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 395

Richard Eyre

What Do I Know?

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The theatre and film director writes about people, politics and the arts with candour and wit. He talks about Thatcher and Pinter, Brando and Winslet. He has an acute eye for the telling detail that reveals truths about his subjects, and a warm generosity that celebrates the brilliance of his colleagues.

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Richard Eyre

Event 396

Chris Rapley

2071: The World We’ll Leave Our Grandchildren

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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Climate change is a matter of importance to everyone, but what to do about it is mired in controversy. What's needed is a conversation. What do we owe future generations? How can we protect our children and grandchildren? Rapley is Professor of Climate Science at University College London. He was previously director of the Science Museum, Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and Director of the British Antarctic Survey.

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Chris Rapley

Event 397

Elizabeth Morgan and Richard Harrington

Fictions – Ticket to Paradise

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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Morgan’s novel tells the story of Welsh emigration to Patagonia in 1865 with a wealth of characters brought to life, populating a story that illustrates the fight against injustice and the terrible forces of nature. Readings by the author and Richard Harrington, star of Hinterland and Bleak House. Chaired by Horatio Clare.

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Elizabeth Morgan and Richard Harrington

Event 398

William Nicholson

Fictions – The Lovers of Amherst

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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William Nicholson’s new novel, The Lovers of Amherst, interweaves the stories of a young, contemporary researcher into the life and work of the reclusive American poet, Emily Dickinson, with that of the poet’s milieu during a turbulent period in the 1880s. The story from the past revolves around an illicit love affair conducted by Emily Dickinson’s married brother, in which the poet colluded. The theme stems from William Nicholson’s long-standing fascination with Emily Dickinson’s work as well as his interest in the wellsprings and consequences of erotic passion. Nicholson’s plays include Shadowlands and Life Story. He co-wrote the script for the film Gladiator and he has scripted Les Misérables and Mandela. Emily Dickinson’s poetry will be read by actress Lisa Dwan.

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William Nicholson

Event W60

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
1 hour 15 mins
free but ticketed
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Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Event HF155

Gary Northfield

Julius Zebra. Rumble with the Romans!

Venue: Starlight Stage
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Meet the cartoonist and graphic novelist who created The Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs! graphic novel and is a cartoonist for phenomenally successful comics and series including The Phoenix, The Beano, The Dandy and Horrible Histories. 

Join in this interactive family event full of tips for budding young cartoonists, illustrators and writers. Gary introduces his hilarious brand new series Julius ZebraRumble with the Romans! and dazzles with lots of images, live drawing and plenty of Roman facts.
7+ years
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Gary Northfield

Event W35

Drawing Out and About

Royal Drawing School Class

Venue: NFU Mutual Studio
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Drawing out and about around the festival demands a very different kind of language to that of the life room: nothing is fixed, everything is in flux. By working from observation outdoors and on the move drawing can be used as a means of recording a personal experience of our surroundings and their character, heightening perceptions of our environment and enlivening our drawing practice.

Suitable for all ages and abilities

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Drawing Out and About

Event 399

Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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We celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats with this reading of his poetry.

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Helen McCrory, Lisa Dwan, Richard Harrington, Miranda Richardson

Event 400

David Starkey

Magna Carta

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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The historian examines the context of the 1215 charter and its lasting impact on democracy today.

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David Starkey

Event 401

David and Harry Rich

Rich Landscapes

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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The multi-award-winning landscape designer brothers come straight to Hay from Chelsea. They talk to Francine Stock about their recent projects and their philosophy. ‘We believe in a fusion between landscape and architecture. An important relationship that encourages a more rounded approach to an outdoor lifestyle, creating not only beautiful but practical spaces, inspiring people to use their gardens.

Reconnecting people with nature is something we are very passionate about. With a recent increase in urbanisation, our connection with “the wild” is slowly becoming lost. We aim to give people their own patch of nature but set within a sympathetic and structured design.’

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David and Harry Rich

Event 402

Charles W Calomiris

Fragile by Design

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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Calomiris offers a revealing exploration of the ways that politics inevitably intrudes into bank regulation. He combines political history and economics to examine how coalitions of politicians, bankers, and other interest groups form; why some endure while others are undermined; and how they generate policies that determine who gets to be a banker, who has access to credit, and who pays for bank bailouts and rescues.

Charles W Calomiris is the Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at Columbia Business School.

