Welcome to our Early Bird programme. The full programme will be released at the end of March.
Shan Cothi brings her Welsh-language morning programme, Bore Cothi, to the Festival. We promise live music and an easy-going feel, so relax and enjoy!
Broadcast live on BBC Radio Cymru every Monday–Friday, 10am–12pm.
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.
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.
Poet Ian McMillan presents Radio 3’s ‘cabaret of the word’, featuring award-winning writers alongside the most innovative up-and-coming performers. ‘If there’s a more entertaining show than The Verb then I don’t know it’ – Stuart Maconie.
Broadcast on Fridays at 10pm. This recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 29 May.
Never written a poem before? Now’s your chance. Poet Ian McMillan will show you how, and you will leave with a poem.
Not for broadcast.
Tom Sutcliffe presents BBC Radio 4’s flagship programme of ideas, and will be joined on stage by a panel of guests for stimulating, entertaining and lively discussion.
Broadcast on Mondays at 9am and repeated at 9pm. This recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 25 May.
Join Jamie on Sunday lunchtime for conversation, laughter and music. How’s your week been?
Broadcast on BBC Radio Wales every Sunday, 11.30am–12.30pm.
Jacqueline Wilson introduces an exclusive screening of CBBC’s new adaptation of her popular children’s novel Hetty Feather. A fast-paced and thrilling story, featuring a feisty new heroine, Hetty Feather brings the realities of the Victorian age to life through the eyes and adventures of the children who inhabit the Foundling Hospital. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew.
Not for broadcast.
For BBC Radio 3’s The Essay, this week two writers ask themselves ‘why I write’. In today’s session, the biographer and translator Daniel Hahn, and the writer and critic Alex Clark both take up the challenge of answering this key question.
This recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 10.45pm on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 May.
BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme comes to Hay to record a special edition. Was Ralph Waldo Emerson right to say that a great person is always willing to be little? Rana Mitter and guests New York Times journalist David Brooks, novelist Azar Nafisi and historian Tom Holland discuss the concept of humility. Vice or underrated virtue?
Broadcast Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm. This recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 27 May at 10pm.
Louise Elliott presents all the news, sport, weather and travel information to start your day, broadcasting live from the festival.
Broadcasts every weekday morning on BBC Radio Wales from 6am–9am and on Saturdays from 7.30am.
Jim Al-Khalili talks to some of our most fascinating and admirable scientists: from Nobel Prize-winners to unsung heroes and the next generation of beautiful minds. In this edition he's joined by the neuroscientist Anil Seth.
Broadcast on Tuesdays at 9am. This programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 23 June at 9am.
Vanessa Feltz will be presenting the Jeremy Vine Show live from Hay Festival. As well as reporting on the highlights of the festival she will be interviewing a leading author as part of the popular series What Makes Us Human.
Broadcast weekdays on BBC Radio 2.
The New Generation Thinkers are the winners of the talent scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to find the brightest academic minds at the start of their careers, who have the potential to turn their ideas into broadcasts. Hear them discuss their fascinating research with presenter Rana Mitter.
The New Generation Thinkers in this event are:
Nadine Muller, Liverpool John Moores University; Catherine Fletcher, University of Sheffield; Daniel Lee, University of Oxford; and Joe Moshenska, University of Cambridge.
Broadcast Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10pm. This recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 28 May at 10pm.
In a time of increasing pressures, priorities and testing, our young people are often told to prioritise some subjects over others, to focus on getting a job and to think about the financial implications of the choices they make. Given this backdrop, is studying the arts the right choice?
Leading education and cultural professionals including Professor Dai Smith, Chair of the Arts Council of Wales, Kevin Jones, Headmaster of St John's College School Cambridge; Lizzie Crump from Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) and Sam Smith from Transition Tradition discuss the value of arts, culture and creativity to our young people and ask whether we're offering them the right choices.
Debate organised by What Next? and the CLA
In this thoughtful, lyrical film, Imagine talks to the acclaimed and curiously divided Irish writer Colm Tóibín. Loud and affable in person, Tóibín writes sombre stories of grief and quiet heartbreak, repeatedly returning to the dark narrative of his own childhood and the complicated relationships between mothers and sons.
In the year that his bestselling novel Brooklyn is being adapted for the cinema and The Testament of Mary continues to provoke controversy, Tóibín publishes his most poignant and personal novel yet. With Fiona Shaw, Anne Enright and Nick Hornby.
A masterclass on how to get started in the media. Chaired by BBC Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones. Panellists include Head of Digital Development for Arts, Peter Maniura; Susie Worster, Head of Talent for Shed Media; Sally Garwood, one of the apprentices on BBC Radio’s Journalism scheme, and Creative Access Production trainee Ashley Francis-Roy.
Not for broadcast.
In 2007 Sophie Lancaster was attacked in a park because of her appearance. Writer and poet Simon Armitage was so affected by her story that he and his producer Susan Roberts decided to make it into a drama documentary for Radio Four. The result was a profoundly moving piece of work combining specially written poems with an interview with Sylvia, Sophie’s mother. Black Roses was met with critical and public acclaim and subsequently turned into a play for Manchester Royal Exchange. Now in its third incarnation it has been turned into a film and will feature in the BBC’s forthcoming poetry season. Cassian Harrison, controller of BBC Four, talks to Simon and Susan about the challenges of making the film and its journey from radio to stage and now to screen.
Not for broadcast.
For BBC Radio 3’s The Essay, this week three writers ask themselves ‘why I write’. In today’s session, writer Horatio Clare, screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce and the Welsh Poet Laureate Gillian Clarke all take up the challenge of answering this key question.
This recording will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 10.45pm on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 May.