HAY FESTIVAL 2018 PROGRAMME

We are pleased to announce the full programme for Hay Festival 2018.

Event 419

Dan Schreiber, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski

QI Presents: No Such Thing As A Fish

Venue: Telegraph Stage

Live recording of the hit podcast from the writers of the BBC show QI who serve up a feast of bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious facts. Prepare to be amazed and amused in equal measure. iTunes Best New Podcast 2014, Chortle Award-winner 2015. ‘The QI Elves drop so many facts your head will spin’ – The Guardian.

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Dan Schreiber, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski

Event 31

CD Review – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio 3 Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent

Join the lively debate as our expert critics discuss the latest classical recordings live. Andrew McGregor will present an edition of BBC Radio 3’s CD Review live from the Hay Festival, and will be joined by guests Germaine Greer, Ian Bostridge and Stephen Johnson.

Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 every Saturday, 9am–12.15pm.

BBC Radio 3
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
Free but ticketed
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CD Review – LIVE ON AIR

Event 32

Shami Chakrabarti

On Liberty

Venue: Tata Tent

On 11 September 2001 our world changed. The West’s response to 9/11 has morphed into a period of ‘exception’. Governments have decided that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly. The Director of Liberty explores why our fundamental rights and freedoms are indispensable and examines the unprecedented pressures those rights are under today. She talks to Susie Symes, economist and chair of 19 Princelet Street.

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Shami Chakrabarti

Event 33

Helen Lederer talks to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – Losing It

Venue: Oxfam Moot

When Millie’s asked to be the front woman for a new diet pill, she naively believes that all her troubles will be solved… The actress and comedy writer introduces her desperately funny first novel.

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Helen Lederer talks to Georgina Godwin

Event 34

Peter Moore talks to Daniel Hahn

The Weather Experiment

Venue: Good Energy Stage

In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of God’s great wrath, C19th meteorologists had to fight against convention and religious dogma. But buoyed by the achievements of the Enlightenment, a generation of mavericks set out to explain the secrets of the atmosphere and learned to predict the future. Among them were Luke Howard, the first to classify the clouds, Francis Beaufort who quantified the winds, James Glaisher who explored the upper atmosphere in a hot-air balloon, Samuel Morse whose electric telegraph gave scientists the means by which to transmit weather warnings, and Admiral Robert FitzRoy himself, master sailor, scientific pioneer and founder of the Met Office.

Photo: Ula Soltys

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Peter Moore talks to Daniel Hahn

Event 35

Daisy Hay

Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

The award-winning biographer describes the passionate relationship between Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli and shows how they rose to the top of the British establishment in an age of conformity – in spite of their lack of it. Mary Anne was twelve years older than Benjamin, eccentric, liable to misbehave, and overdressed for grand society. He was a mid-ranking novelist of Jewish descent, and often mired in debt. They were fiercely devoted to one another. Hay has used the passionate letters they wrote to each other, held by the Bodleian Library, to piece together their story. Chaired by Sarah Crompton.

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Daisy Hay

Event HF1

Cressida Cowell

How To Train Your Dragon

Venue: Telegraph Stage
Join the bestselling author-illustrator of the wildly popular How To Train Your Dragon series. Take behind-the-scenes sneak peeks of the new book Cressida is writing, learn some Dragonese and get the scoop on seeing book characters brought to life for the big screen.
7+ years
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Cressida Cowell

Event W8

Drawing the Circus

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

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 HF2

Joseph Coelho

Performance Poetry and Werewolf Club Rules

Venue: Starlight Stage
Performance poet Joseph Coelho (CBeebies Rhyme Rocket) reveals the mysterious rules of the Werewolf Club, how to look like a rainbow, and how to fold up your gran, in a dynamic session sure to delight the whole family.
8+ years
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Joseph Coelho

Event HF3

Nicola Davies

Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
Nicola Davies was one of the original presenters of BBC children’s wildlife programme The Really Wild Show and is the author of A First Book of Nature and Everything You Need To Know About Animals. Here she explains the complex science of micro-organisms simply and clearly in a clever and friendly way for the very young.
5+ years
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Nicola Davies

Event 36

AC Grayling

The Challenge of Things: Thinking Through Troubled Times

Venue: Tata Tent

The philosopher considers the troubled times we live in, when war and conflict are never far away. While describing the dark side of modern life, he explores ways out of the habits and prejudices that threaten to trap us into conflict.