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Charles W Calomiris

Event 403

Raffaello Pantucci

We Love Death as You Love Life: Britain’s Suburban Terrorists

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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As Mohammed Siddique Khan led his group of fellow-believers into London on the morning of 7 July 2005 it is unlikely that they were thinking much beyond the immediate impact of their actions. Driven by anger at the West’s treatment of Muslims worldwide, ideas fed to them by foreign extremists, and a sense of extreme rejection of the society in which they were born, they sought to reshape the world in an image they thought would be pleasing to God. Pantucci offers an insight into the motivations behind Khan and his group, as well as the hundreds of young British Muslims who have been drawn by jihadist ideas to fight on battlefields at home and abroad. Pantucci is Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.

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Raffaello Pantucci

Event 404

Jackie Morris

Queen of the Sky

Venue: Starlight Stage
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The amazing story of Ffion Rees and the peregrine falcon she rescued from the sea off the remote coast of west Wales. It’s the story of how Ffion nursed the falcon back to life and back to the wild, and about the bond that grew between the two. Beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs, drawings, sketches and magnificent paintings in watercolour and gold leaf by Jackie Morris.

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Jackie Morris

Event 405

Susan Abulhawa

Fictions – The Blue Between Sky and Water

Venue: Scribblers Hut
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Spanning generations and continents, The Blue Between Sky and Water is a story of powerful, flawed women; of relocation, separation and heartache; of renewal, family, endurance, and love. Susan Abulhawa brings a raw humanity and delicate authority to the story of Palestine in this devastatingly beautiful tale. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.

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Susan Abulhawa

Event W61

Chess Workshop with Malcolm Pein and Timothy Kett

Chess in Schools and Communities

Venue: Make & Take Tent
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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 406

John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

QI’s Greatest Hits

Venue: Telegraph Stage
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QI’s very core is ‘the astonishing fact’: painstakingly researched and distilled to a brilliant and shocking clarity. To celebrate the reissue of their backlist, join us for a canter through their best-ever discoveries: Jeeves wasn’t a butler. Coffee isn’t made from beans. Woodlice drink through their bottoms. Light is invisible. Mount Everest isn’t the tallest mountain. Florence Nightingale spent 50 years in bed. There are 613 commandments in the bible. Monkeys pay to look at porn. An hour of endless fun with the QI writing team.

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John Mitchinson, John Lloyd and James Harkin

Event 407

Michael Pennington

Let Me Play the Lion Too: How To Be An Actor

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage
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How do you prepare for your first day on the set? Why might a bad audition lead to a good job offer? How should you research? What’s the effect of a long tour on your love-life? Can you have a glass of wine before a matinée? What’s the difference between transitive and intransitive corpsing? What is stage fright? One of our greatest and wittiest classical actors gives us the skinny on ‘the business’. He talks to Lisa Dwan.

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Michael Pennington

Event 408

Fred Pearce

The New Wild

Venue: Elmley Foundation Cube
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The veteran environmental journalist used to think of invasive species as evil interlopers spoiling pristine ‘natural’ ecosystems. New ecologists, looking afresh at how species interact in the wild, believe we should celebrate the dynamism of alien species and the novel ecosystems they create. In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, we must find ways to help nature regenerate. Chaired by Andy Fryers.

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Fred Pearce

Event 409

Peter Hain

Back to the Future of Socialism

Venue: Oxfam Moot
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What’s gone wrong with capitalism and how should governments respond? Did Big Government or Big Banking cause the global financial crisis? Is the answer austerity or investment in growth; untrammelled market forces or regulating for the common good? Hain revisits Anthony Crosland’s classic text and presents a stimulating political prospectus for today.

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Peter Hain

Event 410

Matthew Engel

Engel’s England

Venue: Good Energy Stage
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England is the most complicated place in the world. And, as the journalist and humorist travels through each of the historic English counties, he discovers that’s just the start of it. Every county is fascinating, the product of a millennium or more of history: still a unique slice of a nation that has not quite lost its ancient diversity.

He finds the well-dressers of Derbyshire and the pyromaniacs of Sussex; the Hindus and huntsmen of Leicestershire; the goddess-worshippers of Somerset. He tracks down the real Lancashire, hedonistic Essex, and the most mysterious house in Middlesex. In Durham he goes straight from choral evensong to the dog track. As he seeks out the essence of each county – from Yorkshire’s broad acres to the microdot of Rutland – Engel always finds the unexpected. Chaired by Justin Albert.

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Matthew Engel

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