Hay Festival 2020 is cancelled

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Event 369

A Cottage on Dartmoor

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 Anthony Asquith’s great 1929 classic silent movie, with live organ accompaniment by Richard Williams. The film is a psycho-thriller replete with obsession and jealousy, much influenced by German Expressionism, and is one of British cinema’s most highly regarded silent films, the last to be made in the silent period. The screening raises money for the church organ. Numbers are limited.

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A Cottage on Dartmoor

Event 430

Peter Florence

The Pity of War

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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A performed reading of the play about Wilfred Owen, who died in action on 4 November 1918 having written some of the greatest war poetry in the English language. The play is edited from Owen’s poems and letters and tells his story from the outbreak of war when he was teaching in provincial France. Owen joins up and is drafted straight into the realities of trench warfare on the frontline; he is invalided back to hospital in Edinburgh where he meets Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon before returning to his men in France, where he wins the Military Cross. Owen’s writing was savagely critical of church and state, and hugely compassionate towards the soldiers sacrificing their lives: ‘All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the poet must be truthful.’

The play was first performed at the festival in 1988 to raise money for the first festival and toured the world throughout the 1990s. It’s reprised now as a reading to raise money to keep Hay Library open as Council funding is reduced by 30%. All ticket money will go towards the staffing of the library.
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Peter Florence

Event 370

Tommy Tiernan

Stand-Up

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Now entering his 20th year as a stand up comedian, having won every award going and still as passionate as ever about the adventure of storytelling and comedy, Ireland’s number one comedian is also starting to take some very exciting risks. There’s no manners on him. Profound, dark, and silly too, his performance mesmerises in a way that is joyful, uplifting, inspirational and, most importantly, always breathtakingly funny.

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Tommy Tiernan

Event 371

Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman

Song (The Ballad Book)

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The legendary jazz hero plans to strip everything right back for the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career, as he takes to the stage playing bass clarinet accompanied only by the fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO award-winning pianist. A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz and also reflects her classical background and British/Bengali heritage. ‘I have always wanted to record a collection of my favourite ballads and there is nothing like performing in a duet format for bringing out the intimacy of great songs.’

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Courtney Pine and Zoe Rahman

Event 373

Nell Leyshon

Fictions – Memoirs of a Dipper

Venue: The Summer House
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‘There’s different ways to do it: I can slowly move closer step by step, or I can do it in one movement and bump into them. Easiest is in a pub then I can put my drink too close to theirs. Move my stool near theirs. Anything to cross the line.’ Gary is a dipper, a burglar, a thief. He is still at junior school when his father first takes him out on the rob, and proves a fast learner: not much more than a child the first time he gets caught, he is a career criminal as soon as he is out again. But Gary is also fiercely intelligent – he often knows more about the antique furniture he is stealing than the people who own it, and is confident in his ability to trick his way out of any situation, always one step ahead. But all that changes when he falls for Mandy… Nell talks to Sarah Crown.

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Nell Leyshon

Event 374

Maggie Ross talks to Rachael Kerr

Silence: A User’s Guide

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The Anglican solitary describes how lives steeped in silence can transfigure other lives unawares; how the work of silence was once understood to be a foundation of Western Christianity.

45 mins
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Maggie Ross talks to Rachael Kerr

Event 375

Broadcasting House – LIVE ON AIR

A BBC Radio 4 Event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent
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On Sunday 31 May, BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House comes live from Hay Festival with presenter Paddy O’Connell, for an hour of interviews and entertainment.

Broadcast every Sunday morning on BBC Radio 4 at 9am.

BBC Radio 4
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years
Duration: 1 hour
Free but ticketed
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Broadcasting House – LIVE ON AIR

Event 376

Edward Wakeling

Lewis Carroll: The Man and his Circle

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Wakeling draws upon his personal database of nearly 6,000 letters, mostly never before published, to fill the gaps left by earlier biographies and resolve some of the key myths that surround Lewis Carroll, such as his friendships with children and his drug-taking.

45 mins
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Edward Wakeling

Event HF161

Rastamouse

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Prepare to make some noise and bust some moves as Rastamouse co-creator Michael De Souza presents a reading adventure exploring the riddims and rhymes of Mouseland. Get ready to jam along as CBeebies star Rastamouse makes a special appearance at the festival.
5+ years
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Rastamouse

Event 377

Con Coughlin

What the Paper Said: The Telegraph Archive

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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Hosted by senior Telegraph journalists, stories from 31 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 378

Alex Salmond talks to Helena Kennedy

‘Yes’

Venue: Tata Tent
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The inside story of the campaign for Scottish independence, told in Salmond’s diary – The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days That Changed Scotland Forever. There may well be UK politics on the agenda too…

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Alex Salmond talks to Helena Kennedy

Event 379

Celia Imrie and Terry Waite talk to Georgina Godwin

Fictions – Not Quite Nice/Golden Handshake

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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Two fiction debuts from best-selling non-fiction writers. Not Quite Nice is a gloriously funny and charming debut novel about the joys and challenges of living abroad from one of the nation’s best-loved actresses, star of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and author of the witty memoir The Happy Hoofer. The Voyage of the Golden Handshake is a warm and charmingly funny ocean-going story, which reminds you that life is for living, and in which Terry Waite shows an unexpected talent for comic fiction.

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Celia Imrie and Terry Waite talk to Georgina Godwin

Event 380

Sara Bevan

Art From Contemporary Conflict

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Bevan delves into the Imperial War Museum’s contemporary art collection, which reflects experiences of and responses to a wide range of recent and ongoing conflicts. She examines art created in response to fighting in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and work by contemporary artists like Steve McQueen, Roderick Buchanan, and Langlands & Bell.

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Sara Bevan

Event 381

Mark Miodownik

Stuff Matters

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Everything is made of something, and that stuff is changing all the time. Find out what is on the horizon for our material world and how it shapes everything around us, from our landscapes and cities, to our homes and hospitals, our art, our literature, and even our behaviour. 

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Mark Miodownik

Event 382

Esther-Miriam Wagner

Cambridge University Series 19: How Language Shapes Our Identity

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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The way we speak and write is a major part of our identity. Wagner explores what dialects tell us about our social networks, whether alphabets really mean anything, and why youth speak is not all that terrible. ’K?

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Esther-Miriam Wagner

Event HF148

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 W57

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
45 mins
free but ticketed
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Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Event W33

Drawing the Body Clothed

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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In this drawing session participants will draw from a clothed model, exploring approaches to drawing the figure as well as clothes and costume. We will explore how dress and posture give character and help breathe life into our drawings. Students are encouraged to draw texture, pattern and weave, making inventive marks using colour. Models are actors and dancers and we refer to literature, poetry and opera.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing the Body Clothed

Event HF149

Pip Jones

Squishy McFluff

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Meet Ava and her mischievous invisible cat, Squishy McFluff. During this interactive event children help create the ultimate imaginary pet and hear some of Ava and Squishy’s adventures.
4+ years
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Pip Jones

Event W77

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

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