Welcome to our Early Bird programme. The full programme will be released at the end of March.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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