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AC Grayling

Event 37

Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Cameron’s Coup

Venue: Telegraph Stage

The team who gave The Verdict on the last Labour administration audit the devastating effectiveness of the Coalition government. ‘Margaret Thatcher sold off the nationalised industries. Her political heirs are intent on leaving an even more radical legacy – selling off the state itself.’

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Polly Toynbee and David Walker

Event 38

Beth Shapiro

How To Clone a Mammoth

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? The science says yes. The evolutionary biologist and pioneer in ‘ancient DNA’ research guides us through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used to resurrect the past.

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Beth Shapiro

Event 39

Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

Do it Like a Woman

Venue: Oxfam Moot

From Chilean revolutionaries and Russian punks to Iranian journalists, one of the most vocal and tenacious campaigners of her generation introduces inspiring stories from all around the world. Women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male.

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Caroline Criado-Perez talks to Rosie Boycott

Event HF6

Atinuke

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube

Atinuke collects stories, writes stories and tells stories, all of which originate in Africa. You will be spellbound by Atinuke’s traditional storytelling as she conjures up the sights, sounds and hustle and bustle of life in Nigeria, where she was born.

4+ years
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Atinuke

Event HF5

David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

Venue: Starlight Stage
David Almond’s latest novel A Song for Ella Grey is a brilliant retelling of the Orpheus myth by way of contemporary Tyneside. Sarah Crossan uses both poetry and prose to tell her stories, most recently in Apple and Rain. They are joined by Jenny Valentine who previews her eagerly-awaited new novel Fire Colour One, a highly original story with an extraordinary twist. These three acclaimed writers talk about how they pack such an emotional punch into their novels.
12+ years/YA
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David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Jenny Valentine

Event HF4

Liz Pichon and Tom Gates

Yes! No… (Maybe)

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
Expert doodler, maker of excuses and hilarious storywriter Tom Gates is back in Yes! No… (Maybe), the eighth amazing instalment in this brilliant and multiple-award-winning series. Test your knowledge with Liz Pichon as she takes you on a tour of the brilliant and crazy world of Tom Gates – and learn how to doodle just like Tom.
7+ years
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Liz Pichon and Tom Gates

Event W62

Sita Brahmachari Storytelling

Lovereading4kids Dyslexia Series

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Sita is bringing her storytelling patchwork quilt to Hay Festival. In the pockets of the quilt are treasures from all her stories. Using the multi-sensory patchwork quilt Sita explores with young readers and aspiring writers the material out of which stories are formed. Sita’s book Brace Mouth, False Teeth is published by Barrington Stoke.

LoveReading4Kids and Barrington Stoke are working together to run a series of

events dedicated to children with dyslexia. The authors featured in these events are

published by award-winning publisher Barrington Stoke, whose books are

renowned for their dyslexia-friendly features and layouts, cream paper and

special font. These events will be creative, interactive and, most of all, fun.

Throughout the week of the festival LoveReading4Kids and Barrington Stoke expert staff will be on hand in the Make & Take Tent for advice and support for both adults and children. A selection of dyslexia- and reluctant-reader-friendly titles will be available to buy from the Hay Festival Bookshop.

8+ years
free but ticketed
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Sita Brahmachari Storytelling

Event 40

Imagine… Colm Tóibín

A BBC One Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent

Alan Yentob, Creative Director of the BBC, talks to acclaimed writer Colm Tóibín about making an edition of the flagship BBC One television arts documentary strand Imagine… together as Tóibín published his poignant and perhaps most personal novel yet – Nora Webster. The session will be illustrated with clips from Imagine… Colm Tóibín: His Mother’s Son, which was first shown on BBC One in December 2014.

Not for broadcast.

BBC One
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Imagine… Colm Tóibín

Event W9

Drawing a Story

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio

Myth and storytelling open up the imaginative mind. In this session participants will take part in reading chosen texts and will then draw scenes inspired by them, with props and models used to aid us. With particular reference to William Morris and his belief in the connection between storytelling and making.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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