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Event HD48

The Word Wizards' Guide to Roald Dahl

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Calling all Roald Dahl fans, wordsmiths and wannabe writers! Don’t be biffsquiggled. Come and join our Word Wizards as they swashboggle their way through the wonderful writing of Roald Dahl. Through games and performance we’ll find how to gobblefunk with words and hear all about the amazing new Roald Dahl Dictionary.

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Event HD49

Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Alwyn Hamilton

Venue: Starlight Stage

Powerful girls, swirling adventures, fantasy worlds and a breathtaking love story – join the authors of The Girl of Ink and Stars and Rebel of the Sands, two of the most exciting first novels of 2016, as they reveal the inspiration behind their sensational debuts.

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Event W11

Film-making workshop with Rural Media Company

The Only Way is Shakespeare

Venue: Scribblers Hut

Ever wondered what would happen if Richard III met Bottom? Or if Cleopatra met Falstaff?  Some of Shakespeare’s best known and loved characters will be the inspiration for this iPad filmmaking workshop, where you can create your very own stop motion animation.

12+
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Event 563

Ewan Fernie

Subject Areas – English Literature, English Language

Venue: Compass

Please drop in to our new Compass venue, quiz leading academics about their subject and engage in some critical thinking. As part of Hay Festival 2016 and with help from the Welsh Government we have invited a range of university lecturers and speakers to drop in, talk about their subject areas and about university life.

Ewan Fernie is a Professor at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute.

15+
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Event 278

Monty Don

Eighteenth Century Gardens and the Landscape Movement

Venue: Tata Tent

The gardening writer celebrates the work of William Kent, Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton, the men who pioneered a gardening revolution and remade the English landscape.

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Monty Don

Event 279

James Holland

Burma ’44: The Battle That Turned Britain’s War in the East

Venue: Telegraph Stage

In February 1944, a rag-tag collection of clerks, drivers, doctors, muleteers, and other base troops, stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese Army, and then defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World War. What became know as The Defence of the Admin Box, fought amongst the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a fifteen-day period, turned the battle for Burma. Holland is the author of Fortress Malta, Battle of Britain, and Dam Busters and runs Chalke Valley History Festival.

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Event 280

Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender - and spanning the twentieth century, this beautifully orchestrated novel explores the big themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness, and above all, the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime. Tremain’s award-winning fiction includes Music and Silence, The Road Home, Sacred Country, Restoration and The Colour. She talks to Peter Florence.

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Rose Tremain

Event 281

John Heilbron

Physics: From Quintessence to Quarks

Venue: Good Energy Stage

How does the physics we know today, a highly professionalised enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry, link back to its origins as a liberal art in Ancient Greece? What is the path that leads from the old philosophy of nature and its concern with humankind’s place in the universe to modern massive international projects that hunt down fundamental particles and industrial laboratories that manufacture marvels? Heilbron is one of the most revered physicists in the world, and has written books about Galileo and Niels Bohr. Chaired by Dan Davis.

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Event 282

Stuart Franklin

The Documentary Impulse

Venue: Oxfam Moot

The Magnum photographer took one of the most powerful photographs of the twentieth century - the “tank man” in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989. From his insightful position as a photographer, Franklin explores why we are driven to visually document our experiences and the world around us. He focuses on photography but traces this universal need through art, literature and science. Looking at photojournalism, war photography and work recording our culture, Franklin identifies some of its driving impulses: curiosity, outrage, reform and ritual; the search for evidence, for beauty, for therapy; and the immortalisation of memory. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.

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Event 283

The Bankers’ Guide to the Art Market

A BBC event at Hay

Venue: BBC Tent

The value of London’s art market has recently soared to unprecedented highs, driven by the newly rich of the financial world, whose money has poured into the accounts of dealers, galleries and auction houses. Join chair Martha Kearney, maverick art dealer Kenny Shachter and double BAFTA-winning executive producer Patrick Forbes as they discuss this extraordinary phenomenon and take you behind the closed doors of the art-dealing world.

Not for broadcast. The Bankers Guide to the Art Market, made by Oxford Film & Television, broadcasts on BBC Four in June.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years

BBC Four  
 

Free but ticketed
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The Bankers’ Guide to the Art Market

Event HD50

Lucy Worsley

Eliza Rose

Venue: Starlight Stage

The historian and broadcaster brings the court of Henry VIII to life in her first children’s novel. Go behind the scenes and discover the friendships and intrigues at the Royal court when she tells the story of Eliza’s life as a Maid of Honour to the glamorous new Queen.

