mess Tent
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Create, decorate and launch your own rocket, aided by the AstroCymru groundcrew and University of South Wales Astronomers. See if you can achieve a Low Earth or Geosynchronous Orbit.  The sky is your limit!

4+ years
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Rocket Making with AstroCymru

Event HF132

Sophy Henn

Pom Pom Gets the Grumps

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Meet Pom Pom the panda, he’s a bit of a grump! Enjoy a fun, interactive storytelling and arts and crafts session with author and illustrator Sophy Henn as she teaches you how to create your own Pom Pom and some of her other bear characters.
4+ years
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Sophy Henn

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