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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June - you can download a PDF of the programme here. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Claire Vaye Watkins and John Wray talk to Laura Powell

Fictions: Other Worlds…

Event 143 Venue: Cube

Gold Fame Citrus is the debut novel from the winner of the 2013 Dylan Thomas Prize. In a dystopian, apocalyptic vision, desert sands have laid waste to south-west America and challenge the resilient to survive. The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the C20th. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar ‘Waldy’ Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back. Laura Powell is Features Commissioning Editor at the Daily Telegraph and her debut novel, The Unforgotten, was recently published.

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Media Manipulation with Saci Lloyd

Event 543 Venue: Compass

In this workshop we’ll take a current press story e.g. the EU Referendum or the American Presidential Campaign, pare it back to the bare facts and then look at different techniques journalists use to spin the story. Then groups will be given their own 'bare facts' and using phones and laptops for research, design and writing - will be asked to spin positively or negatively.

16+
Free but ticketed
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Isy Suttie

The Actual One – Stand Up

Event 144 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Isy Suttie

The brilliantly funny new show – featuring stories, songs and readings –about that moment in your late twenties when you suddenly realise that all your mates are growing up without you. The invisible deal that Isy had made – to prolong growing up for as long as possible – was all in her head. Suddenly everyone around her is into mortgages, farmers’ markets and nappies, rather than skinny-dipping in the sea and sambuca sessions on rope-swings. When her dearest friend advises Isy that the next guy she meets will be not just The One, but The Actual One, Isy decides to delay the onset of adulthood for just a bit longer until a bet with her mum results in a mad scramble to find a boyfriend within a month. 

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Irvine Welsh in conversation with Marlon James

The Blade Artist

Event 145 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Irvine Welsh in conversation with Marlon James

Welsh introduces his elegant, electrifying novel, which marks the return of one of modern fiction’s most infamous, terrifying characters, the incendiary Francis Begbie from Trainspotting. Welsh talks about gangland violence, drug culture and the vitality of language with the Man Booker prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.

Arts Council of Wales International Writers Series, 5
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Marcus Brigstocke, Juliet Davenport, Ed Gillespie and Special Guests

I’m An Environmentalist, Get Me Out of Here

Event 146 Venue: Telegraph Stage

Marcus Brigstocke, Juliet Davenport, Ed Gillespie and Special Guests

Join host Ed Gillespie and two teams of the great and the good from the world of sustainability for this riotous and irreverent game show. Expect a heady mix of topicality, tomfoolery, ritual humiliation and randomness. No (live) insects will be hurt during the proceedings. We can’t guarantee the same for our heroic participants’ feelings, pride and reputations.

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John Mullan, Nell Leyshon, Marcus du Sautoy and Ben Okri

Talking About Shakespeare

Event 147 Venue: Starlight Stage

A conversation about Shakespeare’s greatest plays and roles, his fondness for prime numbers and his stagecraft. The UCL English Prof is joined by the first woman to write a play for the main stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, the Oxford Maths professor and the Booker-winning novelist and poet.

 

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Eirian Lewis

Guitar Recital 2

Event 148 Venue: Oxfam Moot

The elegantly talented RCM guitarist plays John Duarte, English Suite; Agustín Barrios Mangore, Julia Florida; William Walton, Bagatelles 2 and 3; Silvius Leopold Weiss, Passacaglia; Domenico Scarlatti, 2 keyboard sonatas; Villa Lobos, etudes 1 and 8; JS Bach, Prelude (from Prelude Fugue and Allegro); Napoleon Coste, Introduction and Allegretto; Girolamo Frescobaldi, Aria con Variazioni.

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Fflur Dafydd, Euros Lyn, Catrin Stewart

The Library Suicides

Event 149 Venue: Cube

Fflur Dafydd, Euros Lyn, Catrin Stewart

Dafydd previews clips from her debut feature Y Llyfrgell/The Library Suicides ahead of its UK release this autumn. She is joined by the multi-BAFTA-award-winning director Euros Lyn (Happy Valley, Broadchurch, Last Tango in Halifax) and rising international star of stage and screen Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella, Mametz). Chaired by Jon Gower.

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Suzanne Vega

In concert – Live at Hay

Event 150 Venue: Tata Tent

A special festival appearance by the American singer and songwriter whose songs Luka and Tom’s Diner established her as one of the great poets and folk musicians of her generation. Her most recent project is the musical play Lover, Beloved: An Evening With Carson McCullers.