10+
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Event HD51

Vanessa Altin

The Pomegranate Tree

Venue: Cube

Dilvan, a young Kurdish girl, has fled her home in Syria to escape the terror that has overrun her country. In a brief moment of safety she begins to record in her diary the desperate search for her family. Dilvan’s fighting spirit and her compelling story is eloquently told by a journalist who has reported widely on the atrocities in Syria for many newspapers. Real stories such as Dilvan’s inspired her book.

12+
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Event 284

Tom Holland

Æthelstan: The Making of England

Venue: Telegraph Stage

The formation of England happened against the odds - the division of the country into rival kingdoms, the assaults of the Vikings, the precarious position of the island on the edge of the known world. But King Alfred ensured the survival of Wessex, his son Eadweard expanded it, and his grandson Æthelstan finally united Mercia and Wessex, conquered Northumbria and became Rex totius Britanniae.

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Tom Holland

Event 285

Martin Stevens

Cheats and Deceits: How Animals and Plants Exploit and Mislead

Venue: Llwyfan Cymru - Wales Stage

In nature, trickery and deception are widespread. Animals and plants mimic other objects or species in the environment for protection, trick other species into rearing their young, lure prey to their death, and deceive potential mates for reproduction. Cuckoos lay eggs carefully matched to their host’s own clutch. Harmless butterflies mimic the wing patterning of a poisonous butterfly to avoid being eaten. Some orchids develop the smell of female insects in order to attract pollinators, while carnivorous plants lure insects to their death with colourful displays. The Exeter Professor of Evolutionary Ecology considers what deception tells us about the process of evolution and adaptation.

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Martin Stevens

Event 286

Tony Juniper, Beccy Speight, Andrew Simms and Adam Shaw

Natural Capital: Securing the Future or Just a Sell-out - Woodland Trust Series

Venue: Good Energy Stage

Natural Capital, the world’s stock of natural resources, is a concept with increasing political and economic traction. Paying particular attention to the role of woods and trees, this debate will explore whether it can help deliver an enhanced natural environment for the benefit of everyone, or whether it poses significant risks by making nature conservation a commodity. Juniper is a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and environmentalist, Speight is CEO of the Woodland Trust, Andrew Simms is an economist at The New Weather Institute and Shaw is a journalist and broadcaster.

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Event 287

Vanessa Berridge

The Princess’s Garden: Royal Intrigue and the Untold Story of Kew

Venue: Oxfam Moot

Augusta of Saxe-Gotha arrived in England aged sixteen, speaking barely any English, to be married to the wild Prince Frederick, the reviled eldest son of George II. Her lifelong association with Kew Gardens, and that of her husband and their close friend, Lord Bute, would prove to be one that changed the face of British gardening forever. Berridge tells a tangled tale of royal intrigue, scandal and determination in the Georgian court, and draws us into the politically charged world of garden design.

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Event 288

Ewan Fernie, Simon Palfrey and Tom de Freston

A reading of Macbeth, Macbeth - University of Birmingham Series

Venue: Starlight Stage

Macbeth, Macbeth is by Fernie and Palfrey, with stunning original pictures by de Freston.  The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams of national revival, smaller lives are seeding. In the ruins of Dunsinane, the Porter tries to keep his three young boys safe from the nightmare of history. In a nunnery deep in Birnam Wood, a girl attempts to forget what she lost in war. Flitting between them, a tortured clairvoyant shakes with the knowledge of what’s to come. An unprecedented collaboration between two leading Shakespeareans, Macbeth, Macbeth sparks a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare’s darkest play.

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Event 289

Bob Wilcher, Jeremy Hooker and Elizabeth Siberry

Henry Vaughan and the Usk Valley

Venue: Cube

The metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan is much anthologized – “I saw Eternity the other night”, “They are all gone into the world of light’; but it is not so well known that he was a native of the Usk valley, and that it is the light on the river and hills of Brecknockshire that shines through his poetry. Inspired by George Herbert, his work interweaves the natural and the spiritual world. Three Vaughan scholars celebrate his work and sense of place.

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Event 290

Arts Show

BBC Radio Wales LIVE

Venue: BBC Tent

Nicola Heywood-Thomas presents highlights and guests from the Hay Festival in this live broadcast.

Broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales.

30 mins


Radio Wales



Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years

Free but ticketed
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Arts Show

Event 291

Bronwen Maddox, Jane Mayer, Jim Naughtie and Mark Thompson

The White House 2016

Venue: Telegraph Stage

Our panel assesses the Primaries season and looks forward to the Republican and Democrat Conventions in July. How might Clinton vs Trump pan out?  Maddox is editor of Prospect magazine, Mayer a staff writer for the New Yorker, Naughtie a BBC anchor and Thompson is CEO of the New York Times. His Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? will be published in September. Chaired by Guto Harri

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Bronwen Maddox, Jane Mayer, Jim Naughtie and Mark Thompson

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