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Raymond Tallis, Anita Donley and Julie Grigg

We Need to Talk about the NHS

Event 151 Venue: Good Energy Stage

Why are the ‘junior doctors’ calling an all-out strike? What do the PFI hospital contracts mean? How much of the NHS is privatised already? How could it all be better? And what can we do about that? The physician, philosopher and writer Raymond Tallis is the author of NHS SOS; Donley is Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians; Grigg is a GP in the Hay Medical Centre practice.

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Sara Pascoe

Animal – Stand Up

Event 152 Venue: Telegraph Stage

Sara Pascoe

The show is a mixture of completely true stories about Tony Blair, Oedipus Rex and the wildlife of Lewisham, plus a load of stories that don’t sound true at all about Jason Donovan, Henry the Hoover and when God took over the tannoy in Sainsbury’s. All animals evolved, but only humans evolved to the point of knowing they evolved. This troubling and confusing position is explored in a creative and honest way in a show about empathy and its limitations. Sara has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You, QI, Room 101, Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats and a load of other programmes that can’t be listed due to word count restrictions.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to John Mitchinson

The Romanovs

Event 153 Venue: Tata Tent

Simon Sebag Montefiore talks to John Mitchinson

The intimate story of tsars and tsarinas; some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. The historian’s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin. Sebag Montefiore is the author of Catherine the Great & Potemkin and Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.

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Margaret A Boden talks to Adam Rutherford

AI: Its Nature and Future

Event 154 Venue: Good Energy Stage

The applications of artificial intelligence lie all around us: in our homes, schools and offices, in our cinemas, in art galleries and - not least - on the internet. The results of artificial intelligence have been invaluable to biologists, psychologists and linguists in helping to understand the processes of memory, learning and language from a fresh angle. Boden is Research Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, and one of the best-known figures in the field of artificial intelligence. She is the author of Mind as Machine: a History of Cognitive Science.

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Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, Patrick Kingsley and Ben Rawlence

Refuge and Redemption

Event 155 Venue: Starlight Stage

In this 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia three writers tell the stories of people escaping horrors and seeking a better world elsewhere. These are the inside stories of refuge and migrations. McDonald-Gibson is the author of Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Kingsley is the author of The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Rawlence’s book is City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp. Chaired by Oliver Balch.


In association with Wales Pen Cymru

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Sara Pascoe talks to Stephanie Merritt

Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body

Event 156 Venue: Telegraph Stage

Sara Pascoe talks to Stephanie Merritt

“Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other.” The comedian combines autobiography and evolutionary history to create a funny, fascinating insight into the forces that mould and affect modern women.

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Simon Taylor talks to Mark Lynas

Cambridge Series 8: The Strange Rebirth of Nuclear Power in Britain

Event 157 Venue: Oxfam Moot

Twenty years ago the UK stopped building nuclear stations. Why are we now planning an £18 billion, French-Chinese, nuclear power station at Hinkley Point? Taylor is lecturer in finance at Cambridge University.

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How to Break into the Media

A BBC event at Hay

Event 158 Venue: BBC Tent

A masterclass on how to get started in the media, featuring a discussion with researchers and producers from radio, television and online.

Not for broadcast.

BBC
 
Free but ticketed
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Ross Adam and Robert Cannan

The Lovers and the Despot: A Preview Screening and Q&A

Event 159 Venue: Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema

The film-makers introduce a preview screening of their documentary film about the crazy story of Kim Jong-Il and his kidnapping of South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee and her estranged director husband Shin Sang-ok to make films for him in North Korea.  Chaired by Jasper Fforde.

2 hours
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Dr Mark Lewis

What is the future for coastal development?

Event 534 Venue: Hay Castle

One of the greatest peacetime disasters in British history occurred during William Shakespeare’s lifetime. The Great Flood of 1607 devastated large tracts of land on both sides of the Severn Estuary. Learning from the river can help to inform our past and our global future relationship with coastal development. Lewis is Senior Curator Roman Archaeology, National Roman Legion Museum.

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Pamela Butchart

To Wee or Not to Wee!

Event HD22 Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Pamela Butchart

Take a fresh look at Shakespeare with the Blue Peter Award-winning author  as she gives action-packed retellings of Macbeth, HamletA Midsummer’s Night Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